Sunday, June 27, 2010

Is this the beginning?

Big Sister practises her knitting skills, Little Sister pretends....

Sister conversation, sister adoration....

Is this the beginning of things to come?

Little Sister in her Big Sisters' shoes....

i love you both to the moon and back......

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Abbey's Favourite things

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I would post a list of things Abbey loves. What good fortune that she had typed up a list of her favourite things on our 'new' typewriter [found at the op-shop for $3 - bargain]  for her school journal.
and I also discovered this in her journal too, couldn't resist posting it - for memories sake only,
God love the phonic spelling.....

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gumboots and Soup

Today has been a wild wet wintery day, with the occasional burst of sunshine.
Gumboots are the perfect footwear today,
Tomato and Lentil soup with Dumplings is the perfect dinner tonight;
Abbey and Evie played together happily [if even for only 10 minutes] after eating not much dinner!
I enjoyed my made-from-scratch Tomato and Lentil Soup, and the dumplings were the best!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Daily Bread

Meagan @ ecoMILF is doing a meme at the moment on bread recipes and this week I thought I would join in as I make several loaves a week!!!
This recipe is currently my favourite and is very simple to make;

Oatmeal Bread
makes 1 loaf
prepare loaf tin 

1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups water
2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
1/2 cup warm water - extra
1/2 teaspoon caster sugar (I use raw sugar)
1/2 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar (I have never added this)
1 teaspoon of salt
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups unbleached plain flour (I mix spelt and wholemeal flour instead)
1/4 cup oats - extra (I use sesame seeds instead)
* I add to this recipe 2 tablespoon of Chia seeds, and 2 tablespoon of Flax seeds I throw them in with the first cup of flour; I am also going to try sunflower seeds and pepita's*

Combine oats and water in a small pan, stir over low heat for 3 minutes or until oats have softened. Set aside in a large bowl until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in extra water, add sugar. 
*I usually set aside this yeast mixture for 10 or so minutes to activate the yeast*
Add yeast, milk, brown sugar and salt to the oats in large bowl. Stir well to combine. Add flour - 1 cup at a time - until a soft dough forms.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding any remaining or needed flour as necessary - until dough is soft and elastic.
Place in a large lightly oiled bowl, brush surface of dough with melted butter or oil. Cover and leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until well risen.
Punch down and knead for 1 minute. Shape dough and brush with water, sprinkle extra oats onto surface and roll dough onto oats - press gently.
Place into loaf tin, cover and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes or until risen to the top of the tin. Pre-heat oven to 180'C.
Bake for 45 minutes or until inserted skewer comes out dry. Set aside 10 minutes. turn onto a wire rack to cool.

*edit* this recipe is from Family Circle Classic Essential Bread and Buns; published by Murdoch Books (1995), ISBN 0864114605. It was one of my op-shop finds!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Winter blues and bubbles

I awoke this morning with a sniffle and a sneeze, and as the day progressed onwards so did my first cold of the season. Feeling lousy I decided to take it easier than usual today. Miss Abbey is away at her Dad's house and while Miss Evie was taking her lovely long nap I made myself a nice pot of Ginger and Turmeric tea,
and ate a couple of fresh oranges for afternoon tea and got comfy on the couch.Sitting quietly I got started on a coming birthday present.
Feeling slightly rejuvenated, on cue Miss Evie awoke and I thought a bit of fresh air would do us both the world of good! So up the road we went, at a very leisurely pace.
Thank goodness the sun was out, it was just what I needed.
We came home and played in the front yard, which included Miss Evie having some bubble blowing fun!!! I know you can make your own bubble mixture, {slack Mama}, I had a bottle stashed away and was very handy for today.... I will search for my home-made bubble mixture very soon.....
Such a lovely Sunday afternoon, pity I am not feeling my normal energetic self and thank goodness little Miss Evie has been in a happy toddler mood all day!
Tonight before I snuggle into bed I am going to have my favourite remedy for beating a winter cold.
I found this recipe in "The Natural Health Book" by Dorothy Hall, and it has always worked for me!
You will need:
one or two cloves of garlic
1 fresh lemon
1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of honey
Then you do this:
finely chop garlic [or use a garlic press]
squeeze lemon for juice and small amount of rind
mix together in mug or tumbler
add ginger, cayenne pepper, honey, 
add the above to a cup of just off the boil water.
Drink the whole lot!! even all of the 'bits' if you can!
Then jump into your cosy bed within 10-20 minutes, make sure you are covered and warm! Expect to sweat!!
Please read "The Natural Health Book" by Dorothy Hall for further information

Friday, June 4, 2010

Chickpea and Spinach recipe

this is where I found my inspiration for my own chickpea and spinach recipe, I did make the smittenkitchen recipe once and it was delicious!
Anyway this is how I made my version;

You will need: 
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Hungarian paprika
finely sliced silver beet or spinach
1 can of chickpeas + liquid from can
big dash of tomato sauce
dash of red wine vinegar
salt & pepper

You then need to:
pan fry onion & garlic until soft (or however you like it),
add paprika, cook stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes,
add silver beet or spinach, cook until soft
add can of chick peas & liquid
stir through ingredients
add tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper
bring to the boil
stir occasionally and simmer for approx 15 minutes [or until chick peas are warmed through].

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Made by Mama

Mama has been busy, click click, chop chop, mix mix, sew sew, wash wash, clean clean........

Finished: one cosy crochet blanket for the couch, Abbey enjoyed a snuggle within it's warmth last night.

Sewn: one jersey top to wear around the house, made from material found at the op-shop.

Cooked: Chick pea & Spinach ala Sharon.... recipe soon..... yummmo.....

Stewed: Apples and plums.... with a dash of honey, very delicious.

Baked: one home-made loaf of Oatmeal and Spelt Bread, recipe soon....

Eaten: one dozen Berry Coconut Muffins,

Clean windows thank you Evie, you and the vinegar/water did a superb job!

and then Mama started .....