These thank you card printables by DIY invitations found via How About Orange are lovely and they are available for free in six different designs.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
I think we all want our children to grow up eating a healthy diet and to be adventurous with food. When I had my first child I was determined that he would eat well and like most foods - and he did, that is until he hit 2. Pride certainly comes before a fall! Since then it has been a constant battle to get him to try most vegetables. I must say that he does eat well and has a variety of fruits and salad foods - he is just not fond of trying vegetables and vegetable based dishes.
I have a really great book on eating for children - More Peas Please, written by a dietitian and a specialist in feeding and swallowing. They give some great tips for encouraging fussy eaters.
One of the things I learn't from this book was that my expectations of the quantities of Fruit and Veggies that my child needed were in excess of what he really needs.
The recommended serves of food groups required per day are as follows:-
Age 1-3 Years
- 5 glasses of fluid
- 1 serve fruit + 1 serve vegetables or salad
- 1/2 serve meat, fish, chicken
- 2 serves full cream milk, cheese or yoghurt
Age 4-8 Years
- 6 Glases of fluid
- 1 serve of fruit + 2 serves vegetables or sald
- 1/2 serve meat, chicken, or fish
- 2 serves reduced fat milk, yoghurt or cheese
Examples of 1 serve:
Fruit - 1 medium sized fruit (apple, banana, orange), 2 small fruit (apricot, plum, kiwi fruit), 20 grapes, 1 cup canned fruit, dried fruit - 4 apricots, 1 1/2 tablespoons sultanas
Vegetables/salad - 1 medium potato, 1/2 cup cooked veges, 1 cup lettuce salad
Meat/chicken/fish/egg - 65-100g cooked meat, chicken, 80-120g cooked fish, 2 small eggs, 1/3 cup cooked legumes (dried peas, beans, lentils)
Milk/Yoghurt/Cheese - 1 cup milk (250ml), 40g cheese (2 slices), 200g yoghurt
Cereals/Breads - 2 slices bread, 1 cup cooked porridge, 1 medium bread roll, 1 cup cooked pasta or rice
Source: NHMRC Dietary Guidelines of Children and Adolescents via More Peas Please
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sunday is usually my day to plan the weekly menu and get the grocery shopping done. I thought that I might start posting my menu here to keep a better record of it over time.
Breakfasts - Our Breakfasts are usually quite simple, consist of 3 options, and if anyone is still hungry they will eat fruit. Our Breakfast menu rarely changes from the following.
Eggs on Toast (Saturday morning)
Fruit and water
Lunch - consists of one of the following followed by fruit
- Mondays is preschool for the boys and they usually have sandwich, vegetable sticks, hommus
- Salad Sandwich
- Baked Beans on toast
- Cheese, or peanut butter or vegemite etc sandwiches
- Egg sandwiches
Sunday: Spinach Dahl and rice
Monday: Baked Vegetables with Lasagne
Tuesday: Tomato Risotto
Wednesday: Vegetable quiche with salad
Thursday: Homemade Pizza
Friday: Dinner with the family
Saturday: Toasted sandwiches or baked beans on toast
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I recently discovered Australian artist Miranda Scoczek through an article in Adore Magazine. Checkout the gallery on her site for further images of her art. I love the combination of colour, graphics and silhouettes.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
The natural light along with the all white paint work and a pop of sunny yellow is perfect in this simple room.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
A gorgeous day spent outside with my husband finishing off the chicken coup he has been working on.
The kids also made a bird feeder with plenty of help from dad.
The kids also made a bird feeder with plenty of help from dad.
They used some left over timber from the coop, and also made this simple little bread holder by folding some left over chicken wire over pieces of timber and stapling it to attach. The kids can just refresh the bread by popping a new piece in the top. This could also be hung from a branch in a tree for a more simplified bird feeder, like this one here.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
This morning the kids and I made some choc weet-bix slice, this is a favourite from my childhood. My Mum used to make big batches of this slice when we were kids and keep it in the freezer - It never lasted very long as we would eat it straight out of the freezer.
- 3 wholewheat breakfast biscuits
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 2 tbs cocoa
- 150g butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
- Extra 1 tbs cocoa
- 2 tbs hot water
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- Crumble the weet-bix into a large mixing bowl
- Add dry ingredients and mix to combine.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted butter and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Spoon mix into a greased lamington tin. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon.
- Bake in a preheated oven 180°C for 20 minutes.
- Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. Add water and ice while still hot. Sprinkle with extra coconut.
- Put in freezer to cool.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Homemade Rye Bread
I love making my own bread. Mixing. Kneading. Rising. Shaping. Sometimes though, time is short and I have been looking for fast ways to have fresh bread. This book is perfect for quick delicious bread. It makes delicious homemade bread super easy. Anyone can do it. Throw all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix. Refridgerate. Use anytime in the next two weeks. Fresh bread daily from your own kitchen is really possible!
Monday, June 13, 2011
My boys bedroom is still imcomplete and I have been scouring the web for some more inspiration. My eldest loves maps and I really like the way the blank frame is hung over the map on the wall, with the rolled maps and nautical elements on display displayed.
Art supplies are readily available in this room for easy access when inspiration and creativty strike.
I really like the artwork in this room, actually I love all of it.
A more traditional boys space.
I love the stenciled map of Australia and New Zealand on this wall. Is that blackboard paint below?
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Next on the needles is a sweater for Toby, the pattern is Caelem. He has chosen the colour and is watching its progress closely.