Baby Number 3, Babyloss, Cooking, Life, parenting

Not Winning Today

I feel like I’m failing at being a mum today. My little girl is upset and clingy and has been from the moment she woke up. I understand that it’s tough being a toddler so I’m trying to be gentle, I wish she could understand that it’s tough being a mum sometimes too.

It’s lunchtime and so far she’s not eaten more than a few slices of apple all day. I feel like a failure for not being able to get her to eat some more, she must be hungry but she won’t let any food pass her lips (she did happily munch on some cardboard though – babies, huh?).

Her nap time has come and gone, and she’s still not asleep. I feel like a failure for not being able to get her to sleep even though I know she’s tired. I know this will make her day even harder. But she just won’t sleep.

Every little cry or whinge makes me feel like a failure because I don’t know what’s wrong and none of my cuddles are making her feel better. My one job is to keep my babe healthy and happy and the happy part just isn’t happening today! 

I feel like a failure of a housewife too because I’m focusing all my attention on my poor babe. The dishes still aren’t done. Floors haven’t been vacuumed. Laundry hasn’t been hung on the line. 

I guess you can’t win every day.

Cooking, Life

Adventures with yeast.

Recently I have started using yeast in my baking. It is far easier than I thought it would be. So far I have made cinnamon buns, spinach, bacon & feta scrolls, and finger buns. I was quite pleased with how my cinnamon buns (pictured) turned out. They were delicious, and got the thumbs up of approval from my partner too. The spinach, bacon & feta rolls were also super yum, however partner didn’t eat them because they were, and I quote, “too healthy”. Oh well, more for me.

I have made 2 batches of finger buns however and neither of them worked at all. The first batch was far too dense, a far cry from the light and fluffy finger buns you’d find at Baker’s Delight. The second batch was considerably less so but still nowhere near as fluffy as I’d like. 

I have no idea what I’m doing wrong! The first time I suspect the milk was too hot and killed the yeast, but the second time it was perfectly warm. I hand-kneaded the first batch, used my dough hooks on the mixer for the second. I let them rise twice for at least an hour each time. If someone who knows more about yeast than I do could give me some tips, that would be fantastic. Or better yet give me another finger bun recipe to try.