Very happy to see Mangoes back in the one and only supermarket we have here!
$5.98 each! Yikes.
But I bought two anyway.
Kicks off today!
Let's celebrate feeding our babies the way nature intended!
all images via my pinterest
It can be easy, hard, amazing, boring, painful, impossible, effortless, convenient, weird, wonderful, ordinary, mysterious and mundane. All on the same day.
Ivo is going great guns with his feeding now. When he was first born I was expecting to pick up where I had left off with Bay. I thought that 15 months of feeding her had sufficiently toughened my nipples up so I wouldn't have to put up with painful feeding second time round. Guess again. For the first few weeks it was that same old toe curling sensation as I was 'broken in' again, accompanied with a sense of dread every time he wanted to feed (every 2hrs or less round the clock) Anytime anybody suggested "I think he's hungry" I'd give them a death stare.
Both my kids have quite short frenulums and are probably borderline tounge-ties, although I resisted getting either of them snipped. Despite apparently good latches in both cases it's only been once their mouths had grown a bit bigger that I can feed in comfort. It definitely got better quicker the second time round... and at least there was none of that self doubt or wondering if I was doing it right.. But the fact that it hurt again took me by surprise.
Ivo is a voracious feeder but he is much more business-like than Bay ever was. He has his fill, then wants to move on.. whereas Bay used to bliss out and would have lingered all day if I would allow it! I would regularly feed her to sleep, but not so much with Ivo. Breastfeeding doesn't seem to lull him into that deep relaxed state in the same way. He is quite a spewy baby and prefers to be upright for a while after a feed. So I usually give him about 45 minutes before putting to sleep, otherwise he inevitably ends up in a puddle of vomit. But he is like a vacuum cleaner and is certainly getting his fair share of milk.. at 4.5months he's weighing in at 8kg.. the same as what Bay weighed at 6mo!
It really is funny and surprising how different they can be. But I'm very grateful I've been able to offer both my children this gift.
In the last few months I've started making more food from scratch.
Here are a few of my recent concoctions...
Also been making- my own stock, my own tomato sauce, curry pastes and mincing my own meat.. to name a few!
All with the help of my thermomix! I did a lot of soul searching before buying one as they are super expensive and I didn't want to spend the money if I wasn't going to use it a lot. I'm not really into gadgets but a few of the women from work have them and they were constantly impressing me with all the goodies they were whipping up with such apparent ease.
Then just after I got paid my bonus at work, one came up for sale second hand (which hardly ever happens) and it was a such a good price so I snapped it up! Since then I've made a real effort to learn how to use all the different functions and it has been fantastic, I use it almost every day.
And not only making basics but it has been really handy for whipping up healthy dinners after a long day at work. Because the time and temperatures and stirring speeds are so easily controlled (gotta love those Germans) it means it is quite hard to stuff things up.
Precious time saved chopping, grating, dicing, adjusting temperatures, stirring over a stove and doing the resultant pile of dishes is instead spent doing nice things with Bay after we'd been apart all day.. much nicer than trying to shoo her away while I burn something on the stovetop. haha
But don't worry! I'm not going to turn into someone who takes photos of every meal I eat.. Or try and talk everyone into buying the most expensive kitchen gadget ever.. BUT am just a little bit pleased with myself as someone who has always considered cooking a big fat chore who is now actually enjoying trying new dishes and has also seriously reduced the amount of jars and pre-packaged crap in our pantry. It is a nice feeling knowing exactly what you are feeding yourself and your family.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year!
For us this means enjoying some precious time off together, feasting on fresh summery food and some laid back fun with extended family.
We have arrived at the coast to spend the holidays with The Misters Family. They have a big holiday house with a pool just a few minutes walk from the beach.. It's so nice to be here, feels like forever since I've seen the ocean!
All The Misters Brothers and Sisters and their kids are here too so it's lots of chaotic fun.
Right now The Mister is out crabbing with his Dad and Brothers, my Mother-In-Law has taken Bay for a walk to the rock pools with her cousins and I have just woken up from a midday nap.. Think I could get used to this!
I don't have to be back at work until the 3rd Jan, so we are staying there for New Years too it's so nice having such a good stretch of time in such a beautiful relaxing place.. No crazy rushing around for us this year
Have fun everyone!!
It's forecast 39 degrees in the desert today. Yech.
If this is spring, then I'm not looking forward to summer.
With months of steamy weather stretching out in front of us, and still about 5 kilos to lose I'm thinking salads will be my new best friend.
I usually just do a big garden salad with the usual assortment of salad vegies, which is a great side dish but I think it's time to start:
2. Being more selective and adventurous with my ingredients to make the most of complimetary flavours
3. Adding in some starchy vegetables or carbs to make my salads a more complete meal.
I am feeling inspired by this colourful creation.
It is a twist on the the classic Shiraz Salad, with a few extra ingredients such as radishes and shallots. It also has edible flower petals, which will be hard to come by in N-Town. So I will make it without, hoping it will taste the same even if it doesn't look as pretty.
I'm also a philistine when it comes to red wine, in this heat I like to drink mine chilled.
My Mum does a spicy potato salad that I want to make and I'm on the hunt for an easy but delicious roast pumpkin and pine nut concoction.
I would love to hear your favourite salad recipes!
When I saw that The Womens Weekly had re-released their Children's Birthday Cake Book I had to get a copy.
Does anyone else remember this book?
My Mum used to have it and my sister and I would spend HOURS pouring over it, looking at all the wonderful cakes, umming and ahhing over which ones were our favourites and which ones we would chose for our birthday.
I remember one year I had the ghost
And there was the time my Sister had the jelly swimming pool.. It was a hit!
I remember being very impressed with this typewriter cake, but can't quite think who's birthday it was... (It would have been a long time ago!)
In fact, I think I have eaten real-life versions of lots of the cakes from the book. It seemed like everyone's Mum had a copy of this book in the 80s!
If I was going to chose a cake for myself this year I would go with the log cabin.. Because I love Flakes :)
I was really happy to see the new version of the book is totally identical to the old one. Even the un-PC chapters that has pirate and racecar cakes for boys and sewing machine and kitchen stove cakes for girls.. ahh the good old days.. No fondant icing on these pages!
Reading through this recipe was a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Does anyone else remember any of the AWW cakes from their childhood?
Today I did three things which I said I'd never ever do.
1. I bought an overpriced bunch of flowers from Woolworths.
I swore I'd never pay $30 for a glorified bunch of carnations but this arrangement stood out from the other boring bunches on the stand. I felt that our kitchen could do with a bit of cheering up so I forked out for the flowers. I guess when you live in the desert you should expect to pay more for things like this.
2. I wore this t-shirt which was free with last months Harpers Bazaar.
I used to wonder who would ever wear anything that came free with a magazine? I thought you'd never catch me dead in 'free gift' sunnies, scarf, or bag.. let alone actual clothing. But this morning it was cleanest thing within arms reach and suddenly I thought 'who cares?' Not me anymore.
3. I had a cup of coffee for the first time in about 4 years.
One day I just stopped drinking it.. not for health reasons or because I am anti-caffeine, but I just went off it. Until this week, when I randomly started wanting it again. So I have bought a plunger and am now drinking coffee out of our enamel camping mugs, because these are the biggest cups we own.
What a day. Who knows what 'craziness' may unfold next!
We met around a friends house for morning tea this morning.
I took homemade rocky road. Because it's impossible to stuff it up.
I used macadamia nuts instead of peanuts. I couldn't get any turkish delight and I don't like glazed cherries so I used Allens Rasberries. I used two thirds milk chocolate and one third dark chocolate. I probably could have done with more of the rasberries.
For some crazy reason (self sabotage?) I made a double batch and so now we have two lunchboxes full, just sitting in our fridge. I might have to give it away to the neighbours, or else my diet is doomed.
Bay has started taking a very keen interest in food and eating. While I was chowing down on rocky road, she was intently following the food in my hand move into my mouth. When I put it up to my mouth, she leans towards the food and open her mouth like a baby bird.
image via .intuition.
She's been doing things like that for the last few weeks. It's at the point where I sometimes feel mean eating in front of her!
My intention was to wait 6 months before introducing solids. But I am getting a strong message that she is kinda ready now.
Just not sure I am ready.
I am loving this tableware!
It's the Hermes Les Maisons Enchantées collection.
I love the cream tones and sepia etchings.. apparently it was inspired by The Secret Garden.
So now I am contemplating the dinner party I would have, if I owned these plates.
It would need to be unruly but still elegant. Casual but with class. Whimsical but not wishy-washy.
image via Country Living
Not that my garden looks anything like this. We are in the desert after all.
But maybe one day!
Your Saturday Night Out is driving 20km to the nearest Roadhouse for dinner.
The Cappy has surprisingly good food, very reasonable prices and, well it's something to do.
The fact that you have to drive to get there makes it feel like a real outing.
And you couldn't watch road trains refuel over your 'Roast of the Day' at Rockpool, could you?
My Sister-In-Law and her boyfriend drove up to N-town to visit us for a few days..
We were touched they made the trip because its a long way (13hrs) and they both work a lot, without much time off.
And they did not arrive empty handed!
They bought these massive crayfish with them, which he had caught down in Perth
Sis-In-Law is a bit of a demon in the kitchen and made a delicious mornay sauce, so we ate them with that, green salad, crusty bread and white wine.
It was great to have them stay.
We are trying to convince them to move up here.
My Sister came all the way from Melbourne to visit us this week.
It was fab. There isn't a lot to see or do in this town but we made our own fun.
Our main activities included:
Lots of cuddles with Bay and other Auntie duties.
We did some home manicure and pedicures. I normally think red nails are too out there for me, but I was talked into trying it and the look is growing on me. Even doing the dishes seems more glam with red nails.
We had a Dexter marathon. Watching TV box sets is a new thing of mine. It keeps me entertained during the many hours spent feeding and settling the baby. Dexter series is good. I've found myself hoping Bay will stay awake just so that I get to watch another episode. FJ and I spent some time debating whether or not Dexter is a red head.
We ate lots of hot cross buns. Otherwise known as Warm Little Buns of Happiness. I can't get enough of these lately.. And there is still over a month until Easter starts..!! Maybe I will be sick of them by then? Or maybe not.
Some trash mags were read. We know these are crap but we still like reading them.
Some sun bathing was done. Not by me. I'm too worried about wrinkles and pigmentation. But Aunty FJ always likes making the most of the Pilbara rays, where you only have to spend 15 mins in the sun to get yourself a nice tan.
It was pretty sad to see her go.. But we were so happy that she even came!!
We are having a family holiday at Easter this year, so will be seeing her again soon.
We had a great time at our party. I will upload some photos this weekend.
We have passed the 39 week mark. Hopefully only one more week of being pregnant.
The babies head has started to drop into my pelvis, which is good, but its putting lots of pressure on my back making it painful to walk.
I had been swimming every day but even that hurts now so just been doing walking laps in the water with all the oldies.
I have crossed some more items off the To Do List.
We have been watching the Qld flood disaster unfold on the television. It looks horrendous. How awful for all the people affected.
I am reading The Passage. I didn't realise it was about vampires when I picked it up, but am enjoying it anyway.
I have been practicing making sushi.
I will try and get the next lot looking a bit neater.
We are having the Misters mate over for a bbq tonight. He was supposed to be getting married in Feburary but the wedding has been called off. Sad.
Have a very quiet weekend planned, which I'm looking forward to.
Christmas Party with my Girls.
The scene was set for a great night.
The Gang. Girls gathered from all corners of the country
The summer sky. Beautiful.
The Presents. Secret Santa Style.
The food. Bbq of course.
The Cocktail Maker and her famous blender. Mango daquiris for one and all.
The Christmas crackers. It wouldnt be the same without paper crowns and bad jokes
The decorations. Tinsel artfully arranged on the clothesline, by Yours Truly.
Fun Fun Fun.
I didn't get a photo of the rum balls but they were a hit.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!