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

Saturday, September 13, 2014


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

Alexis: Cheeky.
Rory: Bike rider.
Poppy: Fathers day lunch.

Joining in with Jodi.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blueberry Rum Smash

This simple cocktail, would be the perfect Friday afternoon tipple in the sun.
What you'll need:
Fresh (or frozen) blueberries

1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces rum
Ginger ale

What to do:

Cover the bottom of an old-fashioned glass or mason jar with blueberries. (If you're using a smaller glass, make a double layer.) Add the brown sugar and lemon juice and muddle (or smoosh with the back of a spoon) until the sugar is melted. The idea is to break the skins of the blueberries, but not to mash them into a pulp. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then add the rum. Top with ginger ale and stir.
Fresh blueberries are very expensive this time of year and frozen do the job just as well,  To thaw them quickly: fill a glass with hot water (from the tap, just run the water until it's as hot as it can get). Drop the desired amount of blueberries in the glass, wait a few minutes, and strain out the water. Voila!

Enjoy. xx

Thursday, September 11, 2014


We recently had the chance to try out some of the great products from Dettol. It has been the perfect time of year to try out these products as my kitchen needed a good spring clean which these products really helped me with.
The Power and Pure multi-purpose spray was perfect for cleaning our stove top, oven door, floors and left the kitchen sink sparkling like never before. This will be a product I will be purchasing in the future as it removed stains that no other product has been able to shift.
I'm a huge fan of wipes as I'm often cleaning up messes in between other jobs and the convenience of being able to throw away the wipes makes my job as a busy Mum easier (and who doesn't want that). I used these mainly for the bin and bin cupboard, I don't like the idea of using cloths for such a germ filled place in the kitchen and these multi-purpose wipes are perfect for cleaning these stubborn stains and placing in the bin afterwards to reduce contamination. I also found them useful for spills on the bench tops and use one to give the kitchen sink and drain a quick wipe over in between a bigger clean.
Dettol's delicious range of hand washes are perfect for our house hold with plenty of dirty little hands that need washing over 15 times a day. With outdoor play, gardening, baking and the usual children mess. We have been trying out the Rose and Cherry foam wash which smells and feels amazing and the Raspberry and pomegranate anti-bacterial hand wash which kills up to 99.9% of germs, which as a Mum puts my mind at ease.
Dettol had a wide range of personal hygiene products to help protect your family against the spread of germs. From soaps to personal cleaning products you'll find one that's fit for your family here.

Over all I found the Dettol products were easy to use, smelt amazing (the hand washes), were family friendly and did the job they were meant to do. I will be buying Dettol cleaning products and hand washes in the future, knowing they are a brand I can trust.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pear and raspberry loaf

This pear and raspberry loaf is lovely and moist. Perfect for freezing and perfect for lunch boxes.

I used last years pears from the Fowler jars, they are delicious and sweet that we are clinging onto the last few jars.

I hope you enjoy this yummy treat as much as we did.

What you'll need:

825g pear halves, drained, juice reserved
1 1/2 cups self raising flour, sifted
1/3 brown sugar
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 vegetable oil
1/2 frozen raspberries

What to do:

Preheat oven to 160C. Grease a loaf pan and line with non-stick baking paper.

Puree half of the pears and chop remaining. Measure pear puree in a measuring cup and add enough reserved juice to make up to 1 cup.

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add egg, oil, raspberries, pear puree mixture and chopped pears. Gently fold together until just combined. Fill prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60-65 mins until cooked when tested. Cool bread in pan. Store in an airtight container.

Happy Wednesday x

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekly Stills

I'm currently enjoying a Pimms in the sun.

He ate watermelon in the nudie.

We collected warm eggs.

They played in the clam. Even though it was really cold.

I lunched in the sun.

They had their first ever day in child care... and loved it.

We celebrated Fathers Day.

We enjoyed cheese with friends.

Happy Fathers Day to all the amazing Dads, Pops, Papas and Uncles.

 We had a lovely fathers day lunch with family yesterday and have just been enjoying the sun and our family today.

This week the twins had their first day in child care so I could go to a speech therapy course for Rory and they loved it, they weren't fussed at all to walk into a room full of strangers and play for a few hours, I guess having a sibling to play with makes it not scary at all.

I'm off to finish my Pimms and soak up the lovely afternoon sun.

I hope you are doing the same.