Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blogtoberfest 2012!

Last year I heard about Blogtoberfest for the first time. I made a promise to myself that I would be organised for this years event, bahahaha who was I kidding, I am so not organised for it! But I'm jumping in anyways!

You can find out all the details of here, hope to see you joining in too!

Take Care

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Special Baked Beans

This is one of our favourite, easy and reasonably cheap recipe. Very healthy too, and by omitting the bacon can even be vegetarian!

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, grated
1 lg or 3 sm zucchinis, grated
2 cups diced mushrooms
1T crushed garlic
125g or so of diced bacon
6 x 425g cans of baked beans, any flavour
2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes

Vegies and bacon cooking away

On a gentle heat, saute onions and bacon until onions are soft. Add garlic, carrots, zucchini and mushrooms. Saute until soft.
Add all the beans and tomatoes and allow to simmer for 10 mins until heated through and the flavours have combined. Can cook this longer or even pop in the slow cooker or thermal cooker too.
Season to taste.
Makes a massive pot full. The pot above was full to the brim once everything was added.
You can use whatever veg you prefer or have on hand. Add curry or chilli for spice. Any flavour baked beans can be used. This time round I used 2 cans each of tomato, barbecue and ham.
Bacon can be omitted for vegetarians or alternatively you can slice up cocktail franks and add too.
We love to serve this on some nice thick sliced toast and pop a dry fried or poached runny egg on top. The gooey egg yolk running through the tomato based sauce is soooo yummy!!!
Delicious as a baked potato topping too.

Let me know if you try this recipe :)

Take Care

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Menu Plan 27th Sept ~ 10th October

Special Baked Beans

This fortnight I am getting back into making a concerted effort to stockpile again. The small stockpile I did have has been dwindled down quite a bit over the last couple of months. I have no flour or sugar in the pantry! So not like me!! I do have a few jars of pasta sauce though :)

This fortnights menu:
Thurs ~ Sausages and veg
Fri ~ Crumbed Lamb chops and veg
Sat ~ Special Baked Beans
Sun ~ Corned Beef, veg and onion sauce
Mon ~ Quiche and salad
Tues ~ Crispy Coated Breast patties, veg and mushie gravy {new product at butchers}

Thurs ~ Lamb stew 
Fri ~ Honey Baked Chicken
Sat ~ BBQ!! first of the season!
Sun ~ Roast Chicken
Mon ~ Meat pie and veg
Tues ~ Baked spud for me fish fingers for the kids
Wed ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise and Garlic Bread

~ Butter Cake, want to try the food colours I bought in the buttercream icing
~ Fruit Cake
~ Banana Oatmeal Cups with Choc Chips (minus the choc, plus sultanas to keep the Kindy happy) {new recipe}

What's on your menu this fortnight???

Take Care

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Let's Get Organised Wk37 ~ Bathroom Deep Clean

Now that your bathroom is all decluttered and you have your shower and bath nice and sparkly, lets finish things up.

This weeks missions:
~ Clean your exhaust fan
~ Clean any marks off the ceiling
~ Wipe down walls
~ Wash windows and window treatments
~ Polish up tiles
~ Make sure bathroom door is nice and clean
~ Clean light and power switches
~ Clean down the fronts of your cabinets
~ Scrub bathroom floor

A bit of a list this week but we have nearly finished our house. Just one more room to go!

Would love to see your shiny clean and organised bathrooms. Feel free to link up below or post on the Becci's Domestic Bliss Facebook Wall.

Take Care

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Beautiful Banana Cake

I think one of the most favourite cakes of all time would have to be a Banana Cake.

I've had this recipe for years, since I was a teenager. Was a recipe that mum found somewhere, perhaps a Womans Weekly or something no doubt.

It easily doubles too which is fabulous!!

Banana Cake
1C sugar
1 egg
1t bicarb soda
60g butter
3 bananas, mashed
2t milk, warmed
1 1/4C SR Flour
1t vanilla
pinch salt

2C sugar
2 eggs
2t bicarb soda
125g butter
6-7 bananas, mashed
1T milk, warmed
2t vanilla
1/4t salt

For a single batch, preheat oven to 180C, grease and line a bar tin.
For a double batch, preheat oven to 160C, grease and line a 25cm square or round cake tin.
Cream the butter and sugar.
Add eggs, beat well.
Dissolve bicarb in warmed milk, Add to the mixture.
Add bananas and essence, mix well.
Add flour and salt, beat until all well combined.
Pour into tins.
Bake about 30 mins for a single batch and about an hour for a double batch. Check with a skewer to see if they are ready.

This cake is yummy on it's own but I do love it with a nice fudgey choc icing!

Take Care

Friday, September 21, 2012

Let's Get Organised ~ My Medicine Cabinet

A couple of weeks ago our mission was to declutter and organise our Medicine Cupboards. I thought I'd share mine with you now that I have the containers for them.

These are my before pics:

Lots of the stuff behind the basket was thrown out or rehoused. I decluttered the medicines putting aside the out of date and unwanted medications and taking them to my local pharmacy so they can be disposed of safely.

Then I sorted everything into groups. Pain relief, coughs and colds, first aid, Brians meds, misc.

Here is the after:

I bought these two green containers from Big W for under $8 each.
The top container holds our basic first aid items like bandaids and antiseptic creams as well as items related to coughs and colds like syrups, vicks and lip balm.
The bottom container is for our other medications and prescriptions.
The seagrass basic just fits down the side and this houses our pain relief, as that's what we go for the most as well as my daily meds (glucosomine and a womans multi).

Hopefully this will work for us. It certainly looks much better!

Take Care

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Eli's Rainbow Birthday Cake

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My baby boy turned 3 on Monday! No babies in the house now, well until the grandies come along, but that will be a few years away.

A few months ago I sat Ethan and Eli down in front of Pinterest and worked out what cake they each wanted for their birthdays. Ethan wanted an excavator cake, which he's had, and Eli wanted a rainbow cake.

I was a tad excited at that idea. I had been wanting to make one for well over a year, since they first went viral.

I used my Rich Butter Cake recipe x 2. Each batch was divided into 3. I used these colours from Baking Pleasures in Tulip Red, Electric Orange, Lemon Yellow, Electric Green, Electric Blue and Regal Purple.
I cheated a little and used Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting. 3 tubs! One for the filling, part of one for the top and the rest for the sides. It's very sweet though.
I was a little worried about it sliding and ending up in a heap but it was fine.

 Crispy m&m's for decoration. The cake stood about 18cm high.

Look at him! Totally chuffed with his cake. He didn't actually want me to cut it!

Here is Eli about to blow out his candles.

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The cut cake. Love how the colours turned out!

Eli received lots of fabulous presents but one of his faves was this awesome rainbow book from Grandma.

Have you made a rainbow cake you? How'd you go?

Take Care

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Let's Get Organised Wk36 ~ Shower and Bath

This week we are going to deep clean our showers and baths. Not everyone will have both so just do what suits your home.

Your missions this week:
~ deep clean your bath
~ deep clean you shower
~ declutter items from your shower caddy
~ declutter items around your bath

I try to clean my shower and bath every week. However often a week is missed due to being busy, sick or just plain slack.

I personally like to use Shower Power in my bathroom. Not the greenest of cleaners I know but it isn't an over powering bleach based cleaner either.
I find that using this with a little elbow grease (not much) cleans my shower and bath brilliantly.
I just spray it on and then give it a wipe over with my special sponge, rinse and it's clean!

I have a sponge that I bought at Big W about 6 years ago (yep it's still going) that I use to clean with. It's a basic sponge with an outcover. One side is a chamoise type material and the other is a plastic mesh. The mesh is fantastic for scrubbing.
Unfortunately they don't sell them separately anymore. I have seen one very similar in a pack of other cleaning cloths in Big W though. I think it was around the $7 mark for the whole pack. When they last 6 years and counting that's pretty economical.

I also keep some homebrand bleach in a spray bottle and attack any mould that arises straight away with it.

I store the Shower Power and bleach hung over the wall of the shower, and the cloth sits in a spot on the shower caddy. No excuse not to give at least some of the shower a scrub while I'm waiting for the hair conditioner to do it's thing.

While we are deep cleaning it might be useful to have an old toothbrush handy to get into any tight spots you might have in your shower or bath.

Take Care

Monday, September 10, 2012

Let's Get Organised Wk35 ~ Bathroom Cabinets

The rest of this month we will be working in the bathroom.

Your missions this week:
~ Clean out your bathroom cabinets
~ Thoroughly clean your cabinets inside and out
~ Throw out any out of date products, or half used products that you don't use
~ Consider regifting unused products or make plans to use them
~ Write a shopping list for items you need
~ Think about your storage and space and how you could make better use of it

The bathroom in one area I have been wanting to get done in quite a while. My The top of my cabinet is crammed with various bits, my makeup is in a ziplock bag! and nothing is much organised.

Take Care

Friday, September 7, 2012


One of Eli's favourite things in the world right now is rainbows. He has loved spotting them this last winter and has requested a rainbow cake for his birthday.
I've been wanting to make one for a while so of course I said yes.

I ordered some AmeriColor oil based food dyes to use from Baking Pleasures. Whilst I will be using Betty Crocker Vanilla frosting for this cake these are meant to be great for using with buttercream too. I hate the buttercream splitting when using water based food colours.

I doubled my favourite cupcake recipe and split it into 6 bowls.

 Tulip Red, Electric Orange, Lemon Yellow

Electric Green, Electric Blue, Regal Purple

I had to use a fair bit of the red and probably could have used a little more. The purple wasn't quite as vibrant once cooked either, but that's why I have done a test run :)

Rainbow cupcakes all lined up. I think the colours look fab! 
The kids have loved them and by the looks they are eating them for lunch!

Take Care

Monday, September 3, 2012

Let's Get Organised Wk34 ~ Medicine Cupboard

Welcome to September! This month we are going to focus on the bathroom.

My medicine cupboard isn't in the bathroom these days for safety reasons but I know many do keep theirs in there.

Your missions this week are:
~ discard any out of date medicines
~ check through scripts for any out of date
~ make a list of scripts that need to be refilled or renewed soon
~ check first aid supplies and make a list of things to buy
~ general tidy and organise

This is one task I have been meaning to get to for ages. It won't take long I know, maybe about half hour, but as with most things it's the thought of doing it that's worse than the actual job.

Will be definitely getting to it this week though.

Would love to see how you organise your medicines. Please link up below or share on the Becci's Domestic Bliss Facebook Wall.

Take Care