Saturday, August 31, 2013

To iron or not to iron

There are lots of theories on ironing like, I hate ironing, the ironing pile keeps getting bigger, I don't iron, why bother ironing etc it's just going to get crushed anyway.  I've always been an iron-er, however I've been an "iron as you go kinda girl".  Iron the clothes you are going to wear that day in the morning.  Years ago I lived with a flatmate and he used to iron all his clothes on Sunday night while watching 60 minutes.  Lately I find myself ironing all the school uniforms while watching Landline at midday on a Sunday.

I have friends who don't iron kids clothes and friends who don't even iron school uniforms.  I also have friends who iron everything as well.  Everyone does what works best for their family and for me I'm happy for the kids to put an un-ironed t-shirt on to wear around the house however, if we are going out then it's an ironed one.  I just think it looks a whole lot smarter like I care about my kids and how they present themselves in public or visiting friends and relatives.

All school unforms, t-shirts etc. go straight onto an Ikea clothes hanger and onto the line and they dry like that.

Then there's the age old question about ironing pillow slips and tea towels. Before I had kids I ironed pillow slips as I hated the crushed pillowslips on the bed.  As for tea towels, they are the easiest things to iron because they are flat and have no pleats, sleeves, pockets or waistbands....tea towels are therapeutic to iron.  Have I used tea towels that haven't been ironed before, I most certainly have however there is something about getting a cleaned ironed tea towel out of the cupboard that makes me happy rather than a crushed one.  This is purely a personal choice and I don't mind if other people don't iron tea towels however when I did a post on "Finding Happiness" this is in fact one of the things that makes me happy.  A clean pile of ironed tea towels.  It's a simple thing but this little ritual makes me happy.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Apple & Oat Muffins

Last week Sienna and I made Apple and Oat Muffins from a recipe I found on "City Hippy Farm Girl" Blog.  It was great because we had all the ingredients on hand and just got to making them for afternoon tea.  There was one slight problem in that I read the recipe and cooking with a small child they want to help so I thought I would get her to measure all the ingredients in a bowl and then that would be ready to mix with the creamed butter and sugar.  Well, that was until we had the butter in the bowl and realized all the raw sugar was already mixed in with all the oats and flour (oops...).

Sienna kindly informed me that I should read the recipe before I start which made me laugh because I did.  As this was the first time I was making them I kept that bowl of ingredients to the side and we measured it all up again minus the sugar which was now in with the butter being whipped up.  I didn't want the recipe to have double the sugar so for now I've got the mix in a container wondering how to best use it up.  They have been great for the school lunch boxes.

Friday, August 16, 2013


My kids have always been big breakfast eaters and it's something that I'm thrilled about.  I remember James and Sienna back in the kindy days he would have 5 or 6 weetbix and she would have at least 3 bowls of cereal.  Fast forward to winter 2013 and I have got them onto eating Uncle Toby's Oats for breakfast.  James was hooked from the first bowl however Sienna didn't like it at all.  He ate it for a few weeks and then Sienna had another try of it with brown sugar and golden syrup and she was hooked.  Now she has 2 or 3 bowls of it for breakfast.  I've also shown them how to make it in the microwave by themselves and given them all the safety tips about making sure no one is behind you when lifting the bowl out of the microwave over to the bench.  I've also taught them both how to make toast themselves which doesn't seem like a huge deal however because I was always in the kitchen and it was a hot appliance they had to wait for toast until I was out of bed however they need to learn these little skills of independence as they get older.

Sienna is the first one awake in the mornings between 5.30 and 5.45 am and she gets stuck into making the oats for breakfast.  Yes, it's still dark at that time however, I just had to take a photo of her the other morning happily eating her oats.  We ran out of oats last week and one morning at 5.30 am came into my room and lay on top of me and proclaimed "Mum, I can't survive without my oats" and it made me laugh.  It wasn't "good morning" or "I love you Mum" but in a desperate funny voice "Mum, I c-a-n'-t survive without my oats".  Seriously it was so funny and not what I expected her to say first thing to me.  


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Exploring the Creek

This afternoon I took the kids down to the local creek for an hour or so to get out of the house.  They skimmed stones, knocked about with big sticks and got wet while I took photos so it was a win-win for everyone.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Chinese Checkers and Quandongs

Yesterday I popped over to the "Out Back' blog and Tania had a picture of Quandongs which reminded me of James spending time with his Pop in Melbourne making a Chinese Checker Board game using Quandongs as the balls.

While Pop and James were busy with the woodwork, Sienna decided to work out her abs.....if you can see her in the middle of the storage shed.

Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY Terrarium

After reading Little Eco Footprints post about how important indoor plants are I finally decided to get some supplies to make a Terrarium.  I purchased a glass bowl from what is affectionately known as the $2 shop, the Reject shop or similar and some little stones from there as well.  The glass bowl was $9 and the stones were $2 and then I went to our local plant shop and bought the little plants.  It was just a matter of ensuring that you bought a bowl/jar that you could actually fit your whole hand into and then I popped the plants in and sprayed them with a little bit of water.  I realize that this is not a whole lot of indoor plant but it's a start and I think it looks really nice.

Friday, August 2, 2013

In the Garden

It was a lovely sunny day today so I took the opportunity to photograph our little veggie patch.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Home made Tortillas

In the last couple of weeks I've seen a few posts on home made tortilla's and then yesterday I saw this post on making home made tortillas and wanted to give it a go.   The kids loved them and they were easy to make.  I used home grown wombok and coriander and bought some red cabbage and shallots.  All around this meal got the thumbs up.

4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1.5.cups water
6 tablespoons olive oil
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix. When it’s combined transfer to a floured surface and knead for a minute or so. Divide the mixture into about 16 serves (I reckon this would make about 20 though as you want them quite thin). Roll out thinly (don’t worry about the strange shapes you make, it’s character). Heat a fry pan with a spray of oil and cook for a min or so each side. Simple as that.