27 May 2015

TEARS


As a child, when I pictured motherhood, I thought of pigtails and tutus. All things pink and sparkly. 
I never once thought of myself as a mother of boys. I don't know why, it just never crossed my mind. I just couldn't picture myself amongst sweaty sports, smelly socks, skate boards and dirt, SO MUCH DIRT !

But here I am a mother to four fabulous and I wouldn't change a thing.

Sure, there are days when I still ache for the daughter that will never be, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. My lot in life was dedicated to raise caring, well mannered, well balanced men, and to be honest even though we have "our moments" I think I've done a pretty good job so far.

A lot has happened over the past few weeks. 

Finally after months of applying and getting knock back after knock back, my oldest son got a job. He starts Monday, I'm so proud of how he has conducted himself over the past few months, and I am ever so thankful that his time of unemployment has ended.

This crazy kid, teen number three turned seventeen.


 I still quite can't believe it. Seems only yesterday this kid was making mud pies and bringing them inside to show me his "dinner" currently studying grade twelve, he is "finally" finding his way through his English class and passing.

And finally, the biggest news of all, one I've been trying to ignore. My second son is moving out of home THIS WEEKEND I'm totally not ready.


I've been a bit teary, watching all the photos of new mums bringing their tiny bundles home from hospital on Instagram while I am preparing to send mine off into the big wide world has hit home more than once this week. If only I could talk him into staying a bit longer.......

I have been consoling myself with these.



Naughty Beck !

I will be spending next week sorting out a few rooms, cooking some more in my fabulous new pressure cooker, and pouring myself into some DIY. 


25 May 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES



CHOC CHIP BUNDT CAKE



Everyone loves a slice of good chocolate cake. And when I tried this choc chip bundt cake, the first word that came to mind was YUM,
My obsession with chocolate is something that I just HAVE to give in to sometimes, just like many women, I cant help myself.

This bundt cake is simple to whip up and tastes delicious. Made from things you most likely already have in your pantry. Delicious with or without icing, the chocolate flavour is the perfect way to curb those chocolate cravings.




Ingredients

* 1 cup of self raising flour
* 3 tbs cocoa powder
* 220g soft butter
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 tsp vanilla essence
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup of choc chips

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees

Grease a bundt cake pan well

Throw all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until well mixed and fluffy.



Carefully stir in the choc chips, and bake for 35 minutes or until the cake is cooked through.




Enjoy

beck xx

19 May 2015

A COOL CHANGE


We are just relishing the cool change in our weather, after such a long hot and humid Summer, the cool breeze and drizzly rain is very welcome. We had a power outage on Sunday which was the perfect excuse to snuggle back down under the quilt to wait it out.
A lazy start to Sunday.



The cooler change makes it perfect weather for slow cooked roasts, curries and soups. There is nothing better then the smells of cold weather comfort food. The smells are amazing, baked veggies, fresh home grown herbs, chunky cloves of garlic and lashing of red wine. Mmm my mouth is watering.



The only down side to the rain is trying to get all the washing dry. Our dryer went on the blink about two years ago and I have so far refused to replace it. Since getting our solar panels put on, the savings we have made have been huge.

Did anyone watch Wayward Pines ?
What did you think ?
This thriller has me sucked in after the airing of just one episode. With chilling characters, Wayward Pines evokes a handful influences of Twin Peaks. I can't wait to see how this one progresses.

I'm off this week to finally get some paint for the house. I've been tossing up colours for a while now and have finally settled on a selection. I look forward to sharing the progress with you.

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT

beck xx




18 May 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES



SLOW COOKED LAMB SHOULDER



Cool weather brings the need for delicious comfort food, and there is nothing better then sitting down to a Sunday family roast. The smells and warmth coming from our kitchen yesterday were simply the best and the result delicious. Even if I do say so myself.

This was my first attempt at slow cooking a lamb shoulder, but it wont be the last.....


*Lamb shoulder
*Brown sugar
*Garlic
*Onion
*Red wine
*Rosemary
*Salt and pepper
*Olive oil



Preheat the oven to 260 degrees

First I rubbed the lamb all over with a good amount of brown sugar, then I deeply scored the skin of the lamb filling the cuts with garlic and rosemary then setting aside at room temperature for half an hour.



Next in a deep baking dish, I placed long stems of rosemary, halved garlic bulbs and quartered onions, topping it off with at least two cups of good red wine.



Place the lamb in the dish. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil, and cover tightly with foil.
Place lamb in the oven and turn the temperature down to 140 degrees and bake slowly for 4/5 hours.

When the lamb is done it should fall easily from the bone.


Serve with all the trimmings, golden Yorkshire pudding and crunchy potatoes.



beck xx