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I Hate Shopping!!

I don’t like shopping. I don’t like crowds, or shop assistants, or finding what shop has the best price.

I am going to have to go shopping. This weekend, maybe even tomorrow. My trusty faithful 5 year-old Asus laptop is beyond the blink. It will only run on the charging cable, and if you unplug it, it switches off. The other problem is that the charging plug is a bit loose where it plugs in the laptop, so any sudden moves and it switches off. Now add in that during startup you have to hold the plug in where it plugs in at a precise angle, or it switches off, and can’t be switched on for about an hour, and it’s very frustrating.

I HAVE to go shopping, for my sanity. I don’t have a desktop pc, only an iphone. So I think I’m getting an Asus T100 transformer. It looks like it will do what I need it to do, and should work well enough if I decide to go back to studying. It runs full windows, and has a detatchable keyboard. A mini laptop that can be a tablet!

I will update soon enough about the knitting machine, how wonderful it is, and how lucky it is that there are youtube tutorials, as I spent 3 days trying to get it to knit, and this was after an hour-long lesson. The E-wrap cast on is very difficult.

I will likely be making flannellette pyjamas for Squeak in the next few days. It is spring in Australia, and Squeak just outgrew her size 1 stretch suits, and she doesnt like wearing them, it’s easier to switch to pyjamas, but I can only find one shop that sells them, and only 3 colours, so I am seriously considering making some. If I buy a pattern then I can make all different sizes as she needs them. I can make them with the fabric I want to use, and avoid overpriced TV tie-in merchandise.

In other news, Squeak has given up bottles, on monday morning I offered her morning bottle, and she refused, I offered the milk in a sippy cup and she accepted. So I am packing up most of the bottles, and now I have to source a few more sippy cups. I have tried the local supermarkets, but they don’t have the sippys she likes. They are cheap ‘take and toss’ and cost only a few dollars for 6 of them. They won’t last forever, but it isn’t a big deal if they go missing, or get left somewhere, as they are so inexpensive to replace.

Squeak is also cutting another tooth, so we have some very odd sleeping patterns lately. We finally felt the tooth this afternoon, and it was a relief to know that it is a tooth, and there is a reason she has been irritable, and she hasnt been sleeping as well as normal, lots of tossing and turning. It is really hard to not be able to fix everything for her, I hate to see her unhappy and in discomfort.

I better get to bed, it is waaay to late.

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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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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Pressure cooker, number two!

I already own a stovetop pressure cooker, but I have been wanting an electric one for quite a while. We bought one for a family member at christmas, and I have wanted one since. It will also slow cook, and cook rice. I love the idea of replacing our 2 slow cookers, and the rice cooker with the one appliance. I can’t part with my pressure cooker. I use it to steam puddings at christmas, among other numerous uses. Now I will be able to steam two puddings at once. Don’t laugh, I usually make three or four. Pudding is better than christmas cake, and I have DaddyMopar’s Nan’s secret recipe, and I made the pudding for the family celebration last year. It’s quicker to steam in the pressure cooker than to steam in a big saucepan. Also, I’m in Australia, so christmas is in summer, steaming a pudding for 1 hour in a pressure cooker makes a lot less mess and heat than a big, steaming saucepan on a hot, hot summer day.

On sunday we had to go to the hardware shop to buy parts to extend a babygate for our hallway, as we forgot to measure the distance, and took a guess. We had to buy extenders to make it wider, so I asked DaddyMopar about an electric multicooker, as they are advertised. At christmas there was 3 or 4 different brands, but when I went into Target, they only had the Ronson.

My Aunt bought a multicooker off an online store, and loves hers. I hear all about desserts, risottos, and other tasty meals she creates. I wanted one!

It will take a bit to get used to, but I love how it doesnt require as much attention as a stovetop model, where you have to make sure the heat isn’t to high, or low, and also setting the oven timer. I have to be prepared to drop what I’m doing if Squeak needs me, and I think appliances that turn themselves off is a good start.

I have cooked a casserole in it, and am very happy. I am considering cooking a potroast in it tomorrow night. I also wonder if I should cook a dessert in it as well?

I wonder if I can give away the rice cooker yet?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Stripey Pullover

Squeak’s persille jumper needs to be blocked, sewn up, and the neckband knitted. I haven’t felt up to doing it, so I have been looking for my next project. I spent a few days at loose end, between projects. That is not a good thing. Finally decided something plain would be nice. I have knitted it before, but I loooovvve the V-neck, and no buttons or zips!!!!

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It looks really good in a nice colour, I don’t think the orange does it justice.

 

I love the teal colour, but I knitted a size 2, and its a bit big. I will knit a size 1. The stripe is a Kmart homebrand yarn, similar to patons big baby, so hopefully it wears well. The teal is a lincraft own brand, and I wish it was wearing a bit better, it is a bit ball-y.

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I found this 8-ply self stripe yarn in my stash, and thought it might be nice. Now that I’ve started I have a few qualms, but it could work out good. I have started to do it in one piece, on a circular needle (my favorite). My piece is 142 stitches. The stripes are almost perfect, with oly about 1-5 stitches overlapping per round. I am not sure if I want to continue this way, as when it’s time for armhole shaping, the stripes will go haywire if I don’t make some modifications. I’m thinking after the rib, I will work the front and back seperately or it will be too messy. I didn’t think of these things before I cast on, but I want it to look good.

You may be asking why I knit a lot of jumpers. I have always wanted Squeak to have pretty clothes, and I love the hand-made look of knitwear. I don’t want her to grow up too fast, and some clothes look too grown up.

I prefer 8-ply as it is quicker to knit, and has more colour options. In Australia, we mainly have 4-ply (fingering), 5-ply (sport) and 8-ply (DK). It is really hard to get 10-ply (worsted or aran). I’m led to believe 10-ply is very popular in the US, as a lot of pattern books from my local library have mainly 10-ply patterns. I tried to find some yarn recently, and in Lincraft (a craft store chain) online had one option in 10-ply. It was rainbow variegated. Bendigo Woolen Mills also had 10-ply, but only in a handful of colours, not the full range that 4 & 8-ply have.

Random Fact: I have never knitted anything that I can wear myself!! I didn’t knit oten before I had Squeak, as I preferred crochet. But a little knitted baby jacket is the cutest thing ever!!

Do you like to knit with self-stripe?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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to re-learn crochet properly, or not?

I am watching crochet tutorials on youtube, the ones for beginners. I am getting a sinking feeling. Have you ever had that feeling about something you thought you were good at, were at quite an advanced level, and would browse through patterns and you felt you could tackle almost any project you wanted? I’m feeling that with crochet.

I have crocheted a number of baby blankets, I would barely knit, but loved crochet. It was portable, and there wasn’t a fear of dropping stitches, and projects happened quicker. I then had a baby and I loved the soft, adorable little knitted jackets and discovered circular knitting needles, and knitting became my new thing.

About 6 months ago we were visiting a family member who was crocheting. DaddyMopar was mesmerised and he mentioned how different we worked on crochet. She held the work still, and moved the hook in and out, looped, the fabric always staying still. It was certainly different to my style of ‘hold the hook still and move the crocheting and yarn around the hook’.

This evening I thought I would look at the youtube videos hoping to re-assure myself that I am not doing it wrong. I have won the crocheting category in my local spring craft show with my work. I can’t see anything wrong with the finished work. I just do it in a way that appears odd.

I did teach myself out of a book almost 20 years ago, and no-one corrected me in that time. I wonder if I should try the ‘proper’ way or just keep going the way I’ve been doing it for 2 decades?

What would you do?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

 

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Dinner was a Winner!!

It’s DaddyMopar’s birthday later this week, so I thought I would cook a pot roast and a carrot cake to celebrate!!

I bought a rolled brisket from Coles supermarket a few weeks ago and froze it. At the time my only knowledge of brisket was the jokes in ‘Big Bang Theory’about brisket cooked by Howard Wolowitz’s mother. While mine was cooking in the oven I researched a bit about brisket and what they are referring to is totaly different to what I served up. My brisket is a similar cut to corned beef. There was a recipe on the back of the vaccuum bag, so I followed it loosely.

 I browned the beef, then added chopped up carrot and onion, a spoonful of homemade veggie stock I keep in the fridge that I made in the Bellini. 2 cups of water, bring to boil then into oven for 3 hours, and I was supposed to turn hourly, but I forgot. I don’t think it made any difference to the finished result. I used my favorite casserole dish with lid, its a Microstoven. Nonstick, microwave, oven and stovetop safe. Dishwasher too. It was a xmas gift from my brother-in-law and I’ve had it for almost 3 years. I’d be lost without it.

After 3 hours in the oven, then half an hour with the lid off, Its time to take it out! I also cooked roast potatoes and carrots to go with it. I used the roast juices to make gravy, but it turned out more like a relish. Delicious anyhow.

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For the birthday cake I made a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I have made DaddyyMopar a carrot cake every birthday since we met. The recipe is from one of my Nannie’s cookbooks. I made it in the Bellini as I don’t enjoy grating carrots. The Bellini made it extremely quick, and I find it very easy to convert recipes to suit the Bellini. I’m hoping cakes like this, and other nice treats will be frequent to my kitchen. It was delicious, despite it’s looks. The holes in the top are from the candles, as no birthday cake is complete without candles and singing.

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I also made some Anzac Biscuits, but that has a massive back-story behind it with my allergies, and I think it deserves a post of it’s own

Do you have any good recipes to share? or an idea of something new for me to cook? Let me know

Lots of love

MummyMopar x x x

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Top 5 Thursday?

I thought I would do a top 10 sometimes, as I love the book of lists, and David Letterman’s top 10. Today I can only do a top 5 tho as I hurt my typing finger on my right hand peeling potatoes for chips for my lunch. No major damage and I only need a bandaid, It just hurts quite a bit.

Here’s MummyMopar’s Top Five TV shows she secretly loves but is embarassed to admit to loving:

How clean is your house? Two middle aged british women come into houses so disgusting there’s dust bunnies the size of tigers. They clean, and the viewers feel good that their house isn’t that bad. It has a happy ending, unlike Hoarders, as the hosts visit later to make sure the house is kept clean.

Judge Judy. I can’t believe how many people sue their family, and what people sue each other for. This tends to be on during naptime, so if I am tidying the kitchen I can watch this in the background.

Degrassi Jr High / Degrassi High – The 80s, Canada. The zit remedy singing ‘everybody wants something’. Drama, and teen dilemmas. and all with funny canadian accents. I watched it as a kid, and now it’s so corny I can’t help but love it.

19 kids and counting – An american family with 19 kids, somewhat religious but very sheltered. I got sucked in years ago and since I had my daughter I sometimes watch an episode or two to catch up on the lives of these unique but unusual family. Did I mention all 19 kids names start with J?

The Bold and the Beautiful – sometimes I can only watch it once a week, but it’s not like a lot has happened in that time. Drama galore! The Steffy and Hope fighting over Liam, Liam and Wyatt fighting over Hope, It’s almost embarassing to admit to watching, but it has me hooked.

What TV shows do you secretly love? let me know

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Who’s Who in the Zoo??

I should probably introduce my Family. Being a stay at home mum means that I am almost constantly with my 14 month old daughter. We will call her Squeak as thats her nickname. She got that nickname at about 4 months old as she made a cute little squeaking noise. I’m hoping to protect her privacy a bit, so I am unlikely to post photos of her. Daddymopar, my wonderful partner is agreeing with this.

Squeak is almost 15 months old, and is almost walking. She is happy to crawl and pull herself up on furniture. She will walk if we hold both her hands. She is full of boundless energy, and it is a pleasure and honour to be her mum, and share the journey of her development.

Daddymopar is my partner, We have been together 4 years and it feels like a match made in heaven. We seem to complement each other well. He makes me laugh, and I feel so lucky to have met him, and to be able to spend our lives together.

We live in central victoria, Australia, about halfway between Melbourne and Bendigo. Squeak was born in Bendigo, as we had friends there, and as we were advised to go to a larger hospital as Squeak is my first baby.

Today we met a friend for coffee at the local milk bar, Squeak attempted to eat a sausage roll. We did pick up almost half off the floor under the highchair. But success!!! She ate a decent amount for lunch! We also discussed our plans to make tomato sauce very soon. I will try to post pics when we do, as it could be hilarious. My cooking can be hit or miss. We keep some frozen chicken schnitzels and freezer veggies as a backup. We haven’t had to use them in the last month so we are succeeding and possibly my cooking skills are improving. Maybe. Just maybe…..

I best go, as its getting late and almost time to stoke up the wood fire for the night, then attempt a good nights sleep.

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Oh Look, someone created a new blog…. how original!!

Yep, I threw my hat over that proverbial fence and created that blog I’ve been threatening to create for years. “It’s time for an adventure, Where should we go??” Yes, I’m quoting my 14 month old daughter’s fisher price talking bear. I would do a lameness poll but that is beyond my capabilities at the moment. I think quite a bit every day, It is an attempt to keep sane through mini tantrums my daughter throws over things like me not letting her play with the ‘fun toys’ like the iphone, my glasses, my keys, the tv remote and Daddy’s car magazines.

 I felt this blog may be good as I’m at a crossroads in my life. I feel I have settled into parenting. Its not a walk in the park, but I’m enjoying each day and rising to the unique challenges of parenting in this day and age, while being a ‘black sheep’; a misfit in the big bad world.

I will probably talk about my dilemmas, my hobbies, and my life. Also will be food. Food is a big component as an adult with severe food allergies, and a drive to reduce additives and processed food. We have recently purchased a Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master, and a Philips Air Fryer so they might be discussed frequently.

Please stay tuned, as this might well be an interesting read, I love reading blogs as it is an insight into people’s minds and can be enlightening.

I will post more soon,

lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x