Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cup Day

The event season is here.  The first event is Cup Day.


The plan is for nibblies, sweeps and horse races.

Food ideas:


 I've never made sushi, but am very willing to give it a go.  Prawn and tuna.


 Vietnamese Rice Paper rolls

 DIY Stick Horse

 I'd love to do this stick horse for the kids horse races, but its quite complicated and in true A Beautiful Mess fashion is VERY light on with the directions - cut a horses head... oh yes... as a non craft person, I can work that magic!

 But it will probably look more like this...

 Oh and a cheese platter.  I think that'll do it.  Trying my hand at savoury.

Running a sweep too.  Maybe prizes rather than money... hmmm prizes or money for the family that wins.  Will have to get a consensus on that one.
Must log on here on Saturday for the form.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Eating / Cooking

It appears I'm going to end up having a family of big eaters.

Today (Saturday) Breakfast
Mark - huge bowl of cereal
Ryan - 2 weetbix and a banana, followed by a honey sandwich
Ben - 1 weetbix and banana followed by a vegemite sandwich
That is just breakfast.  It does slow down a bit over the day.  They enjoy lunch - a tin of spagetti (each for the little ones).

So that got me thinking, how am I going to feed them as they grow up and get bigger.  I did a google search "large family cooking" and that took me exactly where I wanted to be.  Religious home schoolers with big families.  One of them - Responding in Faith - has made me laugh because of her breakfasts.

biscuits, gravy and eggs
grits, sausage and egg casserole
french toast
apple dumplings
southwest breakfast casserole

Imagine going to that much effort for breakfast.  Hasn't she heard of cereal?  A smoothie?  Toast with vegemite?  What the heck are biscuits and grits (my initial guess is scones and well I just dont' know about grits)

Then comes lunches:
grilled sandwiches, chips, carrots
chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, fruit cups
pizza burgers, chips, carrot sticks
hot dogs or chili dogs, fries, fruit cups
sandwiches, applesauce, cottage cheese
pasta, apple sauce, garlic bread
fish sandwiches, veggies, yogurt
SOOOO much effort.

Snacks and dinners are fully planned too.  I didn't read the blog too much, but I'm guessing she homeschools.  How does she have time to homeschool, cook, clean and do laundry for her 5-7 children.  I need to have a little lie down thinking about it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Looking up

I feel things are on the improve.

I've been on anti-depressants for a little over a month now and am feeling so much better.  I got myself a pill case, so as well as taking anti-depressants I'm also taking a multivitamin and Vitamin D every day.  So maybe everything all together is good for me.  I'm getting my RLS under control too.  Exercise is still quite haphazard.  Guilt is a HUGE.  I can't seem to get there.  The thought of finishing work, going to the gym which takes approx one hour inc changing time and then collect the boys, then home and do the washing, get dinner, clean up, bath and bed the boys, encourage Mark to do something.  ETC ETC ETC well there just isn't enough time when I'm not getting home until 6.30pm.  I just can't go early.  That is just does not work for me.

Have set up a new blog for planning for Christmas.  Its here.

Some recent pictures..

The cheesy pair on a sunny day

They are outside on a coffee table with a pillow and blanket!

A meal made by Mark and Isaac (for themselves only)

Ryan as Spiderman

Shooting out his web