Bake with Jake: Pumpkin Muffins

Today, Jacob didn’t want to take a nap hence was a bit bored in the afternoon. After eating a mandarin orange, he started pestering me about “cup-cake” again so I decided we’d bake some muffins together. I’ve decided to call these “Bake with Jake” sessions.

Today, we decided to make pumpkin muffins. Jacob doesn’t actually eat pumpkin in its true form, but he loves his pumpkin muffins (we are becoming avid veggie smugglers)! So we got out our ingredients and readied ourselves. We found the recipe online on Kidspot so we had the computer open in the background to check our quantities (though we messed it up a little bit anyway).

20150522_152407Jacob says, “Flour and sugar are in! Now to put in some baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.”

20150522_152433Mummy says, “Oh Jacob, not the whole bottle of nutmeg!”

20150522_152727Jacob then stirred up the dry ingredients with the raisins. I think he ate quite a few of them before we managed to get the muffins into the oven!

20150522_153317Next, we mixed the wet ingredients. In the process of taking all these photos, mummy forgot about her pumpkin on the stove and burned it! Oopsies. Oh well. Jacob mixed the wet ingredients and mummy says, “No, Jacob, don’t eat raw egg!”

20150522_153614I think this was his favourite part – putting the cupcake cases into the trays. Jacob loves solving puzzles and having things put into their right place. After this was the messy bit though – I was trying to spoon the mix into the cupcake cases while Jacob was trying to take them away and pour them into other ones! Argh!

20150522_162850Oh well, a bit messy but they look quite alright, don’t they?

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Just as a reminder – toddlers are pretty good at wiping up too! Jacob even wiped his face with the cloth afterwards, argh! 🙂 He was incredibly helpful today and I am sure he’ll really enjoy eating his “cup-cake” tomorrow. 20150522_163104

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Thoughts on Mother’s Day

I meant to post this yesterday but never got down to it. Came home from Malaysia sick and I think the extreme change in temperature just made things worse! But I’m sure to be better in time…

Lucky for me that today was Mother’s Day so I got to relax! 🙂  I wasn’t feeling like much food so didn’t really bother with the whole breakfast in bed (I can’t taste anyway) but I was surprised with some lovely gifts in the morning:

mom dayJacob sorta blew the surprise by shouting “Shoe! Shoe!”

Feeling very blessed – and feeling a bit bad because I didn’t have all my Mother’s Day gifts ready for particular people I wanted to give them to. I was planning to get things wrapped and cards written after I got back but that didn’t really happen as I was pretty much in bed the whole time. But I will get organised, I promise!

This year I was very blessed to almost spend Mother’s Day with my mum. I’ve been overseas since 2009 so it’s been quite different – we haven’t shared as many milestones as we’d have liked, but I also find that when we’re together, we put in more effort to get along (or at least we try)! It was good to see her again in the course of my travels and I’m sure there’ll be more of it in years to come.

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It was a bonus to see my grandma this trip as well – my parents flew her over so I got to spend some time with her. When I was growing up, we used to visit them at least a couple of times a year (they lived in a different state so we’d have to fly over there) and it was wonderful. Nowadays, we still write letters to each other – probably the only snail mail I get aside from bills!

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Things wouldn’t be the same without my mum-in-law here in Adelaide. Before you get married, you hear all these scary things about horror mothers-in-law who can be overbearing, pushy or sometimes crazy! But my mum-in-law is nothing like that – she’s as nice as they come and welcomed me into the family with open arms. The same can be said about my sister-in-law, who’s really down to earth and has set a wonderful parenting example for me with her three lovely munchkins.

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But behind every great mother is a great father, which my husband truly is! He’s always been the “fun” one from day one and Jacob is well aware of that (and always runs to him when I’m being strict/mean).

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Thanks for helping me get through the day; for doing all the little things that add up to big things in the end. Thanks for taking the reins when I have to put them down and for being there through it all. 🙂

But I would not be a mum if not for my wonderful son, who in about 3 months’ time will be turning 2. Two years! Can you believe it? How time flies.

20150430_193505I’ve been made a better person by him – even if it doesn’t seem that way sometimes! Parenthood is such a steep learning curve but he’s taught me to trust my instincts. And no matter what challenges we have along the way, he’ll always come up with something sweet like talking about “mama” in his sleep or giving me cuddles and kisses when I need it the most.

I hope that all of you mums out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day!