Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fairy Princess - A Layout

Don't fall out of your chair but I scrapped on Sunday night.  I have been doing layouts for our US album in a final push to get it finished but this is the first CT layout in weeks.  I used Donna Duncombe's new kit Princess Pea.

How cute is this photo of my Big Girl when she was a little girl.  She teamed up her fairy wings with an old flower girl dress of mine.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Food, concert and a baptism ... this week's P365

Presents unwrapped and every one played with.

Day 324 - Aftermath

From our tree.

Day 325 - Oranges

Wednesday - my girl and her friends competed at the GATEWAYS team challenge. (private photo)

Last concert for the year.

Day 327 - PIccolo Canto

Making homemade chicken stock

Day 328 - Stock

Brownies and white chocolate meringues for morning tea tomorrow.

Day 329 - Cooking done

We've been waiting for this moment for a long time ... exciting

Day 330 - Baptism

Friday, November 26, 2010

Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2)Magician by Raymond E. Feist

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has been on my to read list for a while. I really enjoyed it. It begins in a mediaeval fantasy world and follows the main characters Pug and Thomas introduced as boyhood friends. Mysterious aliens are quickly introduced into the story line and in time war breaks out between the kingdom and these travellers through a rift in space-time. One of the strengths of the book is the development of two complete fantasy worlds. Initially the treatment of the aliens is your typical bad guy scenario but as the action moves to the alien world we see the complexity of that world too and gain insight into the complexity and motives of that society as well. There was just the right amount of surprises and plot twists to keep the story interesting and moving at a fast pace. Definitely recommended for fans of fantasy.

That would by #34 on the list.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

cellophane noodle salad with roast pork

It was quite warm here yesterday so I was wracking my brain trying to come up with something different to have for dinner that was also summery when I stumbled across the recipe for this salad.

It was easy to make although probably had a few more ingredients and steps than normal for a weeknight meal. I added a little brown sugar to the dressing because I felt like it needed a little bit of sweetness for balance. I also used a pork fillet and overcooked the noodles. Hubby liked it in spite of the noodles and I just served up the kids without the dressing and they gobbled it all up.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Birthday, packing and homework ... this week's P365

It's become a daily ritual ... helping me in the kitchen.

Day 317 - Cooking

Homework on the floor ... brings back memories.

Day 318 - Homework

He turns 7.

Day 319 - Happy birthday

With the help of his sisters he assembled his new lego fire station.

Day 320 - Project Complete

Watching an episode of house we taped earlier.

Day 321 - House

Today's job ... sorting and packing the shed.

Day 322 - Cleaning

Second time this year. It's The Boy's turn this time.

Day 323 - Pool Party

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay

The Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All ThingsThe Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All Things by Chris Seay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze program. Seay sets out to combat what he sees as a misunderstanding of Jesus and a dangerous focus on tallying up our rights and wrongs. I must admit before I started going to church that's what I thought Christianity was all about. I was fortunate that my introduction to church in my early twenties was at a church and with a group of people that had really grasped the grace of God and knew what it was to live it. I guess that's what grabbed my attention in the first place.

Chris Seay writes in an easy to understand style and covers quite a few important areas over the course of the book as he looks into the question, what does it mean to seek God's righteousness. These include the difference between relying on our own good works instead of God's work in us. Our tendency to label people and things as good and bad instead of admitting their brokenness and God's ability to redeem them. And also what it means to be human and created in the image of God. I felt some of the chapters finished just as things were getting interesting but I guess that leaves some room for further thought and study.

One little thing, I did feel the title is a bit presumptuous, my Hubby walked past while I was reading and commented "What does Jesus have to say". There were a couple bits where I think he pushed his point a little too far. At one point he concludes that the world is such a mess because the church is ignorant when it comes to justice and righteousness. For me that's just a little too close to the secular utopian view that most of our mess is caused by ignorance. That being said, I definitely agree that the church as a whole and the world in general would be in a much better shape if we understood and cooperated more fully with God's redemptive plans.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Word of the Day

Day 318 - Homework

Part of Big Girls homework is to discuss the word of the day with the family and put it into a sentence.  Yesterday's word was mere.  Hubby sent her to me with the excuse that I'm better at English.  She's allowed to use variants so after a little thought I came up with:

"Some people believe we are merely very complex arrangements of atoms"

Hubby had a little smile on his face and I laughed a little about what kind of discussion this might start.  Big Girl was puzzled until Little Girl filled her in on what atoms are and I added a little explanation about physical matter.  Philosophy, science and english all in the one sentence.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Baby is Seven ...




Har to believe really. Luckily he's small enough to still pick up under one arm.  This birthday has been pretty exciting for him.  He arrived at school with his bag of chupachups for the class and stood in front of his teacher smiling and giggling.  He has a language disorder and was literally too excited to speak.  When I picked him up I asked him if he had managed to find his words.

His response:  No, they walked off, out my ears and away.

The three kids are currently in the lounge making his lego fire station and vehicles.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rosanne Cash's Potato Salad

Little Girl helped me make this potato salad on Sunday night.  The red onions at the supermarket were awful so I used some spring onions I had a home instead.  It's a good potato salad, so thumbs up from me. I didn't serve it up to the kids ... they're a bit fussy that way.


We also picked some broad beans from the garden and made a salad.




Monday, November 15, 2010

Food, athletics and HomeAlone2 ... this week's P365

Sitting up and ready for tea.

Day 310 - Bluey

I cleaned up to take photos and start the process of selling our table.

Day 311 - The Table

I finally worked out what the bubblegum smell was every time I hung out the washing.

Day 312 - Aha

Hubby in the kitchen heating up the soup when we finally got home from swimming.

Day 313 - He Cooks

I love the joy on his face as he runs the race.

Day 314 - Athletics

saturday night watching Home Alone 2. They loved it ... I could imagine him getting up to those tricks.

Day 315 - Home alone

Hubby put him to work in the front yard.

Day 316 - Shovelling

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Crash Hot Potatoes

A recipe by Australian cook Jill Dupleix all the way via Pioneer Woman ... talk about going the long way round.


I served them up with rissoles and bean and tomato salad.  Yummy and a hit with the kids.  Hubby had a bit of a chuckle watching me crush the potatoes and getting them all stuck up in the masher ... a little messy.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Weeds, ironmen and bears ... this week's P365

They wanted to grandpa to pick up some metal from the hardware store to make their costumes ... I managed to distract them.

Day 305 - Ironmen

We're being taken over by head high weeds. No need to weed when everything will be levelled in a matter of weeks.

Day 307 - Weeds

Must start that job.

Day 306 - Packing Boxes

He's bored at swimming and wants his sister to come and play.

Day 308 - Come On

Won't be sad to see the last of the peeling cupboards

Day 309 - Kitchen

The lounge room has been transformed for electric car races.

Day 310 - The Track

Her birthday present from the aunties and uncles.

Day 311 - Build a Bear

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chocolate Ripple biscuits


The recipe is for homemade oreos but I decided to forgo the buttery, sugary filling ... sad I know.   They look and taste a lot like chocolate ripple biscuits.  A big hit with the kids, me and my dad.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bread, samples, sports and a blackout ... this week's P365

Nothing like bread fresh from the oven.

Day 297 - Bread

The rambling roses are in full flower.

Day 298 - Rambling

A new rule - they're only allowed on their own account after his sister offered to get him up to human calculator.

Day 299 - Mathletics

Spent a large part of the day picking colours, tiles, stone etc for the house.

Day 300 - Samples

The girls had their tabloid sports. Gilbert came fourth.

Day 301 - Tabloid Sports

5hr blackout, pouring rain and 10 kids, 8 adults in the dark for pizza night.

Day 302 - Blackout

This bird has made it's nest in a corner of the shed.

Day 303 - Nest