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

Celebrations

                                          

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winner - Nestle Giveaway

Wow, I loved the food pictures you have all sent to me. I've been getting some really great ideas for dinner options for my fussy eaters. It was hard to pick but I chose the best pics/recipes that I could replicate at home. The winners of the Nestle Healthy Active Kids are Sophie, Michelle and Kou!!!

Above are Sophie's Spinach and Feta twists. They look amazing and so easy to make. I think my kids would love them too. A great lunch box filler or afternoon snack.

Here is her Kale and White Bean soup. Looks amazeballs!! Perfect for our Winter weather although my kids would smirk at the green stuff but we just have to keep trying don't we? I tell them they will just starve if they don't eat what I make for dinner.

I am loving this plate of snowpeas and broccoli. It would be something hubby and I would devour. My kids would only eat the peas inside but it's a start. I am liking the addition of sesame seeds and what is that yummy stuff in the back? Gyoza's? Yum.

This is how Michelle makes food exciting for her girls. She draws funny faces on the eggs! Awesome.
I've been doing that on the kids lunch packs. I think they enjoy it a lot more when food is fun. Good tip.

Michelle's Banana attack. Take that! Un-real banana peel.
There is nothing more healthy than taking your kids for a nature walk. Thanks Michelle for sending me those marvellous pictures of your healthy, active family.

I am loving this lasagne Kou sent me. Now a full-time stay at home mum she enjoys spending more making delicious home made dinners and baked good. Looks great.


Also, getting really hungry looking at her Thai Chicken Curry. I love curries because they don't take long to cook so long as you have organised the ingredients you need. They are too spicy for the kids so I'd have to make a milder fish soup for the kids. I make this sweet and sour Tom Yum Soup on Fridays and it goes down really well with the kids. Also, a cheaper cut of fish like Ling fillet is budget friendly to use and I add a few vegies in there.


I made these Nutella scrolls the other day. I was given some dough from my sister in law who works at the church bakery so I smothered Nutella and cut the log out to make these scrolls which did not last very long once they were out of the oven!!!!

Nestle will be sending out these Prize Packs to you. I hope you continue to live Healthy Active lives and thanks so much for sharing.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mother's Day


 
If you're anything like me, you've only just realised that Mother's Day is this Sunday. I figured this out as they mentioned it at church. Then my sister texts me to tell me that we're having dinner at mums on Saturday and to bring in a plate. Above is a really old picture of my parents, me (in pink) and my youngest sister. Don't you love our hair! I don't know where the rest of the family are but this is at my grandparents place in the early 80's.
 
I haven't decided what to get mum yet. Last year it was boring robe and slippers. This year mum deserves something more lovely and thoughtful. She's been through a loss of her eldest daughter and she needs some pampering. She never asks for anything and always wonders why we spend our money on her. I have to get her flowers I think to start with.
 
 
 
I did, however, pick up this bag for myself from Strandbags. They are having sale right now. I needed to replace my green BlueBird one that my sister bought for me before as it was worn down and the clasps were not working properly anymore. This Laura Jones one is perfect and has a zillion pockets. It's easy to put in my essentials and off I go. It was also 30% off so only cost me $22.
 
 
Then I was at Kmart and I found this on the shelf. It's by one the MasterChef contestants Samira El Khafir. I had to get it as I really like the recipes inside it and it would impress my husband if I cooked more like his mum use to. It has won the Australian Mediterranean Cook Book Award 2014 so it's sure to be a hit in any household who likes Lebanese food.
 
 
I really hope that all you mums out there have a wonderful Mother's Day. I know the kids are getting excited about the Mother's Day Stall tomorrow. It's really cute and my kindy girl will surely bring me back something I love. So have a relaxing weekend and stay tuned to this space for some more regular posting. Don't forget to send in entry in the Giveaway below!!!
 
 
Apologies everyone as I previously said there would be two giveaways but alas there will be just the current Nestle Healthy Active Kids one open (below) until 15th May.
 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Healthy Active Kids plus Nestle Giveaway


What's on your plate kids? You may remember that my kids were offered to take part in the Healthy Active Kids session which was held by Nestle at the Royal Easter Show. We couldn't say no to kids cooking and it was their first time at the Show. They made these easy Rice Paper Rolls and Yummy Apricot Balls on specially designed plates which shows the kids how much food they put in each section. Too easy.

As a mum I know we are always looking for a fantastic resource which gets kids involved in the kitchen and promotes awareness of what foods your kids should be eating and trying new things. Nestle have teamed up with the Australian Institute of Sport to raise awareness and promote physical activity among primary school age children.

As part of the program, the website www.healthyactivekids.com.au is an interactive resource for parents and teachers, to educate children to lead healthy, active lives.


Recently we made these ANZAC biscuits in honour of our heroes who fought in WWI. All the kids were involved and although it was tricky getting the balls made and a few tears were shed by my son we eventually got these delicious bikkies in the oven. I love, love, love these biscuits and the kids ate them and knew exactly what went into the product.

Most days I have these on the chopping board as part of the school lunch box. It's good to start healthy eating habits early and keep trying instead of going for packaged foods all the time. I really suggest you check out the Healthy Active Kids website as it has resources for families, teachers, and of course kids to start a healthy lifestyle.

We also made these Hazelnut balls as a sweet treat because you can have some sweetness in your life. My 8 yr old daughter enjoyed making these so much and they just include rice bubbles, hazelnut spread, hundreds and thousands and dessicated coconut.

** Now for the extra fun part, the Giveaway: Nestle have kindly provided some packs which includes 2 of the Healthy Kids plates, 2-3 aprons, two adult plates, and some lunch box stickers.

What you need to do: I'd love to see some recipes, pics and things you've done with your kids to promote a healthy active lifestyle. Please e-mail them to me at allthingsmum@hotmail.com and include any links to your own blog if you'd like. We'll choose a winner on 15 May 2015 and send out an e-mail.


**These views are the personal views of Kim of All Things Mum and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé

Thursday, April 23, 2015

While we were on holidays


Oh the memories of the recent Easter/School Holiday Break brings me so much joy. It was magical, fun-filled, steady paced and enjoyable. We went to the show for the first-time (well for the kids anyway) and the kids loved it.

Look at that smile. Pure joy. Elijah was a bit scared at first but I held onto him and then as he got use to it he relaxed and enjoyed himself. You just have to go on the carousel when you're at The Show. The last day was great as it was Kids Day so rides were two for one until 5pm. Some Showbags ran out but we managed to get 3/4 that we wanted so it was great. I even got a bargain on the Womens Weekly bag as they ran out of stock but used the bags to put in spare items and sold it for $10. Awesome!


The older two kids attended the Nestle Active Healthy Kids session in the Food Farm. What a fantastic session which got a lot of kids cooking something healthy that they would eat themselves. My kids are use to rice paper rolls. We must have them at least once a week in the warm season. They were a bit wary of the apricots in the protein balls but they did try them.

Here is the lovely presenter who had done all of the sessions through the duration of the show and fed 2800 participants. Amazing job. Well done to her and her team.

Here are the kids next to the Super Slide (niece in the middle). I loved how the lights illuminated the darkness and everything felt so alive and magical. We didn't want the day to finish. It was perfect.

Now I'm trying to slide into the groove of things now that school has started and I'm back at work three days. My phone died so I was not contactable for a day (not fun). I'm still in the process of getting myself back up and running and with good friends who happen to have spare phones I am back on-line (but have lost some data etc etc.. go and back up your phone and contacts today!) Thankfully I did ask hubby to back up my pics from my phone last week so not all was lost.

Source:Fred Nile Democractic Party FB Page

We had (literally) torrential rain for three days. If you live in Sydney (see pic above) you know how bad it is. Rivers were overflowing, car parks and basements were flooding and our SES (State Emergency Service) volunteers had heaps of calls to attend to. Well done to them for their efforts. Today was the first day the sun shone down so I've got loads of washing to put out today.

I've got some fun giveaways coming up so please come back regularly to check them out and add me to your blogfeed ( I use Bloglovin').

See you soon peeps! xox