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Candles

 

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She counts six whole candles, our little Blossom.

We’ve spent the past few days celebrating all she brings to this family of ours and how much we adore her.

This week has been a good one, in so many exciting and wonderful ways.  {I will share more soon}.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  See you mid-week. x

Home 389: Candles – Local Beach

Confess

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This post starts off something like this….

‘People think I’m a great Mum but……’

I sent Blossy off to school without knickers again last week.  I’ve written before about my dislike of mornings while getting three little people ready for school and me off to work.  They are usually always chaotic and often end in something being forgotten and me feeling frazzled.

The bell rings as we pull into the school car park.  Blossy climbs out of the car with her skirt hitched around her bottom, we quickly notice her lack of underwear…..Argh.  My iPad and iPhone beep in unison giving me my 20 minute work meeting reminder and I stand there looking at my youngest in her school dress and bare bottom.  She grins and lets out a ‘oops I forgot my undies Mumma… sorry’.  I search the boot of my car in the hope that last weeks swimming bag, still sitting in there, contains a pair of knickers, no luck.  I then rummage around on the floor of the car, finding missing shoes, socks, half eaten biscuits, everything but a pair of knickers.  The playground empties and we bump into the school Mum’s walking out the gates where I sheepishly confess she has a bare bottom under that dress.  Hand in mine Blossy and I walk to her classroom where I go over the story of Blossy and her lack of knickers with her teacher. She reaches up to the cupboard and grabs a spare pair and shares the secret information that Daddy did the same thing last week.

Ava kindly lets me know that evening that she had two pairs of knickers on that day and clearly I’m not loosing my mind but confusing my children instead.

Dare to share….. have you had a moment like this lately?

*Note to self: Put spare knickers in the car

*This post is inspired by you Sis.  Love that someone else has weeks like these.

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 Home 388: Confess – Bakery

 

Bake

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We are sharing a chocolate cake recipe today.  This one is from my childhood and a sentimental favourite.  When I moved out of home all those years ago my beautiful Mum gave me a handwritten recipe book filled with my favourite home cooked meals and sweets.  It has been very well-loved and treasured.  So much so that it is beginning to fall apart and I am now rewriting all the recipes into a new little book.  One I hope my three girls will one day take with them when they venture out into the world.

This cake takes me all the way back to my childhood kitchen, you really should give it a try.

BOILED CHOCOLATE CAKE

You will need……

2 eggs

2 tablespoons of cocoa

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of castor sugar

125 grams of butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon carb soda

1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour

How to make it……

Put the water, sugar, butter/margarine, cocoa and soda in a saucepan.  Stir over a low heat until the butter melts.  Bring to boil and simmer for five minutes.  Let it cool and then mix in the eggs, vanilla and flour.  Pour into a 7″ cake tin.  Cook in a moderate oven  for one hour or until cooked.

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Home 387: Bake - Local Cafe

Daily

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Back to the school routine this morning and I’m missing the ease of school holidays already.

Here’s what made us happy last week:

1. Wind in her hair and sand between her toes ~ Blossy

2. River play ~ Ava

3. Crossing rivers in your knickers ~ (I love her sense of adventure) Poppy

4.  Discovering new surf spots ~ Dean

5.  Bed swapping and caravan sleep ins.  (Waking up and finding my three like this) ~ Me.

What made you happy last week?  Hope it was a lovely one.

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Home 386: Daily – 13th Beach

Return

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A Postcard from The Great Ocean Road……

we packed our little home on wheels and ventured down the coast for a mid school holiday getaway.  It has been a while between caravan stays and I was absolutely desperate for the simplicity of it.  It was cold, wet and windy.  Thankfully gumboots and our winter woolies were not forgotten, Victorian weather can be so fickle sometimes.  This time we had plans to take the girls on their first big hike.  Ava spent the day before meticulously making her first ever scroggin (trail mix) snack for each of us… reminding me of my childhood hiking memories with family and friends.

The girls were reunited with their caravan board games, we sat by the camp fire, toasted marshmallows, played by the river and walked (slowly) along beaches.  It was so timely after a busy school/working term.

We hiked along the Cumberland River and up through the bush.  It was wet and muddy and parts of the walk were spent on our bottoms.  The girls loved the mud, the puddle jumping and the challenge of it all.  We crossed rivers in freezing water, sometimes the girls on Daddy’s back and towards the end, as their confidence grew, they tackled the river crossings on foot.  Shoes and pants around their neck for safe keeping and off they ventured into the icy waters in their knickers.  As each one made it across there were cheers and high fives.  We didn’t do the entire loop around the Cumberland, the final few river crossings were too high and fast flowing.  Instead, in the middle of the Otway forest we ate our picnic lunch and hiked home along the track we ventured in.  It really is a beautiful part of the world.  Poppy, holding my hand on the way back said ‘Mumma, I’m the luckiest aren’t I, this has been the best day ever’.  We were muddy, wet, cold and happy.

Knowing nature is a wonderful thing.

Hope you are having a lovely week.  It is so nice to be back here… on the blog.

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 Home 385: Return.  They are super excited to have a happy home in their hands again.