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A little bit crafty..

I don’t have much time for craft these days but a few weeks ago I mentioned that I received a little parcel in the post that I was looking forward to opening. Well a week or two ago I opened it and this is what it contained:

Felting wool

Felting wool

So I did a bit of searching around about how to do needle felting on Pinterest and you tube and came up with this little blue bird.

needle felted blue bird

He is not perfect but he is cute. I really enjoyed the creative process of needle felting. I like how malleable it is and that it is easy to fix mistakes or work them in.

No more craft projects on the go right now but perhaps in the future!


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Kitchen Failure Does not mean YOU are a Failure

Kitchen Failure

Overcooked and falling apart

Not all that long ago I used to equate the failure of a prepared meal like a failure of my being. Being the perfectionist that I am, the dish needed to look exactly like the photograph – or it just wasn’t good enough. Clearly the one above did not look like the photograph. It was meant to be a pecan pie but I left it in the oven just a little too long and then it was an overcooked pecan pie. It was hardly even worth eating.

I find myself getting tied up in the things I cook – I invest so much energy in them – I want them to be perfect. If they don’t, I feel let down and am severe with myself.

The thing is – this all goes hand in hand with my black and white thinking.

So what if it turns out looking like a dog’s breakfast – if no one in the house likes the dinner you slaved over for 3 hours – if the whole fish you cooked has still got scales because the dud in the fish shop didn’t clean it properly – none of this is really about you or the way you are in life. I don’t know about anyone else but I tend to personalise many many things as an attack on me – when it is nothing of the sort and simply life!

The other thing is – that it is OK to fail at something – it just means that you will do a better job next time!

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A win in the kitchen: Chicken and Mango Salad (Wraps)

Part of the reason for my lack of blogging recently has been that my children decided to stop eating. The two who would normally eat anything that was placed in front of them suddenly refused anything that was put in front of them. Given that I wanted this blog to be about feeding kids in a way that enabled working mums to make just one meal at dinner time – this provided me with quite a challenge – as you might imagine.

The other reason is that my husband has been working away and I have been doing the single mum thing – it is incredibly hard just to get the everyday done in these circumstances so I haven’t worried too much and have just been feeding them ravioli and veggie laden pasta sauce, the ‘hidden veggie’ sausages that one of our local butchers does and toasted sandwiches.

However I was trawling through some of my old cooking magazine during the week which often has a cooking with kids section – and it got me thinking. I decided that I wanted to have this yum looking Mango Chicken Salad during the week – but I knew that telling them we were having salad would go down like a lead balloon.

Mango Chicken Salad

Mango Chicken Salad

How could I market it to them as something they might like to eat????

Then it came to me….. put it in a wrap.

H Boy just loves eating taco’s or anything that comes packaged in a wrap. I was bang on – it worked a treat. He ate two whole wraps filled with salad and mango. He didn’t want any chicken – but that was fine – he ate and there was no tears.

That is a win in my book!

Mango Chicken Salad (Wraps)

adapted from Australian Healthy Food Guide March 2010 edition. Serves 4


400g Canned Mango slices in Juice

1 tsp Tamari soy sauce

1 Tblsp sweet chilli sauce

cooking oil spray

300 gram Skinless chicken breast fillet, cut into small strips

Cajun seasoning

1 baby cos lettuce – shredded

1 punnet cherry tomato – halved/quartered

red capsicum – diced

Cucumber – sliced thinly

Shredded Cheese

Wholegrain wraps


1. Dice 1/4 of the mangoes. Set aside. In a food processor, process the remaining mango, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce. Set aside.

2. Coat chicken in a dusting of the Cajun seasoning. Spray a pan with oil and cook chicken over medium – high heat  5 -6  mins or until cooked through.

3. Place all the salad ingredients on a platter.

4 Serve at the table as a  ‘serve yourself’ arrangement with the wraps, mango and sauce.

(For those 12wbt’s reading – this recipe is “Mish friendly” I didn’t have the wrap – I just had the meal as a Chicken and Mango salad with a small drizzle of the dressing and a very light sprinkle of the shredded cheese: Nutritional info, per serve: 270 Cal; 29g protein; 8g fat; 18g carbs)

Why I chose to have salad for dinner on the day it snowed in Canberra is beyond me!

Any tips for ‘marketing’ food to your kids?

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This Week in the Kitchen

Here is a little visual of some of the happenings in my kitchen this past week…

My food prep of dinners and Snacks for the week

My food prep of dinners and Snacks for the week

Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise – last Sunday’s lunch

Steel cut oats with strawberries

Steel cut oats with strawberries

                            How was your week?