3 Dec 2013
We have been enjoying some yummy home baking as we continue to embrace a whole food inspired way of eating. Heaps of winning recipes have been discovered and I thought I'd share with you some of our favourites. Each of these I have gone back and cooked again and sometimes again. Most are free of gluten and refined sugar.
Raw lemon and coconut truffles
Salted peanut butter cookies
Raw cacao bliss balls
Paleo banana bread
Pumpkin and hazelnut cookies
Autumn harvest carrot cake (pictured above without icing)
Yes I know, most of these are from the same place but when I find a good thing I like to run with it! What I love is that most involve throwing everything into the food processor and pressing go.
Whole, nourishing, and simple.
27 Nov 2013
:: If you make these planes, they will be loved. So make sure you use a good quality wood glue from the start, or you'll be performing surgery on these tiny things for weeks.
:: Waking up early is hard. Exercise is hard. But both are worth it.
:: Babies are beautiful.
:: Christmas is fun.
:: Distance is not fun.
:: Windows 8 is so dang hard to get used to.
:: Completing projects is satisfying.
:: Electricians are expensive.
:: Discovering amazing home styling blogs makes me feel happy. But then I feel guilty about being happy over such materialistic things.
:: Mango's are delicious.
:: Kids laughter is wonderful.
:: Fourth-term is wild. Wild and hard and long and hot. So very hot. We are all looking forward to Christmas holidays!
Seven school days to go!
1 Oct 2013
(1) hot weather luxuries
(2) (3) if fairies existed they'd live here
(4) (5) (6) crafting, each their own way
(7) forward planning
(8) carnations + babies breath
(9) fish feeding
Here's to school holidays, quiet days at home, and not having to make school lunches!
18 Sep 2013
Miss 6 played a hippo in the school play recently. When I was a asked to provide a costume for her, I didn't know where to begin. I mean seriously, a hippo?
Thankfully a pinterest search came up with some ideas, and what started as a puzzling task turned into a whole lot of fun, with $6 worth of fabric and a sewing machine.
I traced the body of the hippo from a dress of hers and the hippo's head from the hood of one of her jackets. I sewed these two pieces together then encased elastic around the arm holes and neck line, and drawstring around the front of the hoodie. The result was a soft comfy all in one hippo!
Making the face was the best part. I learned there is enormous satisfaction in giving a hippo it's personality - kind of like breathing life into it (just don't think about that literally). She has a wonky eye and a crooked tooth but none of us are perfect either.
It was surprisingly fun to make and came together really well. Most importantly though, Goosey loved it and truly beamed on the night as a very happy hippo.
I am happy to share more details if you are ever one of the lucky ones who are asked to make a hippo costume.
15 Sep 2013
6 Sep 2013
When kids get sick we care for them, treat them and love them through it. They don't have to do their usual chores, they get to watch more television than usual and score a few extra cuddles. Of course we don't like to see our little ones sick and remind ourselves that next time they're running amok we'll try to be grateful that at least they're well.
When Daddy gets sick we care for him. He gets sleep in's and specially made meals. He isn't expected to help out and lots of rest and relaxing are prescribed. The kids are kept quiet and told to give him space while he recuperates (sounds exhausting, lucky for us super fit Mr Cookie doesn't get sick very often).
In Mr Cookies own words, "When mum gets sick, the whole place falls apart".
What do you think?
(I'm totally taking that as a compliment by the way).
2 Sep 2013
Today's stills collection is brought to you by a country town, and their biggest event on the calendar - the annual great race and country fair.
1/ Super fit Mr Cookie placed fourth in the great race!
2/ Boris the class bear joined us under the loving care of Goosey.
3/ A quiet book stall / all eyes were on the flying motorbikes.
4/ Quite a bit of walking.
5/ A certain two year old was all keen for the merry-go-round until it actually started to go-round.
6/ But by a long way (as weird as it sounds) the highlight was those iceblocks. I kid you not. The best tasting iceblocks we have ever experienced. It took every bit of strength for me to only have one. Mr Cookie had three. They are hand made from all local produce and were just so delicious. That one Tiger is holding is mango, coconut and raspberry flavour. I am on a mission now to track them down again. You wildly good popsicles, I am coming for you.
Joining emily x.