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Staying Warm And Cozy

Hi friends, I know a lot of you are enjoying Summer at the moment and I’m feeling a bit jealous looking at all your sunny pics haha! As for me here in Sydney, it’s been freezing cold so this weekend has been all about staying warm and cozy! Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s a snapshot of mine for today’s post, thank you so much for stopping by to have a read. I always appreciate it so much!!

Friday Night

We had our first Friday of the month dinner with my family at our place on Friday night and we had a blast. I love my family so much and every time we get together we have the best time. Not everyone could make it this time around and we missed a couple of family members. One had to work and the other had another commitment. But that’s ok, we’ll blink and before we know it, it will be our July get-together! Time flies by so crazy fast!

I tried to keep the menu simple. With Steve working Saturday evening it meant that I didn’t have my right-hand man to help me. Because he’s in hospitality he knows exactly how to time things just right so that the food miraculously appears all hot and ready on the table. But I think I did ok and everything turned out great.

We started with a cheeseboard.

cheeseboard for staying warm and cozy post

I made Mediterranean chicken served with a big salad, rice, crunchy baked potatoes, and garlic bread. Because you can never have enough carbs!

salad for staying warm and cozy post

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For dessert, my aunty brought a big chocolate cake and I completely forgot to take a photo. But everybody loved it.


I went to the bakery to pick up some bread rolls and on the way back to the car. I was struck by how blue the sky was. It was bright blue and sunny but super cold and windy.

blue sky for staying warm and cozy post

I spent most of the day doing some chores that I didn’t get to during the week. I went to change my son’s bed sheets. He normally strips his own bed but routine flew out the window this week. He was sick again with an upper respiratory tract infection plus he had a bunch of assignments due. Anyway, when I went to get the sheets off his bed I heard an unimpressed miaow. My little cat was staying warm and cozy all wrapped up in the sheets. Ha! she wasn’t too happy about having to move!


I watered the plants with this cute watering can I picked up from Ikea a while ago. Initially, I didn’t like it because the water spilled if I tipped it too fast. But I have learned to tip slowly and it works great.

watering can from Ikea for staying warm and cozy post

watering monster plant

A couple of months ago my Monstera plant had lots of new leaves that sadly turned brown and then black. When I googled it. Google said that it was because I wasn’t watering it enough. So now I am making sure that I water every Saturday. The same goes for my Peace Lily. So far so good. No more droopy plants or brown/black leaves. Fingers crossed these lovely plants survive my brown thumb.

I washed my rangehood filters. I’ve heard you can put them in the dishwasher?? I didn’t this time but I should try it next time.

range hood filters for staying warm and cozy post

A Surprise Dinner Invitation

I was all set to spend the evening home alone watching a movie under a cozy blanket after dinner. Like every Saturday Steve was at work and Sam was out with his lovely girlfriend. But my friend rang me at around 6.00 pm and invited me over to her house for dinner. We only live a few streets away so I said YES! Got changed and was there in a flash. Impromptu dinner plans are so much fun and we had a great time.

dinner table

She made cottage pie and I found out why hers always tastes so good. She mixes parmesan cheese into the mashed potato before she spreads it over the mince. I will be doing this from now on for sure!

cottage pie with parmesan cheese


We all slept in and skipped breakfast. Before we knew it, it was lunchtime. We had leftovers from Friday night (yes, I always seem to over cater). Steve went to work and I caught up on some blogging.

lunch for staying warm and cozy post

It was another cold day and it just got colder as the sun went down. The sky was a very pretty pink though.


As the sun started to set I went around the house lighting some candles.



I’ve got these great battery-operated candles that I bought from Pottery Barn. I love them because you can set them with a timer and they turn on automatically at around 4.30 pm every day. Such a cool feature!

battery operated candles

I really love lighting candles in the evening, especially during winter. The warm soft glow of the candles makes me happy and It’s one of the things I like to do to make my home feel snug. A while ago I did a post on “How To Make A Home Feel Cozy”. If you would like to read about five simple ways to do this, you can find them here.

We just spent the rest of Sunday at home relaxing which was really nice. See my little cat, she’s all curled up on her soft pillow under the coffee table.

cat staying warm and cozy

That just about wraps up my weekend. It was a fun one that as usual went by way too fast. I really do hope you all have a wonderful week.

Happy Monday!

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13 thoughts on “Staying Warm And Cozy”

  1. What a lovely weekend. I love that you extended hospitality to your family and that you were invited to dinner. In the US, I feel like we are so fussy with entertaining and it doesn’t need to be that way. I hope you are doing ok in dealing with your grief from your mom’s passing. I think it helps to be around people instead of retreating like I sometimes wanted to do. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Ruth(playworkeatrepeat)

      Thank you so much, Amy. I’m pushing myself to be around people. My natural instinct is usually to hide!!! I really hope you have a most wonderful week xx

  2. Hello there! I’m stopping by from the Hello Monday link-up. If you’re jealous that it’s summer here, I’m jealous that it’s winter there. I love the cold months and the late fall and winter seasons! I know that makes me sound strange, but it’s true. I live in the U.S., in Tennessee, in a little town named Collierville that’s near Memphis. It’s nice to meet you! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I love when impromptu plans happen- they’re usually the most fun times. And I love your kitty! We had a cat that died on Christmas eve and she loved to curl up like that in her little nest that we had in our living room.

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. Ruth(playworkeatrepeat)

      So sorry to hear about your little cat. Lovely to meet you too! Really hope you have a great week xx

  3. We are supposed to be enjoying summer here but I’m sat here with a blanket on and a jumper as it’s quite chilly.
    The family dinner sounds like fun, all of the food looks amazing and how lovely to go to your friends for dinner on Saturday. That is a great tip about mixing the cheese with the mashed potato before putting it on the mince. I will have to try that. x

    1. Ruth(playworkeatrepeat)

      Hi Kim, hope you have a great week. It must be cold if you need a jumper and a blanket! Hopefully, the weather will warm up soon xx

  4. I like those battery operated candles, I will see what I can find over here. I like having candles but don’t want to fuss with remembering to light them or blow them out.
    I think garlic bread should accompany any meal!
    Have a great week!

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