I scrapbooked.  This one simple page has taken me all month, but it is the first page that I have done in well over a year.

I’ve missed it, but I am struggling to make time to do this favourite past time.  Something I’m thinking about and working on.  Obviously with baby steps.



I did this page with the inspiration of the March challenge at the Kraft + blog.

A very old photo and very old products but another story told.

Back In Action

I have been laid low by a cold of very few symptoms – just a sore throat and extreme lack of energy.  But I’m getting back to normal now and hope to post soon.

I missed a couple of days worth of photos and that makes me sad.  But I will press on.  The photos I have been taking while unwell I think I will find have been less than stellar, but at least they got taken.

My kids can expect to be shot this afternoon. I’m sure they’ll be thrilled.

What’s Been Cooking #2

Plenty of cooking been going on.  Ready for it?

20150303175808Creamy tuna pasta from TRTLMT and
Apple Slaw from SkinnyMixers

20150303182550-2Caramel self saucing pudding from the Recipe Community.

20150305211431-2Chewy chocolate and date  biscuits from MrsD plus 3

20150305211458Vegetable risoni bake from TRLTMT

20150309184753Pumpkin biscuits from TRTLMT

20150310154503Carrot and cashew salad from Natural New Age Mum

20150313074727Strawberry breakfast shake – my own concoction

Oats, strawberries, banana (frozen and fresh), yoghurt and milk.

20150313080838Mini calzones from TRTLMT

20150315074434Italian style baked eggs from My Fitness Pal (I didn’t have capsicum so I added ham instead).

20150315095043Crunchy muesli bars from the Recipe Community

Hope this inspires you to get Thermomixing!  And just to mention briefly, there is a great offer available this month (in Australia) for anyone hosting a demonstration.  Contact a demonstrator to find out more!


Watching Them Watching

We took a trip to the zoo earlier in March.  Making good use of our year pass we received for Christmas.

I love the zoo.

But I do have a lot of zoo photos.

So this time I decided to take some photos of them as they were watching and moving around the zoo.  It was only a quick visit, so not a lot of opportunity, and these are the kind of situations I seem to not do so well with.  Practise makes perfect. 20150302150747 20150302154233 20150302160351

An Unplanned Trip To The Beach

A week or so ago, I looked around my house, and what did I see?  I saw three children each on a different ‘screen’ device playing games by themselves and very content.

However, seeing this did not make this mother happy.  It made her sad.  It made her mad.

“Get off,” she cried, “We’re going to the beach.”

Yes, there was some complaining but everyone got off, and got ready in their own way.

Actually, just before we walked out the door the power went off, so it was really quite well timed.

We had a great time, and I want to make spur of the moment trips out a little more habitual.

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What’s Been Cooking? #1

You may or may not know that I love cooking in my Thermomix.  I thought it might be fun to occasionally share some of what we’ve been creating.


20150225211417Teeny Teddies from TRTLMT.

20150226173427Raspberry cordial, which I then froze to make icy poles.

20150301105924-2Melting moments with buttercream icing.  Cayley made the biscuits, and I made the icing. From ThermOMG.

20150301112510Mexican seasoning from the recipe community.

20150301125818I used the Mexican seasoning in a sandwich filling** from The Organised Housewife, and used that to fill some spinach wraps I found on the recipe community.

20150301141646Passata from TRTLMT.

20150301190312Beef Ragout Lasagne from Erin Made This**

20150302085157Tropical Green Smoothie** from Jessica in the Kitchen.

** Some of these recipes are not for the Thermomix, but are quite easily converted.  I will in some spare time convert them and put them in the recipe community.

Hope you’ve enjoyed having a look at ‘What’s Been Cooking?’




Not My Best Morning

Monday morning.

It did not go well.

We discovered a lack of milk for breakfast. That’s okay, I’ll run down the shops and get some (with a bit of a huff and a puff).
A lack of bread for lunch. That’s okay, I’ll let them have a lunch order.
A lack of lunch order bags. That’s okay, I’ll use an envelope.
Then we discovered head lice.  The possibility had arisen earlier over the weekend, but I had not followed up on it sufficiently.  This was the straw that broke the camels back.

It was not pretty. Elisha had to be at a different school early for string ensemble so he went first. Hair shaved off, treatment in.

Then Jos. He does not like having his hair cut.  At all.  I was not patient. I was not gentle.

Well I dropped Elisha off to his ensemble, came home washed out Jos’ hair.  Tied Cayley’s up really tightly and sent them off to school… without me, so that I could head out again and pick Elisha up and take him to school.

Elisha had no goggles for swimming lessons.  I was going to head out and get some then take them to him… but then I was reminded I had a meeting to be at – which I was now going to be late for.  Argh!  And I was supposed to take something along.  Double argh!!  No fuel in the car.  Another argh!!! I picked up the zucchini for the food I was going to take to the meeting and got fuel.  Went home and cleaned up all the haircut mess.  The vacuum didn’t handle all that hair too well.  Started the recipe – discovered a missing item (which later turned up in my pantry after all… ironic!)  and gave up on it.  Just headed out to the meeting, sorting out goggles for Elisha on the way.

It was interesting that even as all my bad behaviour was spewing out of me I was aware of it.  I’d prayed earlier that morning for patience and gentleness.  Under testing I failed.  I am becoming more and more aware of my need for my Saviour.

Thank God that he’s provided one.  One who knows what it’s like to have a trying day.  Yet he did not fail.  Thank God, thank you God.

Something else I realised in the midst of all the fuss was just how self-sufficient the kids are getting.  Cayley and Jos walked to school without me.  Without me!


I just had to capture the moment.  In the madness of mornings like this it is easy to forget how little time I have left to mother and nurture and train my precious children.  O Father, more gentleness and patience for me please!


Not Forgotten

It’s not that I’ve forgotten, it’s not even that I haven’t had time, it’s just that I’m not sure what to do with this my little ol’ blog.

So many ideas floating around in my mind.  I’m sure I’ll pick something and stick with it soon.

See you when I come back!

School The First Day

I may have left taking the obligatory first day photo until it was well and truly time to leave.  That may have meant for quite a rush job.

The kids may not have been to happy about having to have their photo taken…

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We dropped Elisha off first, but apparently when you’re in Year 5 your parents don’t even have to come into the class room to help you get settled and sorted.  Times they are a changing.


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And last, but not least, Jos.  He’s out of the enclosed area now.  And I’ve had some sadness about no more puzzle time.  First time in six years!20150202090359

That Cat Again

This is the best photo!


Let me tell you a story.

While we were away my brother house and pet sat.

He went away for the weekend, and while he was away my in-laws looked after the animals.

This cat was very naughty and made people wait until all hours before coming in for the night.

And then he stopped coming home all together.

Brother Josh came home from camp Sunday afternoon and late Tuesday night (I think) he told me that he hadn’t seen the cat since he’s been away.  We found out the  last time he’d been seen was Sunday morning.

People came to the house to have a search for him, nothing.

My heart was heavy.  Cayley LOVES this cat.

We’re getting ready to come home Wednesday night and Thursday morning and more than once Cayley mentions how much she is looking forward to cuddling him.  Still no news on the appearance of the cat.

We didn’t tell her he was missing and prayed and hoped for the best possible outcome.

We get home.  Brett lets the kids inside, we back the caravan in (it’s a bit tricky), Brett opens the back gate to plug into power – and there he is in the backyard.

Like I said, this is the best photo!