I’m Elaine and I live in Canberra, Australia with my husband, Tim and baby daughter Anita. In 2016 we bought an old ‘fixer upper’ cottage and so I originally started this blog to share our renovation journey. It has since expanded a little to cover a few more ‘parsonage’ themes of interest – house & home, food, family and some musings on the Christian life. We called our home ‘The Parsonage’ because Tim is a pastor and we like to think of our home as a place of hospitality, rest and family life. Hope you enjoy looking around!
This is our first renovation project in Weston Creek, Canberra. We called it ‘The Parsonage’ as my husband is an Anglican minister at a local church. When we bought it, it was a fairly eclectic ex-government cottage that had seen better days. We tried to bring the gardens back to life and totally gutted and... Continue Reading →
Decisions around work, schooling, location, housing... it all feels pretty overwhelming sometimes. How do we cope with the fear of making the 'wrong' decision? What is even causing this over-analysis paralysis? It's something I've been churning over in my thinking, prayers and conversations a lot lately, so here are a few musings that I hope can help our indecisiveness.
This delicious recipe is packed with veggies and super yummy. I tend to make two pies at once and freeze or refrigerate one. They get eaten quickly in our household!
I make these all the time as easy snacks for Anita and lunch for myself. They are loaded with veggies so a good way to sneak in some nutrition!
I'm currently working with a client on a kitchen renovation. There are A LOT of decision to be made and it can be pretty overwhelming for anyone who hasn't gone through the process before. So here are some tips that could help you if you decide to tackle a kitchen reno of your own.
I remember when someone gave me a mini muffin tray, I wondered when I would ever use this. Answer is - all the time! I love making bite sized snacks that are great for entertaining, kids or just for yourself! Ingredients 1 cup thickened cream 1 cup self raising flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp... Continue Reading →
When Tim and I said we were thinking of going to Europe when Anita was 1.5 years old and I was in my third trimester of pregnancy, most people looked at us like we were slightly mad. But we'd done a long haul flight to Scandinavia the year before, when she was 8 months old and it hadn't been too bad, so we thought we'd go for it again! Whilst flying and travelling with infants is obviously never going to be quite as relaxing as it was before them, there are lots of things you can do to make the experience a little easier. It really can be so rewarding and we have so many happy memories! So, here are my top tips for travelling with little ones:
I like to think of myself as quite a high-capacity person. I am prone to pride about how organised, efficient and on-top-of-it-all I can be. Which is maybe why it is all the harder to admit when things are not alright. When, for whatever reason, life has piled up on you and you crumple under... Continue Reading →
I love this dish because you can really adapt it for your own taste and health requirements. You can ditch the actual pasta completely and just use zoodles (zucchini noodles), or you can do a half/half mix like I do if you still want some authentic 'pasta' taste. The avo sauce is creamy, healthy, zesty and delicious!
When I had Anita, one of my biggest fears was having to let go of all beauty (and white!) in my home and surrendering to permanent chaos. And let's face it, having kids does make beautiful interior design a bit harder. So, yes, maybe some of the low-height glassware and linen-upholstered chairs may have to go, but I have come across quite a few design tricks that can help your home be a happy balance of kid-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.