Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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
Sunday, February 17, 2013
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
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
The vanilla soy stuff you get in the supermarket has all of this:
Filtered Water, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Soy Protein, Maltodextrin,Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate,Dipotassium Phosphate, Salt, Dextrose, Mono- and Di-Glycerides, Guar Gum, Sodium Carboxymethyl-cellulose, Locust Bean Gum,Carrageenan, Artificial Flavour, Vanilla Bean Flakes, Natural Colour.
Anyway I wasn't intending to go on about ingredients.
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2T coconut oil melted
1tsp vanilla extract
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
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.
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
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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.
New Years Eve.
Yep bet you know what song they're dancing to.
Grandpa cooking sausages outside.