Hi there! It has been a while since my last post. Let’s just say I needed to take a little blogging break. And since Soren has figured out how to move around and explore his world I’m constantly chasing and cleaning up after him. When he naps I feel too exhausted to do much of anything. How these parents with multiple kids manage I don’t know. Is there a secret? A power juice that keeps you going? Please feel free to let me know :)
We have also been busy putting our new kitchen in (wahoo!). I’m so excited. The sink and stone benchtop still need to go in and the tile splashback is yet to be done (watching many ‘how to’ tiling vids at the moment) but the cupboards are all in, and so too is the brand spanking new 6 burner gas stove/oven. I’m in love. You would think being without one for over 2 months that the first meal I cooked on it would have been something amazingly gourmet. But nope. Grilled cheese was what we had for dinner that night. But it was a pretty awesome grilled cheese sandwich at that. I’ll be sure to share some before and after pics of the kitchen once it’s done.
Soren had his first little modelling gig this week. Marnie from Lyn’s Label sources luxurious materials and has produced a beautiful 100% cotton chenille change mattress and a stylish reversible nappy change bag. So we used Soren as the little bare bum model for the change mattress. He is so wriggly at the moment that I nearly lost him off the change table about 5 times. But managed to get a few still shots luckily. This one is my favourite. Something to keep handy for his 21st birthday ;)
With over 2 months without an oven and Christmas coming I have some serious baking to make up for. I’ll be sure to share a few yummy Christmasy things with you shortly. Have a great weekend everyone!
That’s right carrot! I thought this may be a little overly ambitious and end in a disaster. Carrot in ice cream, never. But I figured if carrot can go into a cake then it can go into ice cream. And it’s actually really good and passed the ice cream loving husband test. Imagine carrot with the sweetness of brown sugar and golden syrup and the spice of cinnamon and ginger. Then you have the crunch of caramelised pecans mixed through giving it texture. I dare you to give it a go. You will (hopefully) be pleasantly surprised. Have a great weekend everyone!
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So Friday afternoon I went out and bought an ice cream machine. I’ve been umming and ahhing about it for some time now. And I’ve had the Humphry Slocombe book sitting in my book pile for a while, recipes waiting to be attempted. For those who haven’t heard of Humphry Slocombe, it’s an awesome ice cream store located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Their flavours are out there. ‘Elvis (the fat years)’ which has bacon peanut brittle and bananas in it, ‘Jesus juice’ with cinnamon, cola and red wine, and ‘Rosemary’s baby’ with pine nuts, olive oil and rosemary to mention a few. The book is funny. I love their humour and hearing about how they come up with their names.
My first attempt was a little on the safe side. An adapted version of their ‘Here’s your damn strawberry ice cream’ recipe. In their version they use red wine vinegar but I love the combination of strawberries and balsamic so thought I’d give it a whirl. The result – the creamiest ice cream I’ve ever tasted. So dangerously good. Now that I know what goes into ice cream I’m hesitant to make a second batch. But coming up with unusual flavours is actually quite fun and addictive. So I’m sure a second attempt isn’t far away.
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A little while ago I photographed a Christmas story for The Simple Things magazine. I’m happy with the result but getting there was another story. It was actually quite a disaster of a shoot.
I was due to cook and photograph the story on a Sunday afternoon. The Friday night prior I put our dinner in the oven and proceeded to get Soren ready for bed. Reid got home from work and said “You didn’t turn the oven on properly” to which I replied “Yes I did”. Turned out our oven had gone kaput. So no dinner and I was overcome with panic about what to do on Sunday for the shoot. I had the table and everything setup ready to go. But no oven. The words “I’m f*”cked” were said a few times.
I ended up having to cook everything at my brother and sister-in-laws house half an hour drive from our home, and transport it all back to our house in time to photograph everyone enjoying it for dinner. Poor Soren was at my side the whole time and so overtired. The ham that I had on my lap as Reid drove the car had dripped juices all over my pants (which I had to toss in the bin due to stains) and all over the car seat. My chocolate, mascarpone & strawberry tart became a no-bake version. And it was a mad dash to photograph everything before things started turning yucky. To say I/we were exhausted is an understatement. But, I got there in the end. With help from my lovely family.
So voila! This is the result. I hope despite the mission to get there it at least feels like a relaxed Christmas :) For more on the issue you can check out The Simple Things sampler here.
It’s only midweek and already been filled with highs and lows. But it’s the highs I’m choosing to focus on. Soren has started trying to crawl! I shed a few tears of joy when I first saw him trying. A look of concentration fills his face as he thinks hard about what his legs need to do. And you can sense the excitement he feels when he gets up and moves a short distance. The other high is that for the past 4 nights he has slept through (hoorah!!). It has been 8 months of getting up at least once through the night. I still wake up at 2:30am but only to see him sleeping soundly. I listened with envy when other mums would talk of their little ones sleeping through after only 4 months. It took Soren a bit longer but I finally feel we have reached a turning point. And that restful nights are well on their way. I’m aware things can change with little ones but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.