Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tucker Tuesday: Recipe ~ Pizza Sausage Rolls

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Occasionally we make sausage rolls for dinner. Not the healthiest of meals traditionally so I've been experimenting with different ingredients and flavours.
These were a hit! Kids wanted them cold in their lunchbox the next day and there were none left to go in the freezer!
I made a huge batch. It used a whole packet of pastry, which is fine by me because pastry doesn't store very well in the freezer once opened I find.

Pizza Sausage Rolls
1kg beef mince
1/3C dehydrated onions or 2 onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
1 small zucchini grated
2 eggs
2C dried breadcrumbs (approx)
1/3C tomato sauce
2T worchestershire sauce
2T dried mixed herbs
1 packet of puff pastry sheets (6 sheets), thawed
21/2C grated cheese
1C pasta sauce or tomato sauce
Milk to brush
Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional but extra nutrition)

Mix the first 9 ingredients in a large bowl with your hands until well mixed. Adjusting the amount of breadcrumbs as needed. You need the mix to be firm, but don't want it too dry.
Allow to 'set' for half hour.

Line a couple of trays with baking paper and preheat oven to 200C.

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Lay out a sheet of thawed pastry and cut in half horizontally.
Spoon mince mixture across the middle of one half. Spoon a small amount of past sauce over. I had a small trail about 1cm wide on mine. The sprinkle with a little cheese.
Be careful not to over stuff or you won't be able to close the pastry and they'll burst when cooking.

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I found wrapping the rolls up like a cornish pasty worked best. Crimp the edges and then roll them down gives a good seal and they won't burst open as easily.
Cut in half and place on prepared tray.

When ready to bake, use a pastry brush to glaze with a little milk and sprinkle on the sesame seeds if you are using them.

Place in your preheated oven and bake for about half hour or so, until they are golden brown. you may have to turn your tray if you have an oven like mine.

Allow to cool a little before eating. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

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A very basic week this week. Nothing of note to mention really.

Mon ~ Creamy Chorizo Pasta
Tues ~ Beef Casserole and veg
Wed ~ Pizza Sausage Rolls
Thurs ~ Chicken and veg stew
Fri ~ Pastitsio
Sat ~ Sausages and veg
Sun ~ Roast Chicken and veg

Didn't really bake much this week. Just a batch of Choc Choc Chip Muffins for FIL's birthday.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Crafty Corner: Herringbone Dishcloth

This week I thought I'd try my hand at a new stitch.

I came across the herringbone stitch while browsing Pinterest one day.

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It's a fairly easy stitch but it's rather time consuming. You can just whip along with it like with other stitches. I have to stop and make sure I'm pulling through correctly.
It looks really pretty but I don't think I'll be adding this to the shop list soon.
Took me about 4 hours to make a dishcloth that would normally only take me about an hour!

Have you tried the herringbone stitch? How did you find it?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tucker Tuesday: Recipe ~ Sticky Apricot Roast Chicken

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One of our staple roast meals is roast chicken. We like to switch it up a little and add different flavourings every so often.
This is one of our faves. The juices make the most delicious gravy too!

1/2C apricot jam
3T soy sauce
2t garlic (or to taste)
Heat the jam in the microwave a little so it's easy to spread. Add to soy and garlic and mix well.

It's so easy to do. Roast your chicken as usual and then for the last hour baste the chicken every 10 mins with the marinade.
I start with the back of the chicken, baste that two or three times, turn it over then baste again every 10 mins for the remaining hour.
I have the veg in during this time too.

My stuffing recipe is perfect for this chicken too.

Do you like to change to flavour of a good old roast chicken?
What are your favourite combos?

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu Planning Monday Link Up!

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Ahhh the weather has been much cooler this week. But menu planning has still been fairly relaxed because you just never know when the forecast will change this time of year

Mon ~ Rissoles, veg and pan gravy
Tues ~ Grilled sausages and veg
Wed ~ Honey Baked Chicken in the slow cooker and veg
Thurs ~ Our for dinner to celebrate Randall's 18th Birthday
Fri ~ Mulloway (that Bryce caught), Sandy whiting (that we caught), chips and salad
Sat ~ Homemade Chicken snitzels and veg with Diane sauce
Sun ~ Corned Beef and veg with white sauce

~ This weeks Herman baking included a carrot cake and two lots of scrolls (jam and pizza)

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Thoughts on Vitamins and Minerals

As a mum I have been doing my best to teach my children the importance of good nutrition. Why we eat certain foods, why it's good to not eat too much of other things etc etc.
Sometimes the kids listen but it's often an uphill battle.

Then the other day this little tune popped into my head. A tune I haven't heard for many years. Despite the passage of time I could remember all the words!
Amazing considering I probably haven't heard this tune for the best part of 30 years!

How good would it be if they brought back ads similar to this? I know they have the 5+2 veg and fruit ads, but this little ditty gets into your head.

Do you remember this ad? 
What little gems were you told about nitrition that you still remember?

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Crafty Corner: Valentines Doily

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I found this pattern for a lovely doiley on Pinterest.
Decided that I could whip it up and have something nice to decorate the coffee table for Valentines Day.
The pattern was fairly easy. I managed to get most of it done in one night.
I did have to rewrite a round though after the first round of hearts because it just wasn't making sense to me.
Don't remember now what I did oops!
1 used some 4ply Milford cotton in Lipstick (shade is different to the picture, light was horrible) and a 2.5mm hook. It ended up being about 35cm across after I blocked it.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tucker Tuesday: Recipe ~ Butterfly Cakes

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One of our favourite things to have for dessert is Butterfly Cakes.
So simple and easy to make.
Use a basic cupcake recipe and decorate!

Classic Cupcakes from Taste.com
2C SR Flour
3/4C sugar
3/4C milk
125g butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1t vanilla

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Combine the wet ingredients together then pour into the dry ingredients.
Give it a good stir.
Divide mixture between 12 cupcake liners.
I find using an ice cream scoop with a release mechanism the perfect size.
Bake at 180C for 15-20 mins. Until they a lightly golden.

Allow to cool before decorating

To decorate:
300mls cream
icing sugar to taste
3-4T jam

Whip your cream and add icing sugar to taste.

Take a sharp knife and run around the edge of each cupcake to remove a shallow cone shape.
Place a teaspoon of jam in the hole. Top with a good heaped teaspoon of whipped cream. Cut the 'cone' piece in half and place into the cream to look like butterfly wings.
Dust with icing sugar to serve.

We like to use strawberry or raspberry jam usually. But I have also use orange curd in the past which was really yummy.

I have also made batwing cakes. Make chocolate cakes and flavour the whipped cream with a little cocoa or chocolate topping.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

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This week was much cooler here. Just the one hot day on saturday. Yay for being able to have something other than meat and salad!

Mon ~ Corned Beef, veg and white sauce
Tues ~ Fried Rice and marinated chicken wings
Wed ~ Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken and veg
Thurs ~ Crumbed fish and chips
Fri ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sat ~ Homemade Burgers
Sun ~ Roast Chicken and veg

~ Herman muffins: Banana and Date, Apple and Zucchini (had both apples and zucchini that needed using, they were yum muffins)

Dessert was mostly ice cream in a cone this week. I did make a batch of butterfly cakes for dessert last night though.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

{February} The Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window .... the sun is shining, there is hardly a cloud in the sky and my youngest two are playing together after being apart all day.

I am thinking .... that I really must get my sleeping habits back in check

I am thankful .... that I learnt to cook well

In the kitchen .... is the aftermath of dinner. Apricot Chicken one of our family faves we don't have nearly often enough

I am wearing .... a basic tshirt, crop exercise pants and sneakers. Minus the bra! It is the end of the day after all!

I am creating .... a blanket for the 67 Blankets for Madiba Australian Chapter

I am going .... to be taking part in Jellywears first seasonal yarn club next month! So excited!

I am wondering .... what projects we'll be creating in the yarn club

I am reading .... about colouring soaps ready for when I start making again in a few weeks.

I am hoping .... that Brian's step grandfather doesn't suffer much longer.

I am looking forward to .... the cooler weather.

I am learning .... some new crochet stitches. Love how I can be doing a craft for 15 years and still learn something

I am pondering .... what flavours I'll bake with Herman this week

A favourite quote for today .... Start where you are, Use what you have, Do what you can - Arthur Ashe

One of my favourite things .... homemade vanilla bean ice cream

A few plans for the rest of the week ... finally start my Project Life album tomorrow, some more baking with Herman on Friday.

A peek into my day ....

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We went foraging for blackberries. 
This last batch was turned into jam.

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I altered a basic notebook to keep track of all my Herman experiments.

Linking up with The February edition of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Take Care

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Crafty Corner: 67 Blankets for Madiba Australia

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This last week I have started on a baby blanket that will be donated to Dandelion Support Network through 67 Blankets for Madiba Australia.

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67 Blankets for Madiba hope to have 67 blankets handmade, either knitted, crocheted or sewn,  by 1st July this year. Why Mandiba? Why 67 blankets? Why 1st July?
Carolyn Steyn was challenged by her dear friend Zelda Le Grange (Nelson Mandelas former assistant) to create 67 blankets in time for Nelson Mandela Day.
Nelson Mandela spent 67 years serving his country. Madiba is the name Nelson Mandela is affectionately know as.

Sydneysider Michelle Keys decided that she would start up an Australian chapter to support a local Australian charity and it's growing in strength every day.
The Dandelion Support Network was selected as the charity that will be supported.
The Dandelion Support Network accepts new and used baby goods which are then tended to before being distributed though various agencies to support families that are experiencing financial hardship.

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I decided to donate this cot sized 100% wool crocheted blanket I made last year.
It's made form Bendigo Classic wool in Delphinuim.

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This weekend I started on a cot sized blanket for a baby girl. 

I'm using Bendigo Cotton in Honeydew, Blush, Pink Rose, Daffodil, Light Teal and White.
I decided to make a basic striped blanket but used this Random Strip Generator to create my stripes for me. I think I'll need about 90 stripes, but will play it by ear.
I hope to have this finished by the start of June, which will give me a month to get it sent over to Michelle.

If you would love to make a donation then head on over to the 67 Blankets for Madiba Australia Facebook Page and make your pledge.
If you cannot donate a handcreated blanket you are also able to donate materials to be used to create them (wool, material, hooks, needles etc etc).
If you would like to Donate to The Dandelion Support Network in another way you can find details here.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tucker Tuesday: Recipe ~ Pasitsio

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Pastitsio is one of our family fave meals. Much easier than lasagna, more substantial that good old spag bol and easy to prepare ahead and heat up later or even have it keeping warm in the slow cooker!

You can use my recipe for bolognaise sauce or you can use your own if you'd prefer.

2T olive oil
500g mince (beef, lamb or kangaroo works great)
1 onion, diced
2t garlic, crushed (or to taste)
2T dried herbs of choice (or fresh of you have them)
1 lg bottle of tomato sugo
1 can diced tomatoes
2heaped dessertspoons tomato paste
2T plain flour
salt, pepper and sugar to season
500g pkt pasta shapes (we tend to use elbow or macaroni)
1Ltr of homemade bechemel sauce (white sauce seasoned with a little nutmeg and pepper)
Couple of handfuls of grated cheese.

While your pasta cooks in plenty of salted water, brown the onion and mince with the olive oil.
Add the garlic. Cook a minute.
Add the tomato paste and plain flour. Cook it off for a couple of minutes.
the plain flour will help thicken the sauce, nothing worse than watery bolognaise!
Add in the sugo, diced toms and fill your can from the toms with water and add too.Mix well and allow to heat up a little.
Add your herbs and season.
Let simmer without burning on the bottom while you make your bechemel sauce.

Once your pasta is cooked til just aldente, drain then mix with a cup or so of the bechemel sauce.
Then you have two choices. You can either put the pasta in the bottom of a large casserole dish then top with the bolognaise sauce. Or you can mix the bolognaise sauce through the pasta and bechemel (like I have done above).
Pour over the remaining bechemel sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in the oven on 180C for about an hour or until bubbling and nice and golden on top.

Easy peasy!

Take Care

Monday, February 3, 2014

Double Up Menu Planning Mondays Link Up!

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Last week the fan in our computer decided to die. So we didn't have a computer for about a week while they ordered a part and it got fixed.
This week we'll have a double edition of Menu Planning Mondays.

Mon ~ Roast Chicken and veg
Tues ~ Hawaiian Meatloaf and veg
Wed ~ Hot Dogs
Thurs ~ Fried Chicken and veg with pan gravy
Fri ~ Pastitsio and Garlic Bread Scrolls
Sat ~ Leftovers
Sun ~ Australia Day Dinner ~ Lamb Chops, Potato Bake, peas and corn (green and gold)

Mon ~ Pancakes
Tues ~ Hot Chip Rolls
Wed ~ Sausages and veg
Thurs ~ Lasagna Rolls
Fri ~ Asian Inspired Omelettes
Sat ~ Steak sandwiches
Sun ~ Roast beef and gravy rolls

Gee can you tell it's been just the boys and I for most of this week???

~ Butterfly Cakes
~ Chocolate Choc Chip Herman Cake
~ Whole Orange and Poppyseed Herman Cake

~ Creamed Rice

Back to school baking:
~ Mini beef and veg meatballs
~ Muffin Pizzas
~ Bacon and veg mini quiche

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