Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pizza dough

We love Pizza around here (who doesn't), we are lucky enough to have a pizza oven and love making our own dough as it's so much cheaper, and always better than store bought.

I usually make a big batch, (ten times the recipe below) wrap the extra doughs up in in cling wrap and freeze in single portions then when we plan to have a pizza night get the dough out in the morning and let defrost all day.





Here is my favourite dough recipe.

What you'll need:
1 tsp dried yeast
1/4 tsp caster sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp salt

What to do:
Combine the yeast, sugar and water in a bowl. 
Set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until bubbles appear. 
Place the flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. 
Add the yeast mixture and stir until it comes together. 
Cover with a tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 20–30 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Sprinkle extra flour on the bench so the dough doesn't stick and roll out your pizza base.

Enjoy. xx


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lately...

Being the summer holidays we have been keeping busy with lots of fun in the sun and activities to keep my three active.
Here a some photos from the last few weeks, we don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon and I quite like it.



We have been spending time at the river, boating and playing with friends.


We attended a concert on New Years day with Xavier Rudd and Ash Grunwald playing in our gorgeous Launceston gorge which we are lucky enough to have on our door step.



The veggie garden has been giving us the goods with lots of beautiful fresh produce and eggs.

I have been running every day and recording my progress with the Nike Plus app getting ready for a 5k run I have coming up.

I have enjoyed spending time with this guy, this time two years ago he was hopping on a plane for another long (3 month) stint away in the mines, we are so lucky to have him home and spending time with him over the holidays.

We have been doing holiday craft and activities like the golden oldie, scavenger hunt bags. (Great to take camping also.)

We have been spending time together in the kitchen, making fun, easy, healthy, snacks like these 'rocket kebabs'.

We have been cooking up a storm on the deck in the pizza oven.

I have been making lots of smoothies for great on the run treats as we come and go all day long.

I have been raiding my in laws gorgeous garden.

We have also had lots of swims in their pool.

She has been smitten with the growing chicks in the garden.


So there is a small overview, we still have about three weeks before Poppy goes back to school so we are going to make the most of it, with an Australia day camping trip planned and plenty of day trips and activities before then.

Blogging will no doubt be a little slow for a while, We are out of routine which leaves me little time to sneak away.

We are off for dinner and a play at the park with friends.

Happy Days. xx

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Camping

 Over these holidays we spent a few nights away camping with friends. With little children it's always such a big task to pack up to go away for a few nights, even more so when camping. I always make sure to pack lots of activities to keep my three entertained in the car and plenty of drinks and food so they aren't "starrrrving" when we get there.
Even though I was so frustrated with myself for forgetting to bring the memory card for my camera, I did take these few photos on my phone.

While camping we got some crazy hot temperatures for Tasmania (36 deg plus), which made for some hot and bothered children. We camped a short walk from the river, which was nice and safe for the children to swim in, and the children had a few camp showers to keep them cool through the afternoon.










We had a little day trip to some local falls, through a small, easy but overgrown track. It was very hot and the children did a great job walking in the heat, the gorgeous waterfall at the end was worth it, and swimming in the cool water was a relief from the heat.













Of course after camping and exploring for a few days we were all exhausted and I spent the few days after washing and getting back to normal.

We are off again in a few weeks for the Australia day weekend. I should be back to normal by then.

Did you go away for the holidays?

xx

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

I recently chopped this long ponytail from my head, the minute it was cut off I felt so much lighter. I had been growing my hair for three years to reach this length. I would have had a cut before then but I was growing it for as long as I could stand it as I donated my locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths which supports women with cancer by providing free real-hair wigs to women who have lost their locks through treatment. 


 The last time I had, had a proper cut was just after the twins were born and I wanted the easiest possible hair style to suit my busy life. Since then I have been growing it and sticking to the guide lines so that I could donate to this great cause, such as your donation has to be a minimum of 20cms (I donated 26cms), not be dyed or bleached, not more than 5% grey hair and there are more guidelines and information on how to donate on the Pantene Beautiful Lengths website.

In the end I was left with a lovely new summery do to start the new year with and my hair has been sent off to be made into a wig for someone who needs it more than me.

A win, win in my book.

Would you think about skipping a trim and giving some of your hair to this cause?

Happy Summer Days. xx

Monday, December 29, 2014

52/52


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

Alexis and Rory: Beach babes.
Poppy: She has grown so much in just one year.

Joining in with Jodi.

There it is, my last portraits for the year. I think that's it for me and the 52 project. I started two years ago when the twins were squidgy little babies that you could pop anywhere and they would take a good photo, as for now, they are almost impossible to photograph as they are always on the move.
It's also been hard for me to photograph Poppy weekly, as she is such a busy girl with full time school and extra activities.

I will still take photos of my gorgeous three, as I love the record my blog shows for our family in years to come.

See you in the new year. xx

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas


I have been a little quiet lately. 

Enjoying having a break with my family and taking the days slowly.

This photo is from our Christmas day, I hope your day was as relaxing as mine.

I will back back soon for my last 52 portrait.

Bring on the new year!

xx