Monday, September 30, 2013

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection {the city edition}




1. Enjoying a cuddle with my little man, he just turned 9 months old. 
2. Crafternoon play date new friends, it was such a precious afternoon. 
3. Little fox has learnt to sit up all by himself, I figure it's better for him to work these things out. 
4.& 5. Cooking up a feast for the Kitchen Series {you should all link up, recipes for brownies found here and for the Gourmet farmer's hash recipe found here}
6.& 7. After 15+ months we got babysitting and had date day {oh it was so good!!} Breakfast at Birdman eating, the french toast was incredible, you should visit {check them out here}
8.& 9. Spending precious time seeking out treasures at the Holy Grail at Books for Cooks {bought this little River Cottage gem}
10.& 11. A gleeful shopping trip to the new Lark store {read all about it here and here}
12. A beautiful dress for my special date with the lovely ads {thanks Laura} and my salties
13.&16. I was uber excited to visit Silo, an absolute dream for living the simple and environmentally conscious life. We were spoilt with romantic strawberries and clotted unpasteurised cream and the healthiest Nana inspired cookie ever. I long to speak with Joost Bakker and learn from him. Actually he only lives up the hill from me literally. I'd love to design my future home with his help and have a sustainable farm/B&B studio set up, oh dreams, dreams {read all about Silo here and sustainable architecture here, really it's all awesome}. I'll be sharing some more about him and sustainable living ideas a bit later on.
17.& 22. Lunching at Cookie, it's a longtime favourite watering hole of ours. Movida was closed so we walked to here and wasn't disappointed. The duck, pineapple and mint salad was incredible and the large wine folder while a little daunting, the Sangiovese I chose was excellent. Can't wait for the next time {and it won't take us a year next time!}


What did you get up to this past week? Mine was really eventful {happy dance} not just about housecleaning and lack of sleep. Hope yours was a good one too. 
Joining the Beetleshack in Stills: a weekly collection.

Don't forget to enter our Spring gardening giveaway open Australia wide, you can read all about it here and enter. You can also find Poppyfoxathome over on Instagram @thepoppyfox.  If you are interested in recipes + cooking link up with us here on Tuesday's in the Kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} on this blog for those that want to participate {you can read more about it here}.
Have a wonderful week. 
x Mummafox

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection {the city edition}



1. Enjoying a cuddle with my little man, he just turned 9 months old. 
2. Crafternoon play date new friends, it was such a precious afternoon. 
3. Little fox has learnt to sit up all by himself, I figure it's better for him to work these things out. 
4.& 5. Cooking up a feast for the Kitchen Series {you should all link up, recipes for brownies found here and for the Gourmet farmer's hash recipe found here}
6.& 7. After 15+ months we got babysitting and had date day {oh it was so good!!} Breakfast at Birdman eating, the french toast was incredible, you should visit {check them out here}
8.& 9. Spending precious time seeking out treasures at the Holy Grail at Books for Cooks {bought this little River Cottage gem}
10.& 11. A gleeful shopping trip to the new Lark store {read all about it here and here}
12. A beautiful dress for my special date with the lovely ads {thanks Laura} and my salties
13.&16. I was uber excited to visit Silo, an absolute dream for living the simple and environmentally conscious life. We were spoilt with romantic strawberries and clotted unpasteurised cream and the healthiest Nana inspired cookie ever. I long to speak with Joost Bakker and learn from him. Actually he only lives up the hill from me literally. I'd love to design my future home with his help and have a sustainable farm/B&B studio set up, oh dreams, dreams {read all about Silo here and sustainable architecture here, really it's all awesome}. I'll be sharing some more about him and sustainable living ideas a bit later on.
17.& 22. Lunching at Cookie, it's a longtime favourite watering hole of ours. Movida was closed so we walked to here and wasn't disappointed. The duck, pineapple and mint salad was incredible and the large wine folder while a little daunting, the Sangiovese I chose was excellent. Can't wait for the next time {and it won't take us a year next time!}


What did you get up to this past week? Mine was really eventful {happy dance} not just about housecleaning and lack of sleep. Hope yours was a good one too. 
Joining the Beetleshack in Stills: a weekly collection.

Don't forget to enter our Spring gardening giveaway open Australia wide, you can read all about it here and enter. You can also find Poppyfoxathome over on Instagram @thepoppyfox.  If you are interested in recipes + cooking link up with us here on Tuesday's in the Kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} on this blog for those that want to participate {you can read more about it here}.
Have a wonderful week. 
x Mummafox

Sunday, September 29, 2013

39/52: a portrait project

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





Tully/ sitting up all by yourself. You grew a tooth this week. My little man, 9 months old. 
Poppy/ A crafternoon with your best friend. A few hours playing, craft scissors, paper and coloured pens and endless creative possibilities. 
Siblings/ the bond you share is one of love, humour, mischief and friendship, it grows stronger everyday. 

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

Don't forget to enter the Spring gardening giveaway here on the blog {found here}. If your interested we are doing {The Kitchen Series} recipe link up here every Tuesday. All you have to do is link up on my blog post your favourite recipe blogposts {or on Instagram #pfthekitchenseries} and we will be on our way {you can find out all about it here}. Have a great day.

X Mummafox

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

When parenting is like a outgoing tide

The realness of homelife



I've learnt a lot about acceptance. It's ok to embrace pj days, a basket of washing to fold, a basket of ironing long forgotten and a kitchen bench covered with every item you own. It doesn't make me a crap housewife. I'm a mum. 
Colouring and painting with Miss Three, watching Little fox go from lying down to sitting up on his play mat chuffed with himself because he knows he has done something really cool is more important than a clean house. 


Then I found a couple of hours as Miss Three went to kinder and wow look at that- a clean kitchen and house. I even started Spring cleaning. Funny how the first photo is really my everyday and the later what I wish for. Sometimes we're in the trenches and other days were like super mum. Whichever day we wake up to it's important to find our balance, breathe and accept whatever comes. And sometimes keeping things simple is all you can manage. 


Joining thelittledrummerboys for Wordless Wednesday. And don't forget to enter our Spring gardening giveaway open Australia wide, you can read all about it here and enter. 

X Mummafox

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Kitchen Series- Beetroot Brownies




Today another of the Kitchen Series Link ups. There is a lot growing in our garden at the moment, it's a lush green field of leafy greens of different heights, rows of beetroot and tall teepees with flowering snow peas and sunflowers swaying gently in the breeze. I feel such immense joy when l open my blinds in the morning and look out. The possibilities found in pulling vegetables everyday and harvesting before I stand in the kitchen and create. The act of harvesting, preparing food and practising simplicity in the everyday. I've been busy looking up recipes for seasonal produce when l can carve out some time and thinking about kid friendly meals, preparing a blog series on baby meals and first foods. My favourites over the last few days have been a beetroot relish here, beetroot hummus here, a hummus recipe in the thermomix, beetroot salad here and River Cottage Beetroot brownies that I'll share with you today. I'm a big fan of eating seasonally with mindfulness. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the River Cottage is a great inspiration, it's a dream to have land and space to cultivate a sustainable vegetable garden, orchard and chicken coup with a teepee standing tall for endless adventures outdoors. Today l share with you the River Cottage Beetroot Brownies, give them a go they are amazing and the kids loved it. 


Ingredients


250g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
250g dark chocolate broken into pieces or use chocolate buttons
3 free range eggs
250g caster sugar
a pinch of sea salt
150g self-raising flour
250g beetroot, boiled until tender, cooled, peeled and grated



how to make {in the thermomix}

  1. Grease a shallow slice tin, approximately 20 x 25cm, and line the base with baking paper. . Set the oven at 180 degrees. 
  2. Put the beetroot in the bowl with 1 MC of water and cook for 13 mins at 100 degrees on speed 1. 
  3. Add chocolate to the TM bowl and melt for 1 minute at 60 degrees on speed 1.
  4. Add sugar, butter, salt and whisk for 30 seconds on speed 3. 
  5. Add eggs, flour and stir for 30 seconds on speed 2.
  6. Use the spatula to make sure all ingredients are blended and scrape down sides.
  7. Pour mixture into the lined slice tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes; a skewer should come out cleanly when baked through. In my new oven l cook them for 22 minutes so it will largely depend on your oven. 
  8. Cool the brownies before you attempt to cut into squares or they will fall apart. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!


how to make {traditional method}
  1. Grease a shallow slice tin, approximately 20 x 25cm, and line the base with baking paper. Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the oven at 180 degrees. 
  2. Over a pot of boiling water, in a glass heatproof bowl, melt chocolate and butter until soft. Alternatively you can use the oven. What you do is put the bowl in the oven while it’s warming for a few minutes until the chocolate and butter start to melt. Take out of oven and stir then return to the oven to melt some more. Stir until melted through. Saves you using a saucepan and the stove. 
  3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until combined, then combine the melted chocolate and butter until smooth. 
  4. Stir through the salt and the flour, sift them over the chocolate mixture, then fold in gently using a spatula. 
  5. Grate the beetroot using a grater and place in a bowl. 
  6. Fold in the grated beetroot in two or three stirs. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top with a spatula ensuring the mixture is even in the tin. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes; a skewer should come out cleanly when baked through. In my new oven l cook them for 22 minutes so it will largely depend on your oven. 
  8. Cool the brownies before you attempt to cut into squares or they will fall apart. 


If your unsure about using beetroot then make the traditional brownie. The beetroot recipe is found here. I've blogged previously a more traditional version here along with a  Butterscotch brownie recipe too.



Now for the Kitchen Series Link Up:
All you need to do is link up your blog post and share your recipes and we will be on our way. Thanks everyone for your recent link ups I've made some of them and they have been amazing. Become a member of the blog or shoot me an email at poppyfoxathome@gmail.com and over on Instagram @thepoppyfox linking up using hashtag #pfthekitchenseries for all your foodie inspiration. 

For those interested we are offering free ad space, ad swaps for businesses/ blogs who are interested in collaboration, giveaways or guest blogging to celebrate starting The Kitchen Series, if interested please contact me at poppyfoxathome@gmail.com.

For Tuesday's in the Kitchen archives {go here} and for The Kitchen Series archives {go here}. Don't forget to leave a comment and enter our Spring gardening giveaway over here. Have a great week lovelies. 


x Mummafox




Monday, September 23, 2013

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection





1. Most mornings are spent building castles and villages out of Lego
2. There is such joy to floor play, to be that young again where everything is wondrous
3. A moment where the tea pot is warm and the cup of tea drunk while hot, simple pleasures
4. & 7. A Montessori lesson in painting. Painting Spring sunshine and rainbows after a sun shower. Little fox looks on and learns from his sister. The beauty and imagination captured in Poppy's artworks.
8. I baked cookies while they played {recipe found here, they were yummy}
9. Laying on a quilt l made, he found a tram to explore and peg people to investigate, lots of conversation and joyfulness { I do custom orders over here}
10. My little lion, brave, funny and courageous
11. Montessori nature lessons over the weekend, exploring the veggie garden and Spring chalk drawings for much of the day {more on this found here}
12. Sunday mornings, swim classes and conquering kicking. I love watching her lessons.



What did you get up to this past week?
Joining the Beetleshack in Stills: a weekly collection.

Don't forget to enter our Spring gardening giveaway open Australia wide, you can read all about it here and enter. You can also find Poppyfoxathome over on Instagram @thepoppyfox.  If you are interested in recipes + cooking link up with us here on Tuesday's in the Kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} on this blog for those that want to participate {you can read more about it here}. 
Have a wonderful week. 
x Mummafox
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