Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Krissy Riley joins the blogging world

Krissy Riley 

There is no doubt this 22 year old is amazing and since becoming a 2011 ABC Heywire competition winner her story is one media moment after another.

Check out her blog called  A Plain Life- A Governess's Blog 

The Governess Australia website has featured in many or her stories and interviews.  I am sure Lee-Anne at  Unwritten Etiquette of the Governess World is enjoying the publicty that governessing is getting.  It is nice to see one of us with their name in lights.

Some other media links and interviews

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Steak Rocks - Braised steak

I love a piece of steak and found this recipe in a SOTA cookbook

Braised Steak in oven

1 lb of steak (can be diced but I often prefer to lay a good piece of steak flat in a roasting dish.)
½ onion chopped
2 tblspn Tomato sauce
1 Beef stock cube
1 tblspn brown sugar
2 tblspn brown vinegar (white can be used a pinch)
1 tblspn hot sauce
½ cup water

Roll meat in flour.  Place in casserole dish (I prefer one layer about an inch deep).  Add onion.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meat.   

Cook in a Moderate over for an hour or until cooked.

Serve 2-3

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Outback Girl invades FaceBook

That's right, I am now officially on facebook.  

For those not always on blogspot you can now follow me on good old facebook. On my FB page I also share some funnies and one liners to keep it interesting.

Now to all those I haven't talked to in a while life has been busy.  Unpacking, cleaning and setting up a new house and schoolroom have taken centrefront of all my time.  In between all that I have been battling mice, trying to get ahead so they don't start nibbling at nights.

I get my first visitor outside the family tomorrow to my new place and schoolroom.  Will be good to show it off even if all the photos are not on the wall.  

Well, time for me to keep cleaning or organising.  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thumb Sucking

How in the earth do you stop kids sucking thumbs?  

It is a nervous or concentrating action, which could be a problem because by the end of the year I hope my student will be able to spend lots of time concentrating.

As the govie you do need to consult with parents about these issues but when they are in the schoolroom for 6 hours.  It is a good opportunity to sort small things like that out.

Over the years I have had many habits to try and break....
  • nose picking,
  • hair twisting
  • nail biting
  • wiggling and moving

A govie's work is never done :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Schoolrooms

Since moving to my new job I haven't blogged.  No time for the wicked. LOL

Now I am going to write a rambling blog...

I have been very busy trying to set up the schoolroom.  My bosses are partway through putting a hole in the wall in my place and turning the schoolroom from one room into 2 rooms.  Very handy for what will now be 2 kids in the schoolroom and later on 3.   

This week has consisted of unpacking my stuff and rearranging the desk in the schoolroom.  For this I have applied the theories from one of my govie friends Queen Govie @ the Governess Australia website ... as she is a friend she has no choice but to help.  We have know each other too long.  

Actually through my blog her touches are everywhere and occasionally she will help with topics and idea which she can not use on her business blog.  I am also stealing some of her photos and recipes that I love to add to the blog.  Having met and been so similar in background and interest we have kept in touch and now work in the same state.  

Anyway back to the new schoolroom.  I am printing and laminating the Governess Australia posters one at a time.  Lucky our Queen Govie is so good at making these ideal posters.  Although on saying that some of them were stolen from me LOL.

After I finished this if I don't see another piece of paper or laminate I will be happy.  This cutting neatly and either laminating or contacting is time consuming.

On that note I can't stand contact.  2 out of 10 end up without bubbles or creases.

How is your start of year and schoolroom setup?

Do you have any good ideas or place to get posters?
If you are a teaching mum or a govie then check out the Governess Australia posters on The Schoolhouse pages.  Great ideas.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Never made it but a recipe exchange can't be wrong

BBQ Coriander Chicken

1 cup firmly packed coriander roots, stems and leaves (I reckon you could use that stuff you can buy in the tubes if you can't get fresh with the roots)
3 garlic cloves (again, use the crushed garlic in a jar if that's what you have in the fridge!)
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tbs lime juice
2 tbs peanut oil
1/2 cup light coconut milk
chicken thigh fillets (as many as you need) - You can use breast fillets that you have butterflied, or wings. I've even done it with Kangaroo backstraps and it's very tasty.

Steamed jasmine rice, lime wedges and a leafy green salad to serve (I sometimes serve with steamed Bok Choy and Snow peas, or broccolli etc)
1. To make the coriander marinade, place coriander, garlic, turmeric, lime juice and oil in a food processor and process to form a paste. Add coconut milk and process until combined.
2. Score the thickest part of each chicken thigh twice. Place in a large shallow dish. Coat chicken with coriander marinade. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Works best if left over night. Excellent to get ready early and take to a bbq.
3. Preheat a greased barbecue grill or char-grill over medium heat. Barbecue or char-grill chicken for 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through. Servce chicken with steamed jasmine rice, lime wedges and a leafy green salad.
yum yum get in ma belly :-)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Outback Grapevine FaceBook Group

Outback Grapevine
Facebook Group

The aim of Outback Grapevine is to support outback Australia and the families who have worked for generations to keep the life they love.

To support the women who run business on the side to keep the family at home on the station.

To support the bush Mum's and Dad's who juggles many roles while living and working on properties.

  •  Share advice on living and working on a station   Share recipes and housekeeping tips
  •  Share anything that makes outback and station life easier.
  •  Share how to keep the kids and partner inline
  •  Share advice on juggling school and station life
  •  Share and promote outback businesses, websites and pages

 Just share and promote your business