Wednesday, 17 December 2014

cranberry lime glazed baked ham

I only discovered the awesomeness that is baked ham a couple of years ago. We usually make a bourbon brown sugar glaze, but with so many great ideas in the magazines, we decide to have ham for tea one night, and try something new.

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 jar jellied cranberry sauce
1/4 cup lime juice (I used 2 limes)
1Tbs dijon mustard

* combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
* bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or reduced by half
* brush over prepared ham, and bake 180ÂșC for 1hr40min

I didn't reduce my glaze enough (it started to burn), and my BBQ heat dropped too quickly, so it didn't  heat the ham all the way through

A nice flavour on the ham - everyone ate it and really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

about me {leibster award}

The Liebster Award is a fun "chain letter" style post that gets passed from one blogger to another. Some posts say it's for bloggers with less than 200 readers, but I'm not sure how you quantify that in the age of social media. Nevertheless, it's fun to ask questions of people, discover new blogs, and share some love. I recieved this award from two bloggers - Jess from A Little Part of the World and Toni from Finding Myself Young. I'm going to answer all their questions, because who doesn't love talking about themselves?

What is your greatest fear? That one of the kids will get cancer. Statistically, the chances are high, and that really scares me.
What's your favourite colour? yellow. Did you think I would say purple? I waver between the two, and it really depends on the day you're asking me - purple feels perfect for cool winter nights, but yellow is summer fun.
What is your earliest memory? walking down the stairs of the pub we were living in, holding my dad's hand. I was 2.5
What did you want to be when you grew up? a mum. Or a psychologist.
When was the last time you had a really good belly laugh? last Friday night. I came home from dropping Douglas at scouts, and Steve was watching The Graham Norton Show, which just tickled my funny bone.
What was your first pet? A cat called Bruce.
Have you ever broken a bone? Yes. Index finger on left hand. I was living with a guy who was being rude to his mum, so I went to slap him across the face, and he grabbed my hand and twisted me away from him, twisting the finger, resulting in surgery, and a finger that doesn't bend. I moved out 3 days later.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Tasmania
Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla? Chocolate
What is your dream holiday destination? Tasmania
Why did you start blogging? To share my scrapbooking pages with other scrappers. To write down life and remember when I couldn't.
Violet crumble or Crunchie? Violet crumble
Coffee or tea? tea
What do you want for Christmas? I've got my Christmas present already, a picture mate photo printer
Where were you born? Melbourne
What's your favourite type of music? anything with easily understandable lyrics I can sing loudly to.
Have you ever chucked a sickie [taken a sick day when you weren't sick]? yes
Do you speak another language? No

Can you remember your first pet's name?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

seen around the web

Candy Cane Syrup  |  Chica & Jo  |  perfect to use up leftover candy canes

Candy Cane Steamers  |  in Katrina's Kitchen  |  perfect for using that candy cane syrup (and I think something the kids will love as a special Christmas treat)

Add quiet to your day  |  The Art of Simple  |  a gentle reminder to find quiet each day

Memory Keeping get started today  |  RUKristin  |  a great reminder to not get caught up in the hype

3 ways I'm taking stock at the end of the year  |  Scoutie Girl  |  I'm still struggling to see my word for 2015, this is a good way to pause and see how far I've come this year.

The day the computer {almost} died  |  I remember that feeling of disaster all too clearly, luckily it was averted

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

review & giveaway | name my stuff

I was gifted the items in this post. All opinions are mine.

Riley is heading off to school in a short 6 weeks [but who's counting] and if there's one thing we know about round here it's lunch boxes and labelling!
With four lunch boxes going out of this house on any given day, and trying to reduce waste, we have well over fifty pieces of plastic in our drawers. And we've tried all the usual ways of labelling - sharpie [washes off], masking tape [gets gross after a couple of washes], colour coded kids ["I don't want pink!"] None of it lasts!
Enter Name My Stuff. I love Sistema products for their easy cleanability, and stay fresh seals, so I was excited to see that Name My Stuff uses these products. Now, we've only had these items for a few weeks, so they haven't gone through months of washing, lunch boxes, and boy-school-bags [you know what I mean, don't you?!], but Sophie has put the drink bottle through it's paces [she loves drink bottles, especially banging them on the table to make them pour!]

The names are clear and easy to see, and located on the top of each item, as that's the most likely spot kids will look if they lose things. And Riley is really excited that his name is "on all the boxes, no one else can use them!"

I'm eager to see how this label holds up in a few months time!
Today, I'm giving away a 2 litre triple split box in your choice of colour and label. I also have a discount code, valid until the end of January, so you can get some Christmas shopping done, and back to school, too.

Giveaway rules
* open to Australian residents only
* by entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the Foot in the Door newsletter, and the sponsor's newsletter
* giveaway opens at 7am Wednesday 10th, and closes 5pm Sunday 14th.
* winner will be notified by 5pm Tuesday 16th
* winner will be chosen by a panel
* answer the question "Do you have a child starting primary or secondary school in 2015?"
* entry via the form only. Click here to enter.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

chicken caesar subs with onion rings

Lunches at home can be pretty boring. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, I knew as soon as I read this recipe that I had to cook it, and craft day a couple of weeks ago presented the perfect opportunity. It took me ages to make, so if I was going to eat it regularly, I'd pre-prepare the chicken patties, and assemble as needed.

2 green onions (shallots) thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
600g chicken mince (ground meat)
2Tbs parmesan, plus 1/2 cup
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
3 bacon rashers
1.5 cups self raising flour
1.5 cups chilled soda water
2 large onions, thickly sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 anchovy fillets, mashed
6 long bread rolls
4 iceberg lettuce leaves

* fry green onions and garlic for 1min. Cool slightly
* mix mince, parmesan, breadcrumbs, and onion together
* with wet hands, shape mix into 12 patties
* fry over moderate heat until golden and cooked
* cook bacon
for onion rings whisk soda water and flour together. stand ten minutes. heat oil. dip a few onion rings in batter. shallow fry until golden.
whisk mayonnaise and anchovies together
assemble sub spread mayonnaise on roll, top with lettuce, bacon, patties, sprinkle with parmesan, serve onion rings on side.
* I've never eaten anchovies before, so I only used two. The mayonnaise was lovely.
* I only used 500g chicken mince, so didn't get 12 patties from the recipe
* Don't thin the batter out! I ended up with a mess, but the onion rings were awesome, and on the menu again.
* I forgot to sprinkle parmesan on top when assembling. It was still lovely.
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