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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

and now you have that earworm (no idea what I’m talking about, check this video, you’re welcome), here’s the next 9 days of my 100 Happy Days (days 19 to 27).

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From the Den Kitchen

Something I’ve decided to do from now on is make more for Miss K for her day care lunch boxes. This week we tried a new sandwich filling and I converted a favourite muffin recipe so I can do it in the Thermomix.

The sandwich filling was found at Kidspot – chicken carrot & celery. I shredded the chicken and chopped the carrot & celery in the Thermomix, making it even quicker and we left our the yoghurt, only cause we didn’t have any. Miss K enjoyed it and has asked for it again. Score one me!

This week’s snack was Apple Bran Muffins

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First up the Thermomix conversion…

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored & quartered
  • 1 cup All Bran
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g veg oil
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 230g self raising flour
  • cinnamon, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line muffin trays with patty pans.
  2. Combine milk and All Bran in a small bowl. Set aside until bran is soft (about 5 minutes)
  3. Grate apple for 5 seconds/speed 4 or until desired consistency. Set aside.
  4. Combine eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar, 5 seconds/speed 4.
  5. Add flour and cinnamon, mix 10 seconds/speed 3.
  6. Add bran mix and apple, mix 10 seconds/speed 2, scrape sides of bowl, mix 5 seconds/speed 5.
  7. Spoon into muffin tray. Cook 15-25 minutes.
  8. Lovely warm with butter.

and if you don’t have a Thermomix

Apple Bran Muffins

  • 2 cups grated apple
  • 1 cup all bran
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease muffin tray (or line with patty pan cases)
  2. Combine milk & all bran. Stand until all bran is soft.
  3. Mix oil, eggs & sugar.
  4. Sift flour & cinnamon into a bowl. Stir in oil mixture & vanilla.
  5. Slowly stir in bran mix, add apples.
  6. Spoon mixture into muffin tray & cook for 15-25 minutes.

Project Life (Jan–Mar 2014)

Finally got my 2014 pages up to date *yay* and I’ve got some more Life in Details projects to share.

First up January spread (no LiD project as I had the month off)

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February LiD project was red or pink. I created some digital cards but didn’t end up using them in a spread yet. Here’s one of the cards. Leave me a comment if you would like a copy of the cards.

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March LiD was a sketch challenge & I used the sketch to create my month title card (for February)

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My February pages

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I used the current April challenge (pastels) to create 3 cards and used them for Miss K’s birthday spread

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and the spread

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finally my March spread

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love being up to date with my PL pages. Now I just need to get back up to date with my pregnancy mini album & Before Your Story album.

From the Den Kitchen–Leek & Potato Soup

One of the joys of owning a Thermomix is converting all your favourite recipes so you can do them in the Thermo.

I’ve given a few a go but didn’t write them down *doh* so I have started a notebook. Yes, old fashioned I know. Each recipe I convert I’ll be writing down as I go and making notes so I know what works and doesn’t work.

One of the first recipes I’ve converted is mum’s leek & potato soup recipe. I thought, with winter coming up here in Australia (not that you’d know it – it’s unseasonably dry & warm where I am) soup will become a staple on our menu plan each fortnight. I’m sharing the original recipe given to me by mum & my thermo conversion.

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Leek & Potato Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek (including the green part), sliced
  • 4 potatoes, peeled & diced
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter, extra
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 2 cups milk
  • cheese, as much as you like

Melt your butter in a large saucepan, add leek, fry until soft.
Add potatoes and chicken stock, simmer until potato is cooked.
Place extra butter in a smaller pan, melt. Stir in cornflour.
Slowly add milk, stirring until it thickens.
Remove from heat and stir in cheese.
Add cheese sauce to soup and blend until smooth.

and now the Thermo conversions

Leek & Potato Soup (Thermomix)

  • 40g butter
  • 1 leek, cut into chunks
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled & quartered
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 500g milk
  • 50g flour
  • 30g butter, softened, extra
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 60g cheese, cubed

Add leek to mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds, speed 7.
Add butter. Sauté 3 minutes, Varoma temp, speed 1.
Add potatoes and stock. Cook 20 minutes, 100°C, speed 1.
Pour this into your Thermoserver (or another bowl).
Clean your bowl.
Place cheese in mixing bowl. and grate 10 seconds, speed 8. Set aside.
Place milk, flour, extra butter and salt into mixing bowl and cook 7 minutes, 90°C, speed 4.
Add cheese and cook 1 minute, 90°C, speed 4.
Carefully add the leek & potato mix back into the mixing bowl.
Blend for 30 seconds, speed 8 – gradually increasing the speed from 1 to 8 until desired consistency.

Enjoy!

10 things that make me happy

Continuing on with the 100 Happy Days, here the next 10 things that make me happy

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So that brings us to 18 days and still going strong. How are you going with your 100 Happy Days?

Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me {review}

Disclaimer: I was given a Touch by We Vibe to review. All opinions are my own.

Seriously, who doesn’t love a bit of RHPS

Today I’m sharing about another great We-Vibe product –the Touch. Like the Thrill, which I reviewed recently, this is a solo toy but it has so many more uses than just a personal pleasure device. We’ll get to that in a moment. First down to all the Touchy details ;)

Touch by We-Vibe

It’s hand sized at just a smidge over 10cm long and 4.5cm wide.

It’s waterproof so you can use it in the bath or shower for some wet & wild fun ;)

The Touch has up to two hours of play on a single charge and the low-power alert tells you when to recharge. Using your iDevice power plug and the supplied cord, recharging takes around 90 minutes.

There are 8 vibration modes (low, medium, high, ultra, tease, wave, pulse and cha-cha) all controlled with one button at the base of the Touch. It’s also pretty quiet.

Made from body-safe silky soft medical grade silicone, it’s free from phthalates, latex and BPA but, as with all silicone toys, it is recommended that you only use a water based lube. If you want to find out why you shouldn’t use silicone lube with silicone toys, check out this video by lubzilla (probably not suitable for work or around kids as the other suggested videos are of a more adult nature). It’s also easy to clean – just use soap and water.

The Touch is for external use only and comes with a 1 year warranty.

I’ve also found the Touch is great for neck and shoulder massages. The tapered end makes it great for pinpointing sore spots and the rounded side is good for a general massage.

It doesn’t look like a vibrator so you can leave it out on the bedside table without it drawing too many questions (what? I forgot about it and where I’d left it one night). It’s a cute paperweight that doubles as a neck massager ;)

Like the Thrill it also comes with a cute little satin bag to keep it in and keep it dust/fluff/cat hair free. Makes it nice and portable too for traveling.

Would I recommend the Touch by We-Vibe? You bet. It’s a great little hand sized toy with the vibrations of a bigger toy. Oh and it’s purple.

From the Den Kitchen

I missed posting this last week because I ended up having an amazing girl’s night out with my mum, mother-in-law and sister-in-law and we went and saw Phantom of the Opera at the Princess Theatre. It was stunning! I love the original production and this was just as good. Launceston has some wonderful, talented performers.

Anywho, onto this weeks sides – cauliflower cheese done in the Thermomix (TM) and a warm potato salad.

Cauliflower Cheese (from the recipe community)

  • cauliflower, cut into pieces (as much as you want)
  • 3 slices bread
  • 500 g milk
  • 50 g flour
  • 50 g diced butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 g cheese, cut into small chunks
  1. Preheat your oven to 220c.
  2. Place bread and 40g of cheese into TM bowl and grate for 5-10 seconds, speed 6.
    Set aside. Don’t worry about washing your TM bowl.
  3. Add 500g of water to your TM bowl, put cauliflower pieces in Varoma, set in place and cook on Varoma temp, 20 minutes, speed 2.
  4. When cooked, set Varoma aside with the cauliflower still inside and lid still on to
    keep warm and empty water out of TM bowl (again no need to wash your TM bowl).
  5. Add milk, flour, butter and salt to TM bowl, cook on 90c for 7 minutes, speed 4
    For the last minute of cooking time add in the remaining cheese and mix at speed 7 for 10 seconds, then drop down to speed 3 until timer finishes.
  6. Put your cooked cauliflower into a casserole dish.
  7. Pour cheese sauce over the top. Top with cheese and breadcrumb mixture.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Warm Potato Salad

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped as fine as you like
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or olive oil – i just use what I have on hand)
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon french mustard
  1. Boil potatoes until just tender.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients.
  3. Drain potatoes and stir through dressing while still warm.

So there you go, two fairly quick and simple sides. Delicious in the colder months too

Goodbye March

And another month has gone by. Can you believe it’s nearly April already?!

So this month I achieved a few things.

  • I’ve blogged everyday for the whole month thanks to #30Lists
  • I’m back up to date with my 2014 Project Life (post coming soon)
  • I’ve tried a heap of new recipes.

Anyway it’s 8 days into the 100 Happy Days project. I’m enjoying finding the little things (& big things) that make me happy and make me smile. So for your viewing pleasure :)

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You can follow along with my pictures by checking out my Instagram account and check out other people’s Happy by following the hashtag #100HappyDays

#30Lists 2014 March 30

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List 30 Historical

Our last list for this month. Looking forward to sitting down and finally getting all this month’s lists in my #30Lists book.

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Joan of Arc
  • JFK
  • Winston Churchill
  • William Hartnell – what Doctor Who fan wouldn’t want to met the first
  • William Shakespeare
  • Queen Victoria
  • Cassanova
  • Cleopatra
  • William Wallace

#30Lists 2014 March 29

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List 29 businesses

  • The Gunn Deck Cafe
  • Main St Meats
  • the local IGA
  • The garden shed
  • George Town IT (slightly biased there LOL)