I have a food processor!

I have been dreaming of a Thermomix for years and just making do with my limited kitchen appliances in the hope of magically one day being able to afford one. Something always comes up… anyway I digress.

For a very early birthday present my wonderful mother bought me a large and totally awesome food processor. It arrived on Friday and I have been dying to post about it ever since.Β 

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It is a Phillips Jamie Oliver 1000W. It has a 3.4 L bowl and 8 different accessories so that you can slice, beat, juice, knead, chop, cream, crumble, cut, fold, mash and mince. I am loving it.Β 

So far I have used it to make orange juice, pure banana ice-cream, CADA, breakfast bread, crispy garlic chicken strips, salad, cocktails, butter, chocolate buttermilk muffins, creamy cauliflower pasta sauce and beef burger patties.

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Thanks Mum. πŸ™‚

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It is my knit-versary!

I can’t believe that I have been knitting for a year today!
Thanks to Meg for inspiring, enabling, encouraging me to give it a go. Without your kindness, generosity and patience it would not have been possible.

Thanks to Marty for understanding my need to have a hobby, encouraging me every step of the way, putting up with me playing youtube clips over and over again and for not getting openly frustrated with my special kind of crazy.

Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement along the way.

As crazy and ‘old Nanna’ as it sounds I certainly enjoy my hobby. This is what my year of knitting looks like.

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This was my first project, a Milo.

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My second: Aviatrix

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My third: Garden City Scarf

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My fourth: Paula’s Scarfette

CassiaMy Fifth: Cassia (tunic)

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My sixth: A Ziggy Beanie for Marty

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My seventh: Ziggy Beanie for Jake

And the following are (still) work in progress shots

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My Hoodie (Coastal Hoodie) This one has been EPIC but is going to be a beautiful hoodie when it is finally finished. Halfway through the button band and still have the long sleeves to go.

blanketLastly, a blanket I am working on for my gorgeous sister. I am not following a pattern for this one. Just knitting like crazy trying to get through the first ball.

Sadly I don’t get much time to knit so it takes quite a while to get through each project. I look forward to many more.
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Thank you!

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As I look around the house it appears I have a FEW things to be thankful for. πŸ˜‰
This afternoon I want to say thank you for the pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded, the toys covering the floor and my dirty coffee mug waiting to be washed BUT my biggest thank you of all is for the NOISE.

I am saying thank you to these things because they are the things that have made me feel frustrated at least once today. This morning they jogged my memory and I am not talking of just the before children, quiet, clean house days.

It just so happens that I quite possibly have the loudest boys in the world! Today they are being quite full on, playful and very demanding. For a few moments earlier it started to grate on my nerves.

Then I remembered…
I remembered that they are young and having fun.
I remembered that they love me.
I remembered how important they are to me.
I remembered that just because I have a killer headache life doesn’t stop.
I remembered that they are only young once.
I remembered that they have needs…

They need me.
They need me to embrace their energy.
They need me to laugh at their jokes.
They need me to find joy in how cool the little things in life are.
They need me to listen to the same story, over and over again.
They need me to watch them perfect a new trick, not just one time.
They need me to ignore that pile of laundry for another day and sit down to play.
They need all of this because I MATTER to them. I am important.

My words, actions and reactions matter. They have the ability to make or break. If chosen wisely, they can foster all the wonderful attributes I wish for my boys to have.

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So today I had to remember to be thankful for, what could be considered by some, the bad. I had to take a big breath and remain patient. The ‘bad’ things were distracting me from what is important and made me focus on them instead of the bigger picture.
Since that moment of clarity, my day has been spent just loving my little people, soaking up their excitement, guiding their energy into positive play and just having fun; they are only young once.

I am lucky. For that I am honestly thankful for.

Our trip to Mogo with Grandma

A little while ago, on a very rainy weekend, we went with Grandma to Mogo Zoo. Marty stayed home to do some out of hours work (talk about being a dedicated employee).

It poured all the way to Mogo and cleared for us to enjoy the Mogo Zoo. We had an awesome time walking around the zoo. All the little animals had special heat lamps to keep them warm. The enclosures were quite large and the animals were happy. It was a beautiful zoo.

The boys loved the lions, giraffes and feeding the deer. I am hoping to go again soon so we can show Marty. Here are some pics in no particular order (I’m running out the door to pick Marty up from the station).
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I took one of myself to prove I was there πŸ˜‰

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There is a song in everything

I’m sure everyone has seen or even had a difficult moment with a toddler where a deadline was looming and said toddler wanted hugs and your full attention.

This morning this is exactly what happened. Little Charlie was keen on getting hugs when I really needed to iron Marty’s shirt so he could go to work. As you can guess one can’t quickly, easily or even safely hold a toddler and iron.

So I dug deep searching for a little creativity and thought up a song to sing him to distract and make it possible.

This is what I came up with and once again the song worked.

“Iron iron iron the clothes,
Watch the crinkles go.
Watch watch watch along,
Watch and you will see.”

So my fun tip for the day (other than to be more organised) is to make things fun by singing songs.

“Sing sing sing a song,
Sing it happily
Sing sing sing along
Sing and you will see”

Xxx