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Backdating this because I'm a slacker .. again..

As of Tuesday last week I'd slept ok the past couple of nights.  Although I realised I probably shouldn't say such things as I'm likely to jinx myself.  I'd been stressing on the weekend about the neverending housework and how many times a day I cleaned the kitchen and I'd had to run the dishwasher *twice* on the weekend and again that Tuesday night, but then the little brother cleared the floor for me and the sweetie did some washing up and I felt better about life again :)  I cooked a bunch of veggies for dinner (a tomato bake - roasted halved tomatoes topped with basil and melty cheese at the end, asparagus caesar (asparagus, butter, lemon juice, parmesand cheese) and carrots).  And I made a Yum! Delicious! cake because David and found me self-raising flour.  

Veggies

Yum delicious cake

Wednesday I finally finished part picking the six sets I started on the weekend.  Sometimes it really does take all weekend (and then some) which is why I stopped for so long - if we had anything at all on the weekend I didn't commit to starting, because there'd be a good chance I wouldn't finish.  Cooked some pork leftovers up with some broccolini which was quite nice.

Pork leftovers

Thursday turned up to problems with SSO in the morning, and having to fight with router ACLs in the afternoon, so pretty crappy day.  Had some Corona with the sweetie.

Corona beer

We were going to try and get Chong Co delivery but their website wasn't showing up as available, and they didn't answer the phone either.  So had more deep pan pizza (getting a bit thicker) - but the second pizza that week - blerf.

Dominos deep pan pizza

And then watched Prisoner of Azkaban.

Tell me what this reminds you of..

Tiles

Good Friday I started on Vic's Life on Mars part picking.  I thought there were twelve sets.  Turns out there was 22.  He had many copies of some of the smaller sets - eight of one of them!  Spent time on Saturday and Sunday doing that as well.  Also made some good progress on the big jigsaw we've had going since January.  It took us about three months to do half the jigsaw, and we did the second half pretty much over the Easter long weekend.  Helped by Ravensburger very nicely using the same cutter on either side of the jigsaw, so I flipped the top (mostly sky) round, lay it over the bottom, and smashed it out.  

On Friday we went for a walk around the block.  People were actually really friendly, everyone smiled.  I saw happy tree a bit closer up, but it's in someone's back yard, so can't get close.  Cooked sausages for dinner and watched the 1970 Airport movie.

Happy tree close up

Took ages to get to sleep Friday night - super restless.  House stuff, food shopping, jigsaw and Lego.  I went food shopping fairly early on Saturday, but Coles was depleted of different thing.  Like there was hardly any orange juice, frozen food, or bananas.  Still no toilet paper or liquid soap available, but I did manage to get some paper towel, garlic/echinacea/zinc/C tablets, and some brown rice.  And then felt like I was getting a sore throat all day.  Cooked pork leftovers red curry, and watched Airport 75.

Pork red curry

Pork red curry

Sunday, mostly just Lego and jigsaw.  There may have been pizza scrolls for lunch.  

Pizza scrolls

I took a "before" photo of our dungeon room.  It's not before Stu started pulling out books to give away so that's why there's an empty few shelves.

Dungeon April

Crysanthemums

Watched Airport 77 in the evening.

Monday was mostly just house stuff and rearranging shelves.  I put out a fun jigsaw for David to do to have a break between one hard one and the next.

David doing cupcake jigsaw

And then made runny poo for dinner!

Actually beef stew, which looks digusting but tastes amazing

Runny poo beef stew

Runny poo beef stew

Finished up the Airport box set with Airport 79 - the Concorde.  The Concorde they used in the movie was the same one that crashed - so sad!!

Tuesday I woke up at Dentist Time and never got back to sleep :(:(  Started on the next section of the Disney behemoth jigsaw.

Wednesday was cranky day due to Skype sucking donkey balls.  I hate being on the phone at the best of times, but it kept dropping out and at one point left me with a big black square in the middle of the screen and I had to restart my vm to clear it.  Not happy Jan.  I asked the sweetie to cook dinner, so he ordered Chong Co, successfully this time.

I baked a cake

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I never bake cakes.  Just not overly interested in eating them to start with, let alone making them.  So I don't have any go-to recipes.

But I decided we should have one for Neil's 40th.

So it was either raid the books, or try the internet.  I tried one book first, but it wanted complicated things like baking powder and baking soda, and while I think I have them, I'm always a little scared of them because I don't know the difference, and am worried about using the wrong thing.

So internet to the rescue!

In the end I used this recipe - http://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/easy-chocolate-cake-1971

  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup (50g) cocoa, sifted
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80g) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Chocolate cake ingredients

  • 1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and flour or line a 24cm cake tin and set aside.
  • 2. Place all ingredients into a bowl and using a mixer and mix on high for 4 minutes.
  • 3. Pour into cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the centre.

I've cooked cakes in the dim dark past, and had greased tins before, but never thought to lightly dust in flour.  So that was something new for me.

Surprisingly, the cake actually worked!  It might have been a *teeny* bit dry, so I'd go towards the 35 minutes end next time.

Chocolate cake

The icing on the other hand I didn't even consult a recipe for (actually I lie - I did - but only for approx measurement of cocoa, and from there got the idea to use milk instead of water).  Point is, I could probably make icing in my sleep, I did it so often growing up (where we used to make lemon icing to top mum's peanut slice every week or so).  So it was about that much icing sugar (which, incidentally was inherited from my nana, with a best before date of 1997 - shh! don't tell anyone!), a spoon of cocoa powder, a teeny bit of butter, and milk - added in super small amounts at a time so as not to drown the icing.

Tada!

Chocolate cake

Then I piped a message to Neil using the icing from the gingerbread kits from a couple of years ago.

Up and Down Week

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Bit of an up and down week this one.

Tuesday was a great day.
Wednesday was a crap day.
Thursday wasn't too bad, finishing up with mulled wine and beer.
Friday was pretty short, on account of being given an early mark at work, so we went down to the lake for lunch/beer, as you do :)

Baked a batch of cookies whose dry ingredients were a Christmas present from Guy and Sammi.  From when I was in Sydney.  Yep.  The jar of ingredients has been around for *at least* five years.  Stoopidly, I was too full from a big lunch and dinner to eat any of them!  The sweetie approved though :)

Other than that I've just been playing laserwar most of the evening.  Whoops.

Sadly the sweetie is sick now, just in time for the weekend :(  Poor thing.
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