Link Love - parenting, gardening & candid

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Who needs a fancy cupholder?
I love polenta but I tell you what, it certainly does not love me. Each time I make it I end up getting burnt, so Wednesday night I wore long sleeves that covered my hands thinking that I had outsmarted it. But no, I hadn't, I still ended up getting burnt, this time on my face! FU Polenta. Next time I wear a full face helmet and armour!

We spent the week clearing up from the stormageddon that turned Alice Springs upside down last Friday. I've trimmed back the lime tree, pulled out dead plants from my pots and fertilised the soil ready for planting some herbs this weekend. I've missed growing basil, mint, parsley and spring onion. What's on the cards for you this weekend?

Catching my eye on the interwebs:

On celebrating your wedding anniversary by Zo They Say

On co-sleeping by The Grace Tales - we co slept with Lulu - it's such a taboo topic around health professionals but so many people co sleep. You go to do what gets you through, hey?

Have you tried this hangover cure?

5 life lessons from candid photos

Janet Waldo, the voice of Judy Jetson (among other roles) died last week at age 96 - I was a huge Jetsons fan!

You may have missed:
The herb garden
Home grown basil and mint
Easy Composting

Happy Weekend!

Food I Made from Pinterest - Cinnamon Cookies

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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It's one thing to pin a recipe, it's another to actually try that recipe, and it's another thing altogether to use that recipe again and again. In this little series I bring you the pinterest recipes that I love and use over and over again.

Today's recipe is from the Gourmet Worrier. I have lost count of the number of times I have baked  these cookies. They are so easy to through together & the recipe does not require eggs. This is something that comes in handy for me as we never seem to have any eggs when I want to bake something.

The cookies are versatile too. At Christmas I add a coloured sugar sprinkle to the top just before they go into the oven and wa la you have Christmas cookies. No cinnamon? Just add ginger instead and you have a yummy cookie.

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Here's the recipe:

75gm unsalted butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups of flour, sifted
1 tsp of baking powder


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/375F. Combine the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar in a saucepan. Over a low heat, gently melt the butter and dissolve the sugar and syrup together without boiling.

2. Set aside and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Then stir in the cinnamon, sifted flour and baking powder and mix until well combined.

3. Roll heaped teaspoons full of the mixture into small sized balls and place 5 cm apart on a tray that has been lined with baking paper. Flatten gently with a fork.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until they are slightly browned.

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Alice Springs Stormageddon 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last Friday Alice Springs experienced stormageddon. The sky began to darken around 3pm, but the thunder and the clouds seemed to be heading south. Lulu, Zelda and I were at the park but Lulu began to worry about rain coming so rather than walk to the shop like I had planned, we headed home. I took some of the washing inside, just in case. We cooked the chocolate chip cookies that we had prepared dough for earlier that morning. I put on ABC4Kids as we entered the 'wind down' part of the day. The first batch of cookies were baked but before I could make a coffee, the rain started.

The noise was unbelievable! The tv signal stopped working and I moved Lulu from under the roof of the extension to the lounge room where it was somewhat quieter. We put DocMcStuffins on netflix on the laptop and had the laptop on my lap so that we could here it, though the sound was up as high as it could go. As the hail piled up outside, the water slowly began to leak though the join in the ceiling between the old house and the 70s extension. Luckily we had had the roof replaced when we renovated, otherwise things could have been a lot worse.

After the second storm had passed Lulu and I explored outside (Zelda slept the entire time). We found that ice had blanketed our yard, along with torn leaves from the trees and large branches blocked the road. It was something else. I shared a few photos on my instagram, but here are a few more of the storm aftermath.

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Ps Rain in the Alice, Rain, River Flowing

Autumn Mumiform - Jersey Harem Pants

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Since having Zelda I have been living in these super comfy drop crotch pants from Blossom and Glow. They are track pants without looking like you are wearing track pants. Perfect for hanging in the special care nursery and perfect for walks into town now that Zelda is home. Team them with a stripy singlet and loose fitting lightweight jumper. This time of year it can be quite cool in the morning and then get up to 30 plus in the day. Depending on the forecast I'll swap the jumper for an open long sleeve shirt. And there you have it, my go to autumn 'mumiform'. What is yours?

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Jumper - Seed / Singlet - Seed / Pants - Blossom & Glow / Hat - Seed

Sunglasses - TopKnotGirl / Shoes - Birkenstock / Watch - Apple

PS Black Dress with Leopard Sildes, Frockin up - Friday, Frockin up - Pjs

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