Friday, May 19, 2017

Around Here

Around here we are in full swing with football and training and both the kids are playing AFL now.  This means 3 nights a week I have to have a meal prepared before we leave the house at 4.45 pm and then when we get home while the kids have their shower it's just a matter of cooking the rice or pasta and heating up the main dish.  The slow cooker will be getting a workout in the next couple of months now it's a bit colder as well.  The veggie garden is going great and I need to sort out the second veggie box and get some plants growing.

I had a nice breakfast in bed for Mother's Day before leaving the house at 8.00 am for footy and after both kids games were over it was 2.00 pm.  They made me beautiful hand made cards (which I just love) and their words were very touching. I told them both I want them to always make me hand made cards (just an A4 piece of paper folded in half) even into their 20's.  I love getting them.  James spent hours on the computer putting together his card by using pixel graphics to make the words and a picture of a camera and some love hearts. Sienna drew some beautiful pictures and her words were so precious.  I just love my kids.  They also did a practice run on Saturday of pancakes for me so I breakfast in bed on Saturday and Sunday which was great.  Here's a few pics of what's been going on.

 Sunday morning football.

Sienna before school with her special Senior red jacket for the last year of primary school.

Meal prepping Chicken, Corn & Noodle soup which was delicious.

The veggies have doubled in size since this photo.

Beautiful blue skies.

I took some photos of my friend's family days before their eldest moved interstate to start a new job and a grown up life.

Sienna playing footy which she loves.

Sunday morning breakfast.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Easy Cupcakes with Cream

I'm sure I've posted this recipe before however I couldn't find it so I'll post it again.  This is an easy, quick, light and fluffy cupcake which uses cream instead of butter.  The recipe can be doubled or tripled to make more and they freeze really well.  I love using this recipe.


  • 2 eggs
  • Cream (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of Self Raising flour
  • Icing as desired


  1. Turn oven on to 180 degrees.
  2. Place 2 eggs into a 1 cup measuring cup and then fill to the top with cream.
  3. Place the mixture into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of sugar and beat for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Glently fold in 1 cup of Self Raising flour.
  6. Divide mixture between 12 cupcake cases.
  7. Bake at 180c degrees in centre of the oven for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden and the centre springs back when touched.
  8. Cool on wire racks and ice as desired.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Veggie Garden Update

On the 1st April Sienna and I planted our little veggies after having done nothing in the garden for months and months.  I can't believe how amazing these veggies are and how quickly they have grown.  I love picking lettuce leaves off for our salads and have enjoyed the baby bok choy in Thai soup.  It makes me so happy to have veggies in the garden again so I need to get stuck into the next garden box and get going on that one as well.  Here's some progress photos of just 4 weeks apart.

These planting photos were taken on the 1st April, 2017.

 These photos were taken on the 4th May, 2017.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Around Here

Around here we are back at football after James has recovered from his finger surgery.  Sienna has started up in the girls team and had their first game on Friday night and she did really well and I was very impressed.  Our one chicken has been moulting and I haven't had any eggs for ages until today- YEH.  I have been making lots of new healthy recipes which we are enjoying.  We've been on bush walks had BBQ's and getting out there and enjoying nature.  It's getting dark now by 5 pm so it's nice to be snug inside the house.  The Autumn whether has been amazing.  Here's a few photos.

Chicken Curry for dinner.

Bush walk at our local.

Walking around the dam.

We spotted 6 of these turtles which were quite big...about dinner plate size.

At the edge of the water.

Pretty flowers in the Autumn light.

AFL girls team first game Sienna getting a mark.

Off to AFL training.

My new favourite family pic taken on Anzac Day.

Always trying to capture him with his "natural" smile.

Visiting the local Anzac Memorial on Anzac afternoon.

Word puzzles over Easter.

Thanks to Nanny & Pop who always sends some $$ to buy a Chocolate Lindt Bunny for Easter.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Local Farmers Markets

Three years ago this July our suburb organized our local Farmers Markets after the Residents Association had a "suggestion clothesline" where you wrote something down on a piece of paper you wanted in our suburb and then you pegged it on the clothesline.  Here is a link to the post where I talked about it back in 2014.  At the top of the list was a Farmers Market and five months after the suggestion the Farmers Markets commenced and the profits from the rent of the stall holders goes back into our local community.  I'm pleased to say that the markets are still going strong.  As it's on a Sunday we usually don't get to it that often because we have football games to attend to.  There is an area underneath the trees with tables and lots of people were sitting down having breakfast listening to the music.  Here's a couple of pics from yesterday.

I bought some tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil and roasted these in the oven and then pureed for a tasty pasta sauce.

I also made this tasty granola this week for breakfasts.

Two jars ready for the week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Around Here

Here's what's been happening around here over the past month.

The most beautiful sunset from my back yard. No filter just beautiful Mother Nature.

Backyard views over the clothesline.

Brisbane city from Mt Cootha Lookout.

Sienna turned 11 on the 27th February.

The new bike she got for her birthday.

We still love a quick Freddo Ice Cream cake around here.

Doing tricks on his bike.

24 hours at the hospital and surgery on his finger (not related to bike tricks).  He got his finger caught in a door at school and it was pretty serious.  We got to the hospital at 11.30 am and surgery was 10.30 pm that night out of recovery at 2.00 am and back to the ward.  We were both exhausted.

A game of chess at the dining table.

Family pic for Sienna's birthday.  I can't get over how tall the kids are getting at 13 and 11.

Sienna's crafting making a bracelet with her name on it.

The finished name bracelet.

Dinner was delicious... home made crumbed chicken the healthy way