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Birthday Outing


It was Mick’s birthday last Tuesday so he took the day off work and we went on a family outing to this place , we had a lot of fun.

The planetarium was a big hit. We saw two shows there, a film show called “Astronaut” which Isaac, in particular, loved and a live show called “Flight Through the Universe” which took us on the most amazing journey. The woman giving the talk obviously had a real passion in the subject which made it very enjoyable, so much so she over ran the time slot!


Here is Isaac learning about pendulums - or more accurately trying to hit Mama on the head whilst she is busy taking a photo.




Here is Emily placing magnetic cogs in sequence so that the alram bell will ring.



High Flyer

Isaac having lots of fun.



You can't see this very well but it is a big tank of water used to demonstate a vortex.

Menu Plan Monday

Strange, I just posted this but it only posted the days of the week 

Monday – Enchiladas and Rice

Tuesday – Out

Wednesday – Homemade Veggie Burgers and Potato Wedges

Thursday -Celery Soup with Cheese Scones

Friday –  Spaghetti/Tortelloni with” Sneaky Vegetables” pasta sauce  (Isaac has become really fussy of late.

Saturday – Pumpkin and Hazelnut risotto

Sunday – Tuscan Style Beans with Rosemary (Slow Cooker)

Kid’s ATC Swap

Blair and Erin are hosting a kid’s ATC swap and Emily couldn’t wait to sign up.

ATCs ( Artist Trading Cards), for those of you that don’t know, are miniature works of art based on the old collectable sports- themed trading cards. They are always  2.5″x3.5″ in size. They exist as originals, or one of an edition(a set of identical cards) or series (a set based around a theme).

I’ll post photo’s of Emily’s creations when she has finished them. Meanwhile the swap Flickr group is here for anyone that is interested.Kids_ATC_Swap

Menu Plan Monday

I get a lot of inspiration from seeing other peoples menus, so thought I’d start posting ours each week*

Monday Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Slaw

Tuesday – Falafel in Pitta with Hummus

Wednesday – Quorn in 3-Mustard Sauce with Mushrooms and Brown Rice

Thursday – Sausage and Mash

Friday – Leftovers from Wednesday

Saturday – Homemade Pizza and Potato Wedges with Salad

Sunday – Lentil Croquettes with Sesame Brown Rice and Broccoli

*Okay, so you could call this a slight cheat on my “write at least one blog post per week”

A Spot of Baking


Melting Moments


Melting Moments

I haven’t made these for ages and had forgotten just how good they are. The problem is when you see just how much butter goes into making 25 of these little mouthfuls it kind of puts you off consuming them.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments

Well for about five minutes.

Melting Moments

makes 25 approx.

250 g  Butter  (I warned you)

80 g icing sugar

225 g plain flour

75 g cornflour

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Butter Cream

80g butter

100g icing sugar 

1tsp vanilla extract or grated lemon rind plus a furthur tsp of lemon juice

Raspberry jam (opt)



  • Fan Oven 160°c . Line 2 baking trays.
  • Put butter, sugar, and vanilla in food prcessor or blend by hand  until fluffy. Then add the sived, blended flours in two or three lots. If using a food processor now is the time to pulse until you see it “ball up”.
  • Flour hands and get large teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls approximatly  2.5cm across. Place on baking tray and flatten slightly with a fork. Make sure they are about 3cm apart as they will spread a little.
  • Bake for about 15mins, they still want to be pale not browned! Leave to cool for 5mins before lifting onto cooling racks. Leave to cool completly before icing.


  • Mix all the ingrediants together until smooth and use to sandwich two biscuits together. If you like you can spead with a thin layer of jam before adding the icing.
  • Dust with icing sugar to finish.
  • Put the kettle on and enjoy!

Happy New-ish Year!

Well I never did manage to post the photos of Isaac’s birthday celebration did I? The camera went doo-lally and I’m still not quite sure if we ever managed to get the photos off it. I didn’t manage any posts after that as I was ill for most of December, but well for both birthdays and Christmas and really have just been lazy since ;o)

Birthdays December '08

Birthdays December '08

Despite the laziness on the blog front I’ve been super busy round here. I am helping make costumes for Emily’s dance show next month so that is taking up any spare time I have. Speaking of Dancing, Emily got her Grade 1 exam results back and she got a distinction! She had set her heart on it since getting one in Primary and I kept trying to play the whole thing down just in case she was disappointed, thank goodness she wasn’t! I was so pleased for her, she worked really hard.

Isaac’s big news is that he has started one full day at Montessori. Each Wednesday he has lunch there and in the afternoon they do cultural activities (this term it is about magnets) and French(which he adores). He has also started bringing home pre-readers which he was very pleased about! He feels very much a “big boy” now!
First Reading BookFirst Reading Book

Is that you Cindy Lou?

Christmas Fancy Dress

Nope, it’s Millie but it looks to me like the kind of craziness Miss Cindy Lou would wear. This is for her Brownies Christmas party that she has gone to tonight. It was a team effort. I made the dress, she made the ornaments (with a bit of help). The Candy Canes idea came from Felt Cafe and the hearts and stars from Bugs and Fishes. The sweets were based on the same idea as this one on the Ga Ga For Garlands Flickr group – check it out there are some great ideas!

Back View

While I was busy adding the finishing touches (and checking for remaining pins!) she busied herself with this little project from Art Projects For Kids.

Oil Pastel Snowman

I think she did a fantastic job!

Will hopefully be back at the weekend with pics from Isaac’s first play at Montessori – very exciting!