Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recipe | Bagels with smoked salmon

Weight Watchers has prepared a series of healthy and delicious breakfast recipes, perfect for children (with a little bit of adult supervision) to recreate.

Bagels with Smoked Salmon
6 ProPoints value
Prep time: 5 minute
Serves: 2

Treat yourself to the classic New York breakfast of smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel. Smoked salmon also goes well with egg and pasta dishes.
You will need:
  • 1 individual white bagel, halved 40 g
  • light cream cheese (chive and onion flavour)
  • 100 g smoked salmon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 20 g rocket leaves
Here's how...
  1. Toast bagel halves and spread with cream cheese.
  2. Top each half with smoked salmon and drizzle with juice.
  3. Sprinkle with chives and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Serve bagels with rocket.
With the recipe in hand, and all of the ingredients gathered, Seth (with help from Dad) set up making me a special Mother's Day brekky...complete with a cup of tea in my favourite mug. Let me just say...it was delicious and really filling! The perfect start to the day.
This recipe was easy to follow, and has given our son the confidence to try preparing other dishes.

How old were your children when you started teaching them how to cook?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Racheal's baby blue shower...

At the end of next month, I'm due to become an Aunty four times over! I'm beyond thrilled. I could be an Aunty a 1,000 times over and still be as excited that a new baby is joining the family. Racheal, my sister-in-law and mum-to-be, is looking so radiant at 32 weeks pregnant, and last weekend we helped celebrate the upcoming birth of her baby boy! Racheal's sisters thought of everything for her baby shower, and I'm thrilled to share some of the details with you...
Firstly, what's a party without a cake! This gorgeous cookies and cream confection was the centrepiece of the party table, and we all admired it for a few hours before cutting into it (such a shame to cut into such a pretty cake though!)...and yes, it was as delicious as it looks. This lovely was baked and decorated by Kelly's Cake Creations.
To compliment the cake, Kelly also made these delicious vanilla bean cupcakes. Each of the cupcakes were individually decorated with baby-themed toppers. Such attention to detail was ooohed and ahhhhed over by all of the guests...and yes, they were yummy too!
So, not only was Racheal treated to the most gorgeous cake, and cupcakes...Kelly also created a batch of baby-themed sugar cookies. They were cooked to perfection, and seriously good to eat...
...but by far, my favourite of the cookies was these little bunting numbers...cute huh?!
Zoe and Tracey decked out the party area in a sea of baby blue and white. The decorations they selected were simple, considered, and just perfect...
As time came to leave, we packed up little take home bags of blue and white lollies...my hubby may have snagged a whole cup full of milk bottles! lol
We had such a lovely afternoon with Racheal; chatting, playing games, eating yummy foods (of course), and showering her with gifts. Why do women always oooooh at the sight of a onesie? Who am I kidding...I was probably the loudest. Thanks Tracey and Zoe for putting on such a fabulous baby shower.
Congratulations Racheal and Nathan! We can't wait to meet our nephew and cousin...and to find out the name you've chosen!

What do you enjoy the most about a baby shower? Aside from the mumma-to-be (of course), for me it's all the little details.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Living life with purpose...

Every day there are little indicators that you should be doing something different. Mild dissatisfaction's that say to you "is this all there is?".

Sometimes things happen that cause you to completely reassess.

Yesterday was one of those days.

There is no bigger wake up call than a friend passing away. A seemingly healthy friend with two beautiful children (the same age as your's). A young and vibrant woman (younger than you) with everything to live for.

Within the blink of an eye it can all turn to shit. You never know when your time is up, or how it's going to go down.

We all owe it to ourselves to live our lives with purpose.

Get out there and embrace it! You owe it to yourself, your family, and for those who don't get the chance.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Win a family pass to the Sydney Royal Easter Show!

Brought to you by MILO
It's that time of year again! The Sydney Royal Easter Show is always a special event...whether you're there to see the animal exhibits, pick up a showbag (or 3), go on a ride, try out the fresh produce, or catch the competitions...you're always in for a fabulous day out. This year it's even more special for MILO, as the iconic Australian brand is celebrating its 80th anniversary!
Did you know...MILO was first launched at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1934. MILO was created for Nestlé by Australian food engineer Thomas Mayne. Since then, MILO hasn’t changed and continues to provide consumers with the same nutritional benefits and great MILO taste. MILO is still produced at the original production plant in Smithtown, a small regional town on the NSW mid-north coast...that's impressive considering how many manufacturers have headed overseas.
MILO is now loved and enjoyed both at home and abroad, and is sold in 40 countries world-wide. This year, to celebrate their 80th anniversary, MILO is returning to the place where it all began, and recreating the original 1934 Easter Show MILO Bar at this year’s show. The MILO Bar will provide visitors with a refreshing glass of MILO, and share some of the interesting history behind the brand.

If you're heading to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, make sure you pop into the MILO Bar and grab a cool glass of MILO to keep you going throughout the day. Sounds like the perfect break to me.

MILO is offering one lucky Life as we know reader the opportunity to win a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show!  To enter*, simply leave a comment below letting me know...

What is your favourite thing about the Sydney Royal Easter Show?

Good luck...see you at the show!
Click here to read about our adventures with Aussie cricketing legend and MILO ambassador, Michael Clarke!

Disclosure: We have been provided with a family pass to this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. No money was offered, nor requested for this post. All opinions expressed are those of Lisa Warren of the Life as we know it blog.

*Terms and Conditions:
  1. Entries must be made via Intense Debate commenting system to qualify.
  2. Entries close midnight AEST, Sunday, 13 April 2014.
  3. One entry per household. Open to Australian residents only.
  4. This is a game of skill. This competition will be judged by Lisa Warren.
  5. The judge's decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. One winner will be chosen.
  7. Prize does not include travel allowances.
  8. The winner will be contacted by email, then advertised on the Winner's Circle page here at Life as we know it.
  9. Life as we know it...will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recipe | Mr Beak’s Original Cider Roasted Sausages with Apples

Sausages are a regular food item on many an Australian's menu plan. They're quick and easy to cook, full of flavour, and perfect for a bbq or wintery casserole. With the weather turning a little cooler, it's time to start putting away the tongs (um, not my hubby though...he bbq's all year round!), and think about warming, hearty dishes that will satisfy the hungriest of tummies.

I was recently sent a few packets of Mr Beak's sausages to try, along with a delicious looking recipe to test drive. The sausages we normally purchase from the supermarket are the in-house beef variety...nothing as gourmet as Mr Beak's. Let me tell you, the smell wafting through our house while they were cooking was nothing short of mouth-watering! This recipe was incredibly easy to follow, and even the kids were salivating. One packet of Mr Beak's original beef sausages contains six sausages...plenty for a family of four...though you could add an extra packet into the recipe without adjusting the rest of the ingredients.

Mr Beak’s Original Cider Roasted Sausages with Apples
You will need:
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil 800g baby red delight potatoes, washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 packet of Mr Beaks Original Beef Sausages
  • 2 bulbs of garlic, cut in half crossways
  • 4 red apples, cut in half
  • 250ml apple cider
  • ½ bunch of sage
  • 3 springs rosemary
  • Salad to serve
Here's how:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Drizzle one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil onto the base of a large baking dish, place potatoes and sausages on top, arrange the garlic and apples cut side up around the sausages.
  2. Pour the cider over, scatter the sage and rosemary and drizzle the remaining olive oil over all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and roast for approximately 45 minutes until the sausages and potatoes are cooked through.
  3. Serve this simple and easy dish as is on the table with a fresh garden salad at your next Sunday lunch and enjoy the sweet apples and garlic alongside Mr Beak’s Sausages!

So, will we be trying Mr Beak's gourmet sausages again? You bet. This is a big call, but they were quite possibly the best sausages I've ever eaten. Mr Beak's are currently available from Woolworths supermarkets.

Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary product for review purposes. No money was offered nor requested for this post. All opinions expressed are those of Lisa Warren of the Life as we know it blog.

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