looking up

Well the BEST news of the week has to be that I found a (traumatised) Isa Brown hiding deep in an enormous bramble bush yesterday. She was very stuck. I put on gloves and with a saw and an axe (and a baby in a backpack!) I got her out. Hooray!

And in other spectacular news at exactly 2.45pm today my last missing Isa Brown wandered home. Who knows where she's been. She looked hungry. 

Which means my dog actually only killed the two that I found. GOOD news, hey?! (It's all relative.)

In other excellent news, I made the Easy Slice again. 

I made it for a gathering of kids, so I left out the nuts. And used Nice biscuits as instructed. Also put the butter in the bottom of the pan as suggested. Basically followed the recipe. I know. MIRACLE. And who knew, it really works. 




Oh my goodness this is a dangerous slice. 



It takes precisely five minutes to make and is pathologically more-ish. I in no way take responsibilty for your inability to give the slice away. 

So after delivering this (much improved) version of the slice and finally finding my kitchen bench for the first time this week under dishes and debris, Ivy had a nap and I found myself unrequired. Tilly at preschool. Henry at a kids holiday program at church. How about that then. 

So instead of folding washing or cleaning the bathroom or cooking dinner ahead of time or anything sensible, I took a favourite baby shirt and cut out a pattern.




And after cutting up one old baby wrap, we have this:





No it doesn't really fit. 

I'm not really a very good sewer, and I don't know what made me think freestyle was the way to go. 



Before I cut up the next baby wrap I might find a pattern.



It was such a glorious wrap though, as I was talking on the phone to my Mum I cut up all the remnants into "rags" – remember those?



Did your Mum ever do this to your hair to give you curls?



And low and behold, it doesn't fit the baby but it fits the four year old. Who was formerly known as Tilly but has been instructing everyone this week to call her Charlie. No, no reason.



She immediately declared she was the rainbow fairy.

Which she is. That marvellous Charlie. 




And did I ever precisely suggest you give the whole entire slice away?

That little end-y bit in the fridge will improve anyone's day. 

Things are looking up.


12 Comments on “looking up

kim at allconsuming
October 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I do this all the time – add a little of this, change that, take that out and then, for whatever reason make the recipe as is and it is almost always better. Dammit.

that slice has a target on it in this house tomorrow – think I’ll make it to take to the in-laws. I don’t trust it in this house, with me.

And that top is genius, as are the rags. My four year old asked for a beer yesterday so really, you’re on a winner with simply a name change.


October 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

A beer. Am COUGHING with laughter. Thank you lovely friend, thats the first belly laugh of the week. xx

Charley @Secret_Water
October 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

That slice looked good but I liked the crumbly one too! I’ll have to refer to both posts depending on if its a crumbly day or a tidy sort of day. Tilly really is very gorgeous. Very pleased you found the hens πŸ™‚

October 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Tilly is very patient letting you do that to her hair :). I struggle to get a clip into Makenzies thru all the carry-on. It looks very cute though!

green ink
October 8, 2011 at 1:17 am

That slice does look good!! Sometimes when I make that awesome chocolate cake of yours, I cut off a bit for us to keep (and the rest gets taken to work)!

Love the rainbow hair and top. Kind of Downton Abbey meets Woodstock πŸ˜‰ xx

Melanie @ M&M
October 8, 2011 at 1:18 am

So glad things are looking up! Love “Charlie’s” shirt and rags. She is indeed a fairy : )

I made and Apple Cake last night and should give some away, but the family has requested we keep it. Anyway, half is already gone!

Have a wonderful weekend!

October 8, 2011 at 9:21 am

Rags in the hair, my grandma used to cut calico strips and do this for us!!! Think some will fit in Jetta’s hair, think he’ll let me try??!!!!!! Happy Weekend xxxx

October 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

So glad things are looking up. Please give the rainbow fairy a big kiss from me, she is literally a ray of sunshine in that get-up! Much love to all, SB

October 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

‘Charlie’ looks absolutely gorgeous – what a clever mother you are! I swear I am pathologically incapable of following a recipe. I just can’t help myself. Can you give me a pointer in the archives to where you move back to the coast? Still haven’t found it myself and I have to get some work done at some point rather than spending all day reading your archives (which I thoroughly enjoy but I need to ward off divorce from the neglected hubby…)

October 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Ha! We moved back in January this year! xx

October 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

That slice looks wickedly good! I love ‘Charlie’s’ shirt too, and she looks gorgeous with those rag curlers in. My seven year old little bloke asked me over the weekend how old he has to be to get married and get a flame flicker (lighter), in that order, I might add. And that was on top of demanding to be called Lakos who is his imaginary dog alter ego, so I think you are faring quite well.

Glad you only ended up losing two chookies. I think most people with dogs and chooks have a story or two to tell.

October 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I love your surprise saved piece of slice. We made an apple cinnamon pound cake yesterday and for the first time, I made a tiny ramekin for us along side the big one. Everyone happy. No need to give it all away, right?!

Love the rainbow fairy – dance, dance, dance!


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