28 March 2013

Cross = Love




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For us as a family, Easter isn't about chocolate or bunny rabbits or chickens or eggs... it's about the greatest act of LOVE that the world has ever known.

"We love because God first loved us." I John 4:19

Take a moment to watch and listen to the clip below - you are so loved and so valuable to God.







26 March 2013

Banana Fritters



Banana Fritters - aka "the frazzled mum meal", or the "what in the world am I going to do with all of those brown bananas" solution, and the list could go on.  These fritters are delicious, reasonably healthy, easy to make and everyone's best friend.

So here is the how to for Banana Fritters (feeds approximately two people, and you can double/triple the recipe accordingly, depending on the size of your troop):

Beat 2 eggs and 1 dessert spoon of sugar together.
Add ½ cup milk.  Mix in ½ cup flour (I used wholemeal flour) and ½ teaspoon baking powder.
Mix with a fork.
Stir in 2 mashed bananas.
Fry in butter until golden brown (can add grated apple and/or spices for that something extra).
Delicious served with custard, ice cream, whipped cream or drizzled in golden syrup.

That's it!


*Drool*

For more delicious recipes visit here.


24 March 2013

Weekend Awesomeness!

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This last weekend was super busy but really awesome.

I tagged along with Symon to Auckland on Friday, and was left to shop while he went off on a work engagement.  I joined him later for lunch and we headed off to a couple of other appointments he had, one which thankfully was right near to "Little and Friday", a ca I've had bookmarked to try and visit a year or so ago.



Loved their quirky style and their food and coffee was amazing!





On Saturday Symon married a special couple from our church.  Their wedding was vintage themed, with the guests asked to dress accordingly.  It was amazing, and I have a blog post filled with pictures to show you but need to wait until the Bride and Groom give the all clear before I post it.




Sunday was another busy day, with church in the morning and lunch spent with some great people, pastors and friends.

I am absolutely tired - and thankful that Monday is my day off!  Yippee!!




22 March 2013

Flashback Friday - Family Pics Edition



Prepare yourself for Drake family photo overload...












 Yep, family shots are great... must remember to do this more often.


18 March 2013

Crochet flower hairpiece



Next weekend, Symon and I are going to the wedding of an awesome couple from our church.  It is a vintage themed wedding, with everyone encouraged to dress in vintage style clothing for the occasion... think braces and cheese cutter caps for the guys, and vintage dresses and fascinators for the girls.

On a side note: I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "fascinator", all I can picture in my mind is the one Beatrice wore to the recent royal wedding...



Anways, I decided to have a bit of a play around on the weekend and make some crochet hairpieces as an option to use in my hair next weekend.  I like how they turned out - not quite as spectacular as Beatrice's facinator, but fine enough for me.



Three layer petal flowers in cream wool.  I had the option of felting them but decided to keep them as is for now.  A couple of ideas of ways to wear them (in my haphazardly tied back hair)...





Fun to make.  Quite keen to try seeing what brooches, bracelets or necklace combinations I can come up with them as well.



For more crafty makings, go here


15 March 2013

Loving - Instagram Styles



I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening
in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for...
no matter how simple it is.  


Here's a whole lot of random loving (Instagram styles because I'm too lazy to get my proper camera out) from my week - looking on the bright side of things, because this week I have felt soooooo tired and a bit under the weather (grumpy mummy and wife may have emerged a few times!)...


Loving Mondays - that special day of the week that Symon and I get precious alone time to do whatever we want... coffee dates, browsing the shops around town (aka guy torture), hanging out in our local library, reading etc.  I love Mondays!!






I love my kids, even when they engrave words like "sooper" on my precious living room trunk (I wonder which of my kids did this? Hmmmmm)...




Loving the last of the summer evenings when it's cooler to be outside than in, and when kids suddenly play nicely right on bedtime...



Loving my purse necklace that my parents gifted me last year...



Loving that my precious girl has started art lessons, and look at her first sketch - super impressed, and also glad that at least one of my girls does her 'sketching' on paper rather than vandalizing furniture!



Still enjoying doing my running each morning - 80 days in a row today (follow on instagram #mileaday)...



And just for a laugh, loving this funny shot of "no-neck Boo" and a carpet splattered with dog spit. Gotta love Boo!



Yes, lots to love - join in with other people's loving here!


12 March 2013

Coconut Iced Chocolate Slice (no bake)



I recently did a bit of experimentation in the kitchen and came up with this delicious slice - a mixture of another slice recipe, but seriously, the coconut ice icing makes this amazing!  The best thing about this slice is that it's a "no bake" slice.  I'm all for that!

Ingredients (Base)
4 oz (100g) butter
4 oz sugar
1 beaten egg
1 pkt crushed biscuits
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup chopped walnuts/coconut

Method
Melt butter, add sugar, bring to the boil.
Add everything, press into a tin and ice (see below) and cut when cold.

Icing
1 cup icing sugar
3 tblsp butter, melted
1 cup coconut
1 tsp coconut essence

To prepare the topping, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in the melted butter, coconut, and coconut essence.  Mix well.  Spread over the base and refigerate for 2 hours until firm and then cut into pieces (p.s. if you want to be extra naughty, double the icing recipe for an extra thick layer!).



For more delicious recipes visit here.



10 March 2013

Party Party!



It was the weekend of parties this last weekend.

Friday night, our good friend had his 30th at a local restaurant - the food was so good and the company was fabulous!



Cutest birthday poem ever!

On Saturday, another precious friend turned 21, but alas, I was feeling unwell all day Saturday and had to stay home - missing the most amazing party including a pink layer cake and a chance to be in a local Harlem Shake video (hehe).

On a side note, does anyone else find when they try to rest up on their bed when feeling unwell, they are bombarded by either pets, or kids with "urgent" questions?  Inevitably there will be one of the 4 kids come into my room with an urgent thing to say every 5 minutes... and sometimes a whole heap of them will be in there! Argh!!



Finally, today my precious Dad celebrated his birthday with Mum, Syms & I and his 5 grandkids.  I made him a blue zebra cake and it was so yum (follow the link to find how to make a Zebra Cake)!!  p.s. I have no idea what my boys are doing in the background here... 





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My Dad is one of the kindest men I know, has the best mustache ever and a slight addiction to collecting surfboards (my Mum is a very patient wife) - I love him to bits!

One of Dad's birthday presents - Bruce Brown Signature Collection!

Check out this amazing photo his mate Mike Cunningham found of him surfing at Waipu Cove (Northland, New Zealand) in 1965!!






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Dad is currently busy interviewing all of the original New Zealand surfers from "back in the day" (I didn't say olden-days  okay Dad?) and they are being continually uploaded on Adventures in Paradise - I've loved listening to some of the stories from the "classic surfing era" (see what I did there Dad?).

Such a fab weekend (apart from feeling icky).

Have a great week people!!







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