Scrabble Cheats!

A friend and I recently escaped to the Sunshine Coast hinterland to attend a cheese making workshop at Easy Cheesy. The night before our course, we decided to get in the zone with a dairy themed Scrabble game. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to our spelling!  How long did it take you to spot this Scrabble cheat!



Another reason to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Parkers have done it again! Brisbane’s west has another authentic farmers’ market in a most unexpected location …..

Fresh fruit and veg from Suttons Family Farm at the Fig Tree Farmers' Market

Fresh fruit and veg from Sutton Family Farms at the Fig Tree Farmers’ Market


The Crown Hotel, Dayboro

Now that the whirlwind of Christmas and New Year’s Eve is over, how about taking some time to chill out and just breathe? A 45 minute drive could find you sitting under the shade of the weeping fig trees on the verandah of the historic Crown Hotel in Dayboro. These beautiful fig trees were planted in 1923 by the then publican’s wife, Mrs Herbert, to provide shade for horses tied to the hitching rails of the pub. What a bonus that 92 years later, we humans are enjoying the shade from these magnificent old trees!


The Red Brick Bakery, Newmarket

Here’s comes the weekend and it’s time to treat yourself.  This Newmarket find is a weekend must do!

The Red Brick Bakery is home to artisan bakery, Crust and Co – suppliers to some of Brisbane’s top cafes and restaurants.


On Fridays and weekends this little bakery opens it’s doors to the public and they come in droves to drool over the amazing variety of sweet and savoury morsels just screaming “eat me”!  Awesome sour dough (and a variety of other breads),  buttery, flaky pastries, tempting tarts and more walk out the door in white paper bags.  Entry to the bakery is through a very ordinary looking side door that on a weekday would look just like any other door, giving no hint of what really lies within.  In fact, I felt a bit like a naughty child, sneaking into a forbidden lolly shop!

Last weekend was my first visit to Crust and Co and it definitely won’t be my last. It’s probably a good thing that it’s only open to piggies like me a few days a week! I walked out with an almond and custard croissant and a cherry and almond brioche slice to share with the husband – both were divine!

Crust and Co opens it’s doors to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am – 12 noon but be warned, you’ll probably have to queue to get in the door and the earlier you get there, the more variety you’ll find. This manna from heaven starts disappearing in those white paper bags very early so get out of those PJs and over to The Red Brick Bakery this weekend. You can also buy a great Merlo’s coffee at the bakery to complete this great experience. Just do it!