Tomato Soup Meatballs

500g mince
1/2 onion, chopped
1 egg
1 medium tin tomato soup condensed
1/4 cup rice
salt and pepper
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water

Mix mince, onion, egg, rice, salt and pepper together. Make meatballs. Place in a casserole dish.
Make sauce: Mix tomato soup, sugar, water and vinegar together. Pour over meatballs.
Bake in the oven at 180C for 11/2 hours with the lid on.
Very nice on top of cooked pasta, vegies on the side and grated cheese on top!


Little Eyes Watching

Last night it was dinner time. My husband is super busy at work at the moment and he had just texted saying he was still 10-15 minutes away. I was trying to get the girls up to the table, but they wanted all their dolls at the table too. So there were little chairs and a doll pushchair around our table making our crowded kitchen/dining room even more crowded. Joseph was in a big bulky exersaucer in the lounge which needed to be brought back into the kitchen. I lifted the exersaucer up and attempted to carry it around the table to where is was supposed to go. I bumped Hannah in the process and nearly knocked my blackboard off my fridge. While I was still holding the exersaucer up in the air I was feeling rather frustrated and stressed, when I happened to look at Joseph. He was watching me with an amused look on his face! He was just enjoying the ride! I straight away relaxed and laughed.
It's not the first time I've been stopped in my tracks by those little eyes watching me. It's a bit unnerving!                                              
The night before I was playing Memory with my two girls. It was just before bed and Joseph was getting grisly. I happened to mention to the girls, "Joseph is grumpy." Hannah replied, "Mummy grumpy?"
These two little episodes made me more aware that these little people are watching me all day. Watching how I react when things go wrong, watching my attitude and seeing me either complain or give thanks. But not only watching. Copying! I need to be a good example!


25 things I love about being a Mum

1)Cuddles--little arms holding me tight
3)Watching my child in hysterics over something that's not even funny!
4)Seeing the delight on their face when I give them a present or something new
5)Taking one of them shopping by themselves
6)Seeing how proud they are of themselves when they've made an accomplishment
7)Hearing the words "I want to help Mummy!"
8)Watching them holding their baby brother and saying "I love him. I love you, Joses (Joseph)!"
9)The funny things they say like "Joses is kicking his arms!"
10)Their excitement when Daddy gets home
11)Firsts! first smile, first giggle, first foods, first time sleeping through the night, first word, first step...
12)Baby smiles--especially voluntary ones
13)Little eyes looking up at you when they're feeding
14)Watching little people playing together nicely
15)Listening to them saying their memory verses and singing songs that you've taught them
16)My children giving me something of their own initiative--a picture, part of their snack...

17)Older ones looking out for the younger ones
18)Holding a sleeping baby
19)The first glimpse of a newborn after 9 months of being pregnant
20)Going on outings together
21)Planning birthday parties
22)Doing arts and crafts together
23)Mischievous faces
24)Feeling baby kicks when I'm pregnant
25)Hearing the word, "Mummy!"

Too often I get focused on the negatives. So it's just a reminder to me of all the wonderful things about being a Mum!

linking to Moms the Word


Counting Game

This is a little game that is helping my girls to count and recognize numbers. There are two ways to play. You need a container with small snacks, such as raisins, peanuts or popcorn.
1. With a dice
Take turns to roll the dice, count the number of spots on the dice and then count out that many snacks.
2. With  numbered slips of paper or number flashcards.
Take turns to turn over the numbers,say the number aloud and then pick out that many snacks.
My 31/2 year old loves this game and asks to play it nearly every morning tea time! I've noticed her counting has improved since learning this game.


Blueberry Muffins

½ cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 cups flour
½ cup milk
2 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Heat oven to 180C.
In bowl, mix butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.
With spoon, fold in half of flour then half of milk into batter; repeat. Fold in blueberries. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and springy to touch.


Be Thankful

I was a bit convicted thismorning when I was making a memory verse picture with my children. I was making one to hang up in our kitchen. I drew and glued things on that they can be thankful for. I realized as I was doing it, that some of these very things I am very 'unthankful' for sometimes.
I thank God for my food every mealtime out of habit, but how thankful am I really? Too often I'm sighing about having to cook again, how expensive food is now etc. How many mothers in the world would love to be able to cook and feed their children like I am able to?
Toys and Books
When I pick the toys and books up off the floor I'm not usually thanking God for them. It's more likely that I'm sighing about them being scattered all over the place. How many mothers in the world would love to have toys and books like I have for my children?
How thankful am I for my house? Often I'm more focused on how much work it takes to keep clean. Or sometimes I even think it would be nicer to have a different kind of house (bigger, nicer etc.) I take it for granted so much. And yet there are many mothers out there who don't even have a proper house to live in. Or what about the many whose houses have been ruined in war, earthquakes, fires etc?
I often get caught up in the difficulties that come with children and I forget to thank God for them. But there are many women who would love to be mothers and there are many mothers who have lost a child.
So often I take my husband for granted and forget what a huge blessing he is.
May God teach us all to be an example of thankfulness to our children.



 I just finished turning an old woolen blanket into a play blanket for my baby. I hand sewed scraps of material on to make a caterpillar, a train and the letter 'J.'  Underneath the material I put either bubble wrap, crinkly paper or stuffing. I used buttons for wheels on the train and eyes on the caterpillar.