Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lemonade Scones

There's nothing like a scone with jam and cream, think devonshire tea. Very English and very delicious. We've made them twice in the last week and a bit. The lemonade scone must be the easiest scone in the world to make. Even I managed to not mess them up. The last lot I made I even had to leave the house to pick up Isabella from school before they had finished cooking. I had to leave the house, so what would you do? I turned the oven way down and left the scones in the oven for another 40 minutes. AND they still turned out okay. Yum!

I used 1 cup lemonade, 1 cup cream and 3 cups of self-raising flour. I mixed it with a knife until barely mixed together and then tipped it out onto a floured surface. The oven was preheated to 200C and I baked the scones for 20 minutes or so. I cut the scones into circles and put them close enough together so that they would be joined together when they cooked. I brushed them with milk. Super easy and super yummy.

I saw this Aussie site on food called and she mentioned the lovely lemonade scones. So I had to link to her! Plus she has great photos of the scones.
Here is that page.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A new menu

I've been very busy settling everyone into school and blogging has been right at the bottom of my todo list. So I thought I'd try and get back into it.

Today I made a new menu board. The last one was just made out of the biggest photo frame I had lying around at home. This time I actually went and bought a frame. It cost $10. Pretty cheap and nice and big. I was finding it hard to fit our weekly menu into the space I had!!

Well I rummaged through my scrapbook supplies and found some letter stickers, flower stickers and paper. It took me about 10 minutes to put the board together and it's made it much easier to write on and see. The kids actually noticed it as soon as they got home from school today.

I've been plodding along with my menu planning and only missed a week when we got back from our holidays. I should try and write them down so I can reuse the meal plans that worked. I'd like to plan a whole terms worth of meals for when I'm back at work. That's 10 weeks worth. We'd probably do a 3 week rotation of easy meals that just work. It'll be one less thing to worry about! I need to find some more no-fail recipes now.


I don't even want to think about going back yet. I'm just enjoying being a mum who coffees, lunches and organists play dates. Lol it's not quite as easy as that, but that would be the ideal.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine Date Night

Dave and I had our second date night with Josh looking after all the kids. Last Tuesday we went to a restaurant in our street and Hamish and Isabella behaved beautifully and they both slept while we were out. It was wonderful to spend some time together with no kids around! This last Tuesday we weren't quite as lucky. We had just started on our mains when there was a call from 'home' that put us both into high alert mode. Dave answered with, "What's wrong? Is Hamish okay?" (We told Josh if anything happened he should call us, even if it was minor. It didn't stop us from stressing when that phone rang.) Luckily all was well but Hamish had woken up and Josh was unsure of what to do. We told him to hold him and watch TV quietly with him on the couch and the lights down low. We told him that we'd be back shortly. The restaurant was about a 4 minute drive from our house. We then finished our dinner, had a quick dessert and hurried off home. It was a set menu and so we had to pay for dessert anyway so we decided to stay and eat it. We told Josh to call if Hamish started crying. Josh had said he was fine and just lying with Sammy on the couch. When we got back we gave Josh a little extra money for coping with a more stressful situation. I have to mention too that Josh made dinner for the girls and him both last week and this week. Last week was omelettes and this week he cooked cheeseburgers. I'm looking forward to our next date night. Maybe we'll be able to go and watch a movie. If we're brave.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Isabella's first day at school

Isabella has now been at school for just over a week and has made herself a little friend. I was hoping that she'd make herself a nice little girl friend. Am I sexist to want her to have a girlfriend? The little person that she's made friends with is a little boy by the name of Tom. Better known as 'Tommy Tom-Tom'. Isabella says that he doesn't have a bad attitude and that he says nice things about her drawings. So cute. I talked to Tom's mom and she said that Tom had told her that Isabella is an artist! How funny! I've managed to organise a playdate for them after school next week. Isabella is very excited and Tom said that it doesn't matter that Isabella is a girl. I think that was supposed to be a compliment. Aren't they so sweet at 5!

Isabella has been getting herself ready the night before school just like Sammy and Josh. She gets out her uniform and then we get her lunch and recess ready together. She has had a go at spreading butter on bread and is getting better and better. She sees her older siblings getting their lunches ready and so she wants to be just the same.

The only problem we've had is trying to find interesting things to eat at school. Today I made zucchini, sweet potato and cheese muffins which Isabella thought were very tasty and that will make a great addition to her lunch box. Breakfast cereal is another great snack, nutritous and tasty (Nutrigrain). We've also made weet-bix slice, crunchies and chocolate pikelets. All of these have been things that I ate as a child.
Looking gorgeous in her uniform.
My bumblebee and Hamish.
Isabella's first lunch at school.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Newcastle Holiday 2012

As you can see from the heading I'm finally going to post about our recent January holiday. We actually hadn't planned on going away during the school Christmas holidays because of the expense, work commitements, too many of us, etc etc and I'm really so glad that we did!

Newcastle is only an hour and a half from us and is almost too close to be a holiday destination. That didn't deter us though. We figured that if we were to go away somewhere warmer it would be at least a four hour drive, which you could easily multiply by four now that we have Hamish with us as well. So we decided that somewhere close would be much better. I don't really know Newcastle well and Dave would really like us to explore more of Australia, so we really killed two birds with one stone. Plus to top it off, we had a great time and came back well rested and recuperated.

Here is a few slide shows of our time.
Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
We took a 1000 piece puzzle with us and managed to complete it over the week. We left it at the holiday apartment for someone else to enjoy. It was a great quiet activity for the older people in the family.
It was a great holiday and of course I can't wait for our next adventure.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

First day at high school

My baby girl started high school today and she was braver than me!! It is a new school for me too and so it was much harder than Kindy!! In Kindergarten Sammy went along to where Josh was, but now they're in different high schools and it's all new. I got a children's sore tummy today. I wonder what that says about me?