Friday, 28 February 2014

Side driveway creeper wall progress

Here is the progress of our creeper over the last three months of summer. I have been patiently threading the creeper across the bottom of the trellis and waiting for it grow. Joshua has also been helping me too!
 

 The plant used here is a hardy jasmine with white flowers.  This creeper wall is along our property boundary and also along the edge of a side driveway.
Here are the photos of the first summer that we had the creeper.
 
 
 

 
Here is the photo one year later.
 
 
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Undercover sandpit and ball sports area

Recently Joshua got a new sandpit, basketball ring, bowling game and a shooting ball games area. He absolutely loves it! I think its great, as we can move it undercover in winter and not get wet by the rain.
Joshua with Grandpa checking out his new sandpit and ball area.
Joshua figured out the green sandpit lid very quickly. 

Ball games: 


Joshua loves sliding the balls down the two blue slides into a ball pit.

You can also fill the bottom area with water on hot days.


The sandpit
 Joshua's favourite thing is to play with the sand and make a mess!
 He also likes to use all the sandpit tools.


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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

30th Birthday Party Chocolate Cake recipe

Here is the recipe for an easy chocolate cake to make.
I baked this cake for Ryan’s 30th birthday party.
I also made cupcakes using the same recipe. I will write more on this later. 
 
Chocolate Cake recipe
Ingredients
1 cup (125g) self raising flour
1 cup (155g) brown sugar
1/3 cup (45g) of cocoa powder
1/4 cup (30g) plain flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
100g dark chocolate melted
125g butter
3 eggs
3/4 cup (190ml) milk

Directions
Step 1: Preheat the oven to moderately slow, 160 degrees C/140 degrees C fan-forced. Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin and line the base with baking paper

Step 2: Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until just combined.

Step 3: Stir in sifted flours, bicarb soda and cocoa, then stir in the melted chocolate and milk Spread in cake tin and bake for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes or until firm to touch.

Step 4: Leave in cake tin for 15 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool.

Step 5: Decorate with icing, strawberries or berries. Normally I add icing and berries! For Ryan’s 30th birthday party I used thick chocolate icing and then added the white icing letters once they set to the top.
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Monday, 24 February 2014

Week 9: household tasks and cleaning checklist


Household tasks and cleaning
Dust surfaces and sills, vacuum and steam clean floors.
Spray and wipe benches, windex glass surfaces and mirrors. Wipe hand and pet prints from windows, walls and sliding doors.
Empty trash bins. Spray and wipe the insides and outsides.
Dust lightshades, staircase banisters and light bulbs.
Check medicine container for out of date medicine and scripts. Add medicine to shopping list if needed. 
Garden and outdoor care
Harvest beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, spring onions, leeks, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, blackberries and eggplants.
Add everything you can to the compost heap. Make sure there are no signs of disease.
Sow seeds into the ground lettuces, radishes, rocket, salad leaves, spring onions, coriander and spinach.
Water plants in garden beds if 3 or more dry days.
Lifestlye
Go to butchers for bulk buy and freeze excess meat for next few weeks.
Organise pet supplies and use spray or natural remedies to guard against pests in and out of house.
Talk about work, feelings and stress to friends and loved one.
Set achievable goals for 2 months and revise uncompleted previous goals
Go and collect natural craft items such as seaglass, pinecones, drift wood, shells, flat pebbles and branches. Check for local low tides.
Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If cannot walk or Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
Make meal planner for week
Peel and cut up an apple and eat it together outside
Rub noses with your child
 
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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ryan's 30th birthday party

Here are the photos of how we set up Ryan's 30th birthday party and of the night.
Here is a checklist of how to organise a 30th birthday party.  
Download the checklist PDFs here:
  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2UmZHd_ZqABX2taTU8zYVpuZXM/view?usp=sharing
 
Here are some photos of the party. 
 On the night we had about 80 people come to our house for the party. 
 
 Here is Ryan and I during the speeches. 
 Joshua loved the ice buckets and Bella sat with her Grandma most of the night.
 
 
 Before the party
We set the outdoor area up so there were lots of seats and an large open area.
 
 
 
Lots of food and drinks
 
 
Bar area decorated
 
 
 
Kids play area cleaned up.
 
 
Inside ready to go! Decorations up.
 
 
 My cakes I baked for Ryan!
 
 The alcohol supply in the laundry.
 
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