Monday, January 13, 2014

Summer Fun



Here comes the sun.

We enjoyed the lovely mild day yesterday with a picnic in the park by the river, before the temperature soars to forty degree's for the next five days with the nights in the mid twenties. Ugh!

It's not going to be easy keeping the kids happy in that sort of heat.

I will be looking at quiet indoor craft projects and games.
There will also be lots of trips to the pool and beach, and we have stocked up on videos and books from the library.



The girls raced around catching cabbage moths, which they released before we left.



My latest read which I am thoroughly enjoying.






A sleeping dog on the cricket pitch didn't stop the game.


The special friends relaxing.



View over the river to Studley Park Boat House.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Easy Bread


After I wrote yesterday's post, I viewed some of my other favourite blogs and was excited to see this post by Attic 24 about artisan bread.

That very afternoon I had a crack at this super easy bread.
The next morning, it had done it's thing, I heated up the oven and bunged it in.

The girls awoke to just baked bread which we then slathered on butter, jam, vegemite and tomatoes (not all together).

It is similar to a casalinga with a chewy crust and a soft moist interior.

Four ingredients, 12-18 hours proving, 45 min in oven, no kneading.

Couldn't be simpler.

I'm about to put another together this afternoon for tomorrow's breaky. 





Thursday, January 9, 2014

Home Goodies


We picked our first ever home grown zucchini yesterday and it was a whopper.

I was going to pick it three days earlier but forgot and when I went out last night to get it for dinner I was shocked to see it had expanded to even larger proportions.

I handed out some cut pieces to the family to nibble before I cooked it and we were amazed at the wonderful flavour. Now I do buy organic most of the time but we've never had a zucchini picked just minutes before. I think the next one I will cut into strips for a salad.

Our rye bread that we made was done in the machine but this year I am determined to have a go at sourdough, which will be a big saving as we can go through a loaf a day and at $5.00 a pop, that will certainly be a saving to the grocery bill.

We also made a large banana cake that was waiting to be iced. I had bought the banana's cheap from a non organic grocer and my family did not like the taste one bit, but bunged into a cake they were fine.

I had to buy a lettuce the other day (which I paid $2.50 for) as all our lettuce has now gone to seed.
 I am collecting the seeds and have just replanted them to start the process all over again, but
this time I will stagger the planting so that we won't run out again.

Lastly our lovely chook eggs.
I still buy a dozen organic eggs each week for cooking with, but these little beauties are for us to eat.

Just a little bit of work to reap in the benefits and savings.




Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Vintage Dress Alteration



 I bought this dress a while ago now for around $7.00.

 I loved the fabric but had only worn it once as I didn't really like how it looked on.

It was the elastic.
I felt strangled around the waist and wrists.

I thought about cutting it up and making it into a skirt but then I came up with a  simple solution.

( Apologies for the crumpled look, I was too lazy to iron it first.)




Solution:




I grabbed my trusty quick-un-pick and in less than five minutes the deed was done.

All I did was remove the elastic and then ironed it.

A more free flowing dress which I can team up with some of my other
 secondhand pieces for new looks.








Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sand


We drove around the bay today to one of the outer beach suburbs to see some sand sculptures.
These are made from solid sand, not the beach kind but more compact sand that bricklayers would use.

We were amazed at the detail and the scale of these works of art.

I'm not going to tell you what each one is but let you discover them for yourselves.

Warning: There are a lot of photos

Enjoy!






















Pretty impressive huh!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HaPpY NeW yEaR


With the sun setting over Melbourne, the bats take flight in search for food.
They stop by our place most nights for a nibble on our not yet ripe figs.

We watched this amazing spectacle with lots of other families in a park near us as we waited for the 9.30 family fireworks.



There were families playing cricket and kicking balls, 
kids with sparklers, glow sticks and I even saw glow swords.



It was a relaxed, fun evening of dips, chips, cheese and bubbles.

After the fireworks everyone clapped and cheered, then we packed up and wondered back home to be tucked up in bed before midnight.

Simple but lovely and best of all, no hangover.

Here's to 2014