Another week of everything

I know, I’m so behind!  But I just found Kira’s lovely blog and thought it was a great opportunity to link up.  If you haven’t visited her blog yet, please do.  It is a real treat!

Last week was the week everything was happening.  And by “everything”, I mean everything good – and bad – that I can just about handle in a week.

There is so much telling to do, and I am so tired I can only think by using a list.  Creative!  But it’ll keep me on track.  I think.

Do you like chicken?  Do you?  I’ll start with the chicken.

1. The chicken that got licked.  My favourite room in the house is the kitchen.  It’s where I spend lots of time with the family and we have a ball of a time mostly, except for the Why Haven’t You Finished Your Food Yet?? bit.

Oops.  Digressing already.

Anyway, the Bunnies have fun and learn so much by observing and participating in the kitchen.  (In truth, that’s just me hoping.) I venture to say there are hazards, of course.  Stuff. Will. Happen.

Like it did with the chicken.

Last week, my exceedingly sweet 3 year old Lamb poured a big cup of water over the roast chicken I was preparing for lunch.

Wait, it hadn’t been roasted yet – just all marinated and left sitting on top a rich layer of carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic cloves.  Being sleep-deprived, I wasn’t totally on the ball that morning and didn’t discover the deed until I started dishing out the food.  Did I ever produce such a dastardly chicken dish!  Thanks to the water – not roasted, not baked, not fried, not grilled, not …. whatever.

Here, I confess.  You should be glad you were not there to see the storm-cloud that was my face.  I am sorry to report that I should have kept a little lid on myself.  The kids ate in silence.  Which is not the norm.

I did not take a photo.  You’d understand.  I was not in the mood for anything positive at that point.

The good thing about that morning was that we all had a nice read-aloud prior to lunch and there was an interesting discussion.  As for the chicken (note: eliminate the word “roast”), we all ate what we could at a decent pace and I turned the rest into a stew the next day.  As always – there is hope, people.

I am also trying to remember that the Bunnies are always trying to be helpful, really.  Vindictiveness is nowhere an issue when it comes to putting a good thing, like a meal, together.


2.  Baking is in the house.

Only mini muffins here.  Chocolate crackles are wolfed down too quickly for photography – after and before the cooling process.

Please excuse the poor photo.  I have a lousy camera.  And how do some people get those glamorous shots while holding a baby with one hand or having little ones clinging to their skirts?  That is really beyond me.

But back to the topic at hand.  I like doing things with the Bunnies and baking is just one of them.  Recently, however, I haven’t had enough energy to allow them to do messier things – like scooping out the flour.  So I do it myself and let them stir up.

The kids have a fantastic appetite, a love of variety and always want to participate in the kitchen.  I am hunting for scrumptious, easy recipes they can follow.  If you have any easy ones (repeat: easy easy easy), post a link in the comments section, will ya?  Loving you in advance.


3. Critter fun.  It was a public holiday last Friday and upon rising in the morning, Sweet Man and I suddenly decided it would be nice to get out somewhere.

We got another family to join us and drove out of the city to a tiny place called Rabbit Funland in Semenyih where you get to feed and pet the critters.  Sweet Man’s cousin had told us about this place just last week, so the name was fresh in our 30+ year old memory.  Do not be deceived by the name.  There were other animals too.  Goats …..

Aren’t they the sweetest creatures?  I love goats.  I wish I had a goat, but it seems that they excrete rather foul smelling poo which is the last thing I’d like to add right now to my current poo-cleaning portfolio.  When Piglet is finally toilet trained, I shall start seriously considering goat-rearing.  ONE goat.  I kid you not.  HA!

Anyway, this clean, albeit sweet smelling place also had a few sheep and ponies.  Puppy and Lamb had their first ever pony ride and it was such fun.  One of the ponies had lost an eye in a horse fight, but that didn’t bother the kids as much as it did me.  Maybe I shouldn’t have stared for so long at the eye socket.

Rabbit Funland also had rabbits, of course.  They were well-fed, plump ….

and friendly.

When it was time for lunch, we left the rabbit enclosure and headed off for the Rabbit Funland restaurant.  Would it bother you if you ate rabbit meat after petting the fluffy things?

We ordered rabbit satay, served with peanut sauce …..

Rabbit sausage ….

Rabbit fried rice ….

And rabbit in a claypot.  No photo of this one – we were too busy tucking in by then.


4. Revolution in the back garden.  The 2 humungous trees in our back garden got felled on the weekend ….. finally!  They had been growing for more than 30 years on the slope adjoining the garden and had provided us with some really lovely shade but were getting far too tall and had begun protruding over our kindly neighbour’s airspace.

Can you see the man in the tree?  I can tell you, those guys climbed up like they were walking up my staircase singing a song.

Did I tell you we live in a linked house?  There wasn’t any access to the road behind our house, so the men had to carry the branches through our living room, across our dining to the entrance landing, and out the front door to the driveway.

Yes. Read that again.

We had to push all our furniture aside and cover them with bedsheets.

The men finished the job late in the evening and we were expecting a guest who was due to arrive in an hour after they left.  He was going to stay for a few days and I had spent the whole morning dusting the spare room.  That’s the good part about having guests on a regular basis – they keep cleaning up to date!

Anyhoo, after the men left you can imagine the speed at which Sweet Man had to work to get things “cleaned up” while I got the Bunnies into the shower.  I say “cleaned up” because he really did try his best but there was simply too much dirt for a one-time quick clean to suffice.  Later that night, after taking our guest out to dinner and putting the little ones to bed, I had to do another round, dusting and wiping surfaces included.

Plus wash the driveway.

I was SO whacked.

I miss the birds already.  They were singing extra loudly yesterday morning and I figure they were wondering where their beloved trees went to.

But no matter, we have plans to plant more trees – avocado and passion fruit are what I have in mind.  Also, now that the land has been cleared, I have a farming project all ready to go.  Once I start reading more about it!  Sigh.  Whatever did I go to law school for?


5.  A not-so-new resolve.  I’m going to start running again.  I’ve been feeling a little edgy with the kids and I think exercising will do me some good.

And apparently, if you blog too often and not exercise, your bottom’s liable to get jiggly.

That is not happening not going to happen to me.


Have a good week!  If I don’t post tomorrow or the day after, you’ll know where I am.  Running!!!


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  • Runnermom-jen
    September 20, 2011 5:10 am

    Ok, first with the tree branches…I would have been more than a little upset by this!! And great job starting to run again!! It’s a miracle “drug”, I tell you!! And yes, it would bother me to eat rabbit after petting the cute little things 😉

  • Kiddothings
    September 20, 2011 8:15 am

    I have never tried rabbit meat – that’s a lot of rabbit y’all ate!
    Seriously, you want a pet goat?!
    I’m still wondering what a watered down chicken would taste like… 🙂

  • Kira @ Kissingthejoy
    September 20, 2011 8:17 am

    “poo-cleaning portfolio” heehee. I need to remember that phrase next time my kids ask me for a dog. I do NOT want a dog, but they desperately do, so someday we will have to compromise.

    Thanks so much for linking up with me this week, it’s lovely to have you!

  • Mei
    September 20, 2011 12:35 pm

    You’ve certainly had a busy week 🙂 But that’s nothing new with 3 kids under 6 in tow!

    Sorry about the chicken. Very resourceful turning it into stew the next day 😉 I’m sure it tasted much better that way…

    Wishing you a quieter and less busy week ahead!

  • Mama J
    September 20, 2011 1:17 pm

    On the tree branches, perhaps that partly explains why my nerves are a little frayed by now. When I do that first run, you will be the first to know in blog land. Because you are my running inspiration. 4 kids and a regular runner, beat that!!

  • Mama J
    September 20, 2011 1:23 pm

    Rabbit meat tastes somewhat like chicken. I’m really not for eating the animal I petted just before, but we were already there and it was an opportunity not to be missed!

    I do want a goat, mainly for its milk. And for my kids to be a little closer to farm type animals. But that is a dream that seems pretty unattainable for now. Maybe when the kids are older?

    As for watered down chicken, it isn’t something I’d recommend unless you’re simply starving, ha!

  • Mama J
    September 20, 2011 1:27 pm

    My kids keep asking me for a dog too, *sigh*. I do love dogs, but I lack the energy these days. And we are stretching a budget enough as it is! I hope that one day we’ll be able to get one though. Although I don’t know how a dog might react to a goat, vice versa.

    Thanks for hosting such a lovely meme. I love that it’s an opportunity to celebrate letting loose and being honest! Besides, some of your posts are too funny to pass up. They help me laugh at my own situations too 😉

  • Mama J
    September 20, 2011 1:29 pm

    Thanks! It sure tasted better. After taking a bite, Puppy said, “You’re the best cook ever!”

  • SL
    September 20, 2011 8:06 pm

    your article made me smile! run mama J run! i run here too – thought i had a heart attack on sunday when i ‘over’ ran!

  • Mama J
    September 20, 2011 9:46 pm

    That’s great – that you’re running – not the heart attack! I’m going to try to get on the treadmill the moment Sweet Man gets back. Fingers crossed there won’t be a baby night-waking while I’m all sweaty!

  • Stasha
    September 21, 2011 9:03 am

    Good for you, running again! Your bunnies and the real bunnies are adorable. So you say they are tasty too?

  • Mama J
    September 21, 2011 10:30 pm

    Thanks! They’re tasty, yeah. I’d rather stick to chicken, though 😉 Eating cute pet-type animals on a regular basis aren’t exactly up my alley …

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