2 Mar 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES


CORN FRITTERS



Sometimes I get board of plain old meat and three veg. Most weekends I try to cook things a little more exciting, but choose things that don't take too long to prepare.
Fritters are my go to side when it's the end of the month before payday, and the fridge is almost bare. I love them and also enjoy them cold right from the fridge. They are also a hit with the teens.

INGREDIENTS

*1 1/2 cups of self raising flour
*1 cup of milk
*2 eggs
*2 cups of frozen corn kernels
*1/2 tsp of chilli powder (optional)
*Salt and pepper to taste
*Olive oil for shallow frying



Sift flour into a large bowel, seasoning with salt, pepper and chilli powder.
In a jug, whisk the milk and eggs together until combined.
Pour over flour and stir until smooth.
Add the corn and stir well to combine.


Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a non stick frying pan. Heat over medium heat until hot.
Using 1/4 cup of mixture per fritter, gently pour the mixture into the oil and cook for about three minutes on each side until golden and firm to touch.


Serve as a side dish or on their own with a relish sauce or tzatziki dip.
Enjoy



beck xx






1 Mar 2015

THIS WEEKS WRAP


A lot has gone on around here this week. Last weekend hubby and I went off to check out 'Hello World's' travel expo as we are planning our very first overseas trip. Seeing that we are both now in our forties, and this week celebrating our twenty first wedding anniversary. we finally decided that the time has finally come for us to treat ourselves. Where we will end up, who knows ? but I am full of excitement for our impending trip.

I read Still Alice this week. This book conjured up so many emotions. Lisa Genova's book is about a young woman of fifty being diagnosed with early on set Alzheimer's disease. As Alice looses her ability to remember things, and to rely on herself, she starts to question who she really is. 
Still Alice is a book that takes you on a journey from the early stage of Alice's diagnoses through to how her family copes with what is happening to their beloved family member. I am so looking forward to watching Julianne Moore's Grammy winning performance in the movie very soon.



HOLY COW I won a prize....
I was beyond excited to find out that I was the winner of this gorgeous planter box from Down That Little Lanes Instagram competition. I cant wait to go to the nursery this week and pick out some beautiful herbs to plant. 


How sweet is it ! It made up for the fact that this week it was just me and the kids at home as hubby had to work away. I do hate it when he is gone, but this year I am doing my best to accept that it is apart of his job again and there is little I can do about it. 

I am going away for a few days this week, where I am going I have no idea. Its a surprise. Hubby has organised a short getaway for us for our wedding anniversary, and I cant wait to spend a few days with nothing to do but relax.

I hope everyone else had a great last week of Summer, and is ready to welcome some cooler weather into their days. I am envious of you if you live somewhere that experiences all of the seasons, please take lots of Autumn pics so I can pretend I am there with you.

beck xx




28 Feb 2015

GOODBYE SUMMER


Goodbye Summer.....



Its that time of year again, the change of season. Cooler mornings, and the changing colour of leaves. Ahhh I can see it now. Can almost taste it.
However where we live, it doesn't really happen that way. We seem to only get two seasons. Summer and Spring, with a few rare cold days to separate the two.


I can't deny that we live in a beautiful part of the world. For those who don't know, my family and I live on the edge of the beautiful Whitsunday Coast of Queensland. Fifteen years on and I'm still pinching myself. Fifteen years on and I have to admit that I am beginning to miss the cooler weather of Autumn and the beauty it brings to the world. I want to wear jackets and kick the fallen leaves and enjoy hot chocolate without dying of heat exhaustion, from a drink no less. I think I am almost ready for a change.

I struggled this Summer. Boy did I struggle. For the first time ever, I found it hard to cope with the extreme humidity that has swept over our part of the world. Normally summer is my season through and through. And I rock it like no body's business. After all the Queensland climate is absolute perfection. Beautiful one day, perfect the next. Or so its said anyway. Except for this year!

This year it has been even longer then usual, its been extremely hot and humid, and the wet season seems to have given us a miss this year. Did I say it's been long ?
The grass is dead, and my beautiful flower garden is looking bare and broken. I miss my flowers. I miss the beauty.


I know that we wont be changing locations any time soon, so for now I will just have to make do. So as we bid farewell to another summer, I hope that those of you who live in another climate share many pictures with me so that I can dream a little dream of someday.

beck xx






24 Feb 2015

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND



As mothers we have all said and done things that we swore we would never do. Things that make us cringe, make us shake our heads and ask why, and things that remind us of our mothers EEK !

I never set out deliberately (like many of you I'm sure)  to be a 'mini me' of my mother. I was going to be different, I was going to raise my kids my way. I was determined to be me and not exactly like her.

I tried hard, really I did, but parenting and mum vocabulary is something learned. And who was my closest role model ?
My mother.

I constantly catch myself speaking to my kids just the way my mum use to speak to me, and no matter how hard I have tried over the years, those "mum sayings" just keep flying from my mouth. I have quite a few of those sayings on high rotation. A cliche repertoire that I swore I would never say, but have murmured a million times over.



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"I would never have gotten away with that at your age" besides the fact that I can barely remember being their age (slight exaggeration there) it is probably true to form. I didn't get away with much.

"Your all good, there is nothing wrong with you" this one comes out of my mouth quite regularly. I am often tell the boys that if there is no blood or broken bones they are all good. #meanmum

"I will take you home" totally a bluff if ever I heard one. Usually I utter these words when I am on route to the grocery store or somewhere important to me.....

"Because I said so" usually spoken when I cant think of anything else intelligent to say.

"All I am to you is a maid" my regular weekend phrase. I go to bed before my teens most Friday and Saturday nights, and no matter how many times I ask them to clean up before they go to bed, I ALWAYS wake up to a pig sty.

"Text me when you get there please" I admit this was not one that my mother said to me. Mobile phones were not around when I was a teen (showing my age there) but the safety of my boys is important to me.

"Is your room clean or mum clean?" I get a whole lot of eye rolling and muuuuum thrown my way when I utter this one. Not mum clean ? then get your butt back in the room and start again.

"Are you going out like that ?" why do teens think it acceptable to leave the house without shoes, their shirt full of holes and pants that have seen better days ?

"I don't care who started it, you finish it" arguing teens are often more of a headache then a crying toddler. Nobody is in the wrong, nobody wants to apologize and frankly I don't care who started it as long as someone finishes it.

"If it were a snake it would have bitten you" this one also applies to the husband. They would rather call for my help then use their hands as well as their eyes to find something.

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Isn't parenting fun *insert sarcastic laugh here a constant roller coaster that never slows down. 
It's only now that my boys are getting older and I am sounding more like a broken record then ever that I understand why my mother use to loose her patience with me. 

I guess that old saying what goes around comes around has some truth to it after all.....

Linking up with Jess from Essentially Jess for another round of IBOT

beck xx