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Preparing for Christmas!

Christmas is fast approaching, we have 8 sleeps to xmas if I have counted correctly, so I have probably miscounted. I have just finished printing my templates for our names on the xmas stockings. Now that Raah is with us, it is time for new, matching stockings.

our old stockings are nice, but trying to match fonts and size might be a struggle, and i can easily whip up 4 new stockings. plain white muslin with red applique names, I am quite excited. It is Raah’s first xmas!

Last night I made shortbread, using the lovely thermomix. I have a delicious recipe from DaddyMopar’s grandmother, which has the measurements in ounces. I regularly make it, and often have a batch frozen for when we need homemade biscuits, but it is a lot quicker that mixing a full batch. The thermomix scales are set to metric, and I didnt see a quick way to change to imperial, so I tried to scale it to metric. I decided to use 50g for every ounce, which would almost double the recipe. I started with the creaming of the butter and icing sugar. Unfortunately I didn’t do the calculations correctly, and ended up doubling the amount of sugar, so I was now making 100g for every ounce. That’s how I ended up making 1.7kg of shortbread dough. The freezer has some, along with the fridge, a big tub to eat now, and a shortbread tree to assemble as well!

I will post a few photo’s later, hopefully the shortbread tree is nice, and the stockings happen, as I often take on projects that never get finished!!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

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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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October is almost over!

Can you believe October is almost over? The year is going so quickly! Boo is almost 5 months old, Squeak is 3 and a half, and is out of nappies during the day. We do still have some little accidents but it’s getting better.

We have had some changes in the last few months, DaddyMopar is back working full time, and enjoying it quite well. Squeak is in pre-kinder at the local daycare centre 3 days a week, and is loving it. Her best friend at daycare is still in the toddler room, she misses him a lot so I am hoping he will be is pre-kinder soon. 

My last post a few weeks ago, about what to do about the computer, and what my options are. A few weeks later, our lovely tv in the lounge room stopped working. Then we unplugged it and plugged it back in. A funny noise and a puff of smoke, and we knew it was curtains for the screen. Luckily we had an old CRT telly in the bedroom we could use in the loungeroom. 

I priced up a new tv but couldn’t decide, and about 2 weeks ago eBay had a sale on through the good guys, 20% off if you order through them, so I picked one, ordered it and collected it the next day. It’s a smart tv so the chromecast isn’t needed, and I had found a way to connect an old Philips media box to the CRT tv, so I don’t need to spend money on a game console to watch stuff in the bedroom.

In the next few days I will post about my current knitting projects, and what’s been going on in the kitchen here! I’ve ordered an appliance so I will write about it a lot! 

Lots of fun and adventures are happening here!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxxooo

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Laptop, desktop, console, tablet?

We had decided a few weeks ago that it was time to start thinking about replacing my laptop. I have had the Asus T100 for almost 2 years now and most of the time it hasn’t been the ideal item. I thought it would be good as it could be used as a tablet, and portable as it’s a 10inch laptop. In real life, the connector between the tablet and detachable keyboard kept connecting then disconnecting which was very annoying. It ran slow doing some tasks, and every time I tried to stream a video off the web onto our chromecast the system locked up. 

We thought we had a bit of time to work out what we want, and do our research. Unfortunately we now have a cracked screen, but it is still usable. It happened because I had left the charging cable plugged into it and sat it on a table. A jacket or two was piled on top. Somehow I grabbed the cord, and pulled the laptop out, landing on the floor, corner first. When I opened it, there was a lovely crack in the corner.

It is as usable as it was, however we do need to replace it. There is now big decisions as I feel I made the wrong decision by picking the transformer tablet, and if I think long and hard, I am crossing the tablet off the list.

So my list of what I need

  • Stream Internet to tv
  • Write blog posts
  • I am considering studying to increase job prospects, so able to be used for study

Although we were leaning towards a laptop, it would cost a lot to make sure the streaming of the Internet would work successfully. I have had a bit of a battle to keep squeak away from the laptop so far, and I’m worried she might damage it if I bought a decent one. We are now seriously leaning towards a used PlayStation 3 as a media centre, and a good desktop to do the rest.

A used PlayStation is under $150 and has a 3 month warranty, and will do the streaming I want. I can run Freeview tv, and streaming services like Netflix, and Stan easily. Also, i think they may play blu-rays, which we can’t do on our current setup. 

By choosing a desktop over a laptop, we should get more for our money, and the ability to repair or replace components if something goes wrong, also it is less likely to be damaged as its not within easy reach of little fingers.

Do you think it’s the best decision

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxxooo

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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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One year of blogging

Today a notification popped up that I started my blog a year ago. I had thought It was aver a year ago, but in my mind I went over all that has happened in the past year. As I write this I am once again Ill, this time with Asthma and Laryngitis, and Squeak is once again ill, She has had a recurring chest infection and possibly Asthma. we are waiting for notification of our appointment at the Childrens Hospital to see a respiratory pediatrician, as our GP is concerned as she is still ill, and has had a bit of a cough for over a year.

With the return to working part-time, I have less time for knitting than I did. I am still loving my knitting, and I still have a big problem with starting a project then pausing halfway to start another project. Hence a beautiful camel-coloured cardigan for Squeak that is langishing on the needles. It is very time-consuming with cables, half-fishermans rib, and a collar. It got put aside for an easy knit of a slash-knit jumper. very easy as the front and back are the same, rib at the bottom, no armhole shaping, then rib at the top and a small amount of shoulder shaping.The only problem is that the yarn is another of those multocolour ones, an apricot mix. It is pooling oddly and I fear it looks loke camouflage fabric.  I have some pretty pastel yarn to do another but put a pattern into it.

Squeak is now a big girl in a single (twin) bed so my Mum offered to crochet a blanket (or maybe two) for her big-girl bed. I am letting Mum decide wether to crochet a wool eater or a chevron blanket. Mum loves crocheting and loves the versatility, and is very quick and makes beautiful blankets. Squeak loves her Gran blankets, and she will be very thrilled by a rainbow blanky.

I will update with the individual projects soon, There are now a few in progress. I have to resist going near my yarn stash, as I have to resist the urge to start a new project. I do also have to shy away from multicolour yarns as well. The only problem is that they look soooo sweet on the shelf. It’s the middle of winter, so we don’t get a lot of time outside, and it’s nice to cuddle up on the couch in the evenings, and knit.

have a great day

Love,

MummyMopar xxx

 

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When a failure becomes a scarf…

Greetings, I know I have been absent for a while. I have started back at work part time, Squeak is in daycare 2 days a week so life is a lot more hectic than before.

I have been trying to finish some unfinished projects, as I feel it is becoming time to start fresh, and not have large projects taking up space. I started a blanket long before Squeak was on the way, and I recently dug it out to finish it off, just so I could have it off my to-do list. I feel I have put too much work into it to frog it, but I can’t say that I particularly enjoy working on it.

It is a 4-ply (fingering) baby yarn, I am using Big Baby, made by Patons. The yarn is nice to work with, but I am finding it slow going after working on either 8-ply (Double Knit, DK) or on larger needles. This is on 4mm needles, but the pattern is fiddly so it seems to be the project that never ends. It is also too big to take anywhere, which limits how often I can work on it.

I might of mentioned before that I knitted a bubbles shawl in 8-ply, but accidentally used 5mm needles? The original pattern calls for 4ply on 5.5mm needles, which would possible be ok if I was knitting a  square, but this is knitted flat, and once completed you seam it up to become a circular shawl.

My disaster Shawl, I just wanted to cry. We were trying to work out how to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, working out how to salvage a very off shaped blanket. We discussed knitting a section to be sewn in, which would make it flat, but ultimately, into the cupboard it went, destined to emerge once the disappointment and hurt was gone.

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every few weeks a suggestion was made. A scarf was commonly mentioned, and that was the best idea. We frogged the bottom part where I did the increases, and kept the border and edging. Now I have a massive scarf. It is so long that if I just loop it over the back of my neck, it almost reaches the ground on both ends.

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I wonder if I have enough yarn to make a blanket like I originally wanted?

Have a great day,

Lots of love,

MummyMopar