What I’m thankful for this week….

I’m jumping on the Thanksgiving bandwagon and putting together a list of what I have been thankful for this week:

– Aiden received a great report at his six month check up with our paediatrician, and he has also finally reached 6kg!!

Our little boy is 6 months old

Our little boy is 6 months old

– Feeling inspired after receiving my copy of Wholefood for Children this week – I just LOVE the Book Depository

– Speaking of food, Liam’s appetite has returned with a vengeance after being unwell

Really need to work on table manners

Really need to work on table manners

– The arrival of yet another beautiful baby into our ever growing Mum’s group – and it’s a boy!!  (We have very few boys in our group!)

– I am incredibly lucky to have such beautiful and thoughtful friends – I received a card this week from a close friend that bought me to tears (they were happy tears!!)

– The boys and I had a lovely morning out earlier in the week, they both behaved whilst I drank my ‘bucket sized’ iced latte (of course there has to be something about coffee in this post!)

Make mine a bucket!

Make mine a bucket!

– That I am able to be at home with our boys, we’ve had a great week and Liam has loved playing outside in his truck in this warm weather.

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What have you been thankful for this week?

Have a great weekend

x

Chocolate Wheaten Cookies

During my pregnancies, there have only three things that I have really craved, McDonald’s chicken nuggets (with sweet and sour sauce of course!), Berri fruit ice blocks and chocolate coated wheat biscuits.  Luckily I have only recently come across this recipe, I think if I’d known about whilst pregnant, I would have ended up the size of a bus!

These cookies taste great.  In an effort to be good, I only added chocolate bits to half of the cookies, and still really enjoyed them.  To be a ‘true’ chocolate wheaten biscuit, you could dip the back of the cookies in melted chocolate – as suggested in the book. I decided against doing this, as it would have made them even harder to resist.

This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly book – Cupcakes, Cheescakes and Cookies.  It’s filled to the brim with lots of yummy treats, and has given me lots of ideas…. if only there was enough time to make them all!

Chocolate Wheaten Cookies

90g butter softened

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup wheat germ

3/4 cup wholemeal plain flour

1/3 cup white self raising flour

1/4 cup dark chocolate bits

* Beat butter & sugar together until smooth, add egg and beat until well combined. Stir in coconut, wheat germ and sifted flours

* Roll sought between 2 sheets of baking paper until it’s around half a cm thick.  Place in fridge for approx 30 minutes

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees and cover two trays with baking paper

* Using a round cutter, cut into dough and place on baking trays approx 3cm apart.  Bring off cut dough together, cover again with baking paper and roll out to make more cookies.

* Lightly press chocolate bits into the top of cookies & bake for 12 minutes.

* Allow cookies to cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack

Summer Peach Cakes

Last Friday we had a busy morning out and about, catching up with Liam’s friends for a playdate.  He was on the go the whole two hours that we were out, so was understandably exhausted when we  got home.  Normally I’m lucky if he sleeps for an hour to an hour and a half hour during the day, but when he had been asleep for two hours, I decided to make the most of it and get some baking done!

There were two peaches sitting all alone in the fridge which I wanted to use before they turned bad (and I’d also paid $8 a kilo for them and couldn’t stand the thought of throwing them out).  It had felt like awhile since I’d made anything from my Donna Hay recipe books, so I looked through her Simple Essentials – Fruit for some ideas.  This recipe is based on ‘Summer Nectarine Cakes’ and I followed the ingredients, apart from substituting the nectarines for pears (you could use any summer stone fruit though), and using approx 1/4 cup of hazelnut meal as I didn’t quite have enough almond meal for the 1 cup required.  These little cakes we so light and tasted divine.  I also really liked the taste of the hazelnut meal, it gave them a really nice flavour.  These will definitely be going on the ‘make again’ list.

These are too cute!

These are too cute!

3 egg whites

1 cup almond meal (I used approximately 3/4 cup of almond meal and 1/4 cup of hazelnut meal)

1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted

1/4 cup self raising flour

50g melted butter

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind

1 large nectarine, halved and thinly sliced (I used 2 medium sized peaches)

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees

* Place egg whites, almond meal, sugar, flour, butter and lemon rind in a bowl and mix to combine.

*Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mixture into 12 lightly greased, 1/4 cup capacity patty tins and top with slices of nectarines/peaches etc.

* Bake for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden

Stepping out from behind the camera

Recently I was asked for a photo of myself with the boys.  Like many Mums, I’m normally the one behind the camera and while I take a few ‘selfless’ of us all, there are very few ‘proper’ photos of us all together.  I’m also not a huge fan of having my photo taken at the moment, however I realise the importance of having pictures of myself and the boys together while they are young.

Looking through the small (and to be honest, very dodgy) collection of photos of the three of us, it reminded me that I need to make a much bigger effort to have photos taken with both of the boys

I’m now going to be really brave and post some of these stunning photos – this is going to be my inspiration to make sure I get more ‘proper’ photos of the three of us together.

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Dear Aiden- 6 months

Dear Aiden,

Tomorrow it will be six months since you came into our world.  You are our happy and cuddly little man. You are relaxed and content, just happy to sit back and take in the chaos around you.

I love how your eyes light up when you see me first thing in the morning

I love that you will break out into a big happy smile when I talk and sing to you

I love watching you laugh and smile at your big brother

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I love watching you explore and take in the world around you

I love the time we spend together, just the two of us

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I love that you need me

I love that I am more confident looking after you than I was with your brother

I love that you are with us

You have come so far over the past six months, and I love seeing more of your little personality coming through. Although in some ways I feel like I am grieving the newborn phase.

I miss our special, quiet moments during the night when it was just the two of us awake.

I miss your happy and contented face as you would drift back to sleep with a full tummy.

I even miss the times when you would wake up just for a cuddle, when all you wanted was your Mum.

There are no words special enough to describe the joy and love you have bought our family.  My heart swells when I hear you cheeky little laugh, when you grab hold of my finger and simply when you stare into my eyes and smile.

We love you Aiden

Love Mum xx

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Dark Chocolate Cookies with White Choc Chips

YUM! That’s really the only introduction these cookies need.  They are super rich and indulgent with the inclusion of dark brown sugar and cacao powder.  Yes, they may be similar to the Triple Chocolate Cookies I have made in the past – but let’s be honest, you can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes, and I’m happy to keep baking them until I find the perfect recipe!  Do you have an amazing choc chip cookie recipe you would like to share?

Yum!

Yum!

125g softened butter

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup caster sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups self raising flour

1/2 cup cacao powder

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

* Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

* Sift flour and cacao over butter/sugar mixture, add chocolate chips and stir until combined

* Cover two trays with baking paper, and place tablespoon sized balls of mixture onto trays, leaving approx 3cm between cookies.  Press down the top of each cookie with the back of a spoon and bake for 15 minutes.

* Allow cookies to cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to rack.

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