Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Absence, Explained

It's been really busy around here lately.
I have been party planning, cooking, crafting and dealing with the challenges thrown at me every step of the way.

Update on my sewing machine: I got it back from the shop again, and still it was not repaired properly. I took it back and FINALLY was given my refund.
But still, this leaves me without a sewing machine, and not enough money to buy a brand new one.
I promised myself that the next machine would be more of an investment, not a cheap machine that will last me a year and break down.

Yesterday we started the big task of fixing our broken driveway. Over the years, the roots from neighbouring trees have grown up underneath and cracked the concrete, pushing it up and out and everywhere. My husband & I started in the morning before his father came along to help. We smashed out the sections of concrete we needed to replace and hauled them up to the truck for disposal. It was sweaty, hard work. The worst part, was the disgusting discovery we made.

These disgusting little things..... THOUSANDS of them came spilling up from the ground with every chunk of concrete we pulled up. The concrete had a layer of broken bricks and tiles in the bottom of it, and the roaches had nestled themselves in there to make a home. Only one ventured close to our front door and I showed Eve how we deal with them... A swift flick of my shoe and it was taken care of.
While I slipped inside to put of food shopping delivery away (talk about bad timing!), Eve had grabbed my shoe and run around swatting it at the nasty roaches. That's my girl!

Eve was a good little helper.
She saw us carrying concrete up to the truck and went inside, put her boots on and came out to help.
We were at the truck, throwing our loads in and turned around to see her walking up towards us with a little piece of concrete in her hands. She brushed past us, plopped in on the truck bed and dusted her hands off "There we go!" And off she went for more!

It was a long, exhausting day.
I finally got to cut up and freeze the chocolate cake I had baked for Eli's birthday the day before...

And then in the evening, when the kids were finally asleep, we had our date night. Pizza, red wine and snuggling in front of the tv.

So I have to say, posting on here will be sporadic, I rarely have a moment to myself, and when I do, it's usually dedicated to the art of sleeping. One I wish to perfect!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Shopping Obsession

I love doing window shopping online.
I can't help myself!
My favourite sites?
Old Navy (They have the cutest kids clothes!)

They also have some nice, fun and affordable women's wear too...

But ASOS, have amazingly beautiful women's wear...


Saturday, February 18, 2012

I Need Some Kitchen Mojo

I'm in a rut.
A cooking rut.
I want to push myself to try new things.
But lately, sheer exhaustion has pushed me into complacency.
I have so much to do, no energy, and no time!
And worst of all.... NO COFFEE!

Thank God our shopping is delivered tomorrow.
I have to admit, I did put boiling water into our empty coffee tin and swish it around, hoping to catch a little of the delicious flavour held within.
(It didn't work)

Going on Pinterest there are just so many delicious things I want to make....
(No more words here, just a grumbling tummy and an aching head)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Positive Printables

In my spare time (when I am not running around after small children, keeping up the house and husband...) I like to play around in Photoshop.
I did a little Google search for positive quotes and went from there...

© 2012 Clare Gasiliauskas

© 2012 Clare Gasiliauskas

Feel free to use, share, print, whatever!
Personal use please, and share where you found it.

My Valentine

Yesterday was a long day.
I was cooking all day.
Meringues in the oven while I mixed up cake batter.
Cake baking while I defrosted chicken mince and frozen spinach as well as fish fillets.
Frosting being whipped into fluffy, creaminess while cakes cooled and meringues were being sneakily stolen off the counter...
Dishwasher sloshing and children squealing, crying, laughing and the constant cry of "Mummy, mummy,mummy!"

Three attempts at garlic aioli, until I realized I should have listened to myself, not the recipes I found online.
In the end it was a success.
For dinner I made chicken, spinach and feta rissoles with steamed veges, hot chips and garlic aioli sauce. For me, I had a grilled piece of fish instead of the rissoles.
It was yummy, so, so yummy!
My darling husband was a big fan of the aioli, so it was worth it in the end!

I rushed it a bit....
But it was still good!

We sliced off large chunks...

And drizzled with vanilla cream...

Oh it was goooooood!

My lovely man bought me a box of chocolates and a bunch of some amazingly beautiful tulips.
We snuggled on the couch and watched tv while we sampled the tasty treats.
I like Valentine's Day, only for that fact that it gives us another reason to shower each other with more gestures of our love.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gone Sewin' (I wish!)

I am upset.
I am angry.
I picked up my sewing machine from it's big repair ($135 worth)
It worked for about ten stitches...
Now it's right back to what it was before.
Not happy.
At all.
I need to take it back today, I'm demanding a refund.
The repair man went ahead and did the repairs without contacting me, all I got was a bill and a (still) broken machine.
By now I thought I would be sewing up a storm...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Oh, Happy Day!

Over two weeks ago I left my precious, but terribly broken, sewing machine at the shop to be repaired.
I heard nothing from the repairman.
I was a bit concerned.
I called.
He had gone ahead and fixed the problems with my tension discs, and given it a full service.
I was given a bill.
Not so impressed with him repairing before talking to me about costs, but what can I do now?

I am so excited to be finally getting my machine back, fully functional.
There are so many things that I need to make...

Like a cute little belt for Eve...

We need some pj pants...

What about a cute humpty dumpty?

And how cute is this Bullseye!

It makes my lonely fabric look new and exciting, they now have purpose!

Though I would still happily get lost in a store like this...

I do have some new pretty fabrics to play around...

And use some of my new books...

I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Date Night

My hubby is pretty awesome.
A few weeks ago he won a double pass to go and see the new movie, Chronicle.

He called up for a competition on the radio station they listen to at work all day, Nova 96.9, and was pretty happy when he won!
We got to see it a few days before it's release, and we were excited for our date night out into the city together.

We called in the babysitter (mother in law) and got ready...

It's not often that I get all "dolled up" so I had to play around with the camera a little bit.... Sensible of course!

I slipped into one of my new dresses...

We headed off into the city and arrived at the cinema, just in time.
Our phones were taken as we walked inside, no cameras or recording devices allowed in!
Some boys who worked for the radio were chatting to the growing crowd, a prize was hidden under a seat and found as we plonked into our seats.
The movie begun.
We laughed, we jumped, we gasped, we enjoyed it a lot!

Our phones back in hand we checked in on the kids, and all was peaceful.
We wandered the streets, and finaly decided to pop in to the 3 Wise Monkeys for a quick drink and something to eat. We shared a plate of American fries with the most delicious aoli and I grabbed myself a Mojito...

It was delicious, and did not last long.
We finished up and walked the busy streets, feeling like country bumpkins, in awe that so many shops were still open so late.
We walked past a gorgeous cake + dessert shop called 85*C and had to stare.
The window was full of treats...

Including the rather funny, Naughty Bear cake...

My darling husband, AKA mango addict, got the Mango Bubble...

I picked up a lemon tart and we wandered down to grab a coffee to go with our desserts...

It was yummy, very tangy, but very thick pastry. I was choosing between the chocolate mousse and this and think I would have preferred the chocolate!

We wandered around, enjoying the last sips of our coffee, admiring some of the pretty things we walked past..

Back to the car we went, and as promised, my man let me take a photo of us together...

The cool night air was refreshing, and we were so relaxed as we chatted and drove home.

We had such a great time out together. Usually we spend date night at home, watching a movie and getting take away food as a treat. Since this we have decided to spoil ourselves and go out to see a movie every now and then!