Sunday, November 29, 2009

Officially home...

and not loving it but I am pleased to be back to the online wilderness! Our holiday was fab, as you can see from the photos, and although the sewing machine was set up, I did a paltry amount. So, here is a summary of our holiday:

1. Hanging out with Brigi and swimming with ducks

2. Zooming around the Hawkesbury trying desperately to avoid thunderstorms in our boat while smelling like bait! Nick and I loved out couple of days out on the boat, we didn't catch much that was edible but the main thing is we made it home alive. I kid you not, there was lightning zapping right behind us as we zoomed back to Patonga Beach.

3. Did I mention Brigi - swimming - ducks??? I just hope she forgives me for her wearing glasses AND a hat when she is older.

4. Brigi giving a kangaroo at the Australian Reptile Zoo a smooch.

And there you pretty much have it!! There was lots of surf time at the rockpool at Copa but Brigi was so fearless I guess Nick and I were running around the whole time, so alas no photos. She managed to get into a swim ring and LOVED it, and when I say she loved it, I mean she was OUT THE BACK (I know it's in the rockpool but there was surf!) swirling around treading water. That girl is adventurous.

And last but not least, the beginning of my abstract block for Meg for the Beehive. I promise you Meg, it will be in the post this week, with a little salty air in the fabric.

I hope this post finds you all well, I can't wait to catch up on my blog reading too. Bec xo

Monday, November 16, 2009

At the Copa, Copacabaaaaaana

God bless Barry Manilow. I am in holiday mode on the NSW central coast at Copacabana Beach, and in my hazy relaxed state I forgot to let you all know!! So my apologies, I am tuned out for another week. But never fear, my sewing machine is set up and all my other sewing tools are spread all over the place. It's just hard to find the time in between swimming with Brigi amongst the ducks and vaguing out in the heat!! TTFN, Bec xo

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Coconut Rice

Miss B is on a soy and dairy free diet, and for those of you who have little ones with allergies and food intolerances it can be hard to get excited about cooking when so much is cut out of the diet. This recipe is easy peasy and is a delicious dessert or special occasion breakfast. I adapted a recipe for rice porridge out of Donna Hay's Off The Shelf book, replacing regular milk with coconut milk and adding some brown sugar. You don't have to add sugar but I find I use less in the cooking as opposed to heaping some on every time you serve it. This is yummy hot or cold, with fresh or stewed fruit on top. Brigi licks her fingers when we eat this, which is encouraging!!
1/2 cup short grain rice
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup coconut light milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Wash rice.
Put all ingredients into a saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice is very soft and the mixture looks like porridge.
Spoon into a bowl and top with your favourite fruit, or eat straight away. You can serve with extra coconut milk if desired.

Sunday Stash #14

This is a beautiful "vintage" Prints Charming fabric I have in my stash. It's from about 4 years ago I think, and I can't bear to cut it up!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday Stash #13 & a fairy!

I'm sorry I'm a whole day late, we had a weekend of house hunting, halloween party at Nicholson St Primary School in Balmain (Brigi was a fairy, her friends were a bunny and a bee), breakfast out, sewing and family dinner!!! Phew, It's exhausting just remembering. Any road up, below is Miss B and her bumble bee friend and some pretty Kokka florals, same design different colour ways...

Hope you are all well, Emma I am pleased to hear from you all the way from Singapore!! Hope you and family are settling in. TTFN all you lovely online wilderness browsers, Bec xo