Sunday, September 29, 2013

Raw Egg-Nog Recipe




This has got to be the best drink there is...anywhere...ever!  It is delicious, creamy and very nutritious.  Should you want to make this drink a little healthier, you could always substitute a little maple syrup in place of the sugar.  We do usually use rapadura in place of cane sugar, but in this recipe I felt that the distinct flavour of rapadura would not work very well.

There are numerous ways that egg-nog can be made; including a warm version, that can be enjoyed seasonally on those chilly Autumn/Winter days.  We have never made warm egg-nog, so can't really offer anything about that.  Thus far, we have always made ours ice cold, and it is VERY good! 

Ingredients

1 Litre Whole Raw Milk 
1 Cup Raw Cream (optional, for extra nutritional properties)
**If you do not have access to raw milk/cream, use whole pasteurized**
3-6 Pastured Egg Yolks 
(yolk quantity depending on how many you want to use - I usually use the maximum)
4-6 Tbsp Raw Cane Sugar
2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon or To Taste
1/4 Tsp Ground Cloves (optional)

Method

This is the easy bit!  
1.  Place the top three ingredients (milk, optional cream and egg yolks) 
in a large container and whisk briskly for a few minutes, until combined.  

2.  Next add one ingredient at a time,
tasting and whisking briskly as you go.
**You could sieve the cinnamon in, but we find that a good whisking
 is all it needs to sort out any clumping**

3.  Once you are happy with the taste, refrigerate in a non-plastic jug
 until very cold and serve up!



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Our Trip To Belfast ~ Museum




At this point in our holiday, we had all decided that we LOVED Belfast!  It is such a pretty city and was kept very clean and tidy.  Everyone we met was super friendly and helpful.  We much preferred visiting Belfast to Dublin (which was dirty and had serious issues with public drunkenness and open drug abuse) where we visited two years ago.  All the kids loved it too and our apartment was very nice and spacious.  The only thing that was not pleasant, was when our fire alarms went off (false alarm) at about 3am on our second night!  They were very loud and had flashing lights too!  Everyone got a fright that night...except Meg who slept through it all! 

Before our trip, I had been a little bit worried that my English accent mightn't go down too well up in Belfast, but the funny thing was, we actually got mistaken for Americans mostly...even my husband, who is Irish!?!!

After we had visited the botanic gardens, we headed over to Belfast City Museum.  I LOVE museums, the rest of our family...not so much!  My husband especially, has limited patience, when it comes to perusing and exclaiming over ancient artifacts.  *sigh*  This, in addition to fact that it was nearing lunchtime, and that we were visiting another place that day, all ensured that our visit to the museum was short.  But, I enjoyed it all the same! ;)



Dinosaurs - Another Of God's Wonderful Creations


This Room Was So NEAT!  
Plenty Of Hands On Activities For The Kids (And Adults!) To Do


Dylan And I Had Fun Tracing Hieroglyphics


Scary Miss Meg!


Dylan Was Surprised At How Heavy The Chain-Mail Was


Amy, Putting Together A Skull



It's Only Daddy...Phew!

Part Three Of Our "Trip To Belfast" Coming Soon...


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Trip To Belfast ~ Botanic Gardens




Yes, it has been about one whole month since we got back from our little vacation to Belfast!  Life is so busy and crazy here at the moment, that I haven't really had much chance to sit down at the computer, save quickly checking into Blogger or Facebook on my husbands phone.  That, plus the fact, that I had been feeling a little "green around the gills" for a few weeks!  This morning, the kids got a lot of their schooling done early, and so I though I'd carve out some time to upload our photos and post about our few days away...before any more of year whizzes by!


The Botanic Gardens, Belfast City.



Pretty!




I LOVE Frangipani!  
These Grew Abundantly Where We Lived In Australia.
I Do Miss Their Beautiful Scent.


City Life Is Exhausting For This Country Boy!


Meg Really Liked Feeding The Pigeons!

Part Two Of Our Trip To Belfast, Is Coming Soon...


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Every Good And Every Perfect Gift..



...is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
 with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
~ James 1:17



We are very happy to be able to tell you that 
...we are expecting another sweet baby!  

I am currently twelve weeks along in the pregnancy, after a few worries in those very early weeks, all is now going great!  We took all the kids along to have our ultrasound last week; it was so precious to see our little "bean" with a strong heartbeat!  Praise God!  Dylan and Meg found out that we were expecting on that day also, so it was a very special day.  Our whole family is delighted and we are very much looking forward to his/her arrival in late March!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Day At The Beach




Beautiful Duncannon Beach

Last Thursday, my husband decided to take us all out for a day at the beach.  We had a GREAT day!  Despite the weather being somewhat windy and overcast when we arrived, after about half an hour or so, the weather improved greatly and ended up being quite warm and sunny.  Plus, because the locals schools were now back in session, we practically had the beach to ourselves for a lot of the day!  We took lots of yummy food and I even packed real coffee (gasp!) in a flask as a surprise for my husband - alas, the flask was broken and so we enjoyed cold coffee instead!  We paddled, laughed, waded, dug, built, ate and rested and generally just had a great time being together! 


Amy Brought A Book To Enjoy


Vroooom!


The Excavation Team
(The Eagle-Eyed Reader Might Have Spotted, That I Had A 
Blurry Patch On My Camera The Whole Day 
- I Have Since Cleaned The Lens!)


Sisters



Dylan Chasing Amy, With Shovels Full Of Wet Sand!