#1979 Saturday night feast

Lockdown = baking. 😋❤

Omg, nom nom nom.

During the day I made this delectable new recipe, recently seen on Marion Grasby’s social media, the ‘bounty brownie.’

Basically she uses the bounty chocolate bar, along with a whole lotta coconut and other good stuff, to make this incredible version of the brownie.

This is oozy, gooey, soft, and just OMG. My heart. ❤ I originally made it with Hubbie in mind because he loves coconut with chocolate, but gee, I think it’s an all-round winner.

But that wasn’t ALL. Hubbie got a selection of yummy meats and prawns, mixed grill style, and we got them sizzling on the stove… accompanied with salad stuff and home-made oven chips, let’s just say I was feeling really content.

Happy Saturday night 🥰🥰

#1966 Chocolate slice and Ricky

Two things brought me joy today.

(Well, many really, but I gotta talk about something different now, don’t I? 😉)

  1. Cooking.

It was such an inside day, and I was happy to spend most of it indoors, willing the rain to rain down even more, so I could revel in the inside-ness, even more.

I did lots of cooking, and was most happy with this chocolate slice I made. It’s a recipe I’ve had for yonks but never tried. Honestly, I have a trillion recipes scattered in magazines, books and clippings all over the place, and need to go through them more regularly so that I can discover more interesting things to make.

It was good.

2. Ricky Martin.

I’ve been on a massive rock fest of late, and most of the time Queen is the only thing I play. But I put a song on YouTube tonight, a live Ricky Martin performance, and after that was done it gave me another Ricky Martin song…

And I just REMEMBERED. I mean, it’s not like I forgot. But you can’t love everyone at the same time, and you gotta play music according to your mood.

But man, I still love the guy.

I ended up finding a CD and pumping it up as I did the dishes, because that’s the rule in our house… whoever does the dishes, picks the soundtrack.

And it was a whole lot of ‘ola’ tonight!

Chocolate slice, and Ricky. Both so, so sweet. 🤣💖😉

#1930 Lockdown food

Lockdown ain’t much different than a Winter’s night.

I don’t know. It just felt like, same-same to me today.

And though it isn’t Winter yet, we’ve gotten PLENTY of previews lately. We were planning on staying in tonight anyway, so when lockdown was announced, we just upped our Saturday cook-at-home plans, and put on the heater.

I made some vanilla muffins during the day from the Rachael Finch program…

I pimp these up with bits of chocolate, because make these healthy treats a little more ‘family-friendly’ that’s why, and also we have enough chocolate from Easter to last us ’til Santa comes around again.

And at night, I made a recipe I had bookmarked, perhaps last lockdown? LOL.

Marion Grasby’s Hoisin Beef Noodles

Now this, OMG. Droooool.

That is all.

The longer we are in iso, the longer I’ll just make more recipes, read and write more, and clean the house more in a mad frenzy (OK that one not so much, but a little more 🤣🤣)

#1875 The Easter love grows

She has grown so much.

Look at our girl, so big, so happy, searching for those Easter eggs with basket and bunny in arms.

And then Easter at a different place this year. Making memories at my parents new house, and this photo here…

This dessert photo doesn’t begin to translate the love felt, the happiness shared, the d&ms had, the music celebrated around the table as we swayed and sang in unison “It’s Amore.” 🎵

Amore. It sure is. ❤

Happy Easter. 🐇❤🎵😍

#1858 The belated ice cream cone

A few weeks ago when we were at the beach, the ice cream van rocked up.

Playing its ice cream music melody, LOUDLY, from the car park, like a good 300 metres away… from across the water, across the sand.

We watched it eagerly for about 15 seconds, before deciding, to hell with it.

It was close to dinnertime… but we wanted ice cream!

Baby girl and I started heading over to our bags to grab some money and hail the driver down.

We hadn’t even reached dry sand… we were still in shallow waters, when we saw the van reverse…

And then drive off.

???

He had been there all of 2 minutes! Give people a chance to walk over! Geez!

My ice cream van desire had been ignited. It was well and truly, LIT.

Well, fast forward to today. Today after school to be precise. We had a little catch-up, a little playdate with baby girl and her friend (because they don’t see each other enough at school), and situated on the side of the park we visited, was a van.

The ice cream van!

Well guess what we did?

You know which one mine is? The choc nut. There is nothing better than vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate, then having nuts sprinkled all over it…. YUM YUM YUM.

And I’m pretty sure this is the same ice cream van that ran away from us the other day…

We caught up to you, didn’t we?

🤣🍨

#1826 The V-Day tradition for all of us

I remember the days.

Oh, those good ol’ days. Where there was such hope for Valentine’s Day. So much promise.

That young girl, in love, looked forward to it EAGERLY, and had to organise a pressie for her fussier-than-normal then boyfriend, and she sure as hell expected a great one in return (yet she never would have admitted it out loud, SHHH).

Those days are LOOOOOONNNNGGGGGG gone.

Valentine’s Day is so much more fun and satisfying when you don’t expect ANYTHING. Like seriously, nothing.

Which is why when Hubbie got me flowers after finishing work yesterday, I was beyond chuffed.

Why yesterday, not today? Because he was coming from work, and they have the best flowers. 🤷‍♀️

It wasn’t just the red roses, or the chocolate heart though. What wins my heart every time, is when he does this:

He gets a little something for baby girl. 😍😍

A rose. A heart chocolate. By him showing her love and attention, it’ll hopefully set the bar for the type of man that she’ll expect later on in life…

Not someone who buys her gifts. Rather, someone who shows her love through action. Someone who shows respect, and love, and appreciation for who she is.

We stopped worrying about Valentine’s Day gifts a long time ago. And it’s certainly not for a lack of love.

I love him more today than I did when we first met, and yet all he gets from me is a card.

Rather, we go with the flow.

Feel like a big night? Sure, get some Moet.

Feel like going out for a meal? Let’s use the day as an excuse and go to our fave local.

Working on V-Day? Oh well, I’ll cook your fave steak.

Been a crap couple of weeks? Here’s some chocolate to cheer you.

You really shouldn’t pay heed to the expectations and commercialisation of the day… but if you want to go all out, then by all means take the horse by the reigns and GALLOP!

But if you don’t, that’s also perfectly fine. A loving relationship will likely have many more meaningful and sentimental days between the two people, that aren’t listed on the calendar.

So, just do what floats your boat.

Happy Valentine’s Day… or not.

#1563 Day 65 of getting there: the gourmet chocolate

If you read my other post you will know I had A SHIT DAY.

But we’ll try keep that drama away from this page, being all appreciation-central and all.

Trying to keep my chin up this afternoon after my work shift, I did that thing we try not to do, when we’re being all sensible and wanting to use things up in order as we open them…

I opened up a gourmet chocolate block… but we already had chocolate open.

I had to. Like I said already, SHIT day, and there was this chocolate block I had been eyeing for a couple of weeks in the pantry.

I opened it… and it was delicious.

If you see this in your local supermarket, do yourself a favour and get one! It had a dark chocolate tinge to it, and with its luxuriantly silky chocolatey-ness, and the flakes of coconut, I had to have 3 squares.

It was that kind of day.

But, the squares are super thin, and those 3 squares probably equate to like, 1 and a half Cadbury squares, so really I should have had 4…

Next time.

Then, to work off my anger add to my happiness, baby girl and I ran around the block, and I took photos of the only rose in our front yard… the sunset… shit like that, to lift my mood.

That sole rose. I get it. I totally get it.

#1559 Day 61 of getting there: the treasure hunt

It was a pretty non-eventful home schooling day.

I mean, they called it a ‘device free’ day. That meant that they had given us a an activity sheet to download earlier, which we could work off with our kids, and give them a much-needed break from doing so much on their devices.

Basically, it was a BS day.

We looked at the sheet after my work shift, and baby girl was like “nah.”

I let it be. I mean, she was meant to go back in only days anyway. Playing pretend hairdresser or making up a dinner menu, well missing that kind of activity wasn’t going to really affect her schooling life.

Unbeknownst to her I had checked out the list in advance, and decided to surprise her with something else…

A treasure hunt!

Yep, a treasure hunt was on the list, so I took the idea by the reigns and steered it in my direction. I made a rough sketch of our ground floor, and started thinking of places to hide little notes to help her around the house, to find the ultimate goal…

Chocolate, LOL what else?

So we did it after dinner, and seriously, she loved it.

No more seriously… Hubbie and I loved it more than she did. 😉

And when she found the chocolate, she was rapt… only to take a bite of the gourmet strawberry speckled chocolate heart Hubbie had bought home from his work, and go –

“It has a funny taste.”

So she got a plain one instead, oh well. We do these fun things for our kids, these special things, and what do we get…

Fun for us instead. And memories. Memories for us all. 🙂

#1544 Day 46 of getting there: a neighbourly gift

There was a small plastic package in my mail box.

I paused, hesitating over this small thing that was clearly homemade. Something had been tied up in a small plastic bag, and I did not know WHAT it could be.

“Come over here! Check this out!”

Hubbie was about to go back to work from lunch, but came back from his car to peer inside the mailbox.

“Oh, someone has just given something…” he pulled it out, and it was this small parcel, with a note.

My heart, melted.

It wrote:

“To all our service road neighbours,

A lock down

Hi, hope you are all well

From 840″

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The neighbours at 840 had gifted all of us with little chocolates! It was the smallest, yet the sweetest gift (no pun intended), just a little memento to say hey, we’re here, and also a reminder that we are all in this together.

Alone and isolated in our homes, but together in spirit.

I have no idea who they are, but I am committed to returning the surprise with baby girl, very soon. ♥

People ARE beautiful.

#1541 Day 43 of getting there: a chocolatey package

I’ve been ordering a bit online, so I had to run through the list in my head as the delivery man handed me a super-light box that read “this way up.”

What was so fragile that it needed direction as to how it should stand?

Kids clothes?

Chalk?

Exercise pants?

None of the above.

It was a chocolate bouquet!

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And it had to be held upright, to keep the arrangement looking all lovely and ready to eat. 😋

Gifted by sis and bro, for our anniversary.

🥰

We love you guys. ❤❤❤