Monday, July 27, 2015

Perfect choc chip cookie recipe


There's nothing quite like a hot cup of tea on a cold winter's evening. Except maybe a hot cup of tea with a bicky on the side. Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside; these chocolate chip cookies are perfect. 


Ingredients:  
0.5 cup salted butter 
0.5 cup brown sugar
0.5 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tspn vanilla essence
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup choc chips 
(All half-cup ingredients are equivalent to 125 grams) 



Method:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 celcius (160 fan-forced) and grease a baking tray or line it with baking paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a bowl mix the softened butter (I mixed over a sink of warm water as it was particularly cold in our house) with the sugars, egg and vanilla essence. 

3. Stir in the flour (you may find it easier to use your hands towards the end). And then mix in the choc chips. 

4. Roll small balls of the mixture (bouncy ball size) and place on the baking tray. 

5. Pop the tray into the oven and bake for 10-15mins (biscuits will still be soft). Cool on the tray for a minute then transfer to a cooling rack (I pick them up with an egg slice)


I honestly have no idea how long these will keep for. Mine always get eaten before they get a chance to go stale. Full batch is approx 4000kcal and will yield 20-40 cookies, depending on size of cookies. 

So not an every day food but a delicious and fool-proof recipe for when you feel like something yummy! 

Enjoy xx 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Don't be afraid of 'hard'

I'm incredibly lucky to have a job where I work from home, with many tasks carried out over the phone or internet, although this means that I never actually see a lot of the people who I regularly deal with. Because of this, some people were not aware that I was pregnant until recently and some were not even aware I'd had a baby.  In fact, one lady only found out this afternoon so there may still be people who don't realise. 

The general reaction has been a sort of politely bemused horror. 

I was induced on Friday the 26th June and I worked until a little past 5pm that evening and then went into hospital at 8pm, as booked.

I responded to two calls on the Saturday and let the rest go to voicemail. Our little boy was born on the Sunday morning, I went home Sunday afternoon and napped that evening while my husband sent out the schedule. We don't send out a schedule Monday night but the next schedule, the one on Tuesday night, I did myself. 

I basically took one day off work. 

Is that because my husband is selfish or lazy? Not at all! He was (and is) willing to do whatever he can to help me during these early newborn days. But he knows what I'm like when I have made up my mind on something. Anyone who stands between me and my goals will be annihilated, lol!


He has helped in lots of other ways- school runs, grocery shopping, cooking.  But I like things done a certain way; it's much easier to do them myself. Besides which, 'wahm' is part of my self-identity. I don't see why two things which are important parts of my life can't co-exist. 

And I guess that's the answer to when people keep saying "I don't know how you do it!". I've never expected it *not* to work out and so I just do it! Sure, I guess it can look hard, when I have an invoicing deadline but can only type with one hand because I'm feeding a hungry baby who never seems to be full! But if I stopped and thought about how hard it could be, I'd be wasting valuable time and letting myself be defeated before I'd even begun. 

The fact is, hard does not mean impossible. Hard means it takes effort and so it must be something important, something you really want. Frankly, life is too short to waste time on the unimportant stuff. 

So work hard,
Play hard, 
Make the important stuff happen and enjoy the life you've created for yourself xx 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Struggletown

Life with a newborn can be challenging, between the sleep deprivation, the constant feeding/changing/holding and the shift in family dynamics. 

I have to say, though, I think we've handled it all pretty well. Hubby hired a temporary replacement for himself at work so he's been here to help out and the girls have been on school holidays so although there have still been work tasks and employees to meet at 7:30 each morning, our days have been fairly relaxed and unstructured. 

But then there was Monday. 

I came down with a cough and laryngitis Sunday evening so I was feeling rotten. Baby N decided to give up his 4hr sleeps. One of the guys didn't turn up for work and had his phone turned off so at 7:35am hubby had to throw on his work shirt and go to work. It was the girls first day back at school, so I had to get them ready and do school drop off on my own. And then the washing machine broke!!! With most of baby N's size 0000 clothes inside!! Argh! 

Somehow we managed the school drop off and then I got to use a laundromat for the first time in eleventy billion years. 



It's actually quite charming in its own way, don't you think? 

By some miracle I actually had the right quantity and denomination of coins! Hurrah! And the laundromat supplies the washing powder. So it really wasn't so bad. 

Sadly I haven't been able to fix my washing machine, which is older than my children, so now I get to spend my hard-earned cash on a new machine. And Baby N is still relishing cat naps. And constant feeding. But if we can get through this week, we can easily get through the weeks ahead, right? 

Right!! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Welcome baby N!

Our gorgeous little boy arrived in the early hours of Sunday 28th June. 


This is him at 2 days old, cuddled up to my finger while we napped together. 

He had his check-up with the child health nurse today and has gained 330gms and almost 3cm in length in the last 11days. Wow! 

He's settling in really well and everyone is besotted!