Sunday, 11 December 2011

Garden Harvest

I love the weekends, it means I have time to go into the Veggie Patch and clean it up or harvest out the goodies.

Sundays Harvest consisted of:
Eggs (thank you chickens!)
Around 15 Desiree Potatoes
Handfull of Parsley
1 Onion Leak

I love to make Polish food with the ingredients from the patch for several reasons:

1. My husband is 2nd Generation Polish and loves when I cook Polish food
2. Potatoes, Parsley, Eggs & Flour are in heaps of Polish recipes and I have an abundance of all of them.
3. It's pretty easy to cook, so long as small children aren't bugging you every 5 seconds.
4. It brings back memories of cooking with Adam's grandmother (God rest her sweet soul), specifically the time she taught me how to make Pierogi and made me grind up half a pig the old fashioned way, it took ages! But a lesson I will never forget and am forever grateful for. Love u Baba.

My next post will be about what I made with my basket of goodies.


Saturday, 10 December 2011

The Naughty Chocolate Ripple Cake

Who doesn't love chocolate ripple cake? I think it's one of those good old Aussie desserts that everyone loves. So I've put a new spin on it and made my own version, The Naughty Chocolate Ripple Cake.

The Naughty Chocolate Ripple Cake

1/2 shot of Kahula
1/2 shot Vodka
2 shots of Baileys
1 Tim Tam crushed up
1 pk chcoclate ripple biscuits
300ml cream
3lt capacity container (with lid)

Using an electric mixer beat the cream until it's thick.
While mixing on slow, add Kahula, Vodka, Baileys & tim tam one at a time making sure you mix each ingredient completely before adding the next.
Using your container put a small amount of cream down the bottom and put some chocolate ripple biscuits on top, in a flower like pattern.
Put more cream on top, then more biscuits. Keep doing this layering method leaving enough cream to put a thick layer on top. Spread the cream out, put the lid on and put in the fridge for at least 8 hours.

To Serve just spoon out into a serving bowl.

Eat... and share!


Sunday, 4 December 2011

The Takeover Toyroom


Going back 7 years we had this really cool room in our house that we totally decked out and named our "Theatre room". 7 years later it's now The Toy Room. The kids took over. But I'm so glad we have this room because it's the one room (besides their bedrooms of course), that i can just shut the door if the mess is too horrible to look at, which as most of you who know me well... I never actually close the door, I just give in and clean the room. 

So this is the toy room

My girlfriend Amy commented the other day "this is the cleanest toy room I've ever seen!".
But in honesty there are 3 things to point out:
1. It obviously doesn't always look like this, especially not by the end of the day,
2. It's really easy to clean and keep tidy because I have a lot of storage (but I'd like a lot more)
3. I cull toys all the time. 

So here is my best storage solution (below). I keep the books up high so Master 1 doesn't pull them out constantly.
The buckets... they store foam blocks, lego, wooden blocks, balls, puzzles, etc. 
I find the buckets great because I let the kids take them out and it's a little game to pack everything back into the bucket when they're finished (or when I loose it).

I've sectioned the toy room into 2 areas. 
This photo (below) is taken from the door. So when you walk into the room this is what you see. Stoage, neatness, a play space (or as miss 3 calls it, "The dance space").

and then behind the couch.... ta-da!
A toy area to make messy & it's a bit hidden.

I put some wall decals up.. just to keep it kid friendly.

The room looks outside into the garden and into our Alfresco. The great thing is when I open the blinds I can see the kids from the kitchen and keep and eye on them without being in the room.

I have the couch in the middle of the room because it's still our theatre room and needs to function as the toy room and as a grown up room when we want. We have 2 other lounge rooms so movie nights are few and far between, but the kids love to watch Nemo or Woody & Buzz on the big screen. Plus I want it to be functional & slightly grown up.

The couches were donated from Adam's late grandmother, they are the worlds most comfortable lounges. :)

I'd love to hear what storage solutions you have used in your toy room to keep the mess at bay.