Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Taking time to stop.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The one with the tuna burgers recipe

When I did  #mealplanningmonday last week a few people commented on the tuna burgers, so I thought I'd share the recipe and my take on it.

The original recipe can be found here on netmums.

As there are only three of us, I adapted the recipe to just use one tin of tuna, so I do one egg and 50g of breadcrumbs. I also make mini burgers, so I get six or seven out of the mix. I just prefer it that way, you could do two or three big ones.

I've used any type of curry paste I happen to have in the fridge and I've also used tomato paste and chilli flakes.

The method is simple:

  • Collect ingredients
  • Bung in bowl and mix together
  • Form into cakes and put on a plate in the fridge for a bit (I think this helps them to stay together when cooking)
  • Shallow fry until golden brown and cooked through
  • Serve with noodles or veggies or salad

Friday, 15 August 2014

Reasons to be cheerful - 15th August 2014 - #R2BC

Ojos World

I'm not entirely sure where this week has gone, but here are my reasons to be cheerful.

I bought a new washing line... Yay. My old rotary line rusted through a couple of weeks ago, so I've been drying laundry in my office. The new one is up and working now thank goodness.

Lunch date with Boyzilla... We go to a fast food restaurant once each school holiday and Tuesday was it.

This just makes me smile... I bought a case for my iPad mini

it just makes me smile every time I look at it.

I cleaned out my fridge... mostly because #vlogchallenge required me to do this:

I saw my name in print...

I started writing professionally in 2004, so you'd think I'd have grown out of being excited to see my byline, but it still gives me a buzz. I guess I just never thought I'd actually fulfil a childhood dream.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Do It Now!

I'm good at procrastinating. I mean really good at it. So I'm adopting a new strategy:

"Do It Now!"

There are loads of little jobs I observe around the house and think "I must remember to do that later", but by the time 'later' comes lots of those little jobs have piled up. So I've decided when I see a job that needs doing I'm just going to do it straight away and get it over with.

Here's an example: From this...

to this...

in less than three minutes...

#vlogchallenge - Week 7

You don't get to see me in this week's vid as I was using my iPad, but you do get to gawp inside my fridge!

So there.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Reviewing my cleaning routine

When I went back to working outside home I thought I'd manage my house cleaning better if I broke my weekly concerted hour or so of chores into one thing per day. Now, a couple of months down the line, I've decided to review the situation.

It doesn't work.

I hadn't really thought through the fact that I'd be leaving home at 7.45am at the latest and wouldn't be getting home until 6.15pm (at which pint I need to get family dinner underway). By the time that and a catch-up on everyone's day is done there never seems much time for anything.

So I've decided to go back to doing the house chores in one burst over the weekend. It's much easier to think "Do it now and get it out of the way".

There are things I'll continue to do on a daily basis, like laundry and wiping down the bathroom, but the rest can wait until the weekend and will be tackled in one fell swoop.

How do you manage your cleaning routine? Leave a comment below.

The 'fibs' parents tell...

Many moons ago (nine or ten years ago in fact), we told Boyzilla you could only visit fast food restaurants during school holidays. At the time we were looking for:

   1.  A reason why nagging to go to fast food places wouldn't wash,


    2.  Allowing us to buy food at motorway service stations during road trips.

Thing is, our 'fib' has become a family tradition, so even though Boyzilla is now 15, he sticks to the 'holidays only' rule, which is why yesterday my lunch looked like this: