What is with Wednesdays?

I know things have been pretty quiet around here lately and I apologise for my absence. However, the last two weeks have been jammed packed with things on.  My weekends go by ever so quickly, that sometimes I forget that my husband was actually home and around the place(my husband works away from home Monday…

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FLICKS FRIDAY

Mark Vincent is another favourite of mine.  Some of you may remember that he won Australia’s got Talent in  2009, he recently completed his HSC (year 12) exams and is only 18 years old…WOW what a voice. This is my children’s favourite song of his. I love this one and this is from his new…

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FLICKS FRIDAY

Today (and perhaps in next few weeks), I want to share  YouTube singers that I have found. The voice of Holly Kirby is breath taking, soothing and memorising, the first video posted is how I found her (looking up LOTR – May it Be song).  The second song is my favourite and the bottom…. WOW (a mothers lullaby)….

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Jungle Cake

This cake was made with my  EASY BUTTER CAKE and I doubled the recipe. Chocolate Vienna Icing  Green food colouring for the coconut   Chocolate Wafer Sticks for the trees      

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Home-made Pinata

So, I have our first and eldest boys birthday party tomorrow with lots of noisy boys coming for the day.  I had to call on a good friend of mine to ask “What do you do at a boys birthday party”? Along with the games, food and cake…..it needs to be fun and active for…

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WHITE SAUCE

100g butter 2 – 3 heaped table spoons of corn flour or plain flour 2 cups of milk (extra milk to thin sauce if necessary). Dried or fresh herbs of your choice. Salt and Pepper to taste.   In a saucepan melt butter on low heat.  Add flour and mix into a paste.   Add…

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CROCK-POT CORNED BEEF

Corned Beef 1 cup of Vinegar 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 – 6 cloves Water     Remove corned beef from its packaging and rinse off the juices and give it a good wash. Place Corned Beef, Vinegar, Brown Sugar and Gloves into the crock-pot.  Pour cold water over the beef making sure it covers totally. Cover…

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DIY BREAD CRUMBS

I use to buy the regular packet bread crumbs from the supermarket, (this was MANY years ago), but since they added the dreaded preservative 282 into most bread/wheat products I stopped purchasing it.  I dare you to go read the fact sheet. This is one of many chemicals I stay clear of in the cooking sector. When…

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When the Pile is TOO big!

Today I was contacted by another mother of 7 (and fan of this blog), asking for organisation advice. She is expecting an important visitor to her home and doesn’t know where to begin.  You can read about it here.  Anyway, she needs help with sorting out a “mountain” of old clothes.  This task might seem…

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Under the Lounge

I have often wondered how kids manage to stuff things under the lounge. When it comes to cleaning underneath them, it involves pulling the heavy lounges apart (we have a Leather corner/modular unit), and sliding them across the room to vacuum or sweep up the dust, dirt, toys and those rotten mouldy apple cores. (I don’t know how many…

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Organising and tidying the Linen Closet

Of all areas in my home, the linen closet would have to be the one that ALWAYS gets into an untidy state.  Recently I labelled some of the shelves and made it easy for the children to find and store things; however the kids for some strange reason CAN NOT read these labels or even notice they are there.

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A Poem

The Misunderstood Child A poem about children with hidden disabilities by Kathy Winters I am the child that looks healthy and fine.I was born with ten fingers and toes.But something is different, somewhere in my mind,And what it is, nobody knows. I am the child that struggles in school,Though they say that I’m perfectly smart.They…

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Guess what you need to do tonight

Guess what happens tonight….the dreaded………….  DAY LIGHT SAVINGS I don’t know about you, but I HATE IT.  Why you may ask?  Here are my pros and cons: The longer daylight hours = more time to play, work around the yard, enjoy the great outdoors. BBQ with friends and family can be great due to the…

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The Drover’s Wife – by Henry Lawson

Russell DRYSDALE (Australian Artist), The drover’s wife – 1945 The two-roomed house is built of round timber, slabs, and stringy-bark, and floored with split slabs. A big bark kitchen standing at one end is larger than the house itself, veranda included. Bush all round–bush with no horizon, for the country is flat. No ranges in the…

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MARINATED BAKED CHICKEN PIECES

Ingredients: 1 lemon 1 onion 1 tablespoon fresh herbs of your choice 3 garlic gloves – crushed 1 tablespoon mustard 2 tablespoons olive oil Whole chicken cut into pieces or any chicken pieces 1 large refrigerator grip freezer bag Salt and Pepper Cut chicken in pieces or use chicken pieces (or fillets) and place them into a large refrigerator…

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Handy Hints – Preserving

I was looking for an Anzac Biscuit recipe after being inspired by Lorri’s Life Anzac Biscuits she made the other day. I also didn’t have my computer on when I went to make them; so this recipe ~found only yesterday, was in a old town 1990 recipe book put together by some local wives and mothers…… hope you…

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BOLOGNESE SAUCE – Large Family Sized

When I make Bolognese Sauce, I don’t follow a recipe.  I also use whatever vegetables I have in my refrigerator at the time.  I always cook Bolognese Sauce in a large quantity as I use what I need for the evening meal and freeze the rest. Therefore instant meal for another night! The following recipe can be made on…

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