Friday, September 17, 2010

Pictionary with a seven year old.

I'm not ashamed to admit (ok maybe a little) that I am a huge fan of board games, unfortunately no one else in our family has shared that passion. That is until I discovered a very dusty and neglected game of Pictionary while doing a major wardrobe clean out. 
Oscar, who has never been a big fan of drawing, was fascinated so we had a quick (not following the rules) game. He was hooked! and has been asking to play every night since.
Finally tonight while his Nan was here we got the time to have a quick game. 
This is what happened. 

It was Oscars turn to draw and our turn to guess.

Me: A person?

Oscar: No

Mum: A boy?

Oscar: No

Me: Catching?

Oscar: Nooo!

Mum: Waving?

Oscar: Nnnnoooooo!!

Me: Oh I know, A bear!

Oscar: (laughing) What, a bear with Human feet?

This was his drawing........

And these, are human feet as opposed to bear feet......of course :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Egg free, Nut free, Dairy free Banana Bread

This recipe also has the added bonus of being *fat free* for those who are interested in counting their calories that is.

I am not a particularly good cook (though I desperately wish I was), never clean as i go, tend to use almost every utensil in the house and more often than I would like to admit have to add as I serve "If it's really bad we can have toast."

We eat a lot of toast.

However I LOVE cookbooks, LOVE reading food blogs and watching any sort of cooking show. It's just obviously never really absorbed......
My son also has Egg and Nut allergies and I'm always scouring for new egg free, nut free recipes.
So in the interest of giving back I thought I would share a few of our families favourite recipes.

This Banana Bread recipe is super easy, so easy you can complete the entire process with a babe in arms and a toddler dangling precariously from the furniture and still end up with something edible (but a rather disastrously messy kitchen).  I did attempt to photograph the process as that's really the best part about reading a recipe but the photos I took somehow managed to make the most basic recipe really ugly and could possibly turn you off an otherwise delicious dish.

It does look a little sad I know but I also forgot to take a photo once it came out of the oven,  we were all too eager to eat it.

Banana Bread


5 or 6 large Bananas
2 cups plain flour
1 cup of caster sugar *see note
1 Teaspoon Baking powder
1 Teaspoon Baking soda
Cinnamon to taste (we use a lot)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence


Preheat oven to 180C.

Prepare small loaf tin.

Mash bananas, sugar and vanilla essence in a large bowl until quite liquidy (i don't think thats a real word) sift in remaining ingredients, mix until well combined pour into prepared loaf pan. Place in preheated oven and cook for 1 hour.

*note: I have a hugely sweet tooth and would never normally say no to sugar but I normally only add about a half to 3/4 cup of sugar.

This recipe was given to me by my Sister-in-law. I'm not sure of it's original source. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lucky Girl

To have so many lovely dresses and skirts to choose from.
Thanks to her beautiful and talented Aunt :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Monday!

Wow, what a weekend. It was a little hectic around here, yesterday we woke to gale force winds and a total black out. No power meant no coffee machine!!! I was devastated to say the least. It also meant no computer-therefore no blogging, and no sewing machine, but really the lack of morning coffee was the thing that got me.  Luckily we have gas so we did manage to rustle up a pot of tea (because I've become a totally painful coffee snob and instant just wouldn't do) and some cinnamon toast.

Tracey had a much more productive weekend.
Here is a sneak peak at a few more spring things she has been working on for our next market...... 

Some totally swoon worthy dresses and tops for Spring/Summer. Actually could see it working with a long sleeve t and tights for Autumn too.

This photo doesn't do the fabric justice, it's the most gorgeous vintage floral fabric so soft and light perfect for spring/summer.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sweet Dress

We've been busy whipping up some stock for an upcoming market. Well actually my sister has.... I've been flapping about not really accomplishing much at all. After such a beautiful start to spring, the weather has turned decidedly grey and miserable and it's making me feel a bit the same, not so much miserable just a little grey. Totally unmotivated. Maybe it's sheer exhaustion from actually managing to post three times in one week!

Here's a little preview of some things Tracey has been working on......

The sweetest little pinafore dress in a mint green with a splash of vintage orange fabric for the pocket.

Here it's been teamed with a little capped sleeve singlet.

I love it.
I tried to squeeze Abi into it, I desperately wanted it to fit because really I wanted to keep it for myself! Unfortunately it didn't, but I have put an order in.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Yay, finally spring is here. I love the change in seasons,
it always come around just in time, just as I'm starting to think
I can't bear another windy wintery day or sweltering summers night.
I realise we are without doubt officially the slackest bloggers in
the history of the blogosphere. While we attempt to rectify this
I thought I'd post some shots of an amazing gift my son got for his
sixth birthday(a while back now) from my sister.
It came in the post, just a plain looking parcel but as we opened it we discovered the most extraordinary surprise.

We watched in awe over the next few days as a most beautiful transformation took place.

It is the most amazing thing to see, the colours and the golden highlights, breathtaking.

You could literally watch it change.

Until finally a beautiful butterfly appeared as if by magic.

In the end we had to set our butterfly free, after a little encouragement he set off to start the process again.

It really was such a great and unique gift. I would definitely recommend it for any little nature lover you may know. Such a special thing to experience. We took plenty of photo's too which have come in handy on numerous school projects.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We're working on a few issues around here

consistency |kənˈsistənsē| (alsoconsistence |-təns|)noun ( pl. -cies)1 conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness : the grading system is to be streamlined to ensure greater consistency.the achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time : his principal problem in tennis has been consistency.