Friday, February 20, 2015

8/52 - The 52 Project

Week 8 of The 52 Project which is hosted by the lovely Jodi at Practising Simplicity.





"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

James  :   Getting to know Sienna's new budgie while she was having her shower.

Sienna :   Meet "Bluey" a hand raised budgie she got this week for her 9th birthday which is in a weeks' time.  As the little budgie was ready to take home this week she got her present early and she is beyond excited to have a little bird to look after and talk to and play with.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

7/52 - The 52 Project

Week 7 of The 52 Project which is hosted by the lovely Jodi at Practising Simplicity.





"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

James  :   Making Pikelets for our morning tea using our family's favourite recipe.
Sienna :   I asked her to put sun cream on and I turned around to this face...she cracks me up.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ten on Ten - February 2015

This year I have decided to participate in "Ten on Ten" taking ten photos on the tenth of the month.  Yesterday was month two for me and here's what my day looked like.  January's Ten on Ten is here.











Sunday, February 8, 2015

6/52 - The 52 Project

Week 6 of The 52 Project which is hosted by the lovely Jodi at Practising Simplicity.





"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

James  :   Playing with an Origami frisbee he made which was pretty awesome.

Sienna :   She did this over and over again, running from the left and jumping into the wheelbarrow followed by leaning as far forward as she could until the upright wheelbarrow fell down into position and she ran onto the grass again.

Friday, January 30, 2015

5/52 - The 52 Project

Week 5 of The 52 Project which is hosted by the lovely Jodi at Practising Simplicity.





"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

James  :   Heading off to a Birthday Party Sleep Over.
Sienna :   Making her Teepee which she covered in an old sheet and played in for ages.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New York Times - No Knead Bread

This wonderful recipe for "no knead bread" has been around for a long time and in fact I first made it about 5 or 6 years ago.  Here's a link to a video if you are interested.  I don't often make it and I should make it more regularly.  I used to bake it in my "camp oven" which I take camping but last year I bought a dutch oven from Aldi for the sole purpose of making this bread.  I put the pot in the cupboard and didn't get around to making the bread for a few months and when I got the box out I realized that it couldn't be heated up at high temperatures due to the handle on the lid so I rang Aldi to talk to them about it explaining what I wanted to use it for and they said that the handle on the lid was not tested to past a certain temp so I didn't end up using it and it was past the date to return it to Aldi.   To cut a long story short, last week when my niece and nephew were visiting from Perth I decided to make the NYT No Knead Bread for the next evening and decided to use to dutch oven given there was a chance the handle on the lid might melt.  I cooked the bread, the lid didn't melt and I was very happy.  There is no other recipe I cook in the oven anyway that requires such a high heat like this bread so I was willing to risk and it was fine but obviously Aldi weren't going to cover the pot's on going use if used at high temperatures.

The bread was delicious with a crunchy crust on the outside and soft texture on the inside and you need a good bread knife to cut this loaf.  I also made a Sun Dried Tomato Dip to go with it and everyone enjoyed both.

The Sun Dried Tomato Dip was 250 gms Philadelphia cream cheese and 100 gms of sun dried tomatoes.  Just blitz the sundried tomatoes and then mix the cream cheese in with it and it's done.  This quantity made quite so I would probably just make half the recipe next time but it was delicious with the bread. My photos are quite blurry as my shutter speed was too slow and I was running late getting my hot bread over to my sisters but you get the idea.

My 23 year old niece loved it so much asked for the recipe and I explained to her that she can use one of her Mum's Corningware/Pyrex dishes with the lid to bake the bread.  I will be making this bread more often, just remembering to get the dough done the afternoon before we actually want to eat it.  It's so easy and everyone loves it.





Saturday, January 24, 2015

4/52 - The 52 Project

Week 4 of The 52 Project which is hosted by the lovely Jodi at Practising Simplicity.





"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

James  :   Holiday games on the iPod inside.
Sienna :   Enjoying playing in the rain and splashing in small puddles outside.