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January 27, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - January 27, 2014


As I look outside my window...
Sunny but chilly.  -13C today, warming up tomorrow and then snowing later in the week.     

Right now I am...

Looking after my poorly little Miss C.  We have just returned from the doctor's office (a 2 hour visit!) and she has an ear infection and a fever.     

Thinking...

That it's going to be a long week. 

On my bedside table...
Various old magazines (Victoria, Hobby Farm Home, Jamie Magazine, Real Simple) I'm working my way through.

On my tv tonight...

Possibly a Bourne movie if I have the energy to watch it! 

Listening to...
I Stand by Idina Menzel

On the menu for this week...

Monday: Barbecue pork chops with butter and herb pasta and corn
Tuesday: Parmesan chicken strips with peas and salad
Wednesday: Baked salmon with rice and salad
Thursday: Spaghetti bolognaise
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
Sunday: Roast pork and trimmings

On my to do list...

Laundry / Ironing
Wash my kitchen floor
Write grocery list

Plans for this week...

Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Dust all baseboards
Review expenses

What I am creating...
Nothing planned so far this week.  

My simple pleasure...
A hot cup of tea and five minutes peace.

Looking around the house...
Washing up has been done, but I still have to clean my kitchen floor and vacuum up from breakfast.  I don't think much will be done today as Miss C wants snuggles!

From the camera...

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here.

January 25, 2014

Scrumptious Reads


Look at what I found at the bookstore on my date with Miss S.  Scrumptious reads for the weekend and new recipes to try.  Rosie Daykin's book is candy for the eyes.  

The best thing is that I only spent $4 as I redeemed my rewards points and a gift card. 

Bliss!  

January 22, 2014

Dust If You Must

Maid Clipart Image: Silhouette of a maid Dusting


Dust If You Must

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there,
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go - and go you must - 
You, yourself, will make more dust.

Rose Milligan

This poem was first published on September 15th, 1998 in The Lady, England's longest running weekly magazine for women.    


January 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - January 20, 2014


Welcome to another Monday everyone!     

As I look outside my window...
Still dark outside.  The snow started melting during the days over the weekend, but froze in the cold nights so it is very icy outside.   

Right now I am...

Cleaning up after breakfast.   

Thinking...

That it is going to be a busy week.


On my bedside table...
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy

On my tv tonight...

Not sure what I'll be watching yet. 

Listening to...
The Frozen soundtrack.

On the menu for this week...

Monday: Easy crockpot chicken alfredo with mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday: Fajitas
Wednesday: Baked chicken with salad and asparagus
Thursday: Broccoli cheese soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Homemade pizza
Sunday: Cheesy pasta bake

On my to do list...

Laundry / Ironing
Wash my kitchen floor
Write grocery list

Plans for this week...

Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Disinfect remote controls and phones
Schedule dentist appointment

What I am creating...
Baking with Miss C (banana bread, granola bar)

My simple pleasure...
A hot bubble bath (doesn't happen often)!

Looking around the house...
Breakfast dishes to wash, bags to be taken to the charity shop, laundry to fold and put away.

From the camera...


   
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January 17, 2014

Custard Creams


Ingredients:

Biscuits

1 1/2 sticks soft butter
3 1/2 tbsp fine granulated sugar
3 1/2 tbsp confectioner's sugar
2 egg yolks
2 tsp custard powder (I use Bird's Custard)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

Filling

7 tbsp soft butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tbsp custard powder
yellow food coloring, if desired

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

3.  Cream the butter, sugars, egg yolks, custard powder and vanilla together.  

4.  Add the flour and mix until the mixture forms a dough.  

5.  Form into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap.  

6.  Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.  

7.  Once ready, roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4" thick.  

8.  Cut out into your preferred shape using a cutter.  

9.  Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for 8 - 10 minutes until golden.  

10.  Cool on a wire rack.  

11.  To prepare the filling, cream the butter, icing sugar, custard powder and food colouring together.  

12.  When the biscuits are cool, ice them together with the filling.  

Enjoy!

Adapted from the lovely Vicky's English recipe at S'tasty.  

January 15, 2014

Book Recommendations

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Hello everyone.  I am looking for book recommendations from you all as I put together a list of books I would like to read this year.  

Which books are your favourites?


January 13, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - January 13, 2014


How was your weekend?  We took the girls to see Frozen again.  They loved it.  We cannot wait for it to come out on DVD.  We had also planned on taking the girls sledding, but the weather turned and we had snow and a cold wind blowing through, so we listened to music and danced instead.      

As I look outside my window...
Snow, snow and more snow!  

Right now I am...

Typing this while cuddling Miss C who has the sniffles and a cough.   

Thinking...

That I'm ready for winter to go and for it to be summer!


On my bedside table...
The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury

On my tv tonight...

As Time Goes By.  I have the DVD set and am looking forward to snuggling on my couch tonight, listening to the wind outside and watching this old favourite.  

Listening to...
Mary Poppins

On the menu for this week...

Monday: Soup and toasted cheese sandwiches
Tuesday: Shepherd's Pie
Wednesday: Barbecue pork chops, butter and herb pasta, salad and peas
Thursday: Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Spaghetti bolognaise and salad
Sunday: Roast chicken with trimmings

On my to do list...

Laundry / Ironing
Snuggle with Miss C and watch a movie
Wash my kitchen floor
Menu Planning
Write grocery list

Plans for this week...

Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Clean computer (keyboard, screen, mouse and vacuum air vents on tower)
Clean blinds and inside of all windows

What I am creating...
Nothing planned so far this week.

My simple pleasure...
Reading a good book.

Looking around the house...
Dishes to wash, have to vacuum my dining room rug, laundry to fold and put away.

From the camera...
I haven't taken any new photos this week yet.   

If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here.


January 06, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - January 6, 2014



Hello everyone!  Welcome to another Monday.  How was your weekend?      

As I look outside my window...
Sunny with a high of 3C.  Down to -16C overnight.  It is supposed to reach +2C by the end of the week.  I'm not sure that it will melt all the snow we've had though.    

Right now I am...

Typing this post, then I'm going to switch the laundry and finish meal planning for the week.  

Thinking...

About all the changes this year may bring.  

On my bedside table...
Lucy Sullivan is getting married by Marian Keyes

On my tv tonight...

I have a huge pile of ironing to tackle tonight, so I'm going to watch The Perfect Housewife with Anthea Turner

Listening to...
Let It Go by Idina Menzel (on Youtube) from the new Frozen movie.  My girls and I love this song.  

On the menu for this week...

Monday: Barbecue pork chops with butter and herb pasta and salad
Tuesday: Homemade ham and cheese pizza
Wednesday: 
Thursday: 
Friday: 
Saturday: 
Sunday: 

On my to do list...

Laundry / Ironing
Clean Miss C's bedroom
Change the girls' bed linens
Wash my kitchen floor
Menu Planning
Write grocery list

Plans for this week...

Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Buy new jeans for myself
Mail birthday card to a friend
Add items to my new Etsy shop

What I am creating...
Banana bread and printables for my new Etsy shop.  

My simple pleasure...
Cuddling with my girls while we read stories.

Looking around the house...
Looking bare since we took down all the Christmas decorations, but pretty tidy.  Living room floor needs a wash now the tree is down.  

From the camera...

Miss C bowling for the first time.  She loved it!



If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here.

January 03, 2014

Mince Pies


Mince pies are one of my favourite things to eat during the Christmas season.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp white sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1" pieces
1/8 to 1/4 cup ice water
Eggwash (one egg whisked together with 1 tbsp of water)

Mincemeat (homemade or from a jar)

Directions:

1.  In a food processor, place the flour, salt, sugar and butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.  If you don't have a food processor, sift the dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl and use your hands or a pastry cutter to rub in the butter.

2.  Pour 1/8 cup of ice water into the dry mixture (through the feed tube in the food processor) or into the bowl and mix until the dough starts to bind together.  Add more water, if needed.

3.  Turn the dough onto your work surface and knead into a ball.

4.  Divide the pastry into two flattened discs, wrap in cling film and place into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to one hour before using.

5.  Preheat the oven to 400F.

6.  Roll out one of the discs of pastry on a floured surface until about 1/8" thick.

7.  Cut into rounds of your preferred size (I use a fluted 2 1/2" cutter) and place into a greased and floured muffin pan.

8.  Put about a tablespoon of mincemeat mixture onto each round.

9.  Roll out the second disc of pastry and cut out small shapes to place on the top of the prepared mince pies.  I used my mini Christmas tree cutter, but you can use any shape you like.

10.  Brush the tops of the mince pies with the eggwash.

11.  Bake in the oven for approximately 15 - 20 minutes until the pastry has lightly browned.

12.  Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!