30 November 2009

Cheeky Cats


We have one very cheeky cat... his name is Barney and I know that his mother Wilma breastfed him for way too long (no offense here to people who choose to breastfeed their children until they are older... but in human years he was still feeding at way over 7 years old!).

His mother eventually ran away due to him annoying her too much (true story) and now we have one very large and very cuddly cat that loves to laze around the house and leave his big fluffy hairs wherever he goes (especially on my nice black window seat).

One of his most annoying habits at the moment is that he swipes my books from my bedside table in the middle of the night to get my attention to let him outside. Now I am one of those over-organised people who has a diary full of dates and appointments with bits of paper and bills to pay carefully slotted in each page... which Barney loves to scatter all over the ground.

So, I decided to create some more Cheeky Cats for the Softie Shop - but these cats are not at all like Barney... they are nice friendly cats that don't leave their hairs all over the house and don't swipe people's diaries from the bedside tables.


Feel free to adopt!!

p.s. I do love you Barney... most of the time.

28 November 2009

My Master Chef man


Yep - I have my very own private Master Chef living with me. Move over Julie Goodwin!

This morning I awoke to French Toast in bed, with fresh homemade fruit salad on the side and a piping hot coffee (check out my cute cow milk jug!). A slightly more enticing treat than the Master 10 version of breakfast in bed (although I do appreciate your surprises Master 10!).


Hubby then snuck off to do something very important and extremely secret in the kitchen... but after hearing him print something off the computer and then ask me where just about every baking item in the pantry was, I soon guessed what he was up to... he was baking me a birthday cake (and even referring to my blog for the recipe!!!).

You may think that this is no big deal... but I must let you in on a little secret... my Master Chef man has never ever made me a birthday cake in our whole 13 years of marriage - so this was something rather special... actually, I don't even know if he has even made a cake before.

He did really well and even managed to keep the kitchen relatively clean as he went. I warned him about the dangers of icing a hot cake, and he did listen to my wise advise and keep the cake in the fridge until it had cooled (we were in a rush)!

Once the cake was ready to go we were off in the car to have a beautiful birthday lunch at my parents (talk about the pre-Christmas stomach stretch!). We were all rather amused to find that my mum had also made me a birthday cake (a beautiful carrot cake with cream cheese icing) and so we decided to have a 'Master Chef' style judging panel... where of course they both tied!


What a beautiful day - a big thank you to all my awesome family and friends near and far for your lovely birthday messages, cards and gifts. I feel super spoilt!

And thank you to my wonderful husband for doing all the dishes, cooking, cleaning and parenting chores today so that I could put my feet up and relax.

Thank you God for life!

27 November 2009

Kiwi Mummy Blogs

Check out this awesome new site... Kiwi Mummy Blogs!

I'm on there and I'm also super keen to meet some other Kiwi Mummy bloggers.

Thanks so much to Sarah from :: BobbyRobin :: for creating this space!

26 November 2009

Farewells


Late last night I found myself standing outside in the dark with two little boys dressed in their pyjamas. We were all watching Daddy dig a hole in a special spot beneath the grapefruit tree.

This hole was for a dear little mouse... Cheesy (aka Zipporah). Cheesy had lived a long life filled with mothering and eating. We had all been anticipating this day.

I was surprised at how well the boys handled it... they each drew a message on a stone to place on Cheesy's grave.

As we walked back inside after saying our farewells to Cheesy, Master 10 piped up, "One down, two to go!"

Such a sensitive chap.

25 November 2009

Tasty Softies!!

Some of my favourite Flickr finds today... Tasty Softies!!!

Hotdog by Bnice2mice









Aren't they cute! I keep cracking up at the Toasty Marshmellows!!

24 November 2009

Makings

Lately I have been making a few little softies, which are nearly ready for the shop.


Today I baked burnt biscuits... and then decided to make shortbread instead.


Hubby is making me a sweet as dining room (which involved putting in some french doors we were given)... and along the way he is making lots of mess.


What have you been making?

22 November 2009

Driving through history...


On Saturday we decided to take the family on an adventure... an adventure to where some of our ancestors first settled in New Zealand. Now these ancestors are on both my side and my husband's side... but we won't go into the details behind that today (*cough cough*).

Armed with a healthy picnic dinner (chippie sandwiches included) and my grandmothers crocheted rug, we were set for a drive out in the wops to find some special places.

We found Drake road and took multiple shots of us all posing next to the road sign... a little embarrassing each time someone drove past (especially when a certain someone decided he just had to climb the pole for his shot).


We had a lovely picnic at the school where our ancestors used to attend.


We explored the cemetery where both my ancestors and hubby's are buried. I decided to explain carefully to the kids how to be respectful in a cemetery (ie. not walking on the graves) only to catch Miss 2 dancing on someones grave shortly after. I later discovered that the whole area was graves but most of the headstones were missing... oh well.


No day could be complete without 'electric fence grabbing' dares.


The thing that cracked me up the most was my husband's enthusiasm to have his photo taken in various 'special' spots... like this one, where his Great Grandfather's house used to be (we think). I am sure he will do a post about his verson of our adventure on his blog sometime soon.


Here's hoping your weekend was awesome too!!

20 November 2009

Peanut Brownies


Peanut brownies are great - especially if you don't have a peanut allergy.

I've never made them before, so decided to give them a go with Miss 2 as my special helper (which means she sat and watched, helped de-husk the peanuts and licked the beaters when I'd finished).

Yummy - thanks "Edmonds Cookery Book" for the recipe.

Peanut Brownies

125g butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup peanuts, roasted and husked (I microwaved mine for a few minutes instead)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together. Mix into creamed mixture.

Add cold peanuts and mix well. Roll tablespoonful of mixture into balls. Place on greased oven trays. Flatten with a floured fork. Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes or until cooked.

Makes 20.

For more delicious recipes visit here.

19 November 2009

On behalf of all men...

Today was our fortnightly church coffee group for mums... and we had a special male visitor.

No ladies, it wasn't George Clooney or Brad Pitt... it was my special husband (who to me is way cooler than any of those other guys).

I think he felt a tad out of place as well all chatted about the usual (pregnancy, birth, and other motherhood stuff). But then it was his turn to share (as that was why I had invited him).

And what he shared, I thought I would share with you all...

He thanked us all as mothers, on behalf of all men everywhere (haha) for the amazing and usually thankless job we do as carers of our families.

Among other things, he also spoke about the pillars of society... the important parts that make up a healthy society. He pointed out that "family" was one of those pillars... what we do is important - essential to a healthy society.

I have found over the years that when people used to ask me what I did, I would reply, "Oh, I'm just a mum". Society doesn't seem to esteem the role of parenting like it used to.

So whether you are a stay at home mum, a mum who works full time or part-time, you are important and valued. Your role is very important and needed.

You are valued.

Thanks honey for reminding us about the importance of our role.

(he has definitely earned himself some brownie points!)

17 November 2009

Inside my heart...



Inside my heart I often ponder and dream.

While I care for my beautiful family and enjoy the blessings around me, deep inside my heart I know there is so much more to life... so much more.

My heart aches for the lonely, the hungry and needy. I often think of the abused, abandoned and the lost.

And I know one thing... I cannot just think about them and then go on with my own little life.

So, inside my heart I often cry. I dream of what I can do to help, I give what I can and I talk to my children about what they can do to help.

And I pray.

Sometimes I feel guilty to live in such a plentiful land with such freedom and grace, and yet even in this land of plenty there are so many also who are suffering, lonely and in need.

It is easy to become overwhelmed with it all... but it's amazing what a difference one helping hand can make.

Inside my heart I hope that I can make a difference.

"Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

16 November 2009

Makings...

There's been a little bit of 'making' going on here in the past couple of days... I really have to try to grab any moment I can if I want to make anything though - which of course has meant some sewing while in the car (not while I'm driving though) and the usual 'strange looks' from people passing by.

What's so strange about a girl sewing in her car I ask myself? It's not like I have my sewing machine in the car... just a needle and thread.

Anyway, here are a few of the things I've been making lately...

A crochet star ornament for a friend (hubby told me it looked like a doiley... I tried to tell him that doileys were coming back in fashion - but in the end resorted to adding a button to try and make it look a bit more vintage... and a tad less 'granny').



More softies for the shop...


Some little sugar biscuits - great Christmas stocking fillers (also in the shop)!


What things have you been making/reading/listening to when you get a chance (while in your car ;)

15 November 2009

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