We had a BIG weekend. In the past, this may have included some drinks, a nightclub and a hangover. Now, this just means being away from home for 32 hours.
Baby C woke me up at 6am on Saturday and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was a bit excited about the weekend to come. After breakfast and some much needed coffees we left home for Newcastle.
First stop was to the hairdressers. I don’t think I can bring myself to get my hair done in Sydney – the last time I did it cost an arm and a leg.
After a nervous three hours, a delicious hot chocolate and a luxurious head massage, I’m now a brunette.
Here I am with my Grandma:
You can’t see much of my hair but suffice it to say it’s dark; very dark. I love it but I know it will fade to a more comfortable shade. At the moment, none of my clothes actually suit my hair. I wear too much black and I think it looks weird with such a dark shade. I just need to wear all my pink and green clothes until it fades out.
We stayed the night with my good friends A & A. It was such a nice night. The food was amazing, the wine was great and the company fantastic! I haven’t belly-laughed like that in forever. Baby C was a bit unsettled, which is understandable, but once she was asleep she slept through to 1am.
After an equally fabulous breakfast of homemade Eggs Benedict, we took off to the Valley to see my family. The weather was very different to the torrential rain we left in Sydney. As you can see from the above photo, it was sunny and breezey, ideal for lunch outside. D and I enjoyed schnitzels while the rest of the family ate fish.
Even though we had a great weekend, it felt really good to be home last night. Baby C got a bit sick of being in the car.
Last week, I made my favourite naughty snack; caramel popcorn:
Before we went to London, I swear I had perfected this. The caramel was hard but not crunchy. Since we got back I haven’t been able to get it to that perfect consistency again. 😦 Ah well, I will have to keep trying!
One of our vegetarian meals last week was this Creamy Pesto Gnocchi:
It was surprisingly simple to make but very rich. D and I struggled through it.
I also made The Best Vegetarian Lasagne. I based it on this Roast Vegetable Lasagne recipe but layered grilled capsicum, courgette and aubergine with the red sauce and bechamel instead. Even D agreed that it was very filling.
The two-vegetarian-meals-a-week rule is going very well. It is saving us a lot of money which means we can afford ‘luxuries’ like free range chicken, ethical pork and organic vegetables.