Monday, September 29, 2014

Pumpkin scones

Pumpkin scones was the first on my list of things to cook these school holidays. We had pumpkin that needed using up and they bake quickly which is perfect for "Staaaaaarving" little helpers.

When baking at our house I usually break the measurements down into three so everyone can have a turn at pouring in the milk or flour, mixing a little bit and generally making a mess.

Poppy was on cutting duty and I find a thick wine glass works best as the stem works as a good handle. Rory and Alexis had the job of lining up and counting the scones.

Then of course there is always plenty of willing taste tester.

So here is my easy and delicious pumpkin scone recipe for you to enjoy....

What you'll need:
600g Pumpkin, seeded, peeled, coarsely chopped
3 cups self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
60g chilled butter, cut into 1cm pieces
1 cup buttermilk

What to do:
Cook pumpkin in a saucepan of boiling water until very tender. Drain. Mash until a coarse puree forms. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 240°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add pumpkin and buttermilk. Use a flat-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until evenly incorporated and the mixture just starts to hold together. (Some pumpkin is watery than others, so you may need to add more flour if your dough is too wet)

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Use your hands to press out the dough until about 2cm thick. Use a round 5.5cm pastry cutter to cut scones from the dough. Place on the prepared tray. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden and scones sound hollow when tapped on the base.

I would love to hear what you're baking these school holidays.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly Stills

We made strawberry and coconut ice creams.

She played with her buddy Whistler.

They enjoyed molding goop.

She made and enjoyed strawberry smoothies.

We walked new streets in our neighborhood. 

My friend Anna made us the most delicious salads I had ever tasted.

We ordered fish and chips for a treat.

They picnicked

They watched the lambs feed.

He collected treasure on the beach.

She went to a birthday party at an awesome tube sliding park.

The start of the school holidays has gone off with a bang, after school Friday we headed to Hobart for two nights to visit family and friends.

We rushed home early this morning so Poppy could attend a birthday party which was at an awesome outdoor tube sliding park which we hadn't been to before and will be back to.

It was great to catch up with friends yesterday and watching the AFL grand final in the afternoon. 

Tomorrow when the official holidays start I plan to have a slow morning relishing in the fact I don't have to get three little ones early to leave the house early in the morning.

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.


Saturday, September 27, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: Eating our creation.
Rory: Helping make pizza dough.
Poppy: Showing me her dance moves.

Joining in with Jodi.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Stills

They decorated biscuits.

Poppy joined 6000 other students at a dance event.

We had cheeky Friday afternoon drinks.

They patted the ponies.

The girls make mud cakes.

They enjoyed sparklers at the bon-fire.

The girls laid and we made egg and bacon pies.

The weather is just getting better and better, I'm loving the longer days and the fact that school holidays are only a week away.

The weekends are filled with the usual birthday parties, play dates, park visits and a lovely bon-fire with friends last night.

 As for now, I'm off to check the roast chicken in the oven.

Thanks to those that linked up last weekend, I would love to come visit your posts this week so link up again! xx

Saturday, September 20, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: Mud pie making.
Rory: Reluctantly opening his mouth to show me the biscuit he pilfered from the cookie jar.
Poppy: Playing 'witches'.

Joining in with Jodi.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Biscuit decorating

A morning tea activity, to keep little hands busy while I wash the floors inside.

Some milk arrowroot biscuits, chocolate spread, peanut butter, cereal, nuts, dried fruit and fresh fruit. 

And my two little artists can make their own morning tea, look and taste as delicious as they like.

Sheep, faces, cars, and a train were constructed, enjoyed and eaten.

I'm looking forward to doing this activity again with Poppy, and who'd have thought, not a gaudy colored icing, or lolly in site.

Happy Thursday! xx

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekly Stills

We made delicious pear and raspberry loaf.

We started having more salads as the days got longer.

We made rice paper rolls.

He rode his trike.

She spent the weekend at the beach with Granny and Papa

We went to the pool.

We made after dinner treats.

She collected shells on the beach.

The daisies gave us a delightful show.

Poppy spent the weekend with her Grandparents down the coast so we got out and about with the twins, taking them to the pool, parks, cooking, and gardening. Today Tommy has been off four wheel driving for the day, so I took the twins to the market for the best Bangladesh donuts ever, it's always a little crazy taking the twins anywhere without the pram by myself but was totally worth it.

Tonight everyone is tired and we are starting to count down until the next school holidays (2 weeks away).

I hope you had a great week, I would love to check out your week in photos, so add the link to your blog below and I will come check it out.

Happy Sunday. xx