What went down in May 2016?
Friday, June 10, 2016
What went down in May 2016?
An effort to go to school functions to be involved and to meet other families.
Vodka O - It's my new favourite, and worth drinking when going to school functions to try and be more involved.
Doing: My Tax! Only 11 months late but I got it in on the very last day. Phew. Can't be more organised than that.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
|Me, trying to work out how to make a bechamel sauce that doesn't get lumps!|
As a parent you might not have been told that there are two things you should teach your kids before they leave home.
1. How to make a decent white sauce
2. How to make a decent red sauce.
If your offspring have the ability to do the above it will provide them the skills to make so many dishes. Starting with their own mac and cheese to lasagna to cauliflower and white sauce, tuna casserole, soups and the list goes on. The money a uni student can save with simple dishes that start with a basic sauce is huge and really you can add any old veggies in and cover them with bechamel and you have a meal!
My white sauce is a bit fickle. At times it's extraordinary. At other times, it hits the bin and I have to start again.
I think I know why now. I never used to heat the milk. Who knew??
|Smiling sans teeth is hard work.|
On Sunday Immy and I went along to an event held by Dairy Australia and before we headed to our kitchen stations for the 'Hot Cake Cook Off' we learnt a few things about cooking with milk and a few basic recipes. The bechamel sauce recipe was as usual very basic, but it worked perfectly.
The tips were use the same amount of butter/flour/cheese and warm your milk first.
The rest you can make up yourself, but here is a super basic recipe if you need help to get started.
When it came time to have the cook off, Immy was totally in charge.
She collected her ingredients and decided pretty quickly exactly how these were going to look. Once I figured out how to turn the stove top on, the rest really was basic. Your kids can start making you breakfast!
The hot cake recipe we were given had ricotta in them which I think I would have really liked, but in our hot cake cook off challenge, Immy decided that disgusting ingredients like ricotta should be replaced with raspberries and blue berries.
She also wanted chocolate and a caramel sauce, but the timer went off before she made it back to collect her caramel. Ahhh, the pressure in the kitchen.
Her hot cakes actually came up fantastic. Who wouldn't pay $17.50 at a cafe on Sunday morning for such a treat?
|Raspberry infused hot cakes with strawberries, blue berries and smashed chocolate.|
Thanks to Dairy Australia and the Legendairy team for inviting us along, and for the scones, and lasagna and smoothies, totally delicious day.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
If I asked you all the things you did and though about last month it’s unlikely you’d remember, so if you can’t recall them now, how will you remember all those little moments of life that make it so great, next year? Write it down, your memory bank will thank you for it in a decade.
Wine. Popped into a winery, Mt Avoca Wines to be exact, tasted what I thought I might enjoy the most, told myself I really would enjoy it, and bought it instantly. They also gave us a little tour of the winery, it’s actually an organically made wine, but certification is just so difficult to get!
Doing: Took Miss 10 to see Matilda at the theatre, it was brilliant. Clever songs, talented kids, a fun storyline and many laughs, highly recommend it.
a clean car, not that I am really sure I remember what that’s like.
Having a holiday house would be so wonderful, but having friends with holiday houses all over the place is even more wonderful and taking friends to where you like to holiday is pretty good too!
the colours of Autumn. Not every country gets to experience the natural beauty of a Victorian Autumn.
My ten year old can win a cross country race if the bribe is high enough.
I love day light saving time, but it’s over for now and I just have to get through the dark times.
dark chocolate with orange, I love you.
Have you ever watched Schindlers List? You know how you watch it and you think, why didn’t all the Germans act like this, why didn’t more good people just do what they could to stop the horrendous from happening? You watch it and you like to think that if you were there, you’d be the Oskar Schindler, you’d be the good person, you’d never just turn your eyes away while people were sent to camps where they were just forgotten about. The movie ends and you’re glad that those days are no longer.
Except they aren’t really are they? It’s just different people in the camps. Camps run by our very own country.
And on that note, we leave April 2016 with the hope that during the coming election campaign there will be many Oskar Schindler type voices and compassion will finally win.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Active Wear, Active Wear...writing my blog in my active wear.
I've felt the pressure in recent years to not be seen too often on my active wear. Firstly, because I am never actually doing any exercise when I wear it, kind of just thinking about it for half a day.
I've seen online discussions that degrade those who tend to choose active wear as a regular outfit, even if they are exercising regularly.
I also don't have the correct brand of active wear to officially be allowed to be proud to wear it. It would seem that if you hand over your hard earned cash to LuluLemon or even Lorna Jane or the top sports brands than you receive a little more leniency from the anti active wear brigade. But the no name brand of lycra is not as acceptable in polite society.
Recent back injury (again, yawn) has meant I've been cruising about more in elastic waisted leggings and stretchy tops. I added a new fleece hoodie to the mix to make myself look particularly unstylish yet comfortable. The only suitable shoe to match this ensemble is my sneakers.
And it's been fantastic.
Wearing my active wear has made being active so much easier. I don't feel restricted by shoes or belts or buttons or dresses. My slow moving back gets supported in special support leggings (also from Target because that is what the rehab Physio at work suggested was the best option, not the ones that you pay $200 for).
The more I wear my active wear, the more I am actually active.
It would seem that those people who do don their dorky but comfy active wear attire might move a little more. It's easier to run after the kids in active wear, it's easier to pack a dishwasher, to run for a bus, to push a shopping trolley, to write a blog or walk to the shops for milk.
The more you wear your active wear, the more you realise it's bloody fantastic.
It's not expensive to buy if you go for something unbranded.
There is no ironing involved, ever.
It's easy to wash and fast to dry, plus it's often black so marks from little grubby hands don't show so much.
It's so comfortable that you just feel happy wearing it.
Active wear, it's time for me to embrace you more.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Oh March, you’ve been and gone and never even gave me a chance to blog. That’s how super impressive you were. All that’s left is the opportunity to sum you up in one nifty post.
Here’s what went down for March 2016.
Gin with lemon sorbet! Yep, that’s a cocktail that includes some gin, some vodka, a touch of lemon and some sorbet. It’s dessert and a drink in one handy glass.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have eaten the Easter eggs.
Just believe your child is the most amazing kid on earth, you don't need a marketing competition to convince you you're right.
Coriander. LOVE IT. Never had a coriander meal I didn’t love.
There is a lot of traffic in Jakarta.
There needs to be a solution to the level of traffic in Jakarta.
How will they fix the traffic in Jakarta?
me? Snacking? Never.
And that's all March. See you next year.