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In The Garden… Winter is here

violet parsley strawberry leavesWinter has started to creep in over the past couple of mornings. It is very cold when heading out the door to take the kids to school. A few times we have had to put the coats on. This morning I even put my scarf on, brrrrr!

I have noticed the garden has been changing this week. Our fruit trees are letting go of their last clump of leaves. The plants are starting to slow down with new growth and deciding what they should do now that winter has sprung.

  • the wild violets are starting to flower and have just sprouted from the ground. They seem to die off in summer then pick back up again when we have some rain and sunshine.
  • the parsley just keeps on growing. The poor lettuce that was trying to grow has been over run by parsley.
  • the wild alpine strawberries we have growing between rocks has started to bloom with little flowers. The kids enjoy eating these as they are really sweet.
  • the sun was coming up and the light was lovely shining through this tree. All the leaves are starting to go orange.

What has been happening in your garden? Do you have any flowers that are opening?

Don’t forget you can join in with In The Garden and 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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In The Garden… Wingrove Park

After our indulgence from last Sundays yummy baked treats, hubby and I decided to venture out and go for a walk. We needed to burn off some of our extra bun baggage! wingrovepark6It was nice to see the creek beds flowing with water. The sound is so soothing and very peaceful.wingrovepark1We met a bunch of these pretty ducks waddling through the grass. It was very funny trying to get these guys to stay still. wingroveparkAny close movement and they’re off!wingrovepark2This tree was so tall. The diameter of the trunk was huge.wingrovepark3Although the tree had since died, there was still signs of life growing in holes and amongst the crevices of the trunk.wingrovepark4We found these old gates while walking around the park. They lead into a property, would love to know how old they are.wingrovepark5We also spotted this old shed. It’s amazing what you find when you go for a walk. You wonder why they were built there and how long they have been sitting there unused.

Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk and felt so much better after it. I think we eat one too many pieces of bun!

It was great seeing some gardens last Friday. Karen from Leaf and Petal shared her post of tree bark. It was interesting seeing the different colours and textures, thanks Karen! And over at The Windmill Paddock, Elisha shared her visit to Aroona Farm. It looked like they had a lovely time and she has lots of photos for you to see, thanks Elisha.

If you would like to share your garden, every Friday you can join in with the In The Garden post. 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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Sunday morning baking

I had been wanting to make these two pull apart baked goodies since last weekend. But since we had left over homemade pizza, my sunday baking sunday wasn’t accomplished. So with no left overs in sight, I woke up yesterday with excitement that I could get into my kitchen and make these two yummy treats.lemoncake1lemoncake5

Lemon Pull Apart
 
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This is best eaten on the day it is baked. Serve it warm.
Author:
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Biscuit dough:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Rolling mixture:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, I used flaked almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Biscuit dough:
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients.
  4. Crack eggs into a measuring jug then add enough buttermilk to fill up to 1 cup. Lightly mix eggs and buttermilk with a fork.
  5. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients.
  6. Mix only until flour is incorporated, handle as little as possible to make light biscuits. The dough will be sticky and in order to roll into balls you might need to add a tiny bit more of flour. The dough should still be slightly sticky.
  7. Separate pieces of dough and roll into 17 balls.
  8. Rolling mixture: Combine the rolling mixture ingredients and roll the balls of dough in this mixture.
  9. Place the covered balls in a 9" round pan lined with baking paper.
  10. Bake at 170ºC fan forced/190°C for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Once out of the oven, immediately turn over onto a plate.
  12. Cool slightly and drizzle with glaze.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from mennonitegirlscancook

lemoncake lemoncake3This was a delicious cake. After its finished baking, you need to turn it over so the cakes crunchy topping will be on the bottom. The texture is so nice with the softness and crunchiness. I found this cake to be refreshing almost as it has the lemon in it. It had just the right amount of lemon flavour. The cake was lovely for an afternoon treat, perfect!

chocloaf1chocloaf2Now I always like to make something with a bit of chocolate in it. I thought I would give this Chocolate pull apart a try.

Chocolate Pull Apart
 
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This is best eaten on the day it is baked. Serve warm.
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Recipe type: Yeast cake
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2½ tsp dry yeast
  • ¼ cup + ¼ tsp granulated sugar
  • 120gms unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 90gms butter, room temperature
  • 170gms chocolate (dark or milk), chopped
  • For the icing
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ½ - 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk up in the microwave until just warm. You don't want it to hot. Add in the yeast and ¼ tsp sugar, gently whisk until the yeast is dissolved. Let it sit for 5 mins. Then whisk in the melted butter and egg yolk.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, ¼ cup sugar, salt and stir. Make a well in the flour and add the wet ingredients. With the dough hook set to low, combine the ingredients, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes sticky. Turn the speed to medium and kneed for 6 minutes until the dough forms a ball around the dough hook. If this does not happen by 5 minutes, add 1 - 2 tbsp of flour until it does. Remove the dough from the bowl, and form it into a ball. Rub the inside of a large bowl with butter/oil (not olive oil) and then roll the dough in the bowl to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for about an 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  3. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it into a large rectangle. Spread the 90gms of butter on the dough leaving a half inch border on all four sides. Sprinkle the chocolate onto the dough, making sure to leave the half inch border. With the dough in front of you, the longest side placed horizontally, begin by rolling the dough tightly from the bottom to the top. Once you have reached the top, pinch the ends tight, and then with a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough into 1 inch rounds.
  4. Line a loaf pan with some baking paper and then place the dough rounds into the pan in a messy fashion. The messier they are, the prettier it will look once baked. Cover with a cloth and let double in size for 40 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/170°C
  6. Place the chocolate rolls into the oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until they are brown on top and soft on the inside. Remove from the oven.
  7. Icing: With a hand mixer, beat ¼ cup of cream cheese and ½ cup of icing sugar until combined. Slowly drizzle in ½ - 1 cup of heavy cream, until the icing has reached a pourable consistency.
  8. Remove the chocolate pull apart from the loaf pan and drizzle with the icing. Serve warm.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Flourishingfoodie

chocloaf3chocloaf4This was lovely, chocolatey and gooey. The icing on it was amazing. I could have just eaten the icing out of the bowl. The kids enjoyed getting stuck into it. It was a lick your fingers baked treat. Although it was yummy, I felt it was quite heavy and not very light in texture. It was very filling. I only ate one piece and unfortunately couldn’t have another piece of the Lemon pull apart. This pull apart would be suited for a dessert aswell. I found it was a bit too much for an afternoon tea.

Overall, both were very nice. They are both best eaten on the day. The kids enjoyed eating both of them and licking fingers included! I love baking for the kids and love knowing that they enjoy eating my yummy baked treats!

Happy baking!

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Also linking up with Little Wolff for Little Veggie Kitchen

 

 

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In The Garden… Out and About

walking walking2 walking1 walking3Since my veggie garden hasn’t changed since the In The Garden post from last Friday, I thought I would share with you some photos of what I saw on my walk this morning. I have been walking the kids to school these past couple of days. Our family car has decided to make a noise while in moving mode. Don’t know what it is but I decided not to drive the car. I will only use the car incase of an emergency. Luckily we have a long weekend this weekend and hubby is going to spend it fixing the family vehicle.

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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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.

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