Apr 17, 2017

Life This Week 17/4/2017: Special Times To Remember.

It's been one of those rare and special weeks for us that we've spent mostly in staycation mode.  Free of the pressures of packing, planning for and then actually reaching a holiday destination, the last four days have still been busy but a whole lot less regimented than usual.  It's been a time for me to recharge, step away from routines and wander off to do wildly exciting things like blog or read at odd hours of the day and night.  The promise land that keeps you keeping on with the daily grind on order to reach one or two times a year.



All in all, it's been the staycation of my dreams.



Good Friday began as I meant it to continue with a breakfast of hot cross buns eaten in my active wear.  I'm loving my new Lorna Jean tights sick right now.  I'm at that stage of my love affair with their promise and delivery of 'compression', 'core stability' and 'ultimate support' that I've spent much of the long weekend engineering reasons that I need to stay in them beyond the 45 minutes or so a day that I spend exercising in them.  I'm sure those few extra hours of wear the other day helped combat my epic case of hot cross bun hangover...


Easter, like Christmas is one of those holidays that lends itself well to a home baking project.  I tried to keep things relatively simple and chocolate-centric this year with Love Swah's Dark Chocolate Brookies.  Brookies are what they sound like, a cross between a brownie and a cookie.  Preschooler SSG was on hand to help me melt the .. 350g .. of dark chocolate required to make a batch of brookies.



While I was in charge of higher level things like making the cream cheese frosting.  Note my Keep Cup full of instant coffee powering the morning's preschooler assisted baking.  I had just assumed all our local cafes would be shut for Good Friday but it turns out the cafes down the road were and will be open for the entire break.



The frosting features an abundance of crushed mini easter eggs, I went for the M&M version because of the pretty colours of their shells.


The brookie batter is dolloped onto a lined baking tray and the backed cookies have a glossy, cracked crust to them.


The end result are these rich yet soft biscuits sandwiched by a rainbow coloured cream cheese frosting.  So much easier to make than hot cross buns but just as delicious in their own decadent way.



We've been blessed with such amazing weather this Easter too.  I took Preschooler SSG and his scooter down to our local beach to make the most of the late afternoon sun.  Mid autumn gives the beach such a different feel and look to the summer.  It was all greys, bare branches and bleached wood as we made our way in the sand.



 Well,  not entirely in the sand.  Neither of us could resist the water.

The mornings have suddenly turned so cool and crisp.




I've unearthed my glove collection


 and the 12C mornings were all the excuse we needed to wear our puffer vests and jackets too.


It's also been a weekend of long overdue catch ups with special people.


So many memories made and moments shared.  It's been a lovely Easter.



13 comments:

  1. What a lovely and relaxing Easter you've had.

    I'm now off to google a Brookie recipe. I've never heard of Brookies before!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Once you try a brookie, you'll have a hard time settling for anything less in an iced chocolate biscuit!

      SSG xxx

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  2. I'm coming to your house next year! Those brookie/cream thingos. What?!!! YUM!
    And LOL'ing at your love affair with your Lorna Jane gear.
    L

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    1. Leanne, those tights are game changers!

      SSG xxx

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  3. Sounds like the perfect Staycation to remember SSG. Have a great week and here's to creating more memories.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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  4. It has been the BEST weather hasn't it? It makes such a difference to mood and enjoyment when the weather plays nice. So good you could make the most of your time at home and making not only the cooking as special memories but the getting out and about. Let's hope this continues for a lovely ANZAC day holiday too (unless you have to work of course...)

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    1. I'm not working it either, Denyse! Happy days. Hoping to take Preschooler SSG into town to observe the parade and other events for ANZAC Day.

      SSG xxx

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  5. I forgot to add: Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 16/52. Next week: A.N.Z.A.C. Day.

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  6. Sounds perfect. We've had a staycation too. Very restful.

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    1. Staycations are so very good for the soul!

      SSG xxx

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  7. That looks like a delicious Easter. I saw your brookies on instagram and immediately wanted one.
    P.S. I have those core stability tights as well and I think they've ruined me for all other tights. They're amazing.

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    1. I know, I'm so high maintenance in the tights department now.

      SSG xxx

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