Shopping at Costco

So I went to the Melbourne Costco today (with a friend).  This was a stock up of the things I can’t buy at aldi or Woolworths / Coles.  The last time I went was about 4 months ago.   My ‘cart’ before putting in the car.  (Not called Trolley’s at Costco) This was pretty empty…

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HOME-MADE PITA BREAD

Bread Machine Recipe 1 cup water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 3 cups Plain Flour 1½ teaspoons dry yeast Put all ingredients into the bread pan in order as listed.  Turn setting to DOUGH.   Roll out into 20cm circles.   Line oven shelves with baking paper and pre-heat oven…

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HONEY CARROTS

Peel and slice your carrots either length ways  or circle shaped.     Place them into a heat proof dish (I use Corning Ware),  add 1 – 2 tablespoons of honey.     Add boiling kettle water making sure you cover the carrots, put a lid on your dish and place in 200C oven,  cook for 30 – 40…

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SALSA & BALSAMIC FISH FILLETS

Ingredients: Fish Fillets ~ Hoki or Basa or Whiting (frozen and no bones) Mushrooms Parsley Red Capsicum Purple Onion Aluminium Foil Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Salt & Pepper   Chop Mushrooms, Onion, Capsicum & Parsley. Place fish fillets onto sheets of foil and sprinkle chopped vegetables evenly onto the fish fillets. Salt and Pepper the fish (I…

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FLICKS FRIDAY

SHOPPING WITH CHILDREN This can either make you insane, or you can deal with it!  However, here is a ‘Large’ family who seem to have everything under control.

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Pantry Organisation

Perhaps some of you would like to know what the inside of my pantry looks like. Pantry organisation and storage is very important, especially when you shop on a 3 monthly basis.  See my shopping lists here. Fortunately I do have the room to do this and the best way to organise a pantry (whether big or…

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CINNAMON ROASTED VEGGIES

Pumpkin Sweet Potato CarrotsPeel and chop your choice or all these vegetables.    Put them into a bowl, add 1 – 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder, along with a little water to moisten. Toss these around in the bowl.   Put into hot oil based tray and bake in oven 200C oven for about 40…

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BLIND BAKING – CHEAT WAY!

When cooking fresh home-made pastry, perhaps the first thought that comes to mind; “Oh, it’s too hard, every time I try to ‘blind bake’, it takes too long or it just turns out wrong”.  Well, I have the answer for you! FORGET the traditional way, this is just SO EASY!   Once you have made your SHORT CRUST…

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HOME-MADE EASY SHORT CRUST PASTRY

200g plain flour 100g butter 40ml water ¼ tsp salt Place the flour, salt and butter into a mixer, mix on MEDIUM (4 – Mix Master) setting, until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Turn off machine, and add the water.  Mix again on LOW (1 – Mix Master) setting.  Dough is ready when it comes together…

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Stain remover…which is the best?

When one has a lot of children (regardless of them being boys or girls) doing the laundry/washing can be confronting. One can even become angry and frustrated because a child has spilt some thing on a good shirt, dress or trousers.   Anything from grass stains, mud, dirt, blood, oil, tomato sauce, orange juice etc, all…

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MOUSSAKA

 MAIN INGREDIENTS: 500g Mince  lamb/beef 2-3 tblps Olive Oil 2 Large onions 2 Garlic cloves – crushed Fresh herbs – parsley, oregano, rosemary etc   2-3 Large Egg Plant 100ml Red or White Wine 2 tblps Tomato Puree 1 tblps Ground Cinnamon Salt and Pepper   1.         Slice Egg Plants, pack into…

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EASY VEGETABLE OVEN RICE

Ingredients: Basic Oven Rice Recipe – extra ½ cup of boiling water. 2-3 Celery Stalks ~ diced into small pieces (I also use the leaves too) 1 red Capsicum ~ chopped & diced into small pieces 2-3 Carrots ~ peeled and diced into small pieces 1 cup of mushrooms – peeled and diced into small pieces 1 onion…

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HOME MADE PIZZA

  Ingredients: Bread Machine Pizza Dough 140g Tin Tomato Paste Tasty cheese Sliced tomatoes Sliced or diced capsicum Sliced mushrooms Diced Ham Diced Chicken Dried Basil Green Olives There is no rule to what to put on a pizza.  If I have left overs from the night before, I will use it on a pizza.  I…

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Keeping Up Appearances

And I don’t mean like  Mrs Bucket..”It’s Bouquet“ Tomorrow night, I am attending a formal dinner – 15th Anniversary for my husbands work.  I have had to find something formal for the occasion. I want to look like a “gorgeous” mother, one that still looks her best EVEN though she has SEVEN children. Can some of…

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The Kids Bathroom

“Hands up” if you love to clean your kids bathroom.  NOT ME! If you have boys…you know what it’s like. Boys can be so gross, and it wasn’t until they were old enough to start using the toilet that I realised! Girls on the other hand can also be messy in the bathroom – hair…

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Book week….yay it’s all over!

For the past 4 plus weeks it has been “book week” in this house.  The idea of it is fantastic, however, when the whole primary school and EVERY grade get involved it’s more work for me to handle. Our theme was based on Ancient Rome.  Each class had to either do a cardboard project or…

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UNDERWEAR & SOCK HOLDERS

I came up with clever way to hang underwear and socks.  These are made with 2 wire coat-hangers, scoobies and pegs. When I hang my socks up, I match the pairs, and hang them together by the toes.  When they are dry I roll them into each other while still on the peg.  This way…

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