We have been talking about taking our lil girl, Scout, to the beach for quite a while now. Admittedly, we have been so busy with the new home, this has been on the to-do list for the longest time.
We finally took her there, and it was such a joy watching her. Initially, she was very scared of the waves…she just wouldn’t step into the water. Finally after her brother, Max, was in the water, she decided to join in the fun.
By the end of the session, she was happily splashing around in the water, retrieving her toy for us. Our lil girl is finally behaving like a Golden Retriever and fetching toys for us.
The memory of her prancing around in the water brings a smile to my face.
This Chinese New Year, has been a very good one for me, and I am very thankful.
Home renovations isn’t cheap, and well I have been reminding myself that I just need to weigh the pros and cons and decide what is really a need and what is just a want….cos well cost is a huge factor.
It is amazing how things just fall into place when you least expect it. Just over the Chinese New Year long weekend, a good friend blessed me with a big red packet as a housewarming gift, and I also won $1,167 in the reunion toto draw.
Like they say, every cent counts, and I am thankful for this help I have received…more money to do up the home!
Sharing the yummy Irish Soda Bread recipe as requested…also so that I have a easy place to find it when I need it…I think it is time to make this again!!
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour; more as needed
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. table salt
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
1) Preheat oven to 230C
2) Sift all of the dry ingredients into a large, wide mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in 1-1/2 cups of the buttermilk. Stir with one hand, fingers apart, moving in circles to incorporate the buttermilk into the dry ingredients. If necessary, add more buttermilk 1 Tbs. at a time until the dough just barely comes together. (The absorption rate varies depending on the brand of flour.) The dough should be soft—don’t overwork it.
3) Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and pat into a round about 6-3/4 inches in diameter and 1-1/2 inches high in the center. Invert the round so the floured side is on top. With a thin, sharp knife, score a cross on the dough about 1/4 inch deep and extending fully from one side to the other.
4) Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 200C and bake until the bread is browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, another 20 to 30 minutes.
5) Slice it fresh out of the oven and slap on some butter!
Bosch 500 Series – Black NGM5064UC
I am a huge fan of the colour black…and seeing as the kitchen will be open concept, most of it will be white…a black cooker hob will really stand out….
Another requirement of mine is that it has to be a four burner because I usually have quite a few things going at the same time when i cook. A four burner is a must.
How sexy is this Bosch Black Edition – Hob! LOVE LOVE LOVE. It is definitely on my wishlist.