Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hi!



Hi!
Well I did not expect to be here, blogging in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon, but both my kids are asleep at home, at the same time *NEVER HAPPENS* so I thought, why not.  (One is recovering from cold/flu and I'm hoping the unscheduled nap does not mean the other is coming down with it, but anyway...)
I'm still getting back into the groove of this whole thing.  Forgive me if I use a template again?!  Haha.

Making :  an effort to spring clean/declutter this house (which is still not totally unpacked since we moved)...
Cooking :  chicken noodle soup
Drinking :  tea.  and accidently the 'cooking' wine that had been open for weeks.  thought it wasn't flash. (that was one evening, btw, not this afternoon)
Reading:  DOSAB (Is that the first one?  I mean the first one.  Nearly done!)
Wanting:  some things on my walls, we still look like we just moved in last week in some parts of this house!
Looking:  forward to daylight savings, hellllooooo BBQs
Playing:  dominos
Deciding:  whether or not to cut my hair
Wishing:  I could let my littlest sleep longer, but if I don't wake her soon I'll pay tonight...
Enjoying:  this moment of peace
Waiting:  for a new charger to arrive for my phone and hoping it works
Liking:  the sunshine!
Wondering:  if it will be a relaxing weekend
Loving:  the start we made in the garden last weekend
Pondering:  what to plant in the super shady areas
Considering:  what veges to plant in spring, we have limited space
Watching:  MKR NZ even though I said I wouldn't
Hoping:  the annoying people get kicked off quick
Needing:  half an hour of mid-day peace like this everyday!  bliss!
Smelling:  camomile tea
Wearing:  jeans held together with interfacing ironed on the inside...
Following:  people on IG but I can't get on IG cause my phone is nearly flat
Noticing:  I have more time when my phone is nearly flat
Knowing:  I needed an IG intervention
Thinking:  It was perfect timing
Admiring:  my kids
Sorting:  their toys
Buying:  them iceblocks
Bookmarking: a real book!
Disliking:  the amount of 'stuff' in this house
Opening:  the windows
Giggling:  with the kids
Feeling:  better than last week
Snacking:  rarely.  still getting over cold/flu
Coveting:  all the pretty dresses and shoes for summer
Wishing:  i could have them, and a nice haircut that I could afford to keep up
Helping:  kiddies, with everything.
Hearing:  silence!

 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

beginning

If you ponder too long about where to begin, you won't.  So I'm starting here, right now.  What better way than taking stock (via Pip).



Making : a Washi Dress from one of my nan's old sheets
Cooking : a lot of salads, willing spring to come sooner
Drinking : tea (surprise!)
Reading: cook books
Wanting: more time
Looking: at a messy lounge
Playing:  hungry hippos
Wasting:  moments staring out the window
Sewing: above mentioned dress, and also clothes for my littles
Wishing:  my littlest would have day naps so I could sew then
Enjoying:  my cosy bed
Waiting:  for the weekend, always
Liking:  regular get togethers with my girlfriends
Wondering:  when I'll be bothered taking nearly a years worth of pics off my phone
Loving: Instagram
Hoping:  I can get back into semi-regular blogging
Marvelling:  that y'all were still here (thank you!)
Needing:  a holiday
Smelling:  a clean kitchen
Wearing:  my slippers
Following:  all my old faves
Noticing:  my big one getting so old!
Knowing:  she's going to get even older very quick once she starts school (soon!)
Thinking:  I miss my baby
Feeling:  sleepy
Bookmarking:  yeah, not much. (hello Pinterest?)
Opening:  a new bottle of milk
Giggling:  at my hilarious littlest girl
Feeling:  blessed.  and tired. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ummm. Hi.

Hi!

Been thinking about this space lately.  Thinking of making a return. 
Is there anybody out there?

X

Monday, December 9, 2013

52 things i made {40/52} - in which I admit defeat

Yeah.  So, no way am I going to get to 52 things this year.  Well, possibly I could make 52 at a stretch, but no way I'll find the time to blog about it.  I'll do my best anyway...
I've been over on IG a lot.  Sorry 'bout that.  It's just so quick and eaaaaaaaaaaaaaasy.  Sorry poor abandoned blog!
We're in our new house.  It's great.  Loving it :)  Still living out of boxes, but we'll get there.
I'm really just popping in to share some recipes that a good friend asked for, and I couldn't say no.
These are the biscuits I've made for kindy teachers/playcentre teachers/neighbours/family and husbands work this Christmas.
Top left: Oat, Cranberry and Chocolate. Top right: Ginger biscuits with vanilla icing.  Bottom left: Double chocolate and peppermint.  Bottom right:  Chocolate dipped shortbread with pistachios.


The oat biscuits are my go to.  They are so easy, and a little bit healthy (well, oats, right?!) and loved by all.
Here's the recipe:
125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream these 4 ingredients.  Then add:
1 cup flour
1 and 1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 - 1/2 cup cranberries
Mix well, form into balls, press onto tray.  Bake 180c 12-15min, or till golden.  Cool on rack.  You can switch it out for any dried fruit you'd prefer and use white choc/no choc also.

Ginger biscuits are a recipe I got off my mum.  They look like a ginger kiss, but they're not that soft, more just a biscuit. You could make gingernuts, if you baked them till really crunchy and left them un-iced.
This recipe makes A LOT.  A LOT.  You can halve it if neccessary.  Also, they grow and spread.  If you want tiny ones like mine, you'll have to make them really tiny before they're baked.
200g butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup golden syrup
Beat these until smooth.  Then add:
3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons of ginger or one each of ginger and cinnamon, if you'd prefer.
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix well.  Roll into balls, flatten onto tray.  Bake 150c for 20min or until golden.  Don't overcook, they can burn easily.  Ice with vanilla icing.

The chocolate cookies:
125g butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon peppermint essence - to taste
Beat these.  Then gently beat in:
1 egg
Then stir in:
1 and 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate.

Bake 10-15 at 160c, or until good.  If cooked less these don't fully set and can be nice and chewy.  If cooked longer, till cracks appear all over the top they will be crispy.  If you'd prefer chewy, keep a close eye on them when they are nearly ready.   I've topped mine with a blob of chocolate and some crushed candy cane.

 It was the first time I'd made shortbread.  At my mum's recommendation I used the Edmonds recipe and it was fine.  I'd recommend it.  If you find it sticky to roll out, roll between sheets of baking paper.  Use a nice dark chocolate for the dipping/spreading.

Good luck!  These recipes are all pretty foolproof, so I hope you enjoy! XO


Thursday, November 7, 2013

52 things i made 39/52

I made this cardigan for Annie Rose.  This was part of a swap with the lovely Deb. This pattern is 'Granny's Favourite' by Georgie Hallam (aka Tikki knits).  There were some firsts for me, the first time making up this pattern and the first time using the magic loop method to knit sleeves in the round (actually first time knitting sleeves in the round using any method).*  I really liked the pattern.  It was easy to follow, and it looks really nice on (Isla tried it for me!).  I've found cardigans that are based on a round yoke knitted in one piece hang really nicely.  I'm definitely going to make one for each of my girls for next winter.

*Another first, I parallel parked yesterday!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

52 things i made 35+36+37+38/52

Isla chose these fabrics

My choice for Isla

My choice for Eloise
Well with the end of the year and christmas nearly here, I'm not so confident of making my 52/52 this year.  But I continue to try!  Here's some peasant style tops I made weeks ago for the girls.  We move house in the next couple of weeks...so there will not be time for much (any) making.  I am suffering from crafting WITHDRAWL.   This is a serious thing, let me tell you.
I'm so looking forward to getting into our new place and getting set up and back into it.
Hopefully in time to make my baby her Christmas stocking!
XO