Friday, March 28, 2014

Aspirations - and what happened instead.

At the beginning of this month, handsome hubby set off to Fiji for work for 11 days. While he was away I had the greatest of aspirations to spin out a few catch-up posts of an evening while the little people slept. Instead I played host to a friend for 10 days, supported my beautiful next door neighbour after her husband died, and in general tried to hold down the fort on my own. I don't think I even got to sit at my computer. I checked email on my phone, and chatted with hubs using the phone as well. Between the never ending cycle of cleaning, cooking, homework, and tending the garden, I think I fell into bed around midnight each night, and woke again around 6:30 - 7am each morning (aside from the nights the kids were unsettled, and when I got up at 4:30 one morning to take my In-laws to the train station so they could fly to WA!).

So here is a little photo recap of some of the things that have been happening around here.

Roses Valentine's week

From top left: Banana and Wisteria flower; Seedling sprouting; French Lavender; Baby Purple Potato plant.

1. I've never had my mint flower before. Probably because I usually eat it all before it gets that far!
2. Produce freshly dug - Purple Potatoes, Orange Sweet potato, and Fijian Sweet Potato (White on the outside, Purple on the inside and Oh. So. Sweet).
3. Basil and Parsley going crazy.
4. Evidence of my little helpers in the garden - there is something about seeing their little boots lined up that just melts my heart...

Heart craft. 
One day I might actually get this one finished, as well as some finished photos of the other ones.

Experimenting with Watermelon and Lime Granita

Developing a new-to-us cookie dough
So there you have it. One small slice of what has been going on. Oh but there is SO. MUCH. MORE. I'm not going to promise that you will get to see it (cos every time I do that, I fail miserably at it!), but I hope to share some more small tastes of what is going on in our world very shortly.

On that note, I'll leave you to your musings. Hope you all have a brilliant weekend!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentines Sneak Peek

I've been working for a little while at night on some of these...

I don't know what is going on with the colour... the red is more of a deep crimson.

Twenty Three little hearts. Hopefully I get them all finished tonight And I can show you tomorrow how it all turns out.

And on another note of beginnings, here is something else that I've been working on. Still in it's early stages yet, and the kids will be getting involved with this one! :)

Hope your day is splendid!

   Sheree xxx

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cleaning out the Fridge

I can't believe we have been home almost a month, and I'm only now just getting back into my blog space! The Jelly fish is back at school for his second year, Swimming lessons are just kicking off again, and there has been a parade of visitors through our front door ever since we got home. But what I really wanted to share with you today was this little bit of tastiness...

The Roast Pumpkin and Beetroot Wrap.

It's what you do when you arrive home late in the day from holidays and couldn't be bothered dragging yourself to the shops for groceries and everyone is hungry AND the fridge is basically empty. It's just a layer of mashed white beans (tinned) with some herbs/garlic salt mixed in, some thin sliced "fingers" of cheese, grated beetroot, some thinly sliced fingers of pumpkin that are fried in olive oil till just soft, and some shredded sweet potato leaves (because you don't have any lettuce in the fridge, but you DO have sweet potatoes growing out the back!) all wrapped up in a multi grain tortilla. YUM.

If you give it a go I'd love to hear what you think.

Bon appetit!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mini Christmas Puddings: A Tradion in the Making

Here we are, only week till Christmas Eve. The last few days since J has finished school have gone past in a cyclone of activity - yet I don't feel I've actually achieved a whole lot. Today was one day that I thought I'd actually DO something purposeful with the boys. We made mini Christmas Puddings. The boys have been asking to do them for the past two weeks - how could I deny them the pleasure it gives them? So the date was set for today. And so, I guess, a Christmas tradition of our own is born.

They took turns crumbling up sections of the cake, and breaking up the chocolate while I cut glace cherries into halves. The whole process seemed to go so quickly, yet watching them do their part in turn was a heart warming sight. Mixing the melted chocolate in and rolling them into balls took a bit more effort with the big bowl of crumbly mess. I'm pretty sure the temptation to lick their fingers was there, but they worked on with a determination that kids twice their age might not have shown ( I'd promised them that they could have one when the last cherry was placed on top).

So here they are in all their small handmade glory (those that haddn't already been eaten by their creators, that is!)...

{Make It!}



1 Dark Christmas Cake
1 block of Cadbury Old Gold Chocolate (Or other dark chocolate of your choice)
1/2 cup (approx) White chocolate Melts
1/2 cup glace cherries (or as many as you think look good)

1. Crumble cake thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.
2.  Melt chocolate in microwave on a medium heat for about 90 seconds and stir until all lumps are melted.
3. Mix thoroughly through crumbled cake.
4. Roll into balls about the size of a golf ball or a little smaller.
5. Melt white chocolate on a medium heat for 60 - 90 seconds (If you choose to use more white chocolate, you will need a little more time than 60 seconds - it will also depend on your microwave).
6. Use a teaspoon to dollop white chocolate on top till it looks like custard running down.
7. Top with glace cherries and pop in the fridge till the chocolate sets.

These will keep in the fridge... till they all get eaten - it won't be long! ;)
They will keep in the freezer a bit longer than that.

   Bon Appetit!