Thursday, May 21, 2015

Baking in the Country

It has been a while since I posted "Baking in the Country" and you can read about it here and here so yesterday I got together with my good friend Karin at her house and we spent the day making "Strawberry Guava" Jam and "Bread Rolls".  We had a lovely day chatting and and getting stuck into our simple living pleasures.  Karin and I did a "Preserving" course together a while back and I haven't really done any preserving and wanted to build up my confidence again so after yesterday's session I feel like I could tackle some preserving at home myself.

I have never heard or seen Strawberry Guava's before yesterday and I have to tell you the jam is delicious.  We tried it on crackers with some Brie Cheese which is an alternative to "Quince Paste" and it was yummy.  I can't wait for the kids to try this jam as I think it will be a big hit with them too.  Here's some pictures of our day and I feel very refreshed and happy spending the day doing these simple pleasures even though it's a lot of work.  Try making the bread rolls as they were great as well.  This recipe does say it needs a 24 hour prove but we just proved it for 2 hrs but next time would try the 24 hour prove.  So to make the rolls quickly you need to mix the dough and set aside in a warm place for 2 hours then divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape them into the rolls and leave aside for 30 mins and then they need 25-30 minutes baking time.  So 4 hrs all up for mixing, proving, cooking and cooling but they are worth it.  Will make them using the 24 hour prove method to see if they are even softer inside.  Thanks Karin for a lovely day.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Around Here

Around here the kids have been having fun outdoors and James had his first game of football since his cast was taken off and received the "Player of the Week" award so he was thrilled.

This is James helping me with a photo shoot...yes anything goes.

Sienna mowing the lawn the old fashioned way.

Ready for Mother's Day breakfast.

Granny (my Mum) with James and Sienna.

Yum..we love our local cafe.

Double yum, my breakfast.

Footy training before the Friday night game.

Sienna being inventive with the power wing and the spare seat from the boot of the car.

She is having a ball on the driveway with this contraption she made.

Home made Foccacia.

James reading his book which he has now finished.

Taco's for dinner.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

This is my 11th Mother's Day this year and to celebrate we went out to Breakfast with my Mum and my sister and then the kids and I went to the local shopping centre to do a photo booth strip of the three of us.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Around Here

Here's what's been going on this week.

Anzac Day Memories

New indoor plants.

Memories around our home.

Flute practise.

Height markings on the wall.

Cross Country and Sienna's yellow team were the overall winners.

James back on the guitar now his wrist cast has come off.

This smiley little girl.