Tuesday, August 31, 2010

bliss balls yummo!

These may look like chocolate truffles but they're really quite a different thing alltogether.  Mostly nuts and fruit with just a little sweetener and cocoa.

1/2 - 1 Cup cashews
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 dates (approx) chopped
2 Tablespoons cocoa
coconut to roll them in (optional)

We used a whole cup of raw cashew bits from the supermarket and whizzed them up in the food processor.   I thought they'd go smooth like peanut butter but they were more like sand.  Then you add the other ingredients, blend it all together and roll into balls.  They're seriously delicious, dairy free and vegan too.   Good for a treat after dinner or to take to the beach at the weekend (that's where we went on weekend, after the zoo and swimming).

Sunday, August 29, 2010

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Photos from the "pull apart the old VHS machine" session that we had at the weekend. It's always fascinating to see how stuff works and all of those bits inside.

Last time we did this the boys deconstructed my broken electric beaters.  This was a much larger job and didn't end up with quite so many cool bits.  Some of the bits were taken to kindy and used by various kiddies at the hot glue gun table (so much fun).

Friday, August 27, 2010

mini chef in da house

In the past few days this guy has made dinosaur eggs (recipe to follow), slow cooked asian chicken, devilled sausages, bliss balls, hash browns (oven baked ones) and various other yummy things.  I got him to read the recipe and pop everything into the slow cooker for the dinner and he really enjoyed having all of the responsibility. We've done most of these things while he's been at home sick and so there's no sibling rivalry (or pushing on the step ladder).  Usually everybody wants to help at the same time and it can be hard to manage.  Sometimes I have to send one or the other of them off to their room and I have been known to set the timer (my best friend) and let them help for five minutes each.  Notice his new apron too... our old ones were getting too small.  Little brother got one too... he chose some strawberry fabric for his.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

home made

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This is a lovingly prepared morning tea by our sweet six year old.  He made us each a plate.  Yes it's green sprinkle (sanding) sugar with a spoonful of runny honey on bread, a rice cracker, a mandarin and an orgran chocolate (everything free) animal biscuit.  The place mat(s) are newly made by me with some cute fabric that a friend didn't want (awesome thanks Megan).  I will admit that I struggled to eat that sandwich!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

old headers

I've been without a header for a while but while I was making my new one today (pretty huh?) I found this stash of old ones.  They kind of disappear forever once you've made a new one don't they?  So I'd love to see your old headers too... leave me a link if you can :-)  You click on the wee speech bubble to leave a comment.

notice the towel on the pillow?

Notice the towel on the pillow?  There is also a bowl nearby and he's temporarily sleeping on the bottom bunk.  We're having a bad run on the colds, flus and tummy bugs this winter!  We had a good month or so of health before this past week.  Haven't had a good night's sleep for a few days now.  Bring on spring!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

kindy rocks

We love our kindy.  Wonderful teachers, lovely mummies and a wide range of activities and friends.  Last week the kids made peg dolls and a daddy brought in his drum kit and electric guitar for the kids to have a play with.  Rock n Roll baby!  They have a world map on the wall at kindy with strings to all of the countries that kids (or their parents) come from... I think I counted 19!!  They're a very culturally diverse kindy... and it's nice to see that the children think nothing of it.

a year ago... the star plate

#2 and I made sushi for lunch on Tuesday. It had originally been planned for Monday night's dinner but that plan went out the window as the day progressively fell apart.
Dinner that night was meatballs (thanks Simone), oven fries, raw baby carrots and edamame (soy beans), a kind of random assortment of food.
Anyway I asked him to get plates for us and off he trotted. He came back looking very happy with himself with two plates. A white one for him and the red plate (which we call the star plate) "for you mummy because you are a star." Such a sweetie.
The Red Plate is a really cool thing we picked up from Parents Inc. We give it to the boys from time to time to celebrate lovely achievements or kind behaviour or trying really hard. It says"Outstandamazing! We appreciate you. You're a Star."Actually daddyB and I get it for dinner sometimes too. Everyone needs a little appreciation. Yes there have been tears over the plate (no not B or I!) but usually they don't last.

I asked him why he gave it to me today (it's the first time he's done that so it was a suprise). He thought for a moment and then said "for driving the car mummy".

Monday, August 23, 2010

my first pocket knife

While our boys aren't exactly "free range" kids in the sense that I let them roam the neighbourhood unsupervised, I do encourage them to climb trees (and sometimes fall out), and to try some things that might freak out a more cautious parent.  For his recent 6th birthday our school boy got his first pocket knife from NanaRobyn and Grandpa.  It's beautifully engraved with his name on one side.  The main blade has a rounded tip and a lock so that it won't accidentally flick back in on itself.  It also has a philips screwdriver, a saw and a nail file (I think).  Anyway it's pretty cool (he'd say it's "mean as") and although he does get to use it, for now we're looking after it inbetween outings.  Mainly to keep our four year olds hands off it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

dairy free pizza

I wish we'd figured this years ago!  Clever B figured out recently that you can top a cheese free pizza with a beaten egg and the toppings stay put!  We regularly make pizzas at home and until recently the kindy boy has enjoyed his even though the toppings tend to fall off.  So to say this is a revelation is an understatement.  Thank goodness he's not allergic to egg.  It does help to fold the edges of the dough inwards and not to put the egg on until the pizza is on the tray (learn from our mistakes).  Here's our bread maker dough recipe in case you were looking for one...

2 cups white flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
3 teaspoons yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water

Friday, August 20, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

how to be alone

I just watched this and love it... so thought you might like it too.
Meg x

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

power tools

Who doesn't like power tools?  #1 helped daddyB fix the back gate and enjoyed using the drill.  The kids have also been doing a bit of tinkering and dismantling of appliances (photos to come) too.

Friday, August 13, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

DIY fairy garden

After school today we made a fairy garden in one of the planters on our deck.  We did a bit of a plan and then just used what we had lying around.  In January the boys made a fairy ring and we salvaged a few gem stones from that (now overgrown) part of the garden.  According to the plan we need a cot, play ground, mushrooms and a mini painting set!  Tonight I found a nice blog called the Magic Onions which has lots of fairy furniture tutorials and even a fairy garden competition.  If your kiddies are into fairies and magic you might like to enter too.

We made them a bath but the water seems to leak straight through.

The lucky fairies are having dried cranberries for a treat.

This is a peg doll we made at kindy on Monday.

There are a couple of notes for the fairies too... I hope they write back!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

time out for beginners... took 42 minutes!!

This is the second time out I ever gave...  It took forever to get him to sit there but I stuck it out (just like super nanny said) and after a few goes at it we became pretty good at it.  I must say that four years later the time out chair (in the hall) still gets a bit of use.  At the time I documented it to keep myself from caving in (and it made a fun blog post for the grandparents too).  It did take ages but was worth it :o)


(M is 2yrs 2 months)

I am at present trying to get M to sit still (time out) for two minutes. It's only the second ever time and I don't think he understands. He keeps getting up. I march him back to the time out spot every ten seconds or so when he gets up... so I'm writing this as it happens.

12 min into (attempted) time out

"reedy bout zoo"
"daddy daddy mummy ate all up"
"tuddle mummy"
"next time mummy put you back, all back"
then hit his head as he struggled as I was put him back on chair
uncontrolable screaming and gasping

17 min
trying to gag

i have never not spoken to him for this long

"wheres baby hippo"
"want madassar"
"mummy nononono"
"ready lunch"

22 min

"naughty mummy"
sits back down on step (for about 20sec)

"tuddle mummy" (arms outstretched)
"mummy ruby" (crying now)"ruby ruby"


"have swing"
"please mummy"

(manages 1min sitting)

"read bout zoo read bout zoo" (cough sob) 
"want water"

(running in circles round living room)
"hold hand mummy hold other hand"
"dood (good) boy sitting" (sobbing)

I had to get R (8mths) from downstairs as he'd woken up
M didn't seem to be understanding the whole time out thing so i explained it loudly to R (trying not to give M any attention) and that seemed to help, he sat there for almost two minutes and said 
"dood boy"

now he's finishing his lunch

I need a nap!

(p.s. I know something is wrong with this post... I'm just too tired to try and read html and figure it out!!!)

Monday, August 9, 2010

movie date

Well perhaps not technically a "date" (he is only just six) it felt a little like I was crashing one when we all went to see Toy Story 3 at the weekend.  Because we'd been out of town for his party we said that we'd take him to the movies and he could invite a friend (or two).  This sweet girl was his choice of movie buddy and he held her hand in the scary bits (uber gorgeous).  Hopefully their friendship will continue and we can all go away camping (with her family) when the weather fines up a bit.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

looking back

FRIDAY, MAY 26 2006
(M almost two, R 5months old)

"what are you going to do at music today M?"
"stamp feet, move beat"

B tickling M and M says "Daddy, more tit-titty"

M chases after our cat "ride horsey cat, ride horsey cat" and no he didn't mean for the cat to ride on a horse. M thought puss might like to be his horse! Poor cat ran for her life.

It's bad photo weather today, dark and drizzly, winter time or "witty time" according to M.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 2006

Music this morning. M was charming and worked the room and R puked milk on the parachute... I don't know if he'll be invited back!  I thought I might take the camera along one day (just for you guys really) but my hands are always full with the boys! R has recently outgrown his hired baby capsule, so I can't really put him down and he's 9kg!! Looking forward to him being able to sit up by himself.

After music we went to the mall for lunch (and a play) with a friend and her boys. M was so tired on the way home that I was singing him lots of action songs to keep him awake. Wheels on the bus always goes down well, as does having the window ("winow up, winow down") down and looking for dogs and rainbows.

Recent cutie sayings...
tuddle blower - tumble dryer
here tums - here it comes
row poley - roleypoley (I can't spell it!!!)
ruree puked (this happens all too often)
where gone... boo
flalalo - flamingo
backback off please - take off your bag. This was on Monday night when I was heading off to Italian cooking class, and M thought I should stay home.


this week the wee one has been up to...
jabbering away (bububub) and squealiing
coughing and puking (a lot!)
grabbing anything and everything
blowing raspberries when you're feeding him

His disgusting vomitting has gotten worse. Off to the doctor again today and a few new things to try. It's getting hard to take him anywhere when he throws up half his bottle or dinner! It's pretty messy if you don't have Mr Bowl in the right position.

2010 - It took us quite a while to get the cows milk allergy diagnosis!  Hope you enjoyed this wee trip down blog memory lane.  There may be more to come.