Monthly Archives: November 2011

Time to celebrate!! Sorta kinda not really but you know…

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It is official, I and my humble little bloggy blogness has had over 1000 views. Wowzers. Thats kind of cray-cray.

When I started to  write this, back in May of this year, I thought it would mostly be family checking it out, with the odd random person coming across it by accident. Well, it appears not. Apparently I talk about the kind of stuff people Google. And then Google in all it’s kindness and generosity says to them ‘Hey, I know a someone who knows a something about the thingy you’re asking me about. Why don’t you go check her out. Cos she knows stuff, and clearly she is the shiznit.’ And so they mosey on over and check out the picture of moving boxes, or my rock hand, and sometimes even my off-the-hook hair braids pics. And it is those people, not you, family, but the mosey-ers, who have pushed me up, up and beyond the 1000 mark. Like, seriously. For real. Not joking. Over a thousand.

And just in case any of you random mosey-ers are reading this here celebration post, and blog themselves, and are right this very second thinking to yourself ‘1000, pffft, I did that in my first week’, well you can just shut it. Because this started out as a place for me to vent and complain about most things in my life that irritate me, from an anonymous platform (which I realised as soon as I sent the link to my family was kinda redundant). And it turns out that my rants and raves and occasional picture and recipe are actually kind of interesting to some people. So there.

I do have a place in society. It’s hunched over a Vaio, late at night, when everyone else is asleep and there is nothing better on TV. Lap it up peeps. Cos I am in demand.

 

To celebrate this auspicious event…

(omg my drunken neighbours just fell over something cos I just heard a way loud crash, damn, why does all the interesting stuff happen late at night when everyone is asleep and I can’t share)

… I am going to post this fairly awesome cookie recipe that I came across on a Real Blog. It’s called Fat Mum Slim and is written by a lady in sydney who I have now stolen recipes such as pancakes from, and added them to my pretty cookbook a certain someone made me for christmas a few years back. I should totes take pics of that cookbook, it would make a nice post.

Anyways… They don’t really have a name so I’ll just call them EveryCookies, and I will explain why as I get to the interesting part in the recipe. The recipe made me about 65 cookies, but I did roll them kinda big.

 

Ingredients:

500g butter

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 can sweetened condensed milk

5 cups self raising flour (yes thats right, 5 cups)

 

Method:

Cream together the butter, sugar and condensed milk. Now, I have quite a large bowl I use for making batters and dough etc. I recommend you also use a pretty huge one. I also used a wooden spoon and elbow grease to cream. If you can, use a mixer. Or get someone else to do it.

Sift the flour in and mix it really well.

Now for the interesting bit. What makes these EveryCookies? I can hear you asking. Well, this is where you throw in whatever you want to the mix. Since it’s so big, I divided it in to 3 and made some choc chip, some snickerdoodles, and some jam drops. Honestly, use your imagination. Try fruit, nuts or lollies. Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim has some great suggestions.

Now roll small teaspoonfuls into balls, and place on a greased or lined tray.

Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 14 mins or til golden.

I have 2 fairly large cookie trays for baking, and I did 2 batches, so 4 trays all up, approx 16 in each tray.

OK so I have a confession to make… clearly I like to bake a little now and then… and yet somehow I still managed to burn possibly about 30 of my EveryCookies (not that it stopped me from eating them, burnt bottoms and all). I blame it squarely on the baby. But I also suggest you keep an eye on the oven temp and time. You know your own oven, and you should be able to tell if it needs adjusting.

I did take photo’s of the huge mound aka Mt Cookie-vius but its 1.28am and I’m not uploading them now. But if you make them, link me your photos.

Go check out Fat Mum Slim since I found them there!

 

I also wanted to mention the ghost in my house with questionable taste, but that will have to wait til next time…

 

Nighty night everybody. Happy 1000th!!

Birthdays, Beaches and B*tches

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Last week marked the celebration of Octoberfest in my family. For some silly reason, everyone got randy in the same week or so of February, and therefore one week in October is chock a block with birthdays. 2 of my older sisters start it off, on the 22nd and 23rd. My nephew is on the 24th. Another sister has a fake birthday on the 25th (scorpio wannabe much?). My Gramma is the 27th, and I’m the 28th. There are more birthdays – cousins, etc, but thats just the immediate fams. So we do Octoberfest and hit them all at once. One stone. Of course, since we are scattered globally, its not easy to do. Sad face.

For my birthday I had lunch with friends, then went to the local pub for a few drinks. My first proper night out! It turned into madness and left a really sour taste, but thats another story. The next day, a good friend of mine, Jo, came to visit me for only the second time in 2 years. It was only for about 2 hours, but totally awesome. Then, the next day she called and said she was going to the beach, and did I want to come? Yes! I even managed to talk her into going to Currumbin Beach. After the beach, we came back to my place with her daughter, brother, and bro’s friend to chill for a few hours before they left.

The next day (monday) was Halloween, and my friend Jade came over with her 2 year old son Tayne, and we took the boys trick-or-treating in the complex where I live. It was so cute, Tayne was dressed up as batman, and was totally uninterested in the whole event until he realised people were giving him candy. Then he was waaayyyyy into it! M was dressed as Dracula, and I put K in a little Superman suit. The boys scored, I was surprised at how much candy they got, considering Australia technically does not celebrate Halloween. There were heaps of other kids out doing it too.

Tuesday (yesterday), a friend of mine from my old old work, came down from Brisbane to stay the night with her boyfriend Clint. I am directly responsible for them being together, and they are such a cute couple. Think hipster, hippy, scientist, biochemical engineering, rock-climbing doofers. Thats Tara and Clint. Tara made a spinach and fetta lasagna and carrot cake, and brought it down with her for dinner. I  put on salad and fresh crusty bread, which we dipped in oil and vinegar. Our other friend from ye olde work, Nat, came with her husband and son, with garlic bread, guacamole, and cornchips. Not ‘The Best Guacamole’, but still okish… I’m a little spoiled now, I guess. We sat around on anything that was the right height, eating with whatever utensils we could find, drinking wine out of plastic cups, and laughed til our cheeks hurt. We laughed so loud that my drunken neighbour walked in my side gate, OPENED MY SIDE DOOR, and tried to join us. I was shocked, my friends thought I knew him, and it was a little confusing and scary until the guys almost forcibly got rid of him. Freaky. I think that since it was Melbourne Cup, he was getting on it all day, then probably came home and heard us laughing so loud and hard that he thought there was a party or something. Anyway.

After Nat and her family left, and I got the kids off to bed, Tara Clint and I sat up and chatted for a few more hours then hit the sack. This morning dawned so bright and warm that once I got M off to school, I convinced them to forget about driving home to study for exams, and come to the creek with K and I. It was so beautiful; not too windy, high tide, water was the perfect temp, and crystal clear. We splashed about for about 2 hours, then stopped to get some chips and head home.

After we polished them off, the crazy kooky scientists packed up and headed back to the big smoke, and I trundled off to get M  from school.

 

The most social I have been in months, maybe even years! All packed into 1 week. I had such a good time. I have some really, really awesome friends. I have some shitty ones too, but some make me smile so hard my skull falls out.

 

Photo’s to come 🙂

 

Oh! Here is a present from Tara and Clint. It’s great.

 

ok so I don’t know if that video will work, I don’t think it’s showing up, in which case go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIYvD9DI1ZA bloody stupid kiwi stuff.