My Smoko Break to publish recipe and tips book

6th March 2017 4:28 PM
MY SMOKO BREAK FOUNDER: Hayley Maudsley. MY SMOKO BREAK FOUNDER: Hayley Maudsley. Contributed

WESTERN Queensland's Hayley Maudsley is set to launch her own recipe and tips book.

The 35-year-old mother-of-three's My Smoko Break Facebook page has attracted more than 88,000 followers in the four years it has been live.

The name My Smoko Break derived from her enjoyment of cooking - and not being able to sit still. Hayley can't even watch her favourite TV show without doing something.

It was an afternoon in early 2013 that Hayley sat down to enjoy a cup of coffee (smoko), flicking through her smart phone at photos of food she had made and some craft activities she had done with her children, posting on her personal Facebook page to inspire.

She posted step-by-step photos of hints and tips and a how-to guide on everything from cleaning to baby care, lifestyle, recipes, craft and technology.

She was encouraged by her friends to start blogging as it may benefit more people.

Hayley decided to establish My Smoko Break on Facebook, hence the name, as it all happened while enjoying her very own smoko break.

So how did this young woman from a wheat and cattle property in Queensland end up being a social media sensation?

"I am the mother of three small children living on a rural property at Westmar in south-west Queensland," she said.

"I pondered about my lifestyle; I wasn't depressed, but possibly just lonely, craving some adult social interaction."

Her husband worked away a lot at another family property.

"I have always been very interested in clever things, both inventions and ideas, and especially things that are done in an easy and fast way, not afraid to try things."

Yet she is the first to admit she's no expert, rather a master of trial and error.

"It was a way I could interact and socialise with others, giving me both a satisfied feeling that I have helped someone, given a different perspective on how to do something and also a feeling of meeting someone new to 'chat' to."

She emphasised what she had tried and the success she had through series of step-by-step images and guides.

Jokes, quotes using her own images from her lifestyle and children and some good old-fashioned humour have added to her social media recipe for success. She knows from personal experience how a little shared positivity can make a difference.

"I always throw in some humour because you never know what sort of difference the little things can make to someone's day," she said.

One small smile that could be brought to someone's face on what otherwise could be a gloomy day, could just be the pick-me-up they needed, she said. Though at times it might be more of a cringe because she has been known to take a particular liking to "dad jokes".

She continues to live behind the name of her "label" by taking pics throughout the day of what she does.

Though she clarifies being a young mum in the bush means because she is "a real woman and mother and living a real life", some days she drops off the radar, caught up in other roles.

But she is careful to explain what sets her page apart from others on Facebook.

"If readers are familiar with Facebook, a lot of people share posts stating 'going to try this' with a photo of cookbook-style fancy foods, then you click on a link to go to a website, only to discover you don't have panko breadcrumbs, or chai seeds for the recipe and likewise for crafts," Hayley said.

"Well that is the difference with my page, it definitely works! If it works for me, why wouldn't it work for anyone else?

"So, I just decided that I would pop a few home tips and ideas and recipes up that I found useful and for me to revert back to for quick reference and also for others."

Apart from doing My Smoko Break in her spare time, Hayley most enjoys her garden and playing with her children, Heidi, 6, Angus, 4, and Charlie, 2. They love the outdoors, and also love licking the beaters in the kitchen any chance they get.

Husband John is a hard worker and provider to the family of five, farming a predominately wheat property and also helping out on the family feedlot at Goomeri.

The My Smoko Break book will be published by the Rural Weekly and is available for pre-order at www.ruralweekly.com.au/mysmokobreak.

The book will be out in time for Mother's Day.