Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Today there was a farewell lunch at work for a staff member with the surname 'Roll'. Everyone had to bring a plate of 'roll' food! Took a lot of thinking then I remembered the Apricot roll that my Nan, Mum and I used to make a long time ago. A lot of digging in hand written recipes and I found it. I made it this morning and even without specific quantities and the end result looking a little rustic it went down a treat. The ingredients are dried apricots, marshmallows, mixed nuts, crushed biscuits and condensed milk. You shape them into logs then roll in coconut. It made 6 logs. Each is wrapped individually and then kept in the freezer until needed. A nice trip down memory lane.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Proof that there has been some crafting happening here however mindless it may be! Over New Year I found a skein of bamboo/soy Moda cotton in the cupboard and needing a small gift for a workmate started knitting face cloths to give with a cake of soap. I got 3 out of the skein so 2 have been given and the last one is winging its way across the world! They were lots of fun to knit.
Next on the crafting list is my Fat 1/4 shop mystery bom, a Birthday quilt or 2 and some stitching! Won't be without a job any time soon!
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
SH went to baseball out of town yesterday so we had our belated Austalia Day lunch today. A friend of Mums had given us a leg of lamb at Christmas and we were itching to have it. With only the two of us home we invited some friends around to share , happily I can report we will still be eating the leftovers for the next week! For dessert I made lamington muffins.it is a Donna Hay recipe and I couldn't be happier with them. I have always wanted to make lamingtons but have to admit they scared me. For some reason these looked easier!! They had a secret spot of jam in the middle. I served them with cream and they got a tick of approval.
The roses are from our garden :)
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
So many resolutions for this year and the biggest is to make time for family, friends and all those things that would sometimes be easier to make excuses why not to do them.....
Remembering this and putting it into action SH and I had a 'date night' while we were in Geelong and went to the baseball to support the Melbourne Aces in the Australian national baseball league. It is played at Laverton and I can highly recommend it as an affordable, entertaining family outing. I was promised a hotdog and coke and with the Aces winning it was a fun night out. Not quite like the Angels games in the USA but not far off!!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Not quite the new phone I had top of my 'to buy' list tho :)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Well I planned to show completely different photos today but my cooking all went a bit pear shaped! One of my New Years resolutions is to cook a new recipe each week. Today I attempted individual sticky date puddings with caramel sauce. What a disaster! Still edible but not pretty! I will have to find the recipe I used to use quite a few years ago. This one had some chocolate in as well and came recommended but I won't try it again. For our main evening meal I have made slow baked lamb chops with sweet potato and lemon. It is still in the oven but smells amazing! The photos I am sharing today are our Christmas baking, we didnt manage as much as normal but still got some done. Cranberry and pistachio biscotti, shortbread and chocolate peppermint creams! We only got one batch of the peppermint creams made but can't wait to make some more, they were really good! Lets hope my baking mojo comes back with some successes!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Welcome 2013!Well it is heading towards the end of January already! and I have been noticeably absent for quite some weeks. Sometimes life has to be prioritised and my blog which I love and have no intention of giving up had to take a back seat.
SH started 4 weeks of daily radiation treatment the week before Christmas. Because of public holidays this was spread over 5 weeks and an added bonus of this treatment was that we could come home on the weekends. We finished this on Friday and are so happy to be home. We seemed to be constantly on the road and had to juggle many important happenings during this time. The 'horsey' one got her year 12 results, had her braces off (finally) and left for 12 months in the UK. HS lost his job the week before Christmas due to a downturn in the economy. We celebrated Christmas and the New Year. SH tolerated the treatment really well and continues to have an amazing positive attitude. He has now been given 12 weeks for the body to recover before he has more scans and tests to see the results of the stem cell transplant and radiation. We are so thankful to have this time to return to work and some type of normality , something which is often not appreciated. We plan to take time to be a family and 'smell the roses' ...... I am hoping to implement my 'new years resolutions' and take the time to enjoy my craft, blog and friends.
For all of you that have kept my family in your thoughts and prayers, thank you from the bottom of our hearts xx