Tuesday, July 7

Down by the beach

 It's been a while since we have been to the beach for a visit so while my hubby is on holidays we made the drive to go.  My girls love the beach and although it is Winter they certainly didn't mind going in and having a swim.  I'm not into beach swimming much but a long walk along the beach keeps me happy.  So after lunch of fish and chips there was a nice walk along the beach before we packed up and went for home.  As nice as it is to go to the beach it sure is nice to be home too. Thanks for the beautiful weather Winter.

A walk in the park

 We always make a trip into the city each holidays.
We have wander around the Botanical Gardens and spot to have lunch and enjoy the view.
Then if we feel up to it we do a bit of window shopping, sometimes I can convince the girls to go to the Art Gallery too but we didn't this time.
It really is just a simple day but a day to spend together, relaxing and getting out of the house which they love.
I'm hoping that they will remember this when they are older and smile.

Monday, June 29

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

It's been ages since I've shared a recipe with all of you, gee I need to get back into the swing of blogging..
With the holidays upon us and my girls at home, they always seem to be hungry or wanting something to eat.  Most of the time we are healthy eaters but I always figure a treat doesn't hurt and it's homemade so it's not as bad as the bought type.  So today I made them some chocolate cupcakes. This recipe is always a favourite with my girls so I thought you might like to give too.

3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
80g butter
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Prepare 12 hole muffin pan with papers.
2. Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
3. Make a small well in the middle of the bowl and then add the remaining ingredients.
4. Beat on low speed with electric mixer until just combined.
5. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat on medium speed for a further two minutes.
6. Place tablespoons of the mixture into 12 hole muffin tray until holes are half full.  
7. Place tray into oven for 15-18 minutes for 12 hole muffin pan.
8. Stand for 5 minutes and then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
9. Iced or leave plain if preferred.

I use a simple icing for my cupcakes of 1 cup of icing sugar, a couple of teaspoons of butter, a teaspoon of vanilla essence, a bit of boiling water and a splash of milk to make it a spreadable consistency. Enjoy. 

Saturday, June 20

Around the garden

 I don't know why I haven't found the groove I once had for creating and gardening, that passion and drive to get outside and do and make.  I'm not sure whether I lost it slowly from when I found out my Dad was sick and then learning to live without a parent.  Maybe it's because I have lost myself in the web and my desire to see what everyone else is doing.  I do know that I love to take photos and create that way each day, trying to perfect my craft.  I think it may be all of those things and a lack of sleep.  Lately I haven't slept quite like I would like so I am trying to get off the computer at least half an hour before bed, having a nice cup of sleep tea and doing some reading but still I wake through the night.  I spoke to a pharmacist today and she spoke about whether I may lack melatonin and that cherry juice is good to help with that.  So I bought some cherry juice too.  
As you can see my gardening efforts are a little small and I need to weed as well but there has been a least some effort made, and as I always tell my girls a little is better than none. 
 Do you have any helpful hints to treat insomnia?  I would love to hear.