Thursday, August 29, 2013

Slow Cooked Chicken Cacciatore

I am all about the utilising the slow cooker at the moment. The couple of hours before dinner around here are fairly chaotic, it is the most difficult time of the day and if I don't have backup then there is no way that any meals are getting cooked... enter slow cooker. It seriously is such a game changer, how nice it is not to have to worry about dinner at the end of the day right!! So here is a really easy one that took me about 10-15 minutes to throw in the slow-cooker and because there isn't any hot heat or open flames I have not problem putting it all together with the baby in the ergo or wrap.

It doesn't really look that pretty, but the fact that it is so easy and tasty makes up for it!

We didn't put Kalamata olives in this time, but I highly recommend that you add them, because it was certainly missing them.

Ingredients:

1 Leek

2-3 cloves of garlic

2 chicken breasts

2 large handfuls of chopped mushrooms

2 cans of diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups of white wine

1 cube chicken stock crumbled

1 tablespoon Oregano

1 teaspoon Onion powder

You basically chop up the veggies, throw everything in the slow cooker and then cook on low 6-8 hours and break apart the chicken within the dish with a spoon and then serve with rice.

Karen xx

 

 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We Have A Pad!

 

We have a PAD!

Finally it feels like this house building project is making some headway. Now I can actually picture what our house will look like on our block. It is so nice to be able to see our house take shape and although I know there is still such a long way to go having the pad down is really exciting!

I'm looking forward to documenting the process here, not in excruciatingly boring detail don't worry, I won't get into too many nitty gritty details. There have been too many so far to document, including big arguments with the builder. It's at times like these I'm so glad my husband works in the construction industry and isn't afraid to be very, very vocal and demanding about what needs to happen. He also went over the plans with a fine tooth comb, which I'm so grateful for, because that is something I do not have the patience and eye for detail for, and he picked up a handful of mistakes that would have been very costly and annoying later on.

But that is all behind us now, I'm sure there will be more problems to navigate, it is house building after all. But today we are celebrating!! We have a PAD!!!

Karen xx

Do you have any building advice for us? I'd love to hear it!!

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Father's Day Gift Ideas

So, if you're like me and only have small children who are unable to purchase presents for Father's Day, you are the one with the responsibility to get something for your partner on the wee ones behalf. Yes, I could just do the finger painting and breakfast in bed, but like I've mentioned before, I really like buying presents. so I've come up with a bit of a list. Some things Joel already has, so they are tried and true, he loves them, so I figure other guys like him would probably like them too! Other things are just stuff that I like, or wish I could him!
Jumper: this Critical Slide Society Jumper is awesome. Point Break is such an epic movie, and who doesn't love Swayze, I would borrow it all the time if I bought this for Joel!
Whiskey: I really enjoy researching and buying Joel a nice bottle of single malt scotch! I know he loves it, and so I continue to get them for him to help build up his collection. He likes the peaty, smokey stuff from the Isle of Islay so I often try to find a new one of those he hasn't tried. The Dalmore about isn't a smokey one, but it is really good, and as a bonus the bottle looks awesome.
Vans: Well you just can't got past a good pair of vans. Self explanatory really.
Watch: These Wewood wooden watches are so lovely!

Book: The Internet is a playground. Joel was given this book as a birthday present by friends of ours, and it is hilarious. We often sit down in the evenings and he reads excerpts out to me and we end up rolling around laughing and almost peeing our pants. If your spouse needs some laughter in their life, this is the gift to buy.
Poster: If you don't know who Ron Swanson is you are missing out! Watch some Parks and Recreations and have a laugh at the manliest man on TV! Best Character Ever!!! If you do know him, then this quote is the perfect gift for the drab cubical wall!
Hat: It seems that hats with prints for guys are coming back in a bit way. It seems quite 80's, but in a cooler way! At first I wasn't sure about it, especially the florals for men, but now I'm really liking them, I love this bird print!
Knives: knives? You ask. Yes, for whittling of course. You know the carving of wood. It is one of those crafts that a secretly wish would become popular again. Craft for men supposedly isn't cool, (unless you're Mr X Stitch) but this is a craft that is particularly manly! You could get a how to book to go along with them like this one here
It seems like I'm organised here, but watch me leave it all to the last minute like usual.
Karen xx

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Darn you hand, foot and mouth

We finally got our internet hooked up this week after three weeks in the new place and I had grand bloggy plans, but so far they have been thwarted by the dreaded hand, foot and mouth disease. This week Ezra has become a tiny whirlwind of contagion. The poor kid has barely been eating anything, he's been having horrible nights sleeps and has a mouth full of painful blisters. That means the rest of the house has been in upheaval and sleeplessness too. Every day has been a challenge to keep him and all the infected drool flowing from his swollen mouth away from little Willow. My hope is the goodness of breast milk will protect her from contracting it. So far she is showing no signs, but I'm not counting my chickens yet. So we've been locked in and feeling a little cabin feverish, but at least it looks like he's on the tail end of it now! Tomorrow is another and hopefully better week!

On a nicer note, we did end up going to the Zoo last weekend for Ezra's 2nd birthday, and he LOVED it. I no longer had any birthday party guilt. We spent the whole day there, he was so exhausted after running non stop for about 5 hours. It's so amazing watching kids faces when they see the animals for the first time, such wonder and amazement. Willow enjoyed it so much she pooped right through her nappy, clothes and blanket and now I can claim I've changed a nappy one metre from a bear!

I've heard hand, foot and mouth is going around, has it infected your house this season?

Karen xx

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jane Eyre for Babies!

These books are just way to great! I have to share! The were given to Willow as a gift from her Aunty, but right now I appreciate them much more than she does! As a lover of literature, especially the likes of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, I just think these books are so great. Obviously, they don't have the depth of plot line and character development as the actual novels, but they are a fun way to introduce kids to some literary classics. There are a bunch more that you can buy, even books for boys too (not saying boys can't read Jane Eyre, but you know what I mean). They have Moby Dick, Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula and of course one of my favourites Wuthering Heights.

If you 'need' these!! Or if you have a gift to buy, these seem perfect! Only $9.44 from the Book Depository

 

This is not sponsored I just think they are awesome!!

Karen xx

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

To my baby boy, on your 2nd Birthday


You are TWO, a whole two years old. I still can't believe that you have been a part of our lives for almost three years (including pregnancy of course), although it is hard to remember life before you were in it. In the last year, since your last birthday you have changed so much. It is amazing to watch you grow, change and learn everyday. You are no longer a baby, you are my little boy. 

One thing that hasn't changed since your last birthday, is your obsession with everything with wheels. The words I hear most around the house are car, truck, diggy and lately you have been a very big fan of supposed Fire Truck noises that actually sounds like cats 'meow,meow,meow,meow', I have to admit, they can get a tad annoying at 6am. I can't believe how good you are at imitating different car and truck noises, you have the monster truck noise down pat! You point out all the trucks to me when we are driving, and you are happy just sitting and watching the machines work at construction sites. You are so excited every time I mention that we are going to go in the car. Then you repeat car, drive, race until we actually get in the car. Soon people will start to think that I am a very fast driver if you keep this up. Mummy doesn't race in the car!

Even though sometimes you seem so tough and rough and tumble, you have big falls and barely bat an eyelid, I know that you are such a sweet boy at heart. One that loves to hug his friends (the the point that it becomes a tackle). You love to hold your friends hands and you are very thoughtful (for a two year old). You surprise me with how much you love your little sister, even though you've only known her for six weeks, you care so much about her. Every morning I am ignored, and you just want to hold Willow. I am constantly bombarded with the request to 'carry' her. and you have a difficult time leaving her alone. Whenever she is crying you run to her and ask 'are you ok?' You smother her with kisses, and often exclaim at how cute she is. You are such a great big brother, she is very, very lucky to have you in her life.

We love you so much baby boy. You have more energy than both your Mum and Dad combined. You love your long walks with Poppy, sometimes walking up to 3kms without asking to be carried. But, that still doesn't wear you out. You never stop and are constantly on the go, running, jumping, climbing and playing. 

I am already seeing signs that you like to be the centre of attention (no surprises there), you love a crowd and you are a big show off. You love to make people laugh, and you often have us in stitches. You make our lives so much more entertaining, and I wouldn't change it for the world. 
Before you were in our lives I couldn't fully comprehend what it 'a mothers love' truly means. You help me to see the small things and find joy in the simple things. You have taught me so much about myself and helped me to grow as a person.  I love you more than you will ever know. 

My attempt at a Monster Truck cake
Happy Birthday Ezra. 
I'm linking up with Jess @ Essentially Jess for #IBOT because its Tuesday!
 

Monday, August 5, 2013

A case of Birthday Guilt

It's Ezra's 2nd birthday next weekend, and I am suffering from something I like to call 'Birthday party guilt'. We decided a while back that we weren't going to throw a party this year, instead we were going to go to do a family trip to the zoo. Although, ever since I made that decision I have been second guessing it. This sense of guilt keeps seeping through, and I start to feel bad that we aren't having a big celebration for him. Thoughts like, 'not only does he have to adjust to sharing his parents, but now he misses out on a birthday party too'. Or 'does it mean his birthday isn't as important as it was last year', keep going through my head, and I feel like he's getting slighted. When I think rationally about it all, I know that he actually isn't going to care. In fact he will probably like the zoo WAY better than a party because he loves animals. Its probably just a Mum thing, but I just can't seem to shake the guilt.

I tried to make up for it with excess present buying, except I keep getting vetoed by the level headed one in the family. Joel calmly told me yesterday that he doesn't need a lot of extra stuff and that I'm buying this stuff for me and not for Ezra, because once again, Ezra will be really stoked with the couple of presents that we have already gotten him. One of my top love languages is giving and receiving of gifts, so inundating my children with gifts that they don't need comes pretty easily to me!! (If you haven't heard of the 5 love languages, you should check out the book!).

I know that my kids are incredible blessed and lucky just to have the opportunities in life simply because they were born in a wealthy country, and because they are part of a family that wants and loves them. I need to remind myself of this anytime I feel the guilts for minor things like having an awesome family outing instead of a big party. It really is such a minor and first world problem.

Have you ever gotten a case of birthday guilts?

Here are some totally unrelated photos of our beach trip last week!!

 

Karen xx

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