Monday, 31 May 2010

My Biggest Mothering Stuff Up (So Far)

It's guest post-y time again!!

And thanks so much for having me, Ravishing Lucy. It's a lovely blog you have here!

Anyway, as we know, Lucy has posed the topic for this blogging trio- Your Biggest, Bestest Mothering Stuff Ups.

And I must confess that this one actually wasn't difficult. The first thought that came to mind was- Which one do I pick?

Accidentally smacking the Chop in the head with a toy hammer at mother's group, maybe? Or the time when I was distracted by matching up pegs by colour to hang out the clothes with*, and then heard him gag and discovered he was eating dog poo? Or do I just repost the post I did about sending him to playgroup, dressed as pirate, when it was not pirate day?

You may notice, at this point, that all of these stuff ups involve my son. I do have a daughter as well, commonly referred to as the Bump. She's only eight months old, and so far can only crawl backwards. So there aren't a whole lot of stuff ups involving her. Plenty of time for that.

I think the monumental f*ck up I will reveal to you today should be the very first f*ck up in my parental existence.

The day we dropped our newborn in the bathroom sink.


I'm not even joking.

Both my kids were born with extremely strong necks, and they rolled early. At about two weeks old, they could both lift their heads and arch their backs. And wow, were they strong.

That's my justification for how this whole thing happened, anyway.

The Man and I, as brand new parents, took every care at bath time with our brand new baby. Those first few weeks at home, we did as we had been shown in the hospital- we put a towel down on the vanity in our bathroom, and undressed the Chop on the towel before gently lifting him into the bath.

Now, before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, the vanity in our bathroom is huge, and more than wide enough to accommodate my tiny six pound baby. So no hate mail, OK? OK.

The Man, using perfect nappy changing technique, lifted the Chop by his ankles with one hand, and reached for the baby wipes with the other.

And that is where things went terribly wrong.

Our Chop, being a bit of cranky head (as newborns generally are when they're all nude-y rude-y) arched his back with all his strength.Between the back arch and the Man's wipe-grabbing-sideways-motion, the Chop managed to flip up and over...

....and landed head first in the bathroom sink.

Panic ensues. Nude, screaming baby, with a rising welt on his head. Me, the already fragile mother, on the verge of a dead faint. The Man, never the cucumber in a crisis, gettin' all panicked too.

We get ourselves together, just enough to strap the baby in the car and go careening to the local emergency room. Lori, barefoot and crying, carrying a swaddled baby with a purple bruise on his forehead... who has fallen sound asleep during the drive.

Long story, short? The Chop was fine. The doctor kept us for two hours to observe him. And quite possibly to make sure I didn't require admission to the local psychiatric facility, having suffered a nervous breakdown at my child's first injury.

Isn't it funny, how much we panic as first time parents? At about two months old, the Chop, in a fit of mad toddler jealousy, threw a tin spinning top at the Bump's head, missing her fontanel by sheer centimeters.

Not rip to the ER for her- just a quick cuddle and a kiss, a consult with the Man and a "She'll be right."

But, as I said, there's plenty of time for that.

* No, I don't really do that. In fact, I think colour  coordinating your pegs with your clothes is kind of...well.. odd. I know there are plenty of you who do do it, but I just don't dig it. Again, no hate mail, OK? OK.
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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sundays in my City

It rained today. All day.

As a family, we have been sick, all day.

I walked this morning, in the rain, despite feeling sick. Bad bad move.






Unknown Mami


Now, off back to bed for me.

(If I am too crook tomorrow to blog, never fear, Lori will be here.......)

PS - GIVEAWAY is HERE

Sunday Citar: Happiness

 
 


Saturday, 29 May 2010

Razor Blades

Nothing but this today.



In my throat. Cannot talk or swallow.

(And a few aches and chills too.)

Off to take drugs. Big drugs.

Friday, 28 May 2010

20:20:20 Weigh In



It's Thursday again......weigh in time again.

No fancy scales for me this week.

And for some reason I was not looking forward to weighing in.

I have tracked all my food and so I know I have eaten within my calories. But I also know I have eaten over on my carbs and I have not eaten enough protein. I don't really have an excuse even, apart from it is cold? (That is so lame. Sorry.)

But I have exericsed like a demon.

So it was with a little tredidation that I stepped on the scales..........and can I even admit that I nearly didn't bother? But I did, becasue I have promised I would. See? This blog makes me feel like I must! Accountable and all that........

So here it is:



 Only 0.2kg lost.

(If I hadn't have trimmed my toenails, I may not have lost anything?!)

Fark, this is a frustrating game.

I can see my colarbones are more defined and I feel like I have less of a waist: maybe I need to get the tape measure out? (Clutching at staws here!)



All I can do, I guess, is continue to track, continue to jog and blog, continue to drink more water? Trust in the process? Trust my body will respond eventually?

So, I lost 3kg in a month.

Better than stacking it on, I guess?

Arggghhhhhhh, I am still frustrated though!

But hey, it's Friday, it's all good........


mummytime

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Fat to Fit Blog Hop: It's time to link up.....

It is Fat to Fit Blog Hop time again!






Last week saw loads of new blog hoppers, and I am addicted to reading them all. Thank you everyone!

So, if you have a diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post that you want to share, come and play?

The rules are:

1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).


2.Grab my "Fat to Fit" button/code from below and post it on the sidebar of your blog, or within your diet/weightloss post:









3.Add the URL to your diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list...

5. Follow at least one other blogger.....share the love, and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then you can link up again with another diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

8. Open to any blog, any country, just as long as the post content is diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness related.
 

The True "Before and After".....

I am an avid reader, unsurprisingly, of weight loss blogs, weight loss success stories and weight loss magazines and books.

Nothing sucks me in quicker than the "before and after" stories, especially the before and after photos.

They show me the promise of what is indeed possible.

Call me superficial (and I am, at times) but I love to see the snaps from the last decade of the fat bride looking gross and uncomfortable alongside the recent snap of the very same woman looking slimmer and so much happier.

For me, it is totally inspiring. A pictorial statement that someone has made a choice to get from fat to fit, to take control back.

I have very few photos of me of when I was at my largest weight. I avoided cameras. The truly awful ones just got deleted. And these days I generally forget to take as many progress snaps as I should.







So it is with a fairly scared deep breath that I jot down my before and after habits. These tell a far more illustrative tale than the photos ever could-

Before:

Two or three cigarettes

At least three coffees with full cream milk
4 slices of toast with butter
A morning full or regret over what I didn't manage to not eat the previous day.

Lumber after the kids all morning, dressed in ugly size 24 clothes. Sneak off for cigarettes.

Get cranky with the kids because they want me to operate at an energy level I just do not have.
Feel guilty.
Sneak off for cigarettes.

Grocery shop and buy a lot of healthy food, as well as a lot of junk food snacks. Suck my stomach in the whole time just in case someone thinks I am pregnant again. Feel so dreadfully self conscious.

Go to the library with the kids and feel very fat and uncomfortable in comparison to other Mums with their kids.

Make the kids a healthy lunch, and then sneak off to eat my lunch in peace. A couple of big fat sandwiches as well as a couple of bags of chippies, washed down with a lot of orange juice. And a couple more cigarettes.

Get cranky with the kids because I feel lethargic and tired. My joints ache and I feel bloated all the time.

Make the kids a healthy dinner and pick at what they are having. Make dinner for me and lovely husband. Big portions of carb and fat laden meals. Lots of healthy salads, also full of cheese and nuts.

Get the kids to bed. Fall asleep on Olivia's bed.

Wake up and have a couple of cigarettes, then cruise the kitchen for snacks.

Chill out with lovely husband, eat half a big block of chocolate. A couple more cigarettes

Surf the internet, feeling guilty at the amount of crap I have eaten. Wish I could find a solution.

Watch some TV and eat more chocolate, even though I feel a bit sick. Feel like crap. Have one last cigarette.

Crawl into bed. Joints aching. Snoring.

Wake up feeling shit.

Note: no exercise at all.

After:

Alarm goes off at 5am and hop out of bed, have one coffee which I enjoy whilst I blog.

6am, off for a run/walk/resistence training/intervals

7am: Make brekky for me and the kids and grab a quick shower and slap some makeup on. My brekky is a protein shake and some fruit.

8am : Start the school run

9am - Grocery shop for fresh produce based on a menu plan: a menu plan that is supportive.

10am Take Lexie for a swim or a play in the park. Fruit for morning tea.

11am Quick chores around the house. Cup of herbal tea.

Make a healthy lunch for me and Lexie: usually tuna or lean meat in a Burgen roll. No butter. Some raw chopped veggies and a diet yogurt.

Whilst Lexie naps I blog and listen to some hypnotherapy and have another cup of herbal tea

3pm School run time again. Take water with me.

3.30 Afternoon tea is fruit

5.30 Dinner. I eat with the kids. We all eat the same thing. Lean meat or fish. Salad or steamed veg. Low GI carb such as Doongara rice or a baked potato.

6pm Homework time whilst I run round doing chores. I am happy.

6.30 Bathtime

7.00 Stories and bed. Cuddle them all, and realise how lucky I am

7.30 Chill with lovely husband.

9.00 Feel "peckish" so have a diet yogurt or some cut fruit or a chuppa chup.

Blog.

Bed, with a candle and some more hypnotherapy.

Happy.

(Note: no cigarettes at all.)

And so when people ask me how I stay motivated, I think of this. I think of how happy and guilt free I am now, in comparison to then.

I can never, will never, go back to how I was before. If I never lose another kilo, if I only maintain for the rest of my life, that is OK, I will just never go back to that sad addicted life I had before.


Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Double Century & a giveaway

I know how you all love that I love cricket comparisons, so here is another one. (Thank you for indulging me!)

See this pic below?



Possibly my all time cricketing hero.

Adam Gilchrist.

Legend.

Humble.

Proud.

Happy.

Double Century. Adam scored the record breaking fastest double century ever, in the history of the game. How amazing is that? I believe he scored his double ton off just 212 balls, ending up on 204 not out, in the Australia v South Africa 2002 test series. A rare and incredible talent.

He is modest. I try to be.

But as modest as I attempt to be, I cannot deny that I am very chuffed to see that I now have 200 FOLLOWERS!

THANK YOU! Thank you thank you thank you!

To celebrate, I have a little giveaway.

A little bit of pampering never goes astray.



So if you would like to score a lovely pamper package containing all these lovely things, then all you need to do is:


  • Follow me

  • Tweet this post perhaps

  • Write me a comment, telling me why you NEED a pamper

Thank you to the gorgeous Maz of Maz-a-licious I am able to include some soft and gentle washers that are the best facial cleasing wipes in the world. And work perfectly with the delicious Strawberry Body Wash and Body Lotion.



The candle is an Eco-Soya Soy candle which are my perosnal favourite in a soothing essence.

This giveaway is open to anyone in Australia. I will draw the giveaway at random on Friday 11.06.10

At my house, on my desk


I have been spending a little more time with my Mum. She has lavendar growing in her garden and all along her drive. It is profuse. I love lavender, and always have.

I have asked lovely husband to plant me some lavendar bushes in our front and back garden. And he has.

But I need to remember to water the fragile little seedlings.

So I cut a load of lavender from my Mum's driveway, and have this on my desk as a beautiful reminder to get off the computer and go and water my plants!

What is going on at your house this week?

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

How the hell does she manage it?


OK, here goes.

I am not bitching here, I am observing.

So bear with me.

We go to swimming lessons with the kids every Saturday morning. Come rain or shine, hungover or not, we have all three kids in lessons every Saturday morning. We go early, so that the five of us can all get in the pool together first, to swim together, and to play.

And every Saturday, we see a similar range of parents. One lady in particular.

She is a classic blonde.

She is beautiful.

Her hair is always perfect (despite the humidity poolside.)

Her make up is always glowing and utterly immaculate.

Her clothes are classy and chic......fitted outfits and divine shoes. Beautiful subtle jewellery.

I pass her every single week. As I drag my three kids in, me in my trackies and my thongs, face totally scrubbed, hair scraped back, she is sitting there, composed and together, legs crossed, at the side of the pool, with poise and grace.

Every week, I think to myself "Fuck me, how the hell can she look so bloody good every single week?Always so gorgeous and well put together? How does she manage it?"


She is tall, with a toned size 10 body all over, and cheekbones to die for.

Bitching? Me? Nope. Jealous? Me? YES! I want to be a super mummy that looks that damn good!

Actually, it is not her figure I am envious of, so much, it is her overall togetherness. Everything just looks so.........well........right.

This weekend just gone, our three kids had run ahead, and lovely husband and I were sauntering in together.

We passed her.

Under my breath, I said to him "How does that Mum do it? The blonde? I see her every week. She always looks so damn perfect?! How the hell does she manage it?"

Lovely husband didn't even pause for breath.:

Lucy, my love, she is not here to swim or have splashy fun with her kids. She doesn't dare dive in and play mermaids with her daughters on her back underwater. She probably watches you playing with the kids every week and asks herself the very same thing......"How the hell does she manage it?"

And THAT is one of the MANY reasons I adore my lovely husband so much.



Monday, 24 May 2010

Point & Shoot - Olivia

This weeks Point & Shoot is of my eldest, Olivia, aged 6.......she was standing in the evening light....the sunset was casting a red glow though the windows into the house, and all over her, over her already impossibly dark red hair.

When the sun shines on her, on her hair, on her sweet face, she literally takes my breath away with her beauty.

I am so glad I can marvel at her.


Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sundays In My City - North Adelaide

And today I bring you........the gorgeous area of North Adelaide.

A suburb that is moments away from the city centre of Adelaide, and about 20 minutes from where we live.

My family migrated from the UK to Australia three generations ago, and settled in North Adelaide. My mother has recently returned there. It is a gracious and peaceful little corner of Adelaide. It boasts two amazing restaurant strips. It also is home to the hospital where my son Charlie, and my daughter Lexie were born.

As a family we spend a lot of time in North Adelaide.


Our children attend swimming lessons here,  at the North Adelaide Aquatic Centre:




And afterwards we play in the Bush Magic Playground in the North Adelaide Parklands:



And then we grab a bite from Perryman's Bakery:





When I put together posts like these, I really know I never want to live anywhere else but Adelaide..........


Unknown Mami

Imagine, Believe, Achieve

 
 

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Who am I......?

I know that I am preaching to the converted here.

I know that it is a luxury most of us go without.

I know we all want a lot more of it.

I know it us unattainable for some.

I know we all need more of it.

I know it is tempting to go without sometimes, when other more exciting stuff comes up.

I know we want lots and lots of it for our children, and for ourselves.

Our children are the ones that deprive us of it.

I want and need more of it.

I am on a mission to get more of it.

It helps you lose weight *

It costs nothing but your sanity.

Lack of it is torture.

Just get more of it.









* Reminder to self: Google this. I wanna find out why.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Fat to Fit Week Three!

Hello......

Fat to Fit yet?

Me neither, but I am getting there!

We had a lot of link ups last week: thank you to everyone who linked up, and I would LOVE it if you linked again with another diet/health/exercise post.

I don't care if you have a diet blog or not, join in

I don't care if you have 5lb to lose or 50kg, join in

If you feel fat, and you want to lose it and get fit, join in.

If you are not even fat, but just want to get fit, join in.

I don't care if you measure in lbs or kilos, join in.

By the way, for anyone that is curious, 1kg = 2.2lb

Or, put it another way, 1 pound = 0.45 kilograms










Last week saw a lovely 17 blog hoppers, and I know this week will be more.

If you want to share, if you want more followers, if you want inspiration and support, join in?

So, if you have a diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post that you want to share, come and play?

It is SO easy, I promise:

1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).


2.Grab my "Fat to Fit" button/code from below and post it on the sidebar of your blog, or within your diet/weightloss post:








3.Add the URL to your diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list.....and you will get loads of extra followers too!

 
5. Follow at least one other blogger.....share the love, and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then you can link up again with another diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

8. Open to any blog, any country, just as long as the post content is diet/weightloss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness related.
 
I cannot wait to read all your posts!

Thursday, 20 May 2010

20:20:20 Weigh In


I weighed in.

And I stayed the same.




Arrrggghhhh!

Whilst I am disappointed, I am kind of redeemed in that my overall stats moved in the right direction.

Let me explain, before I come out sounding like  I am doing an bullshit excuse justify!

I have access, via BetterBods, to some fancy dancy scales, that measure not only your weight, but also your muscle, body fat and water percentages.

I'll be honest, I do not really get how a pair of scales can do that, but I am happy to trust in the process.

So, here is how I compare, week on week:

See how the fat has reduced and the water and muscle has increased? THAT is GOOD.

So I am a bit pissed off that I didn't lose more weight. But I am happy with those figures.

I kind of have a feeling that when I weigh in NEXT, I will reap the benefit and get a good win. I hope.

In between times, I will be tracking religiously through Calorie King,and highlighting any emotional eating patterns. I want to eat ONLY due to physical hunger, never emotional hunger.

I am also committed to buying only food that is supportive. If it is not conducive to a low GI diet, then it is not going in the trolley.

I am also committed to eating at 5.30pm with the kids and not snacking in the evenings and I will be GOING TO BED EARLIER! (Less blogging & twittering in the early hours for me.)

So there we are, till next weigh in...........

Canny cooking.......

My Mother has been really very sick, and certainly since Charlie had his accident, I have not been working at all. Not even a tiny contract.

I have kind of come to the realisation that working around three children in different schools, and around a sick mother is virtually impossible, unless I give them all up to childcare and a local nursing home. For the time being, anyway.

SO, as a result, we have reviewed our budget. One of the first things that I have control to change and economise on is the groceries. Canny cooking. Frugal food.



I love to cook, and I am a fairly good cook, thankfully. I have aprons! My mother did a brilliant job at imparting all of her knowledge. (She was classically trained Cordon Bleu cook who spent a lot of time cooking around Europe in the early 1960's. I am very appreciative of the techniques I learned at her side as a small child, almost by osmosis. I dare say I take these skills for granted.)

My studies at uni were in Hotel & Catering Management. Then I worked in the catering industry for what felt like a million years.

So I am a foodie, of sorts.

I am less gastronomy driven now that I on this journey to diminish myself. In as much as I use less butter, cheese and cream.

But of course, I use a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables, and a lot more lean meat and fish.



So I have become a very canny shopper, for all the above reasons.

I am not working, so I do have time to shop around and use a variety of different food shops.

I'll be honest, I get a real kick out of sourcing really good cheap fresh produce. And then producing really good fresh food for the fab five.

I delight in finding butchers and fishmongers that can source the exact cuts of meat and range of fish that I want. Organic preferably.

So I shop, for the week, at several different shops:

I have a small and very untrendy fruit shop that I go to on a Monday when he sells so much seasonal produce off in bulk very cheaply. Last week I scored rock melons at 2 for $1, and fresh rhubarb for $1.99 a kilo.

I buy my bread in bulk from a local bakery at 99c a loaf and freeze 8 loaves a week.

I buy meat from a local butcher, and also scour Coles for end of day markdowns......often 50% off. (Supermarket meat is not great, but their full joints of meat, when Weber'd, are as good as organic.)

I buy milk, and eggs by the dozens, and cheese and small good meats at my local deli, where the turnover is very high. I get  all the meat and cheese sliced exactly as I want it, at a cheaper price than the packaged stuff.

I buy fresh coffee beans, grains and pulses from a local Continental deli, whose turnover is also high, and their prices are low.

And fish from either the supermarket when it is on very special, or mostly from a local fishmonger. (They have only a small amount of fresh catch, but it really is fresh, and gorgeous.)

So at least 7 different shops. Certainly NOT as convenient as charging round the supermarket getting everything in one place.

I have established relationships with the shop owners, so I feel able to ask for specific items, and I know I am always getting their best produce. They take care of me.



And so when I came across the brilliant $120 Food Challenge, created by Sandra, I was thrilled. Her challenge is to feed a family well,  for $120 a fortnight. Her approach to food, her need to shop economically, her concept of eating WELL on a very small budget appeals to me enormously. $120 – Fourteen Meals – No Pressure

Her beautiful blog is the first place I go to when menu planning for the week. That says it all really, doesn't it?

The recipes are clear, simple, and the blog is easy to navigate. The photography is good. The meals are family friendly, with a wonderful variety of treats.  The ingredients are seasonal. The dishes are all economical, are Sandra utilises "best buys" based on her local supermarkets pricing. (And whilst Sandra is in NSW and I am in SA, the Coles pricing is very similar, and certainly I have noticed that my local butcher (who is cheap and good) : his pricing trends are similar.)
So, for my canny cooking, my best tips to myself are these:

~ Menu plan consistently.
~ Build a great pantry of basics.
~ Shop around for specials. Really shop around.
~ Get to know your local smaller shops.
~ Balance out cost and time
~ Insist that cheap food must also be great food.

Tell me, if you need to economise, what is your first step?


mummytime

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Teachers Pet......

The teachers at our local kindy (where Charlie currently attends) are,.......well, to be honest, a bit scary.

Sorry, but they just are. They are old school kindy teachers who have the ability to make me feel like I am four years old again, and just about to be in trouble for something. They have all mastered the art of the disapproving raised eye-brow gaze.......



So, you can imagine my feelings of utter relief when Miss Rosemary encountered me on my way out of kindy the other day, and ingratiatingly suggested that I,  the fairly haphazard Mummy to three, would be most welcome to present on how to do up healthy snacks for kindy lunchboxes, because apparently the kindy teachers all felt that "Charlie's Mum always manages very healthy but very tempting lunchboxes".



Ooooer, I feel like such a smug teachers pet now! Gold star to me!

Anyway, obviously it has promoted a blog post, to illustrate my mainstays of items that I cram in a lunchbox, that keep well, that the kids will actually eat, and that meet all the kindy (and primary school) healthy food guidelines. (Fark, it's a minefield, it really is.)

 - Rice crackers (but only the plain variety....the fancy flavorings have numbers. Scary numbers. Not a good sign!)
-  Fruit - I avoid "boring" fruit like apples & oranges, and give them grapes, strawberries and cut up melon, perhaps a whole banana or peeled kiwi fruit, or a pot of cut pineapple. Mandarins are a current fave.
-  Chunks of cheese & chunks of celery or cucumber threaded onto toothpicks like a little kebab.
-  Chunks of fritz

Roasted Fava / Broad Beans - These are a really good protein hit. They are low in fat, and a really good nut alternative.

I can find them occasionally at continental delis, but it is so easy to make up a big batch: they keep really well, and then I put a big handful in a bag for a lunchbox snack......



Ingredients


250g dried split fava/broad beans
2 tsp salt
3 tablespoons of olive oil

Method

1. Soak the broad beans for 6-8 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 180`c

3. Drain the beans, rinse well, place in a saucepan and cover with about 600mls of cold water.

4. Bring the beans to a boil over a medium-high heat and boil for about 8 minutes, just to soften them.

5. Drain the beans and allow to cool a little.

6. In a large bowl, mix the salt and the olive oil, then toss the beans in this mixture

7. Spread the beans out on the baking tray and place in the oven to roast for about 25-30 minutes or until golden.

8. Allow to cool on the tray. Once totally cool, store in an airtight container.




Apple Bran Muffins - These are fat free and very low GI, as well as being egg and nut free. And high in fibre.



Ingredients

1 cup sultanas
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 cup All Bran cereal
1 cup milk
1 cup self raising flour
1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method

1. Place sultanas, brown sugar, All Bran and milk in a large bowl, and combine well.

2. Cover and leave to soak for at least 4 hours (I leave it overnight)

3. Preheat oven to 180`c

4. Add flour and apple and cinnamon and stir well to combine

5. Spoon the batter into mini muffin cases

6. Bake for about 40 minutes

7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 mins before moving onto a wire rack to cool

8. These keep well (4 days) in an air-tight container




Flapjacks - These are the lunchbox staple of my English youth. My kids adore them. Very low GI....




Ingredients

75g of butter or margarine
60g soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
175g of rolled oats

Method

1. Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup into a saucepan and stir over a low heat until it has all combined and dissolved together.

2. Add the rolled oats and mix thoroughly.

3. Press into a well greased slice tin

4. Bake in the centre of a moderate oven at 180`c for 20 minutes or until evenly golden brown.

5. Mark into fingers whilst warm.

6. Allow to become almost cold in the tin before removing. Can be stord for abouot 5 days in an airtight container.

See? I AM a teachers pet!

I have 15 more years of packing lunchboxes. So if anyone else has any
bright ideas, please, let me know?!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Giveaway Winners

First up we had two copies of The Australian Baby Guide.



And the winners of these are:



SnobNicky

and


My (not so) Perfect Life

Well done! Nicky and Tamsyn, can you please contact me (top right) with your postal address and I shall mail you a book each!

And we also had the Christian Lacroix set -





And the winner of this one is:


So if the Jaded Vixen could also contact me with a postal address, I will get you your prize packaged up and sent to you!