Hello from Down Under.
My name is Kylie, and together with my husband Shannon, we have created this website to bring you inspirational, budget-friendly and Australian recipes.
There is five of us in the Thomas household. I, my husband and our three children Angel, Lakyn and Willow.
Angel and Lakyn have both been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and both are high functioning. So life is pretty hectic between specialist appointments, Ballet and Karate for the kids, working and maintaining a household.
But with a large family comes lots of hungry mouths and fussiness. Budget can play a big part too in what gets cooked or baked.
We want to be able to bring you recipes that your whole family will enjoy, along with ones that are great for time-poor families and ones that are restricted to a budget.
Wow, where do I start!
My first job was working at Macdonald’s and then Seaworld, on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
No, I am not originally from there. Victoria is my home and still living there with my beautiful family.
Although my husband and I do have a goal to one day move back to sunny Queensland.
Getting back on topic. Both places gave me experience within the food and hospitality industry.
Upon becoming a young mum, I decided to choose to stay at home with my children. At the same time, they were young and studied, business, business administration and training and assessing. With the plans of going back to work once they were in school.
While our kids were still small, I did party plan for UnderCoverWear and Fith Avenue was a way for me to do something for the household…long story.
But there was something else I was passionate about, and it didn’t hit me till I planned my own wedding. And with our two children just being diagnosed with ASD, I wanted to be able to work from home.
This started my wedding invitation business, along with my wedding and event planning business.
So where does the cooking and baking come into it? I know what your thinking. Everything I have done has no relevance or even given me qualifications or experience cooking or baking.
As a teen, I loved baking cakes. And coming from a European background, the love of food and cooking was always there.
I loved cooking and baking, I even baked my own desserts for our wedding.
My mum asked me one day why I don’t become a chef or baker, but the thought of being in a high demanding job like a restaurant actually scared me. I liked the idea of just cooking for special occasions, family and friends.
Over the years, I have become a self-taught cook and baker, experimenting with foods and would like to be able to share my knowledge with you all.
Shannon, on the other hand, started his work life in a local Chinese restaurant and ended up become a Sioux Chef. But his life also took some unexpected turns, and he got jobs as a painter, worked in a petrol station and managed a furniture store.
Shannon cooked at home on the odd occasion making Chinese food. But it was not until our youngest was born that he found his passion for cooking.
Due to having a cesarean, I was unable to stand and cook for a while. Shannon took some time out from work to help me around the house and with the kids but had fun experimenting with other types of recipes.
Upon having to go back to work, Shannon became a driver for Coles online and as the job and our lives become more hectic. Cooking for him got put to the wayside.
It was not until he bought a weber bbq, and cooked his first pork roast, that he re-found his passion. It has now become a weekly tradition of me cooking during the week and Shannon cooking on the weekends.
Together we are now working on making this our full-time career. And due to our passion and excitement with creating new recipes, our even children love joining in on the fun.
Which has also allowed us to teach them how to cook.