Sunday, September 29, 2013

Peg dolls

Friday have become a regular play date day with a very wonderful friend and her son (+ her daughter when on holidays) I absolutely love this!.
This last friday we did some craft - Peg dolls!
I found the pack of peg dolls when replenishing the craft supplies (9 pegs for $2), cut up fabric from my offcuts/scraps bin, cut up some left over ribbons. Some glue and some felt pens and then let the kids go!
the pegs and fabrics
Lumpy picked a green dress to start!
Some of the finished dolls the children made!
mmmmmmmmm cupcake!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

New wall hangings

I confess, I have been pretty slack with craft lately, which i bad because Lumpy loves it, it keeps her entertained and developes skills.
 This weekend I went and replenished our craft supplies - grabbed some new and more age appropriate items. As soon as we got in from work and day care Lumpy decided we would craft!
Today's activity was to use 2 cheap canvas and make new wall hangings for her room. We paint inside on the lounge floor, hence the drop sheet.... paint in grout is hard.

Start with the canvas, We used some plain clear tape to add a little something extra.
We used some paint rollers
The finished products!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lunch box inspiration

Trying to pack daycare/school lunches can get boring... And expensive.
Last week Lumpy requested no more sandwiches for a while! Instead she had left over "green pie" - which is spinach and feta, we had some muffin sized ones left from the weekend and she took one everyday!
I forget that sometimes I need to mix thinsg up. SO this is a little post I will update more often with what we send to lunch - Please feel free to add comments and suggestions!!

This week there is sandwiches! It was requested for sandwich with vegemite and square cheese,
In the first compartment is a fruit mix (paw paw, strawberries (which we picked) blue berries and rockmelon)
Second compartment was an egg - cheap as we have chickens (except we used all the eggs for baking and tonights dinner so collected some from my mum) (some facilities have a no egg policy due to allergies, make sure yours is safe)
third compartment is sultana banana cake/loaf which Lumpy and I made this morning, using some turning bad bananas
final compartment is yogurt from the 1.8kg tub we got from our roadtrip yesterday, her sandwich with vegemite and square cheese (yes, I do use cookie cutters to "cut" her sandwiches), home made air popped pop corn


greem pie, mandy, yogurt, fruit
This weeks lunches will look like this - left over "green pie", yogurt sachets (12 pack for $2.99 from grocery club), watermelon and grapes, mandarin (after this photo was takes, we ate dinner there was left over sausages and Lumpy asked if she could have one for lunch, so one was added)
A scone that Lumpy and daddy made while I worked
Dried apricots (good for iron and to assist with bowels)and craisins
Cheese from the block, tomato, fig & multigrain crackers
This week is a short week - Labour day public holiday. So only 2 lots of lunches for Lumpy.
Dried apricots and sultanas, with home made jelly fruit "cups"
Vitaweatlunch slice and baby roma tomaotes
Good old boiled egg
Last nights left over dinner - salad with beetroot, corn and cheese with little chicken balls, and a container of yogurt. I have since added a slice of wholemeal bread with the salad just for a complex carb.

Saturday Road Tripping Adventures!

It's the weekend! As i work most weekends, when I do have one off we like to make the most of it! Today we decided to head to Borumba Dam for a picnic, do a 4wd track that the daddy one had read about and would take us to Kennilworth... where the best cheese and yogurts are made. Well, it didn't go exactly as planned, but what an AMAZING day!
Saw  these cute hey bales on the way to Borumba dam!
Today's picnic lunch was very easy - basic fruit salad, some bread, peanut butter (no we don't use butter/margarin with peanut butter), pre cut cheeses and crackers, bananas and apples. keep it simple and stress free - also makes it budget friendly! There were lots of tables - under cover- and up away from waters edge, also a few bbq's with great condition plates.
An easy picnic!
Little Miss Independent
Our view!
After Lunch, we headed out to do the 4wd track, only to get 3km in and find that parts of a bridge had been washed out in one of the floods! So back out to the main road it was! Where we saw a camel - Lumpy didn't see it so Daddy turned around and went back so we could show her (awesome photo op!) 
Finally! Kennilworth cheese factory! when we got into Kennilworth, we realise dpretty quickly that it was teh Kennilworth show and rodeo! After our yogurt purchases we went and checked out the show.
Trying the newest flavoured yogurt!! YUMMMMY
There is a Kennilworth celebration on from next weekend, and there seemed to be a lot of scarecrows and little statue type things.
On the drive homewe decided on a sponatneous strawberry pick! lots of places to pick your own strawberries!
Great day, very long but such a great family day <3 enjoy your weekdend!

Friday, September 20, 2013

MYO pizza

It's friday a night, I felt like pizza. I love doing things my little offsider can help with. SO decided it would be a pizza night.
First step I made the dough (an incredibly easy 2 ingredient mix - 1 cup greek yogurt, 1.25 cup self raising flour (measures may vary depending on the yogurt))
second step - I set up the table while Lumpy washed her hands.
third step - apron and sit at table.
forth step - suggest she start with flattening the dough and the rest she was pretty confident on.
How it started
Taking flattening the dough VERY seriously!
need the tomato paste
more toppings!
One very proud little girl!
Now for the grown up to use the oven!
Helping in the kitchen really seems to boost Lumpy's self confidence. She absolutely loves it. She will make comments like "I'm like a mummy now, I'm a grown up!". It also builds essential skills for later in life.
Have a great weekend and get in the kitchen with your little one!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

'Inside snack garden'

As I'm sure you know by now, Miss Lumpy loves gardening!when we were at our local Aldi store, they had these packs of galvanised pots and seeds. She asked "Can we please get an inside snack garden?". Of course!
After a nap she was very keen to get the garden started! (While she had a (rare) nap, I soaked the pellets to make the soil)
Dividing the soil
Sprinkle the seeds in each pot
Water the seeds
Leave ina warm partly sunny spot
two weeks later

Now just to wait until our lettuces and tomato grows.