Blue skies and hats

Another barmy 3C day, so we got out for a much needed bike ride.

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Blue skies! Blue skies! And the wind was not biting but Zoey did ask why Nomi had red cheeks. We’ve hit upon the best combo of clothing for getting out for cycles: three pairs of pants (leggings, cords & padded water proof) and two coats (fleece & padded winter coat). As long as it’s not below zero I’m not getting any complaints.

Aside from our constitutional we did party prep today as we’ve got friends coming over to decorate cookies and eat chili, and hopefully dance to holiday music. The Pingus cut their first vegetables: onions, mushrooms & carrots.

I forgot goggles until Zoey’s eyes were all ready broken (her description).

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(Does anyone have recommendations for chef knives for kids to use?)

This was a great day and minimal shouty monster 🙂

It’s a look

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A week in food: Wednesday

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A picnic in the kitchen

Breakfast: Cornflakes and homemade bread

This week I made my first white loaf of regular bread (thanks to the encouragement of the Twitter). It was so simple: four ingredients and some time. It tasted great but I’m hoping if I give it more time to rise it will be lighter. I’m hooked, and everyone was happy to eat it.

Morning snack: Apple slices and milk

I’m trying to eat seasonally, and I’m longing for the spring summer fruits to start appearing. Until then it’s lots of apples. W00t. At least I’m getting a lot of use of my apple corer (thanks mum).

Lunch: Leftover tray bake chicken and veggies, plus carrot soup with homemade bread

Lunch was somewhat delayed thanks to Zoey peeing on the floor. Her post walk-nap diaper was so full that when I took her out of the stroller and she started peeing with such force it leaked out, and there was a lovely puddle on the floor. Cue changing Zoey (and Naomi as she had to be included) and washing the floor. This might sound weird but I’m looking forward to potty training this summer. Bring it on.

Thankfully lunch was leftovers so I just had to nuke the chicken and veggies, and warm up the carrot soup (freezer). Predictably both girls wolfed down the chicken, nibbled on the roast veggies, and rejected the carrot soup but happily dunked their bread in it.

Afternoon snack: Leftover bread from lunch and milk

There was plenty of cut and butter bread from lunch so I smeared on some jam, and that was the afternoon snack done. I can’t abide waste so I ate the crusts.

Supper: Shepherd’s Pie, leftover mac-and-cheese and yogurt

The weather is starting to perk up, and I had a big bag of potatoes to use up. I figured it was a good time to squeeze in a stodgy Shepherd’s Pie before winter is finally behind us. I love mince and potatoes, and Naomi does too.  Zoey is not sold so ate the mac-and-cheese, and who doesn’t love a yogurt.

Operation: Fill Freezer

So how is a girl with swollen feet and limited to a wandering radii of 2 blocks to fill the time whilst she awaits either for labor to start, or to hit her c-date? Cooking and baking of course!

I’m trying to fill the freezer with our favorite foods so that we don’t have to rely on only ordering take out for the first few weeks of the Cylon invasion. I’ve also bought 4 bags of our favorite coffee from La Colombe so that we can mainline the good stuff whilst we get to grips with parenthood (I’m also toying with ordering this for weekend breakfasts). I figure that little treats over that first month (or eighteen years) could be all that stands between happy or grumpy adults…. Okay it’s me that needs the coffee and pastries on tap.

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