Playdough on a frosty morning

It’s cold and she really wants to play.  

I’ve pulled out some interesting loose parts for her to explore and turned the kitchen around as a cooking invitation.

I’ve been watching her dexterity build lately and decided it would be a good day to introduce a garlic press. If you introduce one before they have the fine motor ability and strength they tend to get rather frustrated instead of excited. Luckily I waited long enough and she was excited. In fact, she loved it!

She gave me the verbal step by step instructions on how to use it. 

You pull it apart. You do it like this. 

So mummy, you put it in this basket. Like this.

Then you squish it like this mummy.

The hair comes out.  

You open it.

Take it out of the holes here.

That’s my job.

Now you get all the hairs off the table, put it in here.  That’s recycling. 

It’s like big sandcastle.

I love the mirror I bought for the play area.  She uses it so much.  Here she use looking at herself playing. She is pushing the dough saying “grrrrr” as she pushes it down. 

Hair crown 

I am not a “hair” person.  This means I was rather pleased with her hair style today. 

I started near her left ear putting gradually more into tiny hair ties as I went around her head.  Then I did a plait which I attached near the first hair band. 

I think it looks pretty cute. 

Growing seeds: experiment

Miss Bee loves gardening.  Each year we plant snow peas.  This year we’ve expanded this as an indoor experiment.

Experiment 1:

I cut the end off a plastic bottle as a mini pot (bonus is showing how something can be reused and repurposed).

A little potting mix, 2-3 snow pea seeds and water it when it starts to dry out.  Place in sunny window.

“Put it on the window to grow.”

This is after about 2 weeks:

Experiment #2:

In a ziplock bag.  Place wet paper towel and 2-3 snow pea seeds in a zip lock bag.  The seeds took longer to germinate however you can see the roots through the clear bag.  Also no additional water was needed. I suspect it would grow better if the seed faced the sun however it’s rather cool so perhaps the paper towel insulated them a little. 

I attached it to the window using sticky tape.

Look how big they are now!  “look mummy my plants are growing!”

Spinach and feta pasta

So quick,  easy and yummy.  Quicker than takeaway! 

Boil up the pasta.  While it boils dice 250g feta (I choose creamy rather than crumbly – South Cape Tasmanian is the bomb). Grab a large handful of grated cheese. (I have it frozen ready to use) .

Drain…  Keep a tiny bit of water back in case you want it wetten it later- that water has starch in it. 

In the same pan melt a good dollop of butter,  add 2 teaspoons of minced garlic. (if feeling very indulgent you could add a little bacon).  Throw the pasta back in. Add spinach leaves to your preference. (Remember they shrink a little.) Throw the feta and grated cheese in. Season with pepper. Gradually add the pasta water if it’s drier than you like. 

Plate it up and gobble it up.
Here’s the “with bacon” version minus feta as I didn’t have any.