> m.e: May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lemon Tart

I must admit that I used to be a little afraid of baking tarts because I thought the pastry was too complicated and that I would never be able to get it right.

After making quite alot in the last year or so I can definitely tell you that it's not that hard and really..
ANYONE can do it.

I have a simple Lemon Tart recipe, from one of my favourites, Donna Hay, that you can have a go at.

Lemon Tart

serves 8, or less depending on whether you want more

2 cups all-purpose flour
150g cold unsalted butter, chopped

3 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

2-3 tablespoons iced water

Lemon filling

3/4cup (single or pouring) cream
3/4 lemon juice
3/4 cup caster (superfine) sugar
3 eggs

Place the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the egg and process in short bursts until the pastry just comes together.
Turn out and bring together to form a ball.
Flatten the pastry, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface until 2-3 mm thick.
Line an 26cm round tart pan with a removable bottom.

Prick the base with a fork

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Line the pastry with non-stick baking paper, fill with baking weights (beans or rice will do) and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove the weights and paper and bake for a further 5 min or until golden.

Set aside.

Reduce the oven to 140 degrees C.

To make the lemon filling,
Place the lemon juice and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add the cream and eggs and stir continuously for 5 minutes.

The mixture should be thick and custard like.

Pour the mixture into the tart shell through a strainer.
Bake for 20 minutes or until just set.
Allow to cool and refrigerate until completely set.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Biggest Morning Tea

Yesterday we went to Women's Health in the North where they hosted a
Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser.

I told the kids it was like playgroup for mummy :)

They definitely enjoyed it the most though as they received ALOT of attention from the other ladies, drank hot chocolate, ate donuts, pink tim tams, chocolate cake and more pink biscuits.
I'm not sure how much they ate as most of it did end up on their faces and on my clothes.

Aidan and Amelie also won a prize for having the best looking cups there...
Prize....more chocolate :)

It was good to meet some new faces, have a bit of a chat and of course raise some much needed funds for cancer research.

Thank you WHIN, we definitely enjoyed our morning tea!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Things to do today

Busy day.

Pasting some beautiful leaves we found outside and reading our favourite books.

Ohhh, it's so hard being 3.

Amelie also coordinated her outfit with some of her cute little badges we got at the Sonny &

Coco Market on Sunday from Holly at Two Cheese Please

Glue recipe for anyone playing along :

1/2 cup flour

about 4 cups water (maybe more or less water)
heat and stir until it is like a clag like consistency, you need to stir ALOT to avoid lumps.

Add some salt and store in the fridge....if there is any leftover :)
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A little suprise after our walk....

Went out for a walk to the park and came back to find this....a burst water main right in front of our driveway!

I know what the kids were thinking..so do you...PUDDLES!!!

We kept them away as it was a little too cold for splashing, and they watched with the neighbours as the water was flowing fast towards the end of the street.

It's funny how things like this bring neighbours together, for a chat, a laugh..a bit of street gossip..all in good fun.

Thought all was ok as we headed back inside, and then there was a SPLASH....yep, we had a puddle casualty :)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's Tuesday and I can't wait...

It's Tuesday and I can't wait.....for playschool to start so I can sit down with a cup of tea and a book I borrowed today from the library for at least half an hour!.......
10 minutes if I'm lucky :)

Some new blogging fun for Tuesdays, more over here
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cupcakes, Cake & ... Farm Animals!

Had a great day at a 4yr old Birthday Party held at Cooper's Settlement, Bundoora Park.

What a fantastic day out for the kids.
Pony rides, rabbits, geese, ducks, turkeys, sheep, emus!
WOW....I'm exhausted!

Kids had a ball and everyone enjoyed cake, cupcakes and heart pops.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Baking and decorating for a good friends daughter's 4th birthday tomorrow.
Tune in tomorrow for some pics.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blog Link-A-Thon

Recently took part in a Blog Link-A-Thon at Momdot where you get a great list of blogs you can sit down and enjoy with a nice coffee or yummy tea...maybe a bikkie as well :)

1. Lori@Not Always Charming

2. Fairy Blog Mother

3. Crazy Adventures in Parenting

4. Engineer a Debt Free Life

5. Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Girls

6. Good Golly Miss Blondie

7. SavvySuzie

8. For The Love of Baby!

9. Tammy@lovemy2dogs

10. Blessings Abound

11. Coupons, Deals and More

12. Hairstyles For Girls

13. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

14. A latte in the morning

15. KiddiesCorner Deals

16. 3 Kids and Us | Mom Blog

17. The Ohana Mama

18. Coupon Queens of Laurel Run

19. Today’s Journey

20. Eve @ Confessions of a Housewife

21. My Charmed Life

22. Laurie@DoubleBugs

23. Lisa @ Final Score boys3 girls2

24. New Sue Review

25. Suzanne Calling

26. Just For Me…and You

27. Time Slides By

28. Babes and Kids

29. Declutter a Little Each Day

30. Grocery Savings for Real Families

31. Life Starring Ellie and Eve

32. So Cute Crafts

33. Brea’s Mommy

34. Are Muffins Just Ugly Cupcakes

35. It’s A Beauty Filled Life

36. The crazy suburban mom

37. Donna’s World

38. Momma’s Gone Over the Wall

39. Mommy’s Quiet Time

40. Joyce (Saving My Cents)

41. My Trendy Tykes

42. The Not-So-Blog

43. Confessions From HouseholdSix

44. SiPPyCuPSand FiNGerPriNTS

45. Jennifer@CouponMommie

46. Shasta @ Crackers&Chaos

47. Giftfully Simple

48. Just For Fun

49. Digital Mommy

50. Me And Craig

51. Parenting Princesses

52. Shan@Last Shreds Of Sanity

53. Inside My Head

54. Petit

55. My Love Lucy

56. FreckleBox personalized gift

57. Baby Lulu Dress

58. Blog 4 Mom

59. 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

60. Jolly Mom

61. My Life My Journey

62. Maman And Gourmand

63. Jess - Life @ 30

64. The POSHpreneur

65. A Blog of Goodies

66. Christy aka The Write Gal

67. LookWhatMomFound

68. Peanut Butter & Smelly’s Dad

69. Lucy

70. Angry Julie Monday

71. The Mogul Mom Blog

72. Angela

73. Deal-ectible Mommies

74. Christy’s Creations

75. Lisa

76. Courtney@Booksnboys

77. Wannabe Supermom

78. Thre Craft Momma

79. Internet Toddler

80. Jennifer@Life is a Sandcastle

81. Kristen of La Dolce Vita

82. Cranberry Fries

83. Toni @ The Mud Bug

84. The Mom Buzz

85. Tricia @Nightowl Mama

86. Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls

87. Mommy Cracked

88. EclecticBird

89. Mama Mentor

90. Moomettesgram’s Musings

91. Moomette’s Magnificents Reviews

92. Moomettesgram’s Favorite Recipes

93. Diaries of a Domestic Goddess

94. Go Graham Go!

95. NerdFamily Things

96. NerdFamily Blog

97. Making Money Keeping Money

98. NerdFamily Food

99. Flying Giggles & Lollipops

100. Gena @ Morris Bunch

101. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy

102. A Kindred Spirit’s Thoughts

103. Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House

104. D-Lo’s Lounge

105. Free Sample Freak

106. What Mommies Need

107. Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1

108. icefairy’s Treasure Chest

109. Cheaper Than Therapy

110. Therapeutic Reviews & Giveaways

111. Lily Bean Designs

112. Dirty Diaper Laundry

113. Dance Momma

114. JamericanSpice

115. Mombalance

116. A Pocket Full Of Buttons

117. Ordinary and Awesome

118. Reviews and Giveaways

119. Subjective Beauty

120. Tales From A Shopaholic Mommy

121. Mommiemayhem

122. IE Mommy

123. Nikki @ Blasian Baby Notes

124. Amber Woodward

125. Grammy Janet’s Place

126. Outnumbered 3 to 1

127. ShimmerMeBlue

128. Dev’s Favorite Giveaways

129. Joyful Money Saving

130. 1stopmom

131. A Modern Mama

132. PourSomeSugarOnMe

133. Fancast

134. Lollipop Baby

135. Lola & Ben

136. idoby2celebrants

137. Sue Jackson

138. Cackleberry Kids

139. Gifts By The Stars

140. Jemma

141. Handmade Kids

142. Ollie Rose

143. Babasfarmlife

144. Banquet Manager

145. Monkey’s Momma

146. This Mom Can Shop

147. EcoLabel Fundraising

148. Divine Chaos

149. baby kakes ink alphabet onesie

150. tee from recycle me

151. Elizabeth @ Suzy Q Homemaker

152. marla mandell bread (5/17)

153. ozone socks 5/15

154. Belly Bumps to Baby Hugs

155. Hip T

156. ThenComes Baby

157. Homemade Gourmet

158. Fresh Pure and Simple

159. MomDot Mom Blogs

160. MomDot Mom Reviews

161. Bloggers Give Charity

162. Organic Baby Resource

163. Potamus Prefers

164. The Army Wife

165. Through Hazel Eyes

166. Frugal Rhode Island Mama

167. Just Jingle

168. And Twins make 5!

169. Frugal Plus

170. Christie

171. What Happened To My House?

172. Miracles on Mama Street

173. Heck Of A Bunch

174. Blog Designs by Susan

175. mommy23monkeys

176. Hanna

177. Got Kids Need Valium

178. Womb At The INNSANE

179. Katie & Kimble Blog

180. Kim @ Adventures SAHM

181. The Frugalicious Mommy

182. Penny Pinching Diva

183. Another day. Another thought or two

184. Beauty4Moms

185. Nikki @evilflu.com

186. Little Miss Julia

187. Mrs Zeee

188. Cheryl

189. Frazzle Dazzle SuperMom

190. Florida Mealtime Savers

191. Inspiration Station

192. Mommy’s Kitchen

193. Saving with MamaNordy

194. Saving SAHM Sanity

195. A Little Piece Of Perfect

196. Nodin’s Nest

197. Lil Miss Eco

198. Laryn Strickland

199. HeatherMama

200. The Gerber Babies Blog

201. WhateverSuccess

202. Women Who Win

203. Kat @ The Burb Blog

204. Happy Healthy Families

205. Sweeps4Bloggers

206. dramaqueensmum

207. The Mom Trap

208. Multitasking Mama

209. Mama Michies Musings

210. Little People Wealth

211. Belly Beyond

212. Kim Kihega

213. Mom Fuse

214. Juanita

215. Adopt a Do

216. On the Refriderator Door

217. Christine

218. Little Diva

219. My Household Junk

220. I’m Here….Really

221. Brittany@The Greer 5

222. mary

223. Nicole @ Nicole’s Nickels

224. Lori Newman

225. Kris @ NSQSA

226. Debb

227. Shawn Ann’s World

228. Peke Moe -NZ made baby sleep sacks

229. A Simple Kinda LIfe

230. Sweet Serendipity

231. Bouncing Off The Walls

232. Jane Loedding

233. Msbuildingupdabenjamins

234. Msbuildingupdabenjamins

235. Msbuildingupdabenjamins

236. Musings from Me

237. Veronnica

238. The Adventures of Miss V

239. Mudd Kids

240. Mom Most Traveled family travel

241. Relishing the Dirt

242. Good, True and Beautiful

243. Deb @ Frugal Living and Having Fun

244. The Last Blog on Earth

245. A Wrestling Addicted Mommy

246. Rae

247. kimert@diaries of a coach’s wife

248. Dore’s Diaries

249. Blog by Donna

250. Lisette

251. Pillaging With Buffie

252. Mom of Faith


254. flutterbyechronicles

255. shelley

256. Life In A House Of Blue

257. kristen

258. Alex the Fey Thriller Series

259. MamaCheaps!

260. Donalacasa

261. A Jewish Journey

262. Anissa @ Our Chaotic Life

263. BethinNC

264. Stuttering Shell

265. Don’t Blink

266. Life is Sweet

267. Lisa

268. Sue@Stay At Home Mom

269. m.e (cathie)

270. Run DMT

271. Princess Ratbag

272. Michelle G

273. CF Mama @ Nathan’s Fight

274. Moody Mama Says

275. Laurie Ann

276. Cooking During Stolen Moments

277. A Simple Walk

278. Vanessa

279. middleagedmom

280. Ramblings Of A Wannabe Writer

281. Oh My Baby

282. Fordcast Sunny

283. Lisa Miller

284. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

285. Bibs & Cribs {very cute stuff}

286. My Lil’ Budget Book

287. Misadventures in Baby Raising

288. My Mommy Said

289. Milk & Honey Mommy

290. Milk and Honey Mommy

291. Amy O’Neal

292. Parenting Children

293. A Girl And Her Life

294. MarieLynn Boutique Blog

295. Born Fabulous Boutique Blog

296. The Pitter Patter Boutique

297. Stephanie Deese

298. Brea’s Baby Boutique Blog

299. digiscrapping.net - Heather Manning

300. Kids Activities Blog

301. Two Little Whales Cloth Diapers & More

302. 3 boys & a dog

303. Karen ~Georgia Angel

304. JenniferB @ my not so hurried life

305. Shannon Blogs Here

306. A Virtuous Woman

307. Secrets of a Southern Kitchen

308. Dreamer

309. Lollipop Book Club

310. Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower

311. Heck Of A Bunch

312. MomSaves4U

313. Barely Domestic Mama

314. Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama

315. Professional Family Manager

316. Kathleen

317. Coaching The Family

318. Frugal Creativity

319. Easy Being Green

320. Dandelion Bubbles

321. Shelly aka The Attic Girl

322. Foxtoybox-Discovery Toys

323. Ashley @ Beauty4Moms

324. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

325. Playground for Parents

326. World of Discovery

327. Kati @ Country Girl City Life

329. A Little Bit Nutty

330. Mahayla’s Mommy

332. If I Could Escape . . .

333. The Shopping Mama

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I AM Addicted!

It's been 2 very long days since I have been on the computer and to tell you the truth...it felt like weeks!
I have been used to this daily hit for a while so when I didn't have it.....it was agony.

Well, thankfully, my daily hit is back and I am enjoying catching up on everybodys great adventures.

Little pussy cat followed us home yesterday from the OP shop.
Great new friend, we just need a name, any suggestions?
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Monday, May 18, 2009

I love this little bit of Sunshine :)

You know when the weather is getting cold and somedays you get up and a little bit of sunshine is about and you search for it because it just feels sooo good!
Well today is one of those days and t
he sunshine is BEAUTIFUL.

Hope everyone is having a great day!
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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Just got some really cute button elastic headbands from Buttons by LouLou and just wanted to show them off :)

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Recycling Children's Artwork

Since Amelie has started kinder we have had an abundance of Artwork in our craft box and on our fridge.

We decided that the best way to showcase these beautiful works is to pass them on to friends by wrapping their presents in them.

Our friends love them and we don't need to buy wrapping paper that will automatically get thrown in the recycling bin anyway.

Try it, it puts a smile on people's faces.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mmm mudcake!

Had a
l o n g and busy night trying to get an order baked to be delivered this morning.
Once the kids were asleep, I was working till really late to get it all done, but had one more thing left to do this morning, ice the mudcake.

Best thing about being a kid and mum baking......mmmmm
licking the spoon!

The mudcake turned out really well so I thought I'd share the recipe for anyone who has been craving a bit of chocolate...well, a lot of chocolate...now that the cold weather calls for some comfort food.

Chocolate Mud Cake


  • 350g dark chocolate
  • 225g butter
  • 600 ml water
  • 3 eggs
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 400g self raising flour

Grease and line a 23cm round cake tin.
Preheat oven to 170C.
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, heat chocolate, butter and water. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Gradually beat cooled chocolate mixture into eggs.
  3. Whisk sugar and flour into chocolate mixture, continue beating until smooth and well blended.
  4. Pour mixture into cake tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.
  5. Turn cake onto wire rack to cool.

The mixture is quite runny and you'll probably think somethings not right, that is how it is supposed to look. Make sure to use a solid cake tin not a spring form tin.

Line tin with baking paper, this will make the cake easier to remove from the tin.

Chocolate Glaze
  • 225g dark chocolate
  • 165 ml double or whipping cream
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, heat chocolate and cream, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Keep warm.
Place cake on wire cake rack and pour warm glaze over the top.
Spread glaze with a palette knife to cover top and sides.

This cake is best eaten at room temperature or heated in the microwave for a little.


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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day & Treasures

I unfortunately didn't manage to complete 7 days of Loot Glorious Loot as market prep got the better of me, but I do have a few little Mother's Day treasures to share with you.

I started my morning off ALONE...soooo good, with a nice bike ride and a gym class and then off to visit my beautiful mum with the kiddies.
I received from the kids a coin purse from
Kids with Crayons and the cutest card from

Mum absolutely LOVED her pressie that I got from Finki
as she loves her beloved pair of expensive scissors!

So the Scissor Holder from Finki was perfect.

Mum made the yummiest vegetarian stuffed veggies and the kids played with their cousin.
A nice and relaxing day..ahhh.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Day Ladies :)

To all that are mothers and to your mothers I know it's just one day out of the whole year but I hope every day is a memorable one for us all.

Take a little time to enjoy a yummy cup of tea, enjoy that gorgeous weather and listen to the birds singing outside.....or for me...the washing machine on it's cycle..:)
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rainy Mother's Day Market

Well another season is over for
The Gardens Market and it ended with some drizzle, cold weather but an overall great day.
It's amazing how the weather doesn't deter families from going out for the day.
I guess being in such lovely surroundings people seem to overlook the miserable weather and make the most of their day with their families and loved ones.
Our kids didn't mind at all as the rain was just something else that was fun to play with.
I definitely had fun baking some yummy mother's day treats but I am definitely looking forward to a little break before the next market in June.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

The Gardens Market, Mother's Day Market

Ohhh, it's Mother's Day on Sunday, breakfast in bed, tidy house, lots of gifts, great kids....yeah maybe...for one day at least!
For all those that need a last minute mother's day gift or just any excuse really to go to a beautiful market, then The Mother's Day Market at the Botanic Gardens tomorrow is the place to be.
We'll be there selling yummy bread, gingerbread, heart cookies for mum and individually boxed cupcakes for a little mother's day treat.
Hope to see you there x
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

THE Haircut

If you need a little laugh.....
Well, the little fella has finally had a haircut after several previous failed attempts to get him to sit still.
Picture this....me holding, him kicking, screaming, hair flying everywhere, scissors in my face, hands flinging...did I mention screaming and the flying hair......a little too much Edward Scissorhands for my liking.
Five minutes of that & we are finally done, pay & leave with his hair ALL over my clothes.
I know, I know, after all that it certainly was NOT worth it, I think long hair & cute clips are a better way to go.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Loot Glorious Loot - Day 2

The little man & I decided to go for a haircut this morning as I was in desperate need of one & the little one has been having mummy & daddy attack his hair with the scissors for far too long.
I of course sat still & had my hair cut but little fella just didn't want to even get in the chair, just started squealing..."no, no, no".
So, that was it for his supposed 1st proper haircut!
After that I decided I needed a bit of a treat, so not sure that this is what is meant by Loot..but it is for me.....a little yummy tea helps soothe the mind & soul.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Loot Glorious Loot - Day 1

Some days whilst op-shopping you can't find anything that really jumps out at you & other days like this one it does! and you feel like jumping up & down & screaming...
"Look what I found".
That's just how I felt when I found not a single item...BUT, 2 boxes of Fowlers jars!
If you don't know what these are, well chances are your grandma probably had some she used to preserve fruits/vegetables in.
These are the Rolls-Royce of jars ladies, beautifully shaped and gorgeous to look at.

Ohhh...can't wait to preserve something, mmm, mums fig tree is kinda full at the moment...
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Another great day in Thornbury!

Picture of my daughter says it all!
Made n' Thornbury was once again a great experience.
A beautiful day, amazing stalls, gre
at crowd and a buzzing atmosphere all around the place.
Creative bloggers everywhere, many of whom I didn't even get a chance to meet.
A few there, Curlypops, Buttons by Lou Lou, Finki, Tinniegirl and many more who I wish I had met properly.

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