Saturday, November 24, 2012

This week's links ...

Sitting down with the kids to watch the third Harry Potter movie on TV tonight. It's almost started but first we got to watch a baby pretend to talk on it's iPhone foot ... its seems like a long time since our 6:40am wakeup for the Little Girl's swimming. There were second hand textbooks bought, dinner tonite volunteers meeting attended, a departure to Singapore (that would be Hubby) and KK presents bought. As team manager I almost had to coach the Big Girl's basketball match but managed to rope in another mum who had a clue and they won 29-19.

After all that we came home and did a simultaneous jump into the pool ... well The Boy, Big Girl and I did ... the Little Girl preferred her own space. Ten minutes later I was cool enough but the kids swam for over an hour while I pottered in the kitchen and read the paper, a lovely end to a busy day.

If you have a quiet moment I have a few links to linger over ...

1. Cute PL printables - These are the Days

2. Good advice for the busy season.

2. With Bach's Resolve - "He sets beauty before our imagination, gives us stories or poems, pictures or songs or even new ways to love and live, and asks us to bear them into the world. "

3. Gold that is Clear as Glass. - "Rationalism has its place in our society, but when it denies beauty, we instinctively rebel."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

This week's links ...

1. Waterless snow globes.

2. The Really simple Way to Get Things Done. I think the never ending task list may be the bane of every mum (maybe everyone?). I'm a hopeless procrastinator and this strategy helps reduce that quite a bit.

3. Ps 23:1 Printable

Monday, November 12, 2012

The one where we were almost too ambitious ...

but first there were things done, places gone ... like the Little Girl to swimming at 7:30am on Saturday. She comes home looking for food so I offered her mango and we lured the Big Girl out of bed with it.

About six weeks ago we borrowed the Lego Ideas Book from the library. Giddyup ...

 or fly away as the mood takes you.
He says there's no way he's cutting his hair. It's ready for snow boarding ... next Easter.
Hubby went to work digging the pump into the bottom of the hole and burying the pipe and power cord.
Our window for planting so we get some summer vegetables was rapidly diminishing so my job was to do something with the garden. The kids are taking part of the garden to grow whatever they like. The Boy planted his out first.
The best part was building the support to corral his mini pumpkin.
Before I could plant I had to clean out some of the winter vegetables that were on their last legs.
I didn't want to waste it so I decided to try the recipe for kale chips I'd seen. While I was looking for that recipe I came across this one which would solve the rainbow chard issue. But more than kale chips and gozleme would be required for dinner. Some meat. Some more vegetables. A free mini slurpie ...
Maybe not. We needed some ingredients form the supermarket and I had a voucher for the Happy 7-eleven day so the kids picked their slurpies up while we were down there. By a happy coincidence the 7-eleven is opposite the supermarket that is walking distance from our house. The Little Girl and I came back and spent the rest of the afternoon in the kitchen.
At one stage I thought we weren't going to pull it off but ...
The final menu for our middle eastern feast:

  • Kale chips. An unusual taste. Disgusting was The Boy's verdict, the Big Girl concurred, the rest of us were fairly ambivalent.
  • Olive Oil Crackers. These were good but the recipe makes a lot and we cooked one round of dough at a time which took a lot of time. I would like to try freezing the dough, then whenever you needed some crackers you could pull out a round or two and cook it. 
  • Carrot and cumin dip. A winner.
  • Smashed broad bean dip. Fresh broad beans from the garden cooked. Smashed with some lemon zest and olive oil. I could eat this everyday ... oh wait, I have eaten it everyday since Saturday.
  • Tomato, cucumber, mint and red onion salad. Self explanatory, just add a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Gozleme. I made 1 rainbow chard and fetta and 3 spiced lamb. I made the lamb using this recipe
  • Honey-spiced Oranges with icecream. These were a hit except for The Boy.
There was just enough leftover for dinner last night, which was fortunate since we were out from 8:45am to 6pm. Church, birthday present shopping, birthday party, swim meet (with a trip out to drop Big Girl at small group), pickup Big Girl from church and home. The Little Girl knocked 9s off her 50m butterfly time and got a PB in her 50m freestyle and backstroke. She missed her PB in the 50m breaststroke by 0.01s.

I finished planting the vegetables today.

We got a little side tracked.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I emailed in my final essay for the semester yesterday and popped the hard copy in the mail this morning so this afternoon I've finally got some time for some serious cooking with the Little Girl and some planting in the garden, but for now ...

1. Chalkboard lettering for those of us who don't have beautiful handwriting.

2. Recipes for mixes in jars.

3. Button and cord (elastic would be good) a gorgeous way to finish off a gift.

4. Add an instagram feed to your blog.

Friday, November 2, 2012

This week's links ...

1. A free template from Donna.

2. Gorgeous justb flipbook.

3. Love these year in review infographics ... here, here, here, here and another here. (via Jessica Turner)

4. We made this yummy chicken and Amy's risotto. Last night I made the leftover risotto in to arancini.

5. How cool are these pinstagram calendars?

6. Free printable calendar cards.

7. DIY Christmas Tree

8. Saved Together  "The question Newbigin forces upon us is, I think, this: do we have the graciousness and humility to accept a salvation that is mediated through other sinful, broken, human beings and which comes to us via a long historical process?"