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A pinch and a punch…

It’s the first day of the month!! I can’t believe it’s December already! Time sure is flying!

Raah (I know I called her Boo, but it just didn’t suit, so I’ve re-named her Raah, as it suits her perfectly!) is almost 6 months. Still fully breastfed, and now we are starting to think about starting solids. It’s likely Santa will bring her a pretty highchair, as the old ikea one we have isn’t supportive enough for my liking. A while back I found a jolly kidz chair on my local Facebook buy swap sell for $30, it’s been great. We are using it as a booster chair for Squeak, she is still very possessive of it. It is similar to a Stokke trip trap, and the mocka chair we are considering for Raah is also similar, but it’s new so has the harness, and tray which we don’t have for Squeak’s chair, as she was too old for them when we bough her chair. Raah sits up at the table with us if she’s awake at dinner time, as I enjoy eating as a family, and I feel we benefit as a family from it. It also helps to encourage me to cook wholesome healthy meals. 

On the topic of wholesome meals, I was hinting in my last post about buying a large kitchen appliance. We finally decided to take the plunge and order a thermomix. We were hoping to have more variety, reduced food costs, less processed foods along with less last minute chaos, as babies want what they need, immediately. I will agree it has added a lot of flexibility and variety, and definitely less processed foods, however I think I will have to properly meal plan, as I can be very impulsive with what I cook for dinner. It’s been almost a month, and there are some dishes that we very much enjoy, like the fried chicken (the spiced flour coating is made in the thermomix) and scalloped potato (cooked in thermomix and then baked in the oven). Most of the time I use it to cook parts of the meal, however I have made the whole meal in it occasionally. I have also made bread a few times, but struggle with the rising and baking part.

Another project I am working on, is new curtains for Squeak’s bedroom. She loves Thomas the tank engine, and about 3 weeks ago we saw some curtain fabric in an op shop (thrift store) so we bought it and I will be making blockout curtains soon. This will mean I can use the drapes in her room in the sewing room, which will mean we have thermal curtains on all the windows, which will help keep the house cool this summer. 

It’s really feeling like things are falling into place, which is really nice. I’l be posting a few list post shortly, favourite cookbooks, current favourite TV shows and the like, as it has been a while and my tastes have changed a bit since my last TV list post. Would you believe I haven’t watched bold and the beautiful for well over a year? There’s just other things on, and it’s just not my thing these days. If you do have any questions, or suggestions for lists, let me know. 

Have a great day!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

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Impossible quiche?

Yesterday was a very long day, Squeak woke at 6am, and I had went to bed close to 2. It was a long day, but I managed to get an hour-long nap when Squeak had her nap. I thought I would whip up a pressure-cooker casserole, and   I wanted to put kidney beans in it, I loove kidney beans!

We had 500g (about a pound) of diced chicken, diced up 2 zucchinis, 4 carrots and 3 potatoes. I then added a 400g tin of each tomatoes, and kidney beans. I also added some vegie stock and some dried oregano. I pressure cooked it for about half an hour. Once it was cooked and the pressure reduced, I thickened it with some cornflour (cornstarch). It was delicious!

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Tonight’s dinner was something I never tried before. I saw on an old episode of Masterchef Australia about Quiche. I haven’t ever made quiche, and it seemed quite daunting. I googled a few recipes, and one site suggested an impossible quiche. It has that name as it seems almost impossible that the gloopy mix will come out of the oven with a nice crust on the bottom, tasty middle and golden top. The recipe is HERE

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Cue Success!! DaddyMopar has said he loved it, and I should make it again sometime. Squeak happily ate her serve, which is great as I love finding healthy meals, especially ones that are reasonably easy to prepare. Since I tend to prepare dinner earlier in the day (while Squeak naps is the most common time) the fact that it bakes for an hour isn’t a bother.

Have you made impossible quiche before?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

 

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Off to a swap meet

On the weekend DaddyMopar, Squeak and I attended the Bendigo Swap Meet, a large swap meet held at the Bendigo showgrounds. If you are unfamiliar with a swap meet, they are mostly car parts and memorabilia, with some older-wares as well. Car workshop manuals are of interest to me, as well as old kitchenware, and memorabilia. DaddyMopar loves his car parts, but he only got one car part, a rubber dust boot to go on his car. I got my dad’s father’s day pressie, a car workshop manual for one of his 1930s cars. Even though father’s day was a few months ago, I felt this was the perfect pressie. He loved it! It is great to have collectibles to go with old cars. I bought myself a cookbook from the 40’s, with some unusual recipes like fish pudding, and boiled terrapin. There is also instructions for buying fruit, setting a table, and carving meats. I haven’t had a good look, but it was only $8, so I am sure it will be worth a read, and have some good recipes in it, and a few that I would consider odd some 70 years later. I love old cookbooks, some of the recipes are brilliant, and there are some wonderful desserts. I tend not to be so fond of the more ‘modern’ cookbooks, as I love comfort food. I do find Nigella Lawson’s, and some of Jamie Oliver’s recipes very good.

I made a chocolate cake out of Nigella Lawson’s ‘How To Eat’ for my brother’s birthday a few weeks ago. I had bought a silicon cake pan shaped like a car, so I made a very odd car cake for his birthday. The candles were put in to look like zoomie headers

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It was delicious, so it wasn’t all bad. I will leave the fancy cakes to my sister-in-law, she makes gorgeous decorated cakes. I aim for edible

Do you like my Car cake??

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Let’s add a knitting machine to the collection

Just over a year ago, there was a knitting machine for sale in the local op shop. I considered it, but wanted to do more research. When I went back, it had been sold. Since then I have wanted a knitting machine of my own.

On sunday night, I was on Ebay, just browsing, when I saw a nice machine, only about an hour away. It has the ribber, recently serviced, and a one-hour lesson included. It was buy-it-now. I clicked to buy, I have let too many machines get away from me the past year.

Tomorrow I will pick up my new toy, and maybe I will finally knit something for myself! DaddyMopar thinks maybe I could knit some things to sell. That’s a possibility! I am very excited to pick up my new toy!

It has been a very long week, as DaddyMopar worked late most nights this week. Squeak and I ate dinner without him most nights, luckily he was home for family dinner tonight, Squeak was sooo happy to have him at the dinner table, she was all smiles. She has missed him all week, so we need some family time this weekend. I baked an egg and bacon pie for dinner, their favorite.

Today I went to the local fruit shop, it always has such nice, fresh produce, I can’t help but go a bit overboard. I bought 4 shopping bags worth, but to be fair, there was milk, bread and orange juice in there, so that’s a bag and a half. The orange juice is fresh squeezed, when Squeak was on the way I had to limit how much I drank, it was so tasty and refreshing during summer.

I bought all the ingredients for homemade sausage rolls, my backup lunch for Squeak. I can make the filling easily in the bellini. I normally use store-bought puff pastry, but I am considering making my own, as I dont like how flaky the pastry gets, so maybe I should try a ‘rough puff’ pastry which is less flaky. I will have to do some research.

I am also tempted to do a ‘Miffy’ quilt for Squeak, she loves the bunny. We went to the library today and got 3 ‘Miffy’ books, so I have lots of inspiration. Now all I need is time, and motivation, which will probably be used up by the knitting machine.

Have you used a knitting machine?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Yummy yummy banana bread!

Last night I stayed up waaay too late to make banana bread. DaddyMopar takes his lunch every day, and with the possibility of no shops nearby as he is a tradie, I try to make tasty lunchbox treats to stop him going and buying his morning tea.

I should bake up a storm and freeze a few varieties of cupcakes and slices, but I haven’t had the time, or researched freezing. Also, DaddyMopar needs to tell me what he likes in his lunchbox. This weekend I will try to make a few things for the freezer, as baking every second night is tiring, especially as I’m doing it after Squeak goes to bed, so I’m up til 2 or 3 in the morning to get everything done.

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DaddyMopar Loves it!!

It is supposed to have brown sugar, but I ran out, so I used a combination of white sugar, and golden syrup. DaddyMopar couldn’t tell the difference, and Squeak loved her afternoon snack. Hopefully I will be able to freeze a few slices for another day

Squeak’s persille jumper is coming along nicely, I will hopefully be finished by late next week. The pattern panel is easy to do now as I’ve memorised it so I can sit and mindlessly knit if I get a chance. I can also easily knit this while watching TV.

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I am now at the decreasing for where the sleeves will inset, in a few rows the shaping is finished for a while. I might have the front finished tomorrow if I’m lucky. Next I will knit the sleeves, and I am considering knitting both at the same time. I haven’t done it before, but I think it will work well to make sure they are the same length. Also, I tend to get bored by the second sleeve, and sometimes a project will sit for a few weeks before I finish it.

I have also been looking at doll dresses for Squeak’s dolly Deedee, as I want her to have nice outfits. I should be able to knit something up quickly, so maybe a few outfits as it’s nice to have variety.

Any ideas on dolly dresses?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Knitting, kneading and a finished quilt!!

I finished Squeak’s quilt!! I think I have to wash it tho.

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I am very happy with it, now to work out my next quilt. It’s hard to decide what to do next, but I think I must do a dresden plate, as DaddyMopar bought me an easydresden template a few months ago. It makes dresdens soooo simple, and there are a few random dresdens floating round our house that I’ve practised on.

I bought a box of bread mix last week, as I have had bad results with my dough making. I have ended up with under-risen dough, which is frustrating. Today I made the dough, doing the kneading in my bellini, the mix was as big as the machine is supposed to handle. The instructions with the bellini say to knead 1min on speed 6, then on speed 1 for a bit. That doesn’t knead properly so I started on speed 6, but then speed 4 for a few minutes and beautifully kneaded dough! I let it rise in a bowl on the stovetop, the vent from the oven provided decent heat to rise nicely. I was making home-made sausage rolls, so I had the oven going which made the rising easy.

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DaddyMopar is having sandwiches made with the bread for lunch tomorrow. It tastes beautiful, but is a bit difficult to slice. Next time I will make a lower loaf, of rolls. I might start making bread and yeast products more often.

Squeak’s persille jumper is coming along nicely, I want to knit a lot now. I have finished the back, and I’ve started on the front. I am still on the first 50g ball, so I might only need 2, maybe a bit of a 3rd. I bought 4 to have enough, but I will have leftovers! Maybe Squeak’s dolly will get a pretty new purple dress soon enough!

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I love the pattern in it, It isn’t as complicated as it looks!

Do you know how to slice home-baked bread?

lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Pork buns, Teething and more quilting – What a weekend so far!!

We have had a big weekend. DaddyMopar took Squeak to visit his brother and sister-in-law on friday afternoon. Squeak loves her aunty, and I encourage them spending time together. Aunty looooves her lil Squeak. I feel lucky my daughter has such a special relationship with her aunt.

When DaddyMopar and Squeak got home we had dinner, I had cooked steamed pork buns. I made the dough in the bellini, it was sooo easy! The recipe from Taste is HERE. They were quite tasty, and Squeak gobbled up two.

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We then had an unsettled night, as Squeak woke at 3am and wouldn’t settle. We finally all fell asleep on the couch at 8am watching cartoons. Later on saturday I noticed a new tooth peeking through. Now there are 5 teeth! I had thought it was the buns giving her indigestion, as they had hoisin sauce in them, and maybe it was too spicy?

I have been working on Squeak’s quilt quite a bit lately, I am now hand sewing the back of the binding on, so it could be finished tonight. I am on the last edge, so Squeak could be sleeping under her quilt tomorrow night. I am contemplating washing it first tho, as I want it perfect for her. I did things quite out of order, sewing on binding before trimming to size.

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We are almost finished! Normally I do a folded binding, but they are very bulky. This time I did an unfolded, it just means I have to fold under some binding as I sew. I am finding it very enjoyable. It is also less bulky, whick is desirable as it is a very light quilt. I used flannel as the backing as I love the feel of flannel, and I prefer flannel sheets all year round as they are soft and welcoming.

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I am looking forward to it being finished! I think Squeak is too, as she reaches for it when I am working in it.

How was your weekend?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x