I have spent the last few weeks in such stress over three things: my husband's surprise party, my assignment and my half marathon on November the 3rd.
Luckily, things have a way of working out and I now see that year two of my studies in early childhood education aren't going to be quite as cruisy (not that it was cruisy) as year one.
The party for Mr S has been in the making for one whole year. Yes, I'm crazy. But it was so worth it! I will have to save that story for another blog post though. The party has now been and gone and to be honest, I'm breathing a sigh of relief.
The assignment I was working on was the hardest we have been giving yet. Of course it didn't help that I was also planning the party of the year, but I still stick by it that we weren't given enough time OR information to get it done. I finally got the assignment done and again, it was a huge sigh of relief. I can now have my life back!
The half marathon training wasn't getting off to the best start when I realised that taking a two month break from all exercise really does leave you at square one but I did start training with about 14 weeks until race day. On week 10 I got sick with the flu and was down for two entire weeks, then the busyness of the party and assignment got to me so there hasn't been any time to train! Luckily someone out there really wants to run the Auckland Half Marathon so they bought my ticket off me! Another sigh of relief!
Now it's (hopefully) smooth sailing. Speaking of sailing, here's hoping some of my luck brushes off to Team New Zealand right now!
I'm back to my old baking self and can't wait to get back in the kitchen. Did you know I didn't even get to make myself a birthday in all that busyness?! Shocking (for me anyway). Will have to rectify that as soon as possible!
Here's a recipe I concocted a while back to share with my uni friends, they're orange flavoured rice kirspie treats with crushed up Jaffas inside, coated in milk chocolate. Delish!
Jaffa Rice Krispie Treats
285g White Marshmallows (not flavoured ones)
2t Orange Zest
6 C Rice Bubbles
Approx. 100g Milk Chocolate
- Line a large rectangular tin or casserole dish with baking paper.
- Pour rice bubbles into a large bowl and set aside.
- Crush Jaffas (this was harder than it looked, we used a mortar and pestle…and by we I mean my husband). Set the crushed Jaffas aside.
- Heat butter on a low until melted.
- Add marshmallows and stir until they are just melted.
- Add the orange zest and stir quickly.
- Working quickly, pour melted marshmallows over the rice bubbles and add the crushed Jaffas.
- Stir thoroughly, making sure to get all the rice bubbles coated in the mixture.
- Pour mixture out into the prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts and spread over the top of the rice krispie treats. If you would like a thicker layer or chocolate on top you may want to use a whole block, or approx. 200g.
- Refrigerate the slice until set then slice into small squares.