Monthly Archives: April 2013

Anzac Day…Lest We Forget!

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget..

Anzac Cove, Dawn Service

Anzac Cove, Dawn Service

Today, the 25th of April, is Anzac Day.  We stop to commemorate the sacrifice of the of the many thousands of men and women have fought for in the empire and for Australia since the horrific landing at Gallipoli April 25th 1915.  I have just finished watch the Brisbane Anzac Day March on TV.  Usually I go in to watch to see my Brother In Law march for the RAEME Association. He served for 20 yrs and  I really enjoy going to support him every year.  

Usually it is tradition (well loosely anyways) to have Anzac Biscuits.  But I have decided to run with an idea that the kids at school came up with after our Earth Day Cupcakes.  They suggested that we should make poppies out of the cupcakes similar to what we did last week with the mini Earths that we created.

So this morning I made these poppy cakes, to have at a family dinner tonight.  They worked as well as can expected for something that I haven’t ever tried.  They look great and my BIL said he can’t wait to chow down on them.

I just used a box cake mixture for the cupcakes and I find that this brand always works well.  I used Wilton Red gel colouring for the poppies, and Queens Black liquid for the centre as I couldn’t find any Wilton.

The ingredients....

The ingredients….

I always find Wilton gel colours give such vibrate colourings when I have used them .  This is the 1st time that  I have ever been disappointed with the colour that I have gotten by using it.  I wanted it much more vibrate, but beggars can’t be choosers.

The Red of the poppies

The red of the Poppies

 

The black was the next step to put in on top in the middle to finish the poppies off.

Black in the middle to finish off the poppies.

Black in the middle to finish off the poppies.

 

I made a bit of a mess of them I know, but who cares.  As long as those taste good and look good.  Which they do.  Here is a photo of the finished product.  I have already had a little taste of one that was a little smaller than the rest, and it tasted mighty good!

Finished product: Red Poppies

Finished product: Red Poppies

 

Now the Brisbane March is finished, and I have been watching the Dawn Service from Gallipoli, the Villers-Bretonneux services are starting and I am going to check on the time of the AFL games which are also on today, to celebrate this great day.

LEST WE FORGET

 

 

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Happy Early Earth Day

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Just to start I want to by sending a shout out to all the people who have been affected by the bombings in Boston, and the explosion in West.  They are devastating events.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in those communities as they try to rebuild and move on.  I am forever grateful that none of my friends and their families who live in Boston have been affected. ❤

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Today we have started celebrating Earth Day a few days early  so we can fit in all the craft and cooking activities that we have planned.  We also need to make sure we have time to honour the Anzac’s before an after Anzac Day on Thursday. Lots to do this week!

This morning we began with a little bit of baking.  I had found a pin that had 20 earth day activities on it, some craft, some cooking, some other stuff…… but anyways, it linked to this page at A Night Owl.  Which had all the links available.  One that caught my eye was the link that was to instructions on how to make earth cupcakes. It linked to here at Bird on a Cup Cake.  So pop on over and have a look at the instructions for them!  I had some cupcake mixes left over from St Patricks day when we didn’t get to do the cooking I had planned :(.  So I thought this was a great way to use them up!

I had a few helpful helpers this morning who were keen to get in and get baking as cooking in the morning is a bit of a novelty.  I am pleased to say that the mini earths look amazing (and don’t taste that badly either!).  The school bell has just rung for lunch so I am off to hang out with the teachers!

Mini Earth Cakes

Mini Earth Cakes

The week that was…

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In one of my last posts I mentioned that my photo’s weren’t streaming…well they decided that today was the day to make me happy. So this means that I have a few more things to write about than normal.

I made a dish last week when my sister and brother in law came for dinner that I found not too long ago.  This is the link for it here.  There was only one problem (and usually I check this before I re-pin stuff) it was not in English, it was in Polish.  Google translate very quickly became my friend and I translated it, then saved it for future reference.  This is the translation just so it saves you a bit of time mucking about. It translates to Chicken Ham with Asparagus.

 

Chicken Ham with Asparagus. 

• 1 large single chicken breast or two smaller, about 400 g

• salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 1 tablespoon of flour

• 4 slices of serrano ham (you can use other dried hams such as Parma ham or thinly sliced lean bacon)

• 1 bunch green asparagus

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 4 tablespoons green pesto (purchased or home, or from the following recipe)

• 80 ml ​​of 30% cream

• leaves with half bundle (pot) basil

Prepare the pesto and cook new potatoes (if using), or bread. Rinse chicken, pat dry, cut fibers, dice, slice crosswise into thin fillets (I used two small breasts and every przekroiłam for 2 thinner fillets). Sprinkle with sea salt (not too much, because the ham is salty), coat with flour and wrap in slices of serrano ham, set aside.

Wash the asparagus, snap off woody ends of the light (the same break in the right place). The stems and cut into several pieces. Put the basket for steaming or put in a sieve. Strainer basket, or hang on a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes or until asparagus are tender. Immediately transfer the asparagus with cold water and set aside.

In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place chicken breasts prepared with ham. Cook for 6 minutes, then transferred to the other side and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in the cream, add the pesto and gently mix. Add the asparagus and set aside after boiling from the heat (sauce should thicken slightly) and season if necessary with salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve with potatoes or bread.

Chicken Ham with Asparagus

Chicken Ham with Asparagus

For some of the recipe I just did some of my own thing, and I replaced the cream with a tin of evaporated milk, which works just as well and is much healthier.   It was very delicious and I will be making it again!

During the week at work, I didn’t really take any lunch with me so I had to find something that had very limited ingredients, and didn’t take very long.  I remembered that I had pinned some microwave 1 person serve dessert type recipes.  The link goes to this page, which is basically just a picture with the ingredient measurements and how long to cook it for.  I have made it twice this week, both with great results.  However I found that I had to add more water than it said as it seemed super gooey.  The second time I made it I added a little peppermint essence for a bit of a twist.  It too was a good idea.  The mix turned out a little rubbery, but it was still super amazing and all the kids at work wanted to taste it.  Here is a picture of the finished product!

Chocolate Microwave cake

Chocolate Microwave cake

During the last week I have also cracked out a Snickers and Caramel Apple salad.  This is from over at Chef in Training.  It is beyond words…We had it for dessert, but then I had a snickers free version for breakfast at school this week.  It was snickers free bc of the nut allergies of the kids at school, but in the comments at the bottom of the recipes people said that they used Mars Bars (or Milky Ways) and I think that would be just as good.  I didn’t follow the recipe to the letter though.  As we don’t have cool whip here I had to find a substitute.  I found this recipe on Yanks Down Under, where they basically put gelatine into whipped cream, icing sugar and vanilla.  I think it worked really well and had a great taste, so i omitted the vanilla pudding mix.   Well really I did this for a couple of reasons 1) I forgot to buy it at the store and 2) some people said it ruined the taste.  So i went with my gut instinct of no.  And I’m glad I did bc it tasted amazing! And looked pretty good on Instagram too!

Snickers and Caramel Apple Salad

Snickers and Caramel Apple Salad

 

That about sums up the last few days.  I have re-made some recipes though which was also fun and I think this time they were much better!

Superhero Week

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I have named this week superhero week after the sewing project that I have been doing for school.  I came across these Superhero masks on Cutesy Crafts when I first started pinning, almost a whole year ago.  But I have never really had the time to make them between work, post grad study and sport.  So during my staycation this week from work, I made the effort to crack out some craft/DIY that I have been wanting to do for a little while.  I got the felt from work one day during the week when I went to interview a new employee, who didn’t show up (how rude!).  So I gathered all the felt and printed the outlines off to bring home and do.  I cracked out 4 that afternoon and only have 2 left to cut out (Thor and Captain America) and I have to sew Iron Man.  But here are some photos of the masks so far.  My brother had one taken as Hulk, but its on his phone not mine, so I don’t think I’ll ever see that one again.

Mill-verene...my Dog millie as a beautiful model!

Mill-verene…my Dog millie as a beautiful model!

Superhero Masks

Superhero Masks

More about Easter

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As promised here are the photos of the craft that we did at school before Easter.  It kinda snuck up on me in the end and we didn’t crack out as much craft as I wanted to.  But that’s ok I have plenty of ideas to go with for next year.  There is always a plus side for over planning!

This 1st craft was super cute bunnies from over at a little delightful.  The bunnies were made with ears that were the kids foot prints traced onto the pink paper and the kids loved it.  Especially because they go to take their shoes off to do it.

Footprint Bunny

Footprint Bunny

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Footprint Bunny

Next we did some crosses to hang on the window.  They looked amazing (as you will agree from the photos).  I got this idea from over at Happy Home Fairy.  I wanted to include some more religious crafts to remind the children that Easter is not just about the Easter Bunny and chocolate, and that the celebrations holds a more meaning for us (I work at a catholic school, have I mentioned that before?  Well I do and I love it :))  It ended up that we could fit three crosses across the door, and another educator and I were impressed to see that it looked like the 3 crosses at the crucifixion.  We had not even intended it to be that way! This is the photo anyway.

Stained Glass Crosses

Stained Glass Crosses

 

There are 2 more crafts that we did, so I’ll talk about them super quick as I know this is one of my longer posts.  We made these cute painted eggs, using water colours and wax candles.  And then we made this garland from paint chips, which looked so cute! The kids really enjoyed threading the eggs on to make sure they were all the same way and the same distance apart.

Water Colour Eggs with wax writing and drawing

Water Colour Eggs with wax writing and drawing

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Paint Chip Garland

 

And last but not least here is a photo, not the one I want but its better than nothing, of my Happy Easter Garland that I  talked about in the last Easter Post.  When my panorama one finally decides to stream I will put it up instead!

My Easter Garland at home

My Easter Garland at home

 

Happy Easter!

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I have survived the sweetest (but most delicious) day of the year.  I kind of glad that I didn’t decide to give up my computer (or Facebook) for Lent like I know some people did, because I would not have survived! So a shout out to all those who did.! That is will power!

I spent most of the Easter period with family, eating and drinking and being merry, but I did manage to fit a few Pinteresting activities in.  Yesterday I Mod Podge-d for the first time.  I used it on my coasters and they look spectacular and ready to hold me next drink (beer sir!).  I found some Black and Gold tape at a store called Typo and I am going to do an exciting cover on my book for my vacay information (Hawaii in Sept), and I am thinking of doing a larger tile in the Black and Gold for my Mum to use as a teapot trivet as the one she has now is not very interesting (lol).  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Now as for my Pinteresting Easter I had in mind to make small gift bag type gifts with my easter chocolates for my family.  I usually buy a selection of Hershey’s chocolate and candy covered eggs, and this year I got some small Reece’s bunnies to go with it as well as some M&M speckled eggs.  Not a bad haul if I do say so my self.  I had come across these tags a while back and decided that I wanted to use them as my tags.  When I got them to my surprise I also found an amazing Happy Easter banner, which I decided to print and use at home.  I will add the photo of this tomorrow (it looks so cute!) when I am at school and all my photos stream from one device to another.  But I do have some photos of the Easter goodie bags, which look SMASHING!  Enjoy!

Easter Gift

Easter Gift

Easter Gifts for everyone!

Easter Gifts for everyone!

I added the tex for everyones names in grey but it looks a little different in the photo.  Everyone loved the look of them and commented how cute they were.  They are technically meant to be place cards, but who says you have to stick to the plan!

Tomorrow at work, I will also take some photos of the Easter craft the kids have done over the last couple of weeks, including a nifty garland that we made out of paint chips, so stay tunes for that one!

Hope everyone out in Blog land also had an amazing Easter holiday regardless of how you spent it!