Friday, 30 March 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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Science experiments in the back yard (volcanoes in bottles!)
Happy Friday! Have a lovely weekend. x

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

snap it {close up}


The small had her close up last week.
She'd been to the dentist before, but this was her first real check up.
Her pre school check up.
Because she starts school in a few months. That babe of mine.
She's had her vaccinations, her hearing & eyes checked.
Now her teeth. Everything was perfect.
Just like her.
I'll miss her when she trots off to school.
But I can't wait to watch her blossom.

Linking up with Sarah over at Faith Hope & a whole lotta Love again.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

snap it {old}


My beautiful Nanna.
She may not remember who we are, but she still loves us.
And we love her.

My mind is so full of beautiful memories of her.
:: we would cook toast on the wood fire at their beachside house
:: she would cut said toast into four triangles and spread a different spread onto each
:: we would dress up in all her clothes, make a mess, and she would just laugh
:: she would caress our eyes and forehead until we went to sleep
:: sometimes, when we refused sleep, she would press our eyes shut and sing lullaby's
:: she would give us 20 cents to walk to the shops to buy a very large bag of lollies
:: all lollies would be eaten before we got back to her house
:: her vegetable garden is one I dream about - so abundant and full of home-grown goodness
:: she would drink shandy, and always pour us one {1/8ths beer, 7/8th lemonade}
:: whenever we went to her house, she would always whip up a batch of Anzacs and vanilla milkshakes - with loads of ice-cream

I could go on all night.

I love her to bits.


Linking up with the amazing Sarah

Monday, 19 March 2012

52 weeks of Grateful :: Peace

I've been playing a bit of catch up with my grateful posts. I think I'm fighting a losing battle. I'm posting now, so that's the main thing. Right??

Saturday night saw two of our three daughters shipped off for a sleepover. They invited themselves over to my mum's house to stay the night. I delivered them right before tea - even better!

{taken on my iPhone whilst driving to mum's. two no-no's happening here, i know. ssshhh}

Mum lives a whole kilometre {roughly} down the road from us. It's a little too convenient. I never abuse how lucky I am though. I don't ask her to have the kids any more than I need. Mostly because she gives me a helping hand during the week while I work. Her time with Ruby is dwindling now though. Mum only has her every second Tuesday as she has kindy every other Tuesday.

I've always felt a bit guilty getting someone to look after my kids. I know I shouldn't, but it's just the way I am. I've never, ever wanted the girls to go to childcare. It just doesn't do it for me. I've always felt better when someone I know looks after them. I'm very lucky that I have my mum and my gorgeous mum-in-law to lend their helping hands. I know that others aren't so lucky to have people helping them out, that's why I don't abuse my wonderful situation.

The girls were being especially loud on Saturday afternoon, so it was good timing. Hubsy was up at 4am that morning, as he usually is during the week and on Saturday mornings. He was tired {and a little grumpy because of it} so when mum said to bring them over, I jumped at the chance. Mostly for his sake. He was in bed by 7pm. {Our Saturday nights rock around here!} When I got home, the house was quiet. Peace & quiet. Bliss.

I love a good quiet night. And even better when I have it all to myself - Hubsy in bed and the eldest on her computer in her room. TV or computer or magazine or book or whatever all to myself.

Could you hear that sigh of relief I let our here on Saturday night? It was wonderful.

Linking up with the gorgeous Bron over at Maxabella loves.... Head on over there to check out everyone else's weekly grateful posts.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

{this moment}


{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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This poppet - deep in thought.



bon iver


There are so many people posting pictures of Bon Iver concerts on Instagram.
Wish I was there.
This is the best I'll get right now.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

#marchphotoaday {days 1 to 14}

I'm getting slacker and slacker posting these. We are already half way through March! How did that happen??

{day 1}
up | the sun is still managing to peek through on this blustery day | 6:17pm

{day 2}
fruit | a couple of kilos of bananas | i think these cost about $3.00 compared to about 10 times that this time last year | i love being able to buy this many again and it not costing the earth

{day 3}
my neighbourhood | not really a neighbourhood, hardly ever a soul in sight | 6:09pm

 {day 4}
bedside | my bedside table has bats for handles | we only realised it after a few years of sleeping right next to them

{day 5}
a smile | i can't get enough of this cheeky grin

{day 6} 
5pm | in a slump snuggled up on the couch with this poppet | playschool just finished

{day 7} 
something you wore | these babies | workout done and dusted

{day 8}
window | reflection | 6:35pm

{day 9}
red | the icing on the cake | after school treat | 4:21pm

{day 10}
loud | this band | 1:17pm

{day 11} 
someone you talked to today | this half croc half motorbike rider all day | helmet has only come off for nap | 6:24pm

{day 12} 
fork | a selection of vintage forks that were my nanna's

{day 13} 
a sign | our driveway

{day 14} 
cloud | the sky is full of them today | it may just rain

You can play along too. Via blogging or at Instagram. Hop on over to have a look at Fat Mum Slim's blog to find out how.

banana cake :: a recipe

Last Friday I promised the small that we would do some baking. She loves cooking. Not just baking, but helping with all meals that are being made. Especially the prep side of it - chopping vegetables, pouring ingredients, trying to crack eggs, turning on the mixer. I try to them make her eat the vegetables, bribing her with the "You help cut them, you have to help eat them". It doesn't really work for the most part. Her most favourite thing to eat is avocado. As long as there's avocado in the meal, I know she'll eat something. Anyway, I'm getting off track. Lets get to the recipe.

This is my Nanna's recipe. It's probably similar to other Banana cake recipes. Or maybe even the same. But it's tried and tested in this house and in her house before that. I couldn't even tell you the amount of times I've made it, but the main thing is that it always comes out perfect.

You'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup {125g} butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar {I use golden castor sugar}
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 large bananas {I use 4, and find the riper the better - frozen are even better with the extra mush}
  • 1 & 1/2 cups SR flour
  • 1 tsp bi-carb soda dissolved in 2 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to moderate temperature & grease a tin. {I prefer my fluted moulded tin, but a ring or round tin works fine as well}. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, 1 at a time, then add mashed bananas. Add sifted flour alternately with the milk and soda mixture. Pour into greased tin and bake for 1/2 to 3/4 hour, or until cooked through.

I then usually ice it with regular icing sugar, hot water and a dash of vanilla essence. There's always a bright colour added as well. Usually yellow, but for this one we went with red. I use gel food colouring usually. It's so much more vibrant than regular food colouring.

For something different, sometimes I like to chop up 1/2 a block of good quality dark chocolate and add to the mix before pouring into the tin and ice with chocolate icing.














Of course, being the only one home while the other girls at school, it's prime time to be baking. No one else to share the licking of the bowl and spoons with!

Enjoy x

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

snap it {love}


These three have my heart.
Always.


Linking up with Sarah again this Wednesday. Why don't you join in? x



Friday, 9 March 2012

{this moment}


{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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Cake making is serious business in these parts.
Have a wonderful long weekend. x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

snap it {far away}



These girls.
They are starting to get further and further away from me.
Growing up fast.
Becoming independent.
Not needing me as much.
I'm hoping once they do leave our nest they'll keep returning.
Wanting hugs and love just like they still do now.
The eldest is starting to not need hugs as much. It kills me.
Even though they are needing me less,
I am never, ever far away.



Linking up with Sarah over at Faith Hope & a whole lotta Love. You can join in every Wednesday.

Monday, 5 March 2012

weekending






A very quiet weekend here. Not too much action. Just how we like it.

Saturday was full of house cleaning, making art and a 50 + 1 birthday celebration {also called 51st!}.

Sunday morning was made up of farm duties, bathroom clean out and clean up.

Then body scrub making. It's delish! My beautiful sister in law gave me a homemade body scrub as part of her Christmas gift to us. The girls loved using it. We were all out, so I made this one up yesterday. It's made up of raw sugar {roughly four cups}, ground coffee {about 3/4 cup - I used our used coffee grinds, they have to be good for something!} and about 3/4 cup of olive oil. I used it this morning. It smelt lovely.

Hope your weekend was perfect.





52 weeks of grateful :: helping hands


The last week has been crazy busy. I felt like I was going nowhere fast. My grandmother broke her hip last Sunday and she has been in hospital, so I've been spending a lot of time with her there. {I really don't like that place}.

My days are quite busy anyway, but when you add in a few hours here and there each day of doing something else other than the normal routine, the normal doesn't always get done.

So when Saturday came around, my house looked like a bomb had hit it.

That's where my beautiful helping hands step in. In the shape of my 12 & 10 year old. {The four year old, not so much!} I am grateful for these two for helping me out whenever I ask. Occasionally they might ask why they have to do it, but they know if they get it done sooner rather than later, they'll get more time for the things that they want to fill their weekends with.

I'm a pretty relaxed mother. I like kids to be kids. To have fun. They grow up far too quickly nowadays, and the longer that I can keep them kids without being independent of me, the better. I know that sounds terrible, but when I see some young girls the same age as my oldest daughter, acting like a 16 or 17 year old, I don't like it. In fact I loathe it. Anyway, I'm getting off track here. All I'm saying is that I don't make them do too much. For their weekly pocket money, they need to keep their rooms tidy and empty the dishwasher when it's done. That's it. The extra things they do on top of those is what I'm grateful for. The vacuuming rooms, tidying the bathroom, cleaning out cupboards, and so on. Sometimes, I don't even have to ask. {They usually ask for bonus pocket money though!}

It may not last forever, but these girls are just so darn helpful when they want to be and I love them to bits. Hopefully the four year old will catch on, but for now, she's just happy to make the mess and have someone else tidy it up. And that's the way it should be.

wedding fever

I'm trying to do a bit of a catch up here. This last week has been crazy busy, my feet are only just touching the ground now. Let's take a look back to last weekend...

My beautiful sister-in-law got married. It was a beautiful, albeit very hot, day.  I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid, and totally honoured that she asked me. I love her dearly and was so excited to be able to share the day with her. She was absolutely stunning.

The temperature rose to nearly 40C, and in a little church filled with close to 170 people, it was even hotter! I was very conscious of the sweat I could feel trickling down my back and my legs, but I really couldn't do anything about it - except hope that no one would notice! I wasn't alone in the sweat department - I think everyone in the church felt hot and sticky. The bride was suffocating under her veil!! One of my Auntys-in-law came up to me after the ceremony and said "I'm not sure whether you noticed, but you had sweat running down your legs.." All I could do was laugh! Hot days like that can only mean one thing - the night was going to be perfect. And it was. The reception was held outside at the grooms parents house. The garden setting was gorgeous. The tables were set in white with jars of jam as the bonbonniere. I managed to take away six jars. The jam is amazing home-made jam.

If you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen these photos before. My brother-in-law used my camera to take some pre-wedding shots, but I wasn't going to be able to lug my camera around anyway, being a bridesmaid and all. Probably not the best look walking down the aisle with a SLR hung around my neck!! You can see a couple of shots he took over at his photo blog - Me & Freddy. He's still waiting on shots he took with his old school film camera. Judging by his previous work, they'll be amazing.









I wish them both all the happiness in the world. They are a perfect match and the only thing I have to say is "Start popping out those gorgeous babies!!!"