Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tucker Tuesdays ~ Recipe: Healthy Banana and Sultana Muffins

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Yesterday I went to make another banana muffin recipe and realised I wouldn't have enough yoghurt. So I searched my Pinterest board and found another suitable fairly healthy muffin recipe. I made a few substitutions though. The original can be seen here, but this is my version.

1 1/2C wholemeal plain flour
1t baking powder
1/2t bicarb
1/2t salt
1C sultanas
2 T linseed meal
1/4C honey
1 egg
2/3C milk
1/4C butter, melted
2 overly ripe bananas, mashed
2t vanilla

Preheat oven to 200C. Place muffin pans in a large 12 hole pan.
Mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
Mix remaining ingredients in jug until well combined.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combine.
Divide mix between the 12 muffin cases and bake for about 20 mins.
Fabulous for the school lunchbox.

Take Care

Monday, April 29, 2013

Menu Planning Monday Link Up!

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This week we've all had a bit of a sniffle so not much has been happening.
We did go out for dinner with my brother and brother in law as they were in town, nice to have the night off cooking :)

Mon ~ Bacon and eggs
Tues ~ Sausages
Wed ~ Hawaiian Burgers
Thurs ~ Out for dinner
Fri ~ Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo Pasta
Sat ~ Tuna Mornay
Sun ~ Roast Chicken lunch


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Remember to link back here to Becci's Domestic Bliss

Take Care

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lest We Forget

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Today our thoughts are with those who have fought for our freedom, for those we have lost, for those who continue to fight for us and for their families who support them to do so.

At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning, 
We Will Remember Them

Take Care

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday Link Up and Cath Kidson inspired blanket reveal

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I have been working on this lap rug on and off since just after Christmas last year.
After the shock of our power bill last winter we decided that we wouldn't be running the split system as much this year. One way to keep we warm was to have a lap rug. That along with my nice warm jammies and dressing gown should be enough to keep me warm at night for most of winter.

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Now I do have plenty or rugs I could have chosen to use but I thought it would be nice to have a cute girly (rare in a house full of boys) rug just for me.
I love Cath Kidson style products so used the colours as inspiration for this rug.

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It's not quite cool enough to use just yet, so for now it's hung on the back of my recliner.

Now I have this project out of the way I can start to make some good head way on a patchwork granny square blanket each for Ethan and Eli. More about that next week.

Do you have a crafty project to share? 
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tucker Tuesday ~ Recipes: Anzac Baking

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We love Anzac Cake and Biscuits in this house. Seems strange that I usually only get around to making them each April.

I first shared this Anzac Cake way back in August 2011. It's such a yummy cake that I rarely make icing for, opting to have it plain or with hot custard for dessert.

I fudged up making these Anzac Biscuits yesterday. Totally forgot to add the coconut! Wondered why the mix was so wet and had to add more flour oops!
But here is the proper recipe:

Becci's Anzac Biscuits
1C rolled oats (not quick oats)
1C plain flour
1C sugar
3/4C coconut
125g butter
1T golden syrup
1t bicarb
2T boiling water

Place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and combine.
Melt the butter and golden syrup together.
Mix the bicarb and boiling water together and add to the butter and syrup, careful it will foam and bubble up, make sure the saucepan is large!
Add this mix to the dry ingredients.
Drop spoonfuls onto greased and lined biscuit trays.
Bake at 160C for about 20 minutes.
They will be very soft when they first come out so allow to cool a little on the trays before placing onto a rack to completely cool.
Makes about 30

Take Care

Monday, April 22, 2013

Menu Planning Monday

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Tried a new recipe for a pasta bake this week. I did substitute the ricotta for cottage cheese though and added some leftover roast pumpkin and it was yummy, even the kids asked for more.

Mon ~ Crumbed lamb chops, Baked Stuffed Spuds, and veg
Wed ~ Hot Dogs
Thurs ~ Meatloaf
Fri ~ Spaghetti Bologanise Bake
Sat ~ Marinated chicken pieces,  Potato Bake and veg
Sun ~ Corned Beef, veg and white sauce

~ Rhonda's Scones {plain and sultana}
~ Jam Donut Muffins {kids did not like these surprisingly}

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to share
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Take Care

Friday, April 19, 2013

BelVita Breakfast Biscuits {Sponsored Post}

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I was recently asked to review the new Cranberry belVita Breakfast Biscuits by Product Talk by Nuffnang.

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I quickly ate a couple with some yoghurt for brekky before we headed out the door.

I was interested to try this product as a mum. I know I am pretty slack when it comes to getting breakfast for myself plus Ethan, my 4yo, hates to have breakfast early which causes trouble on kindy mornings.

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Ethan enjoyed his on the walk to kindy.

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and belVita Breakfast Biscuits can help, offering a delicious and easy way to fuel busy mornings. It's also the only biscuit that is scientifically shown to deliver 4 hours of sustained energy release.

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I packed some in Eli snack box when we went shopping. Along with some fruit and yoghurt.

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Eli enjoyed eating his while I did the shopping.

BelVita Breakfast biscuits are specially designed for todays breakfast, made with five wholegrains, low GI, rich in cereals and a source of fibre. Combining belVita Breakfast with a low fat latte or yoghurt and a piece of fruit provides a balanced breakfast and each serve is individually wrapped making it is easy to control portion size and enjoy at home, on the road or at work.

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I sat with a cuppa tea and a couple of Cranberry belVita Breakfast Biscuits for afternoon tea. Certainly got me through that afternoon slump!

I also noted that each little pack of four biscuits contained between 32-35gs carbs per pack. Perfect for those watching their carbs especially my friends with Gestational Diabetes.

I've thought of so many other ways I can incorporate this yummy biscuits into our day.
* with a mug of milo for breakfast
* pop a packet in your handbag incase you, or the children get hungry
* crush and use as a cheesecake base
* as a healthy option for party bags

There are 5 tasty flavours to try including the new Cranberry variant, Honey & Nut with choc chip, Milk & Cereals, Crunchy Oats, and Fruit & Fibre.

I thoroughly enjoyed trial this product, hope you try them too.

I was provided with one box of Cranberry belVita Breakfast Biscuits for this review, opinions are my own.

Take Care

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WIP Wednesdays Link Up!

This last weekend I managed to finish off my friends shawl for her birthday and do a fair bit on my Cath Kidson inspired lap rug.

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Barbs Shawl.
Unfortunately the sgae green colour was discontinued before I completed this so Barb chose the beige to finish it off.
I used this pattern available free on Ravelry.

Do you have a crafty project you'd like to share this week?
Link up below using the linky tool, remembering to link back to here so others can join in too.

Take Care

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tucker Tuesdays ~ Recipe: Baked Stuffed Potatoes

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I used to make these spuds all the time, but for some reason I haven't made them in ages. They are so yummy and can be as frugal or fancy as you like!

Firstly take some nice round spuds, prick them all over and cook them til they are soft. You can bake them in the oven, or if you are short of time, or just trying to save some power, pop them in the microwave. Make sure they are well cooked though.

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Once they are cooked, cut them in half horizontally. This is why you want nice round ones, so each half is a nice cup shape.
Scoop out the flesh leaving a little bit on the skin to form a shell. Lightly coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Pop on a baking tray and bake at about 200C for about 30mins until the shells are nice and golden and crispy.

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While the shells are baking, prepare the filling.
For a whole trays worth I cooked up a finely chopped onion, a couple of rashers of bacon, about 4 nice sized mushrooms and a couple of teaspoons of garlic.
I added this, about a cup of grated cheddar cheese and about half a small container of sour cream to the potato flesh.
Give it a good mix through so everything is incorporated well.

You can use whatever you like to stuff the spuds with. Even just mash the flesh and add some cheese or sour cream to it if you are being frugal is very nice.

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Once the shells are baked fill them with the filling mixture. How much you fill them will depend on how much you have added to the flesh.
I like to top mine with a little bit of extra grated cheddar cheese.
Bake for about 30 mins on about 180C (I roasted some other veg with these).

You can make these ahead of time and pop them in the fridge before baking if needed. They will just need some extra baking time to heat right through.

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These are always a hit when ever I make them.

Take Care

Monday, April 15, 2013

Menu Planning Monday Link Up!

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This week my Nourishing Traditions book arrived. I wanted to perfect my chicken stock making so followed the method in the book and OMG it was so yummy! I used it to make a minestrone style soup mmm.

Mon ~ Sausage Parmys and veg
Tues ~ Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, veg and homemade gravy
Wed ~ Beef Burgers
Thurs ~ Chow mein
Fri ~ Snitzel night at the pub
Sat ~ Minestrone style soup
Sun ~ Roast pork and all the trimmings

Baking: Um well I didn't do any lol

Do you menu plan? Would love for you to link up below?
Please remember to link back here from your post so others can play along too

I'm linking up with:
The Organised Housewife

Take Care

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Gratitude

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The second half of yesterday near drove me mad.
Was just one of those days where the kids seemed to be extra loud and my ears extra sensitive.
I felt the pressure building up inside of me so many times, especially as the day wore on. I contemplated going for a walk, but just calmed myself and got on with cooking dinner {yummy hamburgers by the way}.
It was one of those days where I was really looking forward to the kids going to bed.

Then as I was drying them after their shower it hit me.
I am so blessed. I am so blessed that I have two {well four but it's these two that are the topic of conversation today} boisterous boys who fill my world.

Monday was a year since a local 4yo boy was hit by a car just down the road from me and was killed. I remember that day like it was yesterday.
I have been fortunate to meet his mum and have a cuppa with her. I have seen her gut wrenching journey through her grief and know that if she saw this right now she'd tell me to shut the $%^& up, that I am so lucky to have my boys and to stop being a $%^&ing whinger and to enjoy them {yep that's how Nay rolls}.

So I gave them an extra big hug when I tucked them in last night. I told them how much I loved them and what I thought was so special about them. They were asleep but at least I said it.

I know there will always be days like today where the top will feel like blowing, but I am going to cherish my boys every minute of everyday.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WIP Wednesday Link Up!

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Managed to get some work on my Cath Kidson inspired lap blanket done this last weekend. Should be finished soon.

Have you been crafting this week? Would love to see.
Link up your crafty post remembering to link back here so others can join in too.

Take Care

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tucker Tuesdays ~ Recipe: Golden Syrup Dumplings

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As soon as the cold weather starts I crave these little balls of sweetness. They are so rich though, two is usually enough.
Serve with ice cream and/or cream.

Golden Syrup Dumplings
1 1/4C SR Flour
30g butter
1/3C golden syrup
1/3C milk

30g butter
3/4C brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2C golden syrup
1 2/3C water

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Sift the flour and rub in the butter. I put mine in the food processor  :)
Gradually stir in the golden syrup and milk. Drop spoonfuls into the simmering sauce, cover, cook about 20 mins (often only needs 10 so keep an eye on it).

That's it pretty easy!

Do you have a favourite winter dessert?

Take Care

Monday, April 8, 2013

Menu Planning Monday Link Up!

I've really enjoyed getting back into cooler weather cooking this week. Soups and casseroley things are so yummy!

Mon ~ Shepherd's Pie
Tues ~ Lamb chops and veg
Wed ~ Homemade pizza and Garlic Bread
Thurs ~ Pumpkin Soup and Homemade Bread
Fri ~ Takeaway Fish and Chips {was just Eli and I}
Sat ~ Marinated Chicken pieces and baked veg
Sun ~ Corned Beef, veg and cheese sauce

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Do you Menu Plan? Would love for you to Share?
Link up below using the linky tool, remember to link back to Becci's Domestic Bliss so others can join in too :)

I'm linking up with:
The Organised Housewife

Take Care

Friday, April 5, 2013

20 minutes!

Our computer desk slash home office area has been driving me a little mad recently. Getting so messy and things falling off the shelf we have everywhere.
So yesterday I bit the bullet and sorted it out.


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and After:

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20 minutes is all it took!

Today I am going to sort out out top bathroom cabinet. Might take a little longer than 20 minutes, but won't take too long really.
Why do we put off these jobs?

Is there something you can take 20 minutes to tackle today??

Take Care

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Goodies @ Lime Tree Creations

No WIP this week as I have been busy hooking up these goodies :)
Many of you know I have a little sideline hobby business, Lime Tree Creations, creating all things crochet. My new items are now up for ordering at our Facebook Page.
If you don't have Facebook and would like to order something (Australia only at this stage) then pop me a message at limetreecreations(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au :)

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100% Pure Wool Beanies, adult size $25 each

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Matching 100% Pure Wool Fingerless Gloves, adult sizes $15 pair

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100% Cotton Shades Beanies $25 each

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Basic Beanie from $15 each

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Two Tone Double Thick 100% Cotton Beanies $25 each

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Headwarmers from $7 each

I also have my facewashers and dishcloths available.
For full details check out the Facebook page.

Take Care

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tucker Tuesdays ~ Recipe: Cheap Chow Mein

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We love Chow Mein in our house. Such a cheap meal that you can bulk out as much as you like. Quick to cook too!

Becci's Cheap Chow Mein
1 onion, chopped
500g beef mince
1-2T curry powder, or to taste
1/4-1/2 cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 400g can pineapple pieces in juice, drained, with juice reserved
1 pkt chicken noodle soup mix, or a couple of teaspoons of chicken stock powder
Rice or noodles to serve

In a large fry pan (I use our electric wok) brown off the onion and mince.
Add curry powder and fry off for a minute or two.
Add the vegies and cook for another minute or two.
Add the pineapple, juice and soup mix. Stir through, pop the lid on and allow too cook for a couple of minutes.
Add rice or noodles (we love hokkien noodles but rice is much cheaper) and serve.

Take Care

Monday, April 1, 2013

Menu Planning Monday Link Up!

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Autumn has finally kicked in this week. Love cooking and baking in cooler weather, my mojo has definitely been kicked up a gear.
Ooops look we had spaghetti twice in a week lol

Mon ~ Sausage and veg
Tues ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wed ~ Beef Snitzel Burgers
Thurs ~ Chicken and Veg Soup
Fri ~ Omelettes
Sat ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sun ~  Roast Chicken lunch

Clementine cakes
Vanilla cupcakes

Do you Menu Plan? Share your Menu Plans below using the linky tool.
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Take Care