Relax

Sunday was for relaxing

Sunday came around really quick and I just couldn’t be bothered to do anything. It was my ‘can’t be bothered day”. Sometimes once in awhile we need to have one of those days. You do so much during the week that by the weekend it catches up with you and you just can’t do anymore. That was my day yesterday. The kids still had their swimming lessons and I did a couple of loads of washing but that’s about it. We fired up the pot belly and just wanted to stay in front of it all day. My hubby and I had our afternoon coffee sitting by the fire and were so toasty and warm. I didn’t want to go back inside the house.sundayfire

We eventually did go back inside but I went and played Disney Infinity on playstation with the kids. Dinner was already cooking in the slow cooker and all that needed preparing was the vegetables. We allocated that job to the two older kids and they did quite a good job (note to self, get them to do it more often).

Now normally I join in on instagram with Sunday baking Sunday but we didn’t need to make any cakes for our late lunch. We had made homemade pizza on Saturday night and there was heaps leftover so we had that instead. I was not going to waste yummy homemade pizza! I did end up making a cake late in the evening for the kids lunch boxes though but it was too late to join in with instagram.

So today is catch up day for me, washing clothes, cleaning and tidying up and squeeze a little bit of food shopping in before I pick up the kids.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to? Was your weekend a little more productive than mine?

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In the Garden… my neglected veggie garden

neglectedgarden neglectedgarden1 neglectedgarden2 neglectedgarden3 neglectedgarden4 neglectedgarden5My poor veggie garden has been a little bit neglected lately. I really want to head outside and give it some tlc but it just gets pushed to the end of my to do list. Hence, my in the garden posts have been a bit scarce.

  • My first veggie box is taken over by weeds. The chooks have been getting a handful of these when I venture outside to hang the washing.
  • The swiss chard/silverbeet has become really tall and huge! Everytime I look out the kitchen window, I remind myself that I need to go and pick some.
  • I planted 4 bush cucumber seedlings, it seems like ages ago. And all I have to show for them is 1 cucumber! Not sure how to tell if it’s ready to be picked. Any tips on when it’s ready?
  • My third veggie box has so many parsley seedlings. I had a parsley plant there and let it go to seed. Well, this is what happens!! I can use my favourite word here, a plethora of parsley.
  • See, parsley is even coming up through the lawn. We have mowed over it twice and it’s still growing back. The positive thing with all this parsley, is that I have a ton or plethora of parsley to make dried parsley, yum!
  • I planted lettuce seeds in the veggie box where I had the old parsley plant. They started to emerge from the soil the same time the parsley shoots came up. I think they have been over run by parsley! What do you think?

Every Friday I would like to share with you an In The Garden post. You can join in too and you are more than welcome to share your garden or someone else’s. It could be the garden down the road or the park that you have in your town. You don’t have to have a veggie garden. It could be plants that are flowering or trees that are growing. It could be planted in the ground, containers or bins.

I would love to see what you have in any garden. All you need to do to join, is add your link at the end of this post and we can pop on over and have a look. 

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend x

 


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My favourite things

My favourite things list often changes from time to time. Some things are my all time faves and then some new ones pop up and get put to the top. I would like to share with you my 10 favourite things at the moment.favouritethingsOne: Watching my children playing outside and making bridges out of sticks over the puddles. Their trucks have to get across somehow!

Two: Using our little pot belly outside under the pergola. I love sitting in front of it with a cup of coffee.favouritethings1Three: Taking the dogs down to the beach for the day. They love running on the sand and chasing the kids.

Four: Watching the kids on the beach making sandcastles. I love seeing the sculptures that they create.favouritethings2Five: My love of vintage cameras. This is the first camera that I bought for my collection.

Six: Our 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Sedan. My hubby is restoring it at the moment and we can’t wait to take her for a drive. favouritethings3Seven: My birthday cake. I am waiting for the next family celebration so I can make it again. It was sooo good and chocolatey!

Eight: I love baking. The kids love me making hot cross buns at easter time. They have asked me to make them again so they can have them for their breakfasts even though it’s not easter.favouritethings4Nine: After watching the movie Frozen last weekend, it has become one of my favourites. We are going to watch it again this weekend.

Ten: Waiting for Tuesday night to come around so I can sit down with my hubby and watch Fast and Loud with him.

So these are currently my 10 favourite things. What are your favourite things at the moment? It could be anything, going for a walk to the park, reading a magazine or just sitting at the table having a coffee.

I am also linking up with Pip from Meetmeatmikes who shared her favourite things. You can also find some other bloggers that have shared their list of favourite things here.

Baking, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday morning baking

cakehnt1 applecake So as I promised here are the recipes for these two cakes that I baked for Sunday baking sunday. The first cake recipe came from a gorgeous handmade magazine called Hundreds and Thousands. The two girls that put together this great mag are Mezz from mezzmakesstuff and Taz from butterandbuntings. The pages are full of interesting things to read such as recipes, craft ideas and places they visit. They also have a blog for the mag and you can find them at hundredsandthousandsmag.blogspot.com.au.hntmag hntmag1 hntmag2 hntmag3They have sold out of this issue but are currently putting together issue 2, Yay! Now the second cake I adapted from a recipe that was over at the lovely Annette from igiveyoutheverbs. Her recipe was a Date, Carrot and Honey Loaf. I didn’t have dates or honey what I did have was apple, coconut and carrots. But I thought adding carrots to apple and coconut didn’t sound like a good combination. So I replaced the dates with apple and replaced carrot with coconut. I didn’t have enough honey either so I just used brown sugar. I followed the recipe exactly the same just some of the ingredients were different. It turned out pretty good. The kids weren’t to keen on it though they much preferred the Hundreds and Thousands Cake.

Hundreds and Thousands Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 75gms melted butter or coconut oil
  • 200ml honey (I didn't have enough honey so I used ⅔ cup sugar)
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 generous splashes of vanilla extract (I used 2 tsps of vanilla essence)
  • 200gms plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 block of cream cheese for the icing (I didn't have cream cheese so I just did a vanilla icing mix with icing sugar, butter and milk)
  • ⅓ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/ 180°C
  2. Sieve the baking soda and flour into a large bowl or mixer.
  3. Add all the other ingredients then the melted butter/oil. Mix well until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into 2 greased and lined round cake tins (I just poured the cake batter into one round tin)
  5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Icing: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add ⅓ cup honey and a dash of vanilla. Mix well and taste. Spread on one cake then put another cake on top and spread the rest of the icing over cake. (I just iced the top of my whole cake as I made just one. I didn't halve it.)
  8. Sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from the hundreds and thousands mag. You can find the blog here hundredsandthousandsmag

Apple and Coconut Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of chopped apple
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 60 gms butter chopped
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • ½ cup coconut
  • Raw sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced /180°C
  2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  3. Place chopped apples, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan.
  4. Stir over a medium heat until the apples have softened.
  5. Add the chopped butter and stir until melted. Take off the heat and add vanilla essence.
  6. Add the sifted flour and coconut and gently mix until combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and spread out until even.
  8. Sprinkle over the top with raw sugar.
  9. Bake for 30-40mins or until the skewer comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from igiveyoutheverbs

cakehnt2This cake was a success and the kids really enjoyed eating it. It was a simple and easy cake to make and it turned out soft and moist. The kids have requested that I make this again, please muuummm!!applecake1Now this cake was pretty good. The apples were nice and soft. The texture was alright but next time I would like to make the recipe again and maybe change it abit. I would also like to try making the recipe that I adapted this from and see if there is any texture difference between the two. cakehnt3 This is what was left of the Hundreds and Thousands Cake, just enough for the kids to take to school today for their lunch boxes. Yum Yum, make again please mum!! Happy baking!

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Sunday baking sunday

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For this Sunday baking I made a Hundred and Thousand Cake from The Hundred and Thousand Mag. I also made a Apple and Coconut Cake. I will be putting the recipes for these on my blog tomorrow for my Sunday morning baking post.

I have joined in today with #sundaybakingsunday on Instagram. If you would like to join in, just tag your photos with #sundaybakingsunday. I would love to see what everyone is baking.

Don’t forget you can always follow me on @withvintageandme.

Happy baking! x

Going for a drive

What we did on Mothers Day

kangarooground8kangarooground3 kangarooground2 kangarooground4kangarooground7 kangarooground6 kangaroogound1Now I know Mothers Day was over a week ago for us in Australia but I wanted to share with you these lovely photos of what we did on Mothers Day. It was such a beautiful day weather wise so we headed out for a little drive and ended up at the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park and Tower of Remembrace. It was such a lovely place for taking photos especially up in the tower. There were such amazing views all the way around.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Mothers Day afternoon!

Baking, Sundaybakingsunday

Sunday Morning Baking

Every Sunday morning I spend time in the kitchen baking for our afternoon tea. The kids (Master 8, Master 10 and Miss 6) have swimming on a Sunday around Midday. We have a late breakfast so the kids don’t eat a full lunch before swimming. Once we get back we have an early afternoon tea. We have done it this way for awhile now and it seems to be working. Plus the bonus thing is, I get to try out recipes that I find on Pinterest. I love Pinterest!!

sundaybakingcollageFor this Sunday baking I made a Swedish Almond Cake and a Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake. I found both these recipes on Pinterest. I have pinned them to my baked goods board. I am always adding to my Pinterest boards so if you want to check out what I have pinned for the day, you can follow me on pinterest.

I have also joined in with #sundaybakingsunday on Instagram. If you would like to join in, just tag your photos with #sundaybakingsunday. I would love to see what everyone is baking.

Did you bake on the weekend? Did you try any new recipes?

If you would like to see what I bake for sunday baking sunday, , you can see me @withvintageandme.

Happy baking x

 

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