Winter wanders

posted in: Grow Mama

We grabbed a rare moment between rain showers and headed out for a walk. Luckily Phoenix the dog is an understanding sort of a guy and doesn’t give me a hard time if he doesn’t get to go for a … Read More

Rad Reading: Mary, Glennon and Rebecca

posted in: Grow Mama

Essays seem to be my thing at the moment. Writing them. Reading them. Thinking about them. I’m reading Glennon Doyle’s Untamed on kindle. I kinda speed-read/skipped through her Warrior books but this one, this one I am taking my sweet … Read More

Joining the lockdown sourdough club

posted in: Grow Mama

Seems like everyone was making sourdough over lockdown. Egged on by a comment on my facebook page by my friend Jake, I joined the movement. It started with an illicit sourdough starter drop in my letterbox. My friend sent me … Read More

The shark tooth

posted in: Grow Mama

When I was about eight, I read a book where the main character found a shark tooth on the beach and it changed her life in wonderful ways. I have been looking for a sharks tooth at high tide marks … Read More

Colour jungle

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I am drawn to colour in hard times. I caught this photo of a shirt I made on my quilt recently. All that colour and texture gave me pause to breathe in the beauty. More and more these slow days I am reminded … Read More

Introducing my new comfort food

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I was given a signed copy of Nadia Lim’s Vegful cookbook as a Christmas gift from work. (I work for the NZ charity Garden to Table – getting kids into the garden and kitchen through our food education programme.) I … Read More

A teen-friendly Easter

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An Easter in lockdown has taught me an important lesson about the creative life and gave rise to a great idea for an Easter hunt for teens. Our house used to be in constant creative flux with various projects. It’s … Read More

Duckling lockdown project

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The boy is fostering eight just-hatched ducklings until they’re big enough to hold their own with next door’s flock. The mama abandoned them within hours of hatching and they wouldn’t have lasted a day out there on their own – … Read More

Lockdown links

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You might say I was made for these times, we have a garden, make most food from scratch, we’re well set up since we homeschool and work is mostly remote, but we’re usually out a bunch and miss our friends. … Read More

The surreal times begin

posted in: Grow Mama

I had been waiting until my new website went live before I dived back into this lovely bloggy place. But. The website has been on hold for ages and when I went to grab the link for the bread recipe … Read More

Making: linen top

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This one is worn on repeat. It’s Sew Knit Love’s Sarah Dress pattern, the top version. I’ve made three dresses from this pattern now and have made some for friends. I may have to cave to pressure and start taking orders soon. … Read More

The best bread recipe

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I am back, by popular demand, to give you the bread recipe I blogged about recently. There were a bunch of hollers on the GrowMama facebook page and a wee stack of messages asking for the recipe.   Every now … Read More

Bread

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I love this 5-grain bread. It’s delicious and fast to make. People are sometimes amazed when I bring freshly baked bread to share, but that’s kind of embarrassing because it’s so easy. It’s a no-knead wet mix that gets pops … Read More

Making: a zero waste bag

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I try and arrange my pattern pieces on the fabric so there is the least waste, and keep scraps for smaller projects or give them to people and projects that will. Despite my best efforts, the piles of scrap fabric … Read More

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