Pantry clean-out part 2 and an engagement

Friday’s almost over. This week was busy and next week will be even worse. It feels good to finally put my feet up, turn on some old school Jay-Z and relax. I spent most of today shifting things around, grouping things into four categories. Yes, four. The arrangements for moving us to Taipei are not so straightforward. We have basically been given four options for what to do with our stuff, we can:

1. Ship things in a sea freight container

2. Send things via air freight

3. Bring things with us as our accompanied luggage, or

4. Store things in Wellington.

So, I have used our three rooms to divvy up the four allotments.

Our lounge=sea freight

We'll see this stuff in 8 weeks

Our spare bedroom=airfreight and accompanied baggage

Coming with us or arriving shortly after

Our bedroom-storage

We'll see this stuff again in 4 years

Pearl came over during the afternoon to hang out. It was a welcomed break from my organising. She came at a good time as I had just completed part 2 of my pantry clean-out, so she got to be an official taster.

Here’s what I made.

My All-Time Favorite Banana Bread 

You won't believe its vegan!


– 3-4 ripe bananas

– 2 TBs olive oil

– 2 cups flour

– 3/4 cups sugar

– 1 tsp. salt

– 1 tsp. baking soda

– 1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat 350 f/180 c. Spray a loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas, add the oil and mix well.

3. Add flour, sugar, salt and baking soda to banana mixture and mix until well blended.

4. Stir in walnuts and pour into prepared pan.

Bake for approx. 40 minutes.

Easy Apple Crumble

Luke's most requested dessert


– 1 large can of cooked apples (or 5 large apples, peeled and chopped)

– 1 cup oatmeal

– 3/4 cups brown sugar

– 1/3 cup butter, melted

– 1 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 180 c/350 f. Spray a pan (I sometimes use an 8×8 inch or a 9×11 inch pan depending on how many apples I use).

2. Place apples into prepared pan.

3. Combine melted butter, sugar, oatmeal, and cinnamon and mix well.

4. Pour oatmeal mixture over apples until covered.

Bake for approx.35 mins or until nice and browned.

After the tasting, I walked Pearl back to her University Hall. She has a hot date tonight, so had to get ready. 😉

After we parted ways I went to Briscoes to check out their silicone cupcake bakeware as it was on sale. The idea of putting silicone in the oven still kind of freaks me out, so I chickened out and didn’t buy any. Instead I bought a new set of measuring cups (which were half price). I was in dire need of new measuring cups as I have an old mismatched set.

Just plain random

Here is the new, beautiful set.

I can't wait to use these bad boys

Shortly after I got home I got a call from Luke’s sister, Abby, to talk about weddings. This isn’t at all strange because Abby and her partner, Brad, got ENGAGED this week. We are super excited for them. They are such a great couple. They are thinking of having the wedding sometime next year. So that means a trip back to NZ. It’s going to be a blast and a half!

Beautiful couple

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