Thursday, September 22, 2011

Freezable Lunchbox Snacks

I love being able to stock my freezer door with some easy-to-grab snacks that I can throw in lunch boxes in the morning.

Portions of the following are easy to individually wrap, freeze and grab:-

  • Muffins
  • Cupcakes
  • Focaccia
  • Slices
  • Brownies/Blondies
  • Sandwiches
Today I made a chocolate brownie and parmesan herb focaccia for lunchboxes tomorrow as we were running low on freezer items.  They made for a great after school snack this afternoon, then they were sliced up, wrapped and into the freezer they went.

Usually I use make Cherry Blondies, but I didn't have enough white chocolate, and couldn't open the jar of Morella Cherries I had (doh!), so a chocolate cakey brownie it became.

Here's the recipe:-


100 grams butter
180 grams white chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup plain flour
1 cup pitted cherries
Icing sugar, to dust

Prepare a slice pan - I am not into my brownies looking really pretty on the crust, so I throw baking paper in a baking dish.  Less mess.  Easy!

  1. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove from heat.  Set aside to cool for 5 mins.
  2. Add sugar, eggs and flours to pan.  Stir to combine.
  3. Spread into prepared slice pan.  Press cherries into mixture
  4. Bake for 30 mins or until edges are firm and top golden in a 180 degree C oven.
  5. Cool in pan. Dust with icing sugar.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week 38 of the 2011 Food Storage Challenge

$10 Plan
Replenish the Kitty Tin

$20 Plan
Replenish the Kitty Tin

If you have been doing the 'Kitty' method, where you put the $10 or $20 into a jar or tin each week, and use only that money to purchase your Food Storage, this is where you would put that money in and leave it in for this week.  There are some expensive things coming up that you need to 'save' up for, like vitamins.  In order to get ones that will actually be of benefit, you'd need to spend a bit of money on those.

And how cute is that kitty tin?

Just Dance!

I started Ballet when I was 4 years old.  My father was a ballroom dancing teacher (now retired) and I attended a well known Performing Arts High School, so I have grown up with dance all around me.

Sadly my husband doesn't dance.  That's a whole 'nother story that I'd better not go into here, but I miss being able to dance.  I don't have anyone to dance with anymore.  Or so I thought...

I decided this week I was going to teach my children how to dance.  I may have bribed my son with a few gobstoppers.  Anyways, it worked, and he actually smiled! He also kept checking the windows to make sure no-one was peeking in.  Self conscious much?

We started with a basic Samba to this song: and we have a few things left to fix up, but we're having fun.  Even Phil joined in today, once he saw how much fun the kids were having, and agreed (at least for today) that it was a good thing.  We'll see if he has the same opinion when I make him dance again ;D

We're doing a Waltz next.

Anyone else want to join in a dancing challenge and see if you can learn a dance a week for a month?  I think the Jive will prove to be the most fun!! 

If you are not a dancer either, I will accept shaking imaginary maracas in your hands, alternating shoulders and wiggling your hips. :D