Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wordless Wednesday- looking back at my tribe

Amazing to think this was my tribe back in March.
How they grow so quickly. Little Fox is now 7 months old.

Joining thelittledrummerboys for Wordless Wednesday
X Mummafox

The Everything Nana Cookie- Tuesday's in the Kitchen

We have been living a simple home life, baking, drawing and pulling out Disney classics to watch in the afternoons. Getting over being sick has been trying, tissue boxes feature heavily in our decor, beds remain unmade for that lived in look. It's week three of one or more of the family sick and I'm hanging out for adult company.

We've made cubbies, snuggled together and read books, and created such mess playing.  Entertaining kids when they are sick is trying. The sad dispositions, tantrums, fevers and tiredness can be take their toll. And it hasn't always been them. I find getting into the kitchen to fight off boredom and get Miss Three engaged works well. The last three weeks we have made all manner of slow food and sweet treats. Today's recipe is the ultimate Nana cookie. It's a blend of Anzac, Chocolate Chip cookie and fruit museli slice all in one. LIttle hands can easily mix ingredients and roll into balls as the mixture is firm for them to hold. I've played around with a number of variations in recent weeks using what l have had in the pantry as l havn't ventured far from the kids but it's a great cookie everyone enjoys and is great for bribery too, (did l say that, why yes I did!).

Prep time: 15 min | Cooking Time: 18-20 min | Eating time: seconds

2 1/2 cups (225g) of plain flour, sifted
1 cup of oats
2 tbsp of golden syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
200g of butter, softened
1 cup (175 g) packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup (165g) white sugar
1 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of cranberries
1/2 cup of sultanas
3 tsp vanilla extract or a vanilla bean
2 free range eggs
1/2 bag of chocolate chips

how to make
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees for fan forced oven.
  2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy 8-10 mins
  3. Scrape down sides of the bowl
  4. Beat in the egg and gradually add sifted flour, salt and baking powder. 
  5. Add the oats and golden syrup
  6. Stir till dough forms.
  7. Add chocolate chips, cranberries and shredded coconut and stir well or use a Kitchen Aid until mixed through.
  8. If mixture is to wet add a little more shredded coconut or flour, if to dry add a little more golden syrup. It will depend on your measurements and mixing.
  9. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough at a time into balls.
  10. Use back of a fork and press each ball slightly to flatten on the tray.
  11. Place on greased baking trays lined with baking paper, allowing room for cookies to spread.
  12. Bake 17-20 minutes until edges are golden
  13. Take cookies out of oven and let cool on trays prior to transferring them to a drying rack.
  14. Store in an airtight container for up to ten days.

for thermomix users

  1. Preheat oven 180 degrees or 160 degrees for fan forced oven.
  2. Place raw sugar in mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 6. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy 2 mins/in bowl/speed 6.
  4. Scrape down sides of the bowl
  5. Add the eggs with blades rotating on speed 3, gradually add the sifted flour, salt and baking powder through the hole in the mixing bowl lid, then knead for 30 sec/Knead. 
  6. Take out and place in a bigger bowl or you can attempt to do it all in the thermomix bowl.
  7. Add the oats and golden syrup, chocolate chips, cranberries and shredded coconut and stir/ or alternatively, in the thermomix bowl 10 sec/reverse/speed 3.
  8. If mixture is to wet add a little more shredded coconut or flour, if to dry add a little more golden syrup. It will depend on your measurements and mixing.
  9. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough at a time into balls.
  10. Use back of a fork or spoon and press each ball slightly to flatten on the tray.
  11. Place on greased baking trays lined with baking paper, allowing room for cookies to spread.
  12. Bake 17-20 minutes until edges are golden (in my oven they take 18 minutes)
  13. Take cookies out of oven and let cool on trays prior to transferring them to a drying rack. Store in an airtight container for up to ten days.
Variations- Using almond meal for flour or use half and half in the recipe. I like to throw in more oats and shredded coconut to the mix as it's healthier than using extra sugar to sweeten the mix. Chocolate chips can be replaced with milk drops, cocoa powder or chopped dark chocolate for a creamy, bitter chocolate cookie. You can use Agave syrup instead of sugar and a bar of Loving Earth chocolate chopped up in the cookie for a healthier option. 

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x Mummafox

Monday, July 29, 2013

BITS + PIECES- Stills: a weekly collection

There's been nesting. Cuddling my little people. They have been sick with fevers and congestion. We have spent a lot of time on the couch reading books, snuggling, drawing and eating cookies we have baked. There's a mountain of washing from a week stuck indoors from two kids and one still toilet training - when will it end. Sheets and towels draped here and there. I'm always going on about it. Had to laugh when l read this. A drying rack lined with clothes pegged haphazardly by the fire resembling something from the Borg. Our clothes horse became a cubby and then a shop for Miss Three. It casts shadows on our television and looms over the floor where Little fox rolls around grabbing toys. We live in amongst it all. I dream of a bigger home.
This week there has been time spent with family and friends, a play date on friday at home, some sewing, a few Sunday pinnie's sold and birthday candles to blow out for a friend. Little fox got to meet some cousins and meet a beautiful dog called Walter which Miss Three would love to call her own.
I've started green smoothies this week {Poppy's not a fan}, ginger infused teas, and savouring that one coffee a day. After weeks of my tribe being sick I've come down with a sore throat. It was bound to happen but I'm hoping olive leaf extract will help aid a fast recovery and l have called in the big guns and asked for friends to pray for us and to be free of viruses that seem endless. I've been spending time with a book in hand and a cup of tea when I have a chance. Ads has been looking after me and the tribe and l am thankful to God for him. Getting up at dawn to cuddle a screaming Miss Three with a re-occurring ear infection and taking her to the doctors before the birds were up. Watching him climb and conquer Mount Washmore, shop for food and staples to get us through the week if again we a stuck indoors attempting wellness. He's a gem.
Daily yoga has begun, stretching, pointing those fingers and grounding those feet. Since my fall back in May movement has been sluggish. Breast feeding and carrying a baby takes its toll on my back. I brace myself as I get out of bed in the morning, stiff and in need of a good stretch. My beautiful dear friend who's a yoga teacher wrote a beginners plan to do with Tully and I've enjoyed reconnecting with the breath. Reaching out with my arms and lowering into a stretch. Twisting to loosen sore muscles, standing in a pose feeling my feet grounded and Little fox beaming up at me. It's been one of those simple pleasures this week and I'm not alone in wanting to return to daily yoga practise as found here. Apart from resting and attempting to get better from this throat infection tomorrow morning I'll roll out my mat and one for Miss Three and take some time to share yoga practise together with Little fox next to us. With God's grace this week we will return to wellness and begin to get back to being social again. Tomorrow it's going to be another day inside staying warm, trying to get better, making baby food, being creative in play, finding space to sit and be still, finish a pile of loop scarves and cut more pinnie's ready to sew for the Etsy shop.
What did you get up to this week? Praying you're all well.

bringing nature indoors for our Montessori classes

sunday reversible pinnie's made + sold, more found here
green smoothies to build the immune system

photoshoot with Miss 3

hours reading as the rain fell
the ultimate nana cookie, recipe coming on tuesday blogpost

morning rituals
rediscovering my yoga mat + my coffee after stretching

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Joining the Beetleshack in Stills: a weekly collection

Sunday, July 28, 2013

30/52: a portrait project

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Tully: Seven months old. The move from his moses basket to sleeping in his cot went smoothly. I've been enjoying sneaking peaks.
Poppy: she's got such personality. I tried to capture it as we took photos of Sunday pinnie's bound for the Etsy shop so many wardrobe changes but she had such fun. 

I've finally come down with a throat infection after weeks of looking after my sick tribe. It was nice to rest under my quilt and look at all the other beautiful portraits this week.
My favourites this week are:
The light in this photo is incredible over at monkeyandsquirrel
I'm passionate about granny knits this one is lovely on Poet at Che and fidel
Sage flying high and full of possibilities over at fields-of-sage.
These kids are just scumptious over at the bettleshack
Little toes covered in sand and felix chewing on sophie just like Tully is here
And those eyes just say so much over at bluebirdsofhappiness

~ Joining Jodi over at Che and fidel for the 52/2013 project ~

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Montessori at home- part 3

Over the past two months our daily rhythm at home has had a slower pace and our Montessori lessons have been plentiful. The rain has been steadily falling this morning and the mountains are hidden from view encouraging us to slow down and take time for creativity and play. There is evidence of winter all around us and much of our recent lessons have been nature based. The garden is growing and for some reason sunflowers are beginning to head, Miss Three is excited to see whether there will be flowers from the self sown seed. The gums are dancing and dropping their leaves which she gathers and adds to our felted installation on the coffee table. We also chose seasonal vegetables to sew in the garden and watched them grow. We have kale, spring onions, herbs, spinach, rocket, silver beet, beetroot, parsnips, heirloom carrots, garlic, celery, snow peas, peas, a potato bed and broad beans growing at the moment. Our cooking lessons once the vegetables grow will focus largely on seasonal produce and using raw ingredients including milling our own grain and sugars for recipes. As a mother l know how lucky I am to have a toddler that loves brussel sprouts, peas straight off the vine and will chose crackers and cheese over takeaway. We have a large collection of woven wool, baskets, shells, feathers, seed pods, autumn leaves and our flowering Hyacinths to inspire drawing and watercolour on paper. Encouraging independence, expression and creativity Miss Three has been practising the art of putting on socks, beanies and knitted cardi's. We have made bread, cakes, pancakes and soup. Practised setting the table, washing dishes, counting out ingredients. Began regular yoga practise, creative dance focusing on stretching and movement. Since implementing play based and Montessori practical life exercises our home routine is even more colourful. Always interested in creating stories, Miss three and I have been using different modalities to create our crafternoons. Large art pages to create a sea of colour have changed to more complex drawings. The process and time taken to colour pictures, draw objects and people. The use of words and having more definition to shapes and detail. The story created in her drawings and the narrative that is woven into our everyday activities. Using craft scissors, glue, different sized brushes, fingers and nature to inspire her craft projects. Lately stickers, coloured paper, soft pastels, ink, cutting and pasting have been popular along with watercolour painting.

Previous Montessori blog posts:
Montessori at home - Part 1 hereherehere and here
Reflecting on Montessori Learning found here
Montessori at home - Part 2 here
following patchworkcatcus for Montessori at home and will do a link up next month when we start Montessori at home for August.

Here's a bit of a photo log of our lessons over June and July {in no particular order}:

the first loaf that Miss three made
inspiration for physical movement
the beginning of our nature study in growing bulbs indoors 
painting self portraits

baking and telling stories of our Anzac's
imaginative play using steiner and nature themed toys 
tuesday's in the kitchen, baking cookies for her kinder teacher

bringing nature indoors
sensory play
finding rainbows and order in the everyday
watching flowering bulbs 
sewing seeds in the garden and using nature to inspire chalk art
practising putting on socks and shoes
weekly gardening time
introducing yoga practise, movement and stretching

an ongoing art piece using different art modalities (May-June)
the same art piece this month

practising writing and illustration

nature themed art a self portrait and peacock feather
a rainbow rocket flying through sky and space
introducing soft pastels and oil pastels 

we began a reading hour during the day
she really is a creative munchkin, clothes made by me found here

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