Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5k

Hello!... Yes I know, shock horror, a blog post! 

I know I have been missing in action for a few weeks, but hopefully I get out of my blogging 'funk' and be more consistent again soon.

Any hoo... I thought I would start with the 5k I ran on the weekend.
 I had made bit of a new years resolution to myself that I would enter the Women's 5k run for Cancer, which was held on Sunday in our town, I had run it once before, a few years ago and was hoping to beat my time and also increase my fitness in the process.


Getting out for a run wasn't the easiest task with Tom often working away and the three children as the twins are getting too big to enjoy being pushed in the pram. So I slugged it away on the treadmill every morning, with the occasional run outdoors. I chucked on my headphones, pumped up the music and enjoyed 30 minutes running and singing.


Every few days I could feel myself getting stronger, and as time went on I wasn't counting down how many minutes I had before I could stop, instead I found myself trying to sneak in an extra 10 or 15 minutes before the children starting looking for me.

 I printed off an 8 week '5k running plan for beginners', wrote it up on a calendar and stuck it next to the treadmill, it was so rewarding to slash a big cross on every day I had completed my run. I also downloaded the Nike+ app which is great for tracking your runs.

There were a few things I had to work around, like a some camping trips where I had to find time for a dusty/sandy run, or a few nights where I had been up with the twins for hours and was exhausted. Even then I still found ways to get my run in and always felt better for it.

On Sunday I was a little nervous but hoping to run under 45 minutes, my best time at home was 47 minutes and I was relying on the hype of the race to get me under 45. 


And I smashed it! I ran 41.01 which I was so proud of look forward to knocking it down even more next year.

The Women's 5k, is such a fun morning, with all the women cheering  and encouraging each other along the way. 

My next goal? Well I have been looking into a 5k Mud Run which is coming up next month, I will have to decide soon if I'm going to enter as I will need to start training again, as for now? I'm happy waddling around with sore legs for a few days. 

Hopefully you'll see me again soon...

Holli x


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Slow cooker beef korma

We love curry nights around here, we all enjoy some spice in our life and after a bit of perfecting they are very easy to whip up in the slow cooker, making for an easy Friday night or weekend dinner.

Here is my extremely easy Beef Korma recipe.

What you'll need:

1kg casserole beef
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp korma curry paste
2½ cups beef stock
400 ml can coconut milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
cinnamon stick



What to do:

I throw all of the above in the slow cooker and set for 5 hours, or longer if I'm leaving the house for the day. A minimum of 5 hours seems to make the meat juice and tender.


For the easiest nann (or 'flatbread') recipe check out Jamie's ripper here.

We serve with yoghurt and if the spice isn't to your liking a few chopped chillies or perhaps some diced cucumber to cool it down.

I also dice my beef and freeze ahead and even pop it in the slow cooker frozen.

Enjoy. x

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Australia Day Weekend

With Poppy back at school yesterday (Grade 1!!) and Tommy home from work, I had a chance to go over some photos from our Australia day long weekend. 

And what an amazing weekend it was, with a bunch of friends we were off on the Friday afternoon in our four wheel drives and heading to some dunes about an hour away for a lovely getaway.


Camping, beaching, quad bike riding, four wheel driving, dune climbing, marshmallow cooking, exploring and more.




With lots of other little children it always makes for a more relaxing (seems crazy I know) time as everyone is in the same frame of mind watching all the children and they all play so lovely together. Plus when they are all tucked up in bed of a night everyone appreciates a glass of wine around the fire more than ever! 








We had almost perfect weather, with only one night being a bit windy and rainy but it soon cleared up and was followed by a scorcher of a day (Tasmania for you!)

The children loved climbing the dunes which was fantastic for a good nights sleep and riding down them on the sand boards was so much fun.




We always love decorating our 1970's pop up camper with flags or whatever to have a bit of a festive feel and as it's usually Poppy who decides what the decorations are, she loves the feeling of being involved in the setting up process.

Overall we had a fantastic weekend and can not wait to do it a few more times before the summer is over!!

What did you do for the long weekend?

Holli x

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Muffins

I love this basic muffin recipe that lets me add what ever extras I have in the kitchen.

This time I added blueberries and apricots, we also love, raspberry and white chocolate bits, banana, dates, and soon I will be adding blackberries and freezing them for work and school lunch boxes.

What you'll need:

2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cups sugar
1 egg beaten
1/4 cups oil

  • 1 cup milk
What to do:
Place all ingredients in bowl.
Mix until combined.
Bake on 180 for approximately 20 minutes.

(I add about 1/2 a cup of whatever fruit I want to add)


Happy Wednesday. x

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bubble snakes

I had this little activity packed away with our camping things as a 'go to' if we had a quiet afternoon. Luckily we didn't and the children were easily entertained playing in the dirt and what not.
So today when it was a little quiet I whip it together and everyone (including Tommy who was home from work early) enjoyed it for a good hour or so.


You will need:
Rubber bands
Old Socks
Bottles with the bottom cut out
A mix of 3/4 detergent and 1/4 water

What to do:
Cut the ends of the socks off and pull them over the end of the bottle and secure them with a rubber band.
Dip the end in the detergent mixture and give some long gentle blows on the bottle to make "bubble snakes". We had competitions to see who could get the longest and whose would float the highest in the air.


So there you have it, a fast, easy activity that can be whipped up anywhere.


Happy Tuesday! x


Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday

Poppy goes back to school in two sleeps, she will start year one and can not wait. 

Me on the other hand? I'm enjoying the holidays too much and would love another week or two with my girl. 

Like usual summer has finally decided to kick in just as it's back to school time, we will be getting some high temps this week and I can see icypoles after school in the near future.

I have also just gotten off the phone from booking the twins into a one day a week pre-kinder program starting in a couple of weeks. Whatever will I do with myself?

Happy Monday xx

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pickling

I'm the type of person that would be half way through washing the dishes, put the brush down and say "I'm going to pickle some cucumbers", then spend the next two hours cutting, sterilising and bottling cucumbers and anything else I can lay my hands on from the garden. 
It's not that I wouldn't have thought about it for awhile, in fact I have probably over thought it for the past few days, lay awake at night thinking of what spices would suit my pickle mix, how many bottles I should do and what we would be doing in 8-10 week later when it's time to open and enjoy the pickles, a last hurrah summer salad? An easy Saturday night dinner of burgers with friends?
I just seem to have trouble finding the time, so while I'm washing away sometimes I realise, everyone is accounted for, playing nicely, in the garden with Pop or gone for a walk with Dad and I make the most of that quiet time. Stop what I'm doing and bottle till my hearts content. 
Which is what I did today, Tommy had taken Poppy to see what happens while he gives blood, and the twins were playing nicely with their baby dolls. 
We have had (like most people with veggie gardens) an overload of cucumbers so we pickled some using this recipe. The plum tree has gone nuts this year so we bottled up a few plums too, they will be delicious in the cooler months in pies, crumbles and as is, perhaps with a dollop of yoghurt.

I have found in the past six years of being a Mum that you have to make the most of the quiet time you are given, even if it means ditching the dishes.

Happy Sunday. x