Ingredients: 1 cup of butter (225g) 3/4 cup white sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 1/4 cups plain white flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups chocolate chips
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an oven tray.
2. Cream the butter , white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs into the mix one at a time, and then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then stir into creamed mixture.
3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Place rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking tray.
4. Bake until light brown, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to rack to cool.
*This recipe can be adapted to your tastes. Try adding chopped macadamia and white chocolate chips for a more gourmet biscuit!
Cooking with flare, Donna, Sadie has been wearing Poppy-Isabella's tutu for over 24 hours now. She has played in it, danced, gone grocery shopping, slept in it, went to crèche wearing it and now is cooking in it!
The house is a villa built in 1910 and sits in a large private section with a pretty garden, a vegetable garden, a large lawn and two big old garden sheds.
The house still has some original features such as lovely sash windows, but it was updated in the 70s and then again in the 80s, so there are some unusual features and color choices that we would like to change in the future.
We feel spoiled for space especially after living in a two bedroom farmhouse for 6 months. We have an eat in kitchen, a living area, three double bedrooms and a little sun room with French doors that lead off onto a deck area outside.
The vegetable patch
Around the garden
The kitchen and dining room are all in one which is great during meal times.
There was no argument over who got the 'purple room',
But she seems to like my room too....
Charlie and Oscar share the 'green room',
and the sun room is a nice place to sit in the sun and read a book.
Hope that gives you an idea of our space, we hope to make many happy memories here. xx
I had a great first week at the local library. It's been a good way to meet more local people and families and everybody has been very welcoming. The library space is lovely to work in, it's bright and airy. It's housed in the old town hall which was built in 1907, but a few years back it was totally renovated and now is a space for the community to gather, has offices, the information center, public toilets and of course this very new and funky library. Take a look around. xx
Thank-you once again for all your kind comments and well wishes. My first two days at my new work have been great. The children have settled really well into their new routine and it's wonderful to be home in the afternoon ~ washing bought in, fires lit and dinner cooking before 'arsenic hour' begins.
I'm hoping to get some photographs posted of the new house soon, but I have been waiting for a 'sunny' day. It's a bit gray at present and we are needing some sunlight for our souls.
Here are some photographs taken one year a go ~ even one of little Oscar in the womb. xx
After a discussion, Ian and I 'googled' the top 10 most stressful events one can endure in life. The discussion started by reflecting what we've accomplished in 8 short months.
~ We sold our house ~ We shifted ~ We had a baby ~ Ian started a new job ~ Ian lost his job ~ Ian started another new job ~ We bought a house ~ We moved...again
And amongst all that I decided to apply for a position at the local library here in Greytown. I found out the same day we took possession of the house that my application was successful. For me personally this is a huge step. I have been working in the same library for 16 years. I started there when I was 20 years old and in that time I have grown and developed as a person. My last day is this Saturday and I will be taking up my new position at Greytown Library on Monday.
It will mean no more traveling with three children in the car (just under three hours a week). No more getting home in the dark with three tired children. I will have better hours where I'll be finished and home after lunch everyday to be with the children and establish a regular routine with them at home. It will also give me the opportunity to become a face in the community and develop new relationships. I'm feeling anxious and excited and also contented that everything has worked out for us here.
If you are wondering what the top ten most stressful things in life are....
1. divorce / breakup 2. bereavement 3. losing job 4. Wedding planning 5. Work 6. Kids / Family 7. Debt 8. Commuting 9. Studying for exams 10. Pregnancy
But life in general is stressful, but as long as you have love, support and hope things work out in the end. xx