I made a liver pate before without the food processor - lamb liver plus lots of onions and mushrooms. I can't say I'm a total convert yet, but it's definitely edible
Eating shouldn't be stressful!
Went to visit my side of the family this weekend. It was the first time all of us have been in one place in... 3yrs? It was nice but hectic.
I hosted a Birth Circle last week! I brought my specialty- zucchini bread.
Crocheted 2 scarves this last week.
Two days of catching up after the weekend away. Still loving my washing machine. Three loads in 2 days. Made a big pot of lentil veggie soup for DH's lunches. Made stew in the crockpot. We had a big salad, cashew quinoa and sauteed swiss chard tonight.
I've been mall walking with my MIL a couple of times a week. It's tedious, but she likes the time with DS.
We've been looking around at houses. It's so exciting! It feels unreal. Oh, the garden we will have!
I want to be musical too. and travel. and decorate my bathroom. and recycle wool sweaters. and knit... You ladies ROCK!!!
My parents are coming for a visit (today!) so that is a great impetus for some quick cleaning/organinizing/panicking about my house. And I have been re-inspired to knit! Just cast on for a spring vest for my daughter, and need to come up with gifts for 3 babies due in March. I love knitting for new babies!
And I haven't picked up my mandolin; there's always tomorrow right?
hi mamas. back in england, terrifically jetlagged. our space is so much brighter with the refinished floors, suddenly all worth it. we are ever so slowly restoring order here. it is going to take some time.
how is everyone feeling, mid-winter? projects on the go? or just getting regular things done?
the cold spell seems to have lifted a bit, but i really need to get some winterizing supplies for this draughty old thing. any tips?!
once there's some order in the house i'd love to get back into knitting projects.
there's garlic coming up in the garden i need to get started on the lasagna type layering to develop the soil.
now if we could just sleep through the night
what are you working on?
we have adjusted to the time, and we're slowly piecing our home back together. there's more to do, but we have a children's bedroom now. not that they sleep in it much hopefully also just a short adjustment. i'm enjoying simple + accurate solutions to things: my reading lamp on an old table i found on ebay is making me so happy, to sit in bed and read + write + knit. our music stand is elegant in the corner and has made my playing SO much more focused. we had a mishap with the children's room, a combination of the wrong size truckle, wrong size mattress, . it couldn't get more wrong. but it should be sorted soon!
i've knitted a glove this week, slowly between being very busy designing logos for my partner, putting the place in order, and getting back into classes.
what are you all into? tell me go on, just a little bit
I bought some zebra stripped fabric and adhered it with starch to ds wall (he has a jungle themed room) and it looks so cute! I have enough left over to make a little curtain for his lower bunk so that it will be "like a fort" when he pulls it closed. Just have to go get a curtain rod for that.
I have started an embroidered christmas stocking. I used to do counted cross stitch and had done stockings for me and dh before kids, but just couldn't get back into it for the boys. But oldest ds asked this past christmas if he could have one (the boys all have nice store bought plain ones). So I have decided to make three and not give anybody one until all three are done. I chose embroidery because it takes a little less concentration on my part than counted cross stitch (which I ALWAYS count wrong and then have to fix). So far it is going smoothly!
I have the challenge of eating out of the pantry the last few days due to a massive amount of snow (24" is unheard of here) and am proud of how creative and great the dinners have been
i'd love to help my girls make friendship bracelets, i used to love that! we just bound up a couple of signatures and they are writing + illustrating. very cute to see my 4 year old's writing, she has me write dots for the letters she isn't sure about, to trace, and has that gorgeous E with 13 horizontal strokes.
So we've been stuck inside. A lot. DH has been more the traditional home-maker lately. He made cheese yesterday. It's yummy but it has to mature for a month now. Then he made ricotta from the whey
All I've managed is finishing a scarf/cowl thingy for DD.
I used to love making friendship bracelets...
Softmama, that sounds like a wonderful bedroom. My dd wants a tent for her bed...she has a full size bed, and we are frugal types, so this could be a building project. Of course, by the time we get it done, she'll have outgrown the idea.
I baked our bread for the week last night, and the chickens are laying like CRAZY!! So I am squeezing in what I can between work projects. It's been busy and I am looking forward to a bit of a break in a week or so.
Also have learned that dh will be gone the entire month of May, so I will be struggling to get the garden in. I just want to show him I care and can do it... So I am making plans now, have to buy seeds and get going.
we are staying at the YHA, so i do get to cook for us, and i'm doing laundry right now. I rule! LOL
looks like we found a place and we have another place to look at as well, but i am thinking we will go with this first place. I actually really like it and the location can't be beat.
Now I am home and well, and boy this place is a wreck!! Today I will begin the clean up. I am not going to over-do it, but do my chore for the day and next week I'll be caught up. I also need to do my meal plan for this week so we can go shopping tomorrow. Then I need to get sewing because two of my friends are having baby showers soon! I'm not sure what I will make yet though. I thought of doing little pants with matching shoes and an appliqued onesie, but I'm not sure if I will since the fabric I want to use is flannel. One is due in April and the other is the end of May. Does anyone have any other ideas? Both women are pretty mainstream and it's the first baby for each of them.
Nicole, Mama to C (4/07) and Z (2/09).
we got the first apartment and today we give over the money for it and sign the lease. after we do that, we're buying a bed and linens, as well as fit-out the closet.
Then, i need to outfit the kitchen. I'm probably going to go to a place called Trash Palace. I've heard that a lot of restaurants and such give over their old kitchen wares and dishes and such to the place--so you can get a lot of good things very inexpensively (a friend picked up an iron skillet and a beautiful iron/ceramic stock pot/dutch oven for $5). And of course, storage for the kitchen.
i'm excited that there is a little front garden (i can plant herbs at least!), and it's also close to a little unkept park, so i plan to guerilla garden that space.
Ok- I have addressed my "office" in favor of a "nursery".. I sold off a globe, a chaise lounge, and art supplies.. I sorted through the closet (that had so many boxes in it from our move last year that the door couldn't close..
I threw away probably 6 bags of garbage (mostly old bills).. donated probably 3 boxes of books and knicknacks.. and am selling off my bookshelves and a few wall pictures..
I repainted the room a light pink and am planning on assembling the baby furniture on Sat!
I am going to join in if you don't mind. I'm Rebecca, mama to 4 little ones ranging in age from almost 6 to our new baby boy who is about 2 months old. I've been "at home" since about halfway through my pregnancy with my first child. Once I got into a good routine with being a SAHM I found I felt really fulfilled and realized that I was more content than I ever had been in my life before. My mom was a homemaker when I was very little but then went back to work when I was 5. I want my kids to grow up with a sense of "home" that I didn't really get to have.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure I will fit in here great. I homeschool my oldest (and the almost 4 yo a little when he likes) and we tend to stay home most of the time. My almost 4yo has been immunosuppressed for the past few months due to medication/illness so it has given me a new respect for making our household run well because we've been hibernating most of the time lol.
Let's see what other "homemaker" type things do I do? I'm an avid knitter, I sew when I have time (previously had a diaper sewing business), love cooking & veggie gardening, work on some canning/preserving, and do my best to make our house feel like home. We have slowly been increasing the size of our garden over the past couple years and it has taken over our entire suburban front yard I've gone from knitting just hats and scarves to pretty much anything I can think of. I'd love to get more into sewing again and I've been working really hard on decluttering/simplifying our home. We hope to find a little old farmhouse on acreage eventually, but right now we are trying to find happiness where we are planted
Making a nice roast chicken dinner tonight and then homemade soup tomorrow. Trying to work on finishing a snuggly wool hooded cardigan for the baby and get started on an Easter outfit for my dd. Hoping to sew a new apron and pot holders next week once some fabric arrives
mama to a sweet girl , & 4 silly boys
I need to get some sewing supplies (a bobbin case & pinking shears) as I am putting off baking until I am more comfortable in having given up gluten. Baking bread or cookies is just too much temptation, but maybe I'll make some granola & try my hand again at yogurt making this weekend.
Just completed my doula training, and now onto getting my certification. Taxes have been filed and hopefully this weekend I can get some much needed cooking in, to restock our lives and make February a little bit easier
We still have our xmas tree up, and it going to be taken out this weekend. I think I have convinced DH to let us cover it in birdseed and let the critters have at it. Has anyone else done this, as I'm wondering how the birdseed will stick?
Everyone is so busy with projects... its inspiring!
Zoebird - congrats on the apartment & good luck in outfitting your family's new diggs.
Artparent - Glad to hear you & your girls made it back to London safely. I'm jealous of your refinished floors. I would love to have that done soon to our house, as our wonderful floors just have been abused, stapled & covered by the previous owners.
Pinoikoi - whee babies & decluttering. DH & I have to get going on that, but it seems to take forever with our 2 running around
PNCTink - gah! I hope you are feeling better!! Take it easy and let yourself heal
1jooj - I hope you & your kiddo are feeling better. We have sick tummies in the house right now and ugh is the only word coming to mind.
celestialdreamer - Welcome!
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my first order of business was to measure the apartment thoroughly. i discovered that the bay window where i wanted to stick the bed is 8 ft wide. a king size bed is about 6 ft wide. so, there will be plenty of space in the bay window! so, i went ahead and ordered a king. DH will be *so* happy (he's at a film thing today).
second order of business, i have to get linens still for the bed. "bed bath and beyond" here is a boutique styled shop. i tend to look for organics, but so far i have to find them elsewhere apparently. i'm going to try the okooko shop (the kind of bed we bought) because they are closing down their concept design shop. they should have a lot of linens still there (apparently). so, we're going to check there for good prices. i tried online already.
the fun activity that i set for myself this afternoon was to measure out the furniture that i'm looking at online (used via "trademe") and see if it would fit. I put a bid in for a table (oval--perfect fit for the bay window in the "lounge"), and a mirror for above the fireplace. it's an old bathroom mirror (3 ft x 3 ft) for $10. it will look nice above the fire place i think.
for kitchen stuff, i'm really just getting the basics. i'm trying to figure out how to get to trash palace on the bus system. LOL i don't know how to drive on the other side of the road and we don't have a car anyway.
How would you spend your money to make house if you were on a very, very tight budget. (2 students and our infant son in downtown Toronto, I cant stress how tight that budget will be) For example on linens, furniture, paint (it will be a rental though) dishes and storage(it will be limited)
I have begun to compress my belongings, as well as selling my son's baby items he has outgrown, and dividing clothes to keep, give away or sell to make extra cash. I will be working on a notebook/binder to keep all recipes, including homemade household item recipes, important resource numbers and our budget spreadsheets to save money and find my info faster. Any thing to stay organized, its time for me to become an adult and run my own family household.
I'm new with traditional homemaking, I'm not sure how to be practical while setting up house but still make it a plesant organized home(well, apartment until a down payment is earned and saved!) on a small budget. Who knows though, I could find more great savings while I'm living there. However I could start collecting funds and searching for items now that I'm still at home.
I appreciate your advice in advance.
Gracious Christian Woman, Wife & Mother of Two
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Breastfed, baby wore and coslept with our intact, vaccine-free boys. Currently homeschooling and excited for more!