Easy Cheesy Vegetable Triangles

My kids love these. I love that they are packed full of carrot and zucchini and my kids eat them all without complaint. Because it’s wrapped in pastry!cheesy vegetable triangles

These cheesy vegetable triangles freeze really well so are great to make in bulk and also taste good cold, so are good for the school lunch box.

Ingredients:

Pastry sheets

1 carrot grated

1 zucchini grated

1/2 cup grated cheese

Method:

Preheat oven to 210 degrees C

Thaw out pastry sheets.

Combine grated carrot, zucchini and cheese.

Cut thawed pastry sheets into strips

Place a spoonful of mixture at the top of pastry strip.

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Fold over in a triangular manner – does not need to be perfect – keep folding all the way down the pastry strip. – if you want less pastry, cut the strip in two and make two triangles from the one strip. You may need to be more careful with your folds to encase the mixture.

Squeeze the corners of the pastry triangle together to seal in the mixture.

Place on baking paper on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes turning once.

 

You can put pretty much anything in the mixture. I have done turkey, cranberry and brie triangles. (very yummy albeit a bit gooey). Cheese and pesto, cheese, ham and corn, and also spinach and feta.

 

 

Tightening the Belts

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Seven years ago, when hubby and I first moved to Australia, we both had full time jobs and no kids and we had money coming out of our ears. We were spending it as quickly as it came in though. It all went on cigarettes and alcohol, nights out and fun stuff. Those were the days.

Things changed dramatically when Millar was on the way. We had to stop all of our partying ways, not just for the health of the impending baby, but also for our financial health. We had to learn to live on one income once the baby came.

We were surprised to find we were actually pretty good at it. This new budgeting thing was a bit of a fun game for awhile and we enjoyed the challenge and I do love a colour coded budget spreadsheet! But we also came to enjoy pay rises and new jobs that bought in more money. A bit of part time work for me, a move to the suburbs and life became much easier financially.

Pretty soon, the budget was out the window and we were spending money quicker than it came in again. This time, on school fees, ballet class, clothes, toys and stuff that our now two kids required.

We had made it this far without using a credit card but the move to India in 2012 made a credit card a necessity, and one that we didn’t cancel upon our return to Australia.

The credit card was quite handy for those extra expenses when we were buying this house too!

But now, as home owners with rates and water bills, and back to one income, we have gone back to that colour coded spreadsheet and our belt tightening, money saving game face is on! One of the first things we did, after looking at our budget, was organise a balance transfer for the credit card. Credit card companies and banks often offer low or 0% interest on balance transfers for 6 to 12 months to encourage you to join them. We decided to use this to our advantage. We transferred what we could afford to pay off within that 0% time frame. So far it’s going well and we are getting back on top of the finances without having to sacrifice any of the extras we’ve gotten used to. YAY!

It’s like magic money juggling. If you want to have a go yourself then you can find out more about what a balance transfer is here.

It also means I don’t have to put Xanthe in daycare and Millar in before and after school care and go and find a job. I don’t know if there would be much left after all the day care fees anyway. It’s a huge juggle to make this stay at home with the kids thing actually work! But this way works for my family.

Sometimes all it takes is a bit of money juggling to make the belts a little less tight.

But if you do know of a job that I can do from home while still interacting with my kids and that pays heaps of cash for about 2 hours work a day – let me know!

Hanging Rock

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We spent a great day, yesterday at Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria.

We invited our only Melbourne rellies, Jemma and Grant to come out and play with us. I thought the big walk might be too much for the kids, so we did a quick base walk, which afforded some nice views of the rock but was pretty tame and quick. We had a BBQ lunch and then walked up the summit trail. The walk up to the summit takes about an hour return and I think the kids did amazingly well to make it with minimal complaints – better than I did! While not too strenuous, it is a bit steep in parts and also the steps are a touch high for my short arse. The muscles in that area are not happy.

Hanging Rock receives no funding from the state as it is not a State or National Park, so they do charge entry fees, that you actually pay in a ticket machine to use on the way out.

The price for us was $10 per car. Not too bad for a day out.

The BBQs are coin operated at $1

There is also a cafe and gift shop and discovery centre.

Here are some happy snaps of our walk to the top.
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Joy Dettman’s Woody Creek Series: A review and a sad goodbye.

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I have just finished reading the last book in an enthralling series by Australian writer, Joy Dettman.

I was lucky enough to be sent the first five books last year and took my time reading them, devouring each word and transitioning seamlessly onto the next book in the series, and then waited VERY impatiently for the next instalment.  When Pan Macmillan advised the next book was soon to be released I jumped at the chance to get a review copy sent to me. I was so excited to read it and so upset to learn it was to be the last in this series.

It took awhile to become reacquainted with the characters, because by the sixth book there are so many of them! 

Settling in to the book, I decided that if it was the last book, surely all loose ends would be tied up in a nice neat bow for me. After all, the book is even called The Tying of Threads. I had even predicted what would happen to most of the characters. But I was so very wrong and the end of the book left me crying for more. MORE!

How dare she stop writing. What happens now? Am I left to write some hideous fan-fiction just to finish these stories for my own satisfaction. *sigh*

The Woody Creek series starts in rural Victoria in 1923 with the first book, Pearl in a Cage. While reading that first book, every old shack in the rural properties I drive past everyday became Gertrude’s house. I loved that old lady.

These books are not my usual style. When I first started reading, the story reminded me of Virginia Andrews’ books that I read as a teen, with family secrets, a touch of incest, betrayal and hideous relatives. But Dettman’s characters are so easy to relate to and lovable and believable, easily and quickly setting her high above Andrews.

The familiarity of the settings and the Australian voice made these books even more enjoyable and my almost obsessive search for the real Woody Creek was a touch insane. Knowing full well that this small rural town is just a fictional place made up of every rural town you have ever been to.

Joy Dettman was born in Echuca and the real life details of Melbourne and surrounding rural towns in the book are written with a local knowledge. I really wanted Woody Creek to be Riddell’s Creek, which is very close to where I live and even if Jenny caught a bus from Greensborough back to Woody Creek and the bus went through Kilmore, thus disproving my Riddells/Woody Creek theory unless the bus route was seriously inefficient, I don’t care. Woody Creek will always be Riddells Creek to me even if the evidence points to Echuca. – See what I mean? I’m obsessed with this fictional town being real.

Anywhooo. My slipping grasp of reality aside, I LOVED these books. I loved the characters and the intertwined stories and the terribly tangled family tree that grows more and more tangled with each new novel. Thankfully Dettman includes a family tree at the front of the book to remind us who belongs to who.

This final novel begins in the late 1970′s and gallops to it’s end in this new millennium and I see why Dettman thought it was time to put Woody Creek and it’s inhabitants to bed for good. but I don’t have to be happy about it. *grumpy face*.

The only thing that pleases me now is finding out that Joy Dettman has eight earlier books that I have yet to read! All the yays!

The Woody Creek Series includes:

Pearl In A Cage

Thorn on the Rose

Moth to the Flame

Wind in the Wires

Ripples on a Pond

The Tying of Threads

As well as being available as proper hold in your hands and curl up and read books, they are also available on iTunes and Kindle. I have been sending them to my mum and she is also loving the series.

I give each book in this series an easy five stars. Thoroughly recommended reading.