Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frocktober Day 23

Just one photo today as my photographer was helped by a 2 year old who didn't take the most flattering photos!

This dress was a secondhand one gifted to me- I haven't really worn maxi dresses until this challenge and so I added a belt as I tend to feel rather pregnant in maxi dresses! The belt gave me a bit of shape and I kept everything else very simple.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frocktober Day 22

I am getting to the end of my frock wardrobe, and so some of the dresses are being repeated.

I wore this grey Boohoo tiered smock dress again, but this time teamed it with a belt to give it more shape as well as wearing a large necklace. When the weather cooled down I put a grey jersey on.

For more information about Frocktober and to make a donation to ovarian cancer research, please click here.

WCW Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad

I couldn't pass up some cheap chicken mince at the supermarket yesterday, so I looked through my recipe books to see what I could cook with it. I cam a cross a delicious Chicken Salad that I am sharing with you for this week's What's Cooking Wednesday.

Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad
adapted from Minced

1 teaspoon sesame oil
300g chicken mince
1 pack dried 10mm stick rice noodles
handful of crispy noodles

mixed salad greens, to serve
your favourite salad ingredients (I used sprouts, radish, cucumber, carrot and red capsicum)

for the dressing:
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar

Heat sesame oil and fry chicken mince until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the rice noodles. Cook for 5-6 minutes then drain. Set aside to cool.

In a large salad bowl, mix together your salad ingredients. Add cooled chicken and rice noodles.

Combine lime juice, fish sauce and brown sugar and pour over the salad.

Top with crispy noodles and serve.

The verdict- This salad was better left to sit for a while so that the dressing soaked into the ingredients, but do not add the crispy noodles until serving time as they will go soggy otherwise. This was enjoyable as a meal for dinner, but it was even more delicious as leftovers for lunch the next day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Frocktober Day 21

What a beautiful day it is today, finally sunny enough to wear this new maxi dress!

This dress is from Sammydress and is part of their current range. I am wearing a Small. I love the fact that they cater for shorter people so I don't have to hem this particular maxi dress. It came with a slip to go underneath, and the drawstring waist gives it some shape. I paired it with a denim jacket for the cooler weather this morning, but the sun has come out now and so I am wearing this as is with some simple jewelry and my studded sandals.

For more information about Frocktober and to make a donation to ovarian cancer research, please click here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spring Week

Our theme for the last week has been Spring, which meant we could take advantage of the lovely weather and learn about this season at the same time.

We had great fun making giant pinwheel daffodils.

Lucas and Adam completed the Spring Fling worksheet and especially loved graphing the dice roll.

On the way home from preschool we did a Spring scavenger hunt and manged to cross everything off the list except for a rainbow and a kite. It made the walk home a lot more fun and got the boys involved in helping each other to spot things on the list.

Lucas drew me a hedgehog during colouring time.

We went outside and collected lots of leaves to look at. Once we had decided on our favourite leaves, we made leaf rubbings and admired the pretty patterns.

On Wednesday we made cookies- we couldn't decide if they were ladybugs or toadstools, but either way they reminded us of Spring. We made a simple shortbread base, then used raspberry flavoured ready roll icing and chocolate drops to decorate. The boys were very good at taking turns with the circle cookie cutter, and Lucas had an impromptu maths lesson when he was weighing out the ingredients.

Of course, the best part of Spring is being outside, so we made plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine.

Next week, we will be sharing the Poppins Book Nook activities, and then it will be our Halloween week!

Frocktober Day 20

Today I had a busy day full of visitors, running errands and playing with the boys.

I needed a comfortable, everyday dress and this Laura Ashley apple print dress does the trick! It is a bit loose and so a belt from another dress was added to add shape.

For more information about Frocktober and to make a donation to ovarian cancer research, please click here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, in 2014.

Lucas giving me a cuddle for my birthday.

Adam enjoying the swings and sunshine.

Joining in here.
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