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Home Improvement – Updated

A while back, I blogged here about the DIY tasks Ross and I set for ourselves.

It took a while thanks to a lot of laziness, combined with excuses but we have finally finished our outdoor table and chairs!  You’ll remember that they were originally a dark mahogany style..chairWell, Ross and I changed it up completely.  We sanded down all the chairs and table, and painted them with a couple coats of white wash.  It was hard work but we are SO pleased with the results!

photo 1In celebration of our new table and chairs, I popped off to my local Mr Price Home and bought some bits and bobs to make it even more homely.  I’m so happy with what it has become.

photo 2photo 3photo 4photo 5I also recently purchased a wall sticker or two from Stickaroo.  My plan is eventually to make a photo wall around this, but I’m loving it as it is in the meantime.

stickerI will start on the photo wall as soon as I can find some cheaper frames – they are ridiculously expensive, especially seeing as I’m just going to be sanding them down to give them a weathered look!

Ross has finally let me put more curtains up (he hates curtains, and grew up with either no curtains, or blinds).  Blinds are a bit too pricey for us at this stage, and the ‘no curtains’ thing is just not working for me, so I bought some inexpensive cafe curtains in the meantime for our kitchen and bathroom.

photo 1photo 2Next up for the home improvement chronicles – my picture wall, and I will be re-doing our mosaic garden table!

Stay tuned. ;)

The Weekend

What are you all getting up to this weekend?

I have had such a difficult week at work, I am so relieved it’s Friday!  Even today has been crazy at work and I haven’t had a moment to catch up on my work!  After work, I have to go gym, hit the sauna and run some errands, and this will take a good couple hours but instead of driving home in traffic (blegh), Ross and I are going to meet up and watch the new Hunger Games movie. Excitement!  Plus, we got a love seat.  Nawwwww.

Tomorrow morning, I’m are taking part in the Sisters with Blisters walk – we entered as part of the company I work for, it’s only an 8.5km and it’s for a good cause.  I definitely will not be wearing heels though, I don’t know how anyone is brave enough for that!  After the walk, Ross and I will be going to my childhood home to visit my parents, in Springs.

I try go home once a month, but life is so hectic lately, I don’t always get the chance so I need to go there this weekend because December itself is going to be a crazy month!  We’ll spend Saturday and Sunday in Springs and it’s the best because it always feels like we’ve been on holiday as it’s a chilled vibe, we can play on the PS3, chill on the internet, watch movies or sit outside in the sun, swim, play with the dogs – that kinda thing.

Every Sunday my parents take the dogs for a walk, so I’ll join for that to get some fresh air (and McDonald’s coffee), and then before we know it the weekend will be over and it’ll be back to the grindstone!  Very excited for a relaxed weekend – I foresee some afternoon naps in my near future!

I can’t believe how quickly this week has flown by.  I am counting down the days to finishing up at work here – it has been unbearable the last few days.  My last day of work is officially the 13th of December and I cannot wait!

Marvellous Malva Pudding

I went to visit the fan-damily this weekend, and my mom and I made a Malva Pudding for dessert after a roast pork for lunch.  The boyfrang just so happens to LOVE Malva Pudding, and I was impressed at how easy and delicious this recipe turned out to be.

MARVELLOUS MALVA PUDDING

Prep Time 15 minutes

Baking Time 45 minutes

Ingredients:

Pudding

250ml (1 cup) caster sugar

2 eggs

15ml (1 tablespoon) smooth Apricot Jam

310ml (1 1/4 cup) Cake Flour

5ml (1 teaspoon) Bicarbonate of Soda

Pinch of Salt

30ml (2 tablespoon) Butter

5ml (1 teaspoon) Vinegar

125ml (1/2 cup) Milk

Sauce

250ml (1 cup) Cream

125ml (1/2 cup) Butter

125ml (1/2 cup) Sugar

125ml (1/2 cup) Water

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.  Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

Pudding

1.  Whisk the sugar and eggs until pale and fluffy.  Beat in the Apricot jam.

2.  Sift the dry ingredients 3 times.

3.  Melt the butter and add the vinegar and milk.  Fold the milk mixture into the egg mixture, alternating with dry ingredients.

4.  Pour the batter into the dish and bake for 45 minutes or until golden.

Sauce

Heat the ingredients until melted and pour over the hot pudding just after it comes out the oven.  Prick the pudding all over with a fork so that the sauce can be absorbed.

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or custard.  Smash in face hole.

Marvellous Malva
Marvellous Malva