Pumpkin Scones

recipe: pumpkin scones

We love baking scones in our house. I love them as a breakfast treat, or for morning or afternoon tea. This recipe is one I have always made, originally receiving the recipe from my year three school teacher. We have been making them regularly ever since.

Judd, who loves cooking and baking and any kitchen appliance, loves making ‘pumpakin cons’!

The added benefit of making pumpkin scones over regular scones is using up any pumpkin that is leftover and not having to whip cream…


LTL - Pumpkin Scone Making

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a lovely quote but a not so lovely week

LTL - Quote - Impossible

This was my week.  Full of the impossibleness you only realise exists when you have a Toddler crying for a big hug and a newborn wanting her Mummy.  Every tiny piece of my day seems impossible.  Sleeping.  Eating.  Showering.  Three Minutes to myself.  The Laundry.  Getting dinner on the table.  Bathing the kids.  Peeing.

So going to get the Toddler a haircut, now that his hair is at the point of being wayyy past needing one, is not just an impossible task but a frickin’ courageous one.  Continue reading

monthly haul: january

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am really into youtube at the moment, and a little obsessed with the monthly haul video’s.  I’m no vlogger, but I love wrap ups for each month and I am going to incorporate my little take on the ‘monthly haul’ on laurentaylorloves.  I subscribe to everything, just EVERYTHING, so you can all benefit from that too!  So here is a delayed ‘Haul’ for January.

Web Haul
(Trying to keep to 12 (can you believe at first I said, 7 then 10 and then we ended at 12!) things here coz I could go on and on and on…  Next month maybe!)

– I loved this write up on iVillage, about the things you finally get once you have kids.
– I love A Beautiful Mess and this e-course ‘Capturing Real Life in 52 weeks‘ looks like so much fun. Continue reading

midweek musing: breastfeeding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

No pun intended.

I’m the last person you could say was judgemental about the way your choose to raise your kids. I really believe that. I’m the first person to advocate breast feeding or formula feeding or both. I’m the first person to tell you that I wish my child took a dummy when you look at me all guilty like while you shove it into your babies mouth. I’m the person who will even stand up for the person smacking their child, I’m the person who says ‘good on them for being strong enough to handle any criticism in a public place about disciplining their child.’ Yes, good on them for choosing to discipline their child.

How you raise your child is not my concern nor my business.

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recipe: ragu

Happy Monday lovelies!  Hope you had a good one?

Today I explained to Judd that lots of kids started school for the first time today, and one day it will be Judd’s turn.  And Mummy will cry!
Judd turned to me and said “Judd will cry too Mummy.”
*Heart melts*

How did everyone go dropping their littlies off to school?  I’m sure some (maybe the Mum’s with high school age children?) were jumping for joy?

In other news, Judd grabbed my hair so hard today holding onto me, he ripped a huge chunk out.

Oh. the. pain.

Anyway, the ragu recipe I made when I made the brownie for dessert has been requested, so here it is: Continue reading

recipe: easy sunday roast

I don’t usually roast up a chook.  I tend to buy the pre made bbq ones and use it shredded in our lunches for the week.  Otherwise, I’m using it to make soup and stock.  But this week, when whole chickens were on special, I bought one and wondered what to do with it.  The only time I’ve made a chicken roast I stuffed chorizo and something else that I can’t for the life of me remember, underneath the skin…  And that’s how long it’s been since I’ve made one.  So I decided it was high time I try again, and make it a regular in our household.  So many people have a roast a week and they are SO EASY, I’m set on adding it to our meal list weekly as well.

Here’s what I came up with…  I’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows so it’s an amalgamation of what I’ve seen…  What I love the most about this, is I had everything either in my garden or in my kitchen, so I’m confident you will too…

LTL - easy sunday roast chicken

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baking loves: pistachio macarons

I love making macarons.  No scratch that, I love eating macarons so I put up with making them.   I have had so many disasters, I couldn’t count them, and if I look at my first batch which I thought were pretty ahhhmazing, I’m a bit embarrassed now.

I have searched for the perfect recipe to make a pistachio flavoured macaron for a while now, and I haven’t been successful.  Most of the recipes call for a lot of pistachio – which is expensive – and they make about 8 macarons which would last all of 5 seconds in my household.  So after a lot of research, I tried to make my own recipe, which I am going to say is foolproof because it worked first time (no mean feat with macarons) and was a great success!

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