Road trip overload

We are finally back from another 3pickles road trip adventure. 
I feel like I've been away from this blog for such a long time since I started working again but because I've been on the road for the past couple of weeks, I've had plenty of time to think if I wanted to keep blogging here or not.

I do. 

I hope you'll stick with me. I've have so much catching up to do with all of you and so many things to share from our latest adventures across this wide brown land.

As always, this blog is still a mixed bag of family, food, beauty for women 40+ and home renovations but you're going to see a lot more of our road trips ( I think we've taken 4 in the past 12 months and my camera is about to explode! 

I'll  be sharing lots of little tips for travelling with the family, doing it in style AND all without breaking the bank.

I hope you'll join me with the first installment very soon.

See you then.
Marnie x

Once - The Musical

The smash-hit, multi-award winning musical Once has premiered in Melbourne  at the Princess Theatre and Mr Pickle & I were privileged to be invited to the opening night's performance last night. 

We have lived in Melbourne for 12 years and have never been to a live theatre performance other than the little pickles' school productions (which are totally entertaining too). This was a rare "grown up" evening for us as most of our nights out involve family activities. 

My kids would not have gone the distance with this one anyway....the show began at 8pm and runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission. If you have young ones who like musical theatre, I'd suggest a matinee. As much as I loved Once, I doubt it would be my kids cup of tea. They'll wait for Nintendo the musical....

We chose to catch the train into the city so we didn't have to worry about parking. Parliament station is a very short walk from the theatre....easy peasy getting there and getting home too.

I wasn't surprised to learn that Once is the only show to have music that won the Academy Award®,  Grammy Award®, Olivier Award and Tony Award®. 

Set in modern day Dublin, Once is the story of a Guy who gave up on his music and his love and the Girl who inspired him to dream again.  

We were truly blown away by the cast and the talents they brought to the stage. 

I don't think I've ever seen a group of people with the ability to sing, dance, act AND play several musical instruments so well. 

Inspiring to say the least.

Guy and Girl are played by Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones who perform the Oscar award-winning song ‘Falling Slowly’ . Their voices will blow you away...I can't get the song out of my head (and I don't want to).

x Marnie

Spring Salad

We ate this salad today.
Loved it.
Will be making more of it.
Here's what's in it.

  • Rocket
  • Capsicum (red peppers)
  • Fresh corn 
  • Red Onion
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Good 4U+U Crunchy Combo (a mix of legumes like mung, peas, chic) I got them from Coles, next to the rocket. I have also used canned 4 bean mix and canned chic peas.
  • Carrot
  • Freshly steamed, green beans
  • A drained can of red salmon
  • Avocado
  • Salt & pepper
  • Salad dressing
Toss to combine & serve with Turkish bread if you like.

x Marnie

Homemade Lemonade with Ginger

 ’This post is an entry into the Nuffnang ‘Fresh Recipe’ Network Competition, thanks to BRITA. Check out for inspiration and exclusive recipes by Gary Mehigan’.

After nearly 2 years of TLC, our 25 year old lemon tree is back in action. 
Although tiny, the lemons are just as sweet and tangy as they have always it's time for homemade lemonade. 
But this time I'm adding a spicy twist. Ginger!

Our lovely old lemon tree has tried so hard to recover from the wasp damage and I feel I owe it to her to use as many lemons as possible this season. 
My 3 little pickles love the occasional sweet drink but I'd much prefer to give them something that is fresh and I'm fully aware of the's why we like to cook from scratch as often as possible. 
I also love the idea of using filtered water in this recipe because I feel secure in knowing that the water I'm using is also fresh and clean. It's often the one ingredient we forget about, yet water would have to be essential in just about every recipe when you think about it.

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plus 6 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  1. Place the white sugar and 1 cup of the filtered water in a large saucepan. 
  2. Stir on low heat until sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil, continue for 2 minutes. 
  3. Turn off heat.
  4. Add one cup of freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice and some freshly grated ginger, stir. 
  5. Put lid on saucepan and leave to rest for 20 minutes. This step makes a huge difference to the finished taste.
  6. Add 6 cups of filtered water and stir. Fill a jug with ice, throw in some bruised mint leaves, pour lemonade over ice. Enjoy.

x Marnie