Saturday, September 16, 2017

Birthday Tradition

On my Birthday the year Sienna was born I had a photo taken with the kids and Birthday cup cakes.  Each year on my Birthday I have continued this tradition and take the same photo and now I have 12 years of photos starting when Sienna was 6 months old.

I don't really care about presents on my Birthday as long as I get my "Birthday Photo" and hand made cards from the kids I'm good.  Here's a look at the last 12 years starting with Friday's photo for 2017.  The cupcakes have been purchased from the same bakery every year although it has changed hands over the years.  One year they ran out  so I had to buy some other ones from the supermarket in 2007.

The photos for the last 10 of the 12 years have been taken by me using a tripod and remote.  Get in the pics with your kids Mums.  As I'm the birthday girl I get to eat 2 cupcakes.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Around Here

Around here we are gearing up for our last week of Term 3 before two weeks of school holidays.  It's also my birthday week and my birthday tradition is taking a photo of myself and my kids with birthday cupcakes.  I started this tradition when Sienna was born so this year will be my 12th year and is very special to me.  Sienna had her end of season football presentation last week and James will have his this week.  We made our favorite Chicken & Leek pies and used the left over filling to make crepes with the filling the following evening.  I've written about the Chicken & Leek pie recipe over here previously.  Everyone has kitchen gadgets that they think they will use and end up being stored away in the cupboard however the pie maker is great.  It makes 4 pies in 8 minutes and you can put anything in them.  I buy Pampas Puff Pastry and one sheet makes 2 pies.  The pie maker comes with a cutter (imagine scone cutter but bigger) so one side of it makes the cut for the base and the other side makes the top.  So quick and easy.

Chicken & Leek Pies - see recipe link above.

Down time on our first Friday night we didn't have to head out to football.

Afternoon shadows.

Checking something up on Mum's phone.

Caramel popcorn for afternoon tea.

Chicken curry for dinner.

Homework and assignment time.

Dunking biscuits I wrote about in this post.

This is my birthday photo from last year.  I always use a tripod and self timer to take my pic.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wholegrain Dunking Biscuits

I have loved following Matt and Lentil's story on Grown & Gathered blog and last week they posted a recipe for Wholegrain Dunking Biscuits so I decided to give them a go.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Around Here

Around here it is gearing towards the end of footy (AFL) season.  James is finishing his 6th year and Sienna finished her 1st year last Friday night.  James team had a tough game to play last Sunday against the top team however they get another chance this weekend to get back into the finals.  Sienna also got to play at The Gabba at half time and represent the Brisbane Lions which she was thrilled about.  James got to do this in 2013 so thrilled that Sienna's Under 11's got to do this as well.

Getting this ball no matter what.

End of the match.

In the change rooms at The Gabba with the Brisbane Lions jerseys on.

Out on the field at The GABBA at half time.

Last game of the season.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday drive

This morning we went for a little bit of a Sunday drive to Camp Mountain Lookout and Jollys Lookout at Mt Nebo.  I've been to Jollys Lookout many times however it has been decades since I've been to Camp Mountain Lookout even though it's on the way to Jollys Lookout.  When I was late teens/early adult my sisters and I and all our friends about 20 of us used to go to Camp Mountain every Friday night and sit around a camp fire and chat.  It took me back today when we visited there.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Around Here

Around here the weather has been absolutely amazing.  Winter in Queensland and the days are 26-29 degrees..just perfect.  A month ago my sister and I and the kids were dressed ready to go and pick strawberries at the Strawberry Farm.   All I had to do was look up the address on the computer and walk out the door.  I found out it wasn't open so we had to change our plans.  Apparently due to the Cyclone at the beginning of the year everyone's strawberries got planted a month late so they didn't open in June like they normally do.  We ended up going last weekend to Rolin Farms to pick delicious strawberries and ate strawberry ice cream. 

I've been going through old photos this week as Blurb had a 40% discount off their photo books so I got stuck into my Week in the Life from 2010 and ordered my book.  Back in 2010 I was doing scrapbooking and I half completed the WITL book however I love the photo books so decided to do one for 2010 and I love it.  It's such a fun thing to do to be looking through photos from 7 years ago as the kids were so small.

Speaking of old photos and winter weather, here's some photos taken at Rainbow Bay in July 2009 with the kids enjoying the water.  James was so thrilled with a dead fish he found floating in the water.