Monday, 30 January 2012

Hungry Jacks for breakfast!


Almost. I am not the biggest fan of bacon and eggs for breakfast, but I quite like the brekky wraps that HJ's do. Well, it occurred to me that since I have learnt to make tortillas I could make brekky wraps! I made four with eggs, cheese, bacon and bbq sauce and it took me 20mins. Completely doable I think and yummy too.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Just like me


Not completely like me but nice little bits. I sing to myself a lot. Even while reading. While my little woman and I were wallowing in a fresh pile of library books I noticed she was reading exactly the way I was - and singing the same song. It was one of those little moments that made me smile. We haven't had too many of those of late. It has been hot and that has been turning me into some kind of horrible monster. I don't do summer very well. I keep thinking I need to buy some new fabric or books to cheer myself up. Maybe I need a new jelly roll or two?

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Playing at the beach

We went to the beach to cool down one evening.

It has been hot which means I haven't done much of anything. I did have a lovely friend come over yesterday and we chatted and played with her new sewing machine - so lovely! I am now feeling quite cheerful and feel the need to do something. I bought a great book from Hetties, maybe I will sew clothes?

Monday, 16 January 2012

Thank you Mister Maker!



And ABC TV! I have to admit that we don't watch 'real' television much (if ever) but we do love our iView! Mister Maker hasn't been on for ages but recently came back. My little man loves that show and always wants to make something that Mister Maker has just made, and as he has just been shown how to do it can do most of it himself. Bubble pictures is one that took his fancy and after his mass of prints dried we turned them into a book. This boy is so much like me. All his making makes him so happy!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A post all about food





Preparing food is hard for me. In order for dinner to appear at an appropriate time in the evening I usually have to start thinking about it at breakfast time. Even when I plan meals out at the beginning of the week I still need to spend a significant portion of my day talking myself into it. I realised this past week that I am bored with the whole thing and not really appreciating the fabulous blessing of having enough food to feed my family. When things in life are too easy I am quick to forget how great they are. No real work goes into getting and preparing our food (and no, I don't count taking three small children to the shop as hard work) and very little creativity is need. Well, I am a creative person so I need to change how I think about dinner in order for me to appreciate it more and make it less of a burden. I have signed up to get an organic box of fruit and veg and want to buy less prepared things and more basic ingredients. Making dinner can be fun! Well, so far it has been less of a burden. I have been involving the kids more and have tried things I have never done before (hooray for tortillas). I am also loving getting random seasonal fruit and veg. Makes life more exciting.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Fabric! Like chocolate, but less fattening.




My favourite thing this week is fabric. When I am feeling sad chocolate is usually my go to medication, but I have decided to pour less money down my throat and so am sewing when I need to cheer myself up. I have been wanting to quilt for ages, and now that have some clothes off my 'to do' pile I declared I was going to quilt no matter what and got to it. Above are my before, during and after pictures. I still have some binding to sew down but that doesn't really count, does it? It is just a little quilt and has only taken me bits of time over a couple of days to make. I used a jelly roll of It's A Hoot with a bigger piece for the back. It is the perfect size for little people to use in the pram, in the car or on the couch and already has a waiting list of kids wanting to use it. Once it is done I am thinking of tackling one of my larger UFO's!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Making Pizza



We had pizza for dinner and the kids did most of it themselves. I was impressed. Pretty soon they will be making dinner for me while I sew - lol.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Pants for the little man



No clothes sewing for weeks and then four finishes in 24 hours. How does that work? I love this pattern by oliver + s. It always goes together so well and just makes me happy to sew it. Tomorrow . . . buttons and buttonholes!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Three year old driving



Hooray for Favourite Things Friday! It's very good for me to reflect on the thing that make me happy - especially on days like today when it feels like I have had three children screaming at me all day. One of my favourite things at the moment is my boys playing Mario Kart Wii! It is so fun to watch their faces while speeding round the track (tongues sticking out and everything) or to hear my little man's squeals of delight as he crashes multiple times into the water.

On a side note I am really trying to sew this week. So far I haven't managed to even sit at the sewing machine. Maybe I will sew tomorrow. Who knows?

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Cheese burgers


The other night I had a dinner planning session with my family. The most suggestions came from the three year old. He said things like pizza, cheese burgers, nuggets and chips, etc. Not really the suggestions I wanted. To please him I thought it would be good to make some of his suggestions. This was our cheeseburgers with bread and burger patties made by us. It was yummy, not too hard and best of all - the boy at it without threatening to throw it on the floor! I must make burgers more often.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

It's 2012!

2011 was an interesting year. I had a baby, got my licence, bought a car and started editing a homeschooling newsletter. I also sewed, played, baked, etc. Sometimes life felt so terrible I wanted to cry (and did). Other times it was the most wonderful thing ever.I am a list maker and have lots of things I want to accomplish in 2012. My 'to do' list is already very long! I want to sew more of my kids clothes, make more quilts, de-clutter and organise everything, work in the garden and many more. Generally speaking though I have three goal for the new year.

simplify
live more purposfully
be happy

If I manage to do these even half the time I think we will have a good year.I hope all you lovelies in blog land enjoy starting your 2012 and I leave you with some pics of my favourite people!