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We’ve been busy this term.¬†Monday – Playgroup, Tuesday – Swimming, Wednesday – Gymbaroo, Thursday – Kindermusik and free on Fridays.

Every morning I’m always scrambling for time before his lessons and Jayden always managed to make things more difficult somehow.

For example, yesterday just before we were about to leave the house, he decided to empty the content of the vacuum cleaner all over the carpet and while he was at it, he pooped too! This was while I was putting on my shoes just about to step out of the door. And this morning, I felt a little tired and didn’t feel like getting up yet, but he said he was hungry so I thought Ok, I’ll feed some cereal in bed. Big mistake! He was so excited, he was clapping and his hand hit the bowl and everything spilled everywhere, on him, on the bed sheets and on me. grrrr. So I had to shower and change him and wash the bed sheets as well!

So, writing this blog is actually quite relaxing for us, it doesn’t take much effort or time at all, compared to trying to keep the house tidy or looking after the kids and keeping them entertained and stimulated. We do it to keep track of the kids growth, milestones and progress as well recording our thoughts and to share and exchange ideas. It’s one of the way to keep us sane and motivated, but it’s definitely not because we have nothing to do ūüôā I guess it allows us to wind down and think about the day too.

Anyway a few days ago – we had such a bad weather. It was raining heavily and as we were driving, Jayden suddenly said “Car walking… car swimming in the water”. It’s funny (well, at least I think so! haha). He’s starting to make up his own sentences, sometimes really strange ones. When he farts, he looks at me with his innocent face and says “Poot-poot the butt!”.¬†

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I can’t believe how fast time flies, this little boy is 19 months tomorrow.

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Another recipe from Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious“.¬† Little chef can definitely help with the mashing and mixing.¬† With Stella, I must make sure I have extra bananas or sweet potato, she likes to “try” the mashed bananas or sweet potato and there were times when I have to cancel making the doughnuts.

The doughnut in the original recipe is made out of pumpkin and sweet potato purees.  But I just never have pumpkin and sweet potato purees at the same time.

I have tried making this recipe with just 1 c of sweet potatoes or 1/2 c bananas and 1/2 c sweet potatoes.  Both were very delicious.  Last week I made allergy free doughnuts with this recipe and they turn out really good.  The texture and the taste was just the same as the original.  If you want to make the allergy free doughnut, please substitute the ingredients to the one in italic.

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 c sweet potato puree

1/2 c mashed banana

1/2 c skim milk ( 1/2 c soya milk)

1 large egg white (2 tsp orgran no egg mix with 2 tbs water)

1 tbs margarine (1 tbs nuttelex)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 c plain flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 c icing sugar

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Coat the doughnut mold or mini muffin tray with cooking spray.

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In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, banana and sweet potato puree, milk (soy milk), egg white (orgran no egg), margarine (nuttelex) and vanilla.  Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon and mix until completely incorporated.

filling the mold with the batter

filling the mold with the batter

 

doughnuts in the oven

doughnuts in the oven

Pour the batter into a plastic bag (or pastry bag)¬† and cut the bottom tip off of one side of the bag.¬† Squeeze the batter through, into the doughnut mold.¬† Bake until the tops are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted, 20 – 25 minutes.¬† (I made mine in a mini doughnut mold, and I bake them for 12 minutes)¬† Turn the doughnuts out onto a rack to cool.¬† When cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Jayden’s new haircut!

This was his third haircut. What do you think?

 

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As always he was semi crying during the cut. It was funny actually, when he first saw all the small cut hair over his face and onto the cape, he didn’t really know what it was and started crying. We had to tell him it was his own hair. Then he kept saying “That’s it, piniiiiiish!! That’s it, piniiiiish!” haha.

I think the hairdresser did a good job, but I reckon it was probably his hardest earned $10. Jayden was one difficult customer!

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Beary Sweet Pancake

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This recipe is from the book Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.¬† I changed the name to make it interesting for Stella.¬† Well, it is a bear shaped pancake and it is made out of sweet potato…

1 C water

1/4 C sweet potato puree

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

1 C pancake mix

Sultanas

Nonstick cooking spray

1 Tbs canola or vegetable oil

Pure maple syrup, for serving

In a large bowl, mix the water, sweet potato puree, and cinnamon.  Add the pancake mix and stir just to combine Рthe batter should be lumpy.

Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and set it over medium high heat.  When the pan is hot, add the oil, and spoon the batter onto the pan.

For the face take about 1 Tbs  of the batter and pour to the hot pan, then add two little dollops for the ear.  And two sultanas for the eyes.  (I made them small so that  if I have any leftover bears I can just pop them in the fridge.  And they tend to finish little pancakes instead of one huge ones)   

Cook until bubbles form on top of the pancakes and the batter is set, about 1 minute.  Then using spatula to flip the pancakes and cook them until golden brown on the other side.

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Stella is BORED

Recently Stella keeps on saying that she is BORED.¬† I am not sure if she knows what boring means.¬† Like today, when I sent her to kindy, in the car, she keeps on saying that she is bored.¬† Hm… it’s only 10 minutes drive from our house to her kindy.¬† So I told her to look at the cars on the road.¬† And she went “But WHY… mummy?” hehehe… So the other day, when she keeps on saying that she was bored, I took out my camera and took some pics of her.¬† She does look bored!

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We did! ūüôā We went to watch the Yo Gabba Gabba live stage show last saturday. At first Jayden really didn’t want to go. We asked him many times if he wanted to watch the show and he kept saying NO! But after he saw Brobee, the little green monster, he was excited! and so was Aunty Clara…

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Jayden and Brobee

The show was held at Olympic Sports Centre, it was their last show but it wasn’t full, so we could go all the way down to the floor. Jayden kept running towards the stage, pointing and telling me that he wanted to “stand up” on the stage. I’m surprised how popular they are here. There were so many kids and some adults singing and dancing to their music!¬†

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This was Jayden’s first concert and I think he liked it. I was worried that it would be too loud for him, as lately he has been a little ‘sensitive’ to loud noises and everything else actually. He would cry when people cheer and he would cry when we sing Row, row, row your boat (the last bit “If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream”) and Humpty Dumpty (when Humpty Dumpty had a great fall). I guess he just doesn’t like it when Humpty falls down. haha..

If you want more Yo Gabba Gabba! go Check out Yo Blogga Blogga for more crazy updates.

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Originally I wanted to make some beads out of clay, HUGE beads.¬† But as I was making the beads I realised that¬†the clay is¬†too dry.¬† So, plan¬†“b”, we¬†flattened the¬†clay with the rolling pin and use some small cookie cutters and cut it into different shapes. Oh and Stella made a face sculpture, all by herself…

Non Baking Clay

3/4 c flour

1/2 c salt 

1/2 c cornstarch

some warm water ( I used about 3/4 c)

Mix the flour, salt and cornstarch in bowl.  Gently add warm water until the mixture comes together. Knead the mixture a little and you can create mini sculpture or roll them and cut into different shapes.

non baking clay

non baking clay

rolling and cutting the clay

rolling and cutting the clay

Once dried (I lay them out in the sun for 2 days) we painted the clay.

painted face sculpture

painted face sculpture

As for the other cut out clay, I thought they would be perfect for doing some games with Stella:

shape patterns

shape patterns

Great for recognizing pattern.¬† I started of by showing her simple pattern,¬†red-blue-red-blue-red and ask her what comes next? and finish the pattern.¬† Then of course you can gradually make it harder by having one¬†red followed by two blue and so on…

memory game

memory game

For the memory game: I take 2 or 3¬†clay and put it in a row.¬† Ask Stella to¬†look at it and remember it.¬† Then I cover up the clay and ask her to copy what she saw.¬† She really likes this one.¬†¬†We take turns doing it and sometimes Stella give¬†me a really long row to remember… hehehe…¬†(cheeky little girl!)

counting

counting

I have little cards written with numbers from 1 Р20.  I put the card down (9 in the picture above) and ask her to get the same amount of clay as the card.  I do it the other way around too, by putting a certain number of clay in a row, asking her to count and get the card with the right number on.

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