Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Just a Quote

Nothing in particular it just felt right today.
Harry Potter Quote- "Don't let the muggles get you down" @Brittany Landwer you should figure out how to make this :D
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Meal Plan

I'm back on track with our planning planning! Here is our past week meal plan :)

Monday: Eggplant Parmigiana the recipe I used is from Stonesoup and it was soooo yummy!
(sorry about the quality of the photo and I had started eating it before I remembered to take the photo :/)

 Tuesday: Bacon, Thyme and Cheese Macaroni

Wednesday: Zucchini Fritters and Tuna Salad

Thursday: Fish and Chips

Friday: Versatile Ragu with Spaghetti and Homemade Garlic Bread

Saturday: Leftover Ragu Shepherds Pie





Monday, November 04, 2013

Play Spaces: Our Writing & Drawing Center

At the moment I am slowly working through the creating playful learning spaces ecourse on playful learning.  I am enjoying this very much and learning so much as well.  It's fantastic for setting up home play spaces for different age groups.

One of the first places that I set up was the writing and drawing center.  Because Miss M is only one and very inquisitive and Master E is a bit older and because we are short for space I decided to put the writing and drawing center in a plastic roller storage box and keep it under their little wooden table.  This way Master E can access it when Miss M is having a nap etc.  I can also pull out items that are appropriate for Miss M whilst keeping the other items away.

Here are some pictures of our writing and drawing center.

Different kinds of paper, I organised them into plastic sleeves so they are easy to sort when setting them out.
Custom made tracing cards.  I printed them on normal paper then covered with clear contact.
This is originally an idea from Mariah from Playful Learning - Learning Family Names.  I adapted it for our space and used snap lock bags instead.
An A5 art journal, I think this size is good for small hands.
A small chalk board each with a sponge.  I got these cheaply from Big W.
This is the little caddy when it is set up on the table. Crayons, scissors, pencils and white board markers.
This is where we store all the writing and drawing tools.  We have short beeswax crayons, chalk, pencils, crayons, white board markers, white board eraser, foam letter and number stickers, glue, and scissors.  As we continue using this drawing and writing center we will add to it as our needs change.
Sitting nicely under the table :)

So there you have it our neat little drawing and writing center.  Since setting it up both Master E and Miss M have enjoyed using all the different elements to it!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Harvesting the Rocket

We love rocket in this house and we love growing it because it's easy and it doesn't take long to get the yummy peppery leaves, to pick off when you need them and put them in a salad or have them on a sandwich/wrap.  Our rocket had been in the ground for a while and it was starting to go to seed and get long and leggy so it was time to pull it out and pick all of the good leaves off.

After I had made my pick of what I thought were the best leaves left, I put them into a large container with some cold water.  After I had pulled them out and took the time to pick of the leaves they were getting a bit wilted.  Putting them in the cold water revived them and they were nice and crisp again.

Then I had some help from Master E and we used the salad spinner to spin off all the excess water.

After we had spun off all the excess water we put the rocket on paper towel to drain just a little bit extra.
We then put the rocket into freezer bags and put them in the fridge.  I think you can freeze rocket but I'm not sure what it's like defrosted!  It was the end of the crop anyway and we prefer it fresh so we just kept one bag in the fridge and gave the rest away.  We ended up with four bags in total.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Little Snippets

I have been fairly busy lately just getting into a new routine and getting used to daylight savings again.  It has been challenging this year.
Yesterday I managed to get all my morning chores done and did some work outside in the lovely sunshine, that has been absent in Tasmania for a while.
I just thought I'd pop in today to share some of the things we've been up to lately.


On one of the first beautiful sunny days here, we went and spent the day at the beach, it was so nice to just sit in the sun, even if the water was freezing!
I brought a whole big bunch of celery and chopped the end off and stuck it in a bowl of water and after a day or two it has started to sprout.

 And last night I finished off this cute little capped sleeve vest for Miss M.  You can get the pattern for it through Ravelry.

So what have you been up to lately in this change of seasons?




Thursday, October 03, 2013

Chloe's Law

Just a short but very sad post today, a young Tasmanian girl took her own life from the result of cyber, mental and physical bullying.  Please head on over to the blog Phenomenal Woman to read more and sign the petition for Chloe's Law.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Amazing Biz & Life Academy

This week I signed up for the Amazing Biz & Life Academy.  I have wanted to join this fantastic community for a couple of years, but always thought I would get around to it one day, I kept making excuses for myself about it like I'm not ready to do that and I can't afford it.  Well I got an email from Leonie saying that the Amazing Biz & Life Academy would be doubling it's prices on the 1st of October.


This was definately the push that I needed I thought it's now or never and this is something that I had wanted to do for a while.  So I dived right in!!!  I have already started a great ecourse that I had my eye on for a while the Goddess Haven eCourse, I'm really enjoying it.  I'm only onto the 2nd week but I've already gotten so much out of it and it has given me the motivation to help with my home (situation/location) stuckness.

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A little while ago I wrote a blog post about my dislike of suburbia and how I wanted to make the most of our current situation, you can read it here.  Well I can say so far that the Goddess Haven eCourse is helping me love my home and really appreciate what we have.  I would really recommend this to anyone who feels the same way.  

So if you would like that little extra support and guidance hurry because the prices double on the 1st of October!  There are also so many other awesome things available in the Academy, even if you don't want to sign up I think it's worth a look, there's also freebies available on Leonie's website too!

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you get up to!  :)


Monday, September 23, 2013

Meal Plan

I'm back after my computer decided to lock me out! Luckily my Mr is very handy with computers and he managed to reset it and save all of my stuff.  So I had a internet free week and a bit and I quite enjoyed it, maybe it was something I needed...

Here is our meal plan from last week Monday 16th September - Sunday 22nd September

Monday: Toasted Sandwiches

Tuesday: Slow Beef Slow Cooker, Mashed Potatoes and Red Cabbage

Wednesday: Steak and Salad

Thursday: My Mum's Birthday we went out for dinner

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Homemade Pizza

Sunday: Silverside with Boiled Potatoes and Green Beans

Baking: Shortbread

I hope you had a great weekend :)


Sunday, September 01, 2013

Happy Father's Day and First Day of Spring!


A very happy Father's day to all the Dads out there!  We've had a really beautiful last couple of days here in Tassie, which is such a relief after all of the chilly rainy days.  It's officially the first day of Spring today and it really felt like it.  We spent nearly the whole day out in our backyard gardening, playing, laying in the sun and we had a nice Father's day picnic.


I hope you had a great Father's day, first day of Spring or wherever you may be a great weekend :)



Monday, August 26, 2013

Meal Plan & Homemade Laundry Liquid

Our meal plan from last week, I didn't actually have a plan worked out.  Our week was a bit mixed up as Dragonfly Daddy worked different days than usual and as a result I can't remember what we had for dinner on Monday (it seems like a lifetime ago now!). So here's our menu plan from Tuesday ;)  I also managed to make some more homemade laundry liquid as well.  I got my recipe for this in the Down to Earth book by Rhonda Hetzel.  You can also find the recipe for it here.


Meal Plan

Tuesday: Fish & Salad

Wednesday: Chicken Sausages & Leftover Salad

Thursday: Chicken Sausages in Pasta with cheese sauce

Friday: Veg Bake

Saturday: Homemade Chips with Paprika and Garlic

Sunday: Steak, Mashed Potato & Mushrooms

I hope that you all had a great weekend :) Do you ever have times where your meal planning is all over the place or you can't remember what you had! hehe :)



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meal Plan

Oooops! Forgot to post my meal plan yesterday :/ Oh well, here it is now.  I hope you all had a great weekend and have had a good beginning to the week.

Monday: Carrot, Ginger and Coconut Soup

Tuesday: Pork Burgers

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Roast Chicken and Veg

Friday: Chicken and Gravy Rolls

Saturday: Chicken Kiev, Chips and Salad

Sunday: My Sister's birthday so we had left over party food from lunch time

Baking: Birthday Cake!




Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ginger Crunch

This is the recipe for the yummy ginger crunch that I made.  My Mum used to make it all the time and this is the recipe that she used.

Ginger Crunch

Ingredients:
125g Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Ground Ginger

Icing:
50g Butter
1/2 Cup Icing Sugar
1 Tbsp Golden Syrup
2 Tsps Ground Ginger

Method:
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Sift flour, baking powder and ginger together.  Mix into creamed mixture.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board.  Knead well.  Press dough into a gresed 20x30 cm sponge roll tin.  Bake at 190C for 20-25 minutes or until light brown.  Ice with hot ginger icing.  Cut into squares when cool.

Icing:
In a small saucepan combine butter, icing sugar, golden syrup and ginger.  Heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly.


If you try this recipe I hope you enjoy it as much as me and let me know how you went :)


Monday, July 29, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We got a few house jobs done, I caught up on all the washing and we started clearing out our converted garage/studio space.

Here is our meal plan for last week:

Monday: Macaroni Cheese

Tuesday: Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Mushroom Risotto

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken Burgers

Friday: Rissoles and Mashed Potatoes

Saturday: Spaghetti Bolognaise

Sunday: Corned Silverside, Boiled Potatoes and Green Beans

Baking: Ginger Crunch



Linking up with Becci's Domestic Bliss

What was on your meal plan last week?  You can link up too :)

 





Ginger Crunch

On Saturday I felt like something sweet so I decided to make this very yummy recipe 'Ginger Crunch'.  My Mum used to make it when I was younger and I had tried to make it before, but had failed, it turned out like ginger sponge.  The recipe is fairly easy if you follow it exactly.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

July Crochet Progress

At the end of June I started to make a granny stripe blanket to try and use up all of my spare balls of yarn and to have a nice blanket to keep warm in a Tasmanian winter.  I found the pattern for this blanket at one of my favourite blogs Attic 24.

Here is my progress so far.  It is slow going for me as I'm a bit of a slow crocheter, but slowly and surely I'll get there!  This blanket will go on our bed in the cooler months, so it fits a queen size bed.



I also brought myself a little present yesterday as I couldn't resist it... It's the Sew! book by Cath Kidston.  I  love her designs they are just beautiful.  I can't wait to get cracking and sew something out of the book.  I've had a quick flick through and have already got my eye on a few things!


Do you have any crochet, knitting, sewing or any other craft projects to do during July?  If you do I'd love to hear about or see them, you can comment or put your link in the comments!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The New Homemaker

Lately we have been reassessing what direction our lives are taking and what path we want to go down.  For me that is working in the home, supporting my family, cooking from scratch, knitting, crochet, sewing, making our own cleaning products, growing our own food and homeschooling.  There is something that I find very satisfying about all these things and there is always something new to learn.


There is a fantastic post today on Down to Earth that explains the role of the new homemaker and how we can stand up to our critics and the value of the work we do in the home.  If you are interested in this type of lifestyle and work I would really recommend checking it out.

Linking up with Essentially Jess


Monday, July 22, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Here is our meal plan for the past week.  I'm slowly getting better at planning our meals for the week, as I somehow lost my way with meal planning.

Monday: Leftover Italian and Crustless Pizza

Tuesday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa with Mushrooms and Pomegranates

Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday: Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes

Friday: Leftover Beef Stew Mini Meat Pies and Bean Salad

Saturday: Roast Chicken Dinner

Sunday: Tomato Soup

Baking: Chocolate Fudge



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Currently

View from our living room today
Reading: I am just loving Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel it just really connects with me and lifts me up.  I'm nearly at the end of From Russia with Lunch by David Smiedt, which I don't want to end, and am about to start reading Milly-Molly-Mandy Adventures with my children.  I'm also reading up on Permaculture and quite a few many other things.
Watching: All of the Star Wars movies, Escape to the Country and The Simpsons.  
Anticipating: Spring (September) when the weather starts to get a little warmer and the Spring flowers are out and my daughters first birthday.  22 Days of Intuitive Creative Art and finishing organising and decluttering my house.
Eating: Lots of stews and soups and also trying out some vegan and raw recipes.
Thinking About: My family history I've been researching a lot lately and have found it very interesting.
Planning:  All the things I can use for the 22 Days of Intuitive Creative Art and planning all the things I need to do to get the rest of the house organised, tidy and decluttered.

Linking up with This Enchanted Pixie



Monday, July 01, 2013

Meal Plan

Today is meal plan day and it's the first day of July already.  I have been very absent from my blog lately and for good reason.  I have been busy getting our lives in order, finding direction.  I've been figuring out how we are going to make the best of our situation right now!

Ideally we would love to have a bigger house and more land for veggies, fruit and animals, but right now we don't have that and the reason we don't have that is simple... We can't afford it.  So I've been inspired by some articles and websites and have come to the conclusion that we will be here for a while, even though I'm not that keen on suburbia...

We are going to make the most of our situation.  To some that may seem obvious, but for me it's taken a long while for me to realise it.  So here's to setting off on a somewhat new adventure!

And here's the Meal Plan:

Monday: Leftover Italian and Mushroom Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Schnitzel, Chips and Salad

Wednesday: Lamb Chops and Veg

Thursday: Silverside and Veg

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Chicken Spaghetti Meatballs

Sunday: Stew and Mashed Potatoes

Baking: Mini Jam Sponge Cakes and Savoury Muffins



Sunday, June 30, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader!

As most of you will know Google Reader is going bye bye on July 1st (which is tomorrow), but you can still follow along with my blog on Bloglovin or Imotiv.  There are nice big links in my sidebar :)




Friday, May 31, 2013

Photo A Day

Okay I'm going to give this a go and I hope that I really stick to taking a photo each day.  That is easier said than done for me, I know this sounds terrible, but I always forget to take photo's and not just for photo a day but for everything!  and when I do remember to take photo's it's like an overload of photo's of the same day or thing, it's like I'm making up for all the photo opportunities that I've missed :/


For the month of June I'm going to take part in Fat Mum Slim's Photo a Day.

I'm determined to take part in each days prompts and hopefully this will encourage me to take photo's on a more consistent and regular basis. 

These are the prompts.

June photo a day challenge list

You can check out the rest of the info here.

So hopefully at the end of the month I'll have 30 awesome photo's to share :)