Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bread and other such tales

Some of my favourite bloggers are Waldorf bloggers.. they have such beautiful blogs that document their amazing everyday... full of wooden toys, rainbows and smiles! One such favourite is Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts. I have read her blog for around 5 years now and I still can't get enough of following along with their lives... and one of the beautiful traditions they follow is the baking of bread.

Last week I couldn't resist the urge to bake bread with my girls. They both love ANY cooking, add in the job of kneading and they're even more pleased.. and of course, bread is something yummy that we all love to eat!

We adapted this recipe and made our bread something like this...

2 Tbs dried yeast
3 cups warm water
1 Tbs honey
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
3 tsp salt
6 cups plain flour
2 cups quick oats

---Preheat oven to 90'C---
1. Mix yeast, water and 1 Tbs honey together until frothy.
2. Add oil, salt, honey and combine well
3. Add the oats, followed by the flour until the liquid is absorbed and it forms a dough
4. Dust bench with flour and knead dough. I separate so the girls have 1/4 each and I have 1/2 the dough. It's a little sticky as you separate it so keep dusting with flour as you need to.
5. I shaped mine into rolls. The girls made fairies!
6. Place on a lined tray and pop in oven for 15 minutes to rise.
7. Turn up to 150'C and bake for 15-20 minutes until done!

Bread is really forgiving... you can't really screw it up too badly because once you slather on some butter, syrup, honey and other spreads.. it's amazing!!

We got all the spreads out on the table and the girls enjoyed trying all of them on their hot bread rolls, I mean, fairies!

Here's some other yummy bread that we've made in the past...

No knead bread
One hour bread
More one hour bread
Fastest pizza dough
4 ingredient scrolls

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Our Lion Cub turns ONE

It seems only yesterday that I blogged about the first birthdays of Miss Daisy and Little Peppa... and now here we are and it's our little Lion Cub's turn! How time just flies doesn't it!?

Last month we celebrated his first birthday with our most special family and friends! Almost 80 of them! And we were ever so fortunate that the predicted rain held off all day and we were able to enjoy the day of celebrations outside!

Our cheeky boy loves the book Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox so I decided to make that the theme for the cake! It worked out perfectly!
We had some traditional games like pass the parcel and eating donuts from hanging string which was quite fun! And my dad set up a chocolate Freddo treasure hunt for the kids which was fun too!


The cake was super easy despite perhaps looking more complex than it is!
I made three cakes, one chocolate and two vanilla the morning before the party. These were layered with some buttercream in between. I then covered the whole cake in light green buttercream... yum!

I added a little extra green colouring and a little extra icing sugar (confectioners sugar) to the icing to make it a little thicker then used a piping bag and nozzle to pipe the bush, little bushes and the grass around the base of the cake too! I added M&M's for the flowers to make the scene look similar to that on the final page of the book where the green sheep is found, fast asleep!

And the green sheep itself... I moulded him out of fondant type icing. It's actually just the 'white icing' from Coles supermarket and I coloured it green then shaped it into this darling little sheep! I used a drinking straw to get the texture of his wool and also to put his eyes/nose onto the head! Easy peasy I tell you!

We had a wonderful day celebrating our precious little lion cub. He is growing into such a special little soul and we can't wait for many more blessed years with him!

And of course, little boys who smile and play all day end up falling asleep safely in the arms of people they love! This little guy had a simply marvelous day!

I'm so thankful to all of our amazing family and friends who brought along food, served food, cleaned up, washed dishes and made it a very easy job for me to de-party at the end of the day!

If you'd like to see some of the other parties we've enjoyed you might like:

Miss Daisy's first birthday Rainbow Party


Peppa Pig Cake DIY                                Tangled Party and Cake

Peppa Pig Birthday Cake - Just For Daisy
Tangled Party : Just For Daisy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Art of Deception

Monday had it's ups and downs. Just like most days here.
We watched TV, fought over toys, wouldn't get dress, dawdled, stole a pack of chocolate biscuits fromt he pantry... and so on and so on! By we, I mean those two cuties in pink!

Do you see all of that in this picture? No?
Let me give you a little more background...

The girls are dressed the same... all cutesy! Grandma made these dresses and gave them to us on Sunday... so everyone was excited to wear them on Monday... when it all became too much at around 11:30 when our little lion cub decided that his nap should be well under an hour and his sisters weren't even distracted by the television anymore I declared that we were going out!
The girls were dressed in their new dresses (yes, pj's only came off at 11:30), lion cub a little more casual in trakkies and a hoodie... and then, we never made it out the door. While I dressed the baby the girls started playing a beautiful game of Barbies and were totally occupied... I threw little cub in the room with them while I got dressed and he stayed, he played, happily! So I changed my mind. We'd stay home after all.

That brings us to two matchy matchy girls baking cookies. Looks like a magazine shoot - when really it is just the way our day panned out!

Later as we made lunch together, Little Peppa decided she'd like to make cookies. So we did. And I couldn't resist this photo. I figured by sharing it on facebook it might fetch a few likes as people checked it out and perhaps a comment from Nanna... but it got more, lots of comments on the cute kids (fo sure!) and then also about our kitchen... which is new... and shiny... and cool. But it got me thinking...

The intentions behind the photos we post cannot be read through the image.
The totality of our day cannot be read through the image.
The photo is a chosen snapshot. A snippet. A tale we create.

Don't forget to share the nitty gritty details. The downs as well as the ups.
Let's not fool each other into thinking the grass is greener... it's most definitely not.

We had a wonderful, wonderful day.
Clothes matched. So did the cookie dough smears that they were covered in.
Babies cried. And cried.
And we had a wonderful wonderful day! All of it! :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Snow Day

We found snow! Last Friday I woke up to see one of hubby's students had put a picture of her snowy backyard on Instagram!!! I hurriedly nursed the baby anticipating the moment where I would open the curtains to see a Winter Wonderland in our yard. But it was not to be. It had rained all night (ask me how I know!) and though higher in altitude and only 20 minutes away. No snow. 

Luckily for us we have a 4x4 and had a dentist appointment in town. And with chilly temps there was still plenty of snow to explore! It was strange seeing familiar roads and paddocks completely transformed into snowy white. 

The girls excitement waned at times. Hehe! Do you ever have to remind yourself that sometimes kids don't understand how exciting or rare something is. They are really just in the here and now. I think above the here and now was 'my hands are cold and I want to run over there!'

We all quickly forgot about our cold hands again once the snowballs started flying!

It was nice seeing other people enjoying the same things we were. Not the usual for any of us as snow here is a once or twice a year thing. But a shared excitement and calm was in the air. Cars drove slower, more smiles, more waves, more chit chat. Why can't that be the norm?

And to the wonderful lady who ventured across the icy stream of water (and mud) to take the photo of my 3 beautiful kiddies and I at the top of this post. You are wonderful. I love it. I'm so glad to be in it. Thank you.