Saturday, September 27, 2008

Hurray! Completed project.

From Surprisingly Domestic

This is the first time I've made a mei tai with a sleeping hood, and I'm really happy with it. I bought some foam to use in the shoulder straps instead of fleece scraps, and it feels nice. I need to make myself one to test though, because this is a gift for someone else :(

From Surprisingly Domestic

All nicely rolled up with a BCDU postcard for information.

I am learning patience in my sewing - I pre-washed everything and even ironed as I went along.

Oh, and I made banana icecream today. It is soooo yummy. Tomorrow I think I'm going to make a pumpkin chocolate cake.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fair trade coffee

Since I never get to finish craft projects at the moment, I thought I'd better post about something - how about a product review?

I've found it really difficult to find decent-tasting fair trade instant coffee. Yes, I know that "decent-tasting" and "instant coffee" should possibly not be in the same sentence, but I am just far too lazy to make 'real' coffee every day, particularly for my morning cup, which is usually made with a baby in the crook of my arm waiting for her own morning feed. Anyway, the last batch I found was in the Oxfam Shop but I rarely go past there and it's really difficult to go anywhere out of my way right now (three kids on the bus - it's a challenge).

When that ran out I looked at Woolworths. The closest I could find was this organic stuff:

From Surprisingly Domestic

Nature's Cuppa Organics. Not actually fair trade anyway, but free of slave labour as part of the organic certification process. [Eilleen is a bit of an expert on this.]

It looks somewhat like dried animal droppings. Unfortunately, it tastes similar to what I imagine dried animal droppings would. However, my caffeine addiction won out and I drank it anyway.

When I was in Coles a week or so ago, I saw this:

From Surprisingly Domestic

Robert Timms 'Earth Blend'.

The coffee bags are an excellent idea; made from a mix of instant and ground coffee for a bit more of a kick. More expensive, though. The jar of instant was $7.99, which isn't bad - and it really is a decent-tasting instant coffee. Hurray!