Monday, September 14, 2015

My Day at Home

The littlest was sick. He took a sip from his brother's cup last Friday and started to get sick by Saturday. By Sunday he was full blown into the virus with high temperatures and general un-wellness. He was sleeping and not eating a lot. So I had no other choice but to stay home. So I shook off the guilt and prepared myself for my home duties and mothering hat.

Generally I only have one day free and that's Friday. Even then I have the little one with me and I have a bit of me time in the morning. But I digress, today I dropped off the other three and came straight back home. First off, I did the laundry (of course, a must first thing) and then had a bit of breakfast and he was asleep. I finished off the dishes from last night (Urghh, we actually normally have dishes in the sink). Anyway, I was pretty sure that mums make and bake things when they are at home and I've been dreaming of gozleme for a while so I prepped up the dough. Lucky it was nice and sunny outside and I added a bit more yeast to my yeast mix. I used this recipe from Taste. It makes four decent size gozleme.

I'd actually never tried pan frying my gozleme before so I gave it a go. Normally I bake it like my mum-in-law does with her dough stuff but I found out that pan-frying is so much faster but you have to be careful not to burn it. Turn the heat down low to medium and use a spatula to flip your goodies. I made spinach and cheese, ham and cheese and spinach and feta and finally za'atar.

I was going to cook this za'atar one flat but I couldn't slide it into the pan so I had to fold it in half like the others and cook it. I must say I am quite impressed with myself.

Now, to see how long my floors stay clean until the kids get home and have dinner. Grrrrrr.
If you've got some great gozleme recipes or fillings let me know!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

We painted.

 I  couldn't think of anything exciting  for the blog post title so here it is... we painted.  I had this in mind for a long,  long  time. I purchased this cupboard a few years ago online. It's quite heavy so I didn't want to just throw it out.  It's still very good. The problem was is that it had marks on it that I couldn't get rid of so I really wanted to paint it. 

 So I went and bought paint and brushes and because it was warm outside on Saturday we dragged it out and I got my eldest to sand it down a bit.  Then the girls wanted to paint and I thought why not? And let them. The nine year old was good. I've been keen to get the kids more involved in jobs. I helped my five year old girl paint as she needed supervision.  She tipped the paint tin over and thankfully I decided to lay down an old cardboard box on the floor so it didn't end up on the floor.  Good decision by mum! 

 After a while though she wasn't getting it right so I told her I would take over and she was pretty okay with it. I did two coats of plain white. It's not glossy and there is a skill to be had when painting... I do not have it. I suppose you get what you pay for so I went cheap with the paint ($7.00 for 500ml) and cheap brushes. It would have turned out much nicer with more expensive stuff but I'm very happy with it.  I only painted the outside and top open section. 

It looks great back in the girls room. I dressed it up with some nice napkins, rosary beadsbeads,  a vase with flowers and a few first holy communion things.  I put boxes along the bottom row only for shoes and the girls can fill in the other shelves with books and toys. I reminded them that they are not allowed to draw or wipe snot on it! Kids! Am I the only one who deals with this issue? 
Anyway,  it's nice to have something finally done especially by yourself. 
Now,  what else is next? 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Springing into action

Well, I survived my trip and so did the kids. They didn't miss us one bit as they were having too much fun with their cousins and we Face-timed them every night anyway. I loved the trip. There were ups and downs but I'll talk about them later. I'm back in mummy mode now. 
I made the kale salad a few days ago. The supermarket sells chopped kale now so for the time-poor mums out there, it's good to throw in every thing you've got in the fridge for this yummy salad and a quick tahini dressing.

I was out doing a visit the other night and found these jasmine growing along a fence. I love, love, love the smell of this jasmine. Mum kept killing the plants I'd bring home and one day I'll grow my own at my own place. I've got this little jar sitting on the bathroom basin and I love the perfume. Oh it reminds me so much of spring.

My eldest girl had her First Holy Communion a few weeks ago. I didn't even get a chance to organise things before we left on our holiday so I was in a mad rush in the last two weeks. The cake I got from CakeMania. A big shout out to Waynem the baker, 'cos it's a beautiful delicious marble cake. Very moist and I picked it up myself on Sunday morning and he carried it to my car.

The bonbonniere's I picked up a few months ago from Hot Dollar. I was short one and found a web shop that sold them so I ordered three more hoping they'd arrive by the end of the week and thanks to they arrived on Thursday nicely packaged and none broken! It took me forever to find the right card stock for the tags and eventually I found them at Party Pop. I spent a couple of hours making up the tags and cutting them out and I love the result.

Here's me and my girl. Both the dresses were purchased while I was in the U.S. It was a wonderful day although I do wish I had lots of extra hands as home parties are stressful if things need to be done on the day and when your new helium tank is empty of helium you can't put up any balloons (but I still had a set of pink and silver ones picked up that morning) you're sure to have a bucket of balloons instead.

Anyway, I shall be back hopefully soon to update you on the bits of my trip.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Psst, I'm on holidays!

 I'm over in San Francisco! I can't believe it. I'm over here with only hubby and the kids are not really missing us. We'll,  the eldest daughter is missing her mummy.  Anyway,  the public transport is fantastic and cheap here. The cable car is more expensive though but fun. More about that later.

 On Sunday we went to church at St Mary of the Assumption. It's a big and so beautiful inside. The deacon there sat and talked to us after mass. He was great.

W have had nice food. It's a bit pricey though for freshly made good. I sure won't be doing this all the time. Shopping had been good. We bought some shoes from Nike Town and DSW. Westfield's is close by and so are many other stores.

Next stop,  Vegas.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Family and Food

Seriously, what else is there in life which brings people together than having food around. Constantly. Well, school's back in and I am in the swing of things. Last night the kids made raspberry and coconut muffins. Thanks White Wings. It was truly awesome. Next time I'll buy both boxes (or more). They were meant to be for school but the kids left nothing behind and it was so easy for them to make.

Yes, it is officially Winter down under. My gosh we've been so cold. It's gone down to zero degrees in the morning and it's pretty chilly outside but no snow where we live. These are my girls all rugged up. I think it was a church day. I found my eldest great pull up jeans from Pumpkin Patch. She never really liked the other zipper ones. The pull-up ones are so comfy!

I couldn't help myself and I made 3 ingredient Nutella brownies. They are delish but man, you need one cup of Nutella, two eggs and 3/4 cups of flour. I made this in two batches (so two cups of Nutella) because I know they won't last. If you love Nutella and brownies then these are for you. DEFINATELY. Go out and make some now. I melt the Nutella a bit in the microwave if it's pretty stiff. Just make sure you have no foil bits in the lip of the bottle. You can thank me later. They are so,so, so good.

It was the feast of St. Sharbel in July. He is a holy hermit of Lebanon and many miracles were attributed to his intercession. My favourite one is about a lady who couldn't fall pregnant. Her friend had visited the monastery in Annaya, Lebanon and brough back some incense. The lady gives it to her friend and she swallows it. She does fall pregnant and after giving birth the baby opens and closes it's hand. The Dr thinks it's odd and opens the hand. Inside the hand is the incense which her mother swallowed. Amazeballs. Yes, I love our Saints. He continues to intercede for us til this day. There are pictures of him in modern day photo's, which bewilders people.
So we went that night to the parish in Punchbowl and although it was cold (it also rained and hailed a bit) we had a good time and hoped we recieve some blessings.

The last week of the holidays it was a brilliant warmish week. We had planned to go out to the park and have a bbq with mum and my other sisters. It was great. Snags (sausages) and salad for lunch and little bit of a play before it got too cold, or tiring.

The fam bam. (who says that?) We enjoyed the chicken wings (next time, don't use a soy marinade, it gets burnt on the bbq and leaves black yuckiness) We had bottles of water and enjoyed the time together.

Last but not least we had Tim Staples visit us in Australia. He is by far, one of the greatest attributes to us being so filled with the holy spirit and thankful we are part of the Catholic Church. He is the Director of Apologetics for Catholic Answers. They're a great group of people. We got to hear him speak at church a few times and got his autograph on one of his cds. That's hubby in the pic with him. He's very happy to have met someone so great and Tim talks with so much passion and love. I love his talks through the podcasts.
Anyway, it's only a few more days now until I jet off to the U.S. I am excited and a bit scared at the same time because I've never left my kids before for so long. Not even over night. Hubby left this morning but he is flying premium economy, the lucky b@$t@rd. I can't wait to meet him there on Friday.
I'll keep you guys posted!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015



A few things happen all at once when we hit June. Elijah has his birthday and we took him bowling with a few young cousins. My manager at work lent me her silicon cupcake mould and I made him a big cupcake for his birthday. My go to cake mix is Betty Crockers Iressistables (sp?) Chocolate Mousse cake. Oh it's divine. The mousse cream is the best. There's a hole inside the cupcake on purpose just to fill with ice-cream or choc mousse. I think I put on an extra kilo that day ; )

The last minute birthday plan was bowling. It's the best place because the woodfire pizza is fantastic and overall it's a budget winner. One game was enough for the ten kids. The kids have a ball (except for Miss 8 who didn't enjoy it). He has this thing about lining up the empty pop tops and bowling them over with the basketball at home. Bowling is his thing. I love him. He's a bit on the crazy side and a bit slow with his speech so I'm keeping him back a year from Kindy so he can get up to par. I hope it's the right thing to do and I've been told by many mums that it is.  He is such a mummy's boy too.

Secondly, we hit Winter here Down Under and it's rather cold in the evenings. Sunday evening I made self-saucing chocolate pudding. It's awesome stuff. We didn't have fresh thickened cream so Miss 8 suggested ice cream which we had and it took it to a whole new level. It was delicious.

Last week I took him to Ikea and I bought this small Kallax unit to store their shoes. They keep dumping them on the floor and I find it hideously and annoying. Miss 8 helped me and in 40 minutes this little beauty came together. I bought the black Kona boxes instead of the more expensive plastic boxes. I love it.

Here he is enjoying his lunch at Ikea. He was really good and sat in the trolley for me instead of running around like a headless chook. I enjoyed the free coffee and quinoa/kale salad. Mmmmmm I don't plan to go back soon but it was sure fun.

When I leave work here is the view just before I hit the street. The lovely trees are shedding beautiful leaves. We are rugging up with jumpers, coats and boots. I kind of can't wait for Spring and I'll be hitting Summer when I go to the U.S. It cannot come any sooner. I've got my passport with the obligatory ugly mug shot and I'm trying to figure out what to bring on the plane. Maybe just a toothbrush and a change of clothes. Any suggestions for a long flight?

I am so excited I cannot even think about anything else.. lol.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Exciting things that spur me on.

This is going to be a quick post as my eyes are about the roll into the back of my eyeballs.
Dinner was really good at the start of May but did a slow downward drop as it came into June.
I try to keep to meat and veg at least for family dinners. Sometimes, it's grilled drumsticks for the kids and I'll eat left overs. There seems to be an influx of dessert/snacking types of food and I am feeling it around my belly. Not good peoples. I'd be ok with it if I was making the time to go to the gym but my time is so limited these days. Does anyone else feel this way?

I hope you're enjoying making healthy dinners anyway. This is Jacquie's 'Smiley face' plate. Rice, fish and greens. There's another photo where I put on corn cob hair but it was blurry so I'll spare you that. I am so boring on Fridays but the kids seem to enjoy fish every Friday even if it's soup. Oh soup. How simple and delicious!!! You know the kids will eat anything if they are starved enough. Michael ate the muesli bar I put in his lunch box today as we ran out of everything else and he said it was yummy. Normally, they all smirk at me if I even ask them if they want to try a muesli bar. But HA, the joke's on him. I got him to start eating muesli bars that contain oats.

Well, I think I must be the most patient wife in the world because I have not travelled with hubster since our honeymoon which was a decade ago. Yes friends. A whole decade. So, since he is going to San Jose for three days he asked " Why don't you come with me?" Well, you don't have to ask me twice. I'm going to meet him on his last day and we're doing San Francisco (The City, locals say don't call it San Fran), Vegas, and Los Angeles. I'm stoked. I could not be happier. It's not happening til August but I 'm running on excitement juice and I can't even tell you how many people at work I've already told.

If you've got some good advice please share it with us. Have you done any shopping there? Would you recommend any good restaurants. We're definately walking the Golden Gate Bridge. Ahhhh. So.excited!!!

Anyway, I'll keep you all posted. I need to sleep. It's 11pm and I'm going to make lunches tomorrow morning.