Saturday, March 31, 2012

things I'm loving

Things I'm loving this week... 

My Wonder Woman mug which I usually drink my morning coffee from.

 Making wholemeal ravioli pasta at the weekend (everyone was involved).

Finding these cool place mats at the op shop for $3.

This one is my favourite.  Christchurch was home for my first 21 years.

Loving the pie maker (which was Mum and Dad's) which can transform any random leftovers, plus a sheet of filo pastry, into a yummy dinner. So easy to personalise according to individual tastes too.

And although I have used it for a while I found this photo of my spotty umbrella which I was loving this summer.  Think I'll love it next summer too.


Friday, March 30, 2012


 Asking them to stand close for a photo doesn't always work out.
I like to keep snapping anyway.
One day I think they might stop letting me take their picture, but I hope that's not for a while.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Remember when I said how much fun it was to make pasta from scratch?   

 That was last May and we haven't done it since till this week.

 And it was still fun, time consuming but fun.  Dinner was late but delicious.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

pac-man the board game

Look what I found at the op shop last week.

 Only missing three white plastic marbles.

 We all really enjoyed gobbling the marbles and moving the ghosties.

 Video game + board game = WIN!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

old fashioned

I love dress up days at school.

I told him how they used to have to stand very still and look serious.

Friday, March 23, 2012

working mama

Dinner tonight was boiled eggs and soldiers, perfect food I think. I know there's no veggies but really tonight I didn't have the energy or inclination.  I'm pretty shattered by this work/life thing.  Haven't baked bread in a while... got to let some things go!

Having less hours in the day at home, it's much harder to stay on top of the picking up and tidying up.  I think I must have spent a large amount of each day doing that when I was at home full time.  Note the artistic shots to disguise the actual clothes and stuff on the floors, teehee ;o).

These two liked their eggs though and don't mind the mess as much as I do.   
I've had a bit of time away from here but have really enjoyed downloading piccys and doing a few posts tonight.  I really like blogging and don't really plan to give it up.  It's a nice way to pass a bit of time.  And yes work is going well, I'm really enjoying it.  I'm editing the midday TV news which works well as it's just a few hours while the boys are at school.  More photos and blog to come soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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

Monday, March 19, 2012

i got my bike!

After a fair long while of lusting after the bikes at Rode, I found myself a much less expensive but still very pretty bicycle at Penny Farthing cycles in Symonds Street.  All their bikes are half price permanently which makes things quite affordable (especially as I've been saving up).  I took it on the train last week to work (it had to get its own ticket) and cycled home after work, it was awesome as it was mostly down hill.  Finding work pretty tiring but good.  Am doing Monday - Friday so it's a bit tricky adjusting after seven years as a full time unpaid homeworker (that's what the kids call it "homeworking").

Friday, March 9, 2012

unplugged sundays

As a special request for my Auntie (who said the pizza photo was making her hungry all the time) I thought I'd share this post I wrote for the Unplugged Sunday blog back in December.

Unplugging on Sundays gives us space.  Space to breathe, to be together, to exhale.  I feel like life is so hectic and switching off slows it down.  Sometimes we get out for a hike (us kiwis call it a bush walk) or some fishing but often we just stay home.

I love being at home with my honey and my boys.  Reading books, cooking and playing games usually take priority.  Getting together over a board game we chat and hang out.  It's a really great way for the kids to learn how to be good winners and losers.

My mother tells the story of us playing"unhappy families" when I was a girl as our games of "happy families"  would inevitably end in tears.  There have been plenty of melt downs at our place but these days the kids are a lot better at losing.  

Some excellent family games:
  • Carcassonne
  • Hey That's My Fish
  • Uno
  • Labyrinth
  • Scrabble Jnr
The kids have an hour of quiet time in their rooms after lunch.  Mummy and Daddy brew a pot of coffee and have our own game time.  We love to play together and switching off lets us make time for that.  It's so easy to get sucked into the Internet and for relationships take second place.  Our favourite two player games:
  • Dominion
  • Race For The Galaxy
  • Mancala
  • San Juan
  • Backgammon

Unplugged days at our place often involve something crafty.  The boys (5 and 7) both have enjoyed learning to sew this year.  Trial and error has taught us that stitching into a heavy fabric like felt is easiest for a beginner.

I sometimes tinker about on my sewing machine but more often than not, I'll potter about and help the kids with whatever they're into.  During the week I often have the computer on and I know that they don't get really good quality attention.  I often feel a little guilty about that (I'm sure I'm not alone there).

Cooking from scratch and trying new recipes is a something I like to do too.  Recently we tried making pasta and although a little time consuming it was really quite fun.  When we're switched off there seems to be more hours in the day.

I think we used 5 large free range eggs and 500g of flour, mixed them to a dough, kneaded it by hand and then popped it in the fridge for a wee rest.  The rolling out part was a two person job (one big, one little) and was a little bit magical.

What are your favourite family games and recipes?  Maybe you'll have a new one that we can try.

Friday, March 2, 2012

pizza/pity party

We had pizza tonight.  It was okay but not awesome.  Partially because only three of us ate it and mostly because none of us ate together.  Big brother has a fever and went to bed with no dinner, little brother's temperature is rising but he was still hungry (of course), my pizza got cold while I looked after the eldest one and DaddyB got home at seven and is eating his now.  So I'm posting photos of a much nicer pizza event from a couple of weeks ago.  When it was still summer!  I had written about it but not published it yet.

Generally I'm feeling worn out and like I'm running on empty.  It's been a big week.  I started back working at TV3 (part time during school hours yippee) and the kids got sick almost immediately.  How do other working parents manage sick kids without any extended family to help out?  Do you work?  What do you do?  It's all new to me having been at home with them pretty much full time for the past six years.

This weekend we were supposed to be heading north for a weekend by the beach, hanging out with NanaD and Poppa.  The fevers and the weather bomb have ruined that for us.  Waaaaaaaaa. We had a cabin booked and paid for and everything.  Although I'm wondering if a quiet weekend at home might actually be just what the doctor ordered.

Here's the original pizza party post:

DaddyB went away for a long fishing weekend and so I decided that it might be nice to have another (temporarily) solo mummy and kids over for a pizza party.  I made the bases and everyone did their own toppings.  It was great fun.

#2 is showed off his work of art.

We accidentally bought the wrong type of cheezly.  The cheddar type doesn't melt beautifully like the mozzarella style.  It still tasted good but I was a bit sad to miss out on the stretchy meltiness.

Finally you get to see our beautiful back yard door table in it's full glory.  I feel like I love it a little more each day that we use it.  Not really looking forward to the end of summer, although we will get more use out of the outdoor fairy lights when it gets a bit darker earlier.  Also loving that pizza can be awesome even if you're dairy free.

I might be taking a wee blog break after all of the recent business, a few other things needing my time at the moment.  No doubt I'll be back before you even miss me.

Meg x

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Okay I get that I'm totally showing off here but oh my goodness the bread has gone from good to amazing!

I've been making the sourdough for a year now and only just recently am I feeling like I understand it.  Well I'm not sure I understand it exactly, but I've made a few changes which are working really well.

   It's all thanks to this fantastic book (which I may just have to buy).

The bread has lovely (bubbly) crusts on it now which I think may be from the water sprayed on before baking, to be honest though it could be something else.