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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