On Wednesday April 2, I came home from work to find something fluffy with four legs wandering around my house. Earlier in the day, my husband had hinted at getting me an early Easter present: something to keep me company while he is working on the weekends. I had a feeling I knew what he was hinting at, I didn’t really think he would go through with it though.
I’m not sure how we will cope when the time comes to choose baby names. We really struggled to name him. I wanted something that would remind us of our wedding & honeymoon in America last year, so we finally settled on Harley (for the Harley Davidson my husband & his friends hired for the day).
Now comes coping with housebreaking (including toilet training) & the standard sit/stay routine. As this is my first dog (and first pet really, as fish & rabbits don’t need much looking after), I have no idea what I am doing or what to expect from Harley or my patience for that matter!. But I honestly think that toilet training will be the death of me. While I understand that plush carpet feels much better, it is an awful mess to clean up not to mention the possibility of stains & smells lingering.
Then there is the whimpering/yelps when he is alone in the laundry. Of a night & while we aren’t home, we put him in the laundry & shut the door. The first night wasn’t so great. I’m quite a light sleeper, it also generally needs to be dark & quiet for me to sleep. Since then, I have shut a few more doors of the house & can no longer hear him from my bed.
This is the best potato bake that I have ever had, although if I’m totally honest, I haven’t tried too many. The recipe came from a friend & I really do think she made it up. It is an absolute miracle when there are leftovers, somehow it tastes even better when reheated the next day. But whenever I make it everyone loves it & they are all disappointed when there is none left. It’s creamy, it’s a little bit tangy & best of all, it has bacon! I don’t know what could make it any better.
How many times have you had a recipe that states the temperature in Fahrenheit but your oven only has Celsius? Thanks to Pinterest, this has happened to me an more times than I can remember. But it’s not just Pinterest, many box mixes (especially cakes, cupcakes & muffins) that I’ve picked up from the supermarket list a temperature in Fahrenheit. What I find even more bizarre about this is that the rest of the instructions seem to use metric measurements, like grams & millilitres rather than imperial (which is what Fahrenheit is).
I have lost count of the number of times I have had to pull up a conversion website on my phone, tablet or computer just to check what temperature I need to set the oven to. Then one day I remembered I had an analog candy/meat thermometer that shows both Celsius & Fahrenheit. It was such lightbulb moment for me. Now I simply check my candy/meat thermometer each time I need to convert the temperature to set my oven to. I have honestly used it that much that I am actually beginning to remember what some of the conversion are!
To read the thermometer, I just look for the temperature the recipe calls for, then look on the opposite side of the line & it will tell me the temperature that I need to use. In the picture above, the recipe calls for the oven to be at 350°F. Using my thermometer (pictured below), I find 350 on the outside of the thermometer, for Fahrenheit, then the inside numbers show Celsius. So if I line them up, it tells me that I need to set my oven to approximately 176°C.
And really does anyone ever have the temperature spot on when baking? The temperature changes each time you open the oven door anyway!
I had some friends over for dinner recently & wanted to make sure there was a dessert element to the meal. I’d seen some amazing crock pot desserts around Pinterest & was looking forward to trying one. My husband suggested to make something that was both chocolate & banana. Unfortunately, Pinterest was only able to provide recipes for crock pot choc chip banana bread.
Then I had a brainwave: Rolo Pudding. Rolo Pudding is a chocolate self-saucing pudding made with Rolo chocolate. This has been my husband’s all time favourite dessert since my mum made it for the first time. The recipe originally appeared in Super Food Ideas magazine in the July 2010 edition. My mum’s original copy is quite worn, it’s been used that many times.
Sift flour & 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into a bowl.
Add caster sugar, melted butter & milk. Whisk until smooth & combined.
Spread mixture into prepared pan.
Break chocolate into squares & press into mixture.
Smooth the mixture over the top of the chocolate.
Sprinkle brown sugar over mixture & sift over remaining cocoa.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t swift enough to get a photo before most of it disappeared. You have to be quick around here!!
I had seen photos from The Color Run around the internet. So when I saw an ad for it on tv I knew I had to sign up. That was in 2012. I’m glad to say I was a part of the first Australian Color Run, which also happened to be the first in the Southern Hemisphere.
Unfortunately, I missed out on the 2013 event as I was in America at the time. I signed up for the Grand Prix edition (at Albert Park Lake, the Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix track) by myself. But was secretly hoping to find someone to do the course with.
I found some friends that had also signed up & we agreed to go in together. After some deliberation about costumes, we decided on wearing onesies. My brother had a monkey onesie from a onesie party last year & I am sure he would let me borrow it. But the day before the event, my friend found some cheap white leggings for us instead. The colour would look great on the white & it would save my brother’s poor monkey onesie from being destroyed.
There were no sleep ins in my house that weekend because I still had to get in to town & pick up my pack before the race start at 9am. My friends picked me up at 6 on the dot & I changed into my white leggings in the car. We found a great free all day parking spot then made our way to the start line to collect our pack.
I was surprised to see the set up for the Grand Prix was already well under way. The barricades were already around the track & the were stands taking shape. After picking up our packs & putting on our race gear we walked back to the car to drop off jumpers & bags.
When we got back to the start we lined up straight away hoping to be in the first wave of people released onto the course. By this stage we had already walked about 1.5km going to the car & back. It was exciting to start at poll position. We didn’t have to wait around too long either.
Once the event had started there were a lot of people still arriving. I knew they there were just arriving because they were going in the opposite direction! A little way down the track there was a huge water truck spraying water over the road & everyone went under it. Around the corner from that appeared to be the first colour station. There were a few flags & about 10 people with what looked like commercial weed killer packs on their back spraying people. After going through that my white clothes had a slight blue tinge when I had been squirted. I began writing a letter of complaint in my head. Thinking that was how they had to do the colour because it was on the race track. Perhaps they didn’t get permission to use the coloured powder like normal.
Luckily it wasn’t long before I was able to scrap that mental complaint letter & skip through the pink colour station. Blasting Katy Perry, it was all fairy floss & lollypops.
Next up was the blue colour station, remember that 90’s song Blue by Eiffel 65? I came out the other side looking like half a smurf because they only squirt colour at you from one side.
I got a nice free orange fake tan in the orange colour zone. There were a lot of people that rolled on the ground to cover themselves in orange. I decided against it because I didn’t want to be in anyone’s way.
RELATED: 2014 Melbourne Colour Run
As I make crochet bunnies for the babies when I am invited to a baby shower, I decided I should also make something for the mum to be.
The design is essentially a small scale pillowcase.
Starting a blog has been on my mind for a little while, I have finally decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.
It’s fitting that the first blog post is about new year’s resolutions. I created these in the first week of January but am yet to share them with anyone. They started off in point form but I have expanded them since those reading this know absolutely nothing about me.