Saturday, November 1, 2014


This is the first year I have done Halloween. There was a local Facebook page so I enlisted to be a Trick or Treat house. I opened for about 2 hours so I was finished by 8pm.
It was fun sorting out the lolly treats...
and very simply decorating my front porch...
I bagged up lots of treats and had heaps of lollipops in reserve...
Here is a fellow blogger and her two cuties!
These girls went all out...
Here's Dorothy and Little Red Riding Hood and friends...
I had about 65 kids come to the door. All were well mannered and it was fun to see their costumes. I may just do it again next year! :)

Cheers - Joolz xx

Brianna turns 21 !!

Where have the last 21 years gone? Seems like only yesterday I was cradling another beautiful pink bundle, named Brianna Charlotte May!

We announced it in the local paper...

...and sent her flowers...

We bought her something from Tiffany & Co...
Kirby had this beautiful print made for her...
We are so thankful to Kirby who organised 99% of Brianna's Winery Bus Tour ...
I organised the plastic champagne glasses for the bus trip and the cupcake boxes!
Kirby designed the invitations, collated the RSVPs and ensured everyone was there before departure, did reconnaisance of the wineries and bookings, pizza and wine taste testing (that was fun!), bus booking, liquor licence, ordered the cup cakes, party props and decorations...
Without her super event management, the day would not have run like clockwork like it did. Add to this, good weather and fun party guests - it was brilliant!

Bri and friend, Paige...

...with friends Maddy and Brodie...

My two gorgeous girls!

Chloe, Bri, Beatta and Abby. How lucky could you be if you had these girls as your nurse?!





lunch was at Tilbrook Estate. Winemaker James and his staff made us welcome, seating us amongst the wine barrells. We had delicious platters ...

...then one after the other, out came woodfired pizzas, absolutely delicious!


Lots of fun on the bus, enroute to the next winery. We had a fantastic bus driver who was very patient and helpful.

Felicity, Ashley, Bri, Skye and Chelsea...

Out came the photo booth props for silly pics!



We landed back in town right on time, handed out the cupcakes and had a final drink before the guests headed home. Pam and Bri playing the fool!

What a great day! Happy Birthday, dear Brianna!

Cheers - Joolz xx


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diet, not going so well!

We are home after a four day weekend in Adelaide. I won't say I ate unhealthy food, just not plain, whole food and not enough fruit and vegetables...

Dinner Friday night - delicious Chinese cuisine at Concubine...

Saturday lunch at Robin Hood Hotel - This was an amazing chicken & prawn salad, beautiful flavours of curry, coconut milk, lime and coriander and the poached chicken was divine! I cleaned the plate - so good!

Saturday night we dined at Hazara (Singapore/Indian cuisine) and it did not disappoint. Hazara chicken, prawns...

Sunday lunch ... (Gus had grilled barramundi with Goolwa cockles)

....we were out to lunch with a group of friends and people to remember our mate, Gary who passed away 3 years ago... Lamb & pear sausages, minted pea gravy and mash. I will say I hate half of this (so good) but the serving was way too big.

Sunday night, Gus and I had a small pizza delivered to our room. We didn't need much after that lunch!

Monday I hung out with Brianna and we had Takeaway Thai for lunch - I had green chicken curry and she had tamarind duck...

She headed off to work so I was left to chill at their unit until Gus picked me up later in the day. I got bored so I made the girls some scones...

I always find it weird using someone elses oven but they worked out fine.

Phew! Dinner Monday night was with Gus and Kirby. We went to La Trattoria. Gus and I had the grilled whiting - absolutely delicious but such a huge serving! Under the fish was a sort of ratatouille with potatoes in it. Kirby had a mushroom risotto.

As you can see, it was food, food, food!

It's weigh-in Wednesday at Weight Watchers but I am not holding my breath for a good result. I'll report back with my weight later.


WW weight 22/10 77.30kgs


Cheers - Joolz xx


Thursday, October 16, 2014


I forgot to record my weight for Wednesday 15/10/14 - at Weight Watchers it was 77.10 kgs - same as last week. I am what we call a 'turtle'! Slow and steady ...

My home scales said this ... 75.80kgs (first thing in the morning, in bras and knickers). I have work to do!

And my job is not made easy when you are invited out to the best Wagyu steak restaurant in South Australia - and its in our backyard!





Nose to the grindstone!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Think Pink ...

...for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Well, that was an epic morning of biscuit decorating!

I also made a batch of pink Melting Moments...



Do you think they look like boobies? ;)

Then there was a lot of pink icing thrown around the kitchen!




Then the packaging...

Tying all those fiddly bows with long fingernails is tricky!







I am sure Bianca's Pink Day will be a success! I need to put my feet up now and have a cuppa!

Cheers - Joolz xx



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