The current slow cooker favourite

I think I need to try this 🙂

Vegie Smugglers

Did you see ‘The Croods’? Delightful flick, following a cavemen clan as they explored the world and discovered new horizons. Great animation, likeable characters, interesting themes and pacey enough to keep me as interested as the kids.

Best yet, the female lead character had chunky arms, frizzy hair and unkempt eyebrows. Considering how I long for more diverse female ‘types’ in the media, it was a bit confronting to realise that I was watching, distracted by how ‘not pretty’ she was. Don’t get me wrong – I loved it, but I’m so programmed for all the animated women to be so effortlessly large-eyed, curvaceous and feminine that I kept waiting for her ‘big reveal’. Surely, I thought, the movie will end with her inadvertently falling into some magic dew that transforms her into a more conventional (ie, gorgeous) heroine.

But it never happened. She stayed grubby, squat and determined. And…

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creative kids – leaf animals

What an awesome idea for Autumn.

rudy and the dodo

The autumn leaves are turning into amazing colours and falling rapidly here now.  I am loving this idea to use leaves of all shapes and colours to create animals and any other creature your little one’s imagination can come up with.  Simply collect, arrange then stick!  Voila!

leaf animals

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How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round 2 (and beyond)

This is where you should have ended after following round 1.


To start round 2 make 3 chains.


Make a yarn over and poke your crochet hook through the hole below the chain you just made.


Hook the yarn and pull it back through the hole to start the first double crochet.


Complete 2 double crochets. You should now have 1 set of chains and 2 double crochets.


To move across make a chain then double crochet into the next hole along. You will need to do 3 double crochets on this edge.


Just like in round 1 you will need to make 2 chains to form the corner. Complete 3 double crochets to fill the hole in that corner. You will then need to make one chain to jump the gap so that you can double crochet in the next corner. Keep following this pattern until you get back to the start of the round. Once again end with one chain before you join the round. Like you did in the first round end with a single crochet by locating the third chain stitch and poking your crochet hook through it


Hooking the yarn and pulling it back through to close the round (single crochet).


Continue repeating this basic pattern in each round.

– To start a round make 3 chains upwards then 2 double crochets for the first hole
– one chain to jump every gap
– 3 double crochet increases across every hole (the more rounds you crochet the more holes to fill)
– 2 chains to turn a corner
– one chain and a single crochet to join the round.

Keep doing all these steps until you end up with a granny square in the size of your choosing.
Make sure you always increase by starting with the 3 chains, shown below.

How to make a Granny Square: Round 1

I have recently learnt to crochet so I thought I’d write a quick tutorial to share what I have learnt.

What you will need
1x crochet hook
1x ball of yarn
Measuring tape
(I recommend 4mm crochet hook and 8ply yarn)

First step is to create a slip knot on your hook watch this


Next make 4 chain stitches (watch this to learn how to make a chain)


Once you have made the chain turn it over. On the back you will see 4 raised loops. Insert your crochet hook into the very first loop hole.


Like so… Push the crochet hook through, twist the yarn over the hook and pull it through both loops.


See where I am pointing? For future reference it is known as the centre loop.

To start round one Chain 3 upwards.


The next step is to create a double crochet.
Yarn over.


Stick the crochet hook through the centre loop like so…


Yarn over.


Pull the yarn through.


It should then look like this. Yarn over and pull through the first 2.


Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the 2 loops.


Repeat the double crochet and it should look like this.


Then to move around the loop you need to make 2 chains, these two chains will be the corner. Yarn over the hook and poke it back through the centre loop to start your next double crochet. On this side you need to do 3 double crochets. Then another 2 chains. It will then look like this.


Continue around in the circle another 2 times to make the square. Instead of making 2 chains, to get around the corner, end by making only 1 chain.

You will now find yourself next to the chain of 3 that started crochet round 1 off. Locate the third chain loop and push your crochet hook through it. Hook the yarn and pull it through. This is known as a single crochet. It should now look like this…


Congratulations on completing one round. 🙂

(FYI I taught myself using this tutorial)

Garden City Scarf

It took me a fair while to knit this and I had a few challenges along the way. This is my third knitting project so I am pretty proud. It was a fun knit which taught me some pretty big knitting musts. It is a Garden City Scarf which you can read more about here.

I made it with a hand dyed gorgeous Sparkle DK called “Mother of Pearl” yarn which I purchased from Never Ending Obsessions.