> m.e: February 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Creative Space...Apple & Berry Crumble

Haven't really been creating anything much of late so when I was lucky enough to be given some homegrown apples from a friend I had to create * an apple crumble!

You can use any fruit you have on hand really and if you have frozen fruit in the freezer just add it to the mix.

This recipe is adapted for my taste, omitting the butter.

Apple & Mixed Berry Crumble
serves 6
  • 1 kg apples
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries (or as many as you'd like)
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • 350g rolled oats  
  • 200g brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • peel and core apples and cut them into slices, give them a wash and place them in a pot over medium heat for a few minutes, add a splash of vanilla and a few generous tablespoons of sugar depending on how sweet your fruit is and leave on the stove for another few minutes
  • preheat oven to 190C/170C fan, place rolled oats and brown sugar into a bowl, mix until combined, add as much maple syrup as you like so it coats the oat mixture, needs to clump together
  • place apples into 30 x 20cm baking dish, add the frozen berries and top with rolled oat mixture making sure fruit is covered
  • bake for about 40 minutes or until top is golden and juices bubbling from the sides

As simple as that.  Now go and visit some real creating!

Happy day to you ♥

* this recipe is way too simple to be even classed as creating

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Saturday, February 19, 2011


I am not a complainer, I do get annoyed at certain things but mostly I am happy to be around to enjoy the little things, things that make me smile, things that I am grateful to have, people I am grateful to be around.

I haven't always been like this, maybe it's being around young, innocent, playful minds that inspires me to look at life with a smile.

Here's a few of my grateful moments, 

I must, MUST start with tea

 happy drawings of me

 a specially made pic for his sister

  additions to the bed family


op shop magazines


 wonderful smiles

Hope you have a happy, smiley, sunshiney day full of grateful moments of your own.


p.s can you please let me know if my blog has problems loading for you, may have to adjust the size of my pics..thanks
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Breakfast Bars

A quick post today before we head out to Aidan's "favourite op-shop", yep, he has a favourite, definitely a toy thing.

Amelie has been loving school...phewww, so I felt like she needed a "well done" kind of treat and a treat from me often involves some making & baking.  
Aidan helped make this so it's a good one for kids to be involved in.

Breakfast Bars

  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 weetbix/vitabrits, broken up
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups fruit & nut cereal or fruit & nut muesli
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • preheat oven to 170C and line 20cm tin with baking paper
  • combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
  • mix milk, egg, oil and honey together and pour into dry ingredients, mix until combine
  • pour into prepared tin and bake for 25-30 min or until golden
  • allow to cool and cut into bars
* if you find the mixture is too wet, add a little more wholemeal flour, it should be slightly wet, not a stiff mixture

Have a happy Friday lovelies ♥
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A busy week

Alot has been going on here lately, the tears have finally stopped, the uncertainty about me leaving is still there but finally school is a happy place to be

The little man started his first day at kinder without hesitation and only a couple of tears whilst there.  

It's only 4 hours over a couple of days a week but it's a new thing for him as well as for me and even though it sounds strange, I think I am really going to miss him


Miss Amelie turned 5 and celebrated in the garden with friends and family with yummy vegetarian pizzas, rose and red velvet cupcakes and chocolate cake


and whilst there is still some sunshine about,  we enjoyed the sun and the water fountain at the Royal Botanic Gardens with lovely friends


I am a little bit baked out at the moment, but I promise to share the cake recipe because I have been told it was pretty yummy.

For now, I am off to enjoy the nice weather outside and hope the dishes don't mind.

Hope your week is a happy one ♥
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Share some love everyday ♥

It's been a little hectic here and there is so much I need to blog about so I'll be back later.

Thank you for all your sweet words, sorry if I didn't get back to you personally, all your stories and advice was really appreciated and some of your words even made me a bit teary...thank you

Hugs to you for now and share some love because you know we all deserve a bit of loving every single day. ♥
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Creative Space...


It's been an emotional morning, tears and a few screams again, a look of horror as I was about to leave.
"Mummy don't leave me"

It's hard trying to control tears when all you want to do is cuddle her and take her back home.

I know she'll be ok, the lovely teacher gave me a call as I was walking back home to tell me she was fine, I know she'll love it, but for now, drop off is the hardest thing.

I made her a heart singlet using my old maternity jeans to wear on Sunday for her party

I am also baking her a special treat for when she gets home

and Aidan picked her a sunflower to make her smile.

It's all new to me and I have the little guy going to 3yr old kinder for the first day today.

Fingers crossed neither of us cry.

For no tears creativeness pop round here.

Hope your day has been tear free ♥

edited to add that she puts her heart in her school uniform pocket so she knows I am sort of there with her
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Not just another day

heart made from my old maternity jeans and beautiful button from Sarah, lovely inspiration from Mel

It  was busy, it was emotional, it was exciting, it was teary but what it wasn't was an ordinary kind of day.

There was alot to prepare


new things to wear

gifts and sweet notes

morning posing

walking through the park

so many new faces

and making sure she knew that I loved her 

The first day of school was met with a few screams and a few tears (no, not from me) but in the end it was all forgotten.

How did you go, how did your little person go?

Has your week been a happy one so far?

Hugs ♥

p.s Thanks Tanya for the sweet message yesterday
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Friday, February 4, 2011


My sweet Amelie
I love the way you smile
I love your witty comments
I love that you ride your bike without training wheels
I love it when you tell me things
I love that you love your little brother so much

I love that you hold my hand when we go for walks
I love it when I come to kiss you goodnight and you say that you want me to stay here all night
I love that you know more than me about the garden
I love that you love watching Dirt girl
I love your beautiful long hair
I love your big brown eyes

I love your wonderful drawings
I love that you write mum on most of them
I love that you are still my little monkey
I love your shyness at times
I love your nervous smile
I love your attentive stare when you are somewhere new

I love your temperament
I love that you are so like me
I love that you still love me to the moon and back fifty seventy million times
I just love you

Happy 5th birthday my beautiful little girl ♥

* teepee inspiration from these wonderful girls
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