My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday, baking day.

We made crackers today. I think I've worked out the baking thing with kiddies. I don't like to bake with them because the mess, the dipping hands into the sugar container, the closeness to the cooktop - it all drives me a little insane. Can you tell I'm not the most patient Mummy in the world? But I hate to deny them the fun of it. So now I have a strategy. Kids stay at the kitchen table and I bring to them whatever I can handle them doing and I fell calmer and safer as a result!

So after breakfast (yes the kids are still in their jammies), we got stuck into the dough mixing - literally. And hearing their giggles was such a delight, I'm glad I kept working on the baking issue.

We made a recipe from here. And it worked out great. I didn't put in sesame seeds or poppy seeds because I didn't have any. I think it probably needed them as they were a tiny bit bland. But that is perfect for adding flavours such as mustard powder, paprika, Parmesan cheese or even just a little sprinkle of salt on top.

I also replaced some of the white flour with stoneground wholemeal and it wasn't even noticeable. My son, in particular, thought they were fab and would have eaten the whole lot if we had let him! Yum!

So far it's been a productive day. I've done some weeding, planted some flax seeds, baked with the kidlets, done a little housework and hubby is now on the tractor mowing the paddocks and he has been dealing with the out-of-control gorse (noxious prickly weed) all morning. I think the next thing on my to-do list today is to clean the bedroom window!

We're able to concentrate on where we are now because finally our tenants have moved in to our old place, the work on that is finished, and we have both felt a little bit of pressure lift from our shoulders.


  1. Looks like fun! I have a feeling I'm going to be doing a whole lot of baking this week in order to keep my little man amused, he's banned from school for at least a week after being diagnosed with pneumonia!!! Roll on summer!

  2. Bugger! Hope he recovers quickly. Poor little dude and I'm mentally sending you lots of patience to cope ;)

  3. Oooh, brave mummmy! Glad you've found some way to make it work, luckily my kitchen bench is big enough and my lil one is little enough that I can sit him on it and still have working room, with his big bro standing on a stool. But I need to be in a certain mood to cope with the hands in everything and the resulting mess. I'll have to try that recipe it looks like a good one, and those are some cuuuuute photos!


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