Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Down the beach

We've registered the Suzi (Suzuki) for the season and took it for a spin through the sand hills at Canunda over the weekend.

Just the way Murphy likes to play, my camera ran out of batteries after a few shots, bugger it all. There was lots of photos I wanted to take. There is always something washed up or interesting to see.

I love this piece of coastline. It doesn't let you leave without surrendering your worries and cares to it, with it's thunderous waves and caressing sands. So powerful.

My Little Drummer Boys
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Homemade bread in a flash

This bread recipe is quick and easy. I found the recipe for 'Easy Peesy French Bread' at My Mundane and Miraculous Life blog, and have adapted it to suit me. If you asked me, I'd say it was as easy as piss french bread.

I find it not like traditional French bread, but for something that is ready in under an hour, it is worth whipping up on short notice.

I usually bake it when we are having spag bol and make garlic bread with it.

You can cook it during the day, so dinner time isn't so rushed. Lord knows how hard that time of night is and usually has me wishing I'd bought wine.

This is the yeast I buy, and I do like it says. I keep it in the fridge.

1 1/2 cups warm water (not hot, you will kill the yeast, been there, done that)
1 tablespoon honey (use a tablespoon of sugar if you don't have honey)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons Dry yeast
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour

Place everything except the flour in a bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes to go frothy.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees.

Mix in 3 1/2 cups of flour to form a dough. 

Knead in flour until it is not sticky. The dough should feel sticky, but not sticky enough that it still sticks all over your fingers.

Shape into two logs.

Cut slits in top and bake for 15 - 20 minutes. The loaf should sound hollow when knocked.

You could use the dough to bake a whole loaf, or divide it further into rolls. 

If you want to make garlic bread with it. I use 3/4 cup margarine, with 4-5 finely chopped garlic cloves mixed in. Slice the bread, not all the way through. Then spread the butter on both sides of the sections. Wrap in foil and bake at 220 degrees for 15 minutes. 

Garlic bread, with no green bits. My kids wouldn't touch it otherwise!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Puddle fun at the skate park

The circus was in town Friday, we went for a sticky beak at the showgrounds, and saw the show that evening. 

Izzy was home from school because she had a cold, so what happened next was probably not perfect, but they had loads of fun, and it was straight home for a hot bath. It's a bit like tetris, but luckily their bikes fit in the car.

My Little Drummer Boys
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