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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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Welcome Back!!

I stopped blogging a year ago, not for any reason, purely because I lacked time to sit down and write. Working part time along with raising my daughter, and all the bits and pieces of running a household, meant that writing was put on the backburner. I also stopped going to the gym. DaddyMopar was also working hard too.

We made a few big decisions during last year. We decided that DaddyMopar would think about what direction to go in workwise, which meant switching to casual work. We also decided that Squeak might like a brother or sister.

So almost a year to the day from my last blog post, It is time to re-launch the blog. MummyMopar was a crafting and cooking blog, but since my life is currently centred around parenting, I feel the pull towards writing about parenting, family and housekeeping. I don’t have as much time for crafting, since we have an announcement…..

Welcome Boo!!

Boo is our beautiful 9 week old daughter! born the Thursday before Queen’s birthday long weekend. She was born by Caesarean, and weighed in at a lovely 10 pounds!! (4.5kg)

There has certainly been some big changes, so stay on board and join in the new adventures!! Being a mum of two is a big change, and I have had to make some big changes. Also, I am making changes in our household, trying to save money, be frugal, and resourceful. I will share my experiences, anecdotes, and handy hints and tips.

Hope you enjoy the new format and layout, I love the theme and how cute the animals are!!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

 

 

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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

birthday cake

Nailed It??

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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It’s been a while…..

I lost track of time!!! It feels like only last week that I last blogged, but it has been a month! It has been an interesting, fun filled month. we spent a weekend away in the lovely Victorian town of St Arnaud with friends from our car club, and it was a blast! there was a halloween themed party on the Saturday night, and some amazing costumes were showcased

I made Squeak a patch to dress up as ‘Superbee’ a joke on Superman, and the car superbee. A pair of black leggings, yellow t-shirt, black wings, and the patch on the chest of the T-shirt and a perfect costume!

superbee

I haven’t got a pic of it finished, I cut it out from the background, and attached it to the t-shirt with safety pins, and now I am considering framing it, just as a cutesy thing for Squeak’s wall.

Unfinished projects…..GUILTY

I currently have a lot of unfinished projects.

The Persille pullover still needs to be sewn up.

The Square cotton feather shawl has been ignored and not touched

The All-in-one sleeveless top is almost finished, I ignored it for too long, as the plain stocking stitch was being repetitive. I then started a Bubbles shawl for Squeak in 8-ply (DK) using 5.0mm needles. I realised when I was about halfway through the patterned border (not the edging) that the pattern for 4 ply (fingering) called for 5.5mm needles, so I should have used at least a 6.0mm. Oopsies. Hopefully it turns out ok. Squeak picked a multicoloured yarn, a 250g ball in spotlight, and refused to let it go, so I bought it to make this blanket for her. I am a bit worried that it won’t sit right, as the bubbles shawl is a bit odd, it is circular with a feather and fan border, then a knitted edging. I hope it will sit flat. I could always knit extra panels to expand it if it needs it. I Wish I could post a pic of it, but my phone is flat, so I will post an update tomorrow.

I have now committed to knitting two more blankets in the next 6 months, as two of my cousins are expecting within 6 weeks of each other! I purchased some lovely dusky green 8 ply (DK) to knit up a rectangle blanket, and it suggests 6.0mm needles, so it should have a lovely drape. I am still deciding for the baby due a few weeks later, I might decide once the green blanket is underway, or almost completed. If I decide too early, I might lose steam on the green one. I can feel myself losing motivation on the 8 ply bubbles, and I HAVE to finish the all-in-one sleeveless top before Squeak grows out of it.

Do you think I have too many unfinished projects?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Feeling better, a bit

I am slowly recovering from my chest and sinus infection. Last week I was on antibiotic tablets, but I wasn’t improving, so Monday morning my Dad drove us to the Drs, as he was worried that I was too sick to drive. The Dr was glad I had came in when I did, and next thing I was in the treatment room, for an antibiotic injection, a steroid injection, and a stint on the nebuliser for asthma as well.

On monday night I started to feel better, which was great! Tuesday was another antibiotic injection, and another stint on the nebuliser. Today was just an antibiotic injection, hopefully the last. All the injections were in the buttock muscle, so it can be sore to sit down, and I have a nice collection of bruises just under the waistband of my jeans!

I started the Girl’s All-in-One Sleeveless Top just before I caught ther cold that led to the chest and sinus infection, so I have been working on it for almost 3 weeks. It has been slow progress as I didn’t feel up to knitting, and with Squeak recovering from the cold, I pretty much ignored knitting and enjoyed quiet time with Squeak.

top

It is a horrible colour to take a photo of, but a beautiful colour on Squeak, I’m very excited for this to be finished for her to wear.

jacket

I tried to reduce the brightness and glare so you can get a true idea of the yoke, It is gorgeous. I love tops knitted with a one-piece yoke. Now that Squeak is in toddler sizes, there is a lot less knitting patterns that take my fancy.  I tended to only buy patterns for babies, but now I am running out of choices.

It is likely I will have this finished within a week or two, then onto pyjamas for Squeak. I was planning long pyjamas made of printed cotton as the weather is warming up, but Squeak has developed a habit of sleeping on her front, and kicking off all her blankets. If this continues I want her to keep wearing the flannels until the weather changes to be more summery and milder at night, as it keeps her that little bit warmer, which means less likely to wake up in the night wanting Mummy or Daddy to find the blanket for her to snuggle, for her then to kick the blanket off within an hour. At the moment she is happily warm and comfy with just the flannel pyjamas, but I really want the better fit of the elastic in the cuffs of the legs and sleeves, and it is a daily struggle to do up the buttons on the pyjama shirt. Hopefully I can start on them by the weekend, but it might just be wishful thinking!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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A bad cold….

This week hasn’t been easy, Squeak came down with a cold last Monday after a restless night’s sleep, and woke with a fever. She was still happy, playing with her toys, so I wasn’t too concerned. Tuesday she was worse, more cuddles and less play, with the low-grade fever still there. On Wednesday morning, still a low fever, so off to the doctors we go. We both needed antibiotics for the start of a chest infection, and sinus infection for me.

We spent most of the day on the couch, and lucky we went to the doctors, as Squeak wasn’t comfy before we went, but once she had her first dose of antibiotics she was up and playing for a little while, before a nap on Mummy’s lap. Poor lil poppet.

Thursday showed a remarkable improvement, Squeak was up and playing a lot, and catching up on sleep as well. My Mother-in-law came over and tidied up, as I had fallen behind in clothes washing, and tidying the kitchen. Also, she looked after Squeak. I tried to get a nap but I couldn’t sleep.

On Thursday night my asthma started playing up, and by Friday morning I knew I had to go back to the doctors. Luckily my family GP was in, as he knows my asthma history. My asthma stays controlled, until I have a bad cold or similar, then all of a sudden it is difficult to control. I had a injection of steroids, and now have a tapering course to keep it under control while I recover from my cold.

Luckily Squeak is on the mend, She has a bit of a runny nose, and occasionally a cough. It had been a hard week. My sinuses are taking a lot longer to recover, I have a doctors appointment tomorrow for a follow up. In this last week,  I cooked some very unusual meals, and my pressure cooker saved the day most days. I just threw in some meat and veggies, and most times a delicious meal was the result!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

 

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Catch-up

I now have my Asus T100, with windows 8. A big change from Vista, and it totally bamboozled me for the first 2 days. I bought it on Saturday, and it was only in the evening I got to plug it in and fire it up.

First thing is that it needed to charge for 8 hours, so I couldn’t unplug it, so I was sitting on a step-stool in the corner. I had also purchased an anti-virus so I had to install it. I opened the packet and read the directions. they were to put in the CD, and follow the prompts. The Asus doesn’t have a CD drive, only a USB port. It only took an hour to get around that issue, but finally it was installed.

Vista had the typical start menu, and I could find where things were. With windows 8, It’s like I am fumbling in the dark. I might have to see if there is a short course to get the most out of it. The amusing thing is that I chose the windows based tablet over Apple or Android to avoid apps. There is no avoiding them now.

I also purchased a sewing pattern to make Squeak’s pyjamas, and 4 more pairs of flannel pyjamas, which was quite amusing, but now the pressure is off for now with the pyjamas, but the pattern is good for thinner cotton fabric, so this pattern will male all her pyjama needs for a few years. Instead of the traditional button-up style, the top is more of a peasant style, and there is a cute ruffle at the bottoms of the sleeves and legs. I am planning to buy some cute material to make her Christmas pyjamas, as we tend to have a relaxed Christmas morning, and I want to start a nice tradition.

On Sunday we went to Cranksters Cruise, in Nagambie. A few hundred hot-rods and older cars gather in a park in Nagambie, to look at each others cars and listen to a band. an entry fee and some raffles and auctions raise money for charities. It was a brilliant day out, and Squeak loved all the beautiful cars, she loves cars! She was rapt to take Blum, DaddyMopar’s Valiant out for a cruise for the day. I will hopefully write more about the day later on.

When I bought the pyjamas I also bought a new wool sewing needle. It’s just a cheapy, but when I went to sew up the self-striping pullover, I couldn’t find my beautiful bent-end needles. I loved them. They will be around somewhere, but I have a backlog of projects to sew up, so I must get sewing. I have sewn up 3 out of 4 raglan sleeve seams, then I can knit up the neckband, then finish off with the sleeve and side seams.

I want to finish sewing up the persille jumper, then the feathers blanket, then i will start my next hand knitting project. Even with a knitting machine I want to have a hand-knit on the go, as the knitting machine is a big learning curve, and I still have problems just making plain fabric, let alone any patterned fabric. I enjoy my hand-knitting, especially working with 8-ply (DK) yarn, as it is quick, and produces a nice, warm fabric.

do you have special clothing traditions for christmas and easter?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar