Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Meal Planning Monday - the School's Back Edition

Well, I don't know about you, but wow, talk about wooshka wooshka wooshka - those winter holidays just flew by!

And so back into the groove of meal planning, car pool runs and school lunches. This term, I have enlisted a little help on the meal front - more about that later in the week, but dinner round these parts, this week, is looking a little like this:

Monday: Omelettes

Tuesday: Spaghetti Bolognese

Wednesday: Roast Chook with new potatoes &broccolini 

Thursday: Top-your-own-Pizza

Friday: Slow Cooker Curry 

Back into peeps!! xE 

Friday, July 15, 2016


Very soon we are heading off for a two week trip into the great Australian outback! We did a fab trip 2 years ago that took us from Sydney, as far north as Longreach then as far inland as Uluru, then down to the Flinders ranges and back home to Sydney. Many many KM's  traveled on that trip and lots of great experiences. We did a mix of camping and staying in motels/hotels along the way. The kids loved nothing more than sitting about the large fire gazing at the stars and sleeping by the fire in their swags.

Hubby has been busy planning our next trip, and this time we are doing more of the camping and less of the hotel/motel thing. Read MOSTLY camping. I am better equipped this time with a great inflatable mattress and a fleece lined sleeping bag. Last time was a bit princess and the pea sometimes on my thin foam mattress!

Another part of the planning has been getting our meals together. As we wont have as many opportunities to dine in cafes or restaurants, or even stock up in a supermarket, we have had to start pre-preparing our menu and our meals. For 25 DAYS!!!!

I made up a bit of a menu plan, thinking about recipes that we can cook ahead. I am so thankful for my food vacuum sealing machine - it  has made storing everything in our freezer much easier. Things like spag bol and curry are easy as they lie flat, but I have also cooked a lamb roast!! Everything will just need to be re-heated at our campsite!!

So below is where I  am at with my menu, and with my freezer storage! Will let you know how I go!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Boys and their tumbles

Boys. Are they more adventurous as they get older? My boys seem to have swapped and changed over the years. Boy # 1 used to be called "Captain Cautious" as he really evaluated everything before he took the chance where as #2 was crazy!! Now, #2 is more cautious and #1 is a little more game to fly down the driveway on his scooter or jump things on his bike.

Which is how this happened:

Yes. Ouch you say! You should have seen it before we cleaned it up! He fell off his bike riding to school and jumping off the grass onto the footpath. Whoopsies!

I so encourage my boys now to take calculated risks (read the calculated!!) as they need to learn sometimes what to do and what not to do!

As a mother, sometimes all I can do is put on a brave face and get out the antiseptic cream and bandages!

x S

Monday, July 11, 2016

Its the simple things

With school holidays upon us, I usually work and divide the kids between friends and family with the odd day where I work from home.

We can get really caught up with the whole "what am I going to do with the kids" thing, but I now try and keep it really simple.

Recently we went Ten Pin bowling. Not expensive and loads of fun, plus a little bit of competition. Our local bowling alley has the funky music cranked up high with all kids of coo lighting. We only played one game but really should have done two. Just a hoot though and the bonus of new bowling shoes (BYO socks of course).

Keep things simple these holidays, these are the memories that the kids remember the most!

S x

Monday, July 4, 2016

Again? really? already? didn't we just have those a minute ago?

School holidays - yes, s.c.h.o.o.l. h.o.l.i.d.a.y.s. are here.....again. 

Like, really, weren't the last lot only about two weeks ago?? 

This interesting little collection of emojis is a grab of my "frequently used" emojis by the end of the last lot of school holidays....still makes me giggle - a little bit of circus talk, touch of chat along the lines of  coralling kids is like trying to herd Cats and a hint of life feeling as easy as trying to put on octopus in a string bag. 

Having popped two of my tribe on a plane this afternoon, and only have the 15 year old man-sized-kid left at home for the rest of the week, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and ditch the meal planning for the next week or two.

Just call me Captain Casual, nothing to see here people, not a single plan to be had! 


Friday, July 1, 2016

Boy and his cat

I am a cat lover. I love puppies too but have always had a cat.

My last cat was a gentle giant. I just loved him and was so sad when he went to kitty heaven and the ripe old age of 17. He was a great cat to have around little kids as my boys would literally use him as a pillow and he would just put up with it. When he had had enough, he would go and hide.

Our current cat is a little feistier! I am so glad we have her now and not before as my fellas would have been covered in bites and scratches. She can be a bit temperamental (cant we all) but loves to sit on laps.

Boy#1 has taken her on as his own. He just loves her. Loves having her on his bed (she sleeps on his chest), loves patting her, loves the cuddles. Such a cat boy deep at heart.

I just love that he can be so gentle with her, especially knowing that she can turn in an instant. Boy#2 has not learnt that lesson yet. Probably why the cat is NOT allowed in his room!

I love the idea of a pet, and letting the kids have the responsibility of looking after them. Teaches them how to care for other living creatures!

Do you have a pet?