Life Without Bisquick

One of the many things we are not able to get here in Oz is Bisquick. We all know in the USA that Bisquick is the “quick” and easy way to pancakes, waffles, biscuits, etc. Well this is a country of very little processed food so I am learning to cook from scratch. Yep, you read that right. I am becoming good friends with baking powder, bi-carb soda, flour, eggs, oil and more! This morning I successfully made pancakes for M from scratch. The first one came out of the pan looking fabulous! I put it on a plate, poured another into the pan and went to butter the first one. No I don’t have a griddle (yet) so I am using the non stick frying pan. Anyway, I began to spread the butter on the pancake and the whole top layer “slid off” with shiny dough underneath. Yeah, well, it looked great on the outside but guess I didn’t leave it long enough for the inside. After the first one, the next 8 came out beautifully! M and I enjoyed some pancakes and maple syrup on this beautiful Sunday morning down under.
Toodles and peace to you and yours!

The Hunger Games Down Under

Inspired by the movie The Hunger Games that had an archery theme in it, MBD went for a 2-hour “come and try” experience with bow and arrows.  A nice way to spend part of a Saturday morning!  She started out with a right hand bow, but had control problems.  Her instructor switched her to a left hand bow, meaning she could stabilise the bow with her right arm.  That worked better!

Taking aim with the right hand bow.

The girl to MBD’s right is Victoria, a classmate of MBD’s.

How do you know which arrows are yours?

Ready, aim…

How did you do?

The Wild Bunch

OK, so for the past several months all the girls that MBD has brought home from school to visit have been somewhat reserved and quiet. All that changed last Friday when a new set came over and the house shook with the yelling and laughing of four 12-year olds! I walked into MBD’s bedroom and was surprised to see two of them jumping on the bed while MBD and another looked on with amusement. The cats were under assault from this crew from the moment they came into the house. I think it’s good for MBD to be able to “let loose” every now and then (as long as they don’t break anything!) This was one of those times when MBW and I just smiled through gritted teeth while the wild bunch had a blast!

Zara, MBD, Lili, and the horizontal girl is Thea