04 October 2017

Spice Jars



Just before Symon and I were married, the lovely ladies at my workplace put together the most beautiful basket of goodies for my surprise hen's party. It was filled with all the things you could need when setting up house for the first time, including packets and packets of herbs and spices. I was thrilled and couldn't wait to start using them.

Fast forward now to nearly 22 years of marriage, 3 reno houses, 4 kids and a menagerie of pets over the years, and if you were to take a peak in my pantry where the spices and herbs were supposed to be, you would find a half used packet of cinnamon, an out of date and discoloured packet of 'some type of herb that I never knew what it was for' and a tumbleweed or two (or something similar).


That was until today mind you...

I decided it was time I grew up and actually started being an adult and using big-girl things like herbs and spices and other adult type things that proper cooks use. It was time to organise my life, which of course means sorting my herbs and spices!

There are a few different kinds of spice racks and containers available to purchase, but I really wanted to do something different yet cost effective and also allow room for adding more over the years as I grew in my 'big girl' use of flavours. 

So here's my little journey on organising my herbs and spices...

I found these neat small craft jars at Kmart for $3 for a set of 3. Great size for storing herbs and spices and easy to clean and reuse.



In a perfect would I would have loved to have used Chalk board paint (like I did here) on these jars, but decided for now just to use washi tape and a marker. Both of these options mean you can change the labels as needed.



Once I had labeled and filled my jars, I stored them near my cooking and baking area in the kitchen for quick and easy access.




I love them and hope I will be more inspired when I cook and bake to use them! I've also written on the jar bottoms some of the foods that go great with each herb/spice. 

Already I've been a lot more creative with my cooking and baking, thanks to a little bit of organisation! 


For more "How To" ideas, go here.


02 October 2017

Peanut Butter Fudge (microwave recipe)

 


I love fudge sooooo much.  I also love peanut butter.  So what could be better than peanut butter fudge!

I came across this simple recipe recently that I adapted for myself and have made it twice in the last 2 days and love it!  It's so easy and quick to make, and so delicious!!!

It only takes around 5 minutes to prepare, 4 minutes to cook at a couple of hours to set!

Ingredients
225 grams of butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 cups icing sugar

Instructions
Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Cover and microwave for 2 minutes on high.  Stir then microwave on high for 2 more minutes.



Add vanilla and icing sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine.

Spread the mixture into a tin or dish (8 inch) lined with buttered baking paper.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Once set, slice into cubes and enjoy!!




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21 September 2017

Lately...

It's been a long time since I've done a blog post and a lot has been happening, including a few road trip adventures!  Life is busy and certainly not boring at the moment, but I do love this little space where I can stop and record the happenings of our family - it's so easy to forget things and it's also so easy to take life for granted - I always want to be someone who has a thankful heart and attitude.

Lately we've been...

Eating delicious things...




Starting on a new room renovation project... our formal lounge!



We celebrated Father's day and took the opportunity to take an updated photo of the kids all together...




Lately we've been on a couple of roadtrips to Auckland, the first being to visit our amazing friends (and Symon spoke at their church)..



We love this couple and their family, not to mention their amazing taste with board games and 80's music...


While on the way to Auckland, we also checked out out the new Coffee General in Millwater - so good!! 



We also make sure we did a bit of shopping, which included getting the best thing ever to hang in our lounge from Shut The Front Door (all will be revealed people)...




Our other roadtrip to Auckland was with an amazing group of girls from our church as we headed to Sistas conference for a few days.  This time was a special trip as my friend Jackie and myself were taking our girls along for their first ever "Sistas" experience - and they loved it!!




The trip started off with lunch at Chocolate Brown... and the purchasing of a few choccy goodies to take with us.  



The accommodation was rather grand...

 


The conference was amazing!






And the company perfect!



So there has been a lot happening lately, and the year seems to be full of many more things - and it's not finished yet!



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