In the Den Kitchen–Pancake Edition

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day so I’m sharing a couple of my favourite pancake recipes with you.

When I’m in the mood for a snack pancake (or out at a show or market) I’ll have Dutch Pancakes or poffertjes. They are so delicious with lemon, icing sugar and a side or whipped butter or cream.

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My favourite recipe is made in the Thermomix and can be found here. If you don’t have a thermo try this recipe.

Word of warning though, don’t pour the batter into a small container – you will end up with a batter fountain as the yeast does it’s thing, especially when it’s warm.

I’m a thin pancake girl, much prefer them to the thicker pancakes. Much easier to roll up with yummy fillings like nutella, or strawberries, or chunks of chocolate……

anyways here’s my recipe I’ve been using for years. I can’t remember where it came from originally, no doubt one of mum’s cookbooks.

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  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 500ml milk
  • butter, for frying
  1. Chuck the flour and salt into a mixing bowl
  2. Break the eggs into a bowl and then add to flour
  3. Add half of milk and whisk
  4. Add the rest of the milk. Whisk until smooth
  5. Heat a fry pan over a low heat.
  6. Add butter, allow to melt and start to bubble.
  7. Using a soup ladle spoon some batter into the pan and swirl the pan to cover the bottom.
  8. Cook til loose and golden on the bottom then flip (about 30 seconds)
  9. Cook on the other side for about 30 seconds.

Serving suggestions – lemon and sugar, chocolate chunks, chocolate sauce, cream, nutella, strawberries


In the Den Kitchen–Pork medallions in a creamy garlic sauce

It’s been awhile since I blogged a recipe and one of the things on my list this year is to share more recipes with you all. Today’s recipe was found at What’s In The Pan and modified to suit our family and what ingredients I had on hand in the pantry.

This recipes serves 2 adults and one 7yo (The 3yo is too fussy for her own good and just ate the salad and potatoes)

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Take your pork from the fridge at least 20 minutes before you season them and make sure they are fully defrosted if they have been frozen. Warm (room temperature) meat cooks more evenly than cold.

Ingredients

Pork Chops

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • boneless pork chops (we used 2 pork medallions and a larger pork steak
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon GIG Tuscan Capsicum dip (or mixed herbs or Italian seasoning)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Creamy Garlic Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour (or use leftover flour from pork chops dredging) – I used about 1 1/2 tablespoons for a slightly thicker sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon GIG Tuscan Capsicum dip (or mixed herbs or Italian seasoning) – I left this out as I used the seasoned flour

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour and seasoning in a large bowl or zip lock bag. Chuck your chops in the floor and coat well.

  2. Heat your butter in a large heavy based pan over a medium high heat. I like to add a dash of olive oil so the butter doesn’t brown as quickly.

  3. Add your pork chops and sear for about 4-5 minutes each side. Remove pork from the heat and transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  1. Return your pan to the heat, add butter and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes over a medium heat. Add flour to the butter mixture and stir well.
  2. Slowly add the wine, stirring as you add and scrap any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Lots of flavour there!
  3. Add your lemon juice, stock and cream. Stir.
  4. Add seasoning. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Taste your sauce and add more if needed.
  5. Reduce your heat and return your pork (& any accumulated juices) back to the pan.
  6. Reheat on low for 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pork – thicker pieces will take a bit longer.

We served this with salad (mostly fresh from our garden) and homemade potato wedges.

The continuing adventures in my bullet journal

As we continue on in the adventure that is my bullet journal I’m sharing my December pages, my Christmas pages, my end of year pages and my cover page for January

Starting in December…

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Changed my weekly layout slightly and added a bunch of stickers each week. I’m really liking this new layout and will continue it for a bit until I get sick of it. Big upside is it makes laying out the next week really easy on a Sunday evening.

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I added some Christmas pages again. Plans for our elf Glitter, Christmas pressies and stocking stuffer ideas

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At the end of each year I like to do a recap of the year – big news stories, fads, hashtags, celebrity deaths and then a page closing out the year and welcoming the new year.

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I haven’t done my cover page for 2018. Not really sure what I want to do as yet. This year I decided to incorporate a few of my favourite bits from Leonie Dawson’s Shining Year books – a list of 100 things (which I blogged here) and a yearly oracle card reading. I use the free online Earth Magic oracle cards by Steven D. Farmer but I am thinking I might buy the set of cards this year.

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And finally my January cover

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Loving the little calendar month markers that I found on Pinterest. If you would like to get yourself a set head here.

100 Things in 2018

Happy New Year!
Well here we are in 2018. My 40th year on this planet. Wait, when did that happen?! Anywho, on to this year’s list. Lots from last year and lots from my 101 list too

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )

  1. Celebrate my 40th birthday!!
  2. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  3. Get a new tattoo
  4. Buy the new Linkin Park album (One More Light Live)
  5. Buy myself a Linkin Park t-shirt
  6. Personal email inbox to zero
  7. Do my nails at least once a month
  8. Afternoon Teal
  9. Buy myself some new bathers
  10. Buy some new jeans
  11. Buy some jumpers for winter
  12. Do the 100 Day Project
  13. Work through the Book of Me at Awesome Ladies
  14. Do the 100 day happy project
  15. Finish JYC 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – blog post about this coming soon
  16. Scrapbook with mum more
  17. Finish wedding scrapbook
  18. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  19. Scrapbook with others more
  20. Project Life date at least once a week – PUT IN PLANNER!
  21. Create a scrapping binder
  22. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  23. Get K’s PL album complete up to the end of 2017
  24. Get A’s PL album complete up to the end of 2017
  25. Create a mini Goddess altar
  26. Celebrate the solstices
  27. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus
  28. Meditate more
  29. Buy a set of oracle cards
  30. Create a spiritual journal
  31. Investigate essential oil companies and buy some new oils
  32. Keep a gratitude journal
  33. Read the cards once a month
  34. Work with the moon more
  35. Blog a new recipe each month
  36. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  37. Monthly blog back up
  38. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  39. New design for Nightwolf Scraps
  40. New design for Nightwolf’s Den
  41. Make ten recipes off of Pinterest.
  42. Throw a dinner party
  43. Dentist for me.
  44. Organise Pinterest boards better
  45. Buy a new camera lens
  46. Sort bookmarks (& delete duplicates or broken links)
  47. Sort & cull movie folder
  48. Sort and cull TV folder
  49. Set up the Xbox & use it
  50. Sort photos
  51. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  52. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  53. Work emails to zero each week
  54. Finally get gazebo up
  55. Finish laundry reno
  56. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  57. Organise garage & office
  58. Redo my herb garden
  59. Get floors polished
  60. Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes
  61. create a blanket from our old Hawks scarves
  62. Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts
  63. create a recipe book
  64. Write a letter to Miss K to open on her 18th
  65. Write a letter to Miss A to open on her 18th
  66. Update wills
  67. Work on family tree
  68. Create a family binder and get some routines happening
  69. Anzac Day service
  70. Have a family movie night (complete with popcorn & choc tops)
  71. See more of Tassie
  72. Visit QVMAG
  73. Write in family journals more often
  74. Get a massage
  75. Get to bed 10:30 on weeknights
  76. Cook more with the thermomix
  77. Renew Thermofun membership for 2018
  78. Make beef jerky
  79. Create less waste – recycle more
  80. Learn a new recipe each month
  81. Go berry picking
  82. Go to the Harvest market more
  83. aim for a weekly walk
  84. Learn brush lettering on the ipad
  85. Take an art journal class
  86. Learn to French braid
  87. finish Holly McCaig course
  88. finish Determined to Shine course
  89. Take 3 courses at DailyOM
  90. take a cooking class
  91. take a cake decorating class
  92. read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series
  93. Read for thirty minutes every night for one month.
  94. Have my parents over for dinner
  95. Have in laws over for dinner
  96. Watch a documentary every month (0/12)
  97. Christmas club savings
  98. Have a board games night
  99. Visit the tessellated pavement
  100. Take the kids to Tazmazia

End of year list check in

Seriously – November? How can that be the last time I blogged. Oh dear.

Another year end and the final check in for my List of 100 Things for 2017.

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )

  1. Organise Pinterest boards better
  2. Blog a new recipe each month
  3. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  4. Monthly blog back up
  5. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  6. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  7. Cull facebook groups that don’t bring me joy
  8. New design for Nightwolf Scraps
  9. New design for Nightwolf’s Den
  10. Sort bookmarks (not really blog or SM related but oh well)
  11. Work out what vegies to plant and then plant them
  12. Start a Garden Journal.
  13. Finally get gazebo up but it is happening in 2018, things are being organised
  14. Do Declutter 365 (fell off the wagon about August)
  15. Finish laundry reno
  16. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  17. Organise garage & office
  18. Get solar panels
  19. Redo my herb garden
  20. Get floors polished
  21. Have my parents over for dinner
  22. Have in-laws over for dinner
  23. Get an updated family photo
  24. Write a letter to Miss K to open on her 18th
  25. Write a letter to Miss A to open on her 18th
  26. Sort & cull movie folder
  27. Update wills
  28. Sort and cull TV folder
  29. Work on family tree
  30. Create a family binder and get some routines happening
  31. Watch a documentary every month
  32. Anzac Day dawn service (marking this as done even though it was the 11am service because both kids were involved)
  33. Have a family movie night (complete with popcorn & choc tops)
  34. See more of Tassie
  35. Spend a day at the beach
  36. Visit QVMAG marking tis as done – even though it was the museum in Hobart
  37. Set up the Xbox & use it
  38. Sort photos
  39. Go on a picnic
  40. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  41. Get BAS in on time
  42. Keep work accounts up to date
  43. Work through the Business Goddess e-course
  44. Upgrade RAM & Hard drives in laptops
  45. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  46. Work on better backups of important files
  47. Do the Raise your rates mini workshop
  48. Christmas club savings
  49. Work emails to zero each week
  50. Pay extra into super
  51. Finish JYC 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  52. Scrapbook with mum more
  53. Finish wedding scrapbook
  54. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  55. Scrapbook with others more
  56. Backup digital Project Life supplies
  57. Project Life date at least once a week – PUT IN PLANNER!
  58. Do some more classes & make sure I finish them
  59. Create a scrapping binder
  60. Organise craft group days
  61. Create a mini Goddess altar
  62. Re-join the shining life & biz academy when renewal due. Decided against this sadly as there is no more payment plan.
  63. Work through (& complete) Creating your Goddess Haven e-course
  64. Celebrate the solstices
  65. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus
  66. Do the Creative goddess course
  67. Meditate more – find a good app
  68. Buy a set of oracle cards
  69. Create a spiritual journal
  70. Investigate essential oil companies and buy some new oils
  71. Write a letter to myself to open on my 40th
  72. Keep a gratitude journal
  73. Get a massage
  74. Make a list of 30 books I want to read & then read those books (6/30)
  75. Personal email inbox to zero
  76. Get to bed earlier – have been trying to get to bed by 10:30 each night
  77. Drink more water
  78. Learn to crochet
  79. Learn brush lettering on the ipad
  80. Do my nails at least once a month
  81. Cook more with the thermomix
  82. Renew Thermofun membership
  83. Make beef jerky
  84. Create less waste – recycle more even got a worm farm and a new compost bin!
  85. Learn a new recipe each month
  86. Create and more YIAH recipes
  87. Learn to make different types of bread
  88. Go berry picking
  89. Go to the Harvest market more
  90. Use more whole foods
  91. Do something different for Afternoon Teal
  92. Do Frocktober or something for Frocktober
  93. Write in family journals more often
  94. Make time to do something with others
  95. Star Wars
  96. Have a board games night
  97. Buy Cards Against Humanity
  98. Play Cards Against Humanity
  99. Visit the tessellated pavement
  100. Take the kids to Tazmazia but on the books for the summer holidays

Goodbye to the old and Hello to the new

For the first time in nearly forever I have actually filled a planner! No stopping halfway through a year because I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. 12 months in and I admit I still love my bullet journal and the system just works for me.

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I really would have liked to start my new journal in January but space didn’t allow and that’s the beauty of a bullet journal – start when you are. So without further ado, here’s to my new journal and how I migrated.

I started off doing some searching into migrating to a new journal and ended up mainly using the tips from BohoBerry and Page Flutter. I created a spread of what I wanted to move, spreads to create and spreads to move to my ‘Long Term Collection’ TN insert.

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Then I just cracked open the new book and got started!

Trying out a new format for my Future Log. Stuffed it up by not doing it pencil first and what I planned didn’t fit in the space I had. Stickers to the rescue!!

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Next spread is Birthdays and Holidays I need to remember in the next 12 months

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I’m going to try the Year in Pixels spread and see how it goes instead of tracking my moods weekly. I’ve also set up a tracker for my period, cause you know, it’s good to track these things. Oh and I can track the relationship between my headaches and my cycle.

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I was going to do a step tracker but I am yet to find an idea I like to track my daily steps for 12 months. At this stage I will keep tracking them on my weekly spread. Another go at the 26 Pay savings challenge. We didn’t get very far this year due to a few large purchases. I’ve left the next 2 pages blank as I’m planning on adding a 2 page moon phase spread similar to the one I saw on this post on Boho Berry.

Then we’ve got my shipment tracker cause I love to keep track of all my purchases online. After all that we’re into my November pages. I’ve kept my monthly the same as previous but plan on trying a few new weekly spreads over the coming months. November’s weekly spreads are based on this one. I’ll be tracking the daily weather, my daily housework tasks, what we ate for tea as well as leaving a little space for random notes. Upside so far is that I’ve done the layout for the whole of November.

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Make your own Travellers Notebook

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I’m a bit in love with my Traveller’s Notebook I bought off AliExpress BUT I can’t fit my LT into it – which was the main reason I wanted to buy a TN. So what’s a girl to do? Why go look on YouTube for inspiration and see a video about converting a ring binder to a TN!

Looked like a project for me. I had a pink planner and a lilac Kikki K gathering dust so thought I’d try it out on the pink one first. So after some searching on YouTube I found a video that showed how to remove the rings without drilling. You can check it out here. And then some more searching on how to thread the elastic (this video). Now I am the proud owner of a TN that fits my LT.

At this stage I have my new Emerald LT, my long term collections TN insert and my new garden TN insert (which I am currently making).

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Later I’ll be sharing how I migrated from my first bullet journal over to my new LT and my new spreads for the month.

Sheffield Medieval Fest

One of the many things I’ve wanted to do for years is to do a Ren Fair and the Sheffield Medieval Fest is probably the closest I’ll get.

It’s held annually and hosted by The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania.

The day was amazing, we had the best weather (and even got a little sunburnt in the 27C day!)

We saw jousting and knights in armour.

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and snakes

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but the birds of prey were definitely the favourite. I’d love to do falconry.

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There was a wide variety of stalls too from the show bags and pony rides to archery and the SCA; basket weaving, lots of handmade goods and I got to meet local witchy author Jo Green. She was lovely and I ended up purchasing her first book S^ord, which I am enjoying so far.

Really looking forward to heading back next year and hopefully making it a yearly family outing.

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July & August bujo bits

Just sharing my July cover and some of the bits I’m trying out this month

Got some new feather washi so I decided to go with a feathery theme for my cover

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At the end of the month I added my little tribute to Chester Bennington. Little digi doodle by me and the lyrics to One More Light.

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August I’m trying a few new things but first my cover…

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tying it in with my tribute page with the candles and August is also Miss A’s 3rd birthday. Instead of doing a full page tracker I’m trying boxes and I’m also adding a weekly mood tracker sticker to track my moods. Wil see how it goes and if I continue this way next month.

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