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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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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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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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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

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Clothes shopping with a serve of fried wontons… And a patch or two

Today I went clothes shopping, a task I have tried to avoid since Squeak was born. She is 15 months old now, and I desperately needed new clothes. I tended to buy cheap t-shirts from Kmart, and I had bought 2 pairs of jeans that fell down way too much. We went to DFO in Essendon, as  we hadn’t been shopping there in close to a year. We started in Rivers, a clearance outlet. I picked out 5 long sleeved t-shirts, and a thick dark pink waterfall cardigan. We then poked around in a few shops, and in typo as they had large scrabble tiles to make names. I would have bought Squeak’s name, but disappointingly they had no A. I would have loved it for her room, as I am slowly re-decorating it for her.

I then tried on a pair of jeans with a higher waist in Jeanswest. We were the only customers in the shop, and the assistant was lovely and she was quite knowledgeable about the fit of jeans, which is great as my body is quite lumpy and bumpy since I had Squeak. I have so much trouble finding jeans as I don’t like skinny leg jeans. I ended up buying 2 pairs in a dark denim.

When we got home I made pork wontons with chips in the Philips Airfryer. I have made chicken wontons before and steamed them, and have tried them fried years and years ago.

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Before and After Air Frying

I didn’t get a pic of the chips, I will have to next time! They go soooo quick, and they are really good. They are a favorite in the Mopar household.

I also managed to snap a pic of Squeak’s baby quilt so far

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It is 6 inch squares, alternating between nine patch and fussy cut butterfly squares. I have had a jungle theme in her room, but am considering switching to butterflies as I love this fabric soooo much. Squeak loves it and when she sees it she wants to play with it, even tho it isn’t finished. I’m still going to try to finish it by the end of the weekend. It has been an unfinished project for far too long.

Do you have unfinished projects?

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