Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Recipe for a Perfect Day

So I have been a little bit slack with my BlogThis challenges so its time for me to start up again.

Here is my Recipe for the perfect day..

two single pancakes with maple syrup on a plateImage via Wikipedia

Part 1
  • A Batch of Pancakes
  • A few cups of Coffee
  • A slurp of Maple Syrup
  • and a dollop of Icecream

Pretty much explains it all really, to be eaten slowly and enjoyed thoroughly..

Part 2
  • A pair of well dressed clean children
  • A co-operative happy husband
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A trip to Dreamworld, my childrens favourite place at the moment.

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  • A visit to Dorothy the Dinosaur is a must
  • Finish the day with a tonne of icecream

Combine all of the above into a largeish car, sing all the way there. Watch the smiles as you get through the gates.

Part 3
  • A hot shower
  • Children in bed
  • Wine in hand
  • Husband still in good mood
  • Popcorn
  • And a good movie.

Perfect end to a perfect day? I think so
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Counting down

I was chatting with a friend today and realised it is exactly 7 days until my 4th wedding anniversary.

So I thought, why not (for old times sake) post up a photo of my gorgeous and I this time next week 4 years ago haha.

So to all of those who also got married on the 18th of June, a Happy Anniversary to you.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Note to Self

When getting excited about the prospect of eating lolly gobble bliss bombs for the first time since you were a kid, Check to see if you have popcorn.....
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A day for Disney and Popcorn

To calm the savage beasts I found the disney dvds that I have been meaning to put on for the kids for months now (not because I want to watch them or anything *wink wink*)

So on todays menu...

Snow white and Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs, recipe from Liss of Frills in the Hills

Perfect way to get through the day don't you think?
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

When I grow up

I recently joined Blogged, a brand new Australian blog network and this week the challenge was: When I grow up. Here goes...

In order of my mums memories...

First it was a Check out Chick, we went on a school excursion to our local woollworths and I discovered the joys of a register... Short lived dream.

Then it was a palaeontologist, guess what we were studying at school that term??

Ballerina- that one was slightly justified, I used to dance, Never in my life would I have been ballerina material though.

I then moved on to a Vet, after work experience I decided maybe a Vet nurse was more easily obtained so I went for that instead.

Now I just want to be a good mummy. I don't really care what brings the money in as long as I have my kids.

How things change...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Rainy Day In May

Coming to you this morning from not so sunny Brisbane. It seems the rain has really settled in. Its 11am and they children have cabin fever already... Its going to be an interesting day.

As I sit in my extremely dark room (must open the curtains) Drinking my morning tea, I hear the shrieks of laughter coming from the play room. Christian and Hayley are playing with their hobby horses, every now and then they will gallop down the hallway.

Hayley has a pink unicorn that she got for Christmas from her Great Aunt and Uncle her name is Bj affectionately named after the Stallion that my husbands parents own, Yeah I get the weirdness behind her being named after a male but what can ya do? Hayley was always afraid of the horses, but has a love for BJ, She will gladly tell you he is "her horse"

Christian has a Brown one with a white blaze that a friend of ours children gave to him just before they moved to Sydney, He is named after a regal warm blood who was in our family for a short time last year before he was rehomed to someone who would ride him more- Storm. Such a gentle giant and an old schoolmaster who stands over 16hh, even though he is no longer a part of the family he is still much loved by Christian.

I give the horses probably another 5 mins of love, about as long as the dolls tea party lasted earlier this morning, All they seem to do is eat on a day like this so no doubt they will have finished their morning tea and be looking for lunch.

Crusty bread and Home made Pumpkin Soup, . The only intake of pumpkin in my diet, Through soup.
I love this weather, Not too cold not too hot.
Cold enough to snuggle under a blanket at night, warm enough to still wear shorts.
Cold enough to sit down to a piping hot bownl of soup but warm enough to still enjoy Icecream...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Red Velvet

For a few years now I have been wanting to try Red Velvet Cake but never found an australian recipe, Until now Grab Your Fork has a recipe posted up.

The story goes; a few years ago a friend of mine had been looking to make a Red Velvet cake, a what you ask? Well this cake is a deep red colour and Chocolate in flavour, and gorgeous to look at. Wikipedia list it as

A Red velvet cake is a type of rich and sweet cake, with a distinctive dark red to bright red or red-brown color. Common ingredients include buttermilk, butter, flour, cocoa powder, and often either beets, or red food coloring. It is most popular in the Southern United States, though known in other regions. The most typical frosting for a red velvet cake is a butter roux icing also known as a cooked flour frosting. Cream cheese buttercream frostings are also popular.

Traditionalists believe that red velvet cakes must contain cocoa,[1] although recipes are available that do not contain any chocolate flavoring.[2][3]

So back to the story, She wanted to make it for her birthday but no matter how hard we searched neither of us could find a recipe that we could imagine working, Until now...

I have to say I am terribly excited about the prospect of finally trying this cake. The only thing that bothers me is the 20Ml of Red food colouring, that much colouring can not be good for anyone. So the question remains, Do I or don't I?

I Heart

My ♥'s this month are:

Chinese White Tea from Kenchington Teas
The family and I go to the markets at Rocklea on a Saturday morning and Kenchington Teas have a stall there. I bought a sample of the Chinese white tea and I am in love. Going to go back and get a full size bag so I can keep on enjoying this one...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Help Me, Mummy!

2am this morning I was woke to hear the blood curdling screams of my son, My heart raced as I ran to the other end of the house, Screaming and crying, The only words I could make out were, "Help me Mummy, it hurts".

I got to his room and he was laying curled up in pain. I asked him what was wrong and all he could tell me was his legs, please rub my leg mummy.

Growing pains, such a cruel pain. And why? I feel for the poor children that have to deal with it.

After rubbing his leg he eventually drifted off to sleep, but not me. My heart was racing, my poor child in pain and nothing I could do about it, what if it happened again and I was in a deep sleep, what if I didn't hear him and he cried himself to sleep?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mum I'm a Dr.

Today I come to you from the comfort of my computer chair with my feet up and my darling daughter being my Dr.

Diagnosis seems simple enough, I have lots of pain in my tummy, or so she says.
Treatment- Rub cream into my legs. Seems simple enough.
Prognosis- Seems its fatal unless I go along with the treatment of a whole bottle of moisturiser on my lower leg.

My dr. dictated to her assistant- "We need more cream, mummy will be dead if you don't help me"

Seems my life is in the hands of a 4.5yr old who doesn't listen to his sister at the best of times.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Granny Muffins

So in an effort to cut some of the preservatives from my kids diets I have re-discovered baking.
I used to love baking, but the ungrateful husband type never really liked anything I made so it generally went to waste.

Now that my kids are older (the ripe ages of 3.5 and 4.5) they are getting the gist of the fun of making the kitchen a total mess, in turn my husband is starting to eat it and I am shocked to say he is enjoying it.

First up yesterday for a yummy lunch I decided to make Zucchini Slice an absolute favourite in our house, I found the recipe on the Exclusively Food Blog a fair while ago and it never disappoints.

Opening up the cupboard to prepare the midgets kindy lunch I realised I had almost no food in the house. Granny Muffins it is.

I found a basic muffin recipe a while ago that I lurve, a tweak here and there and I give you

Granny Muffins.
Makes 18 regular size muffins

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup Milk
2 1/2 cups of Plain Flour
3 tsp Baking powder
2 Granny Smith Apples Grated.
Brown sugar for the tops

Combine wet and dry ingredients, Mix until combined and divide into muffin trays.
Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in a 200c Oven for 20-25 mins

I alternate between putting the apple in the mix and adding half of the basic mix to the trays top with apple and fill with the rest of the mix. The husband type generally prefers the Apple centre ones.

Magic, lunch crisis averted and now I have a nice treat to give to mum when she comes over after work.

Best part about baking.....Owning a dishwasher.