Currently 2024

Hi friends! Welcome to the first edition of Currently for 2024 hosted by Jennifer from Overflowing With Thankfulness. Today we are looking at what we are loving, resolving, looking forward to, and cooking. As well as how we are staying cool over here because…hello summer!

LOVING

I am currently loving being on summer holidays! School returns on the 28th of January, after the Australia Day long weekend. So until then, it’s relaxed, carefree easy days for me with no alarms or schedules to keep me on track. Talk about bliss!!

I was saying to my husband the other day how it felt as if I crawled to the finish line in term 4. It was so busy, incredibly draining and not always a fun time. Because you know ‘stuff’ happens in life and you just have to push through. But I’m grateful that I have a loving family, strong friendships and no thyroid. Haha……seriously! Ever since I had my thyroid removed in June of last year I feel so much more centred.

RESOLVING

I have resolved to go on another decluttering journey. Yep, things have started to accumulate and they need to be re-homed, recycled or relinquished. I have plans to go through my wardrobe, particularly my work clothes and say goodbye to some items that have seen better days. I also have my sights set on going through my kitchen cupboards as well as my garage/office.

LOOKING FORWARD TO

I’ve got an exciting rest of the week lined up! On Thursday I’m going to a basketball game with some of my cousins. Friday we have a delicious lunch outing planned at an Italian restaurant in the city. Italian food is my favourite! Then to top it off, I’m hosting our first Cousin Connect of 2024 this Saturday. What a great way to kick off the new year!

HOW WE’RE  STAYING COOL THIS SUMMER

The prompt is ‘What we’re doing to stay cozy this winter’ but it’s summer over here so I thought I would change it to ‘What we’re doing to stay cool this summer’. When we are all home we have the air conditioner on but if I’m home by myself then I will turn it off because I don’t feel the heat as badly as my husband and son do. Furthermore, I don’t want my electricity bill to be too crazy this month.

My husband and son both wear these neck fans. Like ALL the time! They both swear by them and say they couldn’t survive the heat without them.

neck fans

I have also been keeping hydrated by drinking water as well as Bickford’s Peach Iced tea for a refreshing sweet change.

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These Calippos are really good too!

Calippos

COOKING

I haven’t been doing much cooking over the last couple of weeks. Instead, we have been eating leftover Christmas food such as ham with salads. We have also been going out for meals and we went to our friend’s house for New Year’s Eve and enjoyed a delicious dinner she prepared. Then on New Year’s Day, we had prawns and oysters.

Tuesday night I made chilli con carne and it felt like it was the first time that I had cooked a meal in ages. Those days between Christmas and New Year are so confusing. Then being on summer holidays means that I totally lose track of what day I’m living in. What day is it today??

One of the best things about being on holidays is that I don’t have to rush to get dinner ready. I can take my time cooking and so today I made a fall-apart lamb with salad and potatoes. I have also made hummus to go with the lamb and for dessert I have tried to recreate my mum’s creamy rice pudding.

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My lovely mum never followed a recipe so I am really digging deep into my memories and trying to remember some of the amazing dishes she used to make. I’ll let you know how I go with the rice pudding. It’s on the stove at the moment. I have been tasting it and thankfully it tastes like my mum’s but I’m just not so sure about the creamy consistency though. Stay tuned!

That brings me to the end of what we have been currently up to. Wow, can you believe that it’s a brand new year? I think that it will take me a while to remember to write 2024 instead of 2023!

I hope you have a great rest of the week and I look forward to being back here on Friday.

See ya!

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11 thoughts on “Currently 2024”

  1. First, happy new year! Secondly, I am so glad you changed the prompt to fit your life. I wasn’t even thinking of my friends around the world who are in a totally different season! I hope you have enjoyed your summer off from work; I’m sure you have! I love not having to rush, so that stood out to me in this post. I am so mixed up on my days it’s not even funny! I can’t keep them straight because I haven’t been working. I kept thinking yesterday was Monday, for some reason. I do go back to work today, though, so maybe that will help. I hope so! I’m ready for normal again. I hope you enjoy the day today and that you’re all able to stay cool!

  2. That is so cool that you made hummus. I tried that once and don’t remember it working out too well! I am with you on the resolving to declutter things. I have to go through my closet and drawers!

  3. Happy new year!!
    Oh wow! You do have a long break, it sounds like you are really enjoying it.
    Good luck with the decluttering, we have had a good clear out after Christmas and it has been fantastic.
    I saw loads of people with those neck fans during our summer, I think I need to get one for later in the year. I love Calippos, the orange flavoured one’s are my favourite.
    I made spaghetti Bolognese last night and it felt so strange cooking and eating a proper meal. x

  4. Your roast looks delicious! Rainy and cold here so winter is starting up in Central Texas. Enjoy your sunny weather, I’m hoping we will see some sun this week!

  5. Oh, enjoy your holidays!!! It sounds like you have some fun plans. And I like your take on the “doing to stay cozy” prompt! That works so much better for your situation.

  6. Your foods look delicious! We haven’t been cooking much around here either; relying a lot on leftovers too. But now that everyone is back to school and work I’m trying to get us back on schedule. That peach ice tea looks delicious! Even in the winter I drink sweetened, fruit flavored ice teas.

  7. I hope your rice pudding turned out. I never thought I liked it when I was a kid, but I do! Like bread pudding, I thought it was gross, but there is something cozy about it.
    Those neck fans look awesome, will have to remember that when our temperatures start to climb again.

  8. Happy New Year! Sounds like it is off to a great start…and a tasty one too! I love hummus but have never tried to make it myself. That should change:) Cousins connect sounds like fun – have a great time and enjoy the rest of your break!! I so wish it was summer here. Just sayin! Best wishes to you –

  9. Sounds like you have such a fun weekend planned – some wonderful things to look forward to! I love rice pudding, and have made it from scratch a couple times. It’s amazing the variety of recipes for something so simple. Hope you have a happy January and a great start to the year!

  10. The variety in your meals, from leftover Christmas feasts to homemade dishes like chilli con carne, sounds delightful. Cooking at your own pace during the holidays must be a treat! Fall-apart lamb, salad, potatoes, and a touch of nostalgia with mum’s creamy rice pudding—sounds like a delicious lineup!
    Enjoy the laid-back summer days and the joyous moments with family and friends!

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