Gym buddies

Sebastian has decided to join me at the gym this year and seems to be enjoying it. He’s mastered bosu squats (better than me) and has even done sets of 20kg bench press.

I was very excited to finally deadlift 100kg…the best thing about lifting the heavies is how easily quantifiable your progress actually is.

I did manage to injure my back, but tried not to let it completely break my gym habits. One of the bonuses of having a gym buddy is that on the mornings when you don’t feel like it, you have a reason to get going, and then you still feel better at the end.

Back is much better now, and we are back to usual – and having mornings where sometimes we just feel trashed. But we do love #gymlife.

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Further experiments in baking

Sebastian decided to make some “pineapple” buns, which, to my surprise, contained no pineapple. The name relates more to their appearance.

They have two levels of baking. Buns which had to proof…

…and a biscuit -like top.

Baked up, they look like this

And tasted delicious.

January foods

The boys have been expected to do something creative each day during the holidays. Quite often, especially for Sebastian, this has been cooking.

Above is his orange trifle – using a cake he made specially, left over orange custard from eclairs, jelly and meringues he also made. It was pretty delicious.

Sebastian also helped out with dinner, cooking collaboratively with James. For our fish, he whipped up a leek and cream sauce.

We did some late night cooking together. I was preparing pork for slow roasting in milk, he was testing out a hot cross bun recipe (it wasn’t the best).

I attempted to get in on the act and make chocolate pavlova – it didn’t really work well, but it tasted good anyway.

Zac decided he would get ambitious – after helping Sebastian with eclairs last week, he cooked his own from scratch, including the choux pastry and custard for filling. They were impressively good.

Sebastian also whipped up another delicious lemon tart. I could get used to all this cooking.

Small boys who cook

I must say it is rather nice to come home to dinner and dessert prepared by the small (well, not so small any more) ones.

Tonight Sebastian whipped up some Texan chilli beef for dinner.

It was pretty delicious.

He and Zac also worked together to make eclairs, filled with orange custard. Sebastian sis the paatry work and Zac helped him out with the rest.

Fabulous!

One week down in 2017

This year I am not going to keep myself to a daily or weekly blogging schedule – somethinged life just get away from me. So sometimes it will be daily and sometimes weekly and sometimes less often. If you really want to see an every day perspective check out fralafontaine on instagram.

It was a good first week of the year though – starting as uaual with Jasmin’s birthday celebrations, including seeing Lala Land.

Sebastian baked.

Zac busked.

Mum and Dad visited for a few days and hung out with the boys during the days while James and I worked. We played games, ate out and in, drank wine, exchanged presents and enjoyed being together.

Sebastian and James tried out new cooking methods and we got delicious tempura as a result.

I spent some quality time with George.

And we went to Ikea and tried to infuse dinner with a touch of the Scandinavian.

And there is always time for a sunset walk.

Happy 2017 everyone!

 

  

A year in the life 2016 #358: holidaze

I went for a ride.

Jude made zombie popsicles.

We all went and saw Rogue One.

Sebastian made churros for dessert.

A year in the life 2016 #355: icecream maker love

Mich of Christmas Eve was spent preparing foods for the next day. Here is Sebastian, who made two types of icecream and a sorbet, expressing his love for his icecream making machine.