Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

this got me running today

This awesome video got me lacing up my running shoes and out the door today.
What motivates you to exercise?  Please share as I'm needing some inspiration.

Monday, February 25, 2013


I just got back from a wonderful weekend in Christchurch meeting my new one week old nephew Samuel.  He is exquisite.  Mum and Dad took me through the city yesterday and two years on it still looks like a disaster zone.  Slowly bits are being reconstructed and rebuilt but there are empty overgrown sections and road works everywhere.  I think the people of Christchurch are amazing, my family especially (of course). I have photos of the city and of the baby to share but right now I need to help my sweeties with their homework. x

Thursday, February 21, 2013

things I'm loving

that the boys wanted me to take them to the Teddy Bears' Picnic where they danced and played with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in the fairy garden

playing with brain box electronics at a friend's place

 sunflower seed pate

 home made almond milk (so much less crap in it)


 fruit and lsa for breakfast

these curtains are so much better now that they're lined

 the new lamp shade in our room

and this cute German kids board game with wooden ghosts, $4 at the op shop

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

camping weekend

Gorgeous weekend away with old friends and new friends at Tapapakaga which is where we went to Splore this time last year.  These photos are all taken on our cheap waterproof camera.

Anyway there is still a lot of unpacking and stuff to do... best I get onto it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

chocolate fudge sundaes

My sweet gappy 7 year old and I had a lovely afternoon together while big brother was away on school camp.  We strolled home chatting, ate a colourful afternoon tea and played some games together. The fraction one is actually a really dull game but I guess good for learning maths.  Apparently I suck at hungry hippos.  We kept busy so we didn't miss #1 too much.

Green drink recipe (you don't taste the greens):
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1T peanut or almond butter
2 bunches spinach or other greens

Biscuits are basic biscuits from Edmonds cookbook with sultanas, cinnamon and nutmeg.

For dessert we made chocolate fudge sundaes and they were AMAZING!  I really think that they tasted as good (if not better than) as ones made with cream and cow's milk.  We made vanilla coconut cream ice cream in the ice cream machine and then I googled chocolate sauce and we whipped one of those up in the miini blender.  So it's actually a raw dessert and would be vegan if you used Agave nectar instead of honey.  It's the first time that we ever made chocolate sauce and it was very thick, shiny and fudgy.

Vanilla coconut ice cream (serves about four): 
1 can full fat coconut cream
1/4 cup honey
1T vanilla extract

Whisk ingredients together till honey is mixed in and then make into ice cream following the directions of your ice cream maker. Using an alcohol based vanilla extract helps the ice cream to not get too hard.  I love that we can make our own dairy free ice cream from just three ingredients (or less if you use frozen bananas).

The vanilla soy stuff you get in the supermarket has all of this:
Filtered Water, Sugar, Sunflower OilSoy ProteinMaltodextrin,Tricalcium PhosphatePotassium CitrateMagnesium Phosphate,Dipotassium Phosphate, Salt, Dextrose, Mono- and Di-Glycerides, Guar Gum, Sodium Carboxymethyl-cellulose, Locust Bean Gum,CarrageenanArtificial Flavour, Vanilla Bean Flakes, Natural Colour. 

Tiptop boysenberry has heaps of ingredients including two colours banned in Europe and one in the US:

 Milk, Liquid sugar, Water, Glucose syrup (from maize), Milk solids non fat, Fat emulsifiers (477, 471), Vegetable gums (412,410,407,401), Flavour,  Boysenberry ripple (20 per cent): Sugar, Water, Boysenberries (26 per cent), Vegetable gum (410) , Food acid (citric acid) , Flavour, Colours (122,133) 

Anyway I wasn't intending to go on about ingredients. 

Raw Chocolate Sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2T coconut oil melted 
1tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

Whizz it all up in the blender it's done.  I have a cute mini blender which I use for things like this.  I bought it for $10 on trademe as I read a few reviews saying that it was pretty flimsy so I didn't want to buy it new.  It's great for guacamole and dressings and bliss balls too.  Our big food processor is on it's last legs and I'm planning to get a grunty new one soon.  Any suggestions? Do you have a good one?  I've heard that cuisinart and magimix are the best (and of course most expensive).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

After our Cornwall park adventures we decided to take the boys out for dinner (a rare and lovely treat) and went to a cool place called Nuffield Street Trading Co. (it's a Mac's brew bar).

Yummy pub food, a kids menu and awesome decor.  Good space for playing Bananagrams too (our new summer favourite game thanks to Anna and Wayne).

 Little brother has spotted that big brother isn't playing properly!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

cornwall park

There is a cool spot in Cornwall Park where people make messages and designs from rocks.

 We decided to make a wee family portrait.

The best view was from high up above it.

Yeah I know, no progress on my photo challenge.  I snapped a couple of self portraits on my cell phone but I kinda feel like that's cheating somehow.  I may end up posting one though just so I can get onto the next thing!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


I've been needing a bit of a creative kick in the pants now that the kids are back at school and I'm still currently unemployed (oh the life of a freelancer) and so I think it's time to give this a go.  I've never been game to take on the photo a day for a year challenge but this one is manageable.  I'm not committing to do the whole thing over 30 consecutive days either (cheeky I know) but I will complete it.  Let me know if you do it too and I can come and check out your photos too. x

From here

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

holiday bliss

Gorgeous Opito Bay where Nana and Grandpa had rented a bach for us all to stay in.

Off to the beach with the cuzzies.

 This is the lagoon that the kids spent most of their holiday splashing about in.

Christmas lunch.

New Years Eve.
Yep bet you know what song they're dancing to.

 Hot water beach where we dug holes and soaked in the warm water that bubbled up.

Grandpa cooking sausages outside.