Archive for May, 2010

May 25 2010

Bagels, Yum!

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I can’t believe it, I worked with yeast and they actually turned out. Yay! I found this recipe, http://makemethod.vox.com/library/post/homemade-bagels.html and decided to give it a go, afterall Lachlan and I just love bagels. Since they are at least $1 each, I thought that I can’t do any worse.  They are very simple to make, just time consuming (in the sense that you can’t whip them up five minutes before you step out of the door). I don’t have a mixer, but mixing it with your wooden spoon works just as well (and builds up a little muscle). Here they are ready to be cooked in water briefly (that was cool to watch). Ok, so they look a little like snails, but next time they will look more rounded (don’t roll out a sausage shape and join it, it doesn’t work). Instead roll out a ball and use something to cut out the centre. Also my baking paper got stuck on the bottom (don’t tell anyone, they didn’t notice), of course I did my best to peel it off, but I’m not too sure that I got all of it off.  Hee hee, my family ate them too quickly to notice. By the way, they were yum!

Oh, and I tidied up my very full pantry. I haven’t had it this full in a long time, I will consider this a blessing. Now Jared should be able to find  the Peanut Butter when he wants it 😀 I also started on a couple of flowers to go toward my handmade swap, oh, and a wrist pin cushion.

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May 24 2010

School Photos.

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Yay, I have Lachlan’s first school photos. 

Meanwhile, Stephanie has finally finished her apron. She made a few major errors, but she was able to fix them up. Well done Steph!

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May 22 2010

Brothers are Not Monsters.

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You saw Cassandra’s picture yesterday didn’t you? It was a picture of her brothers. Today we decided to make them into dolls. Cassandra kept saying that she was very excited to use my machine. Remember that she is only 4. The end product! Two dolls with a bell inside.

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May 21 2010

It's Educational

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Ok folks, this really isn’t funny, but it is. Does that make sense? I just said to my husband, I wonder who is reading my blog? My daughter very quickly said ” You know how you make a lot of mistakes with your spelling? Well, maybe the mothers are getting their children to go through and find the spelling mistakes as part of their schooling” What? That really puts a dampner on things don’t you think? Come on, you can tell me, is anyone actually doing that?

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May 20 2010

Green with Sewing?

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No, I’m not jealous, just going green.  Seriously, I’m not that great at the whole “going green” thing, but after using so many little plastic baggies over the last couple of months, anyone would feel a bit wasteful, especially as they don’t seem to find their way home. So, I found this tutorial, http://ihavetosay.typepad.com/photos/reusable_snack_bag_tutori/img_9196.htmland made my first baggie. I didn’t use PUL, because I’m not quiet sure what it is, but, I might try using some new nappy plastic wraps for the inside layer so that they will be easy to wipe clean. I have another 7 lined up to make.. Look at this great picture that Cassandra drew yesterday. It is a picture of her two brothers playing, and she added herself in too.

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May 19 2010

Another Swap

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I know, I hear you say “another one?” What can I say, I love the postman! I also love making things, and I already have all the stuff to do so, so why not? If you would like to make 5 or 10 things, and recieve the same, pop over to herehttp://soozs.blogspot.com/2010/05/put-to-good-use-swap.html and put your details down. You have ages, until the last week of June to make the items, so get going. Oh, it is only for Aussies though, sorry! Humm, now what will I make first?Something like the above would be cute. I found this here.http://kellyrachel.com/blog/2010/04/12/little-letter-needle-book-tutorial/She is having a give away at the moment too, but don’t enter because I want to win. 😀What about this?

Gotta go folks, I have to enter the giveaway.

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May 18 2010

Cooking N Stuff.

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Today after school, the girls and I made strawberry jam. Just 1 KG of strawberries ($4) and 1 KG of sugar, and a dash of lemon juice. We enjoyed some for our lunch. When Jared got home, I was excited to show him our 4 bottles of jam. He asked for a little taste on a spoon. The jam that was in the fridge, and the spoon couldn’t even break through the jam, it was set solid! Hmm, don’t know what went wrong there. I just zapped it in the good ole microwave, and “ta da”, nice and smooth again.

I also made these yummy cookies. I love the idea of having most of the ingredients already weighed out in a pretty container. All I had to do was add one egg, some Vanilla essence, and a cup of butter. This recipe came fromhttp://www.achristianhome.com/GoodThingsandRecipes/Cookies%20in%20a%20Jar.htm If you would like to display the ingredients, get a nice clean jar, and layer the dry ingredients in it.

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup of choc chips

2 cups of SR flour

preheat the oven to 180c, add 1 egg, a dash of vanilla essence,one cup of butter,  and maybe some water depending on how dry your mixture is.  cook for 25 min.

Yum, yum!

I also spent a couple of hours under the house, you should see how much stuff we have under there! I have now donated a few items. Why do we hold on to stuff anyway? Meanwhile Steph cleaned up the outside steps. She looks like Cinderella don’t you think?

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May 16 2010

Family Rituals

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Do you want to know what our family ritual is? It’s fanning the fire alarm at breakfast, lunch and tea!

It was Stephanie’s turn to do the ritual. Don’t think I burn everything, it is just super sensitive, in fact all three are.

Look what Cassandra recieved in the mail. An application for a card from the commonwealth bank, what? She is only 4!

I found this package of beeswax at the op shop for only $4, cool. I have also started to prepare for the next Dayspring Day. I have bought over 120 small pouches, here are some. They were $1 each.

Yesterday I drove up to Ballarat to attend a mini conferance about mothering and homeschooling. I was a bit nervous about it, but the speaker Barbara Smith was honest and likable. They publish a magazine from NZ called Keystone. and I also bought this book. Jared read my blog yesterday, he asked me why our life sounded  more exciting on my blog. What can I say to that? Our life IS exciting, in a calm way.

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May 14 2010

Better Than a Poke in the Eye..

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Yay, I just heard from Australia Post, they are going to send me $25 since they lost the parcel. I’m glad that I re-made the swap. On the way to Stephanie’s music lessons, I swung by my swap buddy’s place, and handed it to her. I might have looked like a freaky mumma turning up at 7.30 with a little brown bag in my hand, but Ebony was gracious. Take a look at her site if you want to see the re-done swap 😀 http://offthepeg.blogspot.com/

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May 10 2010

Playing Detective

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Oh man, I can’t believe that the pincushion swap that I sent on the week of the 14th of April is lost!!! I have been wondering why I hadn’t heard from my swap partner, I thought that maybe she didn’t like it. I thought maybe she was too busy to answer me, and the my mind really started to wonder. I finally emailed her the other night, asking her if she got it, and she hadn’t. Agggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Australia Post, you have done me wrong (and of course my swap buddy), how DARE you! Now I am playing Detective. No, the postoffice doesn’t know where it is, but they gave me a number to call (yeah, it’s looking promising, not!). Although my swap buddy said don’t worry about it, I know how I would feel about waiting at the letter box for so long, so….I will start again. Hohum. Australia post, you better have it sitting on your desk when I call tommorow, or else I will…I will…be very sad :C

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May 08 2010

Lovely Life

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I am so thankfull for life, and more importantly to the giver of life. I heared a conversation only yesterday about how noone was content with their life, always wanting something else. Let me just say, that I disagree, I appreciate how my life has developed. Sure there might be some things that I would do differently (like not eat that first chocolate bar, or the millioneth), but I am so blessed. Let me give you an example. I was having a play with Cassandra. I pretent to be asleep, she sneeks up to me, then suddenly I grab her and tickle her like crazy. This is a fluke  photo that I took, classic! I went to Lachlan’s first Parent teacher night this week. I spoke to his German teacher, who told me that L was totally disorganised, opps! Lachlan never has been good with paper. Then the Chinese teacher, followed by four of his main teachers at the same table. They said that he was disorganised too, but we have corrected it already, so it’s no biggie. Thankfully he is getting good results. I could tell that the teachers cared for him, so perhaps I have a new respect for his teachers. This is Lachlan at his locker, I was suprised to see it all tidy (no moldy fruit). I had a Girl’s Brigade Mothers Day event to attend, once I got home. The leaders and girls did a lot of work to prepare crafts, games and a devotion, and of course, supper! This is the banner that Steph’s group made for the competition last month, Steph made the foundation piece, and did the binding and backing etc. I was impressed! This is a little broach that I made as part of my mother-in laws’ present. I hope that she likes it. While sorting through my paper “junk” I came across this….You can download free printable stickers from Bumperbanner.com. I always have a chuckle when I see this, because all my children started spelling this way…thankfully they have improved. If we want to walk up to the local shops, this is where we walk through. Isn’t it pretty? It was a perfect day to walk. We also went for a walk tonight, it was so dark. We took the three youngest, they thought that they were the “Famous Five? Three” Jared and I had torches, but it was still difficult to keep track of the children! Lachlan made this silk painting at school. The photo doesn’t do it justice. I think that it looks great, don’t you? Cassandra did a bit of craft. We try to stay away from the whole fairy thing, so this is her scepter! Look what Camden dragged home this week. Everyone has junk piles outside of their homes, waiting for the council rubbish pick up. Evidently it is illegal to take things, even though they sit in the rain, noone wants the stuff etc etc. Could he have chosen anything larger? I had the children listen to one of these this week. John Newton. I recommend buying these for any children that you know. You can also download them from this site.http://www.yourstoryhour.org/transaction.php I went to watch Lockie at soccer today. for the first half of the game, he was the goalie. The opposing team didn’t get any goals, yay! During the second half he was running around. His team won, 3-2.

On a sad note, I went to Safeway, Boronia today. Police and ambulance officers surrounded a guernsy, I was wondering where the patient was, until I noticed the black bag, only 2 meters away from me on the ground. I saw the mica unit there, so I am assuming that the person died of a heartattack. How can I not feel sad for the person’s family, how sad to hear that a routine trip to the shop, ended like this. No one knows when their time to go is, so we should all be prepared. Trust in Christ, dear people. Whatever you have done, Christ is willing, and able, to forgive. Don’t leave it until it is too late.

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May 02 2010

Today

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Today was a lovely day with church and then a fellowship lunch. There were many people at church, so there were lots of people to talk to. I am finally learning everyones names. Can you see the big crack in our windscreen? The result of the huge hailstorm we had a while back, we have finally booked it in to get fixed on Wednesday. Now hopefully our van will be fixed too. Wow, it will be an expensive week, perhaps I shouldn’t ask for diamonds this week?

This is art for the day, Stephanie and Cassandra attacked me with a pen. They are little tuffies graffiting me, and I am a tuffy because I am fully tatooed!

On a different note, I recieved a lovely parcel by my door on Friday, this book.I’m going to try and make something from it within the next couple of days, so stay tuned. I buy a lot of my books from http://www.fishpond.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?rid=180429830&cPath=&keywords=sewing+for+children now, as they have free postage over a certain amount too.

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May 01 2010

Encouraged!

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Today I feel extrememly encouraged. There is no doubt in my mind of God’s goodness, you see….We were driving Lachlan to his sports, into Hawthorn, Jared at the last minute said that he would come too, so all the children (except Steph who was at a Girl’s Brigade training camp) came as well. Driving along at 100 kms, that engine of our van just turned off, you heard me, turned off!! Thankfully Jared is a quick thinking, and competant driver (takes after his dad, who was an ambulance officer) he was able to drift and dodge over to the side. After calling the RACV, they said that they would send a tow truck and a taxi, as we had too many people for the tow truck! Two hours in the car, shaking when each truck drove by, the tow truck finally arrived. Jared would take Cassandra and Camden and I would wait for the taxi with Alycia and Lachlan. I was not excited…then a lady pulled over, I couldn’t believe it, it was a friend. She grabbed us, and took us home. Thank you God for watching over us, and sending us Sevvy. She was so generous, driving us so far out of her way.

Bye bye car.

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