Friday, 29 February 2008

Farewell summer, my dear friend

I always feel a little sad at the end of summer. Our long warm days will soon be over. I should not really complain as we do continue to have warm weather up until April... However I really don't like the short days. It has been a bloomin' terrible summer to be honest - more rain than I have ever seen. A few household drama's and illness. A rather silly moment when I missed our flights. The list goes on. Perhaps autumn will be a fresh start to the year!

Minnie Mishap - it went a little like this;

husband: Honey, where are you?
me: sewing love, what's up?
husband: I think Minnie may have shoved some play dough up her nose.
me: Oh brilliant! Can she breath? Bring me the torch (flashlight).

(Next 10 minutes: Calls to my mum, the Pediatric ward, some lessons in nose blowing and a bit of screaming).

me: Just put the Wiggles on, please....
Minnie: owwwwwieeeeee

(After a few minutes more of that, all quite)

Another look with the torch and hey, presto, the play dough has gone! I think it ended up in her tummy.

(A little later, Minnie asleep and mummy and daddy having a boozy drink...)

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

How sweet we all were

This is a photo of my brothers and I with our then baby sister - she is just so cute. The real 'baby' of the family arrived about 10 years after this photo was taken.

I have finally returned after our trip home to my childhood home (the same one in the photo). We had a lovely time but by the end Minnie was really missing her Daddy. He got very nasty gastro in Indonesia last week and is still under the weather- he was very, very ill. As you can imagine we are a bit all over the place this week plus I am constantly tired from Minnie's awakenings during the night and her early rises! Not a lot of sleep for the girls in our house. Minnie only sleeps through the night about once a week. Time to fully wean perhaps.... Any ideas?

Monday, 18 February 2008

The taste of fresh berries...

We are away at the moment holidaying in the country at my childhood home. Its is just gorgeous and the summer afternoons are long and warm. I can hear the birds outside and the strawberries and blackberries are still bursting out in the garden. Minnie and I enjoy picking them and eating them straight from the plants. My mother has a magnificent garden full of fruit and vegies and herbs. Picking things from the garden and then eating them is such a treat for us city dwellers. It reminds me of my childhood and of a childhood we want to give Minnie. I grew up in the country and my husband spent many of his childhood years on a working farm. The best we can do at the moment are some citrus trees in our courtyard. We have found a house that we would love to buy - the garden already has citrus trees and a herb garden and a persimmon. Sadly though I don't think we can quite afford it with the recent interest rate increase...

Last night she made a pizza - yes, she cut (mashed really) the toppings, spread on the passata, placed all the topings on it, sprinkled on the cheese and 'helped' it go in the oven. She is 2. Then she ate it for her dinner.
We had intended to be home by now but I, like a complete fool, was convinced that our flights were Thursday - in fact we were due to leave Wednesday! My brain had completely escaped me. I am not sure if it shall it ever return.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Mix, mix, sprinkle...

Due to all the rainy, stormy weather there has been a lot of cooking going on in our kitchen. Some of it very healthy and some of it a little bit naughty! The naughty recipe is the one I will share. These are a variation of a chocolate slice by the indispensible Women's Weekly.

Minnie is the chief mixer. I forgot to move the sea salt and sugar basin from her corner of the bench... Let’s just say we couldn't really taste the salt over the mass of coconut that she sprinkled on top.

No photos of the finished slice, sorry. Ate it all before I remembered to take a shot.

Minnie's Chocolate and Cherry Slice
1 cup plain (all purpose) flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup chopped glace cherries
1 TBL spoon cocoa powder
185g butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup icing sugar
2 TBL spoon cocoa powder
30g butter
1 1/2 TBL hot water
Coconut for sprinkling

Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl, add melted butter, chopped cherries, and vanilla and mix well.
Press mixture over base of a greased and lined 28cm x 18cm lamington tin (slab tin).
Bake in a moderate oven (180'c) for 20 minutes.
Cool in tin.
When cold, ice with chocolate icing and sprinkle with extra coconut. Cut into bars when icing has set.

Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. Add melted butter and hot water and mix well, until smooth and glossy. You may need a little more water - see how it goes.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Shinny, shinny bright new thing...

It is just gorgeous! Finally I have on my lap my brand new laptop! After a long time in the waiting, my daughter and I purchased it yesterday. I think I got a rather good deal and it means I can blog and etsy in style. Obvioulsy Minnie is only concerned if she can see the Gruffalo and the Wiggles on it...

Its still raining here - it really has been one of the wettest and stormiest summers I can recall. We have not spent nearly enough time at the beach this year, which is a real shame. However the garden is very happy! We are on such tight water restrictions that we are not able to water our gardens at all. So all this rain is really wonderful.
I promised to include some recipes on my blog - the next post will have one, I promise.