Wednesday, September 28, 2011

hedgehog

Around here we have a new favourite treat. . . chocolate hedgehog. It's made in bulk but generally doesn't last like it should. I have a huge, commercial size slice tin that I use for this and the intention is that it will be sliced up and put in the freezer to last at least a few weeks. But it never seems to work that way and by the time I get around to slicing it all up it just doesn't seem worth putting the remainder away! It's just one of those things that you can't stop eating... oh so good!

Here's the recipe for those of you that dare!

(I generally double this recipe for a huge batch but you need to have a big tin or lots of them to do this)

420 gms sweet biscuits (something like arrowroot)
210gms butter
210 gms sugar
60 gms cocoa
3 eggs, lightly beaten
coconut (I don 't measure this but I would say about 3/4 cup)
icing sugar
extra cocoa

-Crush biscuits. This is fun for little ones. Do this however you like. We put something between a tea towel and take to it with a rolling pin. Make sure you have pieces of biscuits not fine breadcrumbs. You can see in the picture the chunks of biscuit.
-Melt butter and sugar in a pan. Add coconut. Boil for a few minutes (it will split but that is ok)
- Let cool for a bit and then whisk in eggs quickly. Be careful not to let eggs cook so work fast.
-Add all ingredients together and mix well with wooden spoon.
- Pour it all into a slice tin (flat, shallow tin) and press down (I use the back of a spoon). Put into the fridge to set.
- After a few hours you can ice it. I don't measure these ingredients but just put about a cup of icing sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa in a bowl with a teaspoon of butter. Add about a tablespoon of boiling water over the butter and mix together so that the butter melts. Keep adding small amounts of boiling water so that you have a consistency of toothpaste. If you add too much water add more icing sugar. Spread over hedgehog and leave to set again. When the slice seems set enough to cut then you are good to go! Slice however you like and freeze what you don't need but be warned it is highly addictive!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

washer women

One thing that I have really noticed since Scarlett came along was the enormous increase in washing that I have to do! Little babies really do create a lot of extra work when it comes to housework and I am really feeling the noticeable difference.
Yesterday it seemed that all I did was washing. We don't have (or want) a dryer so it takes a bit of juggling to get it all dry as quickly as possible. It was a windy day yesterday so I seized the opportunity and rotated the wet washing on the balcony all day. Seriously, I think that I did about five loads and still didn't get to the bottom of the washing basket!


Since making my own washing powder and soap (you can read about that here) I have made an alteration and am now using my homemade soap grated in the laundry powder instead of store bought pure soap. I think that the results are better and the less products that I have to buy at the supermarket the better.
It's a simple recipe; 2 parts grated soap to 1 part borax and 1 part washing soda. It doesn't take much time and with a little baby and a toddler with very sensitive skin I know that I am doing the best for them in that regard.

I did, of course, also get the time yesterday to take some snaps of Scarlett and Jonty!


And, in case you were wondering, those very cute orange crochet shoes were given to Scarlett by Bec and can be found at her shop here in Melbourne, The Little Shop Of Handmade.


Monday, September 12, 2011

slow weekends

Dave and Jonty have both been sick over the last week so the weekend was a bit slower than normal. We spent most of the time inside especially because Melbourne has had a cold snap the last few days. Dave did, however, get out to cut more wood as we envision needing the fire for quite a while yet, at least in the evenings anyway.

All this wood has come from just putting the word out and people letting Dave pick up unwanted felled trees and branches.


Little Scarlett is continuing to be her happy self...

I bought a sling for her to snuggle in to and to help me with having some free hands when she has those days when she just wants to be held. Needless to say she loves it and spends quite of bit of time in there. This is my view on these days! Lovely Scarlett.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

three!

So our little boy is three! Wow, time has gone fast. Jonty arrived only a few years ago but it feels as though he has been with us forever. I can't imagine life without him now.

We celebrated by taking him to the Melbourne Zoo. It was a quiet birthday but he had a great time. . . . any time spent with his people makes him happy! Or course there was a cake and, for my my rocket man, only a rocket cake would do!

Happy third birthday my beautiful, sweet boy.