Friday, January 1, 2016

{Recipe} Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole

For the past two years we have had this eggs benedict casserole for breakfast on Christmas morning.

It's seems I've started a tradition but the kids did ask that we have it more often than just on Christmas morning because they don't want to wait a whole year to get to eat it again.

I've also made this without leaving it in the fridge overnight and it still turned out just as good, so if time isn't on your side and you need this breakfast in 45 minutes, then no worries. It will not disappoint.



6 English Muffins- cut in half and some in quarters (you want to fill all the gap in your casserole dish)
4 eggs
6 rashers of rindless bacon- diced
2 cups of milk
3 shallots (green onions)- sliced
1/2 tsp of paprika
1 tsp of onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Hollandaise Sauce-

4 egg yolks (you can use your egg whites to make a pavlova ;) )
130 grams of cold butter
Juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste


Dice bacon and spread half on the bottom of your casserole dish
Cut up your english muffins and layer on top of your bacon
Cover your english muffins with the remaining bacon
Mix 4 eggs, 2 cups of milk, shallots, onion powder and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl and then pour over your muffins and bacon.
Wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning preheat your oven to 180 degree celsius and removed the cling wrap from your casserole dish and replace with alfoil.

Bake in oven for approx 30 minute or until the eggs are set. Remove the alfoil and let the top go golden brown for approx 5 minutes.

Whilst the casserole is baking prepare your hollandaise sauce.  Now I use my thermomix to make my hollandaise and I follow these instructions-

Place all ingredients into bowl with the butterfly in place and set at 90 degrees, speed 3 for 8 minutes.

If you don't have a thermomix you can make your hollandaise using this method.

Then simply pour your hollandaise over your baked casserole and sprinkle with paprika.

NB- I don't seem to have a photo with the hollandaise on and if your kids are weary of spices like mine you can sprinkly the paprika BEFORE you pour the hollandaise and they will be none the wiser :P 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sun and Sand, plus some random thoughts

Just before Christmas we took off to the coast to recharge and enjoy some sun, sand and sea.
It was just what we needed and everyone had a great time.

But now that Christmas is over and we are approaching a new year I've been wondering about what I should do with this here blog. You see I spend most of my blogging time and energy over at And Sew We Craft and have kind of just left this blog to it's own devices for the whole of 2015. I'm not sure what direction I want to take it in. Do I just share family life here and leave all my crafting for ASWC? But how much of my family life do I want to share? Do I want to share more about Darcy's development as he enters toddlerdom?

I really have no idea but hopefully I figure it out soon. In the meantime I'm just going to enjoy the school holidays with my kids and take it slow.

See you in 2016!
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

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Don’t you wish you had affordable short-cuts to make healthy living easier? Are you tired of trying to make a Whole Foods lifestyle work on a Trader Joe’s budget?

I get it. You want the best for your family. You want to raise healthy kids, have strong immune systems, be more fit and energetic, and be intentional about creating a natural home, but sometimes it just feels so hard.

There’s a lot to learn and the internet can be more than a little overwhelming at times.
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The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is back for just 2 days! After Tuesday night, December 29th, the sale ends for good and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.
I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

 Warning: Photo Overload

So Christmas 2015 has come and gone. We had a fabulous day with just ourselves and ate too much food and played with Lego, tried out Caden's new Sticky Wicky and watched a movie.

We never seem to get visitors at Christmas because it too hot for them, so it's always just us as we prefer to be home for Christmas since 4 kids and travel at that time of year is not easy or enjoyable.

I hope your Christmas was a safe and happy one spent with people you love.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

#30blocksin30Days Update

Hello! Is anybody out there? I haven't blogged here for over a month, and that might be my longest break from this blog ever.

Life has been busy and I've been spending a lot of time over at And Sew We Craft not to mention sewing a quilt block (most) days for the past almost 30 days.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can find my list of 30 blocks here.

I'm a little behind on schedule, only 3 days actually and I hope to be all caught up tomorrow. But I thought I would share a few progress shots of my blocks.

So there you have it, my progress so far. I am hoping to have the quilt top all finished early next month but who knows when I'll get to quilt it. I'm hoping to do a 5 x 6 layout with sashing so this will be the biggest quilt I've ever quilted. And it will be all MINE! 

When was the last time you made or done something for yourself?

I'm linking up with Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday and And Sew We Craft for ASWC Together. 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days for my 30th Birthday!

Okay, I wanted to do 30 days of something to celebrate my upcoming 30th Birthday (it's on November 28th for those of you playing at home) I had all these ideas and then thought why don't I just do something completely outrageous and wild like make 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 DAYS!?!

Note that my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek right now! The only thing wild and outrageous about making 30 quilt blocks in 30 days is the thought that I might actually keep up to date and finish them all!

Anyhow, I'll be posting my updates daily over on Instagram and it would be cool if you wanted to play along. I'll be using the hashtag #30blocksin30days

And here is the list of blocks that I'll be making:

1. Tic Tac Toe by Blossom Heart Quilts
2. Ribbon Star by Fresh Lemon Quilts
3. Another Star Block by Fresh Lemon Quilts
4. Two Colours Star block by Fresh Lemon Quilts
5. Churn Dash Block by Cluck Cluck Sew
6. Patchwork Wheel by Don't Call Me Betsy
7. Be good to your heart block by Diary of a Quilter
8. Disappearing 9 patch block- here's a fab tutorial if you've never made one.
9. Radiant Ring Block by Don't Call Me Betsy
10. Friendship Hexagon Block by Don't Call Me Betsy
11. Divide and Conquer Block by Don't Call Me Betsy
12. Magic 8 Ball by Blossom Heart Quilts 
13. Quatrefoil by Clover & Violet via Blossom Heart Quilts
14. Homebase by Blossom Heart Quilts
15. Another 9 patch because we've hit the halfway mark and I'll need something easy!
16. Starflower Block from Ellison Lane
17. Cross Block Tutorial from Ellison Lane
18. Tic Tac Toe by Blossom Heart Quilts- Yes Again! This block is SO easy to put together
19. Make an improv block- There are no rules it just need to be 12.5 inches unfinished.
20. Economy Block finishing at 12.5 inches unfinished- this post from Cat Bird Quilts has the calculations for this block size. 
21. Sailboat Block from She Can Sew
22. Dutchman's Puzzle from She Can Sew
23. Friendship Star from She Can Sew
24. Snowball block from She Can Sew
25. Rolling Diamonds from Knotty Gnome Crafts
26. Woven block by Sew Happy Geek
27. Churn Dash Block by Cluck Cluck Sew- I know AGAIN, but you could make a churn dash plus block instead...
28. Wonky Star Block- There are two tutes for this one, a vid from Missouri Star Quilt Co and a written tutorial from fibre of all sorts
29. Radiant Ring Block by Don't Call Me Betsy- Yeah, yeah, another repeat. Have you even tried to find 30 blocks that you'd like to make???
30. Birthday Cake block by Fat Quarter Shop! I'll be changing this block a little because I want to make only 12 inch blocks, but it seemed a fitting block for the final day!

And Yippee that's the end. Happy Birthday to ME!

So I'll be kicking this thing off on Thursday the 29th of October so I'll be finished the day before my birthday. I'm trying to be realistic here as I really don't think I'll have time to sew ON my actual birthday so I figure I best plan for that.

So... wish me luck! I think I'm gonna need it.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sand, Sea and Emus- Lots and lots of Emus!

Beware: Photo OVERLOAD!

Last week we got a way for a nice break to Exmouth. We've been there before and it's a nice short drive for us compared to most other places we get to. And even though we've been there before we STILL haven't seen everything that there is to see there. This trip we checked out Turquoise Bay, The Turtle Center, The Lighthouse (again), Learmonth Jetty to go fishing, Bundegi Beach (B went fishing and the kids and I swam) and the water park.

We only had 4 days so we tried to fit as much in as we could without making us all exhausted. We also spent a fair bit of time at the caravan park pool. The kids love the caravan park we stay at and so do I! It's nice and central, the pool is great and it also has a restaurant!

And now we are trying to decide if we go back to Exmouth for the Christmas school holidays or head over to Coral Bay. It's a tough choice ;)

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