Category: family life!!!

Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream

Homemade choc chip and berry swirl ice cream feature

I’m back, school holidays and all!

Wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to get a second recipe out to you guys this week but thanks to a homeday, the 2 older kidlets standing in as extra kitchen hands and one Miss 4 co-operating and having her day nap I was able to get this little treasure made, edited and written up ready for you all to get creating with.

Last week Miss 8 bought home an Ice Cream recipe her gorgeous, thoughtful teacher photo copied for her from a book at school (just don’t ask me what book?!). I got handed the photo copy and the request was made ‘Mum can we make this while we’re on school holidays?’ And you guys know me, never one to decline any opportunity to create in the kitchen (especially something “sweet”), ‘sounds like a great plan to me’ I replied……..and so operation Homemade Choc Chip and Berry Swirl Ice Cream began to hatch, no plain vanilla ice cream in this neck of the woods!

homemade choc chip and berry swirl ice cream scoop

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We had everything we needed right here at home, conveniently I had

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Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles

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School holidays are upon us here at Zamamabakes HQ as I’m sure they are for a good bunch of you lovelies too.

Having the 3 kidlets home on my ‘blogging’ work day means getting to straight to the point a little quicker, my time is more theirs at the moment.

I thought I’d share one of the family dinners “we’ve” (Miss 4 has a go) been enjoying of late…..Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles.

Here’s a sneak peek at what dinner looks like most weeknights before Zadada arrives home from work.

easy beef and vegetable noodles taste testers

That cheeky little 4-year-old Monkey at the front takes a good hour to eat her meal if I don’t assist (even with the broccoli removed), that’s why I still assist! I should mention if it was chicken nuggets and chips on her plate it would be inhaled (that’s the only exception and very much a sometimes/Mummy needs her sanity kind of meal!).

What I love most about this Beef and Vegetable Noodle dish is how easy it is to throw together, it’s budget friendly (mince is good like that), and you get to give

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Wholemeal Zucchini, Choc Chip & Chia Muffins

Wholemeal Zucchini, Choc Chip & Chia Muffins

The lunchbox treasures continue this week as I’m still on a bit of a roll making sweet something’s for the kidlets lunches, so far the tiny teddies are still contained in their packets in my pantry (desperate measures haven’t struck, YET!)

With Zucchini having such a subtle flavour I thought they would be the perfect vegetable to disguise in these muffins taking them to a slightly healthier version of a sweet something.

Being chocolaty (great camouflage) I used wholemeal flour too (another healthy tick!), our Miss 4 needs all the fibre she can get at the moment, let’s just say there’s been

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Oven Baked Chicken Bites

Oven Baked chicken bites

Hello lovely people, I hope you all had a happy and safe Easter long weekend.

For once I’m happy to report there’s not an ounce of chocolate in sight today, phew. With the school holidays being right upon us I thought a savoury post of some yummy oven baked chicken bites was more in order. For me this is good news because I really did indulge over Easter, to the point where

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Our Festive Season Round-Up For 2014

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Hello and welcome back all you lovely people!

Happy 2015!

Hope the festive season was kind to you all and if it wasn’t know that I’m sending big cyber hugs your way, wishing that 2015 will be a healthy, safe and happy year for us all.

Taking a blogging break to be with my precious little family over the festive season was just lovely, we got to spend some great quality time together. Would you believe I gave up my iPhone for a day? I’m talking left it at home and went out without it for a whole day! (that’s huge for me) When we called into my parent’s house on our way home Mum asked if I got the message she had left me and I explained there was no phone with me, she said ‘what…. are you sick or something?’ I highly recommend trying it (just for a day), you won’t know yourself!

While I was on break I made sure I snapped up some happy pics I could share with you all.

I did mention some great quality time were spent together but with the great times also come the realistic, standard, run of the mill, family of 5, tantrums, melt-downs and timeouts (we All had a turn), I make no claims for 100% smooth sailing in this house, voices do get raised (mine a little too much according to Zadada), people cry (I do a good tear) and words that only 18+ people are allowed to say (that’s the rule in this house) get said occasionally by the 18+ occupants. All in all I think we’re pretty normal, that’s what I tell myself so I stay half sane 😉 The main thing I look at is that the good times outweigh those other times.

Now for those happy pics from the last couple of weeks (melt-downs don’t photograph too well so you’re in luck, only goodness today!)

It seems we have made a bit of a golden arches Christmas Eve tradition, dining in one of our local parks eating MacDonald’s before attending mass! Great option for when you’ve been working or Christmas feast preparing all day Christmas eve, last year it was cooking, this year it was work.

Christmas Eve 2014

After mass it was home to change into Pj’s, watch a few Christmas carols on telly, set up a plate for the big man in red, brush teeth and nighty nights for the little people. I think Zadada and I made it to bed by about midnight!

Christmas morning rolled around very quickly, the sun was up and we could hear little feet pitter pattering on the tiles up the hallway toward our bedroom (the signal for Zadada and I to rise and shine and grab a strong cup of tea!).

Christmas morning 2014

Now do tell me is it just me or do you find the packaging on children’s toys ridiculous?

How many zip ties, rubber bands, pieces of plastic and cardboard does it take to securely package a barbie doll or singing bird? Way too many for my liking!!

Packaging of toys

Zadada had his work cut out for him, Santa delivered a trampoline in its boxes, I secretly think he was happy to be outside creating while I was inside preparing for the day of visiting ahead.

Check out our furry Santa foreman.

Betty & the trampoline

And it wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of dress-up and affection!

Hound smooches

Lunch was spent with Zadada’s family at his Grandfather’s house, everyone brought a plate or 3 of something! I just love how food brings everyone together!

Christmas 2014 spread

Dessert I made a few things,  a special mention goes to Lucy from Bake Play Smile , I made a double batch of her turkey meatloaf with cranberry glaze, that way I had one for the lunch crowd and one for the dinner crowd (my family). My dad makes a mean turkey rissole with bacon so I couldn’t resist but to pop some diced, fried off bacon in the mix too.

Delish I tell you and very economical! Thanks Lucy xx

Lucy's Turkey Meatloaf

 

My gorgeous friend Jennifer recently steered me in the direction of a new couscous salad, I did road-test it during early December and it passed the tastebud/visually appealing test with flying colours, starring as one of my salad contributions for Christmas day. You’ll be getting the recipe later this week. Here’s a close up peek in the meantime.

Newest favourite salad

After lunch and clean up there was some time spent just sitting. One of those quality melt-down free moments!

Zadada and I

Christmas is huge with end of year parties, all the preparations, gift purchasing, the excitement, the stress (oh those meltdowns), the exhaustion, don’t get me wrong, I really do love Christmas but am glad it happens just once a year!

Speaking of once a year, Zadada (oh he’s such a great organiser of cupboards…….. really!) and I find this time of year a good time to declutter the kidlets  bedrooms, out with the old (donations were made) and in with some new!

Scary or what…… I’ve only just got rid of the last lot of clutter in the laundry this week! Clothing is next on the hit list!

Same time next year Zadada?

decluttering christmas 2014

Now the rest of the happy snaps are pretty well self explanatory. A few little notes, we are very fortunate to have our very own swimming hole on our property, I don’t often use it as I’m not a fan of walking through the paddock by myself with the kidlets to get to it. With Zadada home on break I made an exception and we spent a lovely afternoon/evening splashing and swimming. It was so nice to just sit and soak up what’s in our very own backyard and enjoy the company of the 4 most important people in my life.

Betty showed us all how much she loves the water and a body board too!

Then there is just the other stuff, playing at home, dinner on the trampoline, pretty flowers home grown and gifted to me by Zadada’s Nan, new bed linen, New Years Eve at the beach with lovely friends, drinks creek side, sparkler fun,

Swimming hole 2014

Just relaxing

surfs up Betty

Playing

Dinner on the tramp

Homegrown flowers

New bed set

New Years Eve 2014

New Years Eve 2014 2

drinks and snacks creekside

some sparkle

 

Betty & Blake Dec 2014

I was guilty of having cake as my second course of breakfast on more than one occasion!

2 lovely ladies at our local bottle shop introduced me to a sparkling Sav Blanc….. I’ll be buying it again very soon, loved it!

When you live on a farm there is always other work to do, I snapped the pics of the cows,  Zadada and his grandfather ready to do some delousing on my way to dropping Blake to a friends house.

cake for breakfast

Sparkling Sav

cows ready for their delousing

the delousers

And of course there was a touch of baking and family trip to the cinema, if you haven’t seen Paddington you need to, it was such a feel good family movie that everyone applauded at its end, I don’t think I’ve experienced that since watching Titanic at the cinema all those years ago.

a touch of baking

paddington

So how did you fare over the festive break? Were there any meltdowns at your place? Did you have fun freeing those toys from all their packaging? Do any decluttering?

Hope you got to enjoy some quality family time too.

So good to be back. Here’s to a gorgeous 2015!

Stay tuned for the couscous salad recipe later this week.

Until then…..

Zamamabakes

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Treasure & A Santa Visit

Christmas Treasure & A Santa visit feature

Christmas is getting closer and closer, I haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, I have started but I’d say I’ve still got two thirds to go! Before I get back to finishing it off I’ve got a market stall to hold this Sunday (which will be lots of fun, it was last year),  the kidlets last week of school (we’re almost there), my GIVEAWAY winner to announce (exciting!) and a work Christmas party to attend.

I won’t bore you with all the other in-between stuff I’m sure we’re all travelling on a similar path at the moment (sending you lots of Christmas strength and energy).

Quality time with my little family in a bit over a week is something I’m really looking forward too. I will be taking a little break from the blogging/social media world at the end of next week (I’ve still got a couple of posts to give you for 2014), rest assured I’ll be back in the New Year to continue on with lots more baking and creating adventures.

Did someone just mention Christmas?? (because I so haven’t mentioned it at all until now, kidding!), I can see you giggling & rolling your eyes at me! Well I thought I’d share a bit of what Christmas looks like at our house as well as a bit of ‘fly on the wall’ viewing of our Santa Visit from last weekend.

Front door Christmas

Days until Christmas

Christmas tree

Advent calendars

My favourite wall in the house!

Christmas creation wall

Silver sideboard

That’s home, well the good bits at least, I didn’t think you’d want to see the pile of unfolded washing sitting in my bedroom, our windows that need a good dose of Windex, or the ceiling that needs cob-webbing! Trust me, life is very crazy, normal in this house too.

Now for the ‘fly on the wall’ view of our Santa visit….

I love the set up Myer have for their Santa photo, it’s a lovely experience and what made it an even lovelier was the fact that we didn’t have to line up for ages to see the big man in Red. This year I took advantage of the book online option to see Santa, you can find it Here. Our wait was all of about 5 minutes, I’ll definitely being doing the same next year. The other lovely thing is that you get to see Santa in private, your only audience are 2 photographers and Santa.

We did have a slightly ‘wary of Santa’ 3-year-old in our presence, surprisingly she did come around by the end of our visit when Santa was handing out mickey mouse ears, she wasn’t going to miss out!

not sure Santa

Santa discussions

All I want for Christmas

making progress

And the closest we’re going to get to a professional family portrait this year……..

Blog santa picture

As we were leaving Santa’s room Zadada turned to me with a question “I wonder how much longer we’ll do this for?”

It got me thinking, I remember having my last childhood photo with Santa when I was about 13, I have a little sister 11 years younger than me so I think Mum tried to stretch out the Santa photo’s for as long as she could.

Can you remember how old you were when you had your last childhood Santa Photo taken?

Stay with me for another week of 2014 blogging lovelies I’ve got an easy 10 minute dessert involving SALTED CARAMEL coming your way next Wednesday plus another little treasure on Friday!

Until then……

Zamamabakes

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Show Weekend Minus One Zadada


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Life has been hectic around these parts of late but I should add GOOD hectic!

When everyone is well and happy (which they are at the moment), I really have no complaints, no major ones anyway.

The weekend just past saw lots happening, here’s a little rundown:

 

Friday

Zadada took a well deserved break away beach camping on the Sunshine Coast with some mates (he had an early 2:30am start). He sent me a picture of the sunrise he woke up to and their camp site. Mother nature at her best!

Zadada's view

The kidlets had grandparents day at school which also entails a visit to our local agricultural show (the show just happens to be in close proximity to school and school just happens to hold Grandparents day the same day the show is on, all very convenient, the kidlets love it, not sure about the grandparents??? Thanks Mum, Dad, Uncle Brad and Aimee for taking them xx)

My brother and his gorgeous girlfriend got engaged!!!!! (very exciting)

The kidelts got taken trick or treating by Kaymac (my sister) Friday night (an extra bonus that was not in the program, I will say spoilt!)

I worked and after a full days worth of excitement  with all the above action we didn’t get home until after 9pm.

If you are a spider lover please skip the next paragraph.

Entering the family room on our arrival home I was quickly made aware (thanks Ella, you’ve invented some good dance moves) of a huntsman spider scaling its way along our ceiling, we haven’t had one visit for yonks (of course he had to choose the weekend I was flying Solo!!). It took drowning him with insect spray, a big whack with my shoe, my heart pounding and 3 kidlets hiding in the bedroom (they hate spiders!!) to get that spider sorted, phewwww ! Just call me Spidermama, it’s amazing what you’re capable of when you don’t have any Zadada’s around!

Then it was bedtime for the kidlets at least! I still had all the stock standard unpacking ahead of me (just another day hey!)

Saturday

More show time!

It’s become a yearly tradition when show weekend rolls around, we go and when I say we, the kidlets usually go for a few hours with Mum and Dad on the Friday (Grandparents Day!), Zadada (who loves our agricultural show) has been known to go to the rodeo on the Friday night (that didn’t happen this year) and then when Saturday rolls around we usually go as a family!…… ‘Show Groupies’ I think we’d be classified as!

This year we were down one Zadada and he was missed (it’s just not the same flying solo!). To be honest I would have been quite happy to give it a miss this year but there was no way our 3 little munchkins were going to let me get away with that notion!

We hit the grounds of the show around 3 and caught the wood chopping final straight up,

Wood chop final

then found the snake show, we got to see a red belly black snake, a death adder and an eastern brown, after 5 minutes I’d had my dose of snakes for the decade, ‘lets move on’ I said.

Snakes

I was so very grateful when an hour after our arrival Mum and Kaymac phoned and said they’d like to join us. Extra sets of hands are always warmly welcomed. We all went and checked out some much more pleasant creatures.

Animal nursery

Alani got to enjoy a lot more of the show this year, especially now that she has fully graduated from the stroller, becoming Miss independent and using that little pair of legs to walk everywhere, speaking of that little pair of legs, Alani had her sights set on the Bungee trampoline (that’s what the big kidlets call it), just check her out, not half proud!

Bungee Tramp

We then had a quick squiz at what the locals had been creating and it wouldn’t have been complete without viewing some baking!

Thinking maybe I should pop an entry in next year!

Display pavilion

Next up was a first time ride on the whizzer for Master Blake. Kaymac was happy to be the attending adult while I got to snap up their fun!

The first time whizzer rider

The rest, well it speaks for itself here you go…… (check out the happy threenager, a day out wouldn’t be complete without a little meltdown, this was the good picture)

A quick mummy snap

 

horse action

clowns

hooking ducks

Of course we finished on a high note……FOOD!!!!

Blake tried his first ever Dagwood dog with no ill side effects! The girls settled for some hot chips and a slice of Grandma’s Pizza!

Dagwood dog experience

I headed straight for some vegetarian food I enjoyed so much last year. When you’re on a good thing…….. and dessert was a must!

Zamama's food experience

We had a lovely afternoon and evening the only thing missing was our Zadada.

I managed to sneak us home before dark though I did have someone in tears because we missed the fireworks, and I did kindly and calmly explain you can’t get what you want all the time! Half way home that little 7 year old in tears was sound asleep.

Stay with me there’s still a bit more…….

Sunday

You don’t think I’d let a weekend pass without creating in the kitchen do you?

We started with an experiment, a ‘Gummy Bear Ice Cream Slice’, Blake was my assistant. This little treasure will be starring on the blog later this week.

Ice cream slice

Then I moved onto my big project for the day a Number 1 birthday cake for a sweet little girl named Lyla. A double quantity  of butter cake later as well as a quadruple batch of butter cream icing and I had operation birthday cake sorted! I use the patterns in the original Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday cake book to shape out my numbers. Love that book, so do the kidlets.

During this little project Zadada arrived home and it was hugs all round! I know it was only 2 nights (actually 2 and 1/2) we just missed him lots and were so glad to have him home safe and sound.

someone special's number 1

And the last creation in the kitchen on Sunday was a round of homemade pizza’s for dinner! This time it was Ella’s turn.

Pizza making

Now to perfectly round a post like this off I thought we’d end things with a little pink tongue!

Betty just loves Locky and Locky has been so patient with Betty, it’s so much fun watching their little friendship unfold.

furry kids

And that my lovelies was our weekend.

How was your weekend? Do you like going to agricultural shows? Create anything in the kitchen? I’d  love to hear!

Until the next time……

Zamamabakes

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Chicken & Vegetable Casserole

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I love a dinner that feeds our whole family of 5 and leaves us with leftovers to cover another weeknight meal, all busy workers, mums and dads would know exactly where I’m coming from. This chicken and vegetable casserole certainly ticks that box.

Last week at work (the optometrist) we were talking what we’d been making for dinner of late, I was telling the girls about the Easy Butter Chicken I made in the slow cooker, then the gorgeous Cathy told us about a yummy Chicken and Leek casserole she makes. She had my mouth- watering, mentioning ingredients like white wine, bacon, chicken and mushrooms. So after a verbal tutorial from Cathy I decided I’d like to make a casserole similar and to ensure 3 little kidlets would eat some vegetable goodness, I added a few extra veggies I knew they would eat.

Now I will admit I probably should have made this dish with chicken thigh fillets (like Cathy does) instead of chicken breast but I only had chicken breast in the freezer and didn’t want to make a special trip to the shops (if you too decide to use chicken breast  just keep an eye on it while cooking in the oven, the best way I find  to do this is to pull a piece of chicken out and cut into it to check its readiness, you don’t want it to overcook and dry out too much). Chicken thighs are a little fattier and therefore more moist making them the better option for casseroles. I’ll leave the cut of chicken you use up to you, next time I’ll be trying the thighs.

For the record I forgot to flour the chicken prior to browning it in the pan but I can tell you doing it after will work too!

One last thing I’ll mention before I give you the recipe is the fact that I love that I had an excuse to open a bottle of white wine mid-week! Considering I only had to use 3/4 cup of wine in the recipe that left me with a nice couple of glasses to enjoy all to myself. The kidlets whining always sounds that little bit better after a glass of wine. So win, win, you get to feed your family a nice hearty meal and enjoy a glass of wine at the same time!

Here’s your how to…..

Chicken and veg casserole

I served the casserole with my go to, staple in the pantry Brown sun rice, I’m talking 2.5 minutes and you have rice ready!

My go to rice

Chicken & Vegetable Casserole
 
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Serves: 4 Adults and 6 kids
Ingredients
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1.2 kgs chicken thighs halved crossways (I did use breast and halved crossways and it was still yummy)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek halved, washed and sliced
  • 4 rashers bacon, rind removed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 cups Chicken stock
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • ½ cup cream
  • 100g mushrooms sliced
  • 100g green beans
  • 2 carrots sliced into circles
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 2 family size packets of sun rice pre cooked brown rice.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 3.5L casserole dish.
  2. Place flour in a container with lid or snap lock bag and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken and shake to coat (alternatively if you forget this step like I did just do it after you've browned the chicken, this step helps to thicken your sauce in the long term).
  3. If you did remember to flour first, remove chicken and shake off any excess.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Cook chicken in batches for 3-4 minutes each side until golden. Use extra oil accordingly. Place chicken in prepared casserole dish.
  5. Add leek, bacon, thyme and garlic to pan. Cook 3-4 mins until leek is tender. Add 3 cups stock, wine, cream, mushrooms and carrots. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat.
  6. Carefully pour hot mixture over chicken in casserole dish.
  7. Cover and bake for approx. 30 mins. Remove cover and add beans and zucchini, cover and cook for a further 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  8. If liquid is a bit thin for your liking just thicken by stirring through a little cornflour dissolved in room temperature water.
  9. I served casserole over my favourite precooked brown rice.
  10. Note this amount feeds our family of 5 for 2 nights.
  11. Keep leftovers in fridge for 2 days. If you are wanting to freeze I would leave the addition of cream out and add when reheating to avoid mixture splitting.
  12. Enjoy!

 

 

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Betty’s First Week!

As a lot of you would be aware we recently decided to add  a new furry friend to our family, a little female Moodle. You would also be aware it has taken us quite some time to choose her name……..but finally we I have made a decision (Zadada said ok) and we’re going with ‘BETTY’.

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Betty has now been a permanent resident for a whole week and I will say each day she has been with us a little bit more of her personality gets revealed, she’s just a little sweetheart who’s been welcomed with open arms (I will add here we still have one three-year-old adjusting to her presence, little puppy claws and teeth can be a bit scary at times, we’re getting there).

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We’ve never owned a small dog before and I have to say we’re embracing it (as I said one little three year old will get there), as I type this post Betty is sleeping soundly on my lap and I’m loving every cuddle like this that comes my way ( my turn happens when the kidlets are all in bed), don’t get me wrong with the small dog thing, we love our BIG Zapuppydog with all our hearts and wouldn’t trade him for the world, being able to have both makes me feel very fortunate. As a little girl all I ever wanted was to live in the country and own a dog and now here I am living in the country happily married with 3 children, 2 dogs, a cat, 3 guinea pigs and  20 head of cattle give or take (there are some babies on the way!).

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Now getting back to our newest little addition I couldn’t resist but to snap up every moment possible from her first week here with us. Apologies for the abundance of images, I just couldn’t cull them down any further than this.

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There’s been a few socialising lessons taking place and so far everyone has behaved. David the cat looks from a distance but hasn’t got close enough for a picture yet.

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Betty 15

A certain little someone likes to spend quite a bit of time at my feet, she’s even had a little yap at me when I move away as if to say “please come back!”

Betty 29

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Betty 31

And speaking of feet little Betty has a slight fetish with one Zadada’a ugg boots…..thank goodness I got rid of the old ones!

Betty 7

Betty 12

There’s been lots of playing……

Betty 18

Betty 20

Betty 21

Betty 17

Betty 16

Betty 11

Betty 19

Betty 6

And lots of cuddles and sleeping.

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Betty 14

Betty 9

Betty 8

Betty 4

I will add there have been puppy poos and wees in the wrong places but also in the right places too, I’m very grateful for a house that has tiled living areas, I think the toilet training will just take lots of time and patience. All in all little Betty is doing just great and she’s added another dimension of happiness to our little family. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on her progress.

If  you have any puppy tips I’d love to hear them.

Stay tuned mid-week for a yummy baking post that involves lemons!

Until then……..

Zamamabakes

 

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Car Chats……..Round 8

Car Chats with Zamamabakes

Hello there lovelies! Hope the school holidays are treating you all kindly. Week 1 flew past for us with, planting gardens, home visits from cousins, baking with m&m’s (you’ll see them on the blog later this week), kidlets enjoying a movie day with a Nan and an Aunty (I got to go to work), catch ups with special friends at the park including lunching at the golden arches, buying new school shoes, lunch out with Grandma and Pop (I got to work again!!),  Birthday breakfasts with Great grandparents, baking a slice, Monster Jam outings for one Zadada , one Blake and a little friend, little friends sleeping over and meeting my cousins fiancé for the first time (one threenager has been asked to be flower girl and one threenager is beside herself with excitement!!) I can’t believe we fitted all this plus all the ordinary stuff into one week, time definitely flies when you are having fun…..I just love school holidays, I think I gain a good hour more from each day (even though I probably waste it), I feel myself racing just a little bit less!

Getting onto our ‘car chats’……..

A hot topic that’s been getting tossed around the car is what to call our new Puppy!!! Yes you read it right! We are adding to our family, Zapuppydog, David the cat and our 3 guinea pigs are gaining a new furry sister!!! We just haven’t come up with a name for her yet. I was kind of hoping that maybe you guys would lend a hand with that. Just to give you a little visual she is a Black Moodle which is a Poodle crossed with a Maltese terrier. She is a belated Father’s day gift for Zadada  the whole family is going to enjoy! All going well she will join our family sometime within the next two weeks! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated with a full debrief once she arrives.

The other ‘car chat’ that has stuck in my mind this fortnight would be one that Blake and I had, just out of the blue he said “Mum, sometimes I say the wrong thing when I talk to people, when they say hello to me I say good thanks”. This little observation of his made me smile and chuckle as I couldn’t tell you how many times the same thing has happened to me over the years. I explained to Blake that we get so used to communicating in a particular way that it’s like we’re on autopilot, sometimes our mouths speak faster than what our brains can think.

I went to work and was telling my work colleague Cathy about it, she said “it’s a bit like when you’re walking down the street and you think you’re being waved to by a person up ahead,  you politely wave back only to realise they’re waving to their friend behind you”. Cathy’s comment then made me think about the social situation of when you experience that moment with a friend/acquaintance/work colleague, you know the one when you’re not quite sure if the person is going to hug or kiss you or if you should kiss or hug them? Life is full of little surprises and awkward moments. Human interaction can be very entertaining and educating at times!  All these types of moments usually make me smile afterwards, I kind of shake my head at myself and call myself a goose along with whatever else springs to mind! Welcome to the world of unpredictable Blake!

So lovely people what’s been chatting, have you experienced any awkward, surprising moments of late? Have you gone in for that non-responsive hug and ended up having to make it look like you’re doing some kind of new dance move?

Remember the big issue, I want to hear any name suggestions you have for our new little furry family member!

Until the next time…..

Zamamabakes

 

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