Thursday, January 29, 2009

Maternity Dress for Breastfeeding

Sometime between Christmas and now I decided that I really need more comfortable, cool nursing clothes. Digging through a pile of "mending" this month I discovered a skirt I picked up at an opshop before I ever fell pregnant. It was a lush red and pink size 8 ankle-length piece with an extra panel, to make it appear the fitted shape was actually a wraparound skirt.
Inspired, I pulled it apart and discovered that when turned to a flat panel, it actually fit me. So I went out and bought myself a singlet top in a similar colour. An hour or two later I had this little number.
It's cute, sassy and super easy - and it's modest and breastfeeding friendly!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rainbow Pants of Dooom, Toddler edition

(Note the green and gold cupcake in hand. Both were hits with this particular little boy.)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Adventures in Cooking

As my friend Jenni says "I am NOT a Domestic Goddess".

In my case, people are even less likely to get confused than in hers, as I am also decidedly not a dab hand in the kitchen anyway. So after reading about all the additives in packet cake mixes it was with some nervousness that I resolved to try making cake from scratch from now on.
Australia Day presented the perfect opportunity to test out my caking abilities - with green and gold cakes! So I headed over to trusty Allrecipes and found this easy-peasy white cake mix recipe.

I'm happy to say the cake proved super easy to make, and just over an hour later I had two dozen tiny cupcakes, iced with peppermint butter icing. They were very well received, and went within about ten minutes.

I'm now wondering why on earth I've been using packets all these years - the recipe was just as easy, only required a little more measuring, not really any more time, and tastes so much better! I think I'm sold on the cake-making from scratch from now on, and am going to try tweaking the recipe a bit to make extra moist cake (extra plain yoghurt or sour cream?) or chocolate (choc bits or cocoa powder).

Saturday, January 17, 2009

This Year

I pledge to myself that I will
  • take more care, and produce more things that I am truly proud of
  • spend more time making, less time envying what others make
  • Produce at least one new item a fortnight
  • introduce my little boy to the joy of creating. After he stops eating everything new as a matter, of course

To that end, I have signed up for Twitter and changed my lovely, old drecky blog from livejournal to the more custom-made Blogger and invested time in its graphics and layout (and will spend more time on these things in times to come).

Thanks for coming along for the ride with me.