- Where do I begin? I guess At the beginning! I live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia with my wonderful hubby, Matthew and our four angels (part time devils) Isaac, Reuben, Isabella, and Charlotte. Currently I'm a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely love that. Nothing else compares. I'm also studying the Master of Teaching part-time and I'm serving as the relief society president of our ward. I love being outside, especially in summer. I love big windows & lots of light. I love swimming, running and mowing the lawn! my favourite vegetable is carrots (or potatoes if mum's baked them) and I love fresh fruit salad. My most favourite thing to do is spend time with my precious family.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
She is a vibrant girl so a rainbow party was a perfect idea for her.
9 of her gorgeous little friends came over (because she's 9!)
Reuben was the only boy here (Isaac took off to a friends house - there's no way he was hanging around while they played their girl games and played their girl music!) but he didn't seem to care at all.
They made their own party bags and hats, pinned the pot of gold on the end of the rainbow, hunted for lost gold in the garden, played pass the parcel and had their faces painted.
I love how they all sat in a circle around her when she opened her pressies.
Check out the look on the girls faces in this photo - must have been smiggle stuff. My girls LOVE it.
It was a fun afternoon.
Some of my photos are a bit blurry though. Chels is lending me her 50mm lens (thanks) and I'm still getting the hang of manual focus. I'll get there...eventually.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
1/2 cup cashews (125 mL)
2 tsp garam masala (10 mL)
2 tsp coriander powder (10 mL)
1/2 tsp chili powder (2 mL)
8 x boneless skinless chicken thighs, quartered
1 tsp sesame or peanut oil (5 mL)
1/4 cup butter, melted (60 mL)
2 tsp paprika (10 mL)
2 tsp prepared garlic (10 mL)
2 tsp prepared ginger (10 mL)
Pinch of cinnamon and cardamom powder
1 x small onion
3/4 cup chicken stock (175 mL)
1/2 cup tomato paste (125 mL)
1/2 cup yogurt (or sour cream) (125 mL)
1 cup milk (250 mL)
1/4 cup cream (60 mL)
2 tbsp vinegar (30 mL)
1 tbsp sweet Thai chili sauce (15 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
Smash cashews with a hammer and add to large nonstick fry pan.
Add garam masala, corriander and chilli, stir and brown nuts and spices until you see a little smoke.
Immediately remove from heat.
Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
In the same pan, heat oil at med-high and sear chicken on both sides.
Place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
Add the following ingredients:
melted butter, the toasted cashew mixture, paprika, garlic, ginger and spices.
Finely chop onion and add to pan
Add chicken stock, tomato paste and yogurt, then stir to combine.
Stir in milk and cream.
Add vinegar, chili sauce and salt.
Stir then leave center crock in fridge overnight.
Turn slow cooker on to low in the morning. Cook for 6/7 hours on low.
Serve with Basmati Rice and maybe some Roti or pappadams
This looks long and involved but it's not at all. It's very easy.
You can skip leaving it in the fridge and cook it immediately but it is that little bit nicer if you have time to leave it.
Don't be tempted to use breast meat, thighs are far more tender in the slow cooker.
This makes plenty for our family of 6.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This is the view from a place called 'Pig & Whistle Lookout'. It was named by Morgan Smith from Tathra Primary school in a competition. The name was chosen based on this bit of Tathra's history; Between 1862 and 1954 sailing and steam ships docking at the nearby Tathra Warf were commonly known as vessels of the 'Pig & Whistle Fleet'. The ship carried many live pigs as cargo, who always burst into a wild screaming frenzy, every time the ships piercing whistle was sounded. Thus the name 'Pig & Whistle Fleet' was born.
This part of the coastline is also home to another lookout and plaque entitled ' A DESPERATE WALK TO SAFETY', which was laid in 1997 to recognise 17 brave sailors from 'The Sydney Cove' who, in April 1797, walked this coastline as part of their epic 640km trek from Victoria's Gippsland coast to Botany Bay Sydney to seek help for their companions. The Syndey Cove was shipwrecked on what is now known as Preservation Island situated off the coast of North Eastern Tasmania. The 17 sailors set out in a long boat, which was cast ashore, and began their long trek. Of the 17 that set out, 3 made it to Botany Bay.
Of course Matt, Isaac and Reuben went to see Avatar. No need to say anything really. Doesn't everyone love this movie? I can't speak from experience though. Despite the fact that nearly everyone I know has seen it twice, I missed out somehow!!