Tuesday, October 28, 2014


What Do We Want?
A Fair Deal.
When do we want it? 

I am a kindergarten teacher and I am proud of it.
I am passionate about my job.
I make a difference to young children and their families, especially the most vulnerable.
I work many unpaid hours every week.
I have over 20 years of teaching experience, yet my pay does not increase with my experience. 
I have a University degree and am actually a real teacher (contrary to popular belief).
I choose to work in early Childhood, even though I am also a qualified Primary teacher.
I deserve to be fairly paid for the work I do.

Please visit Protect Our Preschools and spread the word. We need your support. We need to be heard. 
Read more here and see  the Channel 7 news coverage

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last Week's Collection

The big girl departed Melbourne for a quick trip to China. And Returned. The suitcase did not. I am unsure how  "getting caught on something" would result in the zippers being cut off. Good thing she is not a stress-head like her mother.
Delicious Lunch of pulled pork and pickled vegetables at the Gallery cafe.
A discussion about returning to University put on hold whilst enjoying the freedom of sunshine and good company.
Fun at the local school fair.
Crazy cousins.
Another week flown past.

Stay tuned for this week's collection

Playing along with the Beetleshack

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Shiny Happy Collection

A Happy Birthday,  pretty things, a bright moon, a knight (in not so shining armour), Spring flowers, salted caramel in ice cream and cakes and everything old is new again.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Noticing Numbers

  1. the style and appearance of printed matter

I love words. I love reading them and writing them. I especially love items with their purpose clearly stated. Like Utensils, Sugar, Cake, Popcorn or Measure. I love to read the writing on the boxes of food. I love dictionaries and definitions. I am probably nuts. 

But, lately, I have been noticing numbers. Mostly when I have been out walking, and practicing mindfulness. I find it really helps me to focus and engage and be in the moment of moving my body. 

nu•mer•al (ˈnu mər əl, ˈnyu-; ˈnum rəl, ˈnyum-) 

1. a word, letter, symbol, or figure representing a number
2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of numbers or numerals.

3. expressing or noting a number or numbers.

* I could not resist the use of definitions. Sorry.
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Holiday Weekend Collection

1. My latest work from my Art Journalling class
2. Lunch in the park 
3. Beautiful wooden beads
4. A Liberty bundle
5. Yoghurt date before school (and kinder) goes back

Friday, October 3, 2014

Stamped Cookies

I bought a cute little cookie stamp at K-mart (only $2) the other day and was keen to try it out. I searched for a recipe to use, but they all seemed to have lots of steps and or ingredients, including some I did not have on hand, such as rice flour and unsalted butter. I just wanted quick and easy, so I decided to make it up as I went along, and this is what I came up with. I was very happy with how they turned out, and as they all went pretty quick, I knew that they were indeed sweet!


1 cup crunchy peanut butter 
1 (scant) cup brown sugar
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tbs milk
1 egg

Combine all ingredients, and then mix with your hands until a stiff dough forms. Roll small balls and then flatten with the cookie stamp onto a baking paper lined tray, Bake for 10 minutes at 180 c.

Makes about 20

Failed attempt at chocolate ones!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I love Cinnamon, and was inspired by this delicious pretzel to add some cinnamon to my cooking.

One of the world’s oldest spices, cinnamon is derived from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree.  Cinnamon  has a wonderful warm and sweet flavour and is a delicious ingredient in sweet and savoury dishes alike. Cinnamon has long been recognised for its ability to stimulate the respiratory and circulatory systems as well as to aid digestion and is also known for its beneficial antioxidant properties. source

I baked a classic cinnamon tea cake for when our dear elderly neighbours came in for afternoon tea. 
It was a little on the flat side, as I ran out of SR flour and had to top up with plain and a little baking powder. It was however light and delicious, and went down a treat. It tastes somewhat like a cinnamon doughnut.
I also made a fragrant beef stew. I browned the meat with a little cinnamon and then added a  cinnamon stick, bay leaf and a star anise for richness of flavour.
I couldn't wait to try out my new cookie stamper, so I whipped up a batch of Peanut and Cinnamon Cookies.

I adore this honey and cinnamon yoghurt, especially topping my oats in the morning with a sprinkle of coconut and chocolate granola (also from five:am)
And of course....my new favourite tea, also contains a hint of cinnamon!

There are a multitude of  recipes out there containing cinnamon. Here are some to try:

The most delicious cinnamon scrolls
Cinnamon Mustard Chicken
Paleo apple cinnamon cookies
Cinnamon raisin cookies
Cinnamon French Toast
Ginger And Cinnamon Muffins
Cheats Cinnamon Twists
Cinnamon Sultana Rock cakes (Heart Foundation)
Oat and Cinnamon muffins (Heart Foundation)
N.B. some of the recipes are better for you than others!


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