Sunday, May 27, 2007

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
A handy hint... Microwave your wipe-the-bench-cloth for 2minutes. Apparently it kills 99% of bacteria. It sure comes out without that disgusting smell!
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Monday, May 21, 2007
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Thursday, May 17, 2007
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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Selah pulled herself up to this position from sitting. She then fell off again onto the toy to the left :( All part of learning aye?! Must get some arnica cream...
The shaky hand = waving. Selah loves to wave hello to people she knows, and animals, and cars that pass on the road (not trucks- they're too scary so she grabs hold of us then).
Good view of 2 bottom teeth (she has 4 on top).

I did have a couple of vids I shot on the camera, but the footage was sideways...nobody told me you could only shoot 'landscape'. Doh. Watch this space! Selah says 'ga', 'aga' alot and blows raspberries - very cute to see but you'll just have to wait till I get the camera the right way around!

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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Here's my all time favourite dessert:

1 cup dates, pitted & chopped
1 tsp baking soda
1c boiling water
2T butter
1c soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2c self-raising flour (1 1/2c flour & 2t baking powder)

Preheat oven to 180degC.
Mix the dates and baking soda in a bowl. Pour boiling water on top and leave until needed.
Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition. Fold in the sifted flour, stir int he date mixture and pour into a greased 18cm square or round cake tin.
Bake for 30-40mins until a skewer comes out clean.

For the sauce: combine ingredients in a saucepan-add cream last once sugar is dissolved and mixture is gently bubbling. Simmer for 5mins. Keep stirring so it doesn't stick on the bottom.
Set aside until ready to serve.
Sauce #1: 1c soft brown sugar, 3/4 c whipping cream, 1t vanilla, 2T butter
Sauce #2: 3/4 c brown sugar, 1/4c cream, 2T golden syrup, 1/4c butter
(I mix and match the sauce from the ingredients I have at the time...I usually do sauce one and include golden syrup instead of vanilla).

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

This week Selah practiced being without me at a Barnados caregiver’s house as I’ll be returning to work half-time from this coming week. I occupied my time with little jobs, and a bit of Oprah ;). Included in the ‘little jobs’ was a check-up trip to the Doctor, Optometrist and Dentist. I know my Doctor and he was very friendly, which probably highlighted more that the Optometrist and Dentist did not even say hello or introduce themselves. Note to self- make sure I alllllways introduce myself to new people and say hello- it just seems so odd to me not to!

Anyway, there's no mixed emotions about going back to work for me- I don't want to go and I'd rather look after Selah. But, given that we need the money for more than making ends meet, I have to look for positives in it. Aside from the money, it will be good to have Selah learning in a different environment (e.g. how to get on with others, different toys etc.), I'll try to remember that 'boring' meetings are a chance for me to sit down and finish a drink, and of course I'll get to spend some time with work colleagues who are friends also. I also have 5/7 days with Selah and hopefully will appreciate those days with her more.

Hat’s off to solo parents also this week. Friday arvo through to the wee hours of Saturday morning I had a vomiting&diarrhoea bug that left me pretty much physically incapable of looking after Selah. Frank took over so it makes you really appreciate the support of your partner/other family. I really don’t know how solo parents do it. Sometimes they probably don’t know either. Not the best way to start a working week for me or Frank, but at least it was only a 24hour bug!
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