Archive for June 2011
Yesterday I got lost in thought whilst standing in my kitchen and my mind began to wander.
My mind went on a journey that consisted of knocking out the wall to our garage and create a door which leads into an AMAZING larder and kitchen makeover. My dream larder is going to be the size of a bedroom and be wall to wall with shelves and drawers top to bottom. The fridge is going to live in there and every appliance in there will have bench space and no more will be cram appliances into the pantry and drawers with a bit of room.
My kitchen bench will be utensil free as it all is hiding out in my amazing larder space that is perfectly neat, functional and has a wine rack as well.
Imagine how pretty it could be in there (because in my dream world I am also extremly neat, tidy and organised)
My new kitchen appliance – drooool! I treated myself on the weekend as our local electrical store had 25% off and I had a HSBC card, so put two and two together and I walk out with a shiny pretty new toy!
It is a dream to use, so far I have made something every day just so I can touch it. It is strange, for some reason everything is quicker and less messy when using it. I don’t know why, it is one of those unexplainable things. I made pancake batter earlier on, something I do regularly for an after school snack and it took half the time and has half the dishes – twilight zone!
It is so lovely on the bench, it even had me today dreaming of owning a larder full of lovely appliances. The plan is all worked out in my head with our garage becoming an office and walk in larder fully equiped with cupboards, drawers, fridge and enough bench space for 50 people to use. Now we just need that lotto dream to come to fruition and make my huge pantry a dream come true.
One powerball and I am outta here.
It looks like the snow fields but in fact it is the sand dunes just behind Kobie’s house. It felt like we were in the snow, it was bitterly cold and all you could see was white pristine sand.
I believe every motorbike/4wd/4 wheeler enthusiast in Western Australia was there on the weekend. I was quite amazed at how many people head there for the weekend, sometimes it was quite scary watching them fly over sand dunes in every direction higgeldy piggedly (or maybe that was the Nana voice in me coming out saying someone is going to get hurt. The kids loved it – excitement plus for them.
Ari wearing his sand eye protection wear (patent pending)
Was a lovely weekend away albeit the bitter cold, Ari getting tonisilitis and the eventful trip home. Eventful as every caravan and boat in the world was on the road doing 80kms an hour and we were stuck behind one for over an hour, the car that forgot to tie its surfboards down that flew across the road, and that my car remote battery decided to die after I had put purse, phone and icecreams in the car before taking the kids to the toilet.
It took some burly knights in shiny armour to rescue me and get me in my car again. Took quite a while of discussions of whether we smash the window, car battery, remote or ring RAC. Thanks to the guys at Leeman Fuel Station.
I am a short cut kind of girl. If there is possibly a way of doing things quicker I do it. This is probably why I don’t sew for Ollie Rose, or at all for that matter, as that is something that you need to perfect and take time and not just wack in.
Ari started daycare a couple of months ago for the first time. Thursdays are now my get everything done days. I only have about 7 hours to cram everything I can into one day, so all the cleaning, washing, appointments and making a weeks worth of snacks or the freezer.
My current favourite shortcut recipe is this one for muffins. I make a double batch in my huge Tupperware bowl (by far the best Tupperware investment in the world, it is the bomb diggity). I then divide the mixture into two bowls and add whatever flavours I have or feel like. Today we have choc chip and berry muffins waiting to be baked.
You can use this basic mixture to create any combination of flavours you have on hand. We quite often make apple & cinamon, or before the price of bananas was that of a small car we would always make that flavour. Great for using up that extra fruit that may be in its way out.
The worlds best bowl – you can make coleslaw in it without spreading cabbage everywhere
BASIC MUFFIN RECIPE
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
Whatever flavourings your heart desires.
In the oven at 180 degrees until cooked.
If you want to make bucket loads like I do, just double the mixture. I do tend to use a little less oil, as oil in cooking is a bit of a freak out for me of years of having oil is bad drummed into me. It does make them a bit more sticky, but we don’t mind.