04 March 2012

I've never thought of myself as a prude but really……

While I was sorting the washing this morning I noticed that the boys both need new boxer shorts.  They wear them as underwear and have some they wear for PJs and they are usually in their Christmas stockings. Yes, I still do stockings for the kids - they love them and so do I.

Last Christmas they found their usual supply in their stocking and they're wearing them so I know they like them. 

The problem though is this:  they need new boxers and I flatly refuse to buy them any of the shorts I saw today while I was looking for them.  I am their mother. There is no way known I am going to buy my sons, no matter how old they are, anything that is even remotely suggestive or crude. And that's all I could find - I couldn't even find just plain colours.

I could of course put the ball back in their court and make them do their own shopping, but the agony! I don't think I could stand it. I struggle to get them to buy shoes - and they have to be there for shoes, they need to try them on.

My boys like to look good, but boy oh boy do they hate shopping. With a vengeance. They were relieved and happy to hand me the money and give me the task.

So, with that in mind, and because it's MOO month, I decided, after I gave up shopping in disgust, that I'll make them. Which is going to save quite a lot of money too because I have quite a stash of light lawns and satins just waiting to be used. I even have elastic and patterns.

This afternoon I cut out six pairs, ready to sew. That's my job for tomorrow afternoon.

I use multi-size patterns whenever possible. I love being able to adjust them to get the right fit. And of course they do more than one body, always a bonus. I have one beanpole for a son and one  sleeper, meaning Tom is long and skinny and AJ is long and in proportion. Multi-size patterns mean I can buy one and tailor it to fit both of them. That's a big saving, even on half-price sales patterns are not cheap.

Mind you the pattern I'm using is so old, it's a Bargain Box pattern, and it cost the grand sum of $2.50.  I miss Bargain Box.

What else did I MOO today?  Do potatoes count? In between rain showers I dug up the last of this season's potatoes. A whole bucketful of pretty pink and yellow spuds. We had some for tea tonight, roasted in olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Yum!

I also made an orange and mango flummery for dessert with MOO jelly and evaporated milk.  It made a very wobbly, yummy dessert that disappeared quick smart.

MOO Flummery
3 level tbsp gelatine
1/2 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups orange mango juice
300ml evaporated milk, chilled

Dissolve the gelatine in the boiling water. Add the fruit juice and whisk well to combine. Place the mixture in the fridge and allow to cool until thick but not set. Beat the chilled evaporated milk until thick and frothy. Mix into jelly. Beat until fluffy and thoroughly combined. Pour into a wetted mould and place in the fridge to set.

You can use any flavour juice, except pineapple, to make jelly. There is an enzyme in pineapple juice that prevents it from setting properly. I've used apple, blackcurrant and orange. Actually you don't need to use juice, you can try cordial or soft drink. Ginger jelly, made with ginger beer, is very refreshing on a hot day.

What did you MOO today?


  1. Cath we made boxers in high school as part of textiles classes, but it never occurred to me to do it in the "real world"!

  2. Did your boys like the new boxers? Mine are so fussy I dont know if they would wear them but I would love it if they did.

  3. Good way of stocking. I appreciated of your creative mind. You are genius. I also want to take your advice on my financial matter.


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