Monday, April 25, 2011

Anzac Day

Anzac Biscuits
1 cup Plain Flour
2 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 cup sugar
125g Butter
2Tbs Golden Syrup
2tsp Bi Carb Soda
2 Tbs Boiling Water

• Preheat oven to 160°C
• Mix together dry ingredients
• Melt Butter and syrup together, I  put it in a microwave jug for 30 – 60 secs
• Add Bi carb to boiling water, stir then combine with Melted butter mix. 
• Make sure you have a big enough (1/2 litre) jug because it froths up.
• Pour into Dry Mix and combine.
• Use a tablespoon of mix and roll into ball then place onto baking paper lined trays, should make 2 dozen.
• Bake for 20 min, a little less for chewy or a little more for crunchy.

I usually bake them for 18 min; the kids don’t like them too crunchy.

Make sure you only use teaspoons for the bi carb, we once used tablespoons and they tasted horrible. :)

We had a fairly quiet Anzac day this year. It was the first time in 23 years that Fox didn't go to dawn service. He took the twins to march in the parade with their scout group .

I should also mention he has a tooth ache, not from chocolate though, he got it on Friday but being on holidays he refuses to go in to work to get it seen to. Men!

I hope that next Anzac day we will all be able to attend dawn service together.

Lest We Forget.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Can just about smell the chocolate

It occurred to me only 2 days ago that we're going to be in Canberra for school camp... in WINTER and none of us have been through winter since Perth 4 years ago. Yes the twins want me to come on year 6 camp with them. Crazy huh... so i whipped out my crochet hook and made these.

He pulled that face knowing I wanted a pic for the blog, he dances to his own beat and that's cool i think.

SO with yesterday being good Friday and me happening to find a guy who owns a prawn trawler only a few weeks ago through my plumber, we have a mountain of fresh prawns to eat.

I thought we'd try something different for dinner.

Garlic prawns with Poh's Egg Custard. I was really going out on a limb here, I mean custard and prawns with shitake for dinner sounds disgusting but amazingly it was a hit and not just with the adults, the kids really enjoyed it too.

So now we wait patiently for the Easter bunny to arrive and ponder the effects of Lenten promises on their makers. It really is great to see the kids stick with their and funny what they chose to go without for lent. One gave up his bed and slept on a camp mattress and the other promised to be nicer to her brothers. They both did very well.

Happy Easter to you, time for the count down :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Creative space...

Forever nostalgic and trying to emulate the crochet creations of my beautiful Nana,  I hunted for the pattern online a while ago and saw it for sale but thought i could figure it out by looking at the blanket Nana made for the youngest. I was wrong. later stumbling across the pattern in an old Mon Tricot Book... again I could not figure it out!

So, when  my cousin hinted that I should try making one of these baby blankets a few weeks ago I thought I should give it a red hot go, She gave me  THIS link that has a video tutorial and so I sat in front of the PC with my soft cotton yarn and hook and followed and copied and paused and rewound and...

I think I've finally mastered it... the Mon Tricot call it harlequin stitch,Teresa in the tute calls it the square wheel stitch and others the wool eater. I call it Nana's crochet baby blanket.

Amazing what a sense of achievement it has brought, I could not be happier that now I can create what my Nana created for my children's babies and whoever may be lucky enough to get one before then!

Check out Kootoyoo for more creative spaces.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Craft book challenge April

Here is my April edition of the Craft Book Challenge. It's another gorgeous little creation from Scandinavian Stitches. It's a zippered pouch that is around double the depth of a coin pouch. Thought it would be perfect size for a tween birthday girl to put her treasures in. I think it would make a gorgeous 'just in case' pouch actually.

I made a couple of crochet flower clips to go with. Needless to say the birthday girl was happy and her mum wants to know where she can buy my stuff... I hear you loud and clear people and I'm working on it! promise :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I'm grateful for...

My darling husband who makes me feel special every day.

Can you tell he's been away for 3 weeks and got home a day early?

Needless to say we all miss him when he has to work away from home.

He's the hook to my yarn, the chips to my gravy, the tea to my gluten free toast.

He works and gives everything he's got to make sure his family is cared for and happy.

And I'm grateful he's home because now i can get some sleep :)

Hop on over to see Maxabella loves... where there are many more grateful types.