Sunday, March 30, 2014

13/52: a portrait project

   " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2014.


Little Fox| First Montessori class threading and working with thread and cotton reels. Little fingers and lots of determination.


Miss Four| great focus in threading a kaleidoscope of colours, helping your brother play. 


Siblings| for our intentional learning class cotton reels, shapes and wool/thread were piled in a bowl. You both played and shared so beautifully. It was perhaps the first time you worked together with such joy and togetherness. I'm in awe of the two of you.

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~
You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here. What did you do over the weekend? It went way to fast for us. 
X Mummafox


Friday, March 28, 2014

New online shop opening soon










It's been a busy week resting with all us down with a cold and Little fox teething. On the upside l got such an amazing pick me up with a pass to creative unleashed happening tomorrow. A day to be crafty without children and in a creative space to inspire, encourage and teach. I'm filled with gratitude at the opportunity to have this time, it's much needed.
Other news, there are changes a foot here at Poppyfoxathome. Good ones l hope. A makeover for our blog birthday coming up in April. There will also be a new shop opening for Poppyfoxathome through bigcartel over the next week. It's open you can go here and more will be added as l get a moment {you know how it is}. I'm moving over from Etsy and developing a space for ready to ship items and custom orders for Sunday pinnies, Charlie Sling Reversible bags, Amber totes, Unisex fox pants and quilts. All are available now, all you need to do is shoot me an email at poppyfoxathome@gmail.com and local pick up is available. I'll keep you posted on what's happening and fingers crossed my tribe let me get some sleep before l sit down to a major craft bomb tomorrow. 
x Mummafox

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Butter Cake + Passionfruit cupcakes| The Kitchen Series + Link Up


Autumn is my favourite season of the year. Adam loves the smoke and mist while for me it's a time to retreat and draw within, to ponder. I love the colours in nature of ochre, beeswax, hay, earth, straw and mahogany. The fire lit, quilts on beds, layers of clothing and the subtle changes in sunlight coming in through the windows. In the garden the earth rests and the seeds come up slowly in search of the warmth of the sun. In the kitchen spices, slow cooked meats and broths simmer on the stove filling the air with smells that comfort and nurture.
I've been resting with a cold which is why the kitchen series is a day late. My voice is going and l am mindful to retreat and curl up on the couch when l can get the kids to sleep. I've slowed down this week and acknowledged the significance of this season and what my body needs. Lots of water, herbs and practising mindfulness, preparing bone broths, slow cooked stews, vegetable and legumes, grated carrot rolls and warmed hot cross buns. Our new coffee machine has been getting a work out too, what a lovely discovery every morning to come downstairs and it's on and ready to be used. 
Passion fruits have been plentiful in our fruit bowl which lead to this little number for an afternoon picnic after dancing in the hills. I thought l would share this recipe with you and if you omit the passionfruit pulp it becomes a basic butter cake. If you add banana or grated apple and saltanas it becomes a yummy treat for lunches and day trips. I hope you enjoy it as much as my tribe does.

Passionfruit cupcakes| recipe one

Ingredients
125 g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
3 free range eggs
the pulp of 2-3 passionfruit
1 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup of milk

how to make in thermie
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced or 180 degrees for a normal oven.
  2. Place sugar and butter together speed 4/6 seconds.
  3. Add all other ingredients and blend speed 6/25 seconds, until combined
  4. Place mixture in a lined cupcake tin and bake for 18 mins until golden in the oven.
  5. Ice when cool and decorate.
how to make {normal}

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced or 180 degrees for a normal oven.
  2. Place sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl for 1-2 minutes, until soft and combined.
  3. Add flour and dry ingredients slowly and mix till combined.
  4. Stir in eggs and milk, mix until mixture is smooth. This should be when mixture runs smooth off the back of a table spoon.
  5. Place mixture in a lined cupcake tin a third full and bake for 18 mins until golden in the oven. This mixture will make many small cupcakes, a tray of 24 normal cupcakes or when baked in a tin one cake.
  6. Ice when cool and decorate.

Basic Icing| recipe two

Source: Donna Hay Modern Classics, Book 2

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tbsp water or 2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon rind

how to make {thermie}
  1. Take lemon rind peel and blitz on speed 10/5 seconds
  2. Place all other ingredients in the TM bowl and mix on speed 6/10 seconds
  3. Scrape down sides and ice the cupcakes/ cake.
  4. Decorate

how to make {normal}
  1. Zest a lemon with a zester and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sift dry ingredients and add to the lemon zest.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix through until smooth.
  4. Scrape down bowl and ice cupcakes/cake
  5. Decorate.





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It would be great to hear about what you have been eating and now as Autumn is here and in full swing, what's inspiring you at the moment. Go on, share away, leave a comment and of course link up please. Think about becoming a member and let us know what you want to hear about. We'd love to hear from you. I'm heading back to the couch with a tea in hand. Talk soon.

x Mummafox





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection {Autumn at home}


Our Intentional learning classes at home have centred around the garden and the home. New plantings and art projects centred on the changing light and colours of ochre, hay, beeswax, cumin and moss, I've been reminded of the beauty and significance of this season. Driving in the Dandenongs to dance class I watched kookaburras in the trees and a wallaby sitting by the roadside just watching, I stopped the car and witnessed it moving back into the undergrowth. The seeds we planted the week before last are pushing their way through and it's beautiful to watch Miss 4 discovering a new patch of seedlings in the mornings while still in her PJ's. 
Our Week in Stills-
1-7. Miss 4 and I have been busy in the garden. There are new plantings and art work in the garden. Plantings of coriander, parsley, dill, french tarragon, mixed lettuces, spinach, dwarf beans, snow peas, bok choy, mixed coloured carrots, beetroot, radishes, snap peas, market peas and silver beet.
8. Passion fruit cupcakes from the easiest butter cake recipe. I shared it this week in the Kitchen Series {you can get it here}.
9. For Montessori classes our intentional learning has centred around Autumn. Stringing felt balls, autumn leaves and cupcake wrappers. They greet us as we return home and adorn our front window in joyful Autumn hues.
10. Making Sunday pinnies and fox pants for Miss 4, new custom listings will be up on the blog on friday.
11. Miss 4 practising sewing with hessian, needle and thread.
12-14. Little fox still teething, his walking and has moved into his own bedroom this past weekend. 
15. Stories of Autumn during play.


Joining Em for Stills and you can read all about the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here, there has been a few. There's also the Kitchen Series + recipe link up {I'm sharing the cupcakes here}. Follow me over at bloglovin here. Let me know what is happening in your world.
x Mummafox

Sunday, March 23, 2014

12/52: a portrait project

   " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2014."


Little Fox| asleep amongst such colour, 14 months old. 


Miss Four| practising sewing with hessian, needle and thread. 



Siblings| making a circle of colour out of pegs. Intentional learning through play.


~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~
You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here. Ads goes back to work tomorrow and we are getting back into the swing of things. I admit that these past few weeks have been a challenge and I am hoping that this week we again find our rhythm. What are your plans for the week? 
X Mummafox

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection



Our week in photos-
1. Friends
2. Little fox rockin lunching out at a cafe. He loves babychino's.
3-7. Intentional learning- creative play, use of colours and story. 
8. Family moments when little fox decided to take his first steps to me. 
9. Sibling play. Miss four teaching her brother the fine art if castle building. 
10. Miss 4 with her friend, face painting by Lisa, she's crazy good.

Joining Em at the Bettleshack for Stills and you can read all the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here, there has been a few. Hoping everyone has had a great week so far.
x Mummafox
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Around here| Taking Stock



There has been so little time this week to form a coherent thought, much less write. I've been caught up in the everyday and stay with the flow of things. I'm taking a moment to look at what I've been doing, and embracing the list...

I am...

making plans for Autumn planting in the veggie garden.
cooking soups, simple meals, tagines, bone broths and mexican. Using the last of the tomatoes harvested this week and our herbs.
drinking coffee from our new machine, real barista coffee, goodness it's good. Lots of water and pots of tea with Miss 4 in the afternoons.
reading Sleep no more by Iris Johansen, the new Donna Hay and frankie.
wanting this house to be organised but hours slip away and it's getting ahead of me, again.
looking at my kids and feeling gratitude for them every day. 
playing yoga tunes, songs for the wiggle worms and the Audreys. 
wasting time being to critical of myself, I need to learn to love and trust myself more.
sewing a reversible Sunday pinnie and a pair of yoga pants for Miss 4 with reclaimed fabrics, featuring Babar. Trying to perfect the pattern.
wishing for this print for my birthday and this blogschool to inspire me with my blogging.
enjoying finding ways to have balance in the everyday.
waiting for Tully to walk. He took his first steps this morning. One, then a couple more, he was so proud of himself. I could not stop cheering.
liking the warmth of a cup of chai in my hands, taking sips as l watch a movie and enjoy the simple pleasure of time with Ads.
loving afternoon yoga with miss 4, the stretch of the asanas and focusing on the breath.
hoping that we can find a free weekend to go bush walking. 
marvelling at how much Miss 4 is learning to write and refine her art skills.
needing to get a chiro adjustment.
smelling the fresh rain and the gums and garden.
wearing bamboo, silk and organic cottons.
watching the impossible such an emotional film of one families experience of the tsunami,  a complete emotional roller coaster.
noticing the changes in nature, the turning of a season and the need to nurture as the weather gets colder. Ginger, garlic and warming bone broths have featured heavily in our cooking of late.
thinking about how to spend more quality time with Ads, without the kids, nurturing us.
bookmarking too much on pinterest and reading blogs
longing for wellness for my tribe, may this winter be kinder to us than last year.

What are you up to at the moment?
x Mummafox

Saturday, March 15, 2014

11/52: a portrait project

" a portrait of my children, every week, for 2014."


Little Fox| you are just pure sunshine


Miss Four| creating stories of a queen in her home. 


Siblings| you play so beautifully with one another. Tully you have such wonder for your sister's creations while she talks to you as she creates. You are so lucky to have one another and I feel so blessed to be your mother.

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~
You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here. Ads goes back to work tomorrow and we are getting back into the swing of things. I admit that these past few weeks have been a challenge and I am hoping that this week we again find our rhythm. What are your plans for the week? 
X Mummafox   
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