Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stewed apricots and other delight's

Look at what I bought this week!
They were so ripe and juicy that I could not resist, and they were such a good price I ought to have bought more than I did!
And so what did I do with these delightful morsels of sunshine in a stone fruit?
I stewed them of course!

I simmered them down with a little sugar and water for around 45 minutes until  they became thick and pulpy and quite a dark orange.
Wouldn't you know it? I forgot to photograph the finished apricots!

Now I really did have a very productive afternoon in the kitchen yesterday, I made a lovely apple teacake, two loaves of bread and a roast pork and vegetables for dinner!
And to top off an alltogether lovely day, one of the cows in the paddock across from our house gave birth to the most beautiful little calf!
I tried to get a photo this morning, but my camera wouldn't zoom in enough and I really didn't want an altercation with the barbed wire fence to get closer! So I will wait until they wander over here....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A belated Christmas post!

Here is mummy at 5.00am

I know I'm a little late but I thought I would post our christmas table etc....... 

I went with quite a simple and natural theme this time.
It is hard to tell( I let Bella-Clare take care of photography this year) but the tree is in all silver,gold, white ceramic, white silk roses and clear crystal birds and jewels on black velvet ribbons.
I really missed having a real tree, but alas they are difficult to come by in Brisbane.
I dont know if you noticed but I dont do tinsel, I cant stand it! I tie ribbons over the tree instead....

The place settings

And the tables set for 13!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Off to school!

Here are my babies off to their first day at their new schools!
It is absolutely pouring rain!
Fortunately, the rain eased off to a drizzle for five minutes so I could take their photo

Monday, January 23, 2012

I've got it covered!

I have finally finished decorating everybodys school books for this year,
Just in time too  as they go back to school tomorrow!
Above you will see my 6year old daughter Lilly's grade one supplies.....

Here you will see Bella-Clare's thing's

She is going into grade four this year and her most favorite colours are Emerald and mint green. She helped to do her's and was very proud!  Look no bubbles!

Below are my Gracies things.......   

She did most of it herself I cannot believe my baby girl is in year seven
this year!

And as you can see she has inherited my love for the best movie

Above are books I did for Stevie, all three boy's have the same. Very simple, in fact they weren't
even happy with the black and white stripes!( Honestly boy's, give your mother a little creative licence!)
Apparantly it is not cool to have mummy decorate your books in year nine and ten....
Nevermind, I'll decorate the notes I send in their lunch instead!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Screen free idea's for a rainy day...

It's the end of the holiday's, The children are over it and cant wait for school to start, and it has been raining consistantly since yesterday.

Anybody who know's me would know that I am not a fan of children being entertained by things requiring screens, for me it is a last resort. Dont get me wrong I'm not objecting to a little ABC kid's of an afternoon, or a little evening television for the older ones, even the odd computer game here and there is fine. But I cannot stand children sitting in front of a screen for hour's at a time,when there are SO MANY wonderful things they are missing!
But what do you do when it is pouring rain and the toys and games they usually love are suddenly BORING
Well you cant send them out to play, or can you? If its summertime and the weather is just wet and cool, not cold send them out in their bather's! They will have a ball! If it's too cold, gumboots and umbrella's.

Then there is the "Rainy day box"
Only get it out in wet weather, here are some suggestions for filling it...
Paper doll's
Plasticine and mats ( If you have smaller children you might prefer playdough)
Model kits or lego/duplo  for the little ones
New Books
Uno cards

You can also bake together, give them old magazines to cut up and stick on posters, my girls love that, they cut out home decor things, white goods, furniture and garden pictures and design their dream homes.

Give it a try, there is so many things they can do that are creative, educational, engaging and just plain fun! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lovely Lunchboxes

I cant believe the holiday's are almost over, and the children go back to school in one week! So whilst doing my grocery shopping this week I realised that next week, I would be shopping with school lunches in mind. Now as I have embraced a new fresh & fit lifestyle over the last 6 months or so, I want to be able to send them off with crisp, light tasty food that stays fresh in the Queensland weather, dosn't cost me a fortune, with a variety of choices for them .Oh, and did I mention reasonably quick to prepare with little mess? I dont want much do I!

Here's the plan, I have made a chart to be laminated and stuck to the inside of the pantry door. On it is choices to add to their salad boxes, they all start with baby spinach, carrot, tomato and a boiled egg. The choices are the meats, ie: salami, cold chicken or ham, dressing, cheese, gherkins etc. They use a white board pen and mark their initial next to their choice. I bought these nifty salad boxes by Sistema they are a bargain at $8.00 each, you can separate the extras in the top section for them. All the ingredients are pre prepared in tupperware in my fridge, it will be simple to check who wants what, line them up on the bench like a production line and pack them while I make dinner. Then they're in the fridge ready for the morning, pop them into the coolbags with a pre buttered and wrapped bread roll from the freezer, fruit and a muffin or crackers. Voila, Bob's your uncle! Nutritious fresh lunches that didn't go soggy because they were made the night before!
Even the fruit choices can be done like that for those who prefer chopped fruit over an apple or banana, I keep 3 containers for watermelon, rockmelon and pineapple. In winter I do oranges.
  The chart has choices for recess too... muesli slice, muffin or crackers.

You may have noticed this years colour scheme for school things is green and blue. It's a favorite of both mine and several of the children at the moment, and I've been thoroughly inspired by the S.Pelegrino bottles I keep on my bench! I love the blue glitter coolbags I found for the girls, the boys didn't want glitter, I cant imagine why.........