Archive | August, 2010

Today I love….Greek Balls….

30 Aug

Ok….yeah, yeah….apologies in advance for the post title….

Not this sort of Greek Balls!!!

NO NO NO You bad, bad people!!!

Oh, damn…not these ones either….

Source: Google “Greek Balls”…go to images….you will unfortunately find these pics and many more gems!!!(???)

BUT ANYWAY:

THIS is what I’m talkin’ ’bout Willis…..

Catrina’s Greek Balls

So go and get yourself about 500g lamb mince –

Safeway is normally the place to find it but we found it at Coles tonight as well!

Then mix it up in a bowl with:

1/2 diced onion

Fresh coriander seeds – ground…or coriander powder

Oregano to taste

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Breadcrumbs

2 tsp crushed garlic

Diced fresh parsley (from your garden – of course!)

Make the mix up and shape it into lovely little balls…..about 3cm big

Fry them up till they are hot and toasty and then serve the lovely balls on top of a fresh pita bread with Tabouli, sliced onion, tomato and lettuce as well if you like – don’t forget the yogurt/cucumber/garlic dip = Tzatziki!!

Then….roll it up and go, go, go for your Greek Balls!!!

Today I love….A Father’s day Business Shirt giftbag…

30 Aug

Hello there!

I am so very cute….

You can make me in any colour you like….

I am so very easy to make….

I am soooo going to be loved by your Dad!!

Make me NOW!!!

“Cute little envelopes/baggies that are folded to look like dress shirts! The envelopes are sealed by folding down the collars and securing them with a tie or bowtie shape cut from paper or sticker paper.”

Smile Recipe – Art, Craft & Design »Blog Archive » Tutorial: How to make a dress-shirt envelope/giftbag

Today I love….Power Laces

30 Aug

OH. MY. LORDIE*…….

I nearly cried when I saw this….for a number of reasons:

1. I am a qualified shoemaker so I can appreciate the idea and workmanship that has gone into this invention.

2. I loved all of the Back to the Future movies as a kid and also as a big kid now as well!

3. The future is arriving……”cue Close Encounters music”

4. I’m excited for this girl and am looking forward to following her successful journey!

Ok, ok, ok …..This is what I’m on about folks:

Power Lacing Shoes

Self Lacing Shoes

Call them what you will – THEY SERIOUSLY, TOTALLY AND ABSO-*&^&%%-LUTELY ROCK!!!

Power Laces get serious as Nike lodges patent for Back to the Future II Air Kicks | News.com.au

*Yes, I’m not religious but that’s another story – don’t send me your religious propaganda either!

Today I love….A Patchwork Pillow

29 Aug

Awwwww…..what a great idea for balloons!!

So, so simple and so, so lovely!!! Go Martha, go!!!

A Patchwork Pillow – The Crafts Dept..

Today I love….Meringue Rings

27 Aug

I’m a fidgeter…what about you???

I like to fidget….so I believe I really, really, really need one of these…or maybe more than one???

I love, love, love them so much I just want to eat them all up right now!!!

“Check out this tasty looking ring! The important word to look out for in the previous sentence is ‘looking’, the ring might look like a tasty little meringue, but unfortunately (or fortunately) they are not made out of egg whites and sugar, but industrial grade silicone, the kind of stuff that’s in your bathroom…But lets look at this in detail, shall we? Designed to look just like a little meringue, these rings are absolutely uber-delish. The silicone that’s used by German designer Tanja Hartmann makes those rings look so real that you immediately want to start sucking on them. Luckily they are made out of silicone and not sugar and egg whites, because that makes them a lot more durable then the real thing and trust us, sucking on your finger doesn’t really go down all that well in public.

In any case, the ring comes in 3 sizes, and whilst the silicone is stretchy, don’t opt for the smaller size, it will be so tight that it’s uncomfortable!

Now order the ring and start googling for the meringue recipe, we can tell you’re already anxious for a soft and fluffy sugar thingy…”

And they are cheap, cheap, cheap!!! Yay for us!!!

What do you think?

Well, my meringue recipe is now definitely coming and on the way folks….stay tuned!!!!

All images courtesy We Heart It

Meringue Rings – US Store View – English

Today I love….Pura Vida

27 Aug

A new take on ‘friendship’ bracelets!!

Let’s all get real friendly now…..

“The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means pure life in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embody the Pura Vida Lifestyle. The hard work that went into each bracelet represents the dedication and respect for the beautiful land that we all live in. Each original bracelet is handmade in Costa Rica with a unique combination of colors. Selecting your “Pura Vida” bracelet isn’t always a quick task. Local jewlers spend days, even weeks creating specific bracelets to express their lifestyle. From vibrant colors to earth tones, Pura Vida Bracelets has any combination for you.

While traveling through Central America, the team at Pura Vida Bracelets realized they needed to help clean up the beautiful beaches around the world. With the success of the bracelets, the company decides to donate a percentage of company profits to the Surfider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a grass roots organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the oceans and beaches worldwide. It has over 50,000 members and over 140,000 volunteer hours. Pura Vida Bracelets strives to go above and beyond your average new fashion trend and truly give back to an important cause.

Whether it be at the beach, going to work, or even a night on the town, Pura Vida Bracelets has proven to be worn at all times. It will be interesting to see this promising company continue to grow over the rest of summer. Hello fashion world, Pura Vida Bracelets has arrived and is here to stay!

For more info, pictures and updates visit http://www.puravidabracelets.com

From here:

Pura Vida Bracelets Sparks Latest Fashion Trend in Southern California

Today I love…Man Bags….

25 Aug

My man needs a man bag….what about yours???

Oh, that’s not my man….oopsie!!! But it IS a nice MAN…oh…bag….

The problem is….I can’t (for the life of me) find ANY good ones out there!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Punk Boy City Bag at Zappos.com

1. Laptop bag, Gap

2. Small bag,  Asos.com

3 & 4. Leather bags, Mango

Shopaholic Man Bags

I like this one….but Oh-Oh…$$$

Then…Jackpot baby!!!

Sherry Stein Bags

But also very $$$…..Boo Hoo…..the man bag hunt is still on….

If you find one better then these, PLEASE let me know!!!

Today I love….Everyday Hero: 30 Days Has September

25 Aug

Registration is open now for 30 Days Has September 2010…..

Tell your friends , family and co-workers what you’re doing, and get them involved. 30dhs is your own challenge where each new experience is a success, and where cost and time, age, gender and location should act as no barrier to taking on new activities.

Taste, smell, feel and act out fresh and exciting new experiences.

Get your friends, family and colleagues to participate and sponsor each other per experience or as a one off donation. Set yourself a goal of how many new things you would like to do. It’s totally up to you! Aim to try something new each day throughout September to get the most out of the 30 days.

The goal this year is to raise $100,000 supporting programs and services for Aussie kids who have been effected by substance abuse, mental illness and/or homelessness. Through the charitable trust the Ted Noffs Foundation’s Street University the difference you make will go a long way to helping these kids make the most of their days ahead.

Everyday Hero: 30 Days Has September

Today I love….Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis in Melbourne

25 Aug

Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis…….

Wanna do all that and more??

Then keep reading baby….

As part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis and Miss Money Penny have teamed up to create a luxury shopping event that combines mini pampering treatments with a personal styling session and an elegant showing of hand-picked pre owned designer items.
Forget getting all hot and bothered wading through Op shops, markets and Ebay to get a great designer find. As you sip on a glass of bubbles, Miss Money Penny will put together a salon style showing of top end pre loved designer pieces whilst the team from Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis treat you to a manicure, massage and make-up consultation. You’ll also receive a styling consultation courtesy of Bronwyn Fraser from the Style Establishment.
Admission is 2 for $70 and includes:

* A glass of bubbles and canapés on arrival. * A salon style showing of key pieces from the Miss Money Penny range. * A Hit the town Makeover – A make up consultation using mineral cosmetics that are vegan certified. * Tension Buster Massage – Seated massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. * Express Manicure – Nail file and application of nail polish or hand massage. * Style Establishment Mini Consultation with leading image consultant and personal stylist Bronwyn Fraser

via Lasttix.com.au

Today I love….Mosaic Heels

23 Aug

I stumbled across these pictures today and thought they were all really great…..what a lot of work and what a great idea…..

Today I love…..A jewellery giveaway

23 Aug

There a quite a few businesses popping up on facebook lately and they all have giveaways or competitions from time to time!

Just For You Jewels sells replica and inspired Jewellery, Handbags, Sunglasses and even watches….they are currently running a random fan giveaway and this one is great because it is so easy to enter – all you have to do is LIKE the page to be in the running…..you must have an Australian postal address to enter……..and I can personally guarantee the quality of their products….

You can win this gorgeous sterling silver replica Tiffany inspired bracelet!!! Valued at $25…..

Don’t forget to check out the other bargains on the site as well and if there is anything you don’t see but you want to buy, just leave a comment anywhere on the page or photos and Just For You Jewels will find it for you and give you the best price as well!!!

Today I love….Under-estimating the eating power of Amen….

21 Aug


“I wanna take a minute or two and give much respect to….a man who’s made a difference in my world….”

“Whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty, mighty good man!!”

“Yes my man says he loves me, never says he loves me not….”

But guess what? He is THE biggest carnivore I have ever known…and that is saying something considering I lived with 5 big growing males at one time in my life….so here is the ultimate menu for my Mr. Big….I hope you have already eaten…please do not look at this post if you are hungry!!! :0

Appetizer – Ribs

Entree – Pizza

Main course – Pasta

Dessert….ice cream, of course….

I know….this is definitely not Mr. Bigs’ style…but it is sooo good I just had to share!!

This is more to his taste…..

Mmmmmmmmmm…………

YUMMO!!!!

All images courtesy We Heart It unless otherwise specified….

Today I love….Silken Ladders

21 Aug

It’s so nice to know that some people are out there living their dreams…..and then sharing them with us!

Thanks to Anna for sharing this with me, and now you! Enjoy and celebrate……..

“In the North Yorkshire Moors, in a snowy dark wood, in a little log cabin……Tom and Anna hid away from the world with only their guitars to keep them company……

Inspired by their surroundings, they sang their hearts out, they wrote songs, they recorded these songs and without knowing it, created Silken Ladders.

These songs come from the heart. They sing about the bird that kept them awake outside the cabin, about sleeping rough in a cave, about Granny’s attic and the seals that live amongst the industrial waste land near their cabin in Middlesbrough. With a folky sound, their music is harmonious, uplifting, touching, melodic and original. They have been working on their first album ‘Our Lost Songs’ which is due for release in February 2010.”

Today I love….Turning your light off….

16 Aug

Oopsie!!!

I keep turning Mr. Bigs’ light off!

What the hell? I hear you say….

Let me explain….

At some point in my life….(we’ll just blame my thrifty pom Mother for this influence!)….

I have been taught to always turn the light off when leaving a room….so every now and again, I leave the room and turn the light off when Mr. Big is still there and leave him sitting in the dark! He is not very impressed at all….but I just can’t help it! Tonight after being left in the dark, he said to me – “Thanks for that”, so I walked off and thought he was giving me a compliment for something! As I said, oopsie!!!

To my Mr. Big, I sincerely apologise for all the other times I will definitely turn off your light!!!

This is kinda the reverse of how some people can’t close doors after they enter them – in aussie land we call this being born in a tent!

What do you do unconsciously???

All images courtesy We Heart It

Today I love….Sliding Doors

16 Aug

Why did my life turn out this way?

Don’t get me wrong – the problem isn’t that I am not happy – I believe I am very happy….and I am thankful for my life….I am (reasonably) healthy, employed and loved, well housed, fed and clothed….I don’t actually want for much at all!

When I was growing up, I always envisaged that I would be in a different place to where I am now….

For instance….by time my Mother was my age, she had an 8 year old daughter (me) and another baby imminently due! (my brother)….of course times change….

Me, on the other hand….no children of my own (yet) but I do help look after Mr. Bigs’ kids every 2nd weekend and school holidays etc. and they are a lovely little handful of joy!!!

We do have plans however…

I thought I would have travelled the world….

I thought I would have bought 1 (if not 2) house(s) and/or made my dream home into dreamy spaces….

I thought I would have made a career for myself (not just a job!) and found my niche in the world…..I always thought I was here to make a difference in others lives….

I can’t help myself thinking….what if?

I have some regrets, yes….but what if I had taken that job?

What if that boyfriend didn’t dump me?

What if I had taken that choice instead of this one?

What if I had taken that road instead of this one?

What if someone had told me all those years ago, how hard it was going to be for me to own my own home…would I have listened? I like to think so….but I am probably kidding myself!

So now, I have some work to do….by the time I am 40 I have some things that I simply must do! So, I’ll need to write my list of things to do before 40 very soon! Stay tuned for that post!

I need to achieve…..I need to find my purpose in life and I need to be happy with the path I am on and I need to love, love, love myself again and not feel like such a failure all of the time….

I also want to know….what would you have told your younger self?

Today I love….Cupcake Wars

16 Aug

Today is the RSPCA Cupcake Day!!!

So I hope that you are all munching away on pretty, lovely, yummy little cupcakes and of course, donating lots of $$$$ to a good cause!!!

If you missed my post about the RPSCA Cupcake Day, you can find it here….

In the meantime….

There is a war going on in our kitchens…..

A war over CUPCAKES!!!!

Love, love, love the idea…….

“Cupcake Wars pits Cupcake vs. Cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet.

In the latest episode, 4 cupcake makers vie to have their treats presented at the Alma Awards.

Judged on taste and presentation, only one will win the gig.

We are about to put on our helmet, pick up our frosting gun and go to battle.

The war is on!”

Cupcake Wars : Cupcake Wars : Food Network

Look at this amazing photo I found while searching for the above pics:

All images courtesy We Heart It

Today I love….You might shit me once, but I won’t let you shit me twice!!!

13 Aug

You wanna shit me?

Go ahead….make MY day!!!

DO NOT tell me….you din’t do it – cos I &*(*(&*&^&^% know you did it!!!

Bring IT on……….

But in the meantime…..oh I LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEE We Heart It…

It makes me feel better ANY time I am sad…………..

(Oops that was from my porn file!!)

Don’t shit me man!!! Or I’ll give you more of these sickeningly cute pics………….

Today I love….Freebies!!!

13 Aug

Talk about a competition!!

“Tag it to win it”

This one is awesome….and even though the idea may not be original, thanks to Ikea, it’s probably the first Australian based company to attempt a facebook based viral marketing campaign….so good on them!

Guess what? It means we get free stuff!!!

But you have to be quick with those fingers on the mouse people!!

When you can get awesome, groovy items like this for free, why not give it a go??

Surf Stitch is Australia’s #1 online surf store.

Like all great surf companies, Surf Stitch began in the backyard shed of one of its creators, with a small budget and a grand vision. Now, with a showcase store in the heart of Sydney’s surfing mecca of the northern beaches and a warehouse brimming with the newest and coolest gear, Surf Stitch is ready to satisfy your hunger.

So grab all your surf gear online now!

We stock all the well known brands
such as Billabong, Rip Curl, Volcom, Rusty, Insight, Nixon, Von Zipper, Element and Tigerlily together with many other brands that are more unique and harder to find online. We pride ourselves on having the strongest range of surf hardware in the country with the experience to match (from wetsuits, deck pads and triple board bags, to comp leg ropes and fins; we have you covered). Our guys stuff includes Tees, Boardshorts, WalkShorts, Singlets, Jeans, Jackets, Hats, Watches, Sunglasses, Backpacks, Footwear and much more. Our girls range includes Swimwear, Tees, Singlets, Dresses, Boardshorts, Jeans, Skirts, Handbags, Thongs and Shoes together with all the key necessities. And don’t forget the kids and toddlers range, with swimwear, tops, rash vests and shoes – nothing too cute can be missed.

And look what the lovely, funky folks at Surf Stitch did for me and a (now) friend on Facebook – a friendly competition (within the competition) to get their customers really revved up and passing the word around to all their friends about the company! So hey, please go and take a minute and vote for Team Cat!! Just click on the pic, like the Surf Stitch page and away you go…..

Today I love….The ONLY way to quit a job

12 Aug

I really hope that this is for real….and if she did, go girl!!

What a classic……

To all those mean and nasty bosses out there – just remember which details your employees can access before they hear you calling them a HOPA!

I have a funny feeling we will be seeing more of this girl and she will actually be more than fine……

Today I love….Ice Cream for Breakfast

11 Aug

Ice Cream for Breakfast?

There is only one word to say about that… Yummmm!

Every day Give Kids The World’s Wish families enjoy delicious ice cream from early in the morning until late in the evening. In fact, we have been serving ice cream for breakfast at the Village for over 20 years and now we think its time to share the concept with the rest of the world!

Give Kids The World Village invites everyone to support this delicious idea during the month of July by giving a “Scoop of Hope” for the families who stay at the Village every day of the year. Your “Scoop of Hope” will help ensure that we can continue to serve ice cream, every day of the year, to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Having all the ice cream they can eat is just one part of the magical vacation Give Kids The World provides to these special children.

Here’s how you can Get Involved today!

Donate and Share a Scoop of Hope

By donating just $5.00 and picking your favorite Scoop of Hope, you’ll be helping us continue to serve ice cream for breakfast year round.

Get Involved :: Ice Cream for Breakfast

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