Some tree bling!

To go along with the crafty theme that has been going on lately here is some of the tree bling I made recently!

Once again Pinterest inspired me and I thought it would be a good idea to combine this with a gift for some lovely little nieces and nephews living across the ocean in both SA and Aus!

The back and front views – with initials = less arguments!

I was going to make some for my kids and thought “how lovely would it be if all the cousins had the decorations, one for every year until they finally leave home”.  Well we’ll see how long that continues but I think it’s a nice thought!

And add that they’re light enough to post with the Christmas card – which I really must get on and write – or delegate to hubby! And that they were so easy to make with some left over felt from the advent calendar!

What you making for pressies this year?!

Monday munchies… butternut risotto

This is one of our family favorites… and for something I was pretty scared of making it is surprisingly easy!

Fry one largish onion with some garlic.

Add about half to whole butternut (depends on how many you making for obviously – we tend to use about 3/4 for our family of 5). Add to the onions and fry off for a little while. Add about 1-2cm of water to the bottom of the pan to help it cook out.

Water should have gone by the time the butternut is ready.  Add a good old knob of butter and mix in the risotto.

Add hot stock (I use the cubes and dissolve it in a jug ready to add with boiled kettle water) a little at a time.

Stir continuously (or just as often as you can) to make sure it doesn’t all clump together and get claggy.

Keep adding stock until the risotto is cooked through but keeps a little bite or texture.

Dish up!

Sprinkle some parmesan on the top… or actually feta on it is really nice too surprisingly, think it’s the saltinesss with the sweet butternut!

YUM!

I love the versatility of risotto, you can make nearly any flavour you like! This butternut one is also really good with a big handful of chorizo added in with the onions!

A summer favorite here is also pea and mint risotto!

The options are endless!

 

 

All in the name of Teddy!

My baby loves her Teddy of that you can be sure! She was given him for her first christmas and she hasn’t let go of him since!

It’s strange how they attach to something of their choice! Even though they get offered so many others they always seem to go for the one you don’t think they will.

This is a very special teddy, it’s her special Grandpa Teddy! I love that she loves the one present her grampa had a hand in choosing. Grampa just turned 81 this year and lives in South Africa so she doesn’t get to see him much but I thinks so sweet that everynight she goes to sleep with a little bit of him in her arms!

Jenna with her grampa!

Yesterday I accidentally took Teddy to work in the back of my car after dropping her off at play group! I didn’t realise until I got a frantic phone call asking if I knew where he was! I was gutting when I realised, espcially when I was only going to be home at 9:30pm!! Oh man bed time was going to be a challenge!

Teddy under and thumb in mouth = sleep = peace and quiet for mum!

I happened to look across my office at about 5:30 and noticed one of my managers packing up for the night and suddenly realised he lived in the same town as us! I flew across to him and practically begged him to take Ted home for Jenna. He was a little bemused – he has no kids himself, but agreed to the request and soon Teddy was winging it home on the M1!

Oh course my ever confident daughter then greeted him in her knickers and still had the cheek to moan that mommy had taken it in the first place – and after all that effort!

Teddy over the last few weeks has started looking a little sad… he has got a bald patch and a hole! She started pulling his fur to get something out of it and just didn’t stop… takes after mom I guess… and then the hole happened. And the finger had to go in the hole, and the hole got bigger, and bigger! Time to go to mommy’s teddy hospital!

My very overdramatic sad looking little girl with a holey teddy!

Half hour later he was mended… and I had a happy little girl! Let hope this Teddy lasts forever… cause I don’t want to see what will happen when he does eventually fall apart! Oh dear!!

A sewn up and restuff teddy – ain’t he cute!!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday truth… family

Sometimes, just sometimes mind you, I look around and realise just how incredibly lucky we are!

Saturday was one of those days… a stressful day don’t get me wrong but one of those special and rare days!

We have had such a manic few weeks. What with me starting back at work, joining the PTA and just general life with 3 littley’s running around! Add a Dodo (granny aka my mom) to the mix who arrived over from SA last Thursday, together with a granny Trish who arrived in the UK from SA on Friday and life just got a little fuller!

One advantage of broken and then reformed families is the additional people you get who love your kids!!! Our babies are lucky enough to have 3 granny’s and 3 grampa’s!

On Saturday we had ALL 3 GRANNY’S in the house! The kids were in heaven! 3 people to over ride the parents – wahoo!!! Me well I was in the kitchen prepping food for the houseful! and sending out tea’s and coffee’s!

The truth this Tuesday is that even out of those season in life where things are not going as we want or breaking down and ending God can turn them around and use them as blessings! That even when our families were falling apart and we thought we were losing people who loved us, God still wanted to use those times! To teach us and support us, and bless us with more people in our lives and even bigger families to love us! No I’m not saying that breaking up families is a good thing, just that even in those times God is bigger and better and more gracious and kind and loving.

Sometimes even when these very blessings are peeing us off and driving me mental… how lucky am I to have them to do that! Take a moment to count your annoying blessings… bet you could find a few!

 

 

Daisy Doo

It’s one of my favorite times of week again!!!

Caption day!!!

Whose got one??

Link up by clicking below and then spread the comment love to everyone else with some funny’s!!

 

 

 

I couldn’t do it could you??

I couldn’t be a childminder, I don’t know about you? Maybe it’s just cause I’d feel so inferior to ours that it’s not an option!

I couldn’t take 5 kids out for a walk in the woods and bring them all home in 1 piece with a packet of leaves and acorns each and in a decent state!

Feed 5 kids chocolate birthday cake and lunch and still keep her house looking neat and tidy.

Allow all 5 kids to play in the lounge with toys without screaming shouting and non sharing!

Keep 4 out of 5 children who have missed their afternoon nap happy and entertained whilst mommy enjoyed her extended shopping trip sans children!

To have the balls on our first meeting to tell us that if we didn’t want her to tell our baby she loved her and baby love her back and to cuddle her as much as she has the time to then we are not the right family to be with her!!

And you know what she has followed through on every one of those… she loves our kids like her family! They love her cuddles. She brings them presents every birthday, stops by to say Hi when she can. Takes the kids for free afternoons after we stopped her services when baby 3 was born. Organises days out with her kids and their families to get to know each other!

This year she is also planning of using the money she would have spent on gifts for the kids on giving a “good gift” – eye surgery, a goat, a chicken or water to some needy children in disadvantages countries.  And the kids get to also collect money and choose the gift together. Such a lovely idea to get the kids to give this christmas and not just expect to be given!

You know what, I don’t think I could ever do her job as well as her! We know we’ve found a gem, she adores your kids and they in turn love her to bits!

If you have to go back to work I would hope EVERYONE finds someone they feel so confident and content with to look after their most important possession! And you know what the more people who love and care for your kids surely the better…