20 November 2014

September & October - Fly By in Photos

Why is it every time I feel like I get things under control and I get time to relax and reenergise it all suddenly goes pear shaped and back to being busy again? I feel like that has just happened all over again. After taking a few weeks off between jobs I felt like I had time to unwind physically and mentally. I had set myself some goals around relaxation time and activities. i was happy with the way I spent my time off (though it really didn't seem long enough). Then suddenly I look around and it has been 7 weeks since I started the new job and I am just as busy and stretched as i was before! Crazy. I am sure I am not alone and nor will I ever really change this feeling in any real way as something else will always take my energy, but it seems a little crazy.

So here it is nearly the end of November and I am getting around to showing you what September and October looked like. So take a peak inside the craziness that has been my last few months before we fall headlong into the festive season.

Playing with big tractors at mum's place 

Taking out the rubbish country style

Collecting wood with mum and my man

Relaxing on the balcony

Cookies & Collins

A few days with a great girlfriend and few dance movies

A day at home watching cars & boys

Tulip Festival with my mum

Country stay with a girlfriend

Picking home grown lemons

Enjoying the view of the vineyards at lunch

Watching the weather come in from the drivers seat

Another sunset from my balcony

Brunch with friends

Mmmm obsession with Channing Tatum as Magic Mike

Model David Gandy - Another obsession for the month

Homemade Blood Orange Cake for my first day in my new job

French Bulldogs - my other obsession. I so want one for Xmas!

Lunch in the city

Glasses ready for our guests at my first Pop Up Bar event

And Summer baseball is back.

Phew I feel tired just looking back on it all. Wonderful to have some time off and enjoy some simple things - food, family, friends, country air, books and movies! Then back to busy busy events and learning a new job.

Looking forward to Xmas and more time with family and friends.


18 November 2014

Christmas Baking Begins

It is beginning to look and smell a lot like Christmas at my place. This week I started making my first test batch of gingerbread men for Christmas. I'm experimenting a little with adding different spices this year as I try to find the perfect  gingerbread recipe. 

I love cooking and baking. Taking a recipe and adding a few changes according to my tastes or availability of ingredients. I think some of my best triumphs have come from a swapping ingredients at last minute. Some of my worst disasters as well. But I love baking and sharing it with family and friends. 

I'm always thinking of my next meal or what amazing treat I can whip up. Possibly explains why some of my clothes don't fit this year. It was icecream last week and this week Xmas cookies. I also been thinking about pulled pork again. I did an amazing pulled pork shoulder in BBQ marinade for New Years last year and can't wait to do it again. 

I feel a dinner party coming on so I have a reason to cook and bake for many people.

Seems even my reading material suits this theme as currently I am reading Th Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan. A good read and one that has be nodding along with the characters as they contemplate the reasons they cook. Also makes me hungry reading about their wonderful creations too. 

Happy Baking.