Socceroos Win and I baked Chocolate Chia brownies

Like most of Australia, I sat on the edge of my seat watching the World Cup qualifiers as they scored goal after goal after goal after goal. Fricking awesome job Soceroos!! One more game to win and we are in the 2014 World Cup!!

I’m at that point of the household food cycle where I’m literally out of everything fresh. I was down to my last zucchini, last couple of carrots – you get the idea! I still managed to throw together a scrumptious chicken and veg soup, followed by a quick and easy chocolate brownie that I’ll be using for school lunch boxes. Continue reading

Frantic cleaning, orange cake and Gatsby

If you read my post yesterday you will know that last night I had a night out with my sister. We went to the movies to see Gatsby. It was a fantastic movie, I adore Leonardo Dicaprio, and he certainly didn’t disappoint, either did spider man (what’s that actor’s name again?). Although it was great to get out of the house for a bit, and not worry about organising a baby sitter, it was a late night and I just didn’t have the time or energy to make lunches last night, or to do the proper pre bed pick up. Continue reading

Cookies, buttery bolognese and decluttering, all in a day’s work

I had one of those nights last night, where the kids all did what they were asked to do, no one fought, and homework time was calm. You know those moments when you wish someone would pop in and see how well behaved your children are?! < Continue reading

How to live on a tight budget

A few years ago, hubby and I were in a very tight financial situation. It was a temporary situation, which lasted about 4 years.  I was so stressed trying to balance bills, food costs and kids activities. Thankfully those times are behind us, but even so, with 4 kids and one wage, we are still unable to purchase big ticket items without planning and saving, and if an unexpected expense comes up, we have to start saving all over again. Continue reading

Sausage rolls and carrot cake

I’ve noticed lately that my kids seem to be given a lot of lollies and chocolates at school. They won table points, here’s a lollipop. It’s someone’s birthday, here’s a freddo. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely opposed to sugar, I just try to limit how much my kids eat it, and also, make sure that if they are having treats, that they are perhaps home cooked cake or a reasonable quality chocolate. Yesterday my kids had a market day at school, and although I asked them not to buy too much junk food, of course, they loaded up on toffees, smarties, mixed lollies and cakes. I probably would have done the same at their age. >