Thursday, 25 November 2010


When I turned 40 a couple of month's ago I fell into a bit of a hole thinking that I was doomed to be 40 and frumpy and feeling pretty yuck inside and out. The last couple of months have not been easy around here, a lot has happened and I have been feeling pretty sorry for myself.
I woke up yesterday morning and thought "this is it, no more". So I have started closely watching what I eat and more importantly how much I eat and I have done something I swore I would never do again. I joined a gym.

After working at a gym training and instructing clients, I never wanted to set foot in one again. Don't get me wrong, I loved the work I was passionate about helping people and was and still am addicted to fitness. It was all of the behind the scenes stuff I resented, I have never met so many vain, bitchy, self centred narcissists in all of my life. I couldn't believe how horrible gym employees could be.

I made the decision to join Jetts Fitness, they are opening down here on Saturday and I am getting what I think is a great deal, no start up fees, no contracts and a reduced fortnightly fee. So for $9.70 a week I can workout 24 hours a day with no bitchy employees around the place. There will be a couple of people there in day hours and that's okay.

So, frumpy 40 will be gone and fabulous 40 will take it's place.

I look forward to my new adventure going into very familiar territory and can't wait to let you know how I'm doing, and it's a lot safer than continuing with full contact karate.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


I love homemade stock, the bought variety just doesn't do it for me.

I am at the moment cooking up a free range chicken to have as cold meat and salad for dinner tonight. It's so easy to use up the leftovers and make up some yummy stock to freeze.

Here is what I do.

1 chicken carcass
1 onion
1 carrot
fresh herbs (a bay leaf, parsley, thyme)
black peppercorns
1 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover. Bring to boil over a low heat, skimming the surface every now and then to remove any fat or scum.

Cover and simmer for 1-2 hours then strain through a fine sieve. Leave to cool and refrigerate or freeze until needed.

Friday, 12 November 2010


Are you sick of me talking about cricket yet? Sport is such a huge part of our lives and it takes up every weekend from Friday night through to Sunday evening for now. I really need some time in my garden, hopefully I'll find some soon enough.

Back to the title of this post.....
Glenn McGrath is in town for the weekend and the boys in the cricket program at the high school were lucky enough to meet and talk to him this evening. He is even nicer in real life and what an inspiration he is to the kids.

Of course I came prepared, I bought new cricket balls today for him to autograph and some white card for the boy's cricket albums. I'm not sure if I was supposed to let Lachie meet him but Glenn saw him right away and asked him to come up for a photo, the big boys didn't seem to mind. Lachie will get to meet him again on Sunday at a charity game he is playing, unfortunately I won't get to see him in action as I will be in Naracoorte with Dan for Kerr Shield all day.

Both boys were so happy to meet him and I think Lachie will be sleeping with his ball for a while.

On the pieces of card, Glenn wrote To Lachie (and To Dan) OOH AAH!!! (and signed)Glenn McGrath. How cool is that.


Our home has been the house of sickness lately. I can't believe how sick Sophie and Lachie have been and Dan's still struggling with his elbow injury, oh, and Darren has the dreaded "man flu".
I caught Heidi up on our table the other day, she was so scared and didn't now what to do once she got up there and certainly had no idea how to get back down.

Lachie has been playing cricket for under 12's and D grade with the big boys, check out the men behind him that he played against, he still managed to make 2 runs.

Lachie has been so sick and last weekend he ended up in the emergency room, tests were taken and we were given conformation Wednesday morning that he has whooping cough. There hasn't been a lot of sleep for myself and Lachie and between him and his sister, I've seen enough vomit to last me a lifetime.

Anyway, enough on that, on Monday night Lachie insisted that he wanted to still try out for the under 12 country cup cricket squad, (remember at this stage we had no idea he had whooping cough) The poor boy was vomiting in the warm ups, yet refused to come home with me. Usually for these squads, the older kids are picked but to our surprise, Lachie has made the preliminary squad at the age of 9 and with whooping cough!!!! We are so proud of him. Next Monday night is the final squad pick to play in Adelaide and we are trying desperately to get him well enough to make the team.

So with everything going on, Dan played in his Kerr Shield squad on the weekend, his team made 245 runs to 18 runs for the other team, yes it was over pretty quickly that day. This was Dan's first game back with his injury and his elbow handled it quite well, but unfortunately during the week with school cricket he injured it again. We will be getting it taped by the physio tomorrow morning to hopefully get him through his match tomorrow and Kerr Shield again on Sunday.

Saturday, 6 November 2010


I am reading Sweet Poison at the moment, it's an interesing book and not really light reading, but so far nothing I didn't already know through previous study I have undertaken.
I have a few addictions I want to break when it comes to sweetened food and drink and hopefully after reading both these books I will understand my cravings a little more and learn how to substitute successfully.

I'll keep you posted on this one.

Monday, 1 November 2010


I'm setting myself a goal to bake something every day. I'm doing this for a number of reasons.
* to stop spending extra at the supermarket on baked goods.
* to have fresh snacks every day for the kids at and after school.
* to use up more of our constant egg supply.
* to improve my cooking skills.
* to avoid preservatives, additives and colours.

Yesterday I made a batch of small cakes (yes I know you only see 4, it was yesterday after all)

Today I baked a loaf of bread, the kids will be home from school in an hour and they will demolish it pretty quickly. There's nothing like warm, fresh bread with butter spread on top.

I had a conversation with a friend today who mentioned how thankless baking was because as soon as she made something, it was gone. Maybe my mind-set is different because I don't think it's thankless at all, I love seeing my family gobble down nutritious yummy food and thanking me all the while for making it for them.
What do you think?