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Turning Dinner into Lunch.

3 Nov

Once a week my Hubby goes to play poker with his mates, and we will usually have a simple dinner so I can have the kids in bed quick…and I nestle down and catch up on my trashy tv, and latest project.

Tonight we had pasta and it was soooo easy to transport into Miss 5’s lunch for tomorrow.   Here’s how I made and easy dinner and lunch in one.

You will need…
Pasta…a child friendly shape such as Animals, small shell, pinwheel etc.
A can of Tomatoes…which ever you like, savoury are good if you want to make it super easy.
Herbs…if you are not using Savoury Tomatoes
A can of Tuna
Grated Cheese and Chopped Parsely (for topping)

Put your water on to boil for you pasta.  At the same time, in another pot, put in your tomatoes and any herbs. I like to add Oregano from my garden pot.

Bring both pots to the boil.  Cook pasta as per the packet…and when the tomatoes start to boil turn down to a simmer and reduce.  If you have whole tomatoes mash them up gently with your potatoe masher.

When the pasta is cook dish out onto dinner plates and a container  suitable for the lunchbox.  I use my small Easyo ones.

Then add at layer of your tomatoe sauce, a helping of Tuna and garnish with Cheese and Parsely.

Done.  Be sure to put the Pasta for Lunch in the fridge.Lunchbox pasta with canned tuna




Lemon and White Chocolate Cookies

21 Oct

I made these for school class party and the seem to be a favourite with anyone who tries them….They are my new favourite!

I am a big fan of Macadamia and White Chocolate cookies, however, most schools don’t allow nuts these days.  I had the ingredients in the pantry, but I was just not going to not use the Nuts.  I also had a large bowl of Lemons which I pinched off my cousins tree and I stumbled across a similar recipe to this one while Googleing for inspiration. I had not tried this combination before and it is so good.  So good.

110g Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
pinch of salt
zest of two Lemons (more of less according to your taste)
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 and 1/4 cups Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
200g White Chocolate, cut into chunks

Preheat oven to 190C (fan-forced 170C) and prepare your baking tray with baking paper or whatever non-stick trick you use.

Cream butter, caster sugar, soft brown sugar, Lemon Zest and salt together until fluffy.  Taste the batter to check if you have enough Lemon (start small and add more…You Can Always Add, But You Can’t Take Away) and then mix in the beaten egg.

Stir the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the mix. Mix together and just as it starts to all combine add the White Chocolate.  Try not to eat to much before you put it in the bowl 😛

Put on the baking tray using a teaspoon, make sure you leave plenty of room between each one as they will spread out quite a bit.

Cook for about 8 – 10 minutes.  Until just golden around the edges. Yum Yum Yum

Baking For Lunch Boxes

20 Oct

I have to start by saying that I am by no means a great baker!  I never seem to be able to bake something the same as the last time I made it, and not everything turns out the way it should.  But, I make an effort to bake for my daughter (not just because I also hoped I could be the ‘baking mum’) but also because it means that I can have some sort of control over the junk she is eating.  Baking your childs biscuit and slices means that you are avoiding all the extra additives and preservatives that you find in most similar items you can get from the supermarket.  I like to put one little piece in her lunchbox every now and then.

I tend to go through a baking phase  which can last for a day or two (sometimes three).  I then portion the goodies and wrap them ready for the lunchbox and then I put them in the freezer.  They will defrost in time for lunch.  There are no preservatives needed and it’s one less thing to do in the morning, just take it from the freezer and put it in the lunch box.

It’s worth continuing even if you don’t get the recipe right…chances are your kids aren’t going to notice anyway!  And it’s worth the cheap thrill when you do get it right. 🙂

The New Mum Adjustment

7 Sep

I was inspired to write this post this morning. I was thinking about how much my life has changed since I had my kids, and how it is still changing, and how long it can seem to be before you start to get things back into balance.  I found it a real struggle at first, but wanted to send out hope to new mums (and dads) that it does get easier to fit things into your life that are all about nurturing you.  Happy Wife, Happy Life right 🙂

We live in a good suburb, but don’t have a lot of spare cash, so things like House Cleaners, Nanny etc are out of our reach.  Even going to the gym post giving birth was near impossible for me as on top of fees, there was always a charge for child-minding services, which we could not afford.

I found a good gym for me in Contours.  My husband works late and odd hours so my only option had to be before he went to work. It is based on a standard 30 minute circuit work-out, so it’s easy to know when you will be back home and you don’t have to wake up super early to get there.  I have made some great friend to chat to, and I don’t think any of them have young children, so children are not Hot Topic in the mornings.  It’s nice to have an adult conversation in the morning!

Walking is good too, but with more than one child at home, it can be limiting.  This year with one at home I have been able to walk more.  I usually do I nice big walk to the Supermarket on a Monday morning (weather permitting of course).  This also has the benefit of being able to buy something fresh for dinner.

This year I have been able to add one Yoga class a week to my routine.  Next year I may be able to do one more! I love Yoga and have looked for about 3 years to find a class with a time, price and level that suited me. Your local community centre is a great place to look, as some may have classes and a child-minding service and they are usually a whole lot cheaper that privately owned businesses.

Aromatherapy has been a great one for me too.  Over the past year I have slowly been bringing it into our home for all kinds of things, it’s not all about the smells.  It’s been great creating my own medicinal fixes for my family and it has lead into other parts of my life being healthier.  I get my supplies via Amazing Scents which give me the added bonus of a night out shopping with no kids (or kids in bed) and I’m up for any excuse to get out the cheese and crackers!

One thing we over look it the humble bath.  But lets face it, with babies and toddlers having a bath all to yourself is nearly impossible.  I have made a major effort lately to incorporate a bath into my day.  I use the time that Hubby get home to run off and hide for a while while he settles in.  I mix up and oil mix and pull out some old magazine (still wrapped in their subscription packing from when the kids were babies and I never had a change to read them!).  It may take a bit of getting use to as we are always in gear, but it doesn’t take long to train yourself to lay there for 20 mins or so.  The magazines help the brain shift gear too.

So be patient, it will slowly happen and you will find yourself working things back into your life that help clear your mind and help you to feel a bit more like you.

Is it really me??

26 Aug

Husband comes home yesterday and drops it into conversation that he has been nominated as a “Young Gun” in our local business awards.  Instead of being really happy for him and showering him in all the kisses and ego boast that he could stand, I wanted to slap him…and spat out something along the lines of “It’s nice to be recognised for all the work you do isn’t it”.  What? Who have I become?

You see, when I meet my husband he was working as a mechanic for someone else, he had just been head hunted and was pretty well-respected.  As our relationship grew stronger and we started planning a serious future together, I ‘nudged’ him into buying a business.  We had all these great ideas and I was to run the business side of things, while he did all the labour.  This worked for us (well, it kind of worked – but that’s another story) for around 4 years before I surprisingly fell pregnant.  So I gave birth and started doing the book work from home.

Now over the years, it’s slowly turned into ‘his’ business.  Friends, Family, customers, the cats all call it ‘his’ business.  And right about now I want to stand on my soap box and tell the whole peninsula that it is in fact OUR business and it would not have even started if it wasn’t for me.

I know it all sounds so petty.  But, this stay at home mum/wife/dogs body is a complete mind…um…you know.

I feel I am officially that women….you know….the one that stands behind every great man.  And I always thought I would be that great woman that could do it without a man.

Rainy Days

15 Aug

So it’s a rainy Sunday and the man of the house is out with his buddies playing paint ball.  As girls are stuck at home as one of our kiddie car seats is sitting in the bath after getting wee scrubbed out of it yesterday :S  So what do you do….?  We got out the ‘crafting box’…a box filled with all the girls clue, sparkles, paints etc and they are making a magnificent mess and some beautiful creations.

I’m in the kitchen trying to create a tasty and healthy ‘snack bar’, otherwise know as a Muesli Bar for snack time & lunches.  I have adjusted a recipe that I pinched out of a magazine somewhere…and when I saw adjusted I mean butchered.  I have only half the ingredients needed so I have thrown in whatever I had in the pantry.  I wont be able to finish the job…because I haven’t got a substitute for the honey.

3 hours later….

Well, it tastes good, the toasted Muesli that is.  As far as making the bars…I’m still waiting on the honey.

The girls like it so far.  For lunch I sprinkled some on their yogurt.  We also decided that it would be good for the school lunch box.  I will have to make a special mix for the school as I have put Macadamia Nuts in this mix and they might not be so ‘peanut free zone’ friendly.

If it works, I will share the recipe with you tomorrow.  Who knows, I may even post a photo too.