27 February 2010

Blogging Buddies


Today we had special guests for lunch... Simone from Great Fun 4 Kids and her awesome family were on their way to a pirate party in our city and decided to catch up for the afternoon!

Simone and I have only ever met once before in 'real life' (here), but even so, being blogging friends means you pretty much know each other better than you know some of your own friends (strange isn't it).

The kids and dads instantly got on, and while the kids played and the blokes talked about deep things, Simone and I made sure we got some great shots for our blogs :P

Thanks to the Graham family for such an awesome time - you guys rock!  
   






Simone's take on our day here!

25 February 2010

Laughing, eating and talking...


Sometimes a girl just has to get out with friends to laugh, eat yummy things and talk about nothing in particular.

It nourishes the soul... and the hips (although not really the hips with the tiny servings these days).

These ladies are some of the special mums from our church's mums group... they all rock!!







23 February 2010

My crazy family


The more I think about it, the more I realize that I actually come from a rather CRAZY family.  They just seem to do really strange things... often.

The great thing is that we all get to laugh often at each others expense.

Some things can't be shared, but here is a sample of  a few of the things members of my extended family have gotten up to...
Faking having asthma for the doctor so that they could get inhalers for their pet poodle who was wheezy.
Filling out a form for that same poodle so that it could get it's own food ration coupons during the war.
Trying to return a DVD to a liquor store... in their slippers, and wondering why the man at the counter seemed rather amused about being given a Wiggles DVD.
Deciding that the poor policeman's horse next door needed more exercise so secretly untying it at night and taking it for walks.
Asking a lady in a children's clothing store if she was pregnant, and when being told she wasn't, covering up by telling her that it would be the perfect place to work if she was.
Realizing at the checkout that you can't find the chocolate bar that you were going to buy and discovering it in your purse.
Accidentally giving the cat's worm tablet to the husband.
Going into the house of a relative who had since moved out (and this person had already visited that person in their new home but had forgotten) and yelling out inside the house for the person and when discovered by strangers continuing to insist that they must be joking about the relative moving out.
Crossing the road and finding a pair of panty-hose falling out of their pants leg.
Sadly, this list could go on and on... 



22 February 2010

More crochet phone covers!!!




Here are few more mobile phone covers for the shop - if you are keen you had better be quick as they are going fast!

My favourite is the green one. 

Have an amazing week!!! 


21 February 2010

I heart notebooks


Long gone are the days of boring notebooks... check these ones out!

Sliced bread notebook...


 
 Notepod...




"a cup" notebooks... 



Rite in the Rain (all weather notebook)...


20 February 2010

Spoilt...



Today I observed someone being spoilt - spoilt in a good way... and boy did I love it.

As I sat and watched this beautiful pregnant lady opening gifts at her baby shower I was struck at how special the moment was.

This lady has not long been in our country - she is new here to our land with no extended family or old friends. She is about to have her third child, and has never had a baby shower or been treated in such a special way.

I watched as she opened gifts surrounded by new friends and even some people who have never met her before, yet wanted to welcome her into our 'family'... her eyes filled with tears as she shared in her broken English how she has never felt so special and loved, especially from people she has never met.

It moved me.

It made me wonder how many other people are out there in my life who have never experienced being treated 'special'... people who need to feel spoilt.

I think there must be quite a few people out there who need a bit of spoiling... I might just have to find some.

19 February 2010

Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins


As promised, here is the recipe for these yummy muffins.  

Whenever my banana's start to turn brown or spotty (beyond anyone wanting to eat them anymore) I shove them in the freezer.  Once I have a few stashed away in there, I get them out and sit them in a bowl until they have defrosted, then squeeze out all the banana and throw the rest away!  Great way to reduce waste and heaps softer for baking with.

Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients
2 cups self-rising flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
2 medium bananas, mashed (to yield about 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).  Grease twelve standard muffin cups or line them with parchment paper cases.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the self-rising flour and baking soda.  Stir in the sugar and ½ cup of the chocolate chips.  Make a well in the centre.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, melted butter, and mashed banana.  Add all at once to the flour mixture and stir until just moistened (the batter should be lumpy).

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them two-thirds full.  Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.

Bake until golden brown and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean, 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes.  

Serve warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool..

Recipe from "The Muffin Book"


For more delicious recipes visit here.

18 February 2010

Things I'm Loving...

Here are a few of the things I'm loving at the moment...

Themed meals (again)... 


Making more crochet mobile phone covers (more in the shop soon)... 


Banana and chocolate chip muffins - the best way to use up those brown spotted bananas (recipe coming soon)...


Little washing helpers (wearing the peg apron)... 


Chocolate...  

16 February 2010

Nella Cordelia: A Birth Story


My friend told me about this story the other day - and it is amazing.

This woman is brutally honest - and this story is truly moving. 

She has had negative feedback because of her honesty - so I am curious as to what you think after you have read this... the story of Nella Cordelia.


15 February 2010

Licorice Slice




Licorice slice - the perfect party food.  

I was given this recipe recently after tasting it and raving about it - and I thought I'd share it with you too! Thanks Ginny for the recipe.

Ingredients
400g chopped licorice allsorts
125g butter
200g condensed milk
250g digestive biscuits, crushed
½ cup ground hazelnuts
30g kremelta
180g white chocolate

Grease and line 19x9cm pan with baking paper, put butter and condensed milk in a pan or microwave to melt then let cool.

Add crushed biscuits, hazelnut meal and licorice to the butter mix, stir to combine.  Press into prepared tin and smooth the surface.

Melt white chocolate and kremelta together in a pan or microwave and pour over the slice as icing and let set.

Cut with a warm knife when set and enjoy!


For more delicious recipes visit here.

13 February 2010

Happy Birthday Miss 3!!!

Miss 3 had an awesome birthday today.

The bunting and balloons were hung, delicious treats were eaten (including more of these) the requested Yo Gabba Gabba cake was made (she actually wanted a Jack Black cake - long story), the giant water slide was enjoyed (by little kids and one 'big' kid) and along with family and friends we celebrated another year of life.

Life is precious and needs to be celebrated! 

Happy Birthday Keke - we love you tonnes! 






12 February 2010

Flashback Friday

Our little baby girl will be turning 3 years old tomorrow!! 

I am always amazed at how fast time seems to fly (except when you are stuck in a hot car full of screaming kids).  I seem to have forgotten about the first 6 months where she would scream unless she was lying in a sling... the crazy 1 year old that would climb out of her cot continually falling and hurting herself, climb up sets of drawers to jump off or use chairs to get into dangerous places.

If I hadn't blogged about it I would have probably forgotten about the time she decided to have 'cups of tea' with the toilet water... or tell me loudly that old men in the supermarket were 'cute'.

But I remember her first smiles when she was only a couple of days old - they were real smiles, and only happened when she saw her Daddy.  I love her little dimples and her bright blue eyes.

I can't imagine life without this bright little girl. 

I think today is totally appropriate for a flashback!
  





Goodbye Miss 2 - hello Miss 3!!

11 February 2010

Things I'm Loving...

Here are a few of the things I'm totally loving this week...

These very cool guitar softies from The Grateful Thread...



Watermelon season!!!


A new (second-hand) pair of pinking scissors that arrived in the mail just for me (thanks honey)!


Crab crochet (by Joana Vasconcelos)...


Poppa's that take pleasure in teaching their grandchildren about ladders, roofs, buckets and other important 'guy' stuff...


Huts under the dining table...


09 February 2010

Crochet Mobile Phone Cover




I really really loved my phone sock - but then it got all old and my mum needed to borrow it as her new Christmas present phone kept getting scratched. 

While sitting in the car yesterday while Symon took the kids into the library, I decided to do something I've never done before... crochet without a pattern or instructions!

I made a cover for my phone - and I really, really like it.

Mum's already ordered one for herself... anyone want and old stinky phone sock? 
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