20.9.12

Whiskers & Fluffy

Meet our new pets.  Fluffy & Whiskers.


Ignore the giant bruise on Bear's forehead (he ran into a pole in the playground) the toothpaste still around his mouth and the broccoli gone to seed in the background. 


Then go on and ignore Frog's unbrushed hair with the newly self acquired fringe* (It was just in the way Mummy so I cut it off) and the unmown lawn in the background. Ignore the fact that their mother gets a hive-like rash on her arm every time she touches the lovely new pets.  Instead let's focus on the smiles on their faces and the enjoyment they are getting from cuddling the cute little creatures and the fact that we'll no longer need to mow our lawn as the guinea pigs are doing it for us!  


In other matters, Frog Goose & Bear will have a suitcase or three at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage this Sunday the 23rd of September from 11-4 in the ballroom at the Thornbury Theatre in High St Thornbury.  It has a focus on vintage, upcycled & handmade goods and I have no idea what to expect, but I think it sounds like lots of fun! 

Have you been to a suitcase rummage?  

What pets do you have at your house?  

Are you allergic to your children's pets?



* aka 'bangs' for you readers from the US.

17.9.12

Growing Sprouts

We make our own alfalfa sprouts quite regularly in our house.  But this time, I thought we'd try something different and purchased a mixed sprout packet.  Here's the method that we use, if you'd like to give it a try.  It is very simple and takes only a couple of days to have your own homegrown sprouts.  Sprout seeds can be purchased from your local plant nursery or health food shop.


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Put sprout seeds into the jar and cover them with 1-2cm of cool water.  


2. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of tulle and secure with rubber band.


3. Allow the seeds to soak overnight, then gently drain off the water. 
 It is important to drain the water off using the tulle as a seive to keep the seeds moist but not covered in water.  You might need to hold the tulle in place as you drain as the rubberband has a tendency to slip off if you are not quite gentle enough.


4.  For the next few days, rinse the seeds in the morning and evening by covering the seeds with some water, swishing the seeds around, and draining them straight away. 



5.  Repeat until sprouts are ready to eat. Usually 4-6 days depending on season. The hotter the weather, the quicker they'll grow.  





Some people suggest that you need to store the jar away from direct sunlight as you grow them, but I have always grown mine on the window sill and I've never had a problem.

Once grown, your sprouts should last at least 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.


We used these mixed sprouts in a salad and although Granny loved them, they were not a particular hit with the kids.  The kids do love alfalfa sprouts though (or 'worms' as they are affecionately known here) and they are a common ingredient in sandwiches here. 


 Alfalfa sprouts are grown using the exact same method above and even if you don't like to eat them, I highly recommend it as a fun experiment to do with the kids.


You could make your own egg creatures with alfalfa sprouts.

You could make your own sprout growing kits as Christmas gifts.  
We made sprout growing kits as a MOPS activity earlier in the year also.

You could even put a mini sprout making kit inside a bon-bon/cracker like we did last year.

Do you grow your own sprouts?

How do you eat them?  

My personal favourite for a healthy snack is kavili or toast with cream cheese and flavoured tuna with alfalfa on top.


11.9.12

To Market, To market...

I just can't seem to help myself when it comes to markets at the moment...


 I have no time whatsoever to be doing things like this, but they're so much fun and quite frankly I give so much of my life for others I need something just for me sometimes!


Here's a sneak peak of just a few of the things that you can expect to see at Pascoe Vale Community Facility tomorrow night from 6.30 - 8.30 if you happen to be in the area... The lovely Brenda of Mira Narnie will be there too!


How do you like my new little tags?  You can get some of your own on etsy.  I got mine made by the lovely Michelle from Inked Papers.  She was very lovely to work with.


Frog, Goose & Bear will also be having a suitcase or three at the upcoming Suitcase Rummage at the Thornbury Theatre next Sunday 23rd Sep.


Do you have your own labels?  
Even though you only make for friends and family or the occasional market?  

What do you do that you really have no time for, but you make the time because it energises you?





P.S.  I will get around to that etsy store one day... one day... Just for fun.  I just need to find some time to take a few pics and upload all the details... but in the meantime if there is anything that you particularly fancy and you're not in the Melbourne area, let me know and I'd be happy to send it to you!

1.9.12

Guest Posting - Upcycled Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

You might remember that I posted some pics of my upcycled tshirt scarf last month.  


Here are those pics again... 


...but this time if you'd like to know how to make one, with an old tshirt and a pair of fabric scissors (seriously!) you can head on over to the home of my friend Jane of Mama Pea Pod where I'm guest posting today with a full step by step tutorial on how to make this quick and easy scarf.  Mama Pea Pod is a lovely space in blogland and Jane writes some wonderful posts on kids and play and getting kids outdoors. I'd highly recommend a visit! This post was written as part of her new series focusing on time out for Mums...

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