Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A School Social

I am on a roll with blogging so I am not stopping!!!

Tonight William went to his first social!!! He was super excited and was keen to have his hair spiked and done, but at the moment it is rather long so the spike thing was a little hard to do!!! However I found some blue hairspray which he thought was pretty cool!
All week the school has had a group in teaching all the kids dance moves, William came home on Monday showing me the bum dance and was super excited to show us how the moves were done in typical Will style!!!! I didn't go with him I left that job to Ryan BUT I heard he was having a super time and was going crazy busting out the dance moves!!!!! I know he doesn't get those moves from his Dad as it would have only been a two step shuffle!!!!

Here is the little dude!

Cenovis Vita Jellies and a GIVEAWAY

A few months ago I came across a web site called Vibe Village. It is a site where companies will post looking for people to test products and to give feedback. It is a site dedicated to word of mouth marketing and recently we were selected to test the Cenovis Vita Jellies, which are a multi vitamin that is in the shape of a bear that is just like a lolly. The Vita Jellies are designed to be taken by children aged 4-12 and William is loving them! He even is at me to take them if I forget!!
In the pack sent out we even got a great little cookbook with great ideas of easy and healthy recipes, now the only thing left to do is make some!!!!!
Oh and as a treat I even got a Women's Multi Vitamin to try as well!!
So if you are looking for a great tasting multi vitamin for your kiddies, may I suggest you give the Cenovis Vita Jellies a try!
As a treat I am also offering a give away of a bottle of Vita Jellies and a cookbook! All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post with your name and email address and a winner will be selected at random. SO get to it!!!! The winner will be drawn on Friday the 13th, so for someone it will be a lucky day for them!!!! So get commenting!

New Tea Set

Ryan and I have been trying to find a specific tea set with cups like these for ages!!!! We have looked both here in Tassie and also in Melbourne but have not been able to find anything like we want. Last week we happened to be at the Asian shop in Mowbray getting a few bits and pieces and as we were about to leave we found exactly what we had been looking for! Needless to say we grabbed one straight up and have enjoyed drinking our herbal and green teas in style this week!!!!

Choc Chip Cookie POPS

I was super excited to find the idea of making choc chip cookie dough pops the other day that I couldn't wait to make them as they combined my two favourite things, cookies and pops!!!!

The recipe was super easy and the result was super yummy!!!!

The Recipe

1 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups plain flour
t teaspoon salt
1 cup of choc chips

Chocolate to melt
Copha ( I have found of late that the melts have not been very smooth when melted so I have been adding copha to make it more workable!

Cream the butter until light and add the sugar and cream together until light and fluffy.
Mix in the vanilla and milk.
Add the flour and mix on a low speed until combined (do not over mix the mixture).
Stir in the choc chips.
Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into balls and put on grease proof paper then place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes or longer if needed. I sometimes leave the balls in the freezer for a week and take out as needed.
Melt the chocolate melts and the copha (I do mine in the microwave).
Put the lolly pop stick into the melted chocolate then stick it into the ball (by doing this it helps hold the pop on). Tap off any excess chocolate.
Add sprinkles if wanted.
I use some polystyrene to put my pops in to set.
When set put in an airtight container and keep for up to a week.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Soup Soup Soup

Ok so I am LOVING making soup in the slow cooker at the moment, in fact I LOVE my slow cooker full stop! So My recent creation for soups is a Cauliflower and Leek Soup!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion
2 leeks sliced
1 cauliflower head
1 litre of stock (I used a powder stock mixed with water)
Salt and Pepper to taster (however I like a lot of pepper)
Parmesan Cheese grated on top (optional)

The Cooking!

Ok so in a fry pan on medium heat add the olive oil and the garlic and sliced leek and soften, do not brown.
Cut the cauliflower and remove the stems and leaves and put into the slow cooker. Add the softened leek and onion mix and add the stock. Place the lid on the cooker and either cook on high setting for 4 hours or the low setting for 8 hours. When ready use your blender (I have a stick blender and I zap it, otherwise do it in batches in a blender). Serve warm with some shaved or grated Parmesan.

Our new Family Members!

Ok so William has been hammering on about wanting a pet so after some consideration and discussion here is what we decided!!!! Even tho it's not a cat or a dog both were asked for we settled on 5 goldfish which I have been told are two boys and two girls not sure about the 5th one but Amelia owns the white 2 and william own the 2 orange and Charlotte is the owner of the mixed up colour!!!! SO now that the fish have survived the past 4 weeks I am not the official feeder as the kids have lost interest, shock horror!! SO glad we didn't get the cat or dog or that would have been dumped as well!!!!

Our First Hawks Game!!

Well Amelia is a bit of a Hawthorn supporter, not really sure who corrupted her considering Dad's a Carlton and I am a Saints supporter but each to their own I suppose!!!!

We have been taking Amelia to a few of the team training days that they have when the come to Tassie and play and Amelia LOVES to check out the boys as well as hang with Hawka, who is a favourite to her when we go and we always have to have a picture with her beloved Hawks! So when we got the chance to get some tickets to the game a few weeks back we couldn't turn it up!!! So we did the whole support the Hawks thing with Amelia going on the Friday evening to watch them train and then on the Saturday we did the walk from City Park to Aurora stadium with the supporters and the flags! When we got to the ground we  found our seats which were right behind the goal posts and close to the ground which was great when the action was right up our end!!! We loved the game and really enjoyed the last 1/4 as the Hawks were kicking our end and the play pretty much was owned by the Hawks so the action was all at our end which made it exciting! The day was a fun one and I must say that even tho it was FREEZING and our teams were not playing we had a great time and look forward to doing it again!!!