25 April 2013

While the cat's away...

The lazy way to travel. || #travelator

I've been away from our nest all week long. It's been amazing and a time of huge learning and expansion for all of us. More on that later, but for now, a little update on what the owlets have been up to with their lovely Papa. Photographer, owlet wrangler and my greatest supporter. Love him.

Tiny loves her big sisters. || #undertheeaves
Contemplating. || #fisherman #silhouette
Tiny Tick. || #kickingback #chillaxication
The Department of Silly Walks' Annual Sunday Any Day Let's Go Parade. || #sillywalk #wemadethem @owletmama
Tiny and a Centralian Bearded Dragon. Cuteness and Awesomeness. || #beardeddragon #unschooling
X marks Little Owlet. || #letterx
Autumn Float. || My first entry to the #levitation_photo_challenge and suggesting @mrmattlowe also enter! See @mattglastonbury for details.
My children are riding a Southern Elephant Seal. Your argument is invalid. || #elephantseal #biggest
Little Owlet shows Tiny where we live. || #unschooling #learnthroughliving
You gotta hold your breath under water. || #deepseadivers
My jumper is a bit large for Little Owlet (geez, it's even too big for me these days!). || #toobig #atleastitswarm

All photos by Huz. Find him on Instagram @berondi

16 April 2013

Late Night Yum :: Chocolate Mug Cake


We work and play hard most days and end up on the couch in a comfortable but tired little pile most nights, watching episodes of Community, doing Spiral Garden work, stitching and nibbling treats with a warm drink... Huz and I really super look forward to this end of the day - quiet time together while the owlets snore... Sometimes we'll be stuck without a treat to nibble and it'll all end in tears. Either that, or we get inventive. 

So with a little help from google and a little tweaking, thanks to ingredients on hand, we gave a primal version of the Chocolate Mug Cake a go. I wasn't a huge fan of the original, but this is actually pretty delish. And the bigger owlets rather fancy it too and can't believe that much awesome can happen in two minutes. Tiny isn't in on the secret right now as almond meal is pretty much the worst thing for severe tooth decay, so I wouldn't recommend it if you have that going on, although soaking the almonds first would help... And the microwave probably  kills the goodness in the awesome real food ingredients, but sometimes a little lazy indulgence is called for...

Chocolate Mug Cake

1 mug or cup sized ramekin
3 tbsp cacao powder 
2 tbsp almond meal
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 egg

Melt butter in the microwave, in your mug. 
Add all other ingredients and mix until well combined - little lumps are ok.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook it on high for 2 minutes. 

Eat with lashings of cream if so desired. Feel smug. And enjoy. xx

14 April 2013

creative space

My little creative nook #mycreativespace

It's been too long. Mum and Dad have missed my blog, so I know it's been too long. Right now I can spy Huz checking the computer for a new post... The one I've been trying to write as my posts grow further and further apart. Not to worry... all is ok. I'm just a little burnt out.

Utterly spoilt... Artwork by @tielsk needle felted heart by @treehouseme chocolate, notebook, magazine and cards from my beautiful little family. #birthday #loved #goodmorning

This week I'm a year older. I'm feeling loved and understood by this little owlet family more than ever, and that's such a wonderful feeling.

But I'm tired. Ten years of interrupted sleep have caught up. And despite the decluttering, the planning and the hard work, I'm creatively, emotionally and physically spent. Fortunately, I can identify what's going on, take notice, live with, sit with and understand it. I'm learning more about myself and my limits and that when I'm stretched, there's a limit to what I can share with those outside my nest. Sometimes there's not enough of me to go around and I'm learning to be ok with that. And generally I know what I need to do next to dig that hole out of the little trench I'm in. But it takes time...

Bowl of lunchtime lovin' for my belly #nurture #nourish #yum

It takes  nourishment. And rest. And space to daydream. I've been missing that. And so I suppose in the times when I'm not blogging and doing the day-to-day stuff I do... I'm daydreaming. Processing and learning and moving through it. Finding some creative space, in every sense, so that I can let some of that creativity free and I can share a bit of myself again.

Autumn in Tasmania... Feeling grounded after some time in nature #bushwalk #tasmania #autumn #water #rock #fern #instatassie

It takes grounding in nature. And talking and cuddling and loving... and a whole lot of learning and of growth. There's plenty of that to come and I suspect that breaking this small writing drought, ripping that bandaid off, will lead to a string of catch up posts as I fill you in on what we've done between daydreaming...

Have you had time for daydreaming lately?
Have you felt burnt out?
What did you do to get your creativity flowing again?

Have a gorgeous week. xx