Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Slow cooker beef casserole

I should come up with fancier names for the dinners I cook, but who really has time 😂 I don't have time to stand over a hot stove for hours on end so there's no way I have time to make up fancy names..

So I decided to make a beef stew because I'm clearing out my freezer and I had a piece of chuck steak. We're in spring at the moment and after a week of beautiful 20 degree days it has plunged back to the minuses and a nice warm casserole is definitely on the menu.

So I chucked in the slow cooker 1 small diced onion, a couple of teaspoons of garlic, the chuck steak diced up.

In a little jug I poured in 1 pack of Maggi red wine and mushroom ragu and mixed in about a cup and a half of warm water and gave it a good stir.

That got chucked in the slow cooker along with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, a tin of diced tomatoes, 2 medium zucchini grated and 2 small carrots grated.

I mixed it all together and it looked like there wasn't enough liquid for the veggies but I resisted the urge to add more knowing that the veggies would break down and it would be saucier later on..

Now I put the slow cooker on high because it was almost lunch time by the time I got it in there and I wanted to make sure the meat was tender.

I let it cook away for about 2 hours before I added a tin of mixed beans..

It cooked on high for about 5 hours and then I turned it down to low before turning it off just before dinner..

I made some creamy mashed potato to go with it.. my very happy toddler licked the bowl clean 😁

Frozen yogurt dots

I decided to make some frozen yogurt dots a few months ago (it's was freezing and in the middle of winter, I must be crazy)

I made a small batch not having made them before and wanting to see what they were like

I used a table spoon of plain Greek yogurt (I like chobani) and added honey to taste.. I cut a strawberry into small pieces

I put small dots of yogurt with a small piece of strawberry on top on to a Chinese container lid and put them in the freezer for about half an hour, or until frozen..

Then we sat down and ate them all 😂😂

I think they would be a really yummy snack in summer

Sausage pie

Sausage pie for dinner tonight was requested by miss 2.

8 sausages (I chuck them in the oven and cook until brown and slice into small pieces)

Saute 1 chopped onion with a small amount of oil for a few mins, add about 2 cup of small chopped mushrooms and cook well.

Add a tin of tomatoes, about 2 tablespoons of gravy powder and I fill up the tomato tin with water and add that to the pot twice and a good splash of Worcestershire sauce and stir.

Add the chopped sausages and 1 stalk of celery chopped small. Add 2 small grated carrots and 1 medium grated zucchini and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Add a small bunch of rosemary and parsley.

Cook until sauce thickens and reduces.

I usually make mashed potatoes to go with sausage pie, this time I added a good handful of grated cheese (which was apparently wrong according to Miss 2 🙄).. I love that it's super easy to hid a bunch of veggies in the sauce and it's a super cheap meal cost us about $7 for a massive pot 😁

Sunday, 4 August 2019


At the moment there are currently 2 crazes occurring, the Coles little minis and woolworths lion king ooshies.

There's a few different promotions in the past that have been collected and we never collect to the level that some people do. We don't sell them, occasionally we swap them.

At the moment we're collecting the lion king ooshies and we've got 4 different ooshies. We've watched the old lion king so little miss knows who is who. She currently has baby lion (baby simba), king lion (mufasa), coomba (pumba) and girl lion (nala). I love how she knows exactly which one she's talking about 😂😂

Update: I don't know how we managed it but everytime we got another one they were different.. we ended up getting gold king lion, monkey, gold baby lion.. the grandparents were collecting for her too do she ended up with a much bigger collection and very happily plays with her lions 😂

The next collect them all in plants at Woolworths 😁 something I'm very much looking forward to

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Dried garlic

I got a big bunch of garlic from the markets.. some I planted, some I cooked with and I had about 3 bulbs left over so I decided to try drying some.. so I peeled the 3 bulbs worth and used my garlic crusher on the slicer setting and sliced all the cloves evenly..

I had the oven on low for a few hours before needing it to cook dinner.. when I  checked them they were really soft and not even close to dry so after cooking dinner I turned the oven off and chucked the tray back in.. when I checked them they were dry :D yay!!!

I grinded them up in the food processor and now I have yummy garlic powder to sprinkle in all sorts of dishes..

The only issue hubby had was the whole house smelt like garlic.. it didn't bother me and kept away all the vampires ;) hehe


Lately I've had a craving for peanut butter (No I'm definitely not pregnant) and I stumbled over this recipe

I did change a few things in the recipe, I know I know I have a problem :'D
I used less honey and substituted brown sugar for the raw sugar.  Next time I'll add a bit more peanut butter.. I also only had dark chocolate chips

This is a super yummy slice and will make it onto the regular slice rotation and I'm going to have to make some more because it didn't last long :'D haha

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Sultana bread

Who doesn't love a 2 year old helper when it come to baking :D and today we decided to make sultana bread

And this is the recipe that I used

The whole house smells like cinnamon and I can't wait to taste it..

Don't you just hate when everything smells so good and then you look at the finished product and it was a massive fail? Yep today my fail was this sultana bread.. but at least I figure out where I went wrong :D My yeast was out of date, something I didn't even think to check.. I ended up with a dense lumps of sultana bricks :'D haha I'll spare you the hilarious picture of my fail today, but I'm determined to try again.. I just need new yeast