A Very Buggy Birthday

Both our little munchkins have January birthdays so this year we decided to throw them a combined “Bugs in the Garden” birthday party.

I don’t usually do huge birthday parties for the kids, but after the year we’ve had, I really wanted to do something special to celebrate getting through it all.

Here are a few pics of the day:

Party Yumminess

Party Yumminess

 

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The birthday boy... already a hit with the ladies ;)

The birthday boy… already a hit with the ladies 😉

Sharing his cake with Mummy

Sharing his cake with Mummy

 

And of course, the cake ;)

And of course, the cake 😉

 

Of course I turned to Pinterest for inspiration, and got the ideas to make these:


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IMG_7503It was a hot and sunny day, plenty of cold drinks were had, the kids had a great water-fight (led by the biggest kid of them all, my darling Hubby)

I was absolutely thrilled to see ALL of the kids playing fantastically together, ages ranging from my itty-bitty 1 year old, to a couple of gorgeous boys who started high school this year. The big ones play so well with the little ones and they all get along wonderfully. It’s really lovely to see.

A fantastic day was had by all, and my little bugs had a very happy birthday.

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Lamb on a stick (my first original recipe!)

Hi there,

Eeek, bit nervous, this is the very first of my own recipes to go on the blog.

I wanted to make something “kid-friendly” and fun to eat, but still healthy and lots of flavour for us grown-ups too.

Kids love food on sticks, and I had lots of fresh herbs so I decided to go for something with a middle-eastern feel.

Lamb Koftas with Roasted Veg Cous Cous.

Ingredients:

600g Lamb Mince, 1 clove of garlic (finely chopped), 1 tbsp ground cumin, Skewers

1 cup Cous Cous, 500ml stock (vegetable or chicken)

1 brown onion, 1 large red capsicum, around 200/250g pumpkin,

A bunch of fresh mint, (around about a big handfull of leaves)

A bunch of fresh parsley, ( can use all mint or all parsley if you don’t have/don’t like the other one)

1 lemon, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, Olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Greek Yoghurt and extra fresh mint to serve.

Instructions:

Let’s keep it simple, shall we?

Get the mince, chuck it in a bowl. Add your garlic and cumin. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Mix. Grab a handfull (around the size of a small mandarin) and smoosh it onto a skewer and shape with your hands to make a ‘sausage’ shape. (It helps if you wet your hands first so it doesn’t stick to you instead of the skewers. Also it’s a good idea to soak your skewers in water before you start, but don’t stress if you don’t have time, it’ll be ok. I trimmed my skewers a little bit shorter too, so they’d fit in the pan better, but wouldn’t bother if I was going to do them on the bbq)

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Finely dice the onion. Chop the pumpkin and capsicum into smalls chunks (1-11/2cms)

 

IMG_5571        Get a small pan and just lightly toast the cumin seeds for a few minutes

(careful, they burn quick)

 

 

Get a nice big heavy-based pan with a tight-fitting lid and heat up some olive oil on a medium heat. (I love my really heavy cast iron enamel one for this, and it’s pretty enough to serve everything in at the table.) Cook the onion till translucent. Throw in the capsicum and pumpkin. Turn heat up a little bit, and cook stirring occasionally till they just start to brown. Add the couscous and stir, then add stock, give it a good stir, put the lid on and turn the heat down.

Leave it alone for about 10min,then check on it, if the pumpkin is tender, you can turn the heat off and just leave the lid on. (don’t stir it yet,ok?)

During this time, you can finely chop the mint and parsley and start cooking the skewers. (Pre heat a large pan on medium heat and lightly oil it. You can do this on a bbq if you prefer.) Turn every few minutes.

When the skewers are cooked (about 7 or 8mins) take the lid off the couscous, throw in the chopped herbs and give it a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Arrange the skewers on top, give it a good squeeze of lemon juice, sprinkle with toasted cumin seeds. Serve with greek yoghurt and garnish with fresh mint.

(For kiddies, they might like it served in a mini pita bread that they can just wrap it up and eat it. Easy huh! )

And here we go, the finished product!

And here we go, the finished product!

So, there we are, my very first recipe. (if anyone does give it a go, please let me know how you went and if you like it!)

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Welcome (back) to my (new) blog :)

Hi there,

I’m Beck.

This is my blog.

Soooo…come here often? Nope, that’s ok, me neither.

Ok, a little bit about me…

I’m 31 years old, I  have a husband who is totally into d.i.y-ing the shit out of everything, (seriously, he’s building our whole house!) 2 gorgeous kidlets who drive me batshit crazy, but also make me laugh everyday and I love them to bits.

This little bundle of cuteness is 9 month old Carter, also known as Squishy-baby

This little bundle of cuteness is 9 month old Carter, also known as Squishy-baby

I went and fell in love with a country boy and packed up my whole life and moved up the bush to be with him. Throw in assorted family dramas, a few crazy animals, building our own house, a couple of babies, living in the shed while we build our house, a few personal issues…and hey presto, here we are.

This is my gorgeous Scout, also known as Snugglebug, with my hubby, Kane

This is my gorgeous Scout, also known as Snugglebug, with my hubby, Kane

I’m craft-mad and a bit of a hoarder, I love food, wine, music, books and animals. (I have a bit of a habit of bringing home rescuing stray creatures) I love op-shopping for bargain vintage finds, I love bold colours and bling and gorgeous shoes. I have battled too many things in my life, from anxiety and depression to crazy family members, I refuse to let those things rule my life anymore. Sometimes I swear too much, sometimes I drink too much, but I am finally at a place in my life where I am happy just being Me.

So, welcome to the crazy, I hope you’ll stick around for a while

(I love to hear from you guys too, so feel free to leave a comment or drop me a message anytime xoxo)

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A Day In The Life Of… Me.

Ok, trying to get back on board with this blogging thing and linking up with Home Life Simplified for listmania #20, A day in the life of me.

So here is my Wednesday the 5th of June 2013.

5.49am: Squishy wakes up, nappy change, feed, back to sleep

7.15: Snuggle wakes up, insists that Daddy come play blocks with her, now. Which he kindly does so I can stay snuggled up in bed feeding and cuddling Squishy.

Coffee, I may be up but I'm not really awake till I've finished my coffee.

8am: Coffee. I may be up but I’m not really awake till I’ve finished my coffee.

 

9.45-10.30am: Squishy has a little nap. Snuggle does some painting.

I love seeing baby clothes all folded in the drawer. So much nicer than putting away grown-up sized washing!

I love seeing baby clothes all folded in the drawer. So much nicer than putting away grown-up sized washing!

I put some washing away and try to tidy up a bit. Go to put something away in desk drawer and it won’t close. Have to clean out desk drawer. Find some more textas for Snuggle. Squishy wakes up.

11.15am: Squishy has a roll around and chews on his toys.

Playtime!

11.15am: Playtime!

11.30-1.20pm: Squishy is a cranky and unsettled, wants to eat but doesn’t want to, wants to be held but doesn’t want to. *sigh* get nothing done for a couple of hours.

1.20pm: Lunch. We have toasted cheese sandwiches and sweet chilli sauce. (Snuggle is obsessed with sweet chilli sauce, she wants to put it on everything, including her toast some mornings!)

Squishy had pureed apple and a bit of a chew on a rusk.

1.20pm:  Lunch.                                                                Squishy had pureed apple and a bit of a chew on a rusk.

1.50: Take the little ones for a walk up to visit the goats. The new goats are starting to get used to us, I can hand feed three of them but Vienna is still a bit shy.

My baby girl, Mocha

My baby girl, Mocha

2.30pm: Snuggle stays outsidewith Kane for a little while so I can feed Squishy and try to put him down for a nap. It works! Yay, now I can get some stuff done! Run around like a mad woman tiding up and doing dishes.

How awesome is that 30 seconds when ALL he dishes are done...

How awesome is that 30 seconds when ALL he dishes are done…

3.30: Giving myself half an hour to chill out, have a cup of tea and do some crochet on the blanket I’m making for Snuggle while the little one’s asleep.

Tea and Crochet

3.30pm: Tea and Crochet

4.05: Squishy wakes up.

4.30: Bath time, Squishy first, then Snuggle plays in the bath while I get Squishy dressed and settled.

5.15: Get Squishy comfy in the kitchen in his rocker with some toys and teething rings so I can start on dinner.

Snuggle likes to "do cuttings"

5.15pm:  Snuggle likes to help  “do cuttings”

6pm: Dinner tonight is stir-fried kangaroo, marinated in char-sui sauce, lots of vegies and hokkien noodles. I love stirfrys, quick and easy and Snuggle will eat anything with noodles or pasta.

Kangaroo Stir Fry

Kangaroo Stir Fry with Noodles

6.45: Snuggle sits up on the couch with her milk and I sit with her feeding Squishy and reading a story. Tonight (and every night for the last week) its “Hot, Cross Bunny”

7.30: Both the little ones are asleep! YAY! Tidy up after dinner.

8.30: Relax time, super happy that Offspring is back on.

Offspring time!

8.30pm: Offspring time!

Snuggle up on the couch with Kane and a glass of wine to watch it.

9.30: Soo tired, going to bed.

(Squishy will probably wake me up for a feed sometime after midnight.)

So that was my day, not incredibly exciting, but lots of cuteness and cuddles.

How was your wednesday?

Till next time,

Beck xoxo

 

Making Stuff…

 

It’s #listmania time again, List 16 is all about making stuff, or more specifically things I want to make.

The perfect excuse for me to spend a few hours playing  um, I mean researching on Pinterest.

Can I just say now, how much I love Pinterest? I mean really, really love it.

I’m the kind of person who always has at least half a dozen projects on-the-go.

This means I don’t always finish things, or it might take me a year or two to get back to something, and sometimes by the time I get back to something, I don’t always remember what I was doing!

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This is why I love Pinterest so much, there’s so many things to remember, especially when building a house, there’s no way I’m going to remember the exact shade of paint I fell in love with a year ago when it’s actually time to paint, or what website had the handy tutorial for upcyling an old cabinet into something cool for a kids room. But on Pinterest, I can organise everything so that I’ll be able to find exactly what I’m looking for.

Ok, so now, some things I want to make:

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Awesome Recycled Chest of Drawers

Pinned this one from vertaustin.blogspot.com

I have an old set of drawers that were in my room when I was a kid, and they’ve definitely seen better days. I love this idea for prettying them up to put in one of the kid’s rooms.

Cooking :

OMG, there are so many things I’d love to learn to cook, I have hundreds of recipes pinned. Like this one for Pumpkin Donuts.

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Not exactly healthy but how yummy do they look? Pinned from annies-eats.net

Sewing:

yeah, this one might be a bit of wishful thinking. I haven’t even learned how to thread my sewing machine yet and I have 196 pins of things I’d like to make! Maybe one day I’ll be able to make something like this:

Super Cool Wings for Kids!

Super Cool Wings for Kids!

 

There are seriously hundreds of pins I could share with you today, it took me ages to decide on these ones, so if you want to see more, come stalk me on Pinterest, you’ll find me as Beck@mamaupthemountain and feel free to leave me your username in the comments or on FB so I can come follow you too 🙂

Lastly I’m going to share with something that actually will get made soon, a crochet granny square blanket I’ve started making for Miss Snuggle’s new big-girl  bed. The bed should be delivered by mid-June, so hopefully I’ll get the blanket finished by then too.

IMG_3390Ok, well that’s it for today, good luck with whatever you’re making this week.

Till next time,

Beck xoxo