Category: family life!!!

Project Pretty Up & A Round Of Bubbles

Project pretty up

I’ve been wanting to do something with our front entry for ages and finally with the help of 3 little kidlets and one Zagrandma my wanting turned into some doing!

The inspiration

I’ve had this bowl (a very special bowl as it was my late Nanna’s Scone mixing bowl) of petunias and pansies growing since about April and they haven’t looked back, maybe just 3 or 4 times when I’ve forgotten to water them every now and then,  but a quick drink soon fixes that, they’ve bounced back every time! I make no claims to being any type of green thumb but I do love fresh flowers and plants growing.  Considering I’ve managed to keep these little treasures plugging along I thought I’d try my luck with a little bit more green thumbing, a ‘Pretty Up’ outside our entry!

The final straw to motivate me was last seeing this post last week here Of Babymac’s, that really got me wanting to do something with some plants and flowers. Gosh that girl can take an awesome shot and write a great post!

With it being school holidays I decided on Monday it would be now or never. I got on the phone to Zagrandma told her we were coming to town to buy some planting supplies and that if she wanted to we would love her to join us. She was up for the challenge.

We popped into a couple of our local shops JH Williams, The reject shop (love that shop so do the kidlets) and our palliative care op shop.

With supplies and kidlets (including a bag of hot chips) all packed into the car and one Zagrandma at the ready we headed for home for  ‘Project Pretty Up!’

I will note at this point that a pack of $2 bubbles was purchased from the reject shop, here’s the events of Monday afternoon.

bubble fun 2

chasing bubbles

Learning the art of bubbles

helper 2 on the trolley

helper 1 supervising helpe

helper 1 planting

a rare pic

project pretty up shaping up

waterer 2

some more treasures

one of my favourite pieces in the garden

One of my favourites

The finished ‘Pretty Up’. Not majorly fancy but better than it was!

I’d just love to find a happy welcome door mat now! Any suggestions?

Project pretty up complete

And I’m still not quite sure who enjoyed the bubbles more?

Thanks for all your help Mum! I’d be lost without you xxxx

Zagrandma chief bubbler

So lovelies any green thumb tips for the little plants would be gratefully taken on board. I’ll try to keep you posted on their progress!

What activities have you been getting up to these school holidays? I’d love to hear.

I’ve got a yummy old fashioned dessert post still to come this week and next week there’ll be a recipe post using m&m’s, fun and yum for the kidlets! So stay tuned…

Until then…….

Zamamabakes

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School Holiday Flashbacks!

School holiday Flash back collage

School holidays are upon us. Term 3 is virtually done and dusted for another year, can you believe it?

Our 2 big kids are heading off for their end of term treat day, they tell me it’s a day where they do no work and get to play games……. Oh to be little again!

With Zadada working full-time and me working part-time there is always the organisation of care for the kids during the holidays. Fortunately we don’t have to organise too much as we have 2 sets of very supportive grandparents close by , whom we are extremely grateful for as they always come to our rescue during school holidays, we truly would be lost without them. Usually the Grandparents will brave a Movie, have a little shopping day or do a park adventure with the kidlets.

On the days I don’t work, in between the general house running I try to do a little outing with the munchkins.

These holidays I know we’ve got one 9-year-old booked in for a 4 hour football clinic and that’s about the only thing we’re locked right into. I’m thinking if the weather stays as nice as it’s been lately we’ll have a beach/park day in the mix and hopefully get a few good quality home days in there too, you know the ones where you all stay in your Pj’s til late morning (well that’s what we do) and it’s great, no rushing, no panicking, no yelling (from me to hurry up and get in the car or we’ll be late)………just days where you can RELAX and not think about school schedules, it’s great!

In case you were curious I thought I’d share a few school holiday ‘flash backs’ from over the last 12 months……

Just click on the titles and you’ll be delivered to the post.

Baking A Savoury Scroll

Savoury scroll

A Great Way To Kick Start The School Holidays

Family trip to Brisbane Museum

Home Days And A Batch Of Marble Cakes

Marble Cupcakes

School Holidays, Tea Cups, Saucers and I’m Hungry!

Tea Party for 2

An Outdoor Adventure As A Family of 5 Plus One Furry Friend

Outdoor family adventure

A Kidlet Friendly Slice For The Holidays

Easy slice

Our Fiji Family Adventure

Fiji Holiday

What ever you get up to these school holidays I hope you do enjoy some quality family time because life in general and our children’s childhoods are too short and precious not to.

Until the next time……

Zamamabakes

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Car Chats……..Round 7

Car Chats with Zamamabakes

Well here we are almost at the end of another school term, the weeks just seem to be flying by.

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 2 months since our Fiji holiday!

Regardless of the time that passes almost every day involves a trip to town, in the car and as you know these trips involve chats!!!!!

Here’s this weeks run down……

Alani was awfully concerned about a ‘dead’ horse in a paddock we drove past, I quickly reassured her it was just sleeping in the sun, though I did have to look twice!

Blake enlightened us all that there was blood in the car! Of course (thinking someone was scratched or had blown their nose too hard)  I asked “where?” And Blake responded with “It’s in all of us Mum”, “Oh yes of course Blake, you’re a thinker aren’t you” I replied, in a relieved thank goodness I don’t have a mess to clean up kind of way! But then we had Alani the threenager to contend with telling us there is not blood in our bodies “we have bones Mum”, trying not to confuse one 3-year-old anymore than what she already was I said “yes we do have bones Lan’s but we also have blood, it doesn’t hurt it’s just part of our bodies”, I’m certainly no scientist but we eventually got past the biology session.

On a musical note Ella has recently appointed herself as DJ of the car having CD’s at hand ready for our trips, instructing to me the number track it needs to be on for each person’s favourite song. We’re still banging on with “Hey Brother”, I really need to invest in a new ‘So Fresh’ album!

Now I’m not sure about the rest of you but we have had our germiest school term ever, we started with 3 rounds of the vomit bug (thankfully Zadada and I dodged that one) but after that we had snot viruses followed by more snot viruses and you guessed it more snot, in fact for the last 7 weeks we’ve had a large box tissues travelling with us and the antibacterial hand sanitiser has been close at hand too! I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that term 4 is a nice, healthy, snot free one for us all!

So lovelies…….what’s been chatting in your car this week?

Any science lessons happening?

Been through many boxes of tissues this term?

What’s the latest tune selection in your car?

Until the next time…….

Zamamabakes

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Car Chats……Round 6

Car Chats with Zamamabakes

So we’ve had navigation discussions this last week. Ella had to check in with me, “Mum is it don’t eat soggy weetbix?” and was quickly corrected by Blake “It’s never eat soggy weetbix Ella, never”. How times are changing, love how they help each other out all be it with a bit of tone Master Blake!!

It wouldn’t be a week complete without some enlightening from our precious 3-year-old. This came out on our drive home she and I shared one on one from a birthday party,…….”Mum I ate some cake and a lollipop at the party and it made my cough and funny throat all better”. If only her theory really did work I could cure her every time!

Tonight unfortunately we still have our little precious with her lingering evening cough. Last night I put the word out on FB for any home remedies as I had misplaced the Vicks that we usually rub into her feet and top with a pair of socks. I got some great feedback and tonight we’re testing out some of the theories, one being a warm little onion mixture wrapped in cloth resting against her chest and there’s an onion sliced in half beside her, her bedroom smells like a genuine kebab shop! The vicks is everywhere its allowed to go and the vaporiser is on. Fingers crossed she has a better night tonight!

I’d love to hear about any successful home remedies you use for coughs and colds!!

What’s been chatting in your car this week?

How did you learn your direction (cardinal) points? Zadada had no clue about the soggy weetbix phrase!

Until the next time…..

Zamamabakes

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Fuel For A Mummy Melt-down…….

Mummy Meltdown post

By the time you are reading this I’m sure I’ll be well and truly over my Mummy Melt-down (for today at least anyway). I’ll be the first one to put my hand up and say I have Mummy Melt-downs and I think I would average one at least every 2nd day. If you’ve never had a Mummy melt-down then I say ‘hats off to you’, but I really don’t think it’s possible to breeze through parenthood without having at least 1 a week!

Little things like shoes, toys, gadgets, jackets, socks, books, dirty cloths and used anythings left sitting where they don’t belong will get me melting especially when the rightful owner gives a big huff, sigh, whine, call it what you like (these noises happen here all the time) when asked to locate the item to where it belongs. And heaven forbid If by my 3rd request I choose to raise my voice, because no one appears to be listening!

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is the fact that all this stuff that gets left laying around always seems to get put away in a hurry & with zero care factor of being able to find it again and this my lovely friends leads me to exhibit A below, belonging to a certain 7-year-old who resides in this house.

a 7-year-old cupboard, self styled

Here we have the self-styled shelving compartment of you know who’s wardrobe. I will mention that these shelves were once tidy, but apparently when you’re in trouble for leaving things laying around the house the easiest way to get yourself out of the spotlight is to make the item eventually disappear on a shelf, behind a door, out of sight, creating the beautiful sight pictured.

Let’s take a closer look shall we…….

cleaning up a 7-year-olds cupboard

No, it doesn’t look any better close up!

I think you can see that this creation (mess!!!) has taken quite some effort.

I will just say there are only so many times (probably 100) that I can look in a cupboard like this before my brain goes into Mummy Melt-down mode.

Yesterday a Melt-down moment was fuelled , I had opened (or attempted to open) that cupboard one too many times. I could feel myself beginning to feel very frazzled and cranky just thinking about THAT cupboard! Fortunately it was just me and one little threenager at home, if the owner of the creation had  been home there may have been a slight discussion, mainly me expressing my frustration.

I completely understand there may be people that could happily go on living with a creation like this in their house (I would never judge you) but for me as I said there comes a point when I crack (I wish I didn’t) and the only way I know I can make myself feel better is to attack the problem head on. So that’s what I did yesterday.

There was the emptying out of the cupboard.

The emptying out of the cupboard

The sorting process, garbage, hand-me downs, etc……

Garbage pile for the clean out

The hand-me-down collection

It’s all about striking while the house is completely yours, a job like this is so much easier when you don’t have an audience.

My potential audience slept like an angel! (Thanks Lans)

My sleeping angel

And I continued…………

Finding my favourite childhood story book ‘Good-bye Tonsils’ and a pair of  my missing scissors while sorting (strange combination I know) but there you have it.

My favourite childhood story book

The end result was a space I had forgotten existed!!! AMAZING!!!! And that full on, frazzled, frustrated feeling lifted, leaving just a small (you know there are plenty more cupboards almost looking like that in this house) niggle!

The finished product

The question is ‘how long will this tidy space last’? Going by previous experiences I’d say we’ve got about 6 months!!

Reality is to-do lists are like never ending stories, it’s all about prioritising and being the super organised Mummy that I am NOT, so I generally leave it up to my melt-down moments to let me know what needs to be done next. Going by the issues I encountered opening my Tupperware draws last night (I may have discreetly sworn a little) I’d say I’ve found my next target!

Now over to you…… Do you wait for Mummy Melt-down mode to kick in like me or do you have an organised system for keeping things in order at your place?

I’d love to hear any thoughts or advice you have.

Until then……..

Zamamabakes

 

 

 

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Our Fiji Family Adventure

Fiji Header Bula (hello) lovely ones!

Fiji really was a great holiday……….so great that our 7-year-old asked if she could bring Fiji home with us?? If anyone knows a solution for that request please be sure to let me know.

I did promise you a debrief so here we go, babble to a minimum, just a snippet here and there and let the photo’s do the talking.

How it came to be:

Planning and preparations for this little adventure began on Australia day of this year when our gorgeous friends Glenn and Jennifer asked if we would consider a dual family holiday to Fiji?? My eyes lit up with excitement, all I had to do was convince Zadada who was already sounding enthusiastic so it didn’t take much, 7 days and 6 quotes later he was 100% sold. We were booked to Fiji all 10 of us (4 Adults & 6 kidlets to be precise).

If you are considering a holiday to Fiji, DO IT, as Kaymac would say ‘YOLO’, definitely an experience to remember and treasure forever! We stayed at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island. It’s on the Coral Coast of Fiji. We flew from Brisbane to Nadi airport, then had a 1 hour transfer to our accommodation. Hoot Holidays are who we used to book our holiday with (we tried local travel agents but the best price came from Hoot, who provided a service we were more than happy with), Bryan Griffin is the man you want to ask for to make your arrangements, he’s very helpful and happy to answer any questions both before and after you book.

For the record we flew with Fiji Airways.

Now the fun stuff…….Our holiday in colour!!

There was an early morning start. I was up at 4:45am!! I am sooooo not a morning person unless it’s for a good reason. Please note we didn’t have time to stop and take these pics so I do I apologise for the motion, poor light, iPhone snaps. Anyway I think you get the idea, it was early!!!!!

An early morning start for our Fiji adventure! The junior clan, looking ready for their Fiji flight! Our Junior Fiji travellers The flight. A lovely lady at check kindly informed us she had blocked off the 6th seat in our row so we had it all to ourselves, I love it when people are soooo kind and thoughtful!

Someone got given a job during the flight………and lapped up every minute! She was rewarded with the 1kg of lollies she had left in her basket. Behaving on the Fiji flight The Dads sporting their freshly woven palm leaf hats. We attempted to get Zadada’s back through customs but apparently it was too green so I’m thinking next time we’ll just have to stay longer for the sake of the hat! Fiji hands on Dads And yes the Mums sampled a cocktail or 2! Left the beer to the Dads. The hands on cocktail sampling Mum's The kayaks were put to good use almost everyday we were there, I can vouch that one of these double kayaks holds a family of 5 quite successfully we had a ball! Fiji family fun in kayaks The beach is just gorgeous especially on blue skyed sunny days! Fiji's gorgeous beaches A certain 9-year-old has always enjoyed digging, when he wasn’t swimming he spent the best part of his time at the beach as a human excavator!! Digging in the sand in Fiji We also possess a 7-year-old Mermaid. This little poppit was the first one in the water and last one out without fail everyday. It was such a delight to see the kids enjoying good quality outside fun in the sun time. Fiji and our 7-year-old mermid Last and certainly not the least is a certain little threenager, all that holidaying eventually takes its toll! A 3-year-old in Fiji

I have to show you this, you may have noticed in the 2 collages above a picture each of the girls having their hair plaited. Now I can plait but not this quick check it out……… (I believe if you click on link below you’ll see my 20 second video clip).

Fiji plaiting hair

The people of Fiji are just so lovely. I was lucky enough to meet our day maid Mere when I popped back to our room to do some laundry, I shared a tear with her (I tell you since I’ve had the kids I’m a dripping tap if I have a touching moment),  Mere told me how her home had been washed away by floods in Fiji a few years ago, she and her family had to start from scratch and rebuild as well as take care of her 2 little girls who are now aged 5 and 2.  To get to work she has to hitch hike everyday. Not many people own cars and with petrol being $2.65 per Litre I can understand why. It really does make you appreciate the luxuries we have in Australia. I feel it doesn’t matter which walk of life you belong to there’s a special mother to mother connection that happens between women, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels it. Meeting Mere and sharing conversations was a privilege and I feel so very grateful to have been acquainted with her.

We also had some fun doing a school and village tour, there was lots of singing and dancing and Kava but somehow I missed taking a picture of Zadada sampling it.

On our 2nd last night we hired 2 babysitters to mind the 6 kids in one of our rooms while we enjoyed an adults only dinner, it was just lovely.

Fiji's gorgeous people I do love a pretty sunset and Fiji does them well. Spot the igadgets, who needs kids club when you have technology? Dinnertime and sunsets in Fiji A holiday isn’t complete without a few group shots. The kids….well we tried! Fiji emotions And the 10 of us, pretty successful if I do say so. A special thankyou going out to the security guard who kindly took on the role as our photographer for a few minutes. Fiji family group shot

Now to keep things real, I’m going to share with you what I would also want to know, the stuff that happens on holidays that you don’t take pictures of, like:

The night we arrived at the Shangri-La was quite an overwhelming experience to say the least, we had been up since the crack of dawn, travelling for 12 hours with 6 kidlets to a country we had never been to before and it was dark. The resort felt HUGE (which it is, but you do get used to that). We thought we had made arrangements to have our  2 families rooms side by side or at least in the same wing??? Those arrangements must have been mislaid somewhere because our rooms ended up being at completely opposite ends of the resort (we were told to come back in the morning and speak to the person in charge of room allocation ,the short of the long there is that we adjusted to where our rooms were located, had we of wanted to be closer to our friends there wasn’t a room available until the 2nd last day of our stay and I wasn’t packing up a room after 5 nights of kids spreading their you know what all over the place, and I had met Mere by then too).

Our First Dinner experience was worse than being at a Sizzler restaurant in Australia, it was busy, kids seemed to be whinging everywhere (especially ours!!) and the food didn’t look all that appealing, we were sat separately to our friends and all the workers were operating on FIJI TIME (it does exist), nothing happens in a hurry! Not enjoyable at all!

We found our way back to our room via the shuttle bus, virtually fell into bed and slept, well sort of I don’t know about you but I never sleep all that well on my first night anywhere. Morning came around quick and we hit the breakfast buffet scene which had a slightly better feel to it than the previous night’s dining experience. The food was yummy, there was even someone making fresh omelettes, Zadada and I took advantage once we had the kids sorted of course!

We then went to meet up with our friends and do a bit of a tour of the resort. Things were definitely looking up, the resort really is fun, clean and beautiful. The kids were itching to swim so our afternoon ended up beside the pool and beach (they are side by side) a great set up!

Time absolutely flew and before we knew it we were back in our room getting ready for dinner. This was when another little moment was thrown upon us, Blake got one of his random headaches (generally its from not drinking enough water). We tried to sort him out with extra water, panadol and a lay down but unfortunately he needed to sleep. This is where I will mention missing having the use of my mobile phone, generally if you are running late and have made arrangements with friends to meet at a certain time you will throw a quick text their way, that option was not available. I to set off with the 2 girls to meet up with our friends, hopeful that Blake would wake up soon and he and Zadada would join us, that didn’t happen either. Poor Zadada ended up ordering room service which was no way near as nice as the freshly cooked stir-fry I got to enjoy. So our 2nd night in Fiji ended feeling no less overwhelming than our first. I will also add that an overwhelming 2 days wouldn’t be complete without a few pointless lover’s tiffs, we had some :)

What I can happily say is that once we got these shitty first 2 days out of the way things progressed onwards and upwards and our Fiji Holiday really was something I will treasure forever, I just wanted to be honest.

Now A few Tips:

Pack lots of snacks, a few bottles of water and a basic little pharmacy. I dedicated a whole suitcase to these items and I would definitely do it again. Prices in Fiji resorts are $$$$. Make sure when you book your holidays that your main meals are incorporated. We did Breakfast and Dinner. Our lunch basically consisted of snacks from the suitcase, when you have such a big brekkie you definitely won’t be starving.

I packed the kids clothes as individual outfits in snap lock bags labelled day or dinner, Pj’s I just left loose, it worked a treat!

Next time we go I would aim for booking a September or October holiday just so it’s a tad warmer. The days were lovely reaching 26ish but the nights were quite cool. The pool was freezing but the beach was a lovely temperature another month or 2 and I things would be perfect.

Do book a babysitter and have an adults only dinner, prices for babysitting are extremely reasonable and the ladies are just lovely.

Book for 10 days which will guarantee you get 7 great ones!

Keep an open mind if it’s your first time, there is lots to adapt to, new scenery, Fiji time and those unexpected moments.   You will have a fantastic time, bringing home lots of great memories.

I Couldn’t resist but to finish with a posed family shot in our room from the last night……..Ready, Set,.. Mr timer!

Fiji family Adventure picture

Fiji you delivered an amazing holiday, Thank you. And a big heartfelt Thankyou being sent to our friends Glenn and Jennifer for asking us along on this Fiji Family Adventure.

I’d love to hear where your favourite destinations for family holidays are or what crazy overwhelming moments you’ve experienced on vacation? Feel free to comment below lovely ones.

Until the next time,

Zamamabakes

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School Holidays, Tea cups, Saucers and I’m Hungry!

I Just love school holidays and the whole notion of no ironing school uniforms, making lunches, homework and no afterschool activities, we have extra time up our sleeves and I don’t know about you but I almost hear my brain sigh from the little bit of relief.

scootering

What I love most of all when we are on school holidays are home days, days where  Zakidlets and I might stay in our PJ’s until mid-morning or later and yes we risk the fact that someone unexpected may call in, do you know what?……… you have to take us how you find us!

Home days are pretty casual around here sometimes we bake, sometimes the 2 bigger kids go exploring out along the creek in our slightly larger than normal backyard, there might be a movie in the afternoons, sometimes we do BASIC craft  (nothing that requires too much intervention on my part), on the odd occasion we have been known to get a bit fancy decorating thongs like this day here , then there are the whatever days when I have things I need to get done around the house, Zakidlets have to make their own fun and to me that’s what being a kid is all about, you can’t be entertained all the time (I do get that now as a Mum… sorry Zagrandma!).

kidlets baking

The girls particularly enjoy having a little tea party for morning or afternoon tea, their older brother has been known to join them on the odd occasion too. Previously we always used a plastic tea set, that was until a gorgeous school mum told me her idea of purchasing cheap 2nd hand teacups and saucers from the Op shop, we found a set of 4 for $4 and it has been one of the best $4 I have spent. As far as hygiene goes, how different is drinking from a 2nd hand teacup  any different to one you would use at a café, (just make sure you give them a good wash/scold before you use them).

tea set

The girls think they are little ladies at a café when we use the set and the beauty of it all is that if a cup or saucer breaks it doesn’t matter, we know where to get more and all foe a good cause. We have now upgraded from water to real tea (they get decaf). We still use a little plastic milk jug but I’m thinking a little treasure hunt may be in order these holidays to find a ceramic one.

Girls tea party

Milk pouring

food selection

If we are not having a home day generally that means I am working (as most Mum’s do these days)…. but Zakidlets are very fortunate to have both sets of grandparents close by who happily volunteer their time to help Zadada and I out with childcare, we are extremely grateful for all the support they give us!

I do try to do a couple of out and about things with Zakidlets, like going to the park, beach or both, we might have a play date at a friends house or our own and sometimes as a treat we’ll go to Maccie D’s (the golden arches restaurant) for a lunch treat. Last school holidays all 5 of us went to Brisbane Museum with some friends we had a great day out, take a peek at our adventure here. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have some fun.

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I will add that during school holidays especially when we are at home if the attention is not directly on Zakidlets they are either hungry or bored, I assure you I do feed and water them on a regular basis and if I walked into their bedrooms I could easily find at least 10 things they could do (when the bored complaint gets pulled out I generally suggest donating their toys to charity!). I’m pretty sure I used to say similar things to my Mum, I guess I had to have a turn on the other end of the stick sooner or later and you know what?…. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

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Oh, just in light of the tea set topic. Last holidays we had a lunch date with Zadada and while we were at the café I couldn’t help but notice the centrepieces they had on their tables, tea pots with herbs growing in them, I just had to make one of my own and here it is, the good news is it’s still alive a whole term later, probably because it’s mint and grows like a weed (my kind of plant!).

Tea pot herbs

What do you get up to during your school holidays? Do you have bored, hungry kids at your place too?

I hope your school holidays are off to a great start!

I’m off  to experiment with some Chorizo and Haloumi patties now……if they’re a hit you’ll be seeing them.

Until then,

Zamamabakes

 

 

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3 Days Of Fun & 4 To Come!!!!!….. How Was Your Queen Bee Weekend?

Kingscliff Boardwalk

So nice to have a +1 day!!!

I wish every weekend consisted of 3 days and then a 4 day working week……wishful thinking. You’ve just got to take what you can get! We’ve had a lovely weekend, minus a few mini meltdowns along the way (Zamama’s included!!), I’d think something was wrong if we didn’t have those!

There’s been lots of fun including the launch of my geometric shape giveaway! If you haven’t entered you really should, you can do that here.

Comfortably consumed! We had a family of 5, day out adventure, incorporating the purchase of a new Steam Mop (prioroties!!.. my old one blew up) to balance the retail misery (for 3 kidlets) a park visit and scooter ride at Kingscliff helped (I would have heard about it otherwise!), the fresh air was great for everyone.

Visits from Grandparents and Great Grandparents were warmly welcomed with a DVD game of Family Feud (an oldie but a goodie),  loom band challenges (great work Zanan), shoulder rides (thanks Zapop), and speech practice (Zagrandma volunteered her ears), time was well spent all round.

A good selection of food was enjoyed and experimented with too. An Apple Curry and a Salted Caramel Slice with a twist, you have my word they’ll be coming to the blog very soon. Pop Cracknell’s Date Cake had a look in too for Cup of Tea and Slice of Cake Time.

The 2 household vehicles were cleaned to be recognisable again (it’s been a LOOOONG time between washes and vacuums, I do confess to finding an avocado in my car that resembled the head of a baby reptile, not pretty and for a split second scary!!)

 

Family FeudApple curry prepgood companyloomingphoto experimentingloving lifeMotorbike ridingCuppa timeTime fora chatDay tripScootering at KingscliffPark PlayPelican feastsKingscliff looking prettytaking 5 home funMr Square eyes!Speech practiceGrandma and Pop walksbath timeWho else?Mmmmmm!

So how was your Queen Bee weekend? Maybe it was go, go, go or perhaps you had a nice relaxing couple of days, I’d love to hear about it!!

I’ve got a busy but fun week ahead of me. Zadada and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary (not quite the patch on my Parents 35 years of marriage, but not a bad start!!), we’re planning a date night for Saturday. Thursday I’m looking forward to joining baking forces with the gorgeous Kaileen from Style2484 and her quest of Cakes4Charity, I’ll be making my Nanna Mac’s Moist Chocolate Cake with a side of Salted Caramel Sauce ! Friday night Zagrandma and Kaymac have invited me out to our local ‘Foodie Friday Food Trail’. Certainly not my standard run of the mill week (somewhere in there I’ll be squeezing in Mothering, Wifing, Working and Blogging) but definitely one I’m looking forward too!

Hope you all have a great start to the short working week!

Stay tuned for Zapuppydogs date with Dr Zoo.

Until then…..

Zamamabakes

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A Quick, Tasty Sunday Dinner With A Dash of Morocco!

dinner is served

Another week down? Can’t believe we are already heading into week 6 of this school term!! The last week has seen quite a bit of action in the Zamama household. Starting all the way back with last weekend, Zadada was away in Sydney for 2 nights, it was great to have him walk back through the door on Sunday afternoon as 3 little kidlets and one Zamama  missed him lots. I will say we had some gorgeous company (Zagrandma, Kaymac, Uncle Brad, Zagorgeous Aimee and Zachick) on the Saturday night which helped take little minds off Zadada’s absence. I made a batch of Easy Beef Cheeks and they were a great hit and dessert was a mini ice cream, chocolate slice sundaes with Salted Caramel and Dark chocolate sauces. It was so lovely to spend quality time with beautiful people while enjoying a delicious home cooked meal!! On Sunday we  had a little creek side picnic in the backyard, Zapuppydog joined in too.

picnic and locky

We’ve also had swimming, scouts, pirate shows, preschool, school, state of origins and gym. I’m trying to spruce up the family room with some geometric shapes & colour. So in between working, blogging and Mothering I tried to make some headway, I’ll keep you posted with how everything shapes up in that department. Do stay tuned because in the very near future I have a Colourfulful little Geometric give away happening, bit exciting…… I have 3 gorgeous online businesses involved.

I managed to submit my entry into Mamamia’s competition , you’ve got to be in it to have a chance don’t you? The good news is I will be sharing the recipe I created to enter the competition with all of you next week! Trust me it was deeeelicous!!

Even though our week was pretty busy (I know there would be busier for some) that’s just how life is at the moment (I really wouldn’t change a thing except add a few extra hours in the day!).

Remember the smallest thing can make someone’s day, try it out if you haven’t already. My challenge to you for the week ahead, give out 3 genuine compliments to 3 different people! Giving is living lovely ones!

I hope all of you have had a good week too!

Enough of my waffle….. I believe I have a recipe with a dash of Morocco to share. This little treasure is a great one for the whole family and the beauty of it is that you can prep most of it in advance. It was a fabulous hit a couple of Sundays ago with our whole family of 5 (when the 3 year old at least attempts something new I refer to that as a hit). I give full credit to the lady who inspired me to cook this from her recipe book, that lady would be Jane Kennedy and her recipe book (The one I got for Mothers Day) is called ‘One Dish: Two Ways’   she gives you one dish with the option of making it two ways to suit little and big people. Love your work Jane!

Dinner done

Moroccan Beef Kebabs With Couscous

Must Have Ingredients:

2 Zucchini cut into 3 cm thick rounds

600g beef rump steak trimmed cut into 4cm cubes (this was delicious, chicken would be great too)

1 onion cut into wedges 1 cup couscous olive oil for brushing

8 bamboo skewers, soaked for 30 minutes (you can also use metal skewers)

Ingredients For Adults:

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons chopped mint 2 teaspoons chopped flat leaf parsley

1 teaspoon flaked almonds (I love almonds so I used extra)

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I just used ground nutmeg)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

pinch cayenne pepper

pinch of ground cinnamon

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Method

1. Thread Zucchini, beef and onion alternatively onto the skewers and divide onto 2 plates.

2. In a heatproof bowl, prepare the couscous according to the packet instructions. Fluff it up with a fork and divide into 2 portions.

3. Preheat the grill of your BBQ to a medium heat.

Dish 1, For The Kids:

Lightly brush the skewers with olive oil, season with salt and grill for 3 minutes on each side (for medium), or until cooked to their liking. Keep the Couscous plain and serve with the juicy beef skewers.

Kids Dish 1

Dish 2, For The More Adventurous Taste Buds:

While the couscous is still warm, add the lemon zest, mint, parsley and almonds to one portion and stir with a fork. Cover and let stand for 1 minute or more.

In a bowl, combine the spices with the oil. Season with salt and brush the spicy mixture onto the adults’ skewers. BBQ for 3 minutes on each side (for medium) or until they are cooked to your liking. Remove the beef, onion and zucchini from the skewers and serve on the fragrant couscous.

skewed Ready to go brushing BBQing dinner is served

You so need to jump on the wagon and make this dish. We’ll definitely be making a return visit but next time as I said above I’m going to try chicken Breast instead of the beef.

We are planning to give Zapuppydog the best bath he has ever had in his doggy life this afternoon, he’s been suffering from some itchiness, I’m talking conditioner involvement!! The great people from Dr Zoo coincidently asked me to review some of their Itchy Dog range (I said yes please!!). There will be a full post to come on this little treat for Zapuppydog, hopefully we can kick that itch for him!!

Tonight’s dinner is going to be Enchilda’s, Zadada’s request!

In the meantime keep smiling and remember that compliment challenge 3 for 3 different people. I’d love to hear about it, just comment below.

Have a great weekend!!

Until the next time……

Zamamabakes

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Lunch Box Filler Part 2: Cacao Coconut Rough Muffins

Where oh where have the school holidays gone?

I could quite easily enjoy another week of no strict school routine, no ironing of uniforms, no homework, no after school running around and no preparing of school lunch boxes. But the reality is we are back this week in NSW so I thought I better get myself sorted for a lunch box filler.

I made these muffins a couple of months ago as a little experiment for Zakidlets and have made them again since as they were such a great hit. I have finally got my butt into gear to share the recipe with all of my lovely readers. I’m planning to make another batch sometime between now and Tuesday.

These little treasures are quick and easy to make, no electric mixer needed, a good old wooden spoon will have you on your way.

Cacao Muffin

You will need:

1  3/4 cups wholemeal Self Raising Flour, sifted.

1/2 cup Cacao Powder, sifted.

1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate soda, sifted.

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup dark choc chips

3 eggs lightly beaten

1/3 cup olive oil

1 cup Greek yoghurt

1/3 cup milk

1.Preheat oven to 170 C (160 C Fan forced). Line a 12 hole standard muffin tin with liners. You may need an extra 1 or 2 as I ended up with 13.

2. Combine all sifted dry ingredients in large bowl, also adding coconut, sugar and choc chips, stir to combine.

dry Ingredients

3. In a large jug combine eggs, oil, yoghurt and milk ( I lightly whisk everything with a fork to combine).

wet ingredients

4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Combined ingredients

5. Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin tin, you want them to be about 2/3 full.

6. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes or until firm to touch.

7. Stand 5 minutes, then pop them onto a wire rack to cool.

Cacao Muffin

Once cooled I wrap the muffins with cling wrap, place them into an airtight container then into the freezer they go, ready for me to grab when preparing the lunch boxes. Zadada loves them as an on the go morning tea snack for work.

I have to say I am loving experimenting with Cacao powder and coconut flour at the moment, especially for Zakidlets, just a bit more wholesome and healthy than standard cocoa and plain flour. Don’t get me wrong if I only have cocoa or plain flour in the house I would happily use them, any form of home baking is a sure thing in my eyes. In addition to that, I do not always have time to make lunch box fillers, some weeks store bought is my only option (a little thing called time deprivation steps in).

What lunch box fillers are you using this week? I would love to hear your idea’s.

Depending on which state you live in I hope everyone has or is having a great start to term 2.

Until then……..

Zamamabakes

 

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