Friday, September 30, 2011

A Selfless Act

It's against my better judgement, but I'll tell you anyway. My fave blogger Claire has an AWESOME giveaway happening at the moment, you probably should head over here and enter for your chance to win.

I'm a Bogan

I love it when my fave bloggers do Vlogs (and when Claire posts movies of her singing to Lalie) because I get to hear them speak and it's another part of the puzzle. I'm often surprised by this audio insight, their voices are not always what I had expected. Thats exactly why there will never be a vlog from me, i'm not sure if you know- but i'm a bogan. I have a nasal voice and i drop the 'g' all the time 'ay (not really, i would never drop the 'g').

And I dink V.B in a tin. A TIN you hear.

Oh, feel free to mock  like me over here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baby Foodies

As much as I'd love to be able to tell you that I only eat organic food, grow all of my own vegetables and live off the land- I can't. I shop at coles, woollies or harris farm. I buy what it cheap and we eat it.

The Lady Baby eats her food mashed (as does the Young Man). Fruit or vegetables, she doesn't mind.

Today it was apples.

Creative Dining

Around about this time a friend of mine presented me with a gift. A much needed reminder that everything in life doesn't need to be complected all the time. ' Once a week, Emily', she said. Coles organic baked beans now sit amongst the other cans in my pantry waiting to be devoured... with... a potato masher (okay, so everything does need to be complected all the time). 


Good work Zephie, you creative genius, and thanks life saver Eliza!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A New Narcissism

I asked my friends if they would think i was a wanker if I started a Facebook page for my blog. They encouraged my by telling me I was already a wanker. So here it is a Facebook page for The Beetle Shack.

It would appear my narcissism knows no bounds.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The First of Many

The warmer weather has encouraged us to meander down to our local swimming pool on Saturday mornings. It's a sweet little tradition that I hope lasts until the sweltering heat of summer is upon us, at which time we will take refuge down by the sea shore.

After splashing, jumping, 'sunking' and swimming we wander back home feeling that special kind of light that comes with happiness.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gluttony Is Good For You

The rain made me hungry. So we got out the fabulously over priced KitchenAid and baked off.

We made three different flavours of pork sausage, fresh bread and batch of brownies using a new recipe.

Here are the recipes for two of the varieties we made. The pork and fennel recipe is AMAZING so I plan to eat it all week with pasta, pesto and lemon juice. The method for each recipe can be found by following the link, it's crazy easy.

Pork and White Pepper Sausage

  • Sausage casing, 2-3 metres
  • 500g, minced free-range or organic pork shoulder
  • 250g, minced free-range or organic pork belly
  • 25g fine dried breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 1 heaped tsp salt
  • 16 sage leaves
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper if you have some
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg or mace
  • A little oil for frying
Pork and Fennel Sausage

900g diced pork neck, belly or shoulder, coarsely chopped 
300g pork fat, coarsely chopped
2 tbs fennel seeds
2 tbs coarsely ground black pepper
1 tbs allspice
2 tsp chilli flakes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
11/2 tbs fine table salt
Olive oil, for cooking
Natural sausages casing 

What did you eat this weekend?


Vintage Blouses On Beautiful Babies

I have been finding an abundance of sweet vintage clothing for the Lady baby of late. Rompers, bloomers and blouses. I can't resist a peter pan collar and a few pin tucks so this sweet little number will be on high rotation this spring.

It's raining today and we are bunkering down for a grand cook off here at The Beetle Shack. Pork sausages, Beetroot brownies and whatever else takes our fancy from this cookbook. 

I'll be sure to show you the chaos. 

For now, head over to Her Library Adventures too see some other vintage goodies. Oh, and if you haven't already, head over here to see masses, and masses and masses of beauty.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Being Spirited Is NOT An Excuse To Be A Meanie

I have been waiting to get to this section of the book - The part where Kurcinka actually discusses the poor behaviour that can not be excused by being 'spirited'.

Here at The Beetle Shack we have applied the techniques found in 'Raising Your Spirited Child', including finding your yes, being consistent, keeping your cool  and walking the two way street with amazing results, mostly for Dave and I.  We are more patient, more flexible, much more relaxed and have a greater understating and thus more compassion for our strong willed little dude. But what to do when he continues to thump every kid he wants to play with.

Don't be afraid to stop them! Author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka humorously states that 'being spirited is not a licence to be a jerk' She goes on to say

Understanding spirited children helps us to see their strengths and figure out how to work with them, and how to teach them to behave appropriately without destroying their spirit. But its not an excuse for poor behaviour. It is not an exception from the rules. We can accept the active child, understand that he has the need to move, and provide him with opportunities to stand and work, or to pass out the supplies to other students, but we still stop him from poking other students.
When our  child is flooding the bathroom, throwing cereal around the kitchen, hitting his sister, telling us that he hates us, he has to be stopped. Its our job to do it even if we are tired. To stop misbehaviour, we have to go after him, bend down, touch him, and say "stop," not harshly, not loudly but firmly. Then you redirect him to another activity, or teach him the words you want him to use.
It must be  very clear to our spirited children that when they break our rules, we will stop them every time
 She goes on to discuss consequences and finding the balance when disciplining your spirited child.

Whilst talking about Zephs behaviour with Jodi and Daniel (over icy cold birthday beers), they observed that his more aggressive actions were an attempt to 'play' with Che Che. Daniel graciously called it a form of 'experimentation'- feeling his way, finding out what works, what reactions he gets and how far he can push the limits. This comment was was the catalyst for a shift in thinking for Dave and I and the opening of a new dialogue for the Young Man.

We are now focusing on teaching him how to appropriately say 'hi' other kids, to ask 'what is your name' and 'can i play with you' (thanks mum, hot tips!) rather than the standard introductory wallop to the back of the head.

Either way, wallop or not- I love this kid crazy. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Is A Public Service Announcement

I will hereby be calling the Young Man 'Zeph' and the Lady Baby 'Pippi' cus all this The Young Man-ing is driving me nuts. NUTS!

 this one is a ginger nut

and here they are, in all of their grubby glory.

How To Recover A Lampshade In 25 Seconds

... or minutes, but whatevz.

I have been meaning to recover a few lamp shades since way back here. I finally got the chance over the weekend- It took me less than an hour to get two completed, I didn't need a sewing machine and the Young Man could help. Pretty easy stuff. You should do it too.


You will need
  • A simple lamp shade
  • Newspaper or large sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Spray adhesive 
  • Glue gun
  • Fabric
  • pom pom trim

1. Gather your supplies

2. Place the seam of your lamp shade on the edge of the paper. Slowly roll the lamp shade over the paper   and trace the top edge. Repeat for the bottom edge. You now have the pattern for your fabric.

3. Cut out your pattern about 1 inch from the line, leaving space to fold your fabric under.

4. Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut out.

5. Spray the inside of your fabric with spray adhesive

6. line up your fabric with the lamp shade and slowing roll it over, smoothing out the fabric as you go.

7. Secure the end (i used the hot glue gun to do this)

8. Trim off excess fabric or fold it under the lamp shade and glue down

9. Use hot glue gun to attach pom pom trim to the inside of the lamp shade

10. Cut off excess trim. At this point you may like to attach some ribbon to the top inside seam to neated it up.

11. Admire your handiwork

It looks lovely on this little desk... but I might switch it to this one in time.

Oh, here is another great resource 

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