Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Silverbeet

 
 







The silverbeet needed to come out of the garden, with some help from the twins, we picked, washed, cut, blanched, drained and froze the last of it for the year.

These little bags of green goodness will be prefect to pop into stews, stir frys or green smoothies for months to come.

How are you spending your Wednesday?

xx


To freeze silverbeet:
Wash, trim and roughly chop silverbeet leaves. Blanch in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 1-2 mins, until just wilted. Drain and run under cold water until completely cool. Drain again and press out any excess moisture. Transfer to an airtight container or clip lock bag and freeze until ready to use. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Apricot and Oat Slice

This apricot and oat slice is fantastic for lunch boxes, perfectly chewy in the center and a little crunchy on the outside.


What you'll need:

3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup water
150 g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
1 cup oats
1 cup white chocolate chips


What to do:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line baking tin with baking paper.
Place apricots and water in a saucepan, bring to the boil then simmer until liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in butter and brown sugar. Cool slightly.
Sift flour into a bowl. Stir in apricot mixture, oats and white chocolate chips.
Press into prepared tin. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.
Stand 10 minutes before cooling on a rack. When cold, cut into squares.

Enjoy. x

Monday, July 28, 2014

Shake The Crave



I recently had the chance to try two delicious flavors in the "Shake The Crave" range.

I liked the sound of these shakes as appose to others I have seen about as the ingredients are 100% natural.

I tried the chocolate and vanilla flavors and thought they were both delicious and would be happy to drink a shake or two every day. I felt full for about four hours after the shake, making it perfect for me to have at lunch time to stop my afternoon snacking.

The Shake the Crave website has a lot more information and of course you can find Shake the Crave on Facebook

For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers 2 FREE sample packets of Shake the Crave vanilla or chocolate shake mix. They would love to have my readers try out Shake the Crave and agreed to send the 2 sample packets FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge of $4.95. This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your 2 FREE sample packets now!

I highly recommend trying these two delicious flavors, I plan on doing a 90 day trail of Shake The Crave shakes soon and I look forward to sharing my results with you.

xx

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Stills



They painted in the sun.


The wattle trees bloomed.

I made apricot slice.


We had lunch in the park.

She picked wattle.

He watched the trucks from below the bridge.

This week has flown by, we are back into the full swing of school routine and the twins had a rough week getting use to Poppy not being here through the day.

We had a lot of appointments and errands that kept us busy, last night Tom and I went out for dinner with his sister and her partner which was lovely, to be able to sit in a restaurant and enjoy a meal was amazing! One of the things I took for granted before having twins.

Not too much planned for the week ahead, just see where the days take us, between the usual of course. 

xx 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

30/52

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

Alexis: 
Likes: Dresses, The Wiggles, Her pink 'baby' bear, Oranges and Dancing.
Dislikes: Dogs, Bed time and Yogurt.
Rory: 
Likes: Dancing, The Octonauts, Vegemite on toast, Watching the trucks from the bridge, and Dancing.
Dislikes: Mince, Getting out of bed and peanut butter.
Poppy:
Likes: School, Drawing, Panting her nails, Loom banding, Promite sandwiches.
Dislikes: Cheese sticks, The Twins in her room, getting in the shower (...and then getting out)    

Joining in with Jodi.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simple



I love how children make the most out of even the simplest things in life, a walk down the river with the dog turns into a picnic as per Poppy's request. 

We brain storm great ideas for a winter picnic and pack the kettle for hot chocolates, a thermos full of chicken soup, some walnuts that the children love to crack and we take a fresh loaf of bread straight from the oven.

My three pick the large reeds by the river, to chase and tickle each other with, have 'sword' fights, and walk through them like they are in the jungle.

The twins collect pine cones and Poppy tells them they are pineapples and that they should make a cake, the next 30 minutes is spent finding more 'ingredients' for their cakes and making creations and imaginary cups of tea while I set up lunch. 

We pick blue gum to fill our vases at home, fill our basket full of pine cones for the pizza oven and take some photos in the gorgeous winter sun.

With all the fun and exciting things we had organised for Poppy to do over her school holidays, I was surprised at her answer when I asked her on the way to school yesterday what her favorite part of the holidays was, "the picnic day we had at the river" she said with a smile. All though I'm not sure why I'm surprised, it was my favorite day too. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Stills

They explored.

We enjoyed a picnic in the winter sun.

We made Rosemary and cheese damper.


We collected sticks in the fog.


The girls picked me flowers.


She enjoyed her last week of school holidays.

He 'helped' me stack wood.

She rock climbed like a champ with Daddy.

We have had a lovely week, a few beautiful sunny days which we made the most of. Poppy was spoilt with lots of school holiday activities, rock climbing with Tom, mini golf with Gran and Papa, a sleep over and going our for meals.

Tommy spent the day in the bush four wheel driving yesterday so the children and I had a lovely picnic by the river and ran and ran with the dog until they were exhausted.

We were hoping to get up to the snow this weekend, but ran out of time, how lucky to be so busy with friends, family and activities that we just can't do it all. 

The snow will have to wait, and perhaps a few loads of washing can wait too.

I'm off to enjoy a drink in the sun.

Happy Sunday xx