1 Dec 2016

TAKING STOCK - November 2016


I never truly believed that as you got older the years would go by much quicker, boy was I wrong. But here we are at the pointy end of the year, when we all feel exhausted and drained, ready for a break then a fresh start.

School is over, the weather is heating up and with summer just around the corner its time to get the pool and air conditioning into tip top shape. Its also time to get  ready for a visit from Santa, and deck the halls with decorations and cheer.

November was busy, but we made through...



Making  room for our son to move back home after two years.
Reading  The House Of Memories by Monica McInerney
Wanting  Rain. Its been a while since we had good soaking rain. The grass is crunchy and everything is beginning to brown.
Looking  for more good books to read, or TV series to watch. What do you recommend ?
Playing  the Dixie Chicks in my car and Adele while I am cleaning house.
Deciding  on meals to cook for the remainder of the year. I tend to loose my kitchen mojo at this time of year. I am constantly asking Santa for a private chef, but he never delivers. I must not be a very good girl.
Wishing  for a white Christmas that I know will never come.
Enjoying  having my son back home, I never thought he would ever move back. Unfortunately it is because he will be out of work in ten days which isn't good, but I am loving every minute of it.
Waiting  for my husbands holidays to start. I have a long list of chores for him to do.
Liking  the lazy mornings that school holidays bring.
Wondering  if Summer is going to be as long and as humid as last year ?
Loving  that it is almost Christmas.
Considering  what direction I want the blog to take in 2017. I've been quite absent this year and I really want to turn that around.
Buying  Christmas presents, candles and food. Always food to feed those hungry boys of mine.
Watching  Newsroom. We were a few years late to the Newsroom party but what a fabulous show. I couldn't believe that it was only three seasons long !
Hoping  for another beautiful Christmas full of love, joy and memories.
Cringing  at the road toll here in Mackay. Three young lives lost just this past weekend.
Needing  to win the lottery.
Questioning  or rather not questioning my son anymore if he has his lunch box, does he have homework. Gee I love school holidays.
Smelling  all the gorgeous Spring flowers.
Wearing  the coolest clothes possible to beat this horrid heat.
Following  the blog, Instagram feed and Snapchat of the gorgeous Kristen Mittler / Old Joy. She brightens my day with her posts.
Noticing  recently just how tall and mature my boys are getting, they grow up way to fast don't they.
Knowing  that I will be spending many a day floating in the pool this Summer.
Thinking  about what the New Year will bring with it.
Admiring  how hard my husband works.
Sorting  clothes. Those to throw, those to donate and those to pass down.
Getting  very frustrated with our dogs digging up the back yard.
Disliking  all the businesses that are closing down and putting people out of work.
Opening  the box of Christmas decorations and taking a walk down memory lane.
Giggling  at my sons annoyance at hearing Christmas carols in November.
Feeling  hot and very lazy. I really need some motivation.
Snacking  on carrots and hummus.
Helping  my two eldest boys move house. AGAIN.
Hearing  my boys laughing together and feeling all the feels that it brings.



How was your November ?

beck xx


31 Oct 2016

TAKING STOCK - October 2016


I have been a little to busy to blog lately. With life powering on at such a fast pace, its like I have been left behind in the race unable to keep up.
The months are just powering through this year, how is it already the end of October ? My youngest son has only four weeks left of year eleven and I am so overwhelmed and anxious about it all. I never dreamt that my journey through motherhood would fly by so quickly.

Anyway, back to taking stock. I love Pip form Meet Me At Mikes idea of taking stock. It's such a wonderful idea to reflect on the month that was and keep record of all that you do and experience. So here we go...




 Making a lot of mess while organising my home. It feels good to be done with the clutter.
Cooking a lot of every day boring meals. When this time of year rolls around, its hot and I cant really be bothered with trying to wow my family.
Drinking Chai Lattes like a mad woman. I am SO addicted to them lately.
Reading The Girl In The Red Coat. I was kind of left underwhelmed with this book. The ending was disappointing and I just expected a little more. I guess I am a fussy reader.
Wanting Time to slow down.
Looking forward to the slow mornings of Summer holidays.
Deciding weather of not to go all out this Christmas as I usually do, or to bring it down a notch or two. I'm not sure I have the energy to get into it this year.
Wishing that Christmas was a little further away.
Enjoying the calm moments in my garden lately.
Waiting for some good news for my boy who as of December fourth is out of work.
Liking chocolate a little too much.
Listening to Adele, and getting a kick out of some pod casts lately.
Buying not much at all except what is needed. I have been really boring good on the shopping front lately.
Watching a whole lot of time wasting reality TV
Hoping that we can hold onto this beautiful Spring weather for a few more weeks before the dreaded Summer humidity hits.
Needing some more quality time with my husband. We have had some wonderful weekends lately and I am hoping that it continues.
Questioning myself.
Smelling Spring everywhere I go. The flowers, the morning air and Spring showers. My favourite time of year.
Wearing shorts for the first time in years and loving it. Not sure how others feel about my big butt in them, but I cant see it and that is all that matters.
Following some really beautiful Instagram and Snapchat accounts. So many of their posts take my breath away.
Bookmarking some new recipes that I may try out for Christmas.
Disliking all the nasty carry on between bloggers lately. Why do some of them and their followers feel the need to put others down. We are all just sharing our thoughts and journeys. We may not agree with everybody but that does not make them wrong. We should be holding each other up, helping each other and sharing the love.
Giggling at my sons and their antics. They never fail to make me laugh.
Feeling tired, more than usual.
Helping my son to look for a new job and keeping his spirits up. He has so much to offer and I know that the right job/position is just around the corner.
Celebrating my youngest sons efforts to become the 2017 school captain. He has made us so very proud no matter the outcome, I do hope he snags this feather in his cap though. We find out tonight at the annual awards night so stay tuned.
Embracing wild hair and not spending so much time drying it in the morning,  letting it dry naturally and embracing the outcome.




beck xx



18 Oct 2016

AROUND HERE LATELY


Hello there.
Life has been busy, been good and a little overwhelming all at the same time.

So much has been going on around here. As many of you would know, Masters Home Improvements is closing its doors. That means many job losses including my sons. There are currently so many people out of work here in Mackay that finding work is more than difficult, so with the lack of job unavailability my boy is moving back home, and I cant wait. Selfish maybe but I am excited for his return.

I celebrated my forty second birthday last month, and I am still unsure where all the years have gone.
I love celebrating a birthday, being surrounded by family, its completely invigorating.

 


With the weather warming up, trips to the beach are happening again. How I love the salt air and sand between my toes, my go to happy place.



Hubby and I took time out this weekend to go look at land for sale. It has been a dream of ours to live on a small property just our of town, to live a clean and natural life away from the bustle of town. It is still just a dream though, but one that we will not let go of just yet.





Its already getting hot and humid here, I must be the only one who is not looking forward to summer. I miss living where you experience all four seasons. I do love where we live, who wouldn't, it just seems the summers are getting longer and hotter every year, or maybe its because I am getting older. Whatever it is I thank my lucky stars for our swimming pool and air conditioner.

beck xx

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22 Sep 2016

ONE DISH SAVORY LAMB CHOP BAKE


It's been a while since I posted one of our family go to recipes, and while preparing this one last night for my hungry mob, I figured it was a tasty dish well worth sharing.
Having a large family, I am always looking for meals that don't need a lot of preparation, and the less pans that are required, even better. This meal ticks all those boxes and appealing to everyone in my family.

One Dish Savory Lamb Chop Bake
Prep 10 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour


* 4 onions cut into wedges
* 750 grams of baby potatoes halved
* 4 carrots quartered
* punnet of cherry tomatoes
* 8 small lamb chops
* 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
* 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
* 1 clove of crushed garlic
* 1/4 cup tomato paste
* 1 cup chicken stock
* 1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 200 degrees (fan forced).
Place potatoes, carrots and onion into a large baking dish. Add chilli, garlic powder and olive oil and mix together thoroughly making sure all vegetables are coated.
Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Place tomatoes and chops on top of the vegetables and return to oven for a further 15 minutes.

Meanwhile combine stock, crushed garlic and tomato paste stirring well.
Pour over the top of the chops and again return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.


This dish is healthy, filling and satisfying. The fact that is all cooked in one dish is just an added extra bonus.

Enjoy

beck xx