New Year, New You

Ok, so I know we are almost 2 weeks into 2015 (ummm, how did that happen?!) but being a new year means new goals, new resolutions and the like. Did you manage to make any resolutions? I made the usual, get organised, get into shape as well as a few work and study related goals. So, I thought it would be fun to highlight some amazing products available from the good ol' U S of A for putting your best foot forward in 2015. ...more



ANZAC Biscuit Diplomacy: a statement on food, national identity, and home-made costumes involving paper plates

from: Æto: Bronwyndate: 21 July 2014 08:49subject: So apparently"We have two children going to school now and both of them are expected to be racially harmon...more

Christmas 1994 to Christmas 2013

While looking through old photographs, I came across one that I had used for my Christmas card in 1994. My son William was two-years-old and in love with animals....more
My family Christmas traditions have definitely evolved over the years and I love my new holiday ...more

Setting Off on the Adventure of a Lifetime

by Chelsea StuartFive years ago, the decision to go to college 1,000 miles away from home and everyone I knew was a little scary, but I was excited. Two years ago, I chose to go 10,000 miles away to Australia for five months to study abroad, and I was nervous. It wasn’t the nervousness most people would imagine of long flights, cultural differences, and missing friends and family. I was nervous about these things, too, but mainly, I worried, what if I didn’t love travel as much as I wanted to?...more

Your Guide to All Things Melbourne- Cup Day

Cup Day- the race that stops a nation. So they say.The Melbourne Cup, a race for three year (and older) horses is a traditional day off for the majority of Victorians, if not Australians. I have no idea why.Held every year on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse, Cup Day has been an official public holiday since 1877. This year the race had about 20 horses and prize money of over six million dollars. The race is run over 3, 200 metres (2 miles) and horses from around the globe are flown into Australia for the Cup....more

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Australia

Australia has long been a top pick for both Matt and myself during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Matt always orders the lamb dish, and I often order the shrimp. This year, however it was the Pavlova that caught my attention, replacing the former Lamington dessert.The Pavlova is a Crispy Meringue Shell with fresh Driscoll's Berries and Vanilla Custard. We had just grabbed a fork to tackle this dish, but we really could have used a knife to get through the meringue - it was very firm and crumbled as we tried to dig in. I enjoyed that it wasn't overly sweet, and the berries were fantastic....more

Totems Around Town

I Confuse My New Australian Friends by Saying "Supper"

Somehow I couldn't get into my BlogHer account for quite some time...I've now been in Australia for 4 weeks & will, over the next few days, catch up on the posts I've made on my blog:  ...more

My Australia Souvenir: Lemon Lime & Bitters Recipe

This was my go-to drink while Sexy Nerd and I were visiting my family in Australia. Interestingly, I was told this is a drink often served to children because the alcohol content is fairly low. I really can't imagine that going over well in the US! ...more