Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Easy Peasy Apple Pie and Custard

Play School is my kids favourite TV show! Molly obviously learns a lot from it because she's always asking what day it is and what the time on the clock is. Yesterday they made an apple pie on the show and she asked me if we could make one. So of course today we did. This was all about Molly making an apple pie so we made it really easy with as few steps as possible.

I think it turned out pretty cute. Okay I'm sure its not the best apple pie but that wasn't the aim. So if you want to make a really easy apple pie with your kids this is how we did ours.

You will need: 1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1 or 2 tins apple pie filling
We simply lined the bottom of our greased pie dish with the defrosted shortcrust pastry and trimmed. We mixed the tin of apple pie filling with some sultanas (as Molly loves sultanas at the moment!) and filled the pie dish. I only had 1 tin so mine is a bit of a flat pie. Then we topped it with the puff pastry sheet, trimmed and made a smiley face with the trimmed off pieces. Then we brushed the top with some beaten egg. Bake in an 200 oven til nice and golden on the top. 

Of course I can't have apple pie without custard so while it was cooled we made a super easy custard in the microwave.

You will need:
1 cup milk
1 tablespoons custard powder
3 teaspoons of sugar

Combine all ingredients in a microwave jug and microwave on high for 1min 30 secs.
Remove and stir. Then continue to cook one mintue at a time, stirring in between and it's the consistency you like.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Study/Office - My New Filing System

I just realised I never shared my new office filing system on the blog. I posted a few pictures on the Facebook page but not here. Silly me.

I used to have a filing system that consisted of a stack of trays but I found our personal home stuff was getting mixed in with business stuff. To find something in particular I would end up emptying an entire tray to find one sheet of paper. It simply wasn't working for me and I wanted a more clear working space on my desk. 

I fell in love with these wall newspaper racks from Ikea. They are called KVISSLE
I bought two - one for home/personal and one for the business.

At the beginning they looked like this ...

So I did a test run filing to see decide on exactly what I would file where and I found a problem. See my problem? 

It looked yucky and smaller pieces of paper which there are many would fall through the bottom of the rack! I need folders and a big hunt began. You see a lot of folders these days are foolscap. I struggled to find ones that I liked and would go with the rest of the colour scheme in my study. Then BINGO! I found some files being cleared out in Woolworths. So then I had this ...

Much better!
I love these files because when I need to find a partcular item I pull out the file, open it on my desk and flip through til I find it and then pop it back. Easy peasy, lemon squezy!

Then all that was needed was labelling. I'm still not 100% happy with the labelling so I think these will have to be replaced soon with nice white labels. I'll add it to the bottom of the never ending list! Lol!!

The business side is boring but I will share what the other side holds. 

1. Bills - yuk lets move on! 
2. Shopping - I keep the latest Woolies and Coles catalogues here and any catalogues or flyers for products we're looking at purchasing. The most important thing in thing file is of course the latest Tupperware catalogue!
3.  In here are copies of my master shopping list, meal plans, cleaning schedules, camping packing lists, hubbies surf patrol rosters etc.
4. Projects - here I keep print out of things I need to frame, kid's project stuff, things to be laminated etc. An example is that I have all the kid's Duplo instructions here at the moment as I want to make a file for these to go in.
5. Filing - my to be filed elsewhere place! An extra file sits behind this file and here is where I put receipts for my tax purposes.

This thing is getting a workout tomorrow as the end of financial year is approaching fast and I need to get every organised and filed ready for the bookkeeper!

Please note this is not my long - term filing system. Things are either shredded and binned from these files when no longer needed or filed away properly here ..

 here ..
or in our business files. 

My long term filing system organisation can be read about here and here.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Barbecue Organising

I have a nice new barbecue but the best bit is it's had it's own little organising project. I am quite pleased with how this little project has turned out. 

We got our first barbecue in about 2003 and it was a trolley one with a cupboard underneath just like our new one. The thing is we never used that cupboard underneath. It held the gas bottle and the rest was wasted space. All our barbecue stuff was kept in our kitchen cupboards. So when the new barbi arrived I knew I wanted to do things differently right from the start. 

A few days after our new barbi arrived Target had a great deal of the day offering 40% plastic storage. I found the perfect containers to fit inside the barbecue. So I got organising but I quickly realised I am not the barbecue man, my husband is and although he appreciates my organising he doesn't like having to open too many containers to get what he regularly uses. I solved that problem by grabbing a clear Ikea caddy I had leftover from my bathroom cupboard reorganisation. This was perfect for storing those essential items so they were easy to access. 

The top caddy holds paper towels, gas lighter, barbimate, tongs and wire brush. Also in the caddy are some stainless steel wipes for the outside of the barbi and some BBQ tough wipes which my hubby has recently fallen in love with. He tested them out the other week and came inside to me raving about them. They must be good because he went on and on!! Lol!

I'm still deciding on weather to add a couple of spice containers to the empty space you can see. They would of course be Tupperware and completely sealed but I'm still not sure about storing them outside.

The next tub hold our rotisserie parts, instructions, another wire brush and will hold extra packets of stainless wipes and BBQ tough wipes (I will stock up on them when they are on special).

The bottom tub holds stuff for the Weber. At the moment it holds foil trays and firelighters.

We also have a tub that lives next to the BBQ that holds all our stubby holders - we have quite a few. I've got another small basket inside with about six under our kitchen sink.

I made the labels in photoshop and printed them unto adhesive paper from Officeworks. 

I did decide to leave this system in place for a few weeks before blogging about it to give it a really good test run. It has definitely been a success. Hubby has kept it tidy so that's proof of the success in itself!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Laundry - a little more love

With my linen cupboard all nice and tidy it was time for a little more laundry love. You may remember that since I don't have a built in laundry cupboard with bench top I made my own with an IKEA table top and legs here.

Now I just needed to give that shelf some love. There is no baby bath any more but that bench is fabulous for sorting washing and holding all the essentials.

The jars are from IKEA. One holds my favourite washing powder - OMO and the other holds Napisan that I definitely need with my grotty youngest child. 

The cute tin is a Retro Kitchen scraps bucket that I found a long time ago at David Jones. You can find them on-line at Everton here. I use it as a rubbish bin for emptying pockets of rubbish and the lint build-up from the dryer (which lives in the garage but I access it through the laundry door).

The baskets are cheap baskets from Kmart that I use to sort washing. I got this great tip from the very nice and clever Liz at Bizzy Dayz here.

But it still wasn't looking right. Until this happened...

Don't you just LOVE the labels? Theses beautiful labels are a free printable from the ever so wonderful Bianca at a little delightful here.They come in a few different colours. 

Love it!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Laundry Cupboard Re-sort

Last week I did a laundry cupboard overall.
 I cleaned out, made a donation pile and resorted everything.

Here it is now.

It used to look like this ...

Here are some more in detail photos ...

I have black sheets and doona covers for camping. We have been known to camp in some pretty dirty places so these are vital! The granny blanket are ones my Mum made and come in very handy time to time. I will never get rid of these. The first aid kit is our fully stocked camping and 4WD kit. It carries everything! 

I picked up some decor containers for half price at Coles and thought they'd be perfect for storing the extra vacuum pieces and reducing the size of my sewing kit. To be honest the last person to use it was my husband. He went to boarding school and can sew a button on better than me! All other fixing goes to my mums.

The swimming tub is a new purchase from Target for $10. They were actually in the baby section not the container department. It's huge and holds all the family's beach towels, bathers and two sets of floaties. 

The spare bags are just old coles type fabric shopping bags that come in handy from time to time. The last time was when the girls went for a sleepover at their Grandparents and I needed to pack some toys for them to take.

I love a good clean out! 
Next job in this cupboard is getting some baskets for the towel shelf :)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Egg and Bacon Pie

I think most of you have probably already figured out that I'm no gourmet chef! I like cooking and baking but I like it simple without fancy and expensive ingredients. 
So I love this easy bacon and egg pie.

 You'll need:

2 sheets of frozen puff pastry thawed
4 bacon rashers
8 eggs or more (depends on the depth of your pie dish)
salt and pepper to season
1/2 onion optional

  1. Grease your pie dish (mine is a super cheap Kmart one). 
  2. Line the pie dish with 1 sheet of pastry. 
  3. Chop bacon and onion and fry until onion is soft and bacon slightly cooked
  4. Line bottom of pie with bacon and onion
  5. Whisk 4 eggs add some salt and pepper and pour over bacon.
  6. Crack remaining eggs into pie dish leaving yolk whole.
  7. If your pie dish is deep you may want to add more whisked eggs or whole eggs.
  8. Top pie with second pastry sheet, trim and crimp edges with a fork. 
  9. Brush the top of the pie with beaten egg and bake in moderate oven for 25 - 30 mins
Variations: add parsley or garlic chives.

Yummy fresh or cold for breakfast the next morning. 
Great to take on a picnic too.
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