Friday, 30 September 2011

Grateful For Days Like These

A big hello wave and welcome to you all! I am super excited to have you stopping by and to be hosting for the lovely Maxabella this week.

The weather has been pretty ordinary here this week {yes I am talking about the weather!}. So i'm looking back to last week, the days were warm and the sun was shining, it is Melbourne after all and the weather changes faster than my Riley changes his mind - which is a lot. We had family staying with us and spent afternoons at the park, relaxing, having fun and enjoying our short time together. I am grateful for days like these, as well as the ability to look back on them with new found fondness that only time can bring.

So tell me what are you grateful for this week? 

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

x jody

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Flour-less Orange and Polenta Cake.

My gluten free friends this is for you. 

  • 150g butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (160g) caster sugar
  • 1 orange, rind finely grated
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g almond meal
  • 2/3 cup (180g) fine polenta {cornmeal}

Orange syrup
1 cup (250ml) fresh orange juice
1 cup (220g) caster sugar

Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm (base) round cake pan. Beat butter, sugar and orange rind with an electric beater, for 8-10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. (The mixture will look a little curdled at this stage.)

Stir in almond meal and polenta. Spoon into the pan. Bake 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Set aside for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack.

For the syrup, stir the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 10 minutes or until thickens.
Use a fine skewer to pierce holes all over the cake top. Pour about 2/3 of the warm syrup over warm cake. Slice and serve with extra syrup.

The cake can also be served at room temperature. Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

I hadn't used polenta flour before, but was very keen to try. I probably over cooked it slightly, but the cake was still delicious, very dense, but moist, it had more 'texture' than a regular cake but i quiet liked it for something different. 

Simple, sweet and a little sticky. 

x jody

original recipe here.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Our Day.

It is wedding fever over at Shelly's place, so here is my wedding story, just for you.

I have spoken of my wedding a few times before {here and here}. 
Planned in just under three months. I choose my dress straight from the rack, a Lisa Ho dress in a lovely pale latte, a perfect fit, as soon as tried it on i knew it was the one. I wanted the day to be simple and intimate. And it was.
We were married in a simple church ceremony, then wandered St Kilda beach, before feasting at the Stokehouse, with thirty of our closest friends and family. It was a beautiful day, not perfect but perfect to me. The food and wine were amazing, the company even better. We all ate and drank more than we should have.
On that day five years ago, i married the man of my dreams, the love of my life. I loved that day and i love the life that we have together.

Shelly, I hope you're day is everything you dreamed and more.  I wish you and Mr G all the happiness in the world. That you're life together is full of much love and joy. Enjoy and savor every moment. 

x jody 

Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday Love.

On this beautiful sunny morning, i am loving being at home with the little ones. We have had visitors for the better part of three weeks. Now they have all gone. The house is somewhat quieter. I can hear the kiddies playing, the sound of every piece of lego being tipped onto the floor. But the white noise of people chatting, moving around the house, coming and going has gone. It is peaceful. And i like it this way. We haven't done anything particularly exciting, had a leisurely breakfast, pottered about the house, baked and stuffed our faces with buttery biscuity goodness. Just how it should be.

Linking up with Anna for some Monday love.

x jody

Friday, 23 September 2011

Riley Turns Three.

Last Sunday my little man turned three. I guess that means he's not so little anymore. No longer my baby boy. He has grown up so much. Honestly the time has gone so quickly and he has changed so much in such a short amount of time. 

Riley, you are such an amazing boy. You are so smart, clever and charming. You surprise me everyday. You are a caring and cheeky big brother to Lyla. You tease her, but worry about her too, she idolizes you and shares all her snacks with you if you ask her too. You get all the breakfast things out and ready every morning. You are getting very good at buttering and cutting your toast. You can dress yourself and have been fully toilet train for at least six months. Your manners astound me and you use them appropriately, especially to help you get what you want. You are smart that way. I love that you can speak so well. You can comprehend and understand more than i give you credit for. You are a worrier too, and have little meltdowns when things don't go the way you think they should, but you are getting better at channeling these frustrations. You like going to your pre-kinder program and enjoy helping the teaches run the class! You like to sing and make up your own little songs. You love 'The Octonauts' and refer to yourself as 'Captain', Lyla is 'Peso', Dad is 'Kwazi' and i am 'Dashi', and call us by these names often. You like cars, trains, planes and pretty much anything that moves. You keep me very busy and always make me laugh. The other day you pinched my cheeks and said 'you are sooo cheeky mama... you make me smile a lot' and you know what? you make me smile a lot too!

To celebrate Riley's birthday we had a small bbq at home {after driving back from Sydney i wasn't up for much more} It was a beautiful afternoon spent with friends and family. Relaxing in the garden, plenty of food, drinks, bubbles, fun and of course an Octonauts ice cream cake as requested by the little man himself {i did my best to make this happen!}. Riley loves spending time with his grown up friends just as much as the ones his own age. He was given lots of lovely things {including Topsy and Banana} and had a great day!

For all this and more, i am grateful. 

Joining Sonia from lioness lady for maxabella's grateful link up. You should join in too. .

Happy weekend!

x jody

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Topsy and Banana.

Meet Topsy and Banana. The newest additions to our little family. A gift to Riley for his third birthday, from our lovely friends. Named by the little lad himself, from where i'm not quiet sure .

x jody

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

Fill in the blanks. .

I haven't been around much this last week. Instead of boring you all with the details, i thought i would share the few photos {Chantelle style} i snapped with my phone and let them tell my story. Feel free to use you imagination to fill in the blanks. 

I also wanted to thank you all for your comments, emails, tweets, love and support. Much appreciated, each and every one. And apologies if i haven't had a chance to get back to you.

x jody


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Are you a blogger too?

Truth be told, by nature i am a people watcher. It is probably one of my greatest skills. I can watch and listen and feel a whole room. I could tell you the when, who and how of every single person in that very room, without even pausing our conversation.

These days i find myself watching and wondering, 'Are you a blogger too?'

There are so many bloggers out there, its highly possible we cross paths daily without even realizing.

I find it so fascinating, there are so many amazing people i follow and whom follow me that i have never meet in the real life, that could very possibly be living two streets away!

So if you see a strange woman staring at you trying to place your face, don't worry its only me, come and say hello!

Are you a people watcher? 

x jody

image here.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Just Breathe. .

On Friday i got the call, my Grandad was nearing the end of his earthly journey.

On Saturday morning he passed away.

I am not really certain how i feel yet. I haven't even had a moment to sit down and process the information properly. I haven't even shed a tear. Sure i have spent plenty of time on the phone to my mum and booked my flight for the funeral. But I find myself wondering, how do i feel about this?
I am hoping that writing this all down will help me process.

What i do know is, i am so glad that i made the trip to see him a couple of weeks ago. I got to see and speak to him while he was still conscious and he got to meet my gorgeous little ones, for this i feel most grateful and revealed.  I am glad that he didn't have to suffer for long and it wasn't drawn out for everyone's sake. At eighty seven, he was old and had had a good life. I don't mean to sound insensitive, i am just realistic. He was ready to go, he had told me so, you could see it in his eyes.

That doesn't mean i am any less sad. he was my Grandad after all. We haven't been so close in resent years, but as a child we spent a lot of time together. We lived close to my Grandparents and spent many an afternoon at their place. Apple cake, orange juice and tea for the grown ups was the way it went. In the summer we swam in their pool and let the cat lick melted ice cream from our bowls. My Grandad was  tough but kind, playful but strong. He drank whiskey and beer and sometimes the two together, in these cute little schooner glasses with his name engraved on them. He was handy too, or at least seemed to be. He made us our very own special table and chairs, had a garage he spent a lot of time in and painted anything that stood still lovely mission brown and in later years that awful green colour. He sat at his table in the sun and read the newspaper for what seemed like all day, he had a budgie called Lucky in a yellow birdcage and a dog called Tiger along with many others. For a while there i went to church with my Grandparents every Sunday, i liked the stories and the singing.

I loved the time spent together and although our relationship changed over the years it does not mean it was of any less importance. Just different.

What makes me most upset about the whole thing, is my family. My Aunts and Uncles and Cousins. One would think at this difficult, stressful and highly emotional time that they could come together, put their differences behind them, that they could begin to treat each other with compassion and kindness. But no. The bitterness continues. A stake has been driven between them all, causing such division and heartbreak.
Living so far away, i feel removed from the situation, some would say i am the black sheep having left the flock, but this way i have a better view and can see clearly what is going on. I wish i could stand before them all and speak my mind freely. I would tell them how foolish they are. Can they not see how short this life is? That all their lies are unnecessary. They should be honest with each other and communicate openly. It is the only way to move forward. They should be united and grieve together.
I don't think they even know why they are fighting anymore. Maybe it is because they are all too similar? No one honestly really knows what has gone on over the years to make the family this way. The truth is lost and each one of them tells a different story.

I wish i could say it all, i know i won't, i don't have the balls.

But i will go. Be there to support my mum. And say goodbye to my Grandad.

And the tears will flow.

How have you and your families reacted to the loss of a loved one? Did it bring them together or cause more problems like it has mine?

x jody

image here.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

We Used To Wait. .

It may or may not be a scecret that i in fact LOVE Arcade Fire.

The band is a bit of a family affair, with husband and wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with brother Will Butler. Canadian indie gods i am told, and i couldn't agree more.
The deluxe edition of their album 'The Suburbs' has recently been released along with a short film directed by Spike Jonze
Don't judge me. Check it out, if you haven't already. I am loving the Wilderness Downtown HD interactive experiment. {click the link and give it a go}

and can't go past 'Ready to start'.

There you go. Its's out. 

x jody

image here.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Push My Buttons. .

I have finally worked out how to add buttons to my blog -> see the right side bar ->


Won't you push my buttons.

Go on like me. . .

x jody