Who am I? I am many things but first and foremost, I am the wife of Keith and the mother of two little boys, Harley and Levi. I am also a WAHM, an avid reader, experimental cook, self-confessed geek, couch potato, Facebook addict, digital scrapbooker and of course, a blogger.

New Blog!

Monday, 17 January 2011

You'll find my new blog over at http://mandasrambles.com. See you there!


Thursday, 4 February 2010

A friend sent this to me on Facebook and I thought it was too nice not to share.

Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade. It is marked by the progression of Mummy to Mum to Mother.

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mummy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mum knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn’t know everything!
14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mum's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mum would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mum.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows.

Knew it was too good to be true...

Friday, 22 January 2010

A week ago I ran out of formula so I decided to try Levi on cows milk and he loved it. That night he slept through until 5:30am. This may not seem like much to some but this is BRILLIANT for Levi as he usually wakes around 3am in a screaming fit. That night we had no screaming fit, no crying, nothing. I didn't hear him until 5:30am when he awoke in a pleasant mood. I tried this again the next night and guess what... it worked!! 5:30am again! I tried again the third night and success again so I thought THIS IS IT! No more night waking and screaming fits! The fourth night was the same. This was BLISS. I hadn't had so much sleep since he was born. Until he decided I didn't like this idea anymore and last night and the night before I was up and down again with a screaming baby. 1am, 2am, 3am, 4am... :(

He's teething at the moment so hopefully he'll go back to sleeping through again soon but for now, it's back to waking several times a night and not settling. Joy.

RECIPE: Baked Potato Slice

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


2 medium potatoes and 1 large sweet potato (or 4 medium potatoes only)
4 eggs
1 cup bacon, diced (you can also use ham if you prefer)
1 medium tomato, finely diced
1 large onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
1 cup grated cheese

1. Preheat oven to 200`.
2. Grate potatoes and using your hands, squeeze the excess water out.
3. Beat eggs together in a large bowl.
4. Add potato, bacon/ham, tomato, onion, parsley and half the cheese, mix together well.
5. Spread the mixture into a well greased shallow baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
6. Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes or until browned.
7. Enjoy!

RECIPE: Quick & Easy Salmon Bake

3 large potatoes, washed, peeled and diced
1 415gm can of salmon*
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup tomato sauce (or about 3-4 good squirts of the bottle)
salt and pepper (optional)
* NOTE: Most canned salmon comes with bones and even they are entirely edible, I can't stand then so I sift through the salmon and remove any bones I can find (or crush them up until you can't see them)

1. Boil the potatoes and onion in one saucepan until potato is soft. Mash together well adding milk/butter if desired.
2. Mix the salmon together with the potato/onion mash, cheese and tomato sauce, add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spread mixture evenly into a baking dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top of the mixture (evenly).
4. Bake in a moderate oven for 25-30 minutes or until breadcrumbs start going brown (You're not cooking it, just heating through the salmon and melting the cheese.)
5. Enjoy on it's own or with a nice salad.

My Recipes - Coming soon!

I'm getting constant requests for my recipes from Facebook friends and others so from now on, I'm going to add them to my blog which will automatically appear in my Facebook feed. You can then comment or add your own variations if you like! So, watch this space... ;)

Happy New Year!

Saturday, 2 January 2010

I'm still struggling to believe it's now 2010. That date just seems so.. futuristic? I've seen a few movies and TV shows from many years ago that show the year 2010 as being waaaaay into the future. But it's not. It's NOW!

We had a wonderful Christmas with Keith's family at Yeppoon in Central Queensland. We had a self-contained unit booked for four days at Capricorn Resort so it was great not to have to make everyone's bed for a change! Christmas lunch was spent at Keith's Uncle and Aunts place in Yeppoon. There was fun, laughter, Christmas tunes (on the iPod, not singing thank God!) and general merriness which is always a good way to wind down after another hectic year.

New Years was very quiet with just Keith, my sister, myself and the boys. Harley and Levi were in bed by 8 so that left Keith, my sister and myself. Keith was in bed by 9 so that left my sister and myself. I was in bed by 9:30 so that left my sister to bring in the new year on her own! LOL Sorry Bug. ;)
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