Sunday, 26 May 2013

NZMM Day 26: Fat Freddy's Drop

Ooh! They have a new song! This is exciting! Saw Fat Freddies at the Winery Tour in March! They really know how to put on a show and get everyone up and dancing!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

NZMM Day 25: Shapeshifter

These guys are LEGENDS! Soon to be travelling the country with the release of their latest album, Delta. Coming to HTown in July, I really hope we can go!!!! They are epic! Love their sounds!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

NZMM Day 22: Thomas Oliver Band

I could show you the official video clip but I much prefer live performances. 
I also love the sound from the Weissenborn Thomas Oliver is playing here and HERE.
It is such an amazing instrument, I first learned about it from Ben Harper, had me hypnotised!

ANYWAY..... here is Thomas Oliver Band 

Monday, 20 May 2013

NZMM Day 20: AHoriBuzz

Holey Moley! This is exciting! A video premiere! AHoriBuzz featuring Hollie Smith and Laughton Kora. I have just seen this on FB (thanks NK!) and I just had to put it up on here!

It's not yet released on youtube, so follow the link. As soon as I find it on youtube will put video up for those who can't get into link!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

NZMM Day 18: Ria Hall

Oops! Forgot Day 18!

This lady is freekin amazing! The first time I really noticed her (I think is was the WHOLE WORLD really) was at the opening of the Rugby World Cup. Yup, this is she.....

Sorry not the best quality vid but still shows her beautiful talent, at Pao Pao Pao 2010.

NZMM Day 19: Ruby Frost

Not a lot of people knew who Ruby Frost was when she was announced as a judge on NZs XFactor, I didn't know any of her music so I thought I would check her out! Not Bad!

Friday, 17 May 2013

LUNCHBOX IDEA: DG Choc Chip Cookies

What is DG? Well, DG stands for Destitute Gourmet, I'm not sure if I've blogged about her before, pretty sure I would have, SHE is Sophie Gray, founder of the DG brand that has 8 books, 7 of which I have and are signed by her! She teaches how to "eat well and spend less", in the books are tips on how to shop smart and sample shopping lists. One book shows you how to preserve, make curry pastes and seasonings, make your own mascarpone and creme fraiche! She is honestly a genius! I always rely on my DG books for inspiration.

So when Miss A asked me to buy her a Cookie Time this afternoon I said I will make a whole heap of cookies for her. So here is the best recipe that made us 100!!!

1 cup (about 250g) butter or shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 T hot water
2 t vanilla essence
3 1/4 cups flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1-2 cups choc chips

Preheat the oven to 180oC
Into the processor put the butter and brown and white sugar. Process until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, hot water and vanilla.  Process until fluffy and scrape into a large bowl.
Sift together and stir in the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir in the choc chips. Drop teaspoonfuls on greased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.


NZMM Day 17: Lorde

Yes! She is from NZ! AND she is only 16! SIXTEEN! I couldn't believe it when I read that! Love the beat in this song and it's quite funny cos she sings of never being Royal! But I will always be Royal! LOL!

I was going to put up the video but it's really random! So just hear the song, it's pretty cool I think.

KIDSPOT REVIEW: Maggies Stirfry Creations is my current go to site for dinner ideas, lunchbox ideas, activities to do with the kiddiwinx. They often have mummas review different products, so I signed up to review Maggies Stirfry, and it was pretty good! The hardest part was chopping up the vegies! I will add this to the next menu plan for when my Huni might have to cook dinner!

 My son really loved it too!

1. Prep your choice of vegies and dice chicken breast. Mix Infusion Paste thru chicken, sit for a few minutes.
2. Heat a little oil and cook chicken. Add vegies and cook a few more minutes.
3. I tossed through Udon noodles then the 2nd sauce pouch, then spinach leaves. Heat thru.
4. Eat!

Thanks to Kidspot for allowing me to join in the review panel!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

NZMM Day 16: Maisey Rika

This amazingly talented, super humble and astonishingly beautiful wahine has a voice that gives me goosebumps. She sings about love and life in both English and Maori. She has her brother backing her on guitar. I love this song! I can't wait to hear the next album!

NZMM Day 14 & 15

OOPS! Playing catch up again!!!!

Black Eagle

Actual Real Talent from NZs Got Talent!
No War

Monday, 13 May 2013

NZMM Day 13: Ladi 6

This week I will showcase some of the amazing wahine (women) artists of Aotearoa.


I am trying to get back into baking for the lunchboxes. I usually go to KIDSPOT for ideas but last night flicked through my Donna Hay Kids' Magazines for ideas. Well I just have to share this with you, Pizza Muffins! I have changed the flour to Gluten Free so Dadda can take some for his lunch box too!

3 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 t baking powder
1 1/2 c grated cheese
3 rashers bacon, chopped
2/3 c crushed pineapple, drained
2/3 c vege oil, I used Rice Bran oil
2 T tomato paste
2 eggs
1 c milk

Preheat oven to 180c.
Place the flour, baking powder, 1 cup of cheese, bacon and pineapple in a bowl and mix to combine.
Place the oil, tomato paste, egg and milk in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add to the flour and mix until just combined.
Spoon into 12 x 1/2 c capacity muffin tins and sprinkle with remaining cheese, I grinded salt and pepper on top before baking in oven for about 30 minutes or until cooked.

They came out nice and fluffy! Super yum!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Happy Mothers Day!

This morning I was woken by my beautiful son who gave me nice warm snuggles and then handed me a card he had made with Dadda last night, very cute! Then he left and came back with a 2nd card, he had made this one at playgroup during the week! My gorgeous daughter finally woke up and gave me more warm hugs then gave me another card she had made all by herself. Inside it said:

"To My Mum,
I love you because you make me breakfast
Love Anakiwa"

Here they are all lined up...

Then Mum came over and we headed off to the Jennian Homes Mothers Day FunRun/Walk
5km in 29 minutes!

Then we went back home and enjoyed the beautiful Autumn sun, pottered around the garden for a bit, cooked dinner, spent more time in the sun with Miss A while Master K was snoring and then off to work for the evening.

Hope all you Mummas out there had a great day, filled with love! xxx

NZMM Day 12: Prince Tui Teka

Now, this song is old. Very old. But it is absolutely timeless. This song I will always remember my Dad and his brothers singing to my Nana at her birthday up north and I have chosen it especially because it is Mothers Day. So here is the one and only, legendary, Prince Tui Teka singing "Mum".

*I couldn't find a decent video with good sound because it was from 1982! The year I was born!


Saturday, 11 May 2013

NZMM Day 11: Che Fu

Featuring the beautiful Teremoana Rapley! 
Gosh, this is from 1998! 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

NZMM Day 8 & 9: Salmonella Dub

Purely awesome sounds. Sounds of Aotearoa. 

For some reason I can't upload any of the live vids so just gotta sit back and listen to these sounds.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

NZMM Day 7: Maree Sheehan

Golly this is definitely a blast from the past! And I love it all over again! And I hear the Maree Sheehan has recently started making music again! Awesome I say!

Past to the Present

Monday, 6 May 2013

NZMM Day 6: Dam Native

This week I am going back in time! Dam Native, formed in 1992, are the pioneers of hip hop in Aotearoa (NZ), they bought international respect and props to NZ hip hop and music. Focused mainly on issues involving politics and kaupapa Maori.

The Son
Featuring Che Fu

Saturday, 4 May 2013

NZMM DAY 4: Anika, Boh & Hollie

This trio banded together and toured the countrys churches. I love them individually so together is just magic! I really had hoped to have attended but couldn't afford it in the end. I did however see them in a more casual atmosphere, the Winery Tour! Amazing!

Here is a clip from the Church tour. Beware, it may give you goosebumps and/or bring you to tears!


Friday, 3 May 2013

NZMM Day 3: Kimbra

All the way from, well, just down the road really! Htown girl Kimbra has come so far from the little girl I remember seeing in the local Christmas in the Park a few years ago. Now she is known around the world, even has a grammy or two!

From her Album: VOW

Hot huh!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


This month I will be definitely posting once a day. Because it's MAY! Which means NZ Music Month! So much goodness! But first here is the FMS Photo a Day challenge!

The reason why I haven't posted any pics is because I usually use my phone for the photos but for some stupid reason I'm having problems with sending them to the computer! Will work it out soon I hope!

Have a great day! I will, my babies are coming home today!