Saturday, December 29, 2012

This week's links ...

1. Books for Boys

2. Tips for adding text on photos.

3. New Years Resolutions for Kids (printable)

4. This wire-wrapped word art is so much fun ... or this letter coatrack.

5. How-to Infographic Cards. OK I know it is past Christmas card time but you may bookmark it for next year ... also I'm thinking of incorporating something like this in our family album next year.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'll be back after the New Year with a list.

Well we've had one day of beach weather ...

first day at beach

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Christmas Post

Between preparations for Christmas, including hosting Christmas lunch for 22 people, and attending a funeral for a very old family friend yesterday, it's been fairly busy round here. Instead of my normal weekly links I thought I'd catch you up and share some of the things that we have been, or are going to be part of our Christmas celebrations this year.


Last weekend we had a Christmas lunch with my family before my brother headed off to Park City for the ski season. Afterwards we went into the city to look at some of the sights including the City Square ... catching the tail-end of Crown's Christmas Fantastic

the Langham Light Show ...

  and the Myer Windows.

For the rest of the week I've been trying to finish off my work (not completely successfully), Christmas shopping and running around for the final week of swimming, soccer and tennis for the kids this year. The kids still found plenty of time to make use of their Christmas presents from their Aunties and Uncles.

We've decided to simplify Christmas lunch a little this year although everyone pitches in so we only need to cook the ham and the potatoes.

The menu:
Glazed Ham. We'll do this on the Weber, I've ordered an 8kg ham from the butcher.
Rolled turkey breasts. I thought about putting them together myself but the poultry shop at Camberwell market had about 5 different stuffings to choose from and in the interests of simplifying I decided to get them ready to go with cranberry and chestnut stuffing.
Roast potatoes.
Green salad
Chinese Noodle Salad
Steamed Chocolate Pudding
Plum Pudding

I settled on a colour scheme of silver, green and red. I'll be doing something a little like this for the centre of the adult table. For the kids I'll move our Jesse tree across and print out a modified version of these Christmas placemats.

Have a very Merry Christmas, I'll be off afterwards for an extended beach holiday.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

This week's links ...

1. Still haven't settled on table setting for Christmas lunch but lots of ideas on this pinterest board.

2. We have lots of scrap material left from making the Little Girl's quilt all in green and reds so I'm thinking of making a fabric wreath for the front door.

3. Creative apps for kids.

4. PL Freebies.

5. Evolution Explains Everything.

6. Getting Along, but Still Getting Somewhere.

Friday, December 7, 2012

This week ...

I insisted we pull out the tree before lunch last Saturday because I knew if we didn't it probably wouldn't be up on the 1st.

 The kids were positive the tree used to be taller. The Big Girl especially has grown this year.

  We also put out the nativity scene ...

and filled the socks with ornaments for the Jesse tree and some lollies and hung them for our advent calendar.


Luckily we did put the tree up in the morning because after lunch the kids had a long swim in the pool before we went out to the Big Girl's basketball game ... a nail biting game where they drew 18 all with her team scoring a goal in the final 10s. The rest of the week has been filled with end of the year activities, a picnic in the park for the Little Girl's year level, Presentation night for the girls at the Melbourne town hall. The Little Girl practiced her quick changes with string orchestra, the year 5 dance and choir in quick succession at the beginning of the night. Amazingly the night finished 5mins before the advertised finishing time of 10pm. Of course then we had to get out of the city ... we had quite a bit of time to admire the Christmas lights on Flinders St station.

 The girls finished school for the year on Tuesday. Thursday The Boy celebrated the last day of the kitchen garden program, cooking food from the garden for the cafe, entirely staffed by the kids and feeding the parents and selected teachers. Yum!! In all the activity, I also turned another year older and scored a shopping trip with my mum to update the wardrobe.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

This week's links ...

1. December photo challenge @ iheartfaces

2. Free Christmas sheet music for piano. (Have to show my kids this)

3. DIY Christmas Crackers. The is year we are hosting Christmas lunch so I might try this depending on how the month is going. Although I probably should choose a theme for the table first. Red, green and white is probably the most sensible choice as it will match our advent calendar which is in the meals area. Our tree is in the front room and although it began looking beautiful with shades of blue, purple, pink and gold in it's first year of life it is now a riot of colour as each year handmade and gifted decorations have been added to our collection. Hubby was home and helping with the tree for the first time in quite a few years and he opened the box of decorations and asked what colours we were using. I laughed, shrugged and said "Just put it all on".

4. The Boy helped me cook this Korean Beef recipe. We added in some broccoli and carrots just to boost the vegetable count. A really and easy recipe.

5. I also added another good recipe to my slow cooker repertoire - Chicken Tikka Masala