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Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Australia Day!

 

Wishing all Aussies a Happy Australia Day! We usually go to the beach for a lamb chop barbecue but this long weekend we have been moving our girls from a unit into a house. Its been a big job with lots more work to do today, Tuesday and Wednesday before we head home. Gus has been untiring in his efforts to shift furniture then make the new stuff.
I will take some pics of the finished product but we are still in minor chaos at the moment, building Ikea furniture pieces. Most annoying when one piece is missing from the box - we are waiting to head out to Ikea again this morning, to get the spare bit to Kirby's sideboard. Also when we were there yesterday, somehow we completely forgot to 'pick' the bedside tables we had chosen for our bedroom. We got all the way home then later realised that we just didnt get them or pay for them! Derr!
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The girl's new over-the-road neighbour introduced himself to us. He's a lovely old Italian man named Mario and I reckon he's about 85. He welcomed us to the street with a big friendly smile, saying in his broken English how if the girls ever needed help or if he and his wife needed help, they could help each others because that's what neighbours do. He has lived in the street since 1966 in his very neat, brick and tile house. In a matter of minutes we learned that he had a wife who would be having a back operation next month, they have 3 daughters and they have 5 grand daughters and one grand son. He said the street has very nice, friendly people living here so that's nice to know.
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Well, I'd better get into gear and go get that spare bit and see if I can get some lamb chops for Gus to barbecue for lunch.
Enjoy your day!
Cheers - Joolz xx
 
 

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gifted pasta sauce...

 

There really is nothing nicer than to be given some beautiful food and in this case it was a big tub of Italian pasta sauce from Bri's friend, Maddy and her Mum, Dina.

It was purely a tomato based sauce so I decided to make some chicken meatballs to go into it.
I had seen a recipe for Italian Wedding Chicken Soup on Estelle's blog so I thought I'd use the meatball part of the recipe. Good move! The soup recipe will be made over winter, it sounds so good!
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I used dried herbs in the meatballs but fresh would be fantastic too. I just lightly fried them off in a pan...

...then I added in this tub of goodness!

Bubble and boil it while your choice of pasta is cooking....
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Tah dah! Authentic Italian at it's best!

Are you still eating Christmas treats? I still have a little stash of some of the goodies I made.....
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This morning, Not Quite Nigella, had these featured on her blog. Oh, my goodness!

(Beautiful photo from Not Quite Nigella)

http://www.notquitenigella.com/2015/01/20/iced-vovo-cupcakes/

I really think I need to make these cupcakes for Australia Day! Do you like Iced Vovo biscuits? I do!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iced_VoVo

They are an Aussie icon, I reckon...

What about these other wonderful recipes?

Lamington Tiramisu

http://www.notquitenigella.com/2010/01/25/lamington-tiramisu-aka-lamingtonmisufor-australia-day/

Tim Tam Bombe

http://www.notquitenigella.com/2013/01/22/tim-tam-bombe-diy-ice-magic/

Beer can chicken - we've cooked this several times - so good!

http://www.notquitenigella.com/2008/11/25/a-dinky-di-ridgy-didge-australian-chook/

We will be busy on the Australia Day Long Weekend as we have bought a house for our girls to live in and will be moving them into that. Its a 3 bedroom house, much bigger than the 2 bed unit they have been in. They need their space a bit more now as Bri will be doing shift work with nursing. Their bedrooms are separated by the living area so neither will have to tiptoe around if the other is sleeping. It also means we have the 3rd bedroom for when we visit so we dont have to kick them out of their beds.

It's all very exciting!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday affirmation...


It's sunny and breezy here today. Off to work then home later to tackle some cleaning chores...
Cheers - Joolz xx

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Robe Boat Show...

Dinner on a cray boat...

The cray boats are moored at the marina...

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here we are enjoying the evening...

A great group of people...

Lots of laughs throughout the night...

The crayfish dinner...

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Choc chip toffee cranberry cookies...

Bri wanted me to bake these cookies...

http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/chocolate-toffee-cranberry-cookies/

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I used these caramel toffees...these were sugar free but next time I'd use the originals...

I crushed them in my Bellini (like a Nutribullet)...

The recipe makes heaps - you could freeze the dough for another time...

Voila! A lovely crunchy biscuit...

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...worthy of a nice cup of tea. This is the Spode teapot and cup that my girls gave me for Christmas, isn't it cute?

It is a huge cup!

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Ah, that's better!
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Cheers, Joolz xx

 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Beetroot, cookies and dinner on a cray boat...

I have had a busy week, working full time 9 til 5 as our office manager has been on annual leave. I usually start at 10 or 10.30 and finish at 4pm if everything has been done. The house feels like its upside down but its mainly a load or two of washing that needs doing and a good tidy. Bri did the floors for me yesterday so that was a big help.
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I am back at work this morning for a few hours then I will get home to boil and pickle some more beetroot.  I am down to my last jar...
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Unfortunately, this is not garden fresh but bought from the supermarket but it still pickles well.
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Bri seems fully recovered from her wisdom teeth extractions, apart from a bit of jaw tenderness.  I have tried to make soft foods for her this week.  This was a macaroni beef dish from Annette Sym (before I topped it with the white cheese sauce).

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We've been back juicing...
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Homemade pizzas for dinner last night...
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My sister, Janine, gave me these little affirmation cards for Christmas (for making the family Christmas pudding).  They are so cute. 
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I might share one with you each Monday as a thought for the week ahead...
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As I mentioned, I have had pantry moths so I bought some traps - 2 for $12.  I set it up it in my pantry on Monday and...
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Success!  I caught one!  It will be interesting to see if there are any more or if he was a lone moth!  The little rubber lure has a sex pheremone that lures the moth to the very sticky trap.  Ingenious!
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Brianna found these cookies she wants me to make - they sound divine.

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This evening, we will dine on a cray boat with our friend Pam and some others who were there last year.  I am taking warm clothes to rug up in as it gets really cold at the marina.

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Cheers - Joolz xx


Monday, January 12, 2015

Naughty Mac and Cheese!

Pioneer Woman's M&C is not a good, healthy option if you are watching your waistline, that is for sure....

I made it true to the recipe. I wonder what the caloric value of this meal is? Sixty grams of butter, 1/2 a kilo of cheddar cheese (full fat), 600 mls of full fat milk and 3 cups of uncooked macaroni!!!

Make a roux with the butter and flour, let it cook off...add in the mustard...

Add in the milk and make a smooth white sauce. Add in a mountain of cheese (reserve a little to sprinkle on top).

Stir in the cheese until its lovely and smooth. Season with pepper...taste and see if it needs salt...

Pour into a greased baking dish and top with cheese...

I sprinkled with paprika...

Bake for 25 minutes...

You are welcome! Welcome to my heart attack! Bri enjoyed it but I don't think I'd make it again.

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

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