Monday, 28 May 2012

conservatory make-over part 1...

We have a conservatory in our house and it is awesome in summer time and winter too, but I need to re-do the look, since moving in over 3yrs ago we haven't done anything to it besides buying the couch for it.  The time has come and I'm on the look out for cool ideas to reinvent this space of our house, as it will be used a lot more now with a small child around.  The perfect play room space but then I also want to use part of it as a hairdressing space to cut hair, so the make-over begins.

Below is what it currently looks like:

what this space as I re-decorate this room so it feels more apart of the rest of our house, not just a room that gets shut up in winter months and not used.

Are you re-decorating rooms at the moment share some of your ideas?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

a walk in the park...

As the official Autumn months draw to a close Summah and I took the liberty to take a walk in the park behind our house.   There is this stream (not for swimming in I will add...yuk!) through part of park and the trees have had the most gorgeous autumn coloured leaves on them this season.  I wanted to take some photos of Summah exploring the leaves, the texture and sounds they make when you crunch them in your hand or under feet.  She loved it!!! and the best bit is when she is sooo excited her hands clench and she yells with glee.  Love it! Enjoy the pictures from our little exploration in the park the other day, making the most of these beautiful autumn days before we plunge into winter.

We had so much fun together, playing in the leaves and rolling around like kids, it was a beautiful way to spend the afternoon.

Oh! and Summah wears her new t-shirt from Venezia that Daddy bought her on his trip to Italy recently, and the cute red scarf we bought down the South it!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Nana's bran muffins...

I love a good bran muffin and one day whilst waiting for my car to get a warrant of fitness (WOF) I stumbled upon this recipe, which is delicious and has become my favourite bran muffin recipe.  It is simple and no fail, they always turn out moist and filled with goodness.

Nana's Bran Muffins

what you will need:

25g butter, melted
1 Tbsp golden syrup
1 egg
1 cup milk
1-1 1/2 cups grated apple
1 cup self-raising flour
1 1/2 cup bran flakes
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda

Melt Butter & add golden syrup.
Mix egg & milk add to butter, golden syrup & apple.
Add everything to the sifted dry ingredients and mix till just combined.

Bake at 160 C for 12-15mins.

(you can add other fruit besides apple, and I add raisins because a bran muffin is not complete with out these.)

Happy baking ;)

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

No.2 What's cooking Wednesday?

A quick week night meal that takes 30mins from prep to eating, my kind of cooking.

Chicken with Hoisin Sauce

the ingredients needed, cornflour, sherry, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, selection of vegetables, and cashew nuts.

mix 1 1/2 Tbsp cornflour, 1 1/2 Tbsp sherry, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, add chicken and mix well.  Set aside till needed for cooking.

heat oil in wok, add your vegetables and stir-fry for 2 mins.  

remove vegetables from wok, and then cook chicken for 4mins in wok.


add your vegetables back into the wok with chicken

add 3Tbsp Hoisin sauce and cashews and heat through.

30mins later from prep time to plating up you have a delicious dinner that can use up odd bits of vegetables.  

(in this dish we used broccoli, celery, red & green capsicum, and mushrooms.  The actual recipe says to use mushroom, red & green capsicum, but we like lots of veggie's)

Saturday, 12 May 2012

1st Mother's Day

 This is my very first mother's day (apart from last year when Summah was in the womb) where I get to hold my child in my arms, and I am richly blessed to have this gorgeous girl in my life.

It is a unique experience to become a mother, to be a mother and to be a child loved by a mother, there are not enough words to express how great it can be, and how it should be.
For some though there isn't a great mother child bond, there are some that don't have a mother anymore, some who have never meet, been held, kissed or loved by their mother.  Just last night I watched the movie 'Precious' (if you've seen it you'll know what I'm talking about) it is really sad how Precious is treated by her mother, but awesome to see how Precious changes and decides to be a loving mother to her 2 children, despite the circumstances (be warned it's a very real and raw movie if you watch it.)  Watching this movie made me more aware of how important it is to be an example to your children, not to sweat the small stuff and to embrace them with open arms often.

I'm blessed to be a daughter to an amazing mother and I endeavor to be the best mother I can be to Summah and any children to come. Today, my first mother's day I've started a trend to take a mother child photo every year, as each year I'm being moulded, challenged, and inpsired as a mother.  The photo's will be a reminder of this journey I've begun as a mother and the fun times I've shared with my child/ren.

Happy Mother's day.

a week in photos...

Steve has been in Italy for a week now and Summah and I have had an eventful week, we've done so much and it has been fun.  Here some of the highlights of our week alone with out Daddy.

I miss you daddy, come home soon love Summah xxx

Thursday, 3 May 2012

colour love...

My new favourite colour for the winter is this....

 gorgeous blue!!! love it!

So I've bought a new scarf and cardigan to pair with some of my old winter clothes from previous years to freshen up the wardrobe.

Yay! and I'm loving some of the new knits coming in for the winter months this season too, exciting fashion.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

happy squeals..

On this frosty morning I have happy squeals echoing around the lounge as my little girl plays in front of the fire, it is just gorgeous :).  I love hearing her little squeals of delight as she discovers something new, by rotating a book in her hand or a wooden puzzle piece.  A babies mind is incredible, how quickly they learn and develop and the pace they learn at in the first year blows my mind...if only adults could learn that quickly! 

It's very cool and I love that I'm able to be a Mum as I did think it may never happen and had prepared myself for that (a blog topic for another day), but I've (we've) been blessed and I thank the Lord daily, for each day is a gift and a blessing from Him.  

So today if you feel stressed, over worked, and ready to pull your hair out and scream at the top of your lungs....STOP/PAUSE.... and be thankful for at least one blessing and refocus.  Then continue on like there is no tomorrow.

Have a blessed day xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

What's cooking Wednesday?

In the kitchen today is the delicious aromas of chicken noodle soup, a good hearty winter classic and I am already wishing it was dinner time.

This is a favourite recipe of my sister's and she shared it with me a few years ago when I was unwell with the flu (you remember with swine flu hit..yep, that was it!),  and all I wanted was chicken noodle soup. It did the trick and filled the spot when I was unwell, but today I'm fit and healthy just want some of that hearty soup again.

The recipe is:

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

By Simon Holst

This creamy chicken soup is crammed with hearty flavour and goodness.
The easy recipe requires only a few ingredients – including egg yolks – and the result is bound to become a family favourite.

For 3-4 large servings:
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 stalk celery, optional
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves or pinch dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken stock, or 4 cups water plus 3 tsp instant chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp sherry, optional
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 50g spaghetti, fettuccine etc. (or 1/4-1/2 cup small pasta)
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 2 Tbsp cold water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2-3 Tbsp finely chopped parsley

1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot. Cut the onion, potato and celery into small (5-7 mm) cubes and stir these and the thyme into the butter. Cover and cook without browning for 5 minutes.
2. Add the next three ingredients and heat to boiling. Once the soup boils, add the chicken breast and the spaghetti, broken into 2cm lengths, or other pasta.
3. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the vegetables and pasta are cooked, then lift out the chicken.
4. Mix together the cornflour, water, egg yolks and cream and pour these through a sieve into the soup.
5. Stir constantly until the soup bubbles round the edge and has thickened slightly, then remove it from the heat and add the chopped parsley and the chicken breast, cut into small cubes.
6. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately or reheat, without boiling, when required.
Fresh, hot bread is the perfect accompaniment.

(I've even blended some of this up for my 8mth old's dinner maybe don't put the sherry in if your concerned and replace the cream for milk if you think the cream is too rich for a small person's stomach.)

Enjoy cooking this and thanks Dee for sharing this delicious recipe with me when I was sick xx


Autumn is possibly my favourite season, why? because I love the colours in the sky at night, the sunsets are gorgeous, the colours in the trees are beautiful and it always amazes me Autumn.  Eveything appears crisp and sharp just before it dies away for the winter months to hibernate till spring. Not to mention we generally have gorgeous sunny days during Autumn which are perfect for walks outside before hibernation hits too.

Hibernation is knocking at our door already, the fire has officially been lit for the first time for winter 2012...and I'm loving the warmth it provides already.  I love having a fire it is the best thing since sliced bread during those long winter days, and now I'm a stay at home Mum (which is awesome) I'm going to enjoying the fire so much more.  It will be burning 24/7 and yes I'm glad those night feeds are well and trully over...yay! for having a spring baby.

There is something comforting about curling up on the mat with a book, and hot chocolate and enjoying the longer evenings in front of the fire.  Then the winter food is awesome too, good hearty meals with lots of root vegetables, soups and the list goes on.  I will be sharing some of my favourite recipes from time to time so keep an eye out for those.

So as hibernation kicks in for the next 3-4months I will be turning out some little side projects hopefully :).

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