Time To Get My Crochet On!

I started making this crochet blanket for one of my grand daughters last winter and with only about 6 weeks to go until the weather starts to cool here I better get it finished. Besides that, I have 3 other blankets to make as well!

I use this sort of wool because the colours change and I don’t have to join anything lol! Lazy? Why yes it is!
See how cool the colours are!

This pattern is just the classic granny, well I think it is 🤔 put it this way, it’s how I was taught when I was a child. 3 double crochets into each space, no chain between and 3 dble crochet 3 chain and another 3 double crochet into the corner space, does that sound about right? I would be keen to hear how others do it!

Cinnamon Scrolls

So over the course of the last month I have been on a pretty hectic diet. Menopause has put weight on me I am not loving and it’s time it comes off and not only that my health could do with a bit of an overhaul! So, I have been taking shakes, superfoods and pretty much little else! The detox process was hard and I didn’t actually get over it, the headaches were relentless and the hunger pains were like labor pains. All in all it was pretty crap! For the past 5 days I have gone back to my normal eating, but less of it, and more mindful of the amount of sugar we are eating. I will get back to my diet next week, but I will tweak it a bit, because I cannot do those detox headaches. I am going to do most of our food from scratch, instead of instant packet stuff we usually grab. But for today I felt like trying these cinnamon scrolls, I have never made them before, and apart from leaving the cling wrap on them while they cooked *rolls eyes, another menopause moment, they are pretty good!

cinnamon rolls in a glass baking dish

Here is the recipe:

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (from scratch)

★★★★★4.9 from 271 reviews

  •  Prep Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 25 minutes
  •  Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  •  Yield: 11-12 rolls

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Description

These easy cinnamon rolls are perfect for yeast beginners because they only require 1 rise. Top with vanilla icing or my favorite coffee icing below.


Ingredients

Rolls

  • 2 and 3/4 cups (345g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Platinum Yeast or any instant yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

Filling

  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar or packed light or dark brown sugar

Icing

  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2–3 Tablespoons (30-45ml) strong brewed coffee or milk

Instructions

  1. Make the dough: Whisk the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the milk, water, and butter together in a heatproof bowl. Microwave or use the stove and heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is warm to touch (about 110°F). Pour into the dry ingredients, add the egg, and stir until it forms a soft dough or use your mixer.
  3. On a lightly floured surface using floured hands, knead the dough for 3 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl (I use non-stick spray), cover loosely, and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Fill the rolls: After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14×8 inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter on top. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle it all over the dough. Roll up the dough tightly. Cut into 10-12 even rolls and arrange in a lightly greased 9-inch round cake pan or pie dish.
  5. Rise: Tightly cover the rolls with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free environment for 60-90 minutes. See blog post above for my trick to this step!
  6. Bake the rolls: After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake for 25-28 minutes until lightly browned. If you notice the tops are getting too brown too quickly, loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and continue baking.
  7. Make the icing: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and coffee/milk together. Drizzle or spread over warm rolls.
  8. Cover leftover frosted or unfrosted rolls tightly and store for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: This dough can be made the night before through step 4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator and allow to rise in a warm environment, about 1 hour. Continue with step 6.
  2. Freezing Instructions: Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up before enjoying. You can also freeze the unbaked rolls and here’s how: bake the rolls in step 6 for only about 10 minutes at 375°F (191°C). Cool completely, then cover tightly and freeze. To serve, take the rolls out of the freezer and put into the refrigerator a few hours before serving. Then, finish baking them.
  3. Yeast: I highly recommend instant yeast. If you only have active dry yeast, you can use that instead. Active dry and instant yeast can be used interchangeably in recipes (1:1). Active dry yeast has a moderate rate of rising and instant dry yeast has a faster rate of rising; active dry yeast will create a slower rise time.
  4. Milk: Whole milk is ideal for this dough. If needed, you can substitute nondairy milk.

Here is the link to the awesome website where I found the recipe!

Having Trouble Sleeping?…Try This..

So I am a really bad sleeper, have been for probably close on 30 years after my 3rd child was born, she literally didn’t sleep until she went to school, up at least 3 times a night and that’s how life went back then. Of course I didn’t know what I was doing back then so her not sleeping was just a normal part of life. However, it caused me to get into the habit of not sleeping and I have been tired and grumpy ever since LOL! Knowing that little bit of my lack of sleep history you will understand why menopause sleep disruptions aren’t really a problem for me but as I get older I am getting Lot more tired and frustrated that I just can’t go to bed and wake up the net morning.

The other night I put Frankincense on the soles of my feet where they are cracked with some moisturizer, I am trying home remedies for this awful cracked heels of mine, then I put 2 drops each of Frank and Lavender in the diffuser, and a tranquil blend on my chest and I woke up the next morning wondering what happened. I hadn’t gotten up at all, I still had a restless sleep but to not get up 4 times a night is a bloody miracle on it’s own! I tried it again the next night and same thing! I am not sure if I am just super tired or if the Frankincense is calming me right down and putting me into a deep sleep or if it teamed with Lavender is doing the trick or it putting it on my feet was the answer. What I do know is that Frankincense and Lavender are a great team! Maybe try this yourself if you have sleep problems, it will either work or it won’t so nothing to lose!

Homemade granola!

So I decided to try my hand at handmade muesli this weekend. I was intending to do it on Monday and go Live into Facebook but of course I forgot about that and made it this morning! The other thing I didn’t do was take photos of the process….I suck at this blogging thing! Anyway it worked out really well and tastes pretty good and I am really happy with the outcome. If found this recipe online, which is where I find all my recipes lol! As follows;

Healthy Granola Recipe

HOMEMADE GRANOLA INGREDIENTS:

To make this homemade granola recipe, you will need:

  • Old-fashioned oats: Also known as rolled oats.  If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to double-check that the brand you buy is certified GF.
  • Nuts: I almost always use slivered almonds in my granola.  But feel free to replace them with your favorite nuts or seeds (like pepitas or sunflower seeds).
  • Chia seeds: I like sprinkling these in for extra omega-3s, but feel free to omit them if you prefer.
  • Melted coconut oil: Or your preferred kind of oil.
  • Honey: Or maple syrup.
  • Ground cinnamon, fine sea salt and vanilla extract: To flavor the granola.
  • Flaky coconut: Or you can use shredded coconut, or omit the coconut altogether.

THE BEST HEALTHY GRANOLA!

★★★★★ 4.7 from 94 reviews

  •  prep time: 10 MINUTES
  •  cook time: 25 MINUTES
  •  total time: 35 MINUTES
  •  yield: 0 ABOUT 6 CUPS 

DESCRIPTION

This truly is the BEST healthy granola recipe!  It’s quick and easy to make, it’s naturally sweetened with (just a little) maple syrup, and so flavorful and delicious.  See above for more ideas on how to customize your granola too.


INGREDIENTS


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt until evenly combined.
  3. In a separate measuring cup, stir together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract until combined.  Pour the coconut oil mixture into the oats mixture, and stir until evenly combined.
  4. Spread the granola out evenly on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.  Then remove from the oven, add the coconut, and give the mixture a good stir.  Bake for 5 more minutes, until the granola is lightly toasted and golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire baking rack.  Let cool until the granola reaches room temperature.  Then stir in the dried fruit, chocolate chips or any other optional add-ins you might prefer.
  6. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

The link to this fabulous website is here……….YOU’RE WELCOME!

The BEST Healthy Granola Recipe

Animal Crossing

So I was very spoilt this year for my birthday and among other things my daughters pitched in and got me a Nintendo Switch Lite!!! So stoked with it and my eldest son bought me the Animal Crossing Game. I am not sure I understand what to do with this game yet as I have only just started playing it but I am sure I will pick it up. At this stage I am building a campsite and picking up sticks for the campfire and a raccoon I think it is is giving the directions. You have to talk to other animals along the way as well. This is a multi player online game and I am going to connect with my daughter so she can tell me what to do! Another game that will connect you to your kids and grandkids!

Gaming with a 4 year old!

Playing Roblox Adopt Me with my 4 year old grand daughter was so much fun and very enlightening how this tiny little girl knows exactly what to do. She was so excited to learn that Nannee can play Roblox now that she set up a gameplay time last night after dinner. Sadly I fell asleep and she went to bed but it’s such an amazing thing to be able to communicate with her on her level when she lives on the other side of town! This is what it’s all about and it’s so precious for the kids. I don’t care what all the naysayers say about gaming, since Covid stepped in to destroy families and the human way of life, gaming has stepped up and said….Thanks Covid you have now enabled families to connect on an even better level! Get involved grandies you will be so glad you did!

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Chicken Chow Mein

I use this recipe all the time and I can testify to how easy it is to make and how delicious it is to eat. These days I want simple and tasty so I am always scouring the internet for recipes that suits those needs. I don’t own a cookbook at all, I find that Uncle Google gets me the best recipes that there are available.

Posting links to the recipes I have used also gives me the opportunity to share other peoples websites which means more traffic for them, it’s a win win!

Close up photo of Chow Mein Noodles with chicken and vegetables

Chow Mein

 Author:Nagi | RecipeTin Eats  Prep: 10 mins  Cook: 5 mins  Total: 15 mins  Noodles  Chinese4.99 from 226 votes Servings2 -3 Tap or hover to scale Print

A great Chow Mein that truly rivals Chinese restaurants comes down to the sauce! Make this with your protein of choice (Note 1). Have all the ingredients ready to go before you start cooking because it’s done in 5 minutes!

Ingredients

  • ▢200g /6 oz chicken breast or thigh fillets , thinly sliced (Note 1 tenderise option)
  • ▢4 cups green cabbage , finely shredded (Note 3)
  • ▢1 1/2 tbsp peanut oil (or other cooking oil)
  • ▢2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • ▢200g /6 oz chow mein noodles (Note 2)
  • ▢1 carrot , julienned
  • ▢1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
  • ▢3 green onions , cut into 5cm/2″ pieces
  • ▢1/4 cup (65 ml) water

CHOW MEIN SAUCE:

  • ▢2 tsp cornflour / cornstarch
  • ▢1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce , all purpose or light (Note 4)
  • ▢1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce (sub Hoisin)
  • ▢1 1/2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine OR Mirin (Note 5)
  • ▢2 tsp sugar (reduce to 1 tsp if using Mirin)
  • ▢1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • ▢White pepper (sub black)

Instructions

SAUCE:

CHICKEN & NOODLES

  • Marinate Chicken: Pour 1 tbsp of Sauce over the chicken, mix to coat, set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Noodles: Prepare the noodles according to the packet instructions (my pack says soak in boiled water for 1 minute), then drain.

COOKING:

  • Heat oil in wok or large fry pan over high heat.
  • Add garlic and stir fry for 10 seconds or until it starts to turn golden – don’t let it burn!
  • Add chicken and stir fry until the surface gets a tinge of browning but inside is still raw – about 1 minute. 
  • Add the cabbage, carrot, and the white pieces of shallots (i.e. from the base of the stalk). Stir fry for 1 1/2 minutes until the cabbage is mostly wilted.
  • Add the noodles, Sauce and water*. Stir fry for 1 minute, tossing constantly. 
  • Add bean sprouts and remaining shallots/scallions. Toss through for 30 seconds or until the bean sprouts just start to wilt.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.

 Recipe Notes:

1. Chicken – I prefer making this with thigh because it’s juicier, but it can be made with breast or tenderloin. If using breast, option to tenderise using the Chinese method so it’s super tender and juicy like you get at Chinese restaurants – see How to tenderise chicken the Chinese way (Velveting)Can also Velvet Beef.Other proteins: Sub with sliced pork, beef or turkey, whole prawns/shrimp or even ground meat (still marinate, crumble into chunks and cook like that).2. Chow Mein noodles are sold at Asian grocery stores and also at Woolworths in Australia (Fantastic noodles brand, fridge section). See in post for photos and description.3. Cabbage – I use any type of green cabbage, Chinese cabbage or savoy etc. I even use purple cabbage! Once cooked, you can barely tell the difference in flavour / texture.4. Soy Sauce – This recipe requires ordinary all purpose soy sauce OR light soy sauce. All purpose soy sauces just say “soy sauce” on the label, Light Soy Sauce is labelled as such. I use Kikkoman. Do not use dark or sweet soy sauce. Tamari is a suitable gluten free substitute.5. Chinese cooking wine – aka Shaosing / Shaoxing wine. Essential for Chinese cooking, it’s the key to making home cooking truly taste like restaurants. Now sold at supermarkets in Australia – Asian aisle! Substitutes: Mirin (reduce the sugar to 1 tsp) or dry sherry. If you really can’t use alcohol, use chicken stock/broth in the sauce instead of the Chinese cooking wine AND replace the water with chicken broth.6. GENERAL TIPS:

  • Garlic – don’t use mincer/garlic press or jarred garlic, they burn too quickly. Finely chop it.
  • Skillet is fine, just use a big one so the noodles don’t go flying when you toss.

7. NUTRITION is for 2 servings which are BIG servings. I actually think this recipe is more like 3 servings – but I say 2 servings just to be safe!

Link to this recipe – https://www.recipetineats.com/chicken-chow-mein/#wprm-recipe-container-20703

Stop Bagging Out MLM…

So it seems that everywhere I look on social media someone is bagging out someone. Everyone is an expert on every single thing and it annoys me. Today I am taking aim at those who bag out, degrade, belittle and basically talk crap about MLM companies and those who are a part of them. Apparently people who are in MLM companies are brainwashed, brain dead, money hungry, unqualified morons who use products that are over inflated in price and try to ‘peddle’ their wares on to unsuspecting others promising millions of dollars in return! Now while there is a bit of truth to that, NOT ALL people who are in an MLM are like that!! I am in 2 mlms, I am far from brainwashed as I will tell people what works and doesn’t work, I will also tell people to see a doctor where necessary, I share MY experiences and you can listen or not, if not, it’s no big deal. The products ARE usually superior, I have tried at least 15 other companies and none of them compare. I get it though, these days money is tight and people are on a budget so they use non MLM companies, but they don’t need to be running around telling everyone that the MLM companies are bad and so are their products and that’s why they changed. Usually it’s a money issue or they will be people who couldn’t get the business side happening for them.

MLM companies offer the opportunity to earn an income from sharing their products. Much the same as going to work, only at work, your income will never improve regardless of how much work you do. If you don’t want to earn money that’s fine too, there is no pressure to do so.

At the end of the day if you don’t want to be involved in an MLM then don’t, but don’t be a shit to those who are working hard to earn an income to support their families. Don’t condemn products unless you have actually tried them and they had a bad effect on you, even then, your body may just not be suited to that product! Not all bodies are the same. I have a bad reaction to turmeric essential oil, doesn’t mean the product is crap, every single turmeric oil I use from whatever company I try even the cheap ones, has a bad effect on me.

And the same goes for MLM people not to bag out those who chose to use cheaper products from different companies. People are doing the best they can with what they have so respect that. I use 3 different companies for my essential oils, Doterra, Young Living and a local Australian company that is an independent and has been in business longer than the rest of them. Their oils are amazing but they can’t blend as well as Doterra and Young Living. So use whatever you want to, I would think the bigger issue you need to worry about that brand is actually HOW to use them correctly!

Anyway, rant over! Just be bloody KIND!

Dusted for Another Year!

Well it has been a hectic 2 weeks leading up to Christmas but it was worth it for the kids and I am glad it’s over. Christmas is a big deal in our family, especially with 7 grandchildren and of course I am the one who gets to put on Christmas every year, yayyyy NOT. As I get older I find I am getting less bothered but I push myself to give the family a nice Christmas. Old Grinchma (me) came to visit but I had to kick her butt to the curb so I could keep going lol!

Lets talk about the expense for just 2 seconds…..I get that this is the biggest time of the year to make the most money but holy shit does EVERYTHING have to be so damn expensive! A lot of people have had their worst year ever this year and simply cannot afford to pay the prices we see at Christmas. Food is ridiculous in this country, bloody expensive, fruit is expensive just because it’s ‘Christmas fruit’, $20 a kilo for cherries this year and my hubby loves cherries so we bought a small handful, stone fruit was way too expensive so I didn’t even bother with it, I mean this is just awful for people who don’t have spare money to spend. Kids presents, harsh, not a lot under $20 these days, electronics are huge, I mean you can’t even buy a box of lego under $20 without really shopping around and chasing specials.

Our eldest daughter who absolutely loves Christmas woke up to a sick child, head in bucket with a high temp. Devastated she had to stay home with her hubby and other kids, so she didn’t infect the oldies that were here and our youngest daughter who has an auto immune disease and can’t afford to get sick. They did get to visit later in the afternoon once everyone had gone home so that was good.

So the lessons taken from this year…

*start shopping early in the year – even though I started around August it still probably wasn’t enough time to snag good specials etc.

*Buy food where you can and freeze it before the inflated prices go on, for eg your meats can be bought and frozen, frozen fruit, sponges for trifles etc can all be frozen.

*don’t buy bit expensive toys for younger kids they don’t understand value and just want heaps of crap to unwrap.

*keep some money aside for boxing day sales to start on next years presents.

The biggest lesson I learned this year is don’t begrudge Christmas, don’t grump around the house because you have so much work to do and you are tired and sore, where possible give your family a beautiful day, it’s just one day, and if you are lucky enough to have a family that wants to be around you be blessed not stressed. I am always stressed and tired and pissed off because I feel like I get shafted with all the work and expense, but really its about the kids and family and its a lesson well learned this year.

So, Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you had a wonderful day or having a wonderful day wherever you are in the world, and don’t forget it’s just one day.