Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Trespasser

*Warning - This post contains the F-bomb, just once. I know - shock horror!*

Yesterday afternoon Emily was playing out in our backyard. She'd only been out there for like 5 minutes when we heard the driveway gate (which is padlocked to keep her in) rattle loudly. Hubby quickly went out the back door and saw someone’s boots disappear over the gate out into the driveway.

While Hubby ran out to bring Emily in, I ran to the front window to see a police officer run out into the street and into a yard across the road. Emily was in hysterics at being brought inside (mostly because she dropped her shoe in the yard.) 

There is chicken wire running along the back so it is closed in! Hopefully there'll be a new fence soon.

The back fence, which was already falling down, was completely flattened in one spot. Crapping ourselves, Hubby went out to speak to the other officer, who told him they were chasing someone.

Holy crap! We’re still not sure as to whether that person/persons had been through our yard or not, but the thought of it is enough to want to keep my girls inside forever. Once Emily calmed down (and I went out to get her shoe) we established that it was the police officer that ran through our yard at the time she was out there.

I grilled asked her; did the man run past you? Yes. What colour were his pants? Blue. What colour was his hat? Blue. Did he say anything to you? No. What did you do then? I scooted on my scooter. Ah, blissful innocence!

It wasn’t until later that evening when I saw the guys from behind us out picking up bits of fence and talking about what happened. Apparently two men were in their back yard at some point looking around.  I don’t know whether they went through our yard or not. The guy said to me, “It’s not a regular thing around here.” I hope the fuck not!  

I’m so freaked out by the ‘what if’s’ of the whole situation. I’m a mum, I can’t help it. Now, how am I supposed to feel comfortable that my daughters are going to be safe in our own backyard? It is a great backyard for exploring and playing, and I can see all from the kitchen window or back door (and laundry window/door, but who wants to spend all day in there?) But is that good enough? 

How can a kid be a kid if her mother is hovering over her every minute she is out playing tag and chasy with her imaginary friend? Or am I over-reacting and being irrational?

Monday, July 25, 2011

{WINNER} Handy Manny Big Race DVD



The winner of the Handy Manny Big Race DVD is..... 

Toushka Lee.

Congratulations, your prize is on it's way to you! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Under the weather

My poor sick baby :(


I'm joining in Wordless Wednesday with My Little Drummer Boys

Monday, July 11, 2011

{WINNER} Minnie's Bow-Tique DVD



The winner of the Minnie's Bow-Tique DVD is..... 
Lizzie.
Congratulations, your prize is on it's way to you! Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Handy Manny DVD review & Giveaway

I've finally got time to post this giveaway! 

Emily has been alternating between Minnie's Bow-Tique and Handy Manny: Big Race which was also released in stores on the 6th July.


Manny is a handyman who has talking tools, and in this DVD they have to fix up a broken down car and turn it into a race car for the Wood Valley 500. With plenty of tunes to get your tot boppin, this DVD was a winner in our house!

Now where can I get me some talking tools!

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So thanks again to the lovely people at Porter Novelli I have a copy of this DVD to give away!!

To enter all you have to do to be in the draw is, be a public follower of my blog (see top of sidebar on right >>) and leave a comment below! Too easy!!


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  • Open to Australian residents only.  
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  • This giveaway will end on Friday, 22nd July 2011 at midnight AEST. Winner will be chosen using the random.org widget on this blog. Be sure to leave your email address, as I need to contact the winner 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD review copy courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Porter Novelli via Digital Parents. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Donuts and Don't-nuts

Last week while I was doing some grocery shopping I spotted a mini donut maker on sale for $9.99, normally $19.99. Being the appliance junkie that I am, and not having the hubby with me for the first time in ages, I quickly put one in my trolley.

I was waiting for hubby to say something as he was helping unpack the car when I got home. All I got was “the look.” You know the one, “you spent money on THAT?”

I thought I better get my $10 worth out of it as soon as possible, so after the house was quiet, girls in bed and hubby at work, I got out my mini donut maker and made a batch according to a recipe in the instructions.

Well, what resulted wasn’t exactly what I’d imagined. It was hit and miss on getting the right amount of dough in the holes so as to not overflow or be too flat, and there was no hole, just a thin film of mixture.

The don’tnuts as I dubbed them, were way too dense and doughy, not at all the light, fluffiness I was anticipating.  I wasn’t too disappointed; after all you get what you pay for right?


A couple of days later I was pondering how I could improve my recipe to get the perfect donut. Enter Mr Google. After a quick search for mini donut maker recipe, I found one that was similar to the one in the manual, but with a little less flour and milk. I also realised that I should have mixed my batter with an electric mixer! There it was. The most likely reason my first batch failed! Duh!

I was determined to get the fluffiest, yummiest donuts out of this thing so I set to work. With a new recipe and electric mixer at hand I turned out a great big batch of yummy donuts! Success! I used a squeeze sauce bottle to neatly fill each cavity in the machine and keep the hole in the donut! These donuts were the best straight out of the machine. Let me tell you it was so hard to resist eating any them all. Light and fluffy on the inside, with a slight crispiness on the outside.


I did get more than this out of one batch of batter, but, quality control, you know. And a three year old.  The next job was the icing. This was the perfect job for Emily to help with, and we had a bit of fun too.


Mmm, still fluffy and light!

Not too many made it to the end, but they were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Definitely got my $10 worth!