Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Plaster Birthday Cake

Making birthday's special at our mainly music group (Inspired by a similar cake at NewHope's Junior Kids Church.)

1. Get a round box.  Mark in pencil where the lids comes down to.


2. Make up some plaster of paris according to the directions. Mix in a half cup of powdered poster paint. Add a little more water until the plaster is smooth and of desired consistency.


3. Grab a knife and smooth the plaster onto the sides and top of the box, justl ike you're icing a cake. Make sure you don't go above the pencil line you drew earlier or you won't be able to put the lid back on. While the plaster is still wet push in some candle holders.


4. Put the lid on and you have a finished cake. You could smooth out the plaster more but my actual cakes usually look more like this so I figured we'd go with the whole "homemade" look.

Day 258 - Birthday Cake

5. Put the correct number of candles in and light them. Sing Happy Birthday then blow them out.

blog cake

6. Open up and take out your card and present.

open cake

Monday, September 20, 2010

iheartfaces: Smirk

I've been meaning to join in one of the iheartfaces challenges for ages but just never really got around to it. This week's challenge is smirk and I really couldn't miss it.  The Little girl has given me heaps of possibilities but I finally settled on this one.


First week of the September holidays ... this week's P365

It's school holidays. Welcome to our home ... and watch your step.

Day 256 - Traintracks

I took the kids in to see the titanic exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

Day 257 - Titanic

A little craft project to celebrate birthdays at mainly music.

Day 258 - Birthday Cake

Munching on an apple in the late afternoon ... and no it's not hot today.

Day 259 - Afternoon Snack

Hubby heading off with the two youngest to watch The 'Pies in the semifinal.

Day 260 - Off to the Footy

The OT recommended he learn to touch type so today we started.

Day 261 - Touch Typing

Water restrictions have lifted and we can wash the cars at home for the first time in years

Day 262 - Cleaning

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cleaning the Cars

Exciting no? ... well considering we haven't been able to do it at home for years due to water restrictions it is kind of exciting.

I worked on the inside ...


while Hubby did the outside.


We got the kids involved too.  They were happy because they got a little bit of extra pocket money.  A surprise for them once they'd finished.

car cleaning 3

The Boy is a bit obsessed with how things work and machines.

car cleaning 4

and what could be more fun than this huge water gun?

car cleaning 1

Not to mention a little dangerous for everyone else in the vicinity, but he managed to confine himself to spraying the car.

car cleaning2

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Take Another Chance Challenge 9

Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)

Find two books that have the same word in the title. Read both books and write about them. (Worth 2 entries because you have to read two books).

I read the books for this challenge and completely forgot to post this post, which isn't entirely without precedent.

So before I forget again here are the links to my thoughts on Breaking Dawn and Dawn a Distant Shore.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Donna Duncombe's Templates Vol. 3

Donna has a new set of templates out.  I love templates, they make putting pages together so easy ... one less decision to make.

The layout tells the first story from this blog post:


I'd already scrapped the second part of the post in this layout for the OS Copycat Challenge.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Moroccan chicken

I was searching around for something interesting to make with the leftovers from Friday night's roast chicken when I came across Pan-fried Moroccan chicken. It doesn't use cooked chicken but I figured I could substitute plus there were three ingredients included that I wanted to make use of:
  • Oranges which we have an abundance of on the tree in the backyard
  • Mint which is currently taking over a large section of the vege patch
  • and I had a lemon languishing in the crisper that I'd used for zest in another recipe.

My Moroccan Chicken:

1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp ground cumin
4 tbs sultanas
4 tbs pine nuts
40ml (2 tbs) olive oil
2 cups cooked chicken
1 orange, halved, sliced
4 tbs freshly chopped mint

Place chilli flakes, garlic, lemon juice, cinnamon, cumin, sultanas, pine nuts, half the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and chicken in a bowl. Mix well. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large frypan. Add the chicken mixture and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add the orange slices and cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Stir through the mint. Serve with couscous and some low-fat yoghurt.


I loved it and it was a hit with Hubby but the kids weren't that keen ... but they're fussy anyway.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Titanic Exhibition

Yesterday I took the kids and my niece to see the Titanic exhibition.  We had a picnic lunch before we went into the museum.


We visited the kiddy favourite first ... dinosaurs.



The forest gallery:


and Little girl had to play the clown on the dunny before we went to the main attraction (no photos allowed inside the exhibition).


and for the record The Boy and I died in the sinking.  The others all survived even though the niece was the only one with a first class cabin.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Elinor, she is such a wonderful character, Marianne on the other hand is just exasperating. Her moping and ridiculous dramatics were tedious, I can't imagine being quite so understanding if I were in the same position as Elinor. I guess though that is the point ... Sense and Sensibility. I love Austen's biting sarcasm, she always manages to make me giggle and her bad characters really are awful, so it's easy to barack against them. An enjoyable read.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Spring, concert, pass ... this week's P365

Even though it's still cold, there's evidence of Spring.

Day 249 - Spring Bulbs

The big girl danced and sung to DoReMi and little girl played violin.

Day 250 - Yr 5&6 Concert

Hopefully this put's an end the the multiple daily questions of "What's for dinner?"

Day 251 - The Menu

t was almost warm today.

Day 252 - Apricot blossoms

In spite of her less than ideal lead up to her exam she ended up passing with honours.

Day 253 - She Passed

Working on my inspiration folder for the house. Need to be prepared to make all those choices.

Day 254 - Gathering

We're halfway through reading my old copy of Heidi together.

Day 255 - Heidi

Friday, September 10, 2010

Peaceful Season by Donna Duncombe

Donna has renewed refurbished? her kit Peaceful Season and Peaceful Solids for release in her shop at funky playground designs you can pick them up in a bundle for $6.


I did a double page layout of a Beautiful Sunday with it.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

What's for dinner?

I don't know about you but I've been getting pretty sick of answering the question "What's for dinner".  Of course each child had to come and ask the question ... that makes three times ... then often at least one would forget the answer and come back again later ... very annoying.  I know I have issues ... but it was exasperating, especially when the answer was met with grumbles.

Yesterday I finally decided no more so I made this ...

Day 251 - The Menu

The menu came from the free menu/calendar/todo list printable download on eighteen25.  I only needed the menu part so I cut that out using PSE.  Then I flipped it so it was a mirror image and printed it on a transparency.  Then I trimmed it down, stuck on some magnetic tape and slapped it on the fridge along with a magnetic dry erase marker to fill in the blanks.

Now the kids can find out for themselves what's for dinner.  The Boy was very excited to see that we're having pizza on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Scorpion

Ignoring the fact that it's a SCORPION ... how cute is this ...


Made by The Boy in art this term.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

White Chocolate Cheesecake

We celebrated father's day with my family at my sister's for tea Sunday night.  We decided to make desserts the dad's choice.  So sis made lemon meringue pie and I was left with cheesecake for my Hubby and bread and butter pudding for dad.  Throw in shopping for presents on Saturday morning, cooking lasagne for the main, it was our rostered night on Saturday at Dinner Tonite, church Sunday morning and Geoff's family at our place for Sunday lunch and I really needed a cheesecake recipe that was easy.

This recipe comes from In The Kitchen by Allan Campion and Michele Curtis.  I would highly recommend this cookbook.  My sister has a copy and she uses it all the time.

150g chocolate ripple biscuits
60g melted butter
150g white chocolate
500g soft cream cheese
2/3cup castor sugar
250ml sour cream

Whiz biscuits in a food processor.


Add melted butter and process briefly. Press biscuit mix into a 20cm springform cake tin. Put in the fridge to set for 20 mins.

Melt chocolate. Beat cream cheese and castor sugar until well softened and creamy. Add the sour cream and melted chocolate and stir into cream cheese mixture until combined. Pour on top of biscuit base and chill until set.


Serve with some raspberry sauce.


It really is that easy and really yummy.  OK this piece is small but I wanted to have a bit of all three desserts.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Exams, quotes, storms and Father's day ... this week's P365

The final push to get her project finished, due end of the week.

Day 242 - Homework

Finally the quote for our house ... now time to do some pruning.

Day 243 - The Quote

4WD comes in handy for getting out of the carpark at the snow and going off road in our front yard.

Day 244 - Mud

Exam is finished. What a relief. We can relax back into normal practising.

Day 245 - Violin Exam

Lots of fun for the kids when our niece comes to stay.

Day 246 - Sleepover

Wild weather today with flooding and landslides in the north of the state. Not quite so bad in Melbourne.

Day 247 - Storms Coming

It's early morning present time ... although after a late night supporting The Pies he probably would have liked a sleep in.

Day 248 - Father's Day