Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 Day Blogging Challenge - Day 10

Day 10: One confession

This might shock you.... but, I just don't care about this.

Monday, July 28, 2014

10 day blogging challenge - Day 9

I had a weeny bit of a break - recipes, work and 'Things I'm loving' getting in the way, but I didn't want to leave this unfinished.
Day 9: Two emotions that describe my life right now.

There's a baby on the way!
I'm excited about so much and there's a lot of excitement around me from many, but most of all from big sister Leah.
Can't wait to start this next little chapter of our lives.

The other emotion that I feel is reluctance. Based around the same major life event I'm really not looking forward to not working for 6 months - financially and career wise. I hate being out of the game for that long. But, what a good reason to be huh? I'm sure once I look into this new little girls eyes I won't even think about what I'm missing out on.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Things I'm loving

"Every week may not be good but there is something good in every week."
Loving that I have a job I love returning to. So much so that I'm in two minds about how I feel about leaving in 3 weeks time for maternity leave. Sigh.
Loving amazing friends and cute little baby things.
Last Sunday my beautiful and wonderful friend Nicola threw me a baby shower. And for someone who said she didn't really want a baby shower second time around, I definitely got delivered one.  It was amaze balls.

Everyone raved about the food. Rightly so too, it was delicious. Baby was thoroughly spoiled and hilarity ensued with the playing of 'Chubby Bunny'. Our record was 11 marshmallows in one participants mouth... freakish :P

Can't wait to get this little pressie onto the feet of the new addition.

Loving getting to meet a new addition to our family. Even though she was asleep for the entire visit! Welcome to the world little Savannah <3 Someone was pretty excited to go and see her too.

Loved having the opportunity to take some photos of an old friend's little one.  I'm not terribly happy with the shots but mummy loved them so I'm happy about that. She also gifted me some of the props we used on the night so I'm loving adding to my baby photography prop box. It's getting quite big now.

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lemon Curd and Lemon Curd Tarts

Microwave Lemon Curd

1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
200g unsalted butter, chopped

Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, cook, stirring with a whisk after each minute cooking, on medium (50%) for 2 minutes and low (25%) for 6 minutes. Place bowl in a sink of cool water (stops cooking process) and whisk curd until cool.

Lemon Curd Tarts

Short sweet pastry
Lemon curd, cooled
Melted white chocolate

It's as easy as, blind bake pastry cases, fill with lemon curd, chill in the fridge for an hour, cover with chocolate and chill for 10 mins or more. Yum!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roast Honey Carrots

A super easy and super yummy side dish.

Roast Honey Carrots

1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1T finely chopped ginger
1/4 cup clear honey
1kg Carrots, quartered lengthwise, halved

1.  Preheat oven to 220 degrees celcius. Combine oil, garlic, ginger and honey in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper.

2. Add carrot, toss until well coasted in honey mixture.

3. Transfer carrot mixture to a large greased ovenproof dish or roasting pan. Roast, turning occasionally for 20-25 minutes or until tender.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Things I'm loving...even when I'm sick!

"Every week may not be good but there is something good in every week."
 It's hard to think of anything to love today - I have the manflu and it's just got to me. I say manflu because I can usually muscle through a cold, but this one has just hit me. Ergh. Maybe it's because I'm also pregnant? Body is rebelling, whatever it is.... uuuuuurgh!

But of course... there's always something to be thankful for. I'm thankful for courier drivers! Bringing me little goodies all week - a bike and reading teddy for someone's birthday and photo props mostly. Even better when you forget what you've ordered. Surprises all week! Look at this beautiful photo set... can't wait to have the newborn to go with it.

Loving having time off from work. I only go back for 4 weeks after the holiday is over, but these 2 weeks have given me an opportunity to recharge ready for those 4 weeks. Aaaaand it's given me time to catch the reading bug again (among other things). I've finished three books, all of which I've had on my radar for a while. Done, done and done!

Loving keeping birthday traditions, not only with my little girl, but also with my fur baby. Jake turned 4 yesterday and, as per usual, he got his dog food cake (very exciting after dog biscuits day in, day out!), sung happy birthday by his two forever admirers (Leah and I) and got to have super fun opening his own birthday present (the toys which were inside have both already been destroyed somewhat - it's how he shows the love!). He gets truly excited about his birthday things, I'm convinced of it. It's heart warming to see. I love my big boy.

Time for more pain killers. 

What are you loving this week? xox

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chocolate and Jam Pudding

Chocolate and Jam Pudding
This is said to be a lower calorie version of a Bread and Butter pudding, but I don't know about that - jam and chocolate? Must still be pretty bad!

5-6 Slices of fruit bread
Raspberry Jam (or any flavour you like)
2T dark chocolate bits
2 eggs
1 1/2T Caster sugar
1 1/3 cups skim milk

Ice cream to serve.

1. Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius and spray a 20cm square dish with cooking spray. Spread bread with jam and then cut diagonally into triangles.

2. Arrange bread in an overlapping fashion in the prepared dish. Sprinkle chocolate over and between bread slices. Whisk together eggs, sugar and milk in a jug until well combined. Pour mixture over bread and stand for 10 minutes.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until just set. Stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream.