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Monday, April 14, 2014


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Audrey: We bundled up went and saw the hot air balloons early one morning. I loved watching your face as you saw them up close.
Margaret: Playtime for Margaret.

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Audrey: Your favorite hairstyle: Princess braids. You ask for them daily and tell me every time how they are getting longer now.
Margaret: You are an eating machine! You helped yourself from a bag of apples.

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Audrey: Yesterday we discovered that the feijoas had finally ripened and we brought in a basket. You haven't stopped eating them since.
Margaret: My sweet, beautiful girl. I love this age. I love you.

”A portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Previous portraits here:

All photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions from the mini-collection. I'm not new to photoshop actions but I highly recommend these! They're really easy to use and I love the results. :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Monkey See

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I was on the computer when I heard a strange noise. Margaret had found Audrey's drinking bottle and was sussing it out for herself*. She had figured it out at last! I wanted to snap a photo and document the moment, obviously, and snapped a few photos as I usually do. I looked over to find that Audrey was doing the same thing, mimicking what she had seen a hundred times before. She said, "I need to get a good photo, Mama."


So I had to document that too. ;)

I sure love my funny babis!

*this was awhile ago. I'm slow with the documenting these days.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Emma's Food Bag: Calamari with Spiced Chickpeas

We cooked our first meal from the food bag and tonight's dinner was a hit! We had calamari with spiced chickpeas in lettuce boats with a fresh salsa. It was a totally new experience cooking with squid and I LOVED it. The whole dish was really fun and different than our norm.

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I was concerned that we wouldn't have enough food for both Phil and I plus our two girls but I cooked it up anyway with the intention of filling up on toast if there wasn't enough, but there was! There certainly weren't any leftovers. I couldn't finish my plate so Phil lent a hand with helping me finish my portion ;) I was nervous that neither of the girls would be into this new dish but they both ate with gusto, though Audrey took a bit long with the chickpeas. It's not that she didn't like it, she just takes F O R E V E R to eat. Margaret had trouble chewing the calamari but after I gave her a hand with that she gobbled it up.

The calamari was DELISH and the spiced chickpeas have become a new fave of mine. They were SO easy to make, that's what I really loved about them.


Thoughts: I was surprised at how rich the calamari was! I was expecting it to feel light and I would feel ravenous later but it was VERY filling. I loved that the salsa added a big element of freshness to the overall dish keeping it from being too rich. YUM!

Liked: The whole thing! He had no complaints other than he wished there was more because he loved it.

Loved: The calamari. I was quite pleased with that!

Loved: The chickpeas were definitely Margaret's favorite.

What's the most adventurous thing you've eaten or cooked lately? Are your family adventurous eaters? x

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Emma's Food Bag

I should mention right now that this is not a sponsored post. I'm writing about this because I'm excited about this.

OKAY YOU GUYS. I'm stoked. I just received my Emma's Food Bag delivery and it's pretty exciting stuff.

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What's Emma's Food Bag, you say? Well, let me tell you. It's a week's worth of recipes and local ingredients delivered right to your door. You view the menu and pick which bag is right for you, order, and then wait for the groceries to show up at your door! I never realized how exciting it is to receive your groceries at your front door. IT'S AWESOME.

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I found a deal through TreatMe Waikato and thought I would give it a go. So aside from the discount, here's why I'm excited about it:

  • We get to try new things. WIN! I get a little bored of our regular routine. This is a great way to switch things up a little and try things I normally wouldn't cook! EXCITING.
  • Planned recipes. This means I don't have to dedicate much brains to organizing dinners this week. My recipes and ingredients are all ready to go. Super win.
  • Delivered groceries. I love my beautiful wee babes but sometimes going to the grocery store with two little ones feels like it's in the too-hard-basket.

  • -I don't have any control over what's in the foodbag. Not that big of a deal, but there it is. As much as I hate meal planning sometimes, I also enjoy meal planning. I'm a confusing person.
  • -I don't get to go grocery shopping. As much as grocery shopping is stress inducing, it also means I get out of the house.

So, let's get to the details.

We ordered the Couple's Bag which is enough for 2 people for 5 meals.

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Meat, Fish, & Dairy
Chicken mince 600g
Eggs 6
Feta 50g
Skirt Steak 400g
Smoked Pork 200g
Squid tubes 8

Dry Good and Deli
Chickpeas - 1 tin
Cranberry sauce 90g
Flour 200g
Nachos 200g
Rice Noodles 200g

Vegetables & Herbs
Capsicum green
Capsicum yellow
Capsicum red
Green chilli
Iceberg lettuce
Lime 2
Red onions 3
Red cabbage 1/4
Spring onion
Tomatoes 4

Sounds good right?? I'm excited to cook every thing up this week and share our food bag journey here on the blog. Would you ever try ordering a food bag? Why or why not?


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”A portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Dinnertime is rarely picturesque around here but always always memorable.* This particular evening was very very messy, and silly, and lovely.

Previous portraits here:

*Sometimes in a I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out kinda way ;)

Friday, March 21, 2014

In Stitches: Audrey's Bathing Suit

So, the week after after I made my resolution not to buy any clothes this year for me and my girls and to sew any new clothes instead I realized... oh dear. We have a pool party to attend to. And Audrey didn't have a bathing suit. DOH!

I had to make one. It was my only option.

I scoured the internets for a decent toddler one piece but couldn't find one I liked. The bathing suit needed to have low-cut legs, good coverage on the bottom, simple, and well... cute! But not too frilly. Needless to say, I didn't find one. So I drafted my own (eek!) and I'm pleased with how it turned out!

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I used a pair of undies that fit really well for starting out my pattern and worked it out from there. Simple, cute, and easy to put on! Audrey loves it too. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

To see my haphazard method of how I made this bathing suit, check it out after the jump