Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sample Meal Plan

This weeks meal plan is super simple with yummy tummy warming recipes.

We tend to either slow cook or use the pressure cooker during winter.  The pressure cooker is perfect for when we've been out and about and don't have a huge amount of time for slow cooking.  Both mean we can use cheaper cuts of meat like chuck steak or gravy beef.

The beef bourguignon is brilliant as half the mixture forms the basis for the beef stroganoff in next weeks meal

So on with the plan;

Thursday ~ Scotch Fillet with Chilli Chips

Friday ~ Red Curry Pork

Saturday ~ Irish Stew

Sunday ~ Balti Chicken

Monday ~ Rogan Josh

Tuesday ~ Beef Bourguignon with Chive Dumplings

Wednesday ~ Date/Trivia Night

I couldn't find the recipe online so this was a recipe I've used before.  If you're interested in the Beef Bourguignon with Chive Dumplings recipe it's in the July issue of Super Food Ideas. 

I'd be happy to share any of the recipes, just leave a comment below letting me know which one you'd like.

xx Bec

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cloud Dough Play

Matilda and I had a great day at home yesterday, we stayed in our pj's for most of the day, we watched Wizard of Oz.  We also played.  I found this idea on pinterest (of course) and given how cheap it was to do and how it would be a great indoor activity I went for it.

The recipe on pinterest said to use 8 cups plain flour to 1 cup of baby oil.  I used around 6 cups of flour to 3/4 cup of baby oil.  Baby oil can be toxic so I wouldn't be doing this with kids who are likely to put it in their mouth but Matilda is well past that age.

I mixed it for a few minutes making sure the oil was thoroughly mixed with the flour and held together when squeezed.

Matilda had a great time with it and played for a lot longer than I thought she would.  She built sandcastles, ran her fingers through it (while enthralled with Wizard of Oz) and we made huge snowballs with much fun for around $2! Perfect!

Easy to mould

Our perfect snowballs

Watching Wizard of Oz while playing

I've popped it into a ziplock bag so we'll see how it lasts, if it doesn't,
 it was so cheap we'll just do it again.

You could also use cooking oil to replace the baby oil but it won't smell as nice

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Quack Quack...a quacker of a baby shower

I love hosting parties, I love the lead up to it, I love finding ideas.  This baby shower was no exception. 

A friend of ours from Mum's group is due in 10 weeks and our little group have been together for almost 3 years.  We catch up quite regularly especially around Christmas and birthdays and then not see each other for months. 

So we organised a catch up at my place ~ complete with craft for the girls.  I thought it would be a good chance for us to host a surprise baby shower.  We also decided to give the little bundle books to start his or her library.

I originally wanted to do a vintage book theme to go with the gift idea, but then quickly realised I had so many yellow props that a rubber ducky theme was the way to go...thanks Pinterest for the ideas..gotta love that site.

So here are a few photos of the day..

Unfortunately I discovered after the fact that this photo was's all thanks to the lens on my phone being dirty.  Note to self, clean the lense before taking photos..lesson learnt

Rubber duckies are soo cute...and this gave us the chance to get rid of Miss M's mouldy ones (ewwww) and replace them with new decoration then bath I say

I love the lace parasols, I found them at a local 2 buck shop for $1 each.
I love them and know I'll use them again...mmm thinking high tea for Matilda and friends.

Craft for the girls...

Some banana milk for the girls and yummy citrus iced water for us.

I was going to make duck cookies then decided we had enough sweet stuff
so I made duckie cheese sandwiches instead.

Another pic of my drink dispenser...just because I love it haha