#2506 Sweet break amidst the busy

Today wasn’t one of our normal Wednesdays together, because we were on the other side of town tending to a couple of those annoying but necessary jobs.

We missed our usual brunch, even our usual coffee (BOO HOO 1st world problems I know) but our bodies are in such routine we were starving and cranky!

So we managed to find a nice place, um, once we got it all done, and kinda made up for it?


So I was only meant to have ‘one bite’ of that chocolate freckle pancake stack, but of course, it’s really, REALLY hard to hold back when you taste some very delicious melted chocolate, mmmm.

So I only had two bites. Kinda (not really). The coffee was great, I didn’t even need to add a sugar (for all the other sugar!!) 🀣

#2457 Choc full of information

It’s been a day of information.

Interesting information.

Insightful information.

Comforting information.

Overload of information!

And then finally, there was some ‘chocolate research’ that resulted in some sweet information…


I have to admit, this was shared amongst three, I DID NOT eat that thing on my own, no way! Especially being kinda like my last supper…

It’s school hols, what the hell!

#2439 Choc-dipped strawberries

I think I’ve just found a new pregnancy craving, as well as a new addiction.

Yes, I have a list. Of pregnancy cravings that is.

Currently hot, salted chips are on the menu. This was the same craving I had with baby girl, so this one seems to be a pregnancy stayer.

Anything salty. Really, I love salt.

Oranges… I can eat the fruit whole, very easily, actually any kind of orange-y thing really.

I drink OJ like I’ve been walking parched in a desert, and other juices will do too…

Crunchy nut cornflakes. I know, totally random. I never even ate this before in my life, but then my old acupuncturist mentioned it on social media when I was in early pregnancy, and this did not leave my mind!

And now after tonight, chop-dipped strawberries!

Mmmm hmmm!

I saw these on the social media pages of the place where Hubbie works. I mentioned I was really interested in them earlier in the week, but then reminded him again last night…

Thankfully he can read my mind, and had bought them before I even mentioned it, surprising me last night. πŸ™πŸ˜

Tonight while watching the Black and White, I feasted on these strawberries. OMG, so good! You just know when you are eating good quality chocolate, and when I bit in, I just knew, it tasted amazing.

And with this dessert/snack you can just eat and eat and eat… because it’s just strawberries really (albeit with a tiny bit of chocolate!) and so you don’t really feel heavy or full or anything.

Just really happy, and baby agreed with a few kicks. πŸ‘ΆπŸ’–

#2422 Baby stuff

Today was Wednesday, so Hubbie and I did our brunch thing.

Not only did we share a chocolate-style French toast and scoff it down before I realised I hadn’t taken a photo (πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ) but I had a juice (craving again) and he had a coffee… and then he had another, because we had gotten comfortable and were getting into an interesting conversation.

Baby names. πŸ‘ΆπŸ₯

It was a real honest, intuitive, I’d even say thorough discussion. We said things out loud, typed them into our phone, and at the end Hubbie said “if you are happy with (insert boy’s name) then I am happy with (insert girl’s name).”

It felt like a really nice compromise, not even that, a happy agreement.

We are totally open to other names, and will continue to be until the day baby arrives, but it’s lovely to know that we have something already in the piece, brewing.

When he said “Baby girl and (insert girls name) or Baby girl and (insert boys name)” to hear how it sounded, I swear they both sounded so good I welled up with tears.

That was the first baby moment of the day. πŸ’–πŸ’–

The second two moments came at the end of the night. I saw a social media ad about a sale on some baby clothes (who says ads don’t work? 🀣) and went online and bought a bunch of really cute baby clothes, ranging from 0000 to 00. There are many months still ahead of me, so I should really control myself… but it’s never too early to start, right?


And the trifecta was the Palmer’s cocoa butter. I used this religiously in my pregnancy with baby girl, along with another belly oil I alternated with. I’m already getting a noticeable belly, and today I went and bought the Palmer’s so I could begin my nightly tradition with my belly massage.

We always find ourselves on the couch at the end of the day, even if it’s for a bit. Like I did 9 years ago, I rub the lotion into my belly, thinking happy thoughts for baby and the pregnancy. I did it last time, and I will do it again. Whether the cream helps me as it did last time, time can only tell, but at the very least I am having the most relaxing, beautiful bonding time with baby, and I think that means more and is worth more than anything else. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ€°πŸ€°

(How many times can I use the pregnancy emoji in the next 6-ish months?πŸ€”πŸ˜‚)

#2063 Saturday smorgasbord

In life, when you are down, there are three things that can very simply lift your mood.

They are:

Coffee (or alcohol)



And if those three don’t work, you’re kinda f%^ked.

Fortunately for me tonight, food (plus some drinks) helped.

Look at this salad I made:

Sure there aren’t a variety of colours in there, but just the fact of all the ingredients being green, makes it look so pretty.

This made me happy because it’s a new salad I tried and it was yummy, but you gotta be kidding if you think salad alone lifted my mood.

Kentucky chicken and chips.

Then cookies and cream ice cream.

Then chocolate with sprinkles.

Then espresso martini.

Then kruskovac.

And guess what?

I AM feeling better! πŸ€£πŸ˜‹

#2056 Phone party

We gotta find parties wherever we can since we can’t meet up with those we love.

But, can you really have a party, over the phone?

Well I can attest – YES.

Tonight we had an impromptu phone catch-up with my sister and bro-in-law, and it was truly fun and amazing.

We were playing each other music, sharing the latest news and anecdotes from our lives, and looking forward to the future when we can be together again, in person.

Then I went and made some espresso martinis, a new thing Hubbie and I wanted to try, and one sip and –

WOOOO! Our heads hit the roof, lol.

Then I was dancing, and opened a box of chocs, and baby girl had one too many…

(Her parents were going just a little cray cray and were looking the other way). 🀣😬🀭😜

If a lockdown night like this one can be so good with loved ones via telephone connection, well imagine how good it’ll be when we can really get together!

The countdown is on… !

#2049 DIY chocolate

I recently ordered this amazing DIY chocolate set from Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie.

There are a whole lot of ‘school holiday at home’ kits they are selling at the moment, and later this week the Australian Animal Chocolate Making Kit arrived on our doorstep.

Everything was labelled so perfectly, everything organised to an OCD-perfector’s delight. I helped baby girl in the chocolate melting, and she squeezed the chocolate onto the templates and then it went all over her hands…

So I was like, quick, lick it up!

Then we had leftover chocolate multiple times, and there I was in the kitchen, squeezing melted chocolate from the piping bag straight into baby girl’s mouth, saying “I am the worst Mum ever, look what I’m doing!”

And she was laughing her head off, chocolate all over her teeth and mum, clearly disagreeing with me. πŸ€­πŸ˜‰

It was a WHOLE heap of fun.

We taste-tested them tonight, and can I say, best chocolate ever! So smooth and creamy, OH MY GOD.

Also, BEST IDEA EVER! Such a fun thing to do on a school holiday in lockdown, we had the best laughs this afternoon… but not because we were high on chocolate and drinking it straight from the piping bags. 🀣🀣

#1979 Saturday night feast

Lockdown = baking. πŸ˜‹β€

Omg, nom nom nom.

During the day I made this delectable new recipe, recently seen on Marion Grasby’s social media, the ‘bounty brownie.’

Basically she uses the bounty chocolate bar, along with a whole lotta coconut and other good stuff, to make this incredible version of the brownie.

This is oozy, gooey, soft, and just OMG. My heart. ❀ I originally made it with Hubbie in mind because he loves coconut with chocolate, but gee, I think it’s an all-round winner.

But that wasn’t ALL. Hubbie got a selection of yummy meats and prawns, mixed grill style, and we got them sizzling on the stove… accompanied with salad stuff and home-made oven chips, let’s just say I was feeling really content.

Happy Saturday night πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

#1966 Chocolate slice and Ricky

Two things brought me joy today.

(Well, many really, but I gotta talk about something different now, don’t I? πŸ˜‰)

  1. Cooking.

It was such an inside day, and I was happy to spend most of it indoors, willing the rain to rain down even more, so I could revel in the inside-ness, even more.

I did lots of cooking, and was most happy with this chocolate slice I made. It’s a recipe I’ve had for yonks but never tried. Honestly, I have a trillion recipes scattered in magazines, books and clippings all over the place, and need to go through them more regularly so that I can discover more interesting things to make.

It was good.

2. Ricky Martin.

I’ve been on a massive rock fest of late, and most of the time Queen is the only thing I play. But I put a song on YouTube tonight, a live Ricky Martin performance, and after that was done it gave me another Ricky Martin song…

And I just REMEMBERED. I mean, it’s not like I forgot. But you can’t love everyone at the same time, and you gotta play music according to your mood.

But man, I still love the guy.

I ended up finding a CD and pumping it up as I did the dishes, because that’s the rule in our house… whoever does the dishes, picks the soundtrack.

And it was a whole lot of ‘ola’ tonight!

Chocolate slice, and Ricky. Both so, so sweet. πŸ€£πŸ’–πŸ˜‰