Week 48: Photo Challenge

Find a Pair!

I took my camera outside (one the rain had stopped for awhile!) to see what I could see. I looked around and I saw horses – lots of them, all paired off too… but they were just too far away from me to get a good shot. So I kept watching and I saw lots of birds flying in the sky… but none of them landed close by. So I went around the front of the house and looked in our little garden bed. I hadn’t looked at it for a few days, I noticed all of the weeds but I was surprised by the flowers that were actually growing! I haven’t killed them yet! So here is my pair that I found…

This is another older photo of mine, a couple of Aussie Galah’s sitting in a Gum Tree at my parents place.

Next Week: In Your Backyard…

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Week 48: Recipes

Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 cup fruit (strawberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, peaches – really, whatever fruit you like!)
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey
½cup yogurt (again, pick your flavour)
 
Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until well combined. For thinner smoothies, add more milk. For thicker smoothies, add more fruit! 
 
It’s as simple as that!
 
I don’t think I have found a recipe with as much freedom as this one. Make it to what your preferences are!
 

Week 47: Photo Challenge

People

This week I wanted to blog about some of the people that I got to spend the past week with. The two groups of people that I spent the most time with this past week were my husbands family and my work mates. On Sunday we celebrated Ella’s second birthday (and Canadian Father’s Day). It was a fun day – although all of the adults were pretty tired, the kids managed to keep us moving and having fun.

Now to my work mates… well, they are a crazy bunch of people – but I do say that you have to have a little bit of crazy in you to work at camp. I spent a lot of time with this bunch of people in the past week – we hosted a wedding at the camp on Saturday, which meant to a long day! Add in the standard hours of work, plus the additional hours getting us prepped and ready for the our summer season (which officially starts today with our Keenagers Camp arriving!). Then on top of that, add in the last days that we get to spend with my good friend’s Camara and Matt who are leaving us to head back to Australia at the end of the week… so Tuesday night was a ‘Jack N Jill’ baby shower/farewell for them and then Wednesday night was the last time (for now) that we get to spend with them at our local watering hole.

Sad… Privileged… Blessed… Pumped… Excited… Thankful…

Sad to see you guys go. Privileged to have friends from Australia join me in Canada for over a year. Blessed to have watched you grow and find a new Canadian family. Pumped that you guys are expecting a new addition in November. Excited by the fact that Aussie is our common link and I know that I’ll get to meet TP in person one day soon. Thanks for been great mates, God’s blessings to you as you journey back home and settle in. Xox

Next Week: Find a Pair!

Week 47: Recipes

Jam Drops

Ingredients:
125g butter
½ cup sugar
1 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cup self raising flour
Jam flavours
 
Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in mixing bowl. Sift flour and mix well. Roll into small balls and gently indent each biscuit with the end of a wooden spoon. Place a jam drop into each indent. Bake in oven at 180°C/350°F for 10 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
 

Week 46: Photo Challenge

Garden Invaders

This year I gave myself a challenge – to plant a veggie garden and in at the front of the house to have a flower bed! I have had many veggie garden’s back in Australia, but in Canada I have yet to do this, until this year! So on May long weekend I spent a solid two days just pulling weeds from the garden and then half a day planting all the plants we bought. It was great! And needless to say, most are still alive. A few of the flowers have come out, not many, just a few – but I’m hopeful that come the summer they’ll be blooming beautifully!

So this weeks challenge is to capture the things in your garden that are invading it… this week I would say (other than the weeds) the invader is rain. We have had wonderful thunderstorms and lots of rain this past week – in fact, I think we have only had one day without rain!

I have a photo of one of my flowers, a storm that is brewing and the rain on our window.

Next Week: People

Week 46: Recipes

Apricot Slice

Ingredients:
125g butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
¾ cup coconut
1 cup diced dried apricots
 
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add all remaining ingredients until combined. Bake in a shallow cooking tin at 180C/250F for 30-40 minutes. Once cooled ice with vanilla icing and cut into squares.
 

Week 45: Photo Challenge

Toy Time

I am privileged enough to have two nieces and a nephew here in Canada and another three nieces and a nephew in Australia… so it’s always fun and games when we get a chance to catch up with any of them. Last weekend we were celebrating Julianna’s 3rd birthday. The plan for the day was to hang out at the park and then go back to her parents place for supper… but plans took a small change when the weather took a turn for the worse. So Juli and her family went to the park early so that they could get some park time in… Cam and I were able to join them for a part of that while the weather held off! We all then returned back to Juli’s home and watched some kid shows and then went to the backyard and played with BUBBLES!!! It was then time for a hot dog supper (at which time the thunder storm which was predicted for 2pm came through) and then presents time! It was a fun day had by all… here are a few of the pictures that capture the day.

Next Week: Garden Invaders

Week 45: Recipes

Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

Ingredients:
275g Hokkien noodles
1 tablespoon oil
250g chicken
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
2 large carrots, sliced
1 broccoli head, chunks
4 spring onions, diced
1 tin bean sprouts
2 tablespoons Teriyaki sauce
 
Cook noodles in boiling water, then drain. Heat oil in pan, add onion, garlic, ginger and chicken. Fry until onions are lightly browned, add carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook for a further 2-5 minutes. Add noodles, mix well and serve.
 

Week 44: Photo Challenge

Alphabet

I knew that I needed time for this challenge. So I picked a week when I knew I would have time to get into this challenge 100%. I was away on a retreat for the past week and my hubby and I had a lot of spare time on our hands. We slept in, read books (even had to go and buy more books to read!), ate glorious food that was served graciously to us, went on walks by the creek, visited Elbow Falls and did a lot of relaxing. On most of our walks I had my camera on hand and kept looking for how the alphabet letters are intertwined in all that we see.

So here are a few alphabet letters that I found… I’ve complied a few together to make a word to make it more appealing for you!

Next Week: Toy Time

Week 44: Recipes

Sausage Casserole

Ingredients:
500g sausages
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, sliced
3 potatoes, chucks
1 cup frozen pea & corn mix
2 cups beef stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
 
Cook sausages on a fry pan, once cooked cut into smaller chunks. Fry onions in fry pan until browned. In slow cooker add stock, salt, sugar and sauces. Add chopped veggies and sausages into the slow cooker and cook for 3 hours or until potatoes are well cooked. Stir occasionally. You can alternately cook this in the oven at 180°C/350°F for 2-2.5 hours.
 
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