30 Mar 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES Easter edition


EASTER EGG SLICE

One week to go until the bunny arrives. Chocolate goodies will be consumed in abundance and tummy aches will unite those of all ages. My kids may be well and truly over believing in the Easter bunny, but that doesn't stop them indulging.

Today I am sharing an Easter slice that's ooey, gooey and full of chocolaty goodness. It is easy to make and ever so moreish you will want to make it again and again.







INGREDIENTS

*200g plain chocolate biscuits
*80g melted butter
*400g milk chocolate melts
*300ml thickened cream
*2 pkts cadbury caramello easter eggs (or falvour of your choice)

Grease a slice pan and line with baking paper, allowing the sides to overlap.
Process the biscuits until finely crushed. Add the melted butter and process till well combined. Press firmly over the base of slice pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Stir the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat until melted, smooth and glossy. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Spread half the mixture over the biscuit base. Next, arrange the easter eggs over the chocolate, then drizzle the rest of the chocolate mix over the eggs to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set.

Once set, cut into slice and enjoy.

beck xx

27 Mar 2015

A TOPSY TURVEY WEEK




Thank goodness it's Friday. I never thought we would ever reach it.

My sleep pattern has been all over the place this last week. Falling to sleep earlier at night, waking very early in the morning still feeling exhausted, my mind swimming with all I must get on with but no energy to put my feet to the floor.
Its only March, the first term of school is only just coming to an end, yet I feel as though we have been on an exhausting journey with still no end in sight. If we can only just get throgh this last week of school, we can relax for a couple of weeks and put routine aside. For a little while at least .I can't wait.
But first we must see son number three through his first lot of grade twelve exams. Hold me !

It's been a mighty sad week on the news front. More sad news flashing across our TV screens, a school friend being diagnosed with an awful disease, and two major accidents not far from our home. News like this makes you want to hold your loved ones close and never let them go ever again.


It's still stinking hot and humid here (that's what is making me very lethargic I think) According to our local weather man, we can expect it to get worse before it gets better. I'm hanging out for a change of season this year, I can't remember the weather ever taking such a toll on me. I must be getting to old and cranky to deal with this constant heat. Thank goodness for air conditioning.


On a brighter note, this cheeky little girl has brought us so much joy. She loves snuggles and is never far from my side. She has the best personality and has quickly settled into our family. She is my substitute baby ☺️


I brightened our home with flowers this week to bring a little happiness to our hearts and hall. There is nothing better then a freshly cut bouquet.

Im really happy with my blog so far this year. It really seems to be picking up. I've been paying a lot more attention to it (I know that helps) and I'm starting to see the benefits. Thank you to everyone of you who pop by to say hello, I really appreciate the support.

So as the weekend approaches, hold your loved ones close. Take time out to relax, and have the best
weekend possible.

Linking up this Friday for another week of FYBF with the lovely Grace of With Some Grace

25 Mar 2015

I'M FORTY, NOW WHAT ?


I don't know what I expected to happen last September when I turned forty, I mean it's all a crock shit poo if you ask me.

Forty is the "new" thirty. You will "find" yourself when you reach forty.
Blah blah blah !

Frankly I feel no different at forty then I did at twenty or thirty, although my body betrays these feelings in a big way. And as far as finding myself, I must truly be lost because I have been searching and searching for "myself" and yet their are still wanted posters tattered and torn on every telegraph pole.

So now that I am this miraculous age, wasn't I meant to have it all figured out by now ?
Surely there is something wonderful looming in front of me, isn't there ?
What does come next ?


I have been trying to figure this out, what the next chapter will bring. But I keep coming up empty handed. Surely there is more to come, some wow, some excitement, a big BANG !
But what ?

Life is far from perfect, reminders of time passing do not make me happy, I am far from ready to put my feet up and watch the world pass by without participating, and now that I am here, on the "other side" I can see that there are many more years ahead to make memories and still a lot of time left for the big BANG to happen.

So while I am waiting for my next adventure,  forty is being content that my children still need me, that I am lucky to be walking hand in hand along life's path with the love of my life, that even though I am busy with barely time to stop and breathe I am happy, and frankly even though I am waiting for something exciting to happen, I am perfectly content to continue plodding along just as I am.

So this is forty, continuing on as I am, being a wife, a mother, a home maker. I still haven't found "me" my wanted posters are still hanging, torn, tattered and mostly unread, but I am here, I am waiting and I am ready for the now what.

23 Mar 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES


SLOW COOKER CHEESE AND BACON BUNS



Afternoon tea is hair pulling, face scrunching and a major headache for us here. Nothing I suggest is good enough, tasty enough or quick enough for my boys. Fruit, although we always have plenty is not their first choice even with lots of encouragement. Its sandwiches that are their pick, and although this sits well with me, they are not very helpful with the clean up of their "gourmet" choices because they have better things to do !
So I now provide them with an afternoon snack that is sandwich like, no mess, can be eaten on the run and keep the hungry teenagers happy.

INGREDIENTS

*4 cups self raising flour
*2 tsp dry yeast
*2 tsp Italian season
*1tbs crushed garlic
*2 cups water
*Grated cheese
*Diced bacon

Mix the flour, yeast, seasoning, garlic and water in a large bowel until it forms a sticky dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed, adding a little more flour until dough is smooth and the sticky feeling is almost gone.


Break up the dough and roll into eight to ten small rolls.
Spray your slow cooker with oil and add the rolls making sure they are fitted in nice and firm. Top the rolls with grated cheese and diced bacon (to your liking).


Cook on high for two hours with a tea towel under the lid to stop moisture from touching the rolls as cooking.
Once cooked the rolls can be broken apart easily and enjoyed on their own or with filling of your
choice.





beck xx