Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vegetable Soup

Tonight in our house we are having a HUGE pot of vegetable soup for dinner! Well I might save some for another nights dinner too but it looks so good that I thought I'd share! Hope your having something Delicious and warm for dinner tonight!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chipped!

I absolutely love Tuesdays! Tuesday is Jeff’s roster day off every week and as long as I don’t get a call in, we get to spend it together. Mostly we use this day off together to get jobs done but we usually go out for lunch together or with his family.
Playing!

Misty (Left) and Snuggles (Right)

Today we had a lovely picnic lunch down at the dam near our house with the in laws and Misty their little pup. We took snuggles and the two girls had a lovely time chasing the birds and enjoying the fresh air. I think it might just become a regular Tuesday activity!

Off to get Chipped!

It’s taken us a little while (mainly because of Snugs having 2 surgeries) but in the afternoon both Snugs and Puss got micro chipped at the vets so that I can finish getting them properly registered with the council. That job should be done and dusted by the end of the week! They were both such brave girls getting such a big needle! They didn’t make a sound and I’m so very proud of them both!

In other news I’m almost completely enrolled now to my course to add early childhood teaching onto my degree so in the weeks ahead I’ll be a student again… boo, assignments, study, yuck! Never mind, it should be worth it in the long run!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Baking Bliss - Raspberry Sponge Cake!




I’m a big cheater because I didn’t bake this lovely cake but I did put it together and whip up the cream so it sort of counts. It tasted DELICIOUS though!!!! I made this raspberry and cream sponge cake for my brother’s birthday. The raspberries were a really nice touch and took away from the sweetness a little bit!
 


Ingredients
- Double sponge from IGA
- Pure Cream (whipped)
- Raspberry jam
- Fresh Raspberries

Method
- Cut each of the sponge cakes in half to make the layers
- Microwave the jam for 10 seconds to make it easier to spread and spread it over the first sponge
- Spread a thick layer of cream on top of the jam
- Sandwich together with the next piece of sponge cake and continue until your cake it all together
- Spread the rest of the cream on top and cover with the fresh raspberries
- Eat me!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beautiful Creation

This post is not really for any particular reason other than to tell you what an absolutely glorious and beautiful weekend it has been! The sun has been shining, the sky has been the most vibrant blue with hardly any clouds at all which has been accompanied by this unusually cold weather we’ve had. Somehow this cold but beautiful weather has really complimented one another and made for just the perfect weekend!

We spent Saturday morning at the Eumundi Markets watching my brother in laws band ‘Kindread’ play and after church today we went to the park to celebrate my wonderful best friend’s birthday with a BBQ and delicious cake!

On the way home I couldn’t help but admire God’s amazing creation and thank Him for such a beautiful weekend and world that we live in. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world that couldn’t have just ‘evolved’ over time but has been handcrafted with great care and detail by my Saviour!

It is put so perfectly by one of my favourite songwriters Chris Tomlin in his song Indescribable

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Check out this amazing song here

Eumundi Markets, sitting on the hill

Watching Kindread play

Rachel and Kathryn at the park

Jeff and I at the park

Birthday cake for the birthday girl!
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Teaching Again!

It feels like it's been forever since I had a day of relief and could flex my teaching muscles again but this week I've had 2 days at one of our local schools teaching Prep, HPE and Year 5/6! I really do love teaching once I'm standing up there in front of a classroom full of minds eager to learn! I feel very comfortable and in control of any classroom and wish I could do more teaching (so does my bank account!)
I've decided that since I'm not getting a huge amount of relief (thought I'd say it will pick up now that the cooler months are with us) that I'm going to use my spare time to extend my Primary teaching degree to Early Childhood - which really is my favourite age group to teacher! Though I did have an absolutely lovely Year 5/6 class on Friday so I'd be happy to teach any year level.
So in a few weeks its going to be back to studying and assignments for me! I'm going to do this course online at it can be done at my own pace over 12 months! So that should be good and hopefully I can finish it fairly quickly!

On the House Front!
A little update on our house building process, as part of the beginning process to build we had to have a soil test done. We got our results back this week and much to our horror found out that the block of land has Class P soil (P stands for Problem)!!!!! I wish someone had told us to do a soil test before we bought it! But all is not lost, it simply means we will have to pay a fair bit of have the house foundations put down. We're waiting to hear from the engineer about costs.... eeekk!

Feels Like Winter to Me!

Today has been less then warm; in fact it’s felt just like a brisk winter’s day. At quarter to 6 this morning when I woke up, it was as dark as night and pouring down rain! Yuck!


So it was the perfect day for this to arrive in the mail –


Our brand new electric blanket! We bought it on ebay last week and I thought it might take a little longer to arrive but YAY, perfect day for it to arrive! I can’t wait to snuggle up in bed with it tonight – neither can Jeff, Snuggles and Puss!

It was also a great night to try out a new soup recipe that I found and a great opportunity for me to join in on ‘Baking Bliss’ over at Hummingbird's Song which I’ve been keen to play along with for a while now!


Roast Capsicum and Tomato Soup
Can be Served chilled or hot. Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Red capsicums

7 Roma Tomatoes

1 tb olive oil

1 red onion (thinly sliced)

1tsp salt

1 cup Campbell’s chicken stock (I use veggie stock)

Method

Preheat griller. Lightly oil a baking tray. Bring a pot of water to the boil

Cut each red capsicum into quarters and dessed. Please on the oiled baking tray and place under the griller until the skins start to wrinkle (10 – 15mins). Turn them over and roast for 5 more minutes. Chop into chunks and set aside

To remove tomato skins, dip into the pot of boiling water for 30 – 40 seconds. Remove from the water and dip into cold water. The skins will slip off easily. Chop into chunks and set aside.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in saucepan. Add the onions and saut̩ until golden (3 Р5 minutes). Place the capsicum, tomatoes, onions and salt in food processor and blend to a smooth consistency. Pass through a sieve. Pour the strained soup into a saucepan. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Recipe from Advanced and wellness and behavioural centre

I served the soup with garlic bread and also added a little bit of pepper and garlic to the soup while it was simmering. It tasted great but I’ll warn you, it’s not like eating canned soup, not as salty or rich in flavor but very good for you!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beginning a New Season!

Jeff and I are about to enter a new season of life together… and I’m not talking about autumn though it is upon us! I’m talking about building and moving into our first ever home together! It’s a very big deal to us but more so to me because I’ve never lived anywhere else but here with my parents, in this same house for 24 years!

Last Tuesday we signed an engagement contract with Home Builders Advisory Service (HBAS) and now we are all systems go with the building process. Right now there really isn’t a lot to do (but continue to save like crazy) and look over plans and figure out what we want in a house. Even that doesn’t take much thought because it’s our first home so it will be small and simple!

So stay tuned because as things start happening I’ll be blogging about them! And keep us in your prayers because this is a huge deal and a huge amount of money!