Tuesday, February 11, 2014

House Swap

A couple of weeks ago we had a cyclone coming. To stop the house ending up looking like Dorothy's from The Wizard of Oz we decided at dinner time to move the house around, just until  the cyclone had been and gone but we loved it so much we decided to keep it this way permanently.  Our house is a very odd shape and I've struggled with where to put stuff and how to make it work for us, pretty unsuccessfully so far. 

Before our lounge room was right at the front of the house right next to the kitchen.

Our playroom was at the opposite end of our living area. To be honest it wasn't fabulous but we didn't really think we had much option being a rental. 

So we swapped the two areas around, and I have to say I love it.


Its a bit cosy and lovely. Less open and not right at the front of the house so I don't have the neighbourhood kids starring at me daily while I'm feeding Aurelia, always a bonus!

I'm so in love with the playroom, its so open and bright and having a couple of couches for them to hang out on has been a plus as far as they are concerned.

The kids absolutely did well out the swap. I've been found hanging out in that armchair when they are watching yet another episode of Peppa Pig.

Did you spy the sleeping baby? Bless her for letting me tidy up to take some photos!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lazy Key Lime Pie

Over the weekend I mentioned on facebook  I was eating key lime pie and more than one person asked for the recipe, I promptly took a few photos of it, because that's what  you do as a blogger. See I do remember how to do it! 

1 packet of plain sweet biscuits (I used scotch fingers)
50gms melted  butter
1 tin of condensed milk
3 eggs
Zest and juice of  2-3 limes (depending how limey you like it,and yes limey is so a word) 

Smash up the biscuits to a fine powder, unlike me who was far too lazy and busy to be arsed doing it properly.
Melt the butter and mix with the biscuit crumbs, press into a pie dish or spring form cake tin. refrigerate until cool. 
Mix condensed milk, eggs, lime juice and zest and pour into biscuit base. 
Bake at 170 Celsius until slightly brown around the edges, it wont be set in the middle, don't freak out. Pop  it back in the fridge for at least two hours it will cool and set.  
Add extra lime wedges if you have extra and slather with cream and devour like a lady with a plate or straight from the fridge like me. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fourteen in Fourteen

I love a good list. A list of exciting things to do? Even better.
I've been planning this list since New Years Eve that counts right, even though it's February? That's what I thought.

1. Read more. Not just how to DIY things on pinterest but actual books, I have a list of autobiographies I really want to read.
2. Spend at least part of my quiet Mondays doing something for me. Happy mum equals happy household.
3.Attempt to get on top of the disorganised clutter we call our house. Why did our children inherit my hoarding gene?!
4. Get some nice family photos, wall appropriate.
5. Accept I can't do everything for everyone myself and if possible outsource.
6. Turn off the TV and play more music more often. Our house is so much nicer without the TV on.
7. Try out some new recipes and don't get disheartened when the kids wont eat it.
8. Watch the godfather trilogy in one weekend.
9. Fork out the money for a babysitter and go out with my hubby. Dinner, a movie, possibly a music show (Bliss n Eso in April baby!)
10.Pack up the camper and go away, try not to stress the grubbiness of camping and live a little.
11. Learn to make pastry.
12. Cross things off my pinterest boards as done/attempted/eaten.
13. Plan a family holiday.
14. Sleep. I know it sounds ridiculous but when everyone is in bed of a night I find things to do, movies to watch, washing to fold and before I know it, it's 11.30 and I'm still pottering around the house and cursing myself the next day.

Any new years eve resolutions or lists? Have you stuck to them now it's February?

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Back in the game!

So I fell off the blogging bandwagon, big time, but this year I've made time for myself, it's one of those things that's been on my to do list for years that never actually happens. Last year was insane and I knew this year there needed to be a bit more balance before I ended up with no hair rocking in the corner.

With the big two at school and Charlie at Kindy five days a fortnight I've enrolled William in daycare on a Monday. So one day a week it'll just be me and the small girl. Apart from being a lady who lunches (ha!) I'm planning to blog, clean windows, not watch any ABC kids (yay!) while William gets to hang out with a group of kids his own age and hopefully start talking! Perfect way to start the week I think. 

My many reasons  for insanity right here.  

Blog world lets do this thing.


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