Baby food.

We’re feeding our daughter a mixture of puréed/mashed foods and finger foods that she can feed herself.

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I love baby led weaning (BLW) for many reasons. It teaches chewing before swallowing, which is supposed to minimises the risk of choking. It develops fine motor control. It teaches independence and autonomy. It grows self regulation and minimises overeating.

I like the purées because there is so much less mess! I often go through three changes of clothes a day when I let my girl feed herself (even when I use a fancy-plastic-catcher-bib!)

Some of Elsie’s favourite foods are lamb chops (she mainly just sucks the juice out of them), brocholi, mashed pumpkin and sweet potato, mashed banana mixed with avocado, chicken, and strawberries. She even likes curries! She tolerates Greek yoghurt – the face she makes when I give her the first spoonful is hilarious!

How do you feed your baby? What are their favourite foods?

My parenting philosophy.

My parenting philosophy is pretty simple. Do what works. That’s it. Do what works for you and your little ones.

For me, it’s breastfeeding, but for you it might be formula feeding. That’s OK. For me, it’s pram and occasional baby wearing, for you it might be just one or the other. That’s OK. For me it’s breastfeeding on demand and baby led weaning (with some spoon feeding in there too), for you it might be a feeding schedule and all purées. That’s OK. For me it’s sleeping in a cradle in our room, then in a cot in her own room, for you it might be co-sleeping. That’s OK. For me it’s feed and cuddle to sleep, then gently teach to self settle, for you it might be controlled crying. That’s OK too. I don’t mind how you parent; as long as you love your baby and are doing what works for you and your family.

My choices might change as time goes on, and so might yours. But that’s OK! It’s hard enough caring for a baby – so just do what works!

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Time to resurrect the old blog.

I used to love blogging. It was my creative outlet. It forced me to try new recipes and cook more. I found it fun! But then I got slack and stopped.

So much has changed since I last posted. The biggest thing was having my daughter!

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Life has changed so much these last 8 months. It’s been really hectic! My house is always a mess. I’m always so busy (even though some days all I accomplish is a load of washing or emptying the bins). Don’t get me started on how sleep deprived I am!

But life is SO much better with a little one to love. She really does bring us so much joy. Watching Sam interact with her deepens my love for him. Watching her develop and grow makes me wonder at the miracle of life.

So hopefully I’ll keep writing here. I’m hoping it will at least make me cook (and create) more.

That time we got engaged (2 years ago).

Two years ago today Samuel surprised me by asking me to marry him. I should have seen it coming; we’d been dating for 3 years already (I thought our dating anniversary was the next day (the 17th), not the 16th). 

We went for a drive up to Falls Creek “to look at wild flowers”, he said. Here’s the rest of the story, in pictures. 

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Happy anniversary, love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining room.

Here’s a couple of pictures of our dining room at the moment:

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I really love the rustic old table, but I’m pretty over the chairs. They’re so old and uncomfortable (not that I’m against old, I just think they have to be somewhat comfortable). I want to be able to have people over for meals and know that I’m not destroying their backs/bums!

I’ve been wanting to get some new chairs for a while. I like the idea of white chairs, but am open to other ideas!

Here are some pictures of inspiration:

(images sourced from decorpad.com, decorpad.com, flickr.com and indulgy.com)

Hmmm… What do you think? Should I try some modern white chairs to contrast the table? Or more old-fashioned white chairs to match? Or something completely different?

Chocolate mousse cake.

This is the cake I made for my husband’s birthday. It’s decadent, without being too rich you can only have a sliver. Despite its impressive looks, it’s pretty easy to make. It’s gluten free (but has plenty of naughty ingredients like butter and dark chocolate). Make it, I dare you!

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I found the recipe while browsing on Pinterest, (here’s the link). It was written in Polish, and some things were translated strangely, such as:

Is composed of two parts – the lower, roast and the upper layer of gelatin forced labor. 

If the cake tin is not high, rather classical, then you should do the higher paper “collar” protruding above it (the dough very, very hard to grow, to then fall to the height of the springform pan). 

Ah google translate, you made me laugh!

Anyway, Sam loved it. We had a big slice last night, a little slice with breakfast (hehe!), and he’s taken some to work today. I’ll definitely be making this one again.

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I’ve written it out below so it’s easier for you to understand.

Base:

Ingredients:

  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g 70% dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 5 large eggs, seperated
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 175 g caster sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line sides and base of springform pan with baking paper.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted.
  3. In a large bowl mix the eggs with the cocoa. Add the butter-chocolate mixture and stir well.
  4. Whisk egg whites with stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  5. Gradually add the sugar, whisking constantly.
  6. Add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture in two batches, folding gently until combined.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared springform pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for at least 2 hours.
  9. The middle of the cake should sink, leaving raised sides. If it doesn’t sink after about an hour, gently cut into the cake about 2 cm from the pan all the way around, and gently push the centre of the cake down.

Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g 40% dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 115 g castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hazlenut liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin dissolved in 80 ml hot water

Method:

  1. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted.
  2. In a large bowl mix the eggs with the cocoa. Add the butter-chocolate mixture and stir well.
  3. Add the dissolved gelatin and liqueur to the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  4. Whisk egg whites with stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, whisking constantly.
  5. Add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture in two batches, folding gently until combined.
  6. Pour chocolate mousse into the pre-baked sunken cake. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Garnish with shards of chocolate or berries (or birthday candles)!

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Short hair and I don’t even care!

So I finally got around to cutting my hair. And now I’m finally getting around to sharing the pictures. (I’ve been slack as I’ve been on holidays, then I just forgot I had a blog… Whoops!)

Here are the before shots:

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wpid-IMG_20131228_171338.jpgAnd here are the after shots:

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wpid-IMG_20140108_124215.jpgAnd here’s what’s left over:

wpid-IMG_20140108_124654.jpgI sent my pony tail off to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, so hopefully someone else will enjoy my hair as part of a wig.

I wasn’t sad to see my hair go at all. I love it short (and I probably could have gone shorter still)! It’s so much easier to wash, it’s nowhere near as heavy, and so much cooler in summer. I do have to spend a bit of time drying and straightening it if I want to wear it out, (because it’s boofier being shorter!) but this doesn’t take as long as before. It’s also still long enough to go up in a pony tail when I run).

I want to get my hair cut off.

I feel like Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite. You know the bit where he gets really hot so he shaves off all his hair.

imageIt’s just too long for summer. And I figure what better time for a new look than the new year.

imageDon’t worry, I’m not going to shave it all off… But I’m definitely getting it cut.

Maybe I’ll get something like this…

Or something like this…

I’d even consider something like this, but I don’t think it would really suit me. And Sam probably wouldn’t like it…

I’m also going to save my pony tail and donate it to make into a wig.

Do you like short or long hair? How do you think I should cut my hair? Would you ever donate your hair to make into a wig?