Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday Menu 8 February

So I have made through the first week in February, the beginning of the school year and my husband being away.  So the sanity of menu planning has paid off.  Without any further delay here is my menu


First up my favourite meal from last week which was Tuesdays menu.....tomato, caramelised onion, feta and basil pie.  We had to cook it on the bbq as our lovely new over has not been installed and it worked out ok., actually better than ok it was great and I can't wait for my oven to work so it will be even better.



So on to this weeks plan

Monday   Spelt and zucchini, spaghetti with chorizo and herb crumbs.

Tuesday  spaghetti bolognese.

Wednesday  Lamb cutlets with beetroot and carrot salad

Thursday chicken and sun dried tomato pasta bake.

Friday   homemade pizza with everyones own choice of topping. (a link to pinterest for ideas)

Saturday   roasted lamb with new potato and green salad

Sunday   Leftovers

I am linking this to I'm an organising junkie

Friday, 5 February 2016

Five Fridays Finds 5 February.




Well I have been considering what my Friday post will look like going forward but I still come back to this point so I thought that since my blogging was forced into a break I would keeping going....well for this moment any way.

So my food finds for this week are.....

  • I have a whole bucket of plums am going to make jam....the sugar free variety.  I really love the  plum jam recipe for the diabetic community.

Homemade Plum Jam
image from Diabetic Connect.

  •  Then there is my favourite homemade  ranch dressing  from Nancy at Skinny Kitchen
  •  Cloud bread.  Accoding to the post the internet is going crazy over this recipe.  I have not tried it out but when I do I will sure let you know if it is worth being crazy about.
  •  I have some left over fruit from Christmas and thought that this fruit cake recipe might just work.....well when I get my stove hooked up.




I am so Lucky....



Well we have been living in a house under renovation.  It is a story for another post but let me say that the house we have was built in 1959 and its framework is made of rimu and native New Zealand wood.  We have a large pile of undressed rimu sitting in a pile outside.

The pile of rimu sitting outside after being removed from inside the house.

Yes the wood came from inside the internal wall of the house.  It is fulled with nailed and rough sawn.  I had this ambitious project of using the wood to help make a table studying on.  Luckily we had the top of the table (recycled from the laundry and nearly two meters long) and time on our hands.

So armed with a tool for pulling nails out of wood, a plainer, wood glue, clamps, some screws and little brackets.  Not much really....ha ha.  That was the easy part.  My husband and I have never made furniture.  So I started with the bit I knew how to do.......remove the nails from the wood that had been selected from the pile.  Then I got the measurements drew a couple of lines on the wood and there it sat for about a week with nothing happening.  But it became quickly evident we could no longer think about this project.   In our house with no tables in it at the moment, doing homework and study was an issue especially as the school year had just started.

So the next phase started.  The legs and framing for the table were plained to make them lovely and smooth and show off the all the character of the old wood.

The underside of the table looking fabulous after being glued, screwed and braced into place.

Then there is the character of the wood.  Just lovely with nail holes and these beautiful spots like we have on the leg.


The top of the table was gently sanded back and trimmed to get rid of the water damage obtained while it was the laundry bench.  Out came the wood glue and it was all glued in place, clamped and left with crossed finger to see if it would happen as we had planned.  Then while I was at work, yes that's why there are no photos, screws and little brackets were put into place.




I just love it.  It just needs varnish on it.  I will post an update when that is done.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wordless Wednesday

So I am back.  I have missed my Wednesday photo post infact my blogging.  Just sometime life gets in the way.

Just an image from our recent summer holiday.



We had 4 boys very keen on fishing every day of our holiday.  Just got to smile at this photo as it was when the fish were not running.

I am linking this post to My Little Drummer Boys

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Monday Menu 2 February

It has been a while since I have been able to blog.What with moving house and the computer completely not working I have been busy.  I will blog about it all at some other time.  Anyway the last 18 months has bought about a lot of changes and long may it last I am thinking.



Here is my menu for the week.

Monday    Stir fried garlic basil and chilli chicken with rice noodles

Tuesday    mixed tomato caramelized onion and goats cheese tart with green salad on the side

Wednesday  chicken and sun dried tomato pasta bake

Thursday    Hearty steak sandwich

Friday    Lamb cutlets with Moroccan carrot and beetroot salad.

Saturday  spinach and cheese pies with green salad

Sunday    Leftover day.  I just dont know what that will look like.

Home grown capsicum still a few weeks away from eating.

I am linking this post to I'm an Organising Junkie.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wordless Wednesday 7 October

Here is my photo for this week. 

The first swim of the season.  A bit cool it was reported and the swimmers did not stay in long.


I am linking this post to My Little Drummer Boys.

Being a Parent on the Sideline.

I am a parent on the side line watching my children participate in sport.  For me I am a hockey mum. I proudly stand and support my children playing their chosen game.  I love seeing them mature and develop, get stronger and grow their skill base. 

Unfortunately there are times when parents are less than positive on the sideline watching their children.  So this has got me thinking about what my role is as a hockey Mum/ Dad.

So my thoughts are.....

  • Be a positive supporter on the sideline not only for my child but players from both teams.  Great play is great play no matter what colour shirt the player is wearing.
  • Remember that if my child has not played as well as they might have, they know it.  Sitting in the car being reminded about is not ideal and sure not supportive.
  • Celebrate their successes, even the little ones.
  • I am not the coach...the coach has that role and never the lines do meet.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Spring brings variable weather.  In fact just a couple of weeks ago it rained so much that the very small creek  overflowed with the help of a king tide.  Oh yes and see that shed on the right.  Yes the really large one with the white door......well all our house hold posessions are there.  Underwater just a little.    Hmmm and guess what.....last time we lived in the same temporary accommodation (thanks Mum and Dad) with the same household storage situation, the creek flooded.  Yes the last two times that that creek flooded we have had stuff in the shed.  

Boy life can be cruel sometimes.


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday 29 September

Spring is here and the weather is warming up.  When suddenly  it hails and doesnt stop for 30 minutes.  The grass turns white and stays white with hail.  In fact the next morning there was still some hail on the ground.

It was very exciting in our house.  It does not snow in Auckland and the hail really behaved like snow.  What more would you do with settling hail but to make a snowman decorated with leaves and sticks.


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Monday, 28 September 2015

Oh boy ...oh boy

It is amazing how time flies.  I have been so busy in my house that I think I will be busy wiping cobwebs off until Christmas....and oh boy Christmas is less than 100 days away so not far.

Well what has life been throwing at me.  Since I last posted I have got my house ready to sell.  Sold it in 10 days and then packed and moved  a house load of belongings.  Then of course we had no place to move into so my wonderful parents, once again opened their house up so that we could have a place to stay.  So in cabins, yes two of them, my husband and I have a bedroom and in another is one child.  Two children are inside each with their own bedrooms.


So we have been busy trying to work out our next step.  That has taken a lot of time and energy.but finally the solutuon to our long term housing needs has been decided.  The next exciting adventure in our lives has begun.

Our needs were specifically related to my disabled son and the need for my other children to have space.  A place for peace and quiet, a place to study, and a place where the bathroom facilities are clean.  I know the last one is an unusual item on the list but essential when you have a child who does not appear capable of using a toilet without flooding the bathroom.  Hmmmmm

Luckily we had access to purchase a piece of land but to build was prohibative to fill our needs.  So we came up with a solution that comes with some risk.  We are going to move a large house from a place about 30 kilomerters from out land.  How very exciting for us but very stressful and keeping us, in our house, very busy.

There is no doubt that I am going to have plenty to blog about in the weeks, months and years to come as we move this house on and fully renovate it.

So while we take a break from the stress of ordinary everyday life with two teenagers (one being disabled) and tweenage boy I will be able to catch up on some sleep, make some new lists of things to do, clear my brain ready for some of those creative decisions that will need to be made to get the house ready for use to live in.

Oh yes the weather is terrible.  While we have no control over this fingers are all crossed in our house that the rain goes away so the ground is firm enough and the weather dry enough to cut a house into 6  pieces and move it onto site.





A photo taken while Iwas out walking,,,yes in the reain.