Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Nothing else to show at the moment because I left my bag at my mum's!
Saturday, 27 September 2008
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Thursday, 25 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
- making playdough flowers
- making a hospital from playdough - and a boat to get the patients to the hospital!
- doing jigsaws over and over again
- making friends with a spider, who Cassia called Toad and despearately wanted on her hand - this actually took over half an hour!
- reading, reading, reading lots of books to Cassia
- drawing, gluing and sticking
- making and eating food
Vintage Rupert the Bear snap cards - aren't they just awesome? And great to see a golliwog!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
Saturday, 13 September 2008
I have now made 52 cupcakes in 5 days - waaaay too many!
The actual birthday cake is the one pictured above - an old family favourite. My brother and I always used to ask for this (he's going to be 40 and I'm 36) and I made it for Maia last year. When we started talking about this year's birthday she said straight away that she wanted a clock cake - a tradition continues! The recipe book is a copy of an old Hamlyn one that my mum had and I learnt to cook things out of when I was growing up. One Easter I went to the Book-a-rama in Tauranga and found the exact same book for $2 - I think the ladies were somewhat nonplussed at how happy it made me but hey! I've since found out that my sister has found a copy too so it's a real family book.
Just put the cake in the oven so all that's left to do tomorrow is the icing and decorating the cupcakes - and the girl's are 'helping' with that! It's strange for me to feel so calm and to be ahead of the game - fingers crossed there's no big hiccups tomorrow!
Friday, 12 September 2008
So Maia turned 4 on Tuesday and what a day we had. Monday night was spent baking cup cakes for her to take into pre-school. She was so excited about going in with her tin of cakes but was very worried that no-one would know it was her birthday. When I said she could tell them she replied ‘no, it’s a secret!’ – childhood logic for you!.
She opened her presents first, many handmade of course!, and seemed very, very happy with them.
You may all recognise these from previous posts – but they were just what she wanted! The pink gluing picture is one that Maia made for herself 'It's for my birthday mummy'
We had planned to go to the Cotswold Wildlife Park which I know both littlies would have loved but due to the rather inclement weather we have been having (and that really is an understatement but I tried very hard not to mention this topic!!!!) we decided to go to the Butterfly Farm, which I will blog about another day because it was sooooo cool, but I am really tired now!
The birthday girl singing and dancing in the rain
Out for tea, which is a really special treat, and then home for bath, books and bed – both girls were asleep in 5 minutes!
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
2 Maia's 4th birthday
We have had a delightful day and will certainly post more about this because it has been great!
3 I received great news today
I had a biopsy taken 10 days ago for a suspected form of skin cancer - today I heard it wasn't - hurray!!!!!!!!! Although I know I need to be checked every 6 months and be viligant about my skin, at least I don't need another operation - and on my forehead to boot!
4 50 posts!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
- 6-8 tomatoes with stalk bit taken out and quartered
- 2 red onions peeled and cut into chunks
- Place these in a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
- Place in an oven at 220 degrees for 20 minutes
- Make up stock - I used to use 1 litre but now Cassia eats soup it's better thicker so I've just been using 500ml
- Add to pan and return to oven for another 20 minutes
- Remove from oven and blend
Do you think Cassia enjoyed it?!
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
This is something I have thought about vaguely before, but taking the Pledge has made me do something about it! We use Ecover washing up liquid but unfortunately the health shop in our town doesn't do refills. When I went to the Ecover website I found you can search by postcode or county to find stockists and places that refill - click here. I have now found somewhere that does. We don't need any at the moment but I know where to go when I do - so I guess I can call that done!