Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Recipe: Carrot, Leek and Mushroom Risotto

  • 1 litre stock
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 1 carton of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
1. Fry the onion, leek, carrots and mushrooms in the butter for five minutes.
2. Add the garlic, thyme and seasoning for about a minute.
3. Add the rice for a minute or so, followed by the wine.
4. Add the stock, ladle by ladle until it is soaked in and the rice is no longer crunchy.  Check the seasoning, add the cheese and serve.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Make it Monday - Baby Bunting

As I mentioned last week, I've been making a special gift for the new baby girl of one of my best friends.  I've made similar bunting for her first baby and my nieces.  

This time I was going for a pink theme and while it is a darker shade than I was planning on, I do like the finished product.  New this time, I added some buttons to the ribbon, I think it breaks up the ribbon nicely, while keeping the theme, and with the shortest name I've made bunting for, the little sweetheart deserved a little something extra.

I also added in some simple bunting.  I make the name section double sided, to give it a bit of extra strength.  The extra was single sided with a narrower ribbon, just to tie it in and brighten up her room a little.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weekly Wisdom

There will be so many times when you feel like you've failed, but in the eyes, heart and mind of your child, you are super mum.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Saturday Update

We've had a busy old week here. Full of playdates and appointments. It's the first week in a long time that I've not gotten near the end of the to do list...

I have managed to secure some work for the new year teaching English at Kindergarten, get three fitness classes in and keep the many, many appointments so I guess it's been a win overall.

Next week I'm looking forward to my mum visiting while Nico is away on a school trip, getting some crafting done and meeting some new friends.

Friday, 17 November 2017


What a fun toy!

Sounds like my kinda marathon.

Looking forward to this film.

I hope this is true.

A fun photo project. (no.5!)

Good for them.

Emotional labour.

What a beast of a cat!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Reading Review

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

The last of my children's classics, this one took a while to get into but once I did, I really enjoyed it. It tells the story of Huck Finn and his friend, the runaway slave Jim as they sail down the Mississippi. The language is difficult at times but fits the story.

Nothing to Lose - Lee Child

This was a nice, easy read to break up the classics. Unlike the last Jack Reacher, this one kept me guessing. The books do follow the same pattern, Jack Reacher on the road, gets dragged in to a case, sleeps with a local, solves the mystery, moves on. I personally preferred the first ones with more history and personality involved but the books are fun to read anyway.

The 158-pound marriage - John Irving

I came across this book in the 200+ free collection from the classifieds. I knew and liked the author already from Owen Meany.

The novel is the story of two couples who indulge in some partner swapping. It follows the relationship and looks back on the histories of the main characters too.

I found the histories and the psychological side of this story really interesting. The characters were engaging and the book left me wanting more.