Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rainbows & Whimsy Giveaway

The gorgeous Jess at Rainbows & Whimsy has a fab Giveaway!!!! There are 3 prizes up for grabs.
I have some of Jess fab hair pins and a hairband on it's way to me as we speak, can't wait to get them and be all girly again. Been way too long!
For your chance to win pop on over to the blog and check out how. And in the mean time pop on over to the shop and see what else Jess has on offer.

Take Care

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Menu Plan 27th October ~ 9th November

Did that get your attention?????

This fortnights menu seems a little boring to me. But I am going out twice which means no cooking Yay!!!!!!

Firstly this saturday is my birthday. We are going out with family and friends to the local Tavern for dinner. Then coming back to our place for cake. Yep the Giant Tim Tam Cake pictured above!!!!!
Then the following saturday is my brother and his new fiances housewarming BBQ. No cooking again!!! Although I am taking some cake and bits along.

So here's this fortnights menu:

Thurs ~ Crumbed fish and veg
Fri ~ Sausages and veg
Sat ~ Out for dinner - I'm thinking Surf n Turf mmmmm
Sun ~ Roast Chicken and veg
Mon ~ Beef Casserole
Tues~ Chicken burgers
Wed ~ Cowboy Casserole {new}

Thurs ~ Chicken Casserole
Fri ~ Cabbage Rolls {new}
Sat ~ Housewarming BBQ
Sun ~ Corned Beef and veg
Mon ~ Baked chicken and veg
Tues ~ Quiche
Wed ~ Chow Mein

Baking -
Sour Cream and Apple Cake

Linking up with:
The Organised Housewife

Take Care

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pinterest Love

Today I thought I'd share some potholders that I have pinned to Pinterest. I love Pinterest. Nothing like loosing yourself in there for a while.

You can follow me on Pinterest here. If you haven't yet discovered the joys of Pinterest and would like an invite (takes forever to get one through Pinterest itself) then drop me a line at or on Facebook with your email addy and I'll get one out to you asap.

Aren't they just gorgeous! I can't wait to make some. I have a few potholders that I have made a few years back but they are all plain squares. Love the fanciness of these ones though.

What are some of your fave potholders?

Take Care

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I love Spring!

Spring is my absolute favourite season. I love the sunny days where my washing can flap about in the breeze and dry with ease. No more clothes airers making my house look like a Chinese laundry! I can still wear long pants (to cover up my chubby short lily white legs) but I can go bare foot at times and just wear a tshirt.
I love listening to the birds chirp in the mornings and seeing all the new growth and flowers around.
Blossom! Oh my I love Blossom!

Yesterday was just one of those glorious spring days. Reached 22/23C, barely a cloud in the sky. I cleaned my house from top to bottom as per my usual Weekly Home Blessing. So my sheets were flapping in the breeze. Brian had the off and he'd just mowed the lawns. Kids were out keeping him company {just tot he right of pic}. I had just cleaned our cherubs finger prints off the family room window {yet again} and I spied this view form where I was standing. I love it! Nothing flash, but it depicts our family life. Clean sheets {my love of all time}, kids belongings around nice neat order {the lawns freshly mowed}.

Today is meant to be even nicer. The kids will be wearing shorts and tshirts! Might even take a stroll down the beach. No swimming just yet, bit too cool for that.

What is your favourite season?

Take Care

Monday, October 17, 2011


We have recently taken Eli's dummy away. Since then it has been very hard to get him to sleep. Today he would not have a sleep. I could have laid with him but I had visitors so instead he played in his room for a couple of hours then I let him out.
He had the choice to watch cartoons (ABC2) or a dvd. He chose a dvd. 'yipps mummy yippos' which is Eli for Dumbo {he loves Hippos, yes I know Dumbo is an elephant but there are hippos there too }. He loves Dumbo. Watched it three times yesterday and then twice this arvo. I thought he had gone quiet, so I checked on him.

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Slow Cooked Corned Beef

We love corned beef in this house. It's one of our favourite meals. I always cooked mine on the stove top but since I've had my slow cooker I cook it in there now.
There is no difference to cooking your corned beef in the slow cooker compared to stove top. So if you have a recipe that your family likes that is stove top method. Just put the same ingredients in the slow cooker. The best advantage is that you don't have to worry about the water evaporating. So you can pop it on in the morning and safely go out for a few hours and not have to worry about it boiling dry.
This is my recipe for corned beef. We don't mind the salty flavour of corned beef, although I do try to buy salt reduced if I can for health reasons. We also like our corned beef well cooked.

1 corned beef - doesn't really matter the size. I cook a large one the same as I do a regular sized one.
1 onion, skin on, sliced in half
2-3 carrots, skin on, cut into about 3-4 pieces
1-2 dried bay leaves
4 or so whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Celery leaves and/or parsley stalks (optional)

I save the celery tops and pop them in a freezer bag in put them in the freezer. A handful is a nice addition to corned beef. So are parsley stalks. Once you have used the parsley leaves pop the stalks in a freezer bag just like the celery. Then they are ready to put straight into the slow cooker for corned beef or into the pop to help flavour a nice stock for soup.

I personally don't like to add vinegar, sugar or orange peel to my corned beef. I find it flavours the meat too much for my taste.

Firstly take your corned beef from the wrapping. Give it a rinse in cold water to get all the brine off. Put it straight into your slow cooker.
Add the vegies, herbs and spices. The top with lots of cold water. You can see the level in my pic above.
Put the lid on and cook on low for about 6 hours or so.

If you are cooking a corned beef to have for cold meat. After the 6 hours turn the slow cooker off and leave the corned beef in the liquor until it's cooled. This ensures that the corned beef will still be nice and moist.
Obviously chill in the refrigerator before using though.

Take Care

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spaghetti Scones!

I know sounds odd right? But trust me they are yummy!

The recipe comes form Stay At Home Mum - The Secret To Living On One Wage.

Spaghetti Scones
140g Self Raising flour
140g wholemeal self raising flour
80g butter/marg
1 x 420g can spaghetti in tomato sauce
1 dessertspoon worchestershire sauce
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

Rub the butter into the flours (or blitz it in the food processor like I do).
Mix through the remaining ingredients.
Now the original recipe says to roll out and cut as you would for normal scones but the mix is always way to wet for me to do that.
So instead I grease a large muffin pan really well. The use my ice cream scoop and place one scoopful of mix into each hole.
Bake at 190C for about 1--15 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

I really hope you give these a go. The really are yummy. My boys love them especially if I split them in half and spread with butter mmmm.

Take Care

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Family Fave ~ Cheats Spaghetti

Our family loves to have this simple, fairly cheap and easy meal. It's one of those meals that doesn't take long to cook and that I know everyone will gobble up. Real comfort food for us.

Cheats Spaghetti
1 onion, chopped
500g mince
2 x 420g cans spaghetti
1 dessertspoon (or so) of worchestershire sauce

Fry off the onion until trasparent.
Add the mince and brown.
Splash in the worchestershire sauce.
Stir through the can of spaghetti.
Heat through.

We usually make at least a double batch of this to feed us. Serve with lots of buttered toast.
You can add some frozen veg if you so desire. Could also add garlic or curry powder if you wanted to too.
Great the next day as toasties!

Take Care

Friday, October 14, 2011


I have been setting our dining room table complete with water jug and glasses for well over a year now, probably more like 2 or so. It adds such a lovely touch.
But all I have had is a boring old 2 Ltr plastic Decor jug. It's rather practical but it's not very pretty.
A while ago I saw a nice looking jug in Big W. kept putting off buying it. Well actually I preferred to buy scrapbooking supplies. But after talking about it with my lovely friend yesterday I bit the bullet and checked to see if Big W stocked them. Was expecting that they didn't have any, but guess what? They did!

Don't you just love the shape? Perfect for holding a nice fruit punch and/or lots of ice. It holds 2.8Ltrs too so a really great size for us. Bargain at $15.76!

I really want to crochet some jug covers for it now. For the time being I'll just use this doily as it's a good size for it. If anyone has any nice patterns I'd love for you to share them. I've had a bit of a looksee on Ravelry and Google but nothings really appealing to me. Not that keen on the ones with flowers or teacups in the center. Something more doily like.

I am thinking I might get another one and then on Christmas Day I'll serve a nice cold fruit punch in them.

Take Care

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Menu Plan 13th ~ 26th October

Last fortnight I tried a couple of new recipes with great success. This fortnight I'll be trying even more.

The second sunday this fortnight we'll be going to a park in Adelaide for a BBQ lunch with friends {who are more like family to me really} so we'll just have leftovers or snatch n grabs that night for dinner.

Thurs ~ Cheats Spaghetti
Fri ~ Sticky Sausages and veg
Sat ~ Vegie Soup {using some very yummy home grown celery a friend gave me}
Mon ~ Roast Pork
Tues ~ Marinated Chicken and veg

Thurs ~ Marinated Pork Spare Ribs and veg
Fri ~ Beef Casserole
Sat ~ Pork Stroganoff {new}
Sun ~ leftovers
Mon ~ Chicken snitzels with hawaiian topping
Tues ~ Quiche
Wed ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise and Garlic Bread

Tea Cake {attempting a variation on my Butter Cake recipe}
Not sure what else just yet lol.

Can you tell I'm just loving the Stay At Home Mum website and facebook page????

Linking up with:

Take Care

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Frugal Choc Mud Cake

Well as many of you probably know I'm a sucker for chocolate. Pretty much anything chocolate unless they are liqueur choccies or ice cream blerk!

I have been following a page on Facebook called Stay At Home Mum - The Secret To Living On One Wage and have tried quite a few recipes from there, all of which have been yum!

There was much talk about this Frugal Chocolate Mud Cake and though I must try it! When I first looked at the recipe it looked similar to my fave choccy cake to make for birthdays so I thought it would have to be a winner.

I made a very simple choccy icing. Used about 2 cups or so of icing sugar, a nice heaped dessertspoon of cocoa, a scant tablespoon of marg. Mixed that all together and added milk a little at a time until it all just came together. You want it really thick. It makes a very fudgy icing.

This cake has now been added to my fave recipes!

Take Care

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Condensed Milk Cookies

Remember these scrummy cookies I made the other week???  Well I thought of a better way to get the flavourings in!
Normally you make the dough and then mix the flavours in right? Well this is how I have done the last few batches and it works so much better. Might be the answer to those having trouble with peanut butter cookies too.

 Cream the butter and sugar and then beat in the condensed milk as usual {I used the homemade condensed milk in this lot}. Divide into your bowls. I made mine into three, and add your flavourings BEFORE you add your flour.
 Milo {1 cup to a third of the mix}

 Custard powder {1 cup to a third of the mix}

 Spicy date {1 tablespoon mixed spice - could have added more actually - 1 cup chopped dates}

 Then add your flour until it's the right consistency. So you can roll it into balls.

 Roll into balls. I make mine slightly bigger, about walnut size, and press down with a fork.

 I baked up the whole batch. Made 100 descent sized biscuits. This is a normal sized baking tin overflowing!


Take Care

Monday, October 10, 2011

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

I had heard you could make your own sweetened condensed milk a few years back. I tried to make some once using an American recipe and it just didn't work. Possibly due to the measurement difference or maybe it was me or the recipe. Anyways I didn't bother again. Until talk about it at Down To Earth the other day. So I thought I'd try Rhondas recipe. Well it worked a treat!

Add all ingredients to the food processor

blend for a minute or two until the sugar has dissolved.

I usually let it sit for a few minutes or so while I get other stuff done to let it thicken up a bit.

You can use this in all recipes using condensed milk apparently. I've only used it in the Condensed Milk Cookies so far and it worked very well!

Speaking of cookies I'll be back tomorrow with a post about them, a very useful tip!

Take Care