Monday, November 29, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


Penne Bolognese


Broccoli Spaghetti in cheese sauce


Rissoles with veg and spuds


Beef Satay Rice


Homemade Capricosa Pizza


Lamb Chops, spuds & veg


Chicken Parmagiana & Spaghetti

Check back during the week for the recipes, and as usual, check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for literally hundreds of other menu plan blog posts, and please come back here for Kids Cooking Thursday when we make Anzac Bars.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Flash Game Friday


One of Miss Five favourite's, although she can only get through a few levels on her own until she gets stuck and needs help. Much better for a five year old's brain than a barbie dress up game though. Or for a twenty nine year old's brain too for that matter.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kids Cooking Thursday: Strawberry Coconut Cake

Just a little something we whipped up for afternoon tea. I saw this recipe in 4 Ingredients 2, which I had borrowed from the library, and couldn't resist giving it a try.

Strawberry Coconut Cake (adapted from the 1,1,1,1 cake in 4 Ingredients 2)
1 cup coconut
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup SR flour
a few drops each strawberry essence and pink food dye

Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Sneak a handful of batter while Mum is distracted with the camera.

Insist on adding strawberry essence and pink food dye because everything is better pink, and with strawberries. Mix through.

Pour into a paper lined loaf tin and bake at 180°C for 40 mins. Allow to cool slightly in the pan, then slice and serve warm spread with butter.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


Mince, tomatoes & Onions with potatoes


Broccoli Pasta


BBQ Vegetable risotto

Freezer Suprise


Mushroom Omelettes

Chicken Fried Rice

BBQ at the ILs

It is great to be back online and posting again. I've managed to build up a bit of a buffer with photos I took while offline, but hopefully my computer is not going to need replacing for another five odd years! No recipes coming for a bit, because I can't remember how I made all the meals for the last month, but I will be posting all the regular features including Kids Cooking Thursday again.
Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for literally hundreds of other menu plan blog posts, and please do come back for Kids Cooking Thursday when we make Strawberry Coconut Cake.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Rainbow Cake!

This is the first of a few rainbow themed posts I had planned for the lead up to Miss Five's birthday. Instead, I'll be posting them in the next couple of weeks. After the enormous success of the rainbow cake I made for my brother-in-law's birthday party, Miss Then-Four wanted to have a rainbow party, so she could have one of those cakes.

Of course, since she had separate parties for kinder friends and family, that meant I had to make two of those cakes. Meaning 14 bowls to wash up. And way too much food dye consumption. But everyone was thrilled by the suprise colours inside again, even those who were expecting it. I decorated the "fluffy white cloud" icing with a sour strap rainbow to throw people off the scent. You can never have too many rainbows.

See, it's all deceptively plain and sneaky

Rainbows make me happy. And they do the same to Miss Five and Master Two as well. (Master Six is ambivalent). I didn't take photos of the process like I did back in January because I was racing the clock to get cake in the oven before Kinder pick up time, and before I needed the oven for dinner. But I used the same method as last time so I guess that will have to do.

This was an entry for Sugar High Friday, started in 2004 by Jennifer, the Domestic Goddess, and hosted this month by SoufflĂ© Days with the theme “Desserts with a Hidden Surprise.”

Monday, November 1, 2010

My Monthly Reads: October

The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Firestorm - Mark Robson
Shadow - Mark Robson
The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Crossing Over - Anna Kendall
Rainbow High - Alex Sanchez
Billy Thunder and the Night Gate - Isobelle Carmody
Needle in the Groove - Jeff Noon
Automated Alice - Jeff Noon
The Winter Gate - Isobelle Carmody
Longfang - Mark Robson
Aurora - Mark Robson