Saw It > Pinned It > Cooked It!

Pinterest: where have you been all my life! I like to think of you as my ‘most creative friend’, the avenues of inspiration are endless and who doesn’t need another time wasting web trend in their life? It’s my social networking dream site where personal information isn’t blurted around like verbal diarrhea (that’s right, I don’t want to know about every menial task you are performing in your day to day existence! If you want to talk about crap and think that everybody you know is actually interested in reading about it –  just start a blog instead ;P) and yet you can learn more about a person you have known for the last decade just by following their boards.

I never thought I would go off cooking as a way of expression, but since the combination of minimising sugar in my diet and becoming a Mum intertwined its way into my life, this medium of self expression has all but diminished.  Upon reflection, Baking was my real cooking passion and well there is just too much naughty, naughty and naughty involved! (Did I mention toddler M is having a Morning tea of cakes & sandwiches for his second birthday? ….. so yeah, my ex-passion does get to rear its ugly head on special occasion).

Where does Pinterest come in? It has made it easier to find Mummy friendly recipes and fumbling  across healthy snacks by accident is slowly reigniting the cooking flame in a new healthy-ish reincarnation.

So I saw these, Pinned them and cooked them:

Raw Energy Bars

Raw Energy Bars: Make again? Yes. These were super yummy! I substituted 100% peanut butter for the Cashew butter, omitted the apple sauce and halved the honey. It probably doesn’t need the honey, so next time I’ll omit the honey too.

Flax Seed-Oat Crackers

Flax Seed Oat Crackers: Make again? Yes. A healthy cracker for Toddler M, I don’t think they need any salt added, so next time get rid of the salt. *Disclaimer* these are prone to falling apart easily and can fast make a mess in the hands of a tiny tot… so I you are adverse to using a vacuum, then think twice before making 😛

Mini Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Cupcakes

Mini Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Cupcakes: Make again? Yes. I served these on top of a brown pasta vegetarian bolognese. I used a chedder cheese I had on hand which didn’t ooze out like in the pics, so next time I’ll try it with the advised mozzarella.

Smoothie: Ginger, orange, lemon, and carrot

Smoothie: Ginger, orange, lemon, and carrot. Make again? Maybe. Something didn’t sit right in my stomach with this smoothie. Maybe I used too much ginger? Or was it the lemon juice? I think I will give it another go or two, trying it without the ginger first and re-evaluating from there.

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A Very Talented Nanna

I am like ‘The Lone Crafter’ in my family with my older women role models all having green thumbs when it comes to art & craft. My father and grandfather however, are/were both good with their hands being fitter & turners / mechanical engineers and have both enjoyed tinkering with greasy metal bits throughout their lives so I suppose my desire to create comes from the paternal side in my case.

My husband’s family is a refreshing contrast with the older ladies in the family all enjoying craft, the most outstanding role model being perhaps my husband Nanna.

Nanna has been both a teacher and an inspiration to me over the years. She has taught me to crochet and is currently teaching me to knit and I am honoured to have been spoilt with her company, patients, knowledge and handmade gifts. I always enjoy catching up with Nanna, crafting along with her and checking out her latest projects – she always has a few on the go like most hardcore crafters. Not bad for 88 years old!

She recently made this beautiful cardigan for toddler M (it will be entered into the Mt Gravatt Show craft section this year in the 70’s & 80’s knitting category – Good Luck Nanna!):

Cardigan for M knitted by Nanna

And this adorable top for the new born baby girl who will soon be making her début into the world:

Top for soon to be girl knitted by Nanna

I will be a very happy lady if I am half as capable at her age. Thank you Nanna for everything you have shared with me!

Love,

Susan

A New Phase and a Stupid Question

The new phase: M is drawing on surfaces other than the designated paper destinations.

The Stupid Question: “Is M allowed to draw on the floor?” – Husband. To which my answer was “No! OF COURSE NOT!?” insert thought here [do you really have to ask?!].

Yep, the dreaded I want to draw on everything and anything phase is here. I’m a little under prepared, to be honest I was hoping for a little more time before this one hit! *note to self: hire out some cleaning books from the library…. maybe SPOTLESS by Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming*.

We’ve already had a few victims:

Victim 1: Mr Snail
Victim 2: Mr Snail again (and after a good scrub!)
Victim 3: The Floor (and probably because Mr Snail was in Toy Hospital having cosmetic surgery to repair the most recent incident!)

Poor Mr Snail! - But always with a smile on his face *Bless Him*

Poor Mr Snail! – But always with a smile on his face *Bless Him*

The Floor

Any tips on removing crayons from plastic? I could do with some help!

Bubbles: 1 Mummy: 0

Mummy's Bubble Failure

I had a mummy fail over the weekend 😦 My first attempt at homemade bubble mixture was a bit of a disaster – it didn’t work, there were no bubbles. I don’t understand what happened? I found the recipe on Pinterest and the Pinterest God has never led me astray before!?

Toddler M didn’t seem to mind quite as much as me, he had a ball playing with the container full of soapy water and spent a good deal of time making “pretend” bubbles. The bubble wands were flying in and out of the mixture at rapid speed with mummies bubble failure being flung all over the place including cousin D’s eye. (Sorry cousin D :S).

So….. it was time to play with a ball instead.

Mummy's Bubble Failure

Watching the wheels… A Father’s Reflection

Watching the Wheels

Below is an extract from an email sent by my Husband to our family.

“M now 20 months old.

M a boy of immense character. Last night, I watched him pick up a mobile phone and have another “pretend” conversation, I watched his eyes widen as he tells a story to his pretend listener. His facial expressions, his arms and hands gesture and his fake laughs are brilliantly timed. He really looks and sounds as if he knows what he is talking about. So sincere, I’m sure the pretend person on the other end of the phone can picture M’s story vividly.

Late autumn, winter and early spring are most definitely Brisbane’s “peak seasons” of comfort. Today we found a brilliant patch of grass in a park by The Brisbane River in the suburb of Seventeen Mile Rocks. The ground was cool to the touch and the grass was so soft. Mattress like. It reminded us of the lush New Zealand and U.K grass we love so much.

With so much to worry about in the world, nothing could take away the joy of a good old fashioned play in the park. Who needs swings when you have the most awesome patch of grass all to yourself!”

Watching the Wheels

Watching the Wheels

Book Review: Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Peggy Orenstein and her book first came into my knowledge during the promotion of ‘Cinderella Ate My Daughter’ on the local talk back AM radio station early last year. I jumped onto my local library’s online catalogue at the time but was disappointed to find it was not yet part of their collection 😦 So I submitted a book request and a year later I received a lovely letter saying my book was ready to pick up from the library LOL! Turns out the timing was perfect, I’m pregnant with number two – a little girl.

Peggy’s book is mainly a commentary on trying to deal with the pink princess syndrome which seems to have taken over a lot of girls in full force. I read this book looking for answers on how to deal with this problem and was left with the same questions unanswered when I finished the book. It turns out Peggy and I are facing the same problem and we are both (or will be) making our way through the same minefield of ‘the 21st century girl’. She did talk about the path which lead to this phenomenon, so that was useful. Did you know pink was considered a masculine colour a century ago? Yes, apparently it was… a tint of red (a highly masculine colour back then) and blue was considered very feminine – the colour of the Virgin Mary. So somewhere along the line it all changed and now you will find many a girl drowned in the colour pink.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter

A must read book for every parent? Having shared the same views as Peggy for some years now this book didn’t blow my mind with new concepts and life changing ideas. It did however give me more of a history to the feelings I have internalised for so long and in many ways it has hardened my resolve. I certainly believe every parent should be aware of the directions our children and ourselves get dragged by the marketing magnates of Mattel, Disney and the like and try our best not to get too sucked in. I would love to say I myself am immune to such a terrible thing but I too have ‘sucker’ printed on my forehead (Lego how I love you but hate you so!!).

So, will there be any princesses in my household? DEFINITELY NOT! Heroines? YES, YES, YES, PLEASE!  

I’m running out of time!

Number 2 is fast on her way which brought on a bit of a panic attack this morning… there just isn’t enough time! My list of unfinished craft projects seems to be growing with each week and to make matters worse I started another one last night!! I absolutely had to, I swear I did! This one has been on the TO DO list for over a year and the fabric has been sitting laid out on my snooker table *ahem* new found really huge craft table for a week and a half now.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

  1. Advent calendar – make 2, maybe 3 (for the potential kid we might have)
  2. Dinosaur felt mat – needs a lot of work
  3. Crochet dress – crochet some flowers, sew on a button or 2, sew in loose ends
  4. Knitted vest – finish off front and ask Great Nanna to help with the next step of edges
  5. Felt strawberries – finish remaining green tops & find a punnet container
  6. Sew buttons onto top great Nanna made for baby #2
  7. Blog entry for my other more neglected blog www.myfoodobsessions.com
  8. Alphabet exchange letters P & Q – Due by Friday 17th May!
  9. E cushion – for a good friend’s newly born baby boy
  10. Peacock cushion – started this one last year!
  11. Owl pillow case x2 – another unfinished project from last year!!!
  12. Assembly of my Nana cushion – made from my late Nana’s dresses

Future Projects + some not so crafty must do tasks:

  1. More felt food
  2. A little something for a friend expecting
  3. Toddler M’s new room
  4. More house decluttering (in other words listng, listing and more listing on ebay!)
  5. Christmas stocking for baby girl to be
  6. The rest of the bloody alphabet!
  7. Birth Announcements for little Miss

Wow it looks like a lot in list form…… 😦

Not only are my crafty pressures increasingly weighing me down but anxiety of the pending birth has been creeping its way into my headspace. I had one of those bad dreams of a labour from hell last week and flashbacks of my ‘induced’ birth for toddler M keep hitting me randomly, usually while driving….. you know during that period where you zone out but then all of a sudden you are parking the car at your desired destination?!

I have to be realistic here, after putting this list together I am starting to accept that I can no longer be a super Mum, I’m going to have to make some changes: I have already cut out TV from my daily schedule and reading has been put on the back burner for a couple of weeks, now I just have to stop cleaning the house, start buying pre-made processed baby food for toddler M, hire a Nanny and live on fast food!