#1891 Happy-go-lucky day

I was glad it was raining and grey today.

A home day is what I needed.

A day to do… whatever.

I had a ‘maybe’ playdate penned for today… but when I saw the sky, I messaged baby girl’s friend’s mum, and wrote “we’re staying inside today.”

It was just what the doctor ordered.

And what exactly was it on his prescription list?

Make some chicken soup.

Make some muffins.

Set up Monopoly on the coffee table and come back to it 3 times during the day!

Do a work out and lie on the floor puffing with jelly legs afterwards.

And then, for some balance… TAKE AWAY!

🤣

I got a wonderful surprise when I found out I had been published too! Not in the traditional ‘print’ form, this outlet is not your usual writers go-to… but nonetheless, EXCITING. 🤩

More on that soon…

But, today was what I needed. Doing whatever, whenever, just chilling and taking it easy. Because tomorrow routine starts again, proper, when I wake up earlier to take baby girl to school!

Waaaa! Holidays went too quick… 😒😁

#1852 My little chef

I’ve been making a heap of food tonight to last, and as I set about making my lasagna earlier, I tried to sell it to baby girl.

She LOVESSSSSSSSSSSS her pasta.

Lasagna, she does not.

The type of lasagna she would eat? A deconstructed one. Like, a sheet of pasta… some cheese sprinkled on the side, or perhaps a smear of bechamel beneath the sheet… and like a dollop of bolognaise sauce on the side, too, of course.

So really, just her regular pasta with bolognaise. 🤦‍♀️

But I’ve been trying to break it down to her lately, and tonight was my example I set for her. As I made the lasagna, I told her –

“Really, it’s no different to when Mummy makes bolognaise! There’s pasta, sauce and cheese, but just all layered all over each other!”

Anyway, I’ve found the best thing is when she watches me cook. She becomes very interested, tries to help out, add this, stir that. She loves to stir.

And she also becomes curious.

Willing.

Experimental.

Brave.

So I threw it in.

“Here, take a spoon and try the bolognaise, go on.”

And then later, when I was done layering the bechamel.

“Lick the spoon, try it.”

As the foil went over my oven-ready lasagna dish, she said with enthusiasm –

“Mmm, maybe I will try some lasagna!”

😁😁

Watch this space…!

#1836 Brief visit, and the tick of approval

Today my Mum and my sister swung by very briefly.

It was so good to see them, even though the time was limited.

As they headed home I sent with them my home-made plum dumplings, and hours later got a call from Mum…

She was in approval. My knedle, were good!

You know, no matter how old you are, approval from your parents is still so important.

And Mum approves of the dumplings.

YES!

#1833 Plum dumplings

I’m like a bull.

Sometimes I get a thought in my head, and I just charge, straight for the target.

Nothing can stop me. No one can distract me.

I won’t be satisfied until I’ve done what I set out to do.

That’s what happened today as I went to prepare, “Knedle.”

Otherwise known as ‘dumplings’ with plums.

I had seen an interesting recipe some time ago, and then when my parents picked all the plums off their trees in their old house before they moved, well we had an abundance of plums, didn’t we…

And I thought, wouldn’t it be great to make this traditional recipe, using homemade plums?

My parents plums?

I HAD TO.

Today, through much effort, I got these done.

I am now satisfied, but I tell you, sooo tired. I feel like I didn’t stop. On a day when I was catching up on so much already, then I started making this time-consuming dish, now I’m just like –

DONE.

I have dessert to last me all week. If anyone wants to swing by, you know what you’ll be eating. 🤣

#1747 Chicken pho for me

I can’t make it for myself at the moment.

And I’m not close enough in distance for anyone in my family to make it for me.

So just as well we have a Vietnamese extraordinaire down the road creating some fine cuisine from her kitchen. 🍜

We got some food off this lady a while ago – she makes her own authentic Vietnamese food, and during covid has been sending out boxes and packages full of delicious meals from the comfort of her home.

I feel so lucky that she is so close to us.

Knowing the nature and power of soup and broth and all things chicken-y, I ordered in advance, and today got Hubbie to head on down and pick me up her chicken broth for my lunch.

Soup, pho… it all soothes your soul. Just the act of drinking/eating/slurping it, made me feel like I was getting better.

It tasted good… my head went “mmm!”… my belly went “mmm!” and then my soul went “YES!”

So yummy. 😋

#1715 Day 217 of getting there: Sunday coffee, cake and old tunes

3pm is coffee time in our household.

The sky was grey, the clouds were several. Wisps of rain occasionally flew down on the ground outside.

I looked out the window, and strands of a song from long ago wafted into my head.

Soon, I had rain coming through the stereo, and someone was crying a river.

Or, singing about one. 😉

I left the rest of the album on, Justified it was. An album I listened to SO much as a young adult. Also, one that I haven’t listened to in years…

And yet, I found myself belting out the lyrics, every breath, every “ooh,” every gasp, because it was engrained in me.

As the music filled the house, it put me in a truly happy state, and I sipped my coffee, ate my amazing apple cake, and everything felt really good.

Finding new ways to distract myself, and get there, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

#1703 Day 205 of getting there: A Zest for dinner

We had some really yummy takeaway tonight.

I’ve been wanting to try this place out for ages, and it baffles me that I’ve known about them for the whole of lockdown (BOTH lockdowns) but only tonight we got to enjoy the delicious food.

LemonZest Catering. They are local, home-made, authentic Vietnamese food, and are so so SO close to home.

Baby girl and I picked it up tonight. We got the tasting box for two plus some extras. There were bao buns, rice paper rolls, spring rolls and the san choi bowl – the most tastiest ever!

We inhaled it all. And we don’t want them to move, ever ever ever.

#1615 Day 117 of getting there: The balcony and the bay with baby girl

We sat upstairs, sipping our coffee and babycino out on the balcony this afternoon…

While chowing down home-made muffins drizzled with nutella.

Dainty, yet unforgiving when it comes to food.

That’s how us girls roll.

The bay was foggy. It blended in with the sky, ALL DAY. To say there was water there, well, a non-local wouldn’t believe it.

Even as the sun tried to shine through the clouds, and the fog started to lift… just a little…

We turned our back to it. She sat in my lap, and we mucked around, checking things on my phone, looking at nearby spider webs, tickling each other, laughing, and just generally having fun.

But not the bay. We didn’t look at it.

We turned our backs to it all.

The fog.

The outside world.

Corona.

The horrible news were were hearing each and every day.

Even with the water, kind of, but not really there before us, we looked away.

We decided to only look at each other.

Because at the very base of it, that’s all you need.

I hope you also have someone to look at over the next few weeks…

Photo by Peter Robinson on Pexels.com

(Not our bay, remember, we weren’t looking. 😉 )

#1539 Day 41 of getting there: the ultimate bolognaise

Omg.

I’ve discovered the most amazing bolognaise sauce, and tonight as a change from takeaway, we cooked, and I made it, along with a big pot of steaming spaghetti.

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I found the recipe online, and it’s called ‘great grandma’s pasta sauce’… and you just know when a recipe has the word ‘grandma,’ it’s gonna be SMASHING.

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So lip smacking good. 😋🍝

#1536 Day 38 of getting there: the never-too-late Anzac biscuits

I had the ingredients for these bikkies on Saturday, but after the time, effort and dishes required to do my sweet potato gnocchi, I was feeling like I didn’t wanna do any kind of cooking/baking task anytime soon.

Only the thing was, these Anzac biscuits are the easiest to make.

Either way, I had a break on the weekend, and today on this cloudy and rainy day, I whipped these up really quickly.

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Now I’m no massive Anzac bikkie fan. But when I come across a recipe that –

a) I have the ingredients for, and

b) is soooo easy

I just can’t help myself. It’s like the recipe is calling me.

These gave off the most wonderful smell as they baked in the oven, and the crunch and deliciousness were most definitely there when it came time for taste-testing.

As I get progressively more and more ‘over’ store-bought sweets, I am so happy to now have a massive batch of these guys to keep my coffee company over the next week. 😉