Christmas Toys – Giving The Gift Of Play

Christmas Toys and Catalogues… EVERYWHERE!

Normally at this time of year, letterboxes are brimming with catalogues, all of which are filled with Christmas Toys. Every one of these advertises the Hot or Must Have items for kids at Christmas. But this year, just like the last,  I am keeping the purchase of toys to a minimum. Instead, we are Giving the Gift of Play to my kids, with a renewed membership to their Toy Library.

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Modifying a Chicken Egg Incubator to Proof Bread

In my blog I recently spoke of using a chicken egg incubator as an alternate to the Brod and Taylor Folding Bread Proofer. My logic behind using a chicken incubator, was the cost to purchase was far less than the $400 price tag of the Brod and Taylor.

The chicken incubator however needed modifications before being used. The end result is now a near perfect device, which suits my needs. Continue reading “Modifying a Chicken Egg Incubator to Proof Bread”

Christmas Fireplace

It’s meant to be bad luck to begin decorating your Christmas tree before December, but with my kids now reaching the age where they understand Christmas, it’s hard not to get excited early. It’s also harder to try and stick to the December 1 rule. So instead of risking the bad luck that comes with erecting a tree before December 1, I started on making some decorations in preparation for the date. My first activity is a Christmas Fireplace. Continue reading “Christmas Fireplace”

Origami

Why Origami

Origami is one of those activities I sometimes enjoy more than my kids, it’s a great activity to do when the weather is wet or cold outside, the animals and shapes we make usually leads to some other type of activity, such as a puppet show, or building a Zoo or Ark. Continue reading “Origami”

Sourdough Starter

Why Sourdough?

Sourdough bread would have to be my favourite. If it were available to me, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the cost of it can be inhibiting, along with the fact that it doesn’t have any preservatives in the ingredient list; making its shelf life shortened, when compared to the other breads I’ve made. Continue reading “Sourdough Starter”

Bread Proofers

If you live in one of the warmer states of Australia, bread proofing can be a cinch, just place the dough on your kitchen bench and an hour later it has formed into a bubbly dough, twice the size of that it was left. In the southern areas of the country where I live, this won’t happen in the winter months. A piece of dough can sit for hours without the slightest rise; what’s more it is also frequently threatened by the Australian wildlife, bugs and little children, if left too long unsupervised. Continue reading “Bread Proofers”