Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recipe:: Banana Oat Slice

My mother in law made a yummy slice when we visited this week. She makes so many yummy slices and anything with dates is always a winner with me!

Today I decided to make it myself with a few substitute ingredients to allow hubby to enjoy it too!

It's a super easy, quick one bowl slice that is quite forgiving when it comes to measuring ingredients so it's a great one for little helpers!

I substituted coconut oil for the required butter and almonds with walnuts as it's what we had on hand! Here's my modified version of this yummy recipe for you to enjoy!

2 ripe bananas, chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 Tbs black chia seeds
1Tbs flaxseed
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
1Tbs honey
100g coconut oil, melted
1 egg

Mix all ingredients until well combined. 
Let the banana get all smooshy as you do it!

Spread into a lined slice pan and bake at 200'C for 15 minutes. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A new(ish) kitchen

We've recently made a few changes... we sold our first home which was bittersweet. We drove past on the day of settlement which I thought would be a quick look-see... but as we drove away I looked back. The tears welled, the memories all flooded into my mind at once (as they are now) and I was saddened to see it go. We lived with an outside bathroom for just over 3 years. We renovated the bathroom, bedrooms and lounge ourselves. We polished floorboards, painted walls and built a big deck!!

We raised our fur babies there and had one or two (or 6) different cars while living there!

We brought our beautiful Daisy girl home to that house and she lived there, took her first steps and many other little milestones there. So naturally those memories will be cherished. And that house hold a special place in my heart.

But onward and upward... our bush abode has been our home for just over two years now. We've added two more beautiful babes to our brood and we couldn't be happier... well, that was until hubby suggested putting in a new kitchen - I did get a wee bit happier then!
We've compromised on the 'new kitchen' idea as neither of us likes to spend money unnecessarily... and have decided to replace the oven and cook top with whizz bang new appliances. And to paint the cupboards  (which are in good working order and a layout we're happy with) and replace the handles to achieve a new look. We're also thinking we'll replace the 70's orange bench tops... unless I can work that into our new theme!

If you follow me on Pinterest you'd have noticed an influx on my Home Sweet Home board over the last few days! Lots of ideas and inspiration and so many decisions to make.

Here's a little of what I'm loving...
Funky Retro Kitchen. love the color splashes w/ white cabinets, fun chandelier...color appliance?    Retro kitchen is a #retro #kitchen with a fun vibe.i think this is fun but probably wouldn't go for itThese cupboards are simple with no routing like ours. Painted they could work with some seriously expensive hardware.small sliding door in kitchen...Retro Kitchen - Kitchen Decor Ideas - Country Living
Smiths Sectric electric wall clock.I have a roll of the wallpaper which was on the walls in my Gran's kitchen which I would love to use! And I also have my Gran's wall clock which was in her kitchen (see left).

So my inspirations are a plenty! And now it may become a reality! The kitchen was the only part of our previous home we didn't renovate and it's all that we have left to do here as well. I'm getting excited!

We wish to pay cash so will spend the next few weeks saving our $$ specifically for this project and then get started! So watch this space for our progress!

What would your dream kitchen include? Do you have a kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest? I'd love to follow!! Leave me a link!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homemade Crayons DIY from Broken Crayons

For some reason there has been an attraction for playdates to turn into crayon crushing! Once after mother's group and once after we had friends here I've caught Miss Daisy and Co. with a pile of crayon rubble after a game of snap the crayon!
I kept storing them away to one day make ourselves some new crayons with... and sure enough one day finally came after I found a silicone tray that was the perfect size for some easy to hold crayons for little hands!

How to make Homemade Crayons::

You will need:

- assorted broken or used crayons (paper removed and broken into smaller pieces)
- a silicone baking mould/mini muffin tray
- oven preheated to 180'C

How to:

1. The long and tedious job of peeling the paper from the crayons. We found the cheaper crayons in our collection had more glue on the paper. So I scored down the side of the paper with a sharp knife and Miss Daisy could then easily pick the wrapper off.
2. Now we broke the crayons into smaller pieces. We decided to group like colours so that we had some crayons in each colour. However, you could make rainbow crayons too!
3. Fill your muffin holes to the top...even a little over is fine. (See pic above) Now place the flexible silicone mould into a baking tray for stability.
4. Place in preheated oven for around 5 minutes or until melted. (Keep your eye on them!)
5. Pull out of oven and allow to cool and harden!
6. Enjoy your new crayons!



Friday, August 29, 2014

The Birth of our little lion cub!

One week old today. And as I sit here snuggled by the fire with my dear baby boy on my chest, each precious breath makes me delight in his early arrival and his seemingly perfect fit into our little family.

We are all smitten by him and the girls have both been wonderful big sisters. 

Let's go back to last Thursday morning... I had my scheduled appointment at 11am and at 39+2 and super uncomfortable I was keen to see my midwife and find out if things were getting closer!

The girls helped our midwife to do my blood pressure, belly measure and Miss Daisy did the Doppler - finding baby first go (she's got really good at it!). 

Then our midwife asked would I like to have an internal to check progress and maybe get things moving along. Yes! Of course the girls decided the toy box was not entertaining at this point so a strategically placed sheet and a rubber glove each to play with kept them occupied!

'Get your knickers on and then we're going to talk about what to do with you' sent me thinking of all sorts of worries and thoughts of c sections and closed cervix! 
Boy was I wrong - 'you're 5cm dilated' was my midwife's first statement as she reentered the room!

As much as this was music to my ears I was baffled too!! I would not be driving the hour home but instead went to my mums 10 minutes away. Then phoned hubby to tell him we'd be heading to the hospital that arvo - to have our baby!

We had agreed it was best for my waters to be broken as if this happened at home we may not make it to the hospital. 
We arrived at the hospital at 2:30pm. We had room 2 - the same room (and bath!) both girls were born in! I was content to know that this familiarity would be there and that we could once again have a waterbirth.

My waters were broken shortly after our arrival and I sat on the bed giggling at the sensation as with both girls my waters had broken during transition and in the water. I sat on the bed for awhile and waited, nothing. Our midwife had said things may or may not start on their own after my waters were broken.

I decided to get up to go to the bathroom and as soon as my feet hit the floor so did the first of my contractions, it was a little after 3:00pm... labour had commenced! I wasn't sure what I should do or where I should go so I found myself sitting on the bed once again. A few contractions which didn't seem very strong had me wondering if I should hop into the shower.

Once again as I stood up another contraction hit... So around 3:20pm I hopped into the shower and enjoyed the hot water on my back and belly. Hubby took some photos that look identical to those of me with Li'l Peppa's birth, quite surreal!

By around 3:40pm I wasn't comfortable standing anymore. Each contraction had me bending over the chair in the shower and bending my knees. Boy things were progressing but surely this was going to take awhile?!

I jumped into the bath around 3:45pm and enjoyed the weightlessness I felt in the water and the comfort of the familiar position I'd taken up with my other births. I felt the urge to go to the toilet and so hopped out of the water and sat on there for the next few contractions. Hubby was on the phone at this point as his laptop had failed that morning and he was trying to get it fixed and recover his files! I motioned to him that he needed to get off the phone right now... and told him to call our midwife in.

She came in and I sheepishly told her that I thought I needed to go to the toilet but now I felt like it was more than that needing to come out!
She said 'I think you need to have a baby!" or something along those lines! It was 4:00pm. I still wasn't convinced that this was it!!

I got back into the bath and used the next few contractions to push out our little boy! At 4:04pm I scooped him up out of the water and into my arms!!

We let the cord continue pulsing for five minutes or so before Daddy cut it. Then Daddy took over skin to skin contact with our lion cub while I got out of the bath and onto the bed to deliver the placenta. 

Then, just over two hours after kissing them goodbye we rang my mum to ask her to bring in our two big girls! 

Suddenly a family of five. Blessed beyond belief! Happy one week little man! You have already won our hearts!