Tuesday, 28 February 2012

{a-z}


Lots of tagging going in the blogging world of late, I have been a few times{thanks to some super lovely ladies} But if you hadn't noticed I am pretty hopeless at those things, I find it hard to know where to start with the ten things you didn't know about me. But, I remembered seeing this here sometime ago and had been meaning to do it. So I thought it would be a bit of fun and a way for you all to get to know me a little better.

A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore that you hate: Washing dishes
D. Dogs: Archie, our new boston terrier
E. Essential start to your day: Cup of tea, preferably in bed!
F. Favorite color: Yellow and coral
G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: Short
I. Instruments you play: Unfortunately none
J. Job title: Mum and hairdresser
K. Kids: Riley and Lyla
L. Live: Melbourne
M. Mother’s name: Catherine
N. Nicknames: Jodes, jo or jo jo
O. Overnight hospital stays: Only when I had my bubs
P. Pet peeves: Wet sponge left in the sink, wring it out!
Q. Quote from a movie: Tico-taco, ya-ya-ya! {clearly I've been watching to many kids movies lately} 
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: Two younger brothers
T. Time you wake up: When the kiddies wake up
U. Underwear: Yes
V. Vegetable you hate: Can't think of any
W. What makes you run late: Hubs would say its me, I like to think otherwise
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Maybe of my ankle when I was a kid..
Y. Yummy food that you make: I like to think its all pretty good!
Z. Zoo animal: Elephant all the way


Consider yourself tagged!


xx

Monday, 27 February 2012

Vanilla cupcakes with fresh strawberry icing

With Lyla's birthday coming up next month, I have been trying out a few new recipes that I can hopefully use on the day. I am not that keen on highly artificially coloured party food, so anything with a little fruit in it is good in my books. I haven't quiet decided if I am having a party for her or not yet, but either way these will definitely be included! 


Ingredients
225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
225g caster sugar
4 large eggs, best quality you can
225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 
1 vanilla bean or teaspoon vanilla extract
100g fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries) 
150g icing sugar 



Method
Preheat the oven to 190˚CBeat the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon or an electric beater until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before you add the next. Sift in the flour. Add vanilla and fold the mixture together.
Line muffin tin with paper cases, I used a mini one {this recipe said it would make 18 cupcakes but using a mini tin one I got 48!} evenly divide the mixture. Put the muffin tins into the oven and bake for 15 minutes for regular or 10-12 for mini. If a skewer comes out clean they’re cooked, if it’s slightly sticky they’ll need a bit longer until cooked through and golden on top. If you cook them for too long, though, they will go dry so keep an eye on them.Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Icing
Mash up 50g of your chosen berries with a fork or whiz them in a food processor. Then pass it through a sieve to make it lovely and smooth. Sift over the icing sugar and mix until you have a smooth paste.
When the cakes have cooled completely, dip them in the icing so that they are nicely coated, then top with fresh cut fruit, if that's what you are using. The kids coated some of theirs in sprinkles too, which were a big hit! 

This recipe is by the fab Jamie O {but I tweaked it a little} you can find the original here.


I loved them, maybe even a little too much. It made so many I have even frozen a batch too {un-iced} so will let you know how they hold up.


Do you have any go-to recipes you always use for your children's parties?


x j

Sunday, 26 February 2012

{the weekend} feet up


There was a lot of feet up action here this weekend, as we took shelter from the scorching Melbourne heat.
It was seriously hot, too hot for me.

I worked on Saturday and then came home to the most awesome surprise, my brother was home! He had changed to an earlier flight and got back four days early! So good to have him back, I really did miss him so! We then had some friends that we hadn't seen for a long time over for a bbq, it was lovely to see them and the children played wonderfully together. It was an early night, thankfully, after what was a long hot day, I was tired.

Sunday we laid low and tried to keep cool. We had a leisurely breakfast and coffee, pottered around, relaxed, lazed, listened to music and spent quality time with the little ones. And also did extra fun stuff like catch up on the washing and I even washed my couch covers, who knew you could!? They were dry in no time.

A nice all round relaxing weekend, before a busy week ahead.

I hope you had a lovely weekend too!

xx

Friday, 24 February 2012

{this moment}



{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Linking up with SouleMama

Have a lovely weekend my friends.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

{snap it} won-tons








So yesterday we made some won-tons and here are some rather colourful snaps to prove it!
 {strawberry stains totally count, right?}

So much fun to make, messy but super tasty! The little people loved them!

Linking up with the lovely Sarah over at Faith Hope and a Whole Lotta Love.

Have you made won-tons before? Do your little ones help out in the kitchen too?


x j





Monday, 20 February 2012

Our Daylesford Camping Adventure

















We headed off on Saturday afternoon on a little camping adventure. It was so nice to get out of the city, into the fresh clean air, it was a break we all needed. We just had the best time. Fishing, walking, playing, eating ice-cream, relaxing and reading. At night we sat by the fire, played card games and drank wine from a plastic cup. We had a little bit of rain, a lot of tantrums from L and tired little ones, but besides that it was a pretty perfect trip. Really such a beautiful part of the country and so good to getaway.

How was your weekend?

x j


Friday, 17 February 2012

Kitchen Time


I fancy myself to be a pretty good cook, always spending a lot of time in the kitchen, reading recipe books, cooking new things... Well that was before I had kids. For the last three years, I have cooked what I know, quick, easy, home-cooked meals, with limited experimentation.

But this week, thanks to this lady, I have found my self back in the kitchen, cooking new, inspiring and delicious recipes, that not only I have loved but my little ones have too.

I feel like my old self again.

I love cooking for my family, I love them to try, taste and experience new foods. And I am grateful for that. I'm grateful that I feel inspired to be more creative in the kitchen again, that my little ones are accepting of new foods and that I am able to provide that experience for them.


Linking up with Maxabella, what are you grateful for this week?

Happy weekend!

x jody




Thursday, 16 February 2012

Chocolate Oat Cookies

I love to bake simple things at home, either for us to have for morning tea or to take along to a play date. I always find it far easier to chuck something together quickly at home {while the little ones watch a couple of episodes of Peppa Pig} opposed to rushing and dragging them to the shops to pick up something. Simply because most of the time that 'something' will be either pretty ordinary, a total rip off or worst of all both.

These little beauties are a Nigella recipe. There simple, quick to make and have oats in them unlike regular chocolate biscuits, that makes them healthy, right?? Oh and did I mention they are delicious!



Ingredients
1/2 cup plain flour
75g rolled oats
35g good-quality cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
100g unsalted butter
50g caster sugar
75g light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
125g milk or dark chocolate chips

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line two trays with baking paper.
Combine flour, oats, cocoa powder and bicarbonate soda in a bowl. Set aside.
In an electric mixer, beat butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together until the mixture is thick and pale.
Beat in the vanilla, followed by the egg, then slowly beat in the dry flour mixture.
When it is all mixed together, fold in the chocolate chips.
Roll handfuls of batter between your hands to form cookies, about the size of ping-pong balls. Very slightly flatten them before spacing them wide apart on the baking trays.
Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes, the time will depend on the size of the cookies and your oven, but I mine were ready at 12 minutes.
When they are done they would have spread into big squidgy discs. They will feel soft to the touch but will harden a little as they cool.
Remove from the oven and stand on trays for a minute. Then remove to cool on a wire rack.

Too easy. Just try not to eat them all at once!

xx


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Happy Birthday Mr.S




Happy birthday to my gorgeous hubby Mr.S. 
We first met twelve years ago on this day and as soon as I saw you I knew you were the one.
You are truly an awesome husband and father.
I love what we have, and I couldn't imagine my  life any other way. 

Today we celebrate. Presents in bed, the little ones made you cards and paintings. 
I'll make you eggs for breakfast and one of your favourite meals for dinner. 
We have party hats, ballons and blower things just for fun as well as jelly swirl cheesecake. 
Because you always like to make strange cake requests, just to give me something to do.

No placed i'd rather be, than to be with you.

Love, love and then some more love.

xx



photos by Little Red Photography.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Blog Love Five

Here are five blogs I am loving right now. Not necessarily new, but new to me.


I love Tahnee's blog, she writes of her everyday life, being a stay at home mum to her three little ones. She is gorgeous, as are her children and photographs.


Beautiful, beautiful Amelia. She writes from the heart, her story is that of a fairy tale and her wedding confirms it, with stunning photographs by the talented Tim Coulson.


Gorgeous Stacey, she says it herself, she is a lover of life and the simple things. A beautiful family and a beautiful life. {and even more amazing photos by Tim.}



Lovely Ainslie, creative and passionate. Blogs about her suburban adventures. Capturing the beauty in the everyday. 


Greer is simply delightful, recording her days with her family living in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Her children are gorgeous and recipes to die for. 


I love these ladies and think you will too. 

xx



Love Valentines DIY


Loving this valentines printable by talented artist Geninne, featured on Poppytalk.

I am not usually that in to valentines day, but these are beautiful.
 Thinking I may even be able to make some kind of garland out of them.

Click here to check them out.

What do you do for valentines day?

xx



image via Poppytalk.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Puppy Training


You met Archie right? He is the best little dog and has added so much joy to our little family. It's just the house training I'm struggling with. I have read heaps of info and putting it all of it in to practice, yet he still pee's in my house! It's starting to drive me a little crazy, cleaning up after him and then Lyla thinks she want's to toilet train too, so I am cleaning up after her as well!

So my question to you is, can you help me out? have you had a puppy? do you have any tips for toilet training a puppy?

Happy Monday!

xx

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Bye-Bye Bertie


It's really just bye-bye for now, Uncle Bert {my little brother, it isn't his real name, but it's what we like to call him, it started as a joke but stuck!} is heading off to Canada for the month. I am super excited for him, but at the same time a little sad. He is our only family in Melbourne and I will miss him, the little ones even more so. 

Uncle Bertie, be safe, have an ace time, call me and make sure you bring me back a present. 

Love love.


Friday, 3 February 2012

Slow Days


Our week has been relaxed, calm, and simple. Days have been slow, we've had nowhere to rush off too, no appointments or play dates. A lot of our friends kids have started or gone back to school, kinder or childcare and R doesn't have his first day of three year old kinder until next week, which we are very excited and nervous about.

It has meant our week has been free and that's ok by me. But it doesn't mean I have been overly productive, my mind has been in slow-mo too and have been spending the extra time with my kiddies, to walk and be at home, enjoying the slowness, before the year picks up speed like I know it will, like it always does.

I am grateful for slow days and easy starts, because next week will most certainly be different!

How has your week been? Have your little ones up to this year?

For the first time this year I am joining the lovely Maxabella, what are you grateful for?


Happy Weekend!

xx




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