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Showing posts from January, 2013

Thrifted Tank Top

It's been really hot some days. I mean like 40degrees (104F) hot. It's like stepping into an oven. The other day it reached it's hottest in history, a sweltering 46degree celcius (114F) in some place furthest from the sea, west. Needless to say, we stayed inside and I sewed. I ignored the cleaning and I sewed!!! It felt really, really good.

I had this size 14 shirt in my stash and I really didn't want to throw it out. I knew I could make something pretty cool from it. It was a nice beige/sandy coloured cotton shirt. So, I turned it into a tank top. I only have two other tanks in my wardrobe and I dislike wearing those tight fitting ones too much. They're kinda unflattering. I'd come across a thrifty tutorial on converting a shirt into a tank. So simple but yeah, it was time consuming as I still had to handle the kids.

I laid the shirt out and placed my only other pink tank top over it. Since they weren't that different in size I decided to keep the bo…

Bahn Xeo or Asian Crispy Pancakes

I will admit it, I dislike thinking about dinner. The thought of having to cook while making sure the kids aren't destroying the house or creating more mess for me to clean is in my head while I think about dinner time. How about you? Is it the same in your household or are you organised?
 I trawl through the internet food sites looking for inspiration. Sometimes I come up with nothing and sometimes I print out a few recipes I think I might like to try one blue moon. Today the blue moon showed up and I decided to try a go at Banh Xeo or Asian Pancakes. Mum makes them and it's a special treat for us when she does. I always thought they must be very hard to make. I'm not sure why but these are soooo easy!
 You just need rice flour ( I bought some ages ago for such an occasion), ice water ( I used plain cold water), sugar and tumeric! I bought some tumeric at the shops because I had like a 5yr old sachet and I thought it best to throw it out. I mixed up the ingredients in t…

Into the New Year

We've been savouring the warm weather and holiday season with days at the pools and relaxing at home. It's finally getting warm now and summer has definately made it's appearance with some days reaching highs of 40degrees celcius (104F). The kids have been more confident in the water (even with their floaties) and that is fine by me. I don't expect them to be swimming on their own just yet but the eldest daughter certainly is getting there in small distances.
 We did have a lovely Christmas and St. Nicholas even made an appearance at our house! Thanks to a loving uncle who dressed up and came in while the kids hid in the hallway. Their faces were priceless and they could not believe such a thing would happen to them. It was a joy to see their excitement that St. Nick did visit. Now I can use that excuse next year to get them to do their chores!

 The wee ones also had a ball (pun intended) with an outing to Clown Town. I like that they don't charge for adults unli…