Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A chopper and Chicken Pot Pies ...

I recently bought a Dicer Express - on sale in Woolworths for $25. 
I tested it out on some carrot - it made short work of it!
Sort of small batons, just right to go in my Chicken Pot pies. I used Beth's recipe 
Always the veggie smuggler, I added celery, carrot and mushrooms to the recipe.

I fried off some speck then added in the leek, carrot, garlic and celery and fried them off until tender. Then followed the recipe adding the chicken, stock and cream etc.

Served with a simple salad, they were very delicious. Another recipe printed off and filed for later use.

Cheers - Joolz xx

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nice family weekend ...

We travelled to Adelaide on Friday to see our girls and have a busy weekend.  First up, off to the football at the new Adelaide Oval complex.

We stuffed up a bit as we (Gus) left it too late to get ticketed seats.  General admission to a game where there are 55,000+ people is not fun. We found seats right up the back of the stand, nosebleed seats!  Carlton lost to Port Adelaide in a massacre! We left at 3/4 time and walked to a nearby pub to drown our sorrows.

Adelaide, city of churches!


Saturday lunch - nachos a la Joolz...


Then it was off to watch Kirby (GK) play netball out at Santos Stadium...  I did the mumsy thing and scored for her team.

Then it was home at 5pm to get ready to go to Grease, the musical.  It was a fantastic show and we all enjoyed it.  A good laugh and the singing and music was spot on.  All characters played their parts well. I loved Todd McKenny as Teen Angel and John Paul Young was a great Johnny Casino, even incorporating Love is in the Air into the lineup. Bert Newton was a cute Vince Fontain and Rob Mills and Gretel Scarlet made a great Danny and Sandy.


Roast chicken for lunch today - I cheated slightly and bought roast chook and just did the roast veggies in the oven.
Its been a lazy day today - just lounging around.   I did make these Weekender biscuits  though.  Tonight we are going into the city to have dinner and catch up with friends.
I will need to go home for a rest, I think!
Cheers - Joolz xx



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Testing out BlogGo app ...

I usually use Blogsy to post my blogs from my iPad but unless I am near wi-fi, photos from my phone don't transfer to my iPad via iCloud ... with me so far?

I found this app so have put it on my iPhone.  Here goes, lets see if its user friendly!

Okay, well inserting pictures is easy, straight from my library or photo stream or I can take a picture right now and insert it!  This is breakfast yesterday morning.

This is a single bed quilt my mother made. I have decided to take off the frill and bind the edges to make a throw for my couch.  I bought cream coloured cushions the other day and thought now I need a was in the linen press all along.  Its going to be a bit of a job but I think I can do it.  Stay tuned.

In other rivetting news ... I see that dear old Martha Gardener's face and surname have been taken off her Eucalyptus Wool Mix and she's been replaced with a young Martha.  I have always used Wool Mix for my woollen clothing.
Okay, well I'll try and publish this now - wish me luck!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Hop Around The World...

Today I am participating in a Blog Hop Around The World. It is all about 'Creativity'. I do apologise for being 24 hours late...

I was invited by Chel from Going Grey and Slightly Green ...
Chel is a very creative lady and she recently tried her hand at making ollas - have you ever heard of them? I hadn't until recently. Here's the link to her post about them and she has lots more creative things to share.
Now, what is this Blog Hop all about? I have to answer five questions then provide a relevant quote. Yikes, here goes...
1. Why do I create what I do?
I guess I have created many things over the years. A happy marriage; 2 beautiful daughters; a wonderful, warm, loving home; organisation in our lives (I don't like clutter); some lovely cross stitch work and far too many yummy meals (we are foodies so therefore live to eat).
Tiny treasures collected from our travels ...
A china cabinet full of memories - I can tell you where every single thing came from!
I have created memories of our family holidays and trips overseas, collecting small souvenirs which remind me of good times. I gave scrap booking a go but I didn't attend classes, just did it my way. I guess I create all of these to bring happiness to me and my loved ones.
2. How does my creative process work?
Most of these are just created by living my life. Making good food makes others happy and me too. It has been a while since I finished a cross stitch pattern but every now and then I take up the needle and thread.
(Scrapbooked pages from our trip to India album)
3. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
There are so many creative people out there, this one is a bit hard to answer. My work is my own. I'm not an artist or master crafstman but I do like perfection.
4. What am I presently working on?

I am about to work a pattern out to cover these coat hangers - I will just re-jig a dish cloth pattern and go from there.

Still need to get back and finish my beautiful strip quilt that I started earlier this year. Must!

I created these gift baskets for my sisters, filled with home made goodies!

I am happiest when I have time to bake and create beautiful biscuits and cakes...for family and friends.

I love creating new dishes for my husband, making them look and taste like restaurant quality...



Creating differnt types of bread...

Creating Christmas gifts using my baking skills...

Creating fun memories when we go camping in our Defender, Ruby...

Creating more gifts for my sisters...terracotta herb gardens for a garden themed Christmas.

So now it comes down to the last question...

Who inspires me to create?

I am inspired by Kath at Four Miles North of Nowhere - she makes beautiful hand made cards for friends and family. Here is a link to her blog, choc full of lovely things.

And Anne at Ungardened Moments. This is one crafty lady who had created a studio to house her inspirations. A knitter, quilter, painter and crafter, her blog has lots to explore.


And to finish off, a quote ...

I hope you've enjoyed this post. On the 25th, the two bloggers I linked to should have their Creative posts up so please visit their lovely blogs.
Cheers - Joolz xx


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Walk with me ...

I went exploring on my walk yesterday morning...

Just 500 metres from where I live is a patch of reclaimed land. It used to be 4 acres of thick, dense scrub - impenetrable bushland. I believe it is council land which means it belongs to our town.

Several years ago, our Rotary Club decided to take on the land as a beautification project. The land was cleared of undergrowth and gradually the straggly unwanted bush was cleared. What remained were some native trees and many large gum trees but a lot were dead or dying.

Tracks were cleared and gravel laid down. Grass was mown and maintained....

Someone had the foresight to plant beautiful native species under those dead gum trees. How lovely!

Yellow bottlebrush

I always think this tree looks like a opera singer, arms outstretched ...

Park benches have been installed so quiet moments can be enjoyed. Native birds are in abundance.


Golden wattle...




Finally seeing some blue sky days...




Red bottlebrush (callistemon)

The path back home ...

Cheers - Joolz xx



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