Monday, September 14, 2015

My Day at Home


The littlest was sick. He took a sip from his brother's cup last Friday and started to get sick by Saturday. By Sunday he was full blown into the virus with high temperatures and general un-wellness. He was sleeping and not eating a lot. So I had no other choice but to stay home. So I shook off the guilt and prepared myself for my home duties and mothering hat.

Generally I only have one day free and that's Friday. Even then I have the little one with me and I have a bit of me time in the morning. But I digress, today I dropped off the other three and came straight back home. First off, I did the laundry (of course, a must first thing) and then had a bit of breakfast and he was asleep. I finished off the dishes from last night (Urghh, we actually normally have dishes in the sink). Anyway, I was pretty sure that mums make and bake things when they are at home and I've been dreaming of gozleme for a while so I prepped up the dough. Lucky it was nice and sunny outside and I added a bit more yeast to my yeast mix. I used this recipe from Taste. It makes four decent size gozleme.


I'd actually never tried pan frying my gozleme before so I gave it a go. Normally I bake it like my mum-in-law does with her dough stuff but I found out that pan-frying is so much faster but you have to be careful not to burn it. Turn the heat down low to medium and use a spatula to flip your goodies. I made spinach and cheese, ham and cheese and spinach and feta and finally za'atar.



I was going to cook this za'atar one flat but I couldn't slide it into the pan so I had to fold it in half like the others and cook it. I must say I am quite impressed with myself.

Now, to see how long my floors stay clean until the kids get home and have dinner. Grrrrrr.
If you've got some great gozleme recipes or fillings let me know!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

We painted.

 I  couldn't think of anything exciting  for the blog post title so here it is... we painted.  I had this in mind for a long,  long  time. I purchased this cupboard a few years ago online. It's quite heavy so I didn't want to just throw it out.  It's still very good. The problem was is that it had marks on it that I couldn't get rid of so I really wanted to paint it. 


 So I went and bought paint and brushes and because it was warm outside on Saturday we dragged it out and I got my eldest to sand it down a bit.  Then the girls wanted to paint and I thought why not? And let them. The nine year old was good. I've been keen to get the kids more involved in jobs. I helped my five year old girl paint as she needed supervision.  She tipped the paint tin over and thankfully I decided to lay down an old cardboard box on the floor so it didn't end up on the floor.  Good decision by mum! 

 After a while though she wasn't getting it right so I told her I would take over and she was pretty okay with it. I did two coats of plain white. It's not glossy and there is a skill to be had when painting... I do not have it. I suppose you get what you pay for so I went cheap with the paint ($7.00 for 500ml) and cheap brushes. It would have turned out much nicer with more expensive stuff but I'm very happy with it.  I only painted the outside and top open section. 


It looks great back in the girls room. I dressed it up with some nice napkins, rosary beadsbeads,  a vase with flowers and a few first holy communion things.  I put boxes along the bottom row only for shoes and the girls can fill in the other shelves with books and toys. I reminded them that they are not allowed to draw or wipe snot on it! Kids! Am I the only one who deals with this issue? 
Anyway,  it's nice to have something finally done especially by yourself. 
Now,  what else is next? 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Springing into action


Well, I survived my trip and so did the kids. They didn't miss us one bit as they were having too much fun with their cousins and we Face-timed them every night anyway. I loved the trip. There were ups and downs but I'll talk about them later. I'm back in mummy mode now. 
I made the kale salad a few days ago. The supermarket sells chopped kale now so for the time-poor mums out there, it's good to throw in every thing you've got in the fridge for this yummy salad and a quick tahini dressing.

I was out doing a visit the other night and found these jasmine growing along a fence. I love, love, love the smell of this jasmine. Mum kept killing the plants I'd bring home and one day I'll grow my own at my own place. I've got this little jar sitting on the bathroom basin and I love the perfume. Oh it reminds me so much of spring.

My eldest girl had her First Holy Communion a few weeks ago. I didn't even get a chance to organise things before we left on our holiday so I was in a mad rush in the last two weeks. The cake I got from CakeMania. A big shout out to Waynem the baker, 'cos it's a beautiful delicious marble cake. Very moist and I picked it up myself on Sunday morning and he carried it to my car.


The bonbonniere's I picked up a few months ago from Hot Dollar. I was short one and found a web shop that sold them so I ordered three more hoping they'd arrive by the end of the week and thanks to Christening-Gifts.com.au they arrived on Thursday nicely packaged and none broken! It took me forever to find the right card stock for the tags and eventually I found them at Party Pop. I spent a couple of hours making up the tags and cutting them out and I love the result.

Here's me and my girl. Both the dresses were purchased while I was in the U.S. It was a wonderful day although I do wish I had lots of extra hands as home parties are stressful if things need to be done on the day and when your new helium tank is empty of helium you can't put up any balloons (but I still had a set of pink and silver ones picked up that morning) you're sure to have a bucket of balloons instead.

Anyway, I shall be back hopefully soon to update you on the bits of my trip.