Friday, May 25, 2012

one for the weekend

We are rained in here today. The wind is wild. Even the school drop-off became an adventure this morning navigating flooded roads, puddle filled walking paths and gusts of wind that threatened to turn umbrellas inside out. My mind is turning over the possibilities for rainy weekend happiness.

Here goes:

-Making playdough following a hand-written recipe given to me by my friend Lucy, who among many other talents is a creative mama of 3. Lucy stood at my kitchen bench and wrote the recipe (from memory) on a card along with one for finger paint when River was about six months old, Lucy told me they were essential recipes for all mamas. Right she is.

1 cup plain white flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup cold water
1 tbs oil
2 tbs cream of tartar
food coloring (drops of!!)
Stir and cook all together over low heat for 3-5 minutes or until just 'off' sticky. Store for months in airtight container.

I haven't been brave enough to make the finger paint but here's the recipe in case you are:

Finger paint
2 tbs sugar
1/2 cup cornflour
2 cups cold water
food coloring
Mix sugar and cornflour then slowly add water. Stir over low heat until blended. Divide and add different colors.

-Being arty designing birthday cards for the many May birthdays we celebrate in our family this week
-Drinking homemade chai
-Dreaming up dishes to cook that incorporate yoghurt cheese, such as steamed broccoli with garlic, lemon, olive oil and one or two balls of yoghurt cheese stirred in before serving. I am yet to make my own yoghurt cheese despite how simple it apparently is to do, if you'd like to give it a go try this recipe
-Sneaking out for at least one coffee with a friend
-Finishing sewing hand puppets with River and Sol taking to the sewing machine!
-Baking...any suggestions? How beautiful does this 'garden cake' look? I first saw it on A Cup of Jo.

And then just letting the rest of the hours unfold...I'm sure there'll be some cubby making, drawing, squabbling, fingers crossed some napping, writing, reading, movie watching.

Happy weekending.


  1. Awww...that's nice! There is also a third 'P' of Parenting Essentials that I like to add to those recipes for first time parents, and that's Pikelets!

    1 cup Self Raising Flour (or flour+riser of your choice)
    2/3 cup milk
    2 tbs castor sugar
    1 egg
    pinch o'salt
    knob of butter
    wooden spoon
    mixing bowl
    frying pan

    Put all the dry ingredients in the bowl, make a well in the centre and break the egg into it. While stirring with a wooden spoon, slowly add the milk and mix thoroughly.
    Melt butter in frying pan over a low-med heat. Add blobs of mixture to the pan. Once craters appear on the surfaces, flip them over and cook briefly.
    Serve warm with butter and lashings of jam, crabapple jelly, honey or maple syrup...Enjoy!!

    Lucy xx

    PS. There is also a silent'P' to add to that lot of recipes...and, that's a cheeky glass o'plonk for the parent!! :-)

  2. Thanks for that Luce. I love the description of pikelets cooking with 'craters' appearing - excellent! And having shared in the deliciousness of eating pikelets made by you more than once, I can vouch for your recipe being a winner. xx


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