Sunday, June 30, 2013

Buttermilk Scones

I've found the lightest and fluffiest scones are the ones that have buttermilk in them so when it was another wet and cold day outside I decided we should make some scones for morning tea to warm us up.

I used this buttermilk recipe from Retro Mummy and I used the Thermomix however she has instructions for the normal method and if you are using a Thermomix.  This is a very wet sticky dough so you'll need to put a bit of flour on the board and on top so you can pat them down and cut your shapes.

Sienna gave me a hand cutting the scones using a wine glass because I can't find my plastic scone cutter.  If you want small even scones use a champagne flute and they come out beautifully however today we wanted larger scones and used the wine glass.  Just prior to making the shapes I moved the kitchen scales out of the way however there was a bread and butter plate on top of it and when I moved the scales it slid off over the counter and straight onto the tiled floor and smashed into about 1000 pieces, no joke.  The downfall to having a tiled floor.

If you haven't ever made scones with buttermilk I highly recommend you try it.  If you are wanting a recipe just google "buttermilk scones" and you'll find heaps of links if you want to have a look at different ones. 

Here's how our cooking looked this morning.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bike Ride

Two years ago when we moved house I promised the kids we would all get bikes so we could go on bike rides together.  Well the kids got bikes but I never got around to getting one for myself and also needed to purchase a bike rack as I have an adult bike and currently the kids bikes just go in the boot of the car which is quick and easy.  Last week I organized a bike rack, a bike and helmet for myself and off we went on our first official family bike ride along a bike track not too far from home.  We had to drive to the starting point of the bike track which went past the paddock of cows in the middle of suburbia.  Everyone uses the phrase "it's like riding a bike" or "it's like getting back on the bike" however I have not been on a push bike for in excess of 20 years I think so I was a little wobbly to start with which I didn't expect.

We went on a bike ride took some photos and got some fresh air and exercise.  Right at the end of the bike ride I realized that my seat was up way to high and it had been put up high by the bike shop owner so the "attached bar" would be level when I put the bike on the rack.  I completely forgot to put the seat back down before I rode it so I think next time it will be better.  I did pull off the side of the bike path onto longish grass and stopped and fell off to which some kind person called out was I okay and I replied yes (after all it was just grass and not a concrete path).  I was a little bit embarrassed but not overly since I seriously had not been on a bike what seems like forever but the kids loved it and we will go on more family rides in the future.  Here's a few pic's of our little family bike ride.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In the Garden

Last night I was checking out the veggie garden when it was nearly dark and I grabbed the camera and took some photos of the garden and house from a different perspective which I loved.  Our veggie garden is small (3 boxes each 1.2 mt x 1.2 mt) however when I was crouched down low the garden looked abundant and I loved the look.  Here's a few pictures which were taken last night in our suburban backyard.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rainbow Lorikeets

The Paper Bark trees are full of Rainbow Lorikeets at the moment and I love hearing the sounds of birds in the trees in our neighbourhood.  Here's a couple of pics I took on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Little Veggie Patch

Here's a look at the garlic, sugar snap peas and bok choy we have growing.  It's the first time planting garlic and it's very exciting to see it looking like this.  The womboks are growing extremely well and there are a few tomatoes on last years bushes.  I've thrown in a couple of pictures of pretty flowers at the bottom.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Library Make Over

Our local library has been going through a huge renovation in the past few months and it's having opening celebrations on the 15th June, 2013.  They have added a huge deck to two sides of the library and are also getting a little coffee vendor shortly like they do at the Ashgrove Library.

At the front of the library they have planted and Orchid of Lemon and Lime trees and Annette McFarlane was involved in the team of consultants on the library makeover and will be there on the day of celebrations.  The library are going to get local interested gardeners to volunteer and attend to the trees.  The theme for the whole library is Lemons and Limes which is reflected in the metal fretwork and green and yellow stripes on the glass doors etc. and the big murals inside the library.

It looks amazing and I know that the kids and I will get a lot of use out of the lovely space on the deck over the holidays.  Hopefully they will have a coffee vendor by then as I know they have tenders out for that position at the moment.  They will be having the little coffee cart which is locked up and makes so much sense because they don't have to run an entire coffee shop but provide coffee so it's a great fit I think.  The deck is just beautiful and overlooking the park you couldn't get a better spot.

Libraries all over Australia are in prime locations and it makes sense to make these function more like a community centre rather than just a place for loaning books.  The "what's on" library booklets that have been coming out of the library this year have been amazing in terms of the size of the little booklet, the organic look and feel to the booklet and what courses and community groups are doing and is more in touch with what people in 2013 are looking for.  I am thrilled that we have such a great look new library and last week the kids each got their own Library Cards which they were excited about.  It now means that I have to keep track of 3 library cards now not 1 now but James really wanted a card on his own so we filled out the paperwork and now they both have them.  These days you can borrow 20 items and they have cds', dvd's not so many great movies but lots of tv show series etc.  I was wanting the River Cottage series but they didn't have it which I was surprized about.  Years ago you used to get 3-5 books and that was it so the library is an amazing resource and great that it has still been provided to the community all these years for free.  We do pay 80 cents to order a book in which is a regular occurrence with James however I'm happy to do that because he is the avid reader and it means I'm not buying a $20 book each time.  Have you checked out your local library facilities lately?

Here's some photos from our wonderful new look library, orchard and deck.

Below is was what the Library looked like before.