Hootenanny Pancakes!!

Hootenanny pancakes are very popular at our house at the moment! They’re very quick and easy to make, and there’s not too much washing up at the end. (Guess who does the dishes over here?)

These are so yummy that the first time we tried them (at breakfast), I had to make them again for lunch!

Mrs BBS discovered them because we had 5 dozen eggs to eat in a week.  So we needed something that would use up a lot of eggs fast, and something different  from the baked custard we normally have when we have spare eggs. 🙂

We have eaten them with strawberries & cream, ice cream and maple syrup (YUM!!!), fruit sauce and cream with a dusting of icing sugar…  all sorts of combinations.  And since there are no sweeteners (unless you choose to ‘add’ something 😉  ) it’s all good for you! (ahem… not counting the ice cream!)

1 cup milk

1 cup self-raising flour

6 eggs

1/4 cup of butter (please don’t tell Mr BBS it has so much butter – he’ll be sick, and we’ll be Banned)    😉

Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C or 425 degrees F.

Beat your eggs while you wait.

Then add the milk.

Then beat in the flour. The pancake is actually fluffier if you sift your flour. Or you can just chuck it in. (like me! 🙂 )

By now, hopefully your oven is hot. Use a large lasagne dish, and throw in your lump of butter.

Once it’s melted, pour in the batter.

The recipe I used said 25 minutes; since we have a fast oven, I only put it in for 20.

Watching it is fun – you can literally see it puff!!

Then pull it out of the oven and… Enjoy!

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Cape Byron Adventure

Have you ever seen a Real Live Lighthouse?!? We have!

We went to Cape Byron in New South Wales. This lighthouse, the Most Easterly Lighthouse in Australia, is located on the Most Easterly Point on the Mainland.

It’s such a pretty lighthouse, and it was late in the afternoon, so the light made it glow.

Aren't the scrolls cute? 🙂

On the way to the lighthouse, there are a few houses. They’re SO cute, and I took lots of photos. One thing about them that I liked was the amount of chimneys. Four! We thought it was very extravagant! We don’t have a fireplace in our house, so they’re a bit of a novelty. 🙂

four chimneys - lucky people!

This is the view we had, approaching the lighthouse. I like the bit at the front, the way it’s made to look like a castle. 🙂

Cape Byron Lighthouse

This one’s taken from the bottom of the steps…

this is the 'castle' part at the bottom

I tried to take a picture of the door – it was so beautiful!  But I couldn’t get rid of the reflection.

the lion rampant

I just like this one. 🙂

through the lighthouse window

I couldn’t get rid of my shadow in this picture, so I decided to let it make itself useful, for once. 🙂 The other, smaller shadow beside me is Miss 11, who wouldn’t get out of the photo!!

I don't know what this is for- any clues?

Daddy has a picture of himself, holding the top of the Taj Mahal. It looked fun, so I tried it with the lighthouse. It worked!!! 😀

Holding the top of the lighthouse

After I’d taken this picture we had to go home, and everyone was cranky at me for making them wait while I took the last ones.

It was a lot of fun. 🙂

Pigs Might Fly

Recently we went for a drive, and saw this mailbox. It’s the second pig mailbox I’ve seen so far. 🙂

On holidays we go for very long drives, and often see interesting letterboxes. I like to take pictures of them and post them here as a tribute to the creativity of rural Aussies. 🙂

Fun in the Snow

On our last holiday, we visited New Zealand. We had LOTS of fun!!! 🙂

We went to the snow twice: once to The Remarks, and once to Coronet. These photos are from the second time. This is picture of my father about to SHOOT me! 😉 😀

 

snowballing

We also had a go at building a snowman: he didn’t get very big, though – the snow was too hard. 🙂

This is Miss 7 with him. 😀

the snowman and miss 7

 

After that my father decided it was nap time! Miss 11 and I told him he would fall off the edge and never be heard of again, but he was UNMOVEABLE. 😀 😛

napping

 

 

 How We Dried Apples! 

A few days ago we dried apples. It was great fun!

First, we filled a sink with water, and washed the apples. Then we cored one, using Grandma’s new apple corer, and watched it twirl around and around, making spirals!

peel and core the apples

We had a bit of a play with it, making it   s t r e t c h.  🙂

apple spirals

Next we dropped it into a cup of lemon juice, so it wouldn’t get brown. We let it soak for a while, and cored another apple while we waited. After we thought it had been in there long enough (we’d finished coring the next apple), we took it and laid it out on a lemon juicer, and dunked the next apple.

drop in lemon juice

drain!

After it had drained long enough for us to core another apple, we broke the first apple into rings, and arranged them on the dehydrator, being careful not to put them on top of each other.


place apples on drying tray

When we finished the apples, we put the dehydrator on, and cleaned up. We like dried apples crunchy, so we left them on a little longer than the recipe said. They were delicious. 🙂

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The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Common Crow

Common Crow

 This is the first time we have successfully had a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. It’s a very fun and interesting project; here’s a record of what happened…

Day One:  (3/03/09)

The Caterpillar

Common Crow Caterpillar

We put the caterpillar and twig in a tiny vase inside a large, glass jar. Mrs BBS tucked soggy cotton wool around the base of the stem to keep the leaves fresh and the grub from drowning. We put a soup-bowl filled with water underneath the jar to keep out intruders.  

That night it hung in a J shape. Mrs BBS thought it might be forming a chrysalis, but I told her, ‘No; it’s just going to sleep.’

 

Day Two: (4/03/09) 

 

Morning;

The Chrysalis

The Chrysalis

 

Next morning we woke up to a grape-coloured chrysalis! I had a big talking to from Mrs BBS! 😀  (just goes to show mummies really do know everything! 🙂 ) 

We were rather worried about it leaving its head out, though! 😯

Each day, morning and night,we misted it with a water spray.

 

Night;

almost gold...

almost gold...

 

At night time, after everyone except Mrs BBS had gone to bed, the chrysalis started to turn gold.  

Isn’t it pretty?

After an hour it looked like this…

 

 

 

one gold chrysalis!

one gold chrysalis!

 

 Day Three: (6/03/09)

From gold to silver...

From gold to silver...

For 6 days we misted it, and nothing happened until…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ridges appear!

ridges appear!

…the ridges appeared on Day 9:  (12/03/09)   🙂

Day 10: (13/03/09) 

The chrysalis is clear!

The chrysalis is clear!

The chrysalis turned clear revealing the black and white wings of the butterfly.  A clear chrysalis is a sign the butterfly will soon emerge! 🙂

At first we were concerned, because we were going to be out for the day, but Mrs BBS did some research, and  we learned that most butterflies emerge between 7am and 11am.

Breathing a big sigh of relief, we all went off to do our morning jobs.   A few minutes later, Mrs BBS went back for a peep, and found…

 

it's OUT!!!

it's OUT!!!

 

 

…it was out! ! ! 😯   🙂

We were also relieved to find it still had a head! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11: (14/03/09)

 

Release! with the camera...

Release! and record...

This morning we set the butterfly free, and held it- Miss 7 and I. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It flew onto a ficus tree, and stayed there a little while, then it flew into my hair. 🙂 

For just one last visit… 

 

Just one last visit...

one last visit...