Monday, April 12, 2010

Alice's Birthday party

Grandpa adores his youngest grandchild.

Oh my! I was going through archives and I realised I forgot to post Alice's second birthday, so here it is.

The theme was Teddy Bear picnic, and all the children brought their own teddy friend along. I planned to have it in the forest, but it rained and rained, so inside it was.

All the boy's have lovely hand dyed felted birthday crowns, but after seeing Lily's beautiful crown, I just had to make one.

I still can't believe I have my first and last child born on the same day, I mean really, it blows me away everytime I think about it.

I always give a mother a hug on their childs birthday, I know that feeling, of how very special that day is, how every hour, minute, every second of that day is filled with an overwhelming love for your precious baby.

Can my baby really be two?

We sung Alice's favourite songs, five little ducks, heads and shoulders, skip to my lou.
Dan did ' The very hungry caterpillar story', all the children have had the same story at two years.

If you go down in the woods today, you better go in disguise
If you go down in the woods today, your in for real surprise
For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain because
todays the day, the teddy bears have their picnic........
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Teddy bears picnic cake

I had a lot of fun making this cake, underneath is a banana cake.

I love how the bears are sitting, having cups of tea.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Autumn Fair

How wonderful it is to see such community spirit.

We had wonderful organic sausage sizzle, Rod's famous curry's, delicious cakes and real fair trade coffee. Wonderful stalls, beautiful hand carved wooden animals and trucks, childrens coats made of woollen blankets, handdyed felt.

Jim was out busking on his didgeridoo, and Joey who has only just started playing the recorder at school, bravely played some tunes, and then with the coins, went to the cafe and ordered a hot chocolate and a chocolate cake.

Our Steiner school is small, but we are growing, it's so nice watching how well all the children get along. My flynn who is four, has no trouble asking the grade six's for help, and Alice had many hands to hold.

For my stall I mainly had my gorgeous wool, and hats of different styles and slippers for sale.

It was a very joyous day.

This summer I finally bought a dehydrater, and I use it everyday. We have an orchard full of fruit, which I am gleefully preserving.

I made some sun dried tomatoes that are delicious. I quartered the tomatoes and put them in my dehydrater, you could use your oven if it goes down to 50c. Then I mixed a cup of vinegar with a cup of water and let the dried tomatoes absorb the liquid for two hours. I then stuffed them in jars with fresh thyme and sliced garlic, and covered them in extra virgin olive oil.

I made a foccacia, and with a jar of these beauty's and a handful of olives, I was in business.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Easter Hunt

All children love a good hunt don't they?

Our hunt is in our forest.

Hope that you got to spend the holiday doing what you love.
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hot Cross Buns

This week of the holidays has been fun, lot's of cooking and crafting happening.

I think they are making bunnies out of the dough.

My recipe; these are really yum, the eggs are what makes them special.

1 1/4 cups milk
15grams dried yeast
4 cups flour( I used a cup of wholemeal spelt
2 teas salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teas mixed spice
60g melted butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons currants
2 tablespoons each of milk and sugar

warm the milk, put a tablespoon of it into a cup with the yeast and pinch of sugar. Leave for 15 mins. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl, make a well, pour the yeast, butter, eggs, and milk in . Knead, keep the dough as moist as possible ie; go easy on the dusting flour. add dried fruit, continue kneading. cover bowl and let rise in a warm spot. 2 hours, or until doubled. knead again and divide into 20 portions form into a ball. place on tray , cover, for 30mins. prehaet the oven 190c (375f) make a cross on the top with flour and water. cook for 20mins. boil the milk and sugar for the glaze and immediately brush the buns when they come out of the oven. two coats.

Yes, in case you're wondering I am a Christian, I just forgot the cross. The children were mortified, apparently that is the most important bit to my children.

So yes, I'll make some more, this time with crosses.
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