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Today I love….lovely lamb (Glamping recipe)

8 Aug

Get some lovely, lovely lamb from your lovely local butcher….

Ask that lovely shopkeeper for some ‘souvlaki‘ meat or maybe lamb backstraps if they decide to look at you like you have two heads….

In the morning after your yummy bacon and egg or pancake glamping breakfast, grab that lamb and marinade it for the day……season it with some ground paprika, lemon juice, and dried oregano and a splash of the good ole olive oil and then soak that lamb baby for the arvo while you go exploring/fishing/bike riding/bird-watching……

Skewer that lamb when you get back from the lovely wilderness and baste it in the liquid – keep a bit for later on and seal and wrap your meat up in foil….cook it over your fire….not too close! Over hot rocks is best and cook that baby for about 45 mins per kg. Unwrap it and cook till the outside is crispy and golden brown….

Serve your deliciousness sliced and dressed with lemon juice and wrap it in a pita bread either whole or split in two for the little munchkins with sliced red or brown (white) onion, sliced  (cherry ones are the best for this) and shredded lettuce and get yourself some tabouli if you are really feelin’ fancy!  (Let me know if you want my tabouli recipe too folks!) Dress this little wrap of wuvly goodness with a mix of crushed garlic – hit it with at least 2-3 cloves or 5 if you are daring….and a tub of greek yogurt….

Do it like this to share it round the campfire!!!

You can also boil/steam some little potatoes cut into slices – (but I personally like quarters = more crispy sides!!), and then fry them in a pan till crispy and you have your own home made chippies to go with it!!!

Like these:


Salad + meat + chips = YUMMY warm glamping food!!!!

Today I love….Donut Baths

8 Aug

So the little munchkins are back for the weekend and guess what little special treat I had in store for them???

A donut bath!!! Not the pastry kind silly!!! This kind….fizzers!!!

But then…I found the bath bombs below that reveal toy Fried Foods and Sweet Donuts. Kinda like a Kinder Surprise!!! But in water….

So I found these little wonders and I realised that I TOO am missing out on the fun of a donut bath!!!

But, where to find these down under???!!!

‘Happy Bath Time’ Bubbling Bath Bombs

Or you can just stick to the good ole donut soap!!!


Today I love….Soles 4 Souls

7 Aug

This may be old news for some of you, but here we go anyhoo!!!

We all love a free pair of shoes….but these people in need will love them a lot more than you and I do when it is the only pair they own!!!

“Soles 4 Souls has a simple concept: we get shoes and give them away.

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls® Inc., felt compelled to do something. Like many of us, he did not know what to do. He was at home one night, watching TV and he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. That triggered a few calls to some other executives in the footwear industry and the subsequent donation of a quarter of a million shoes to victims in the devastated countries.

A year later when Katrina hit, Wayne called the same group of friends, and they sent over a million pairs of shoes down to the gulf coast communities affected by the hurricane. In all honesty, he admits that he did not expect such an immediate and successful turnout. This left him wondering, why not start a non-profit and do this all the time? One year later, Soles4Souls was formally created.

It has been that simple: changing the world one pair at a time.

Soles4Souls receives large donations from footwear companies, retailers, churches, nonprofit ministries, civic groups, schools, and individuals and saw that this could become a full time organization. That’s why Soles4Souls was created – to facilitate the donations from these groups to the people who desperately need footwear.”

Yes, you can donate from any part of the world….and you can send the shoes duty free

Soles4Souls | A Shoe Charity Giving To Those In Need

Today I love….ecococoon

5 Aug

What a blast from the past these are!!!

I saw some of these in an op shop the other day but they weren’t in the best condition and in hindsight I am glad I didn’t part with my hard earned $ because I can now buy them brand new!!

When I was little, our family used to go out on U.F.O’s as my Mum used to call them (Definition of U.F.O = unidentified family outing. We never knew where we were being taken to so it was always a surprise and hence unidentified!). We always took these cups with us – in their little zip up leather holder….and because they were stainless steel, they were also very handy at keeping drinks cold! I would put money on it that my Mum does still have her set somewhere in the depths of her house….

The old skool set…..

The girly girl set….

The family set….

Individual cups as well!

ecococoon cup sets

Today I love….Momiji

4 Aug

Momiji are hand painted Japanese themed dolls made in small village in Warwickshire, England…..

Each doll comes with a secret message card hidden in their bottoms!

Just as cute as the Unazukin…..maybe more with all their different little personalities!

They are to be loved and a definite collectable!

Now I just have to convince them to start shipping to Australia!!

The Momiji Story

The Momiji Doll Flickr Group can be found here

Today I love….Puffing Billy & Mini Monsters

26 Jul

Oh what fun we had at Puffing Billy!

“Puffing Billy – one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions. Manned mostly by volunteers, the old train chugs through the Dandenong Ranges, from Belgrave to Gembrook and back again, every day (except Christmas day and on days of total fire ban). This trestle bridge, at Selby, is a popular place for photographs.”

Puffing Billy Lakeside Park

It was a very icy day but Mr. Big and I both agreed that it was the best time to go as you get to see the beauty of the land and a whole lot of steam coming out of that train!!!

You also get a chance to buy nice hot drinks along the way and then when you get home you definitely have a love affair going on with your heater!!!

I want to go and do their Luncheon special one day….it is a little pricey but I am sure it would be worth it and I’ll be putting it on the wishlist!!! The boys loved it, my back didn’t appreciate the two hours of rickety travel….but it was worth  it!

A little later in the afternoon, look what I found growling around my house!!

Today I love….One-Ingredient Ice Cream

20 Jul

Usually I freeze my old bananas to make into a banana cake…..(this is my Mumma training here)……

Then I found this great idea for using up the old frozen banana stockpile…..

It is way too cold in my part of the world to be eating any ice cream whatsoever but I hear there is a massive heat wave in the US of A so maybe someone over there will find this helpful and cooling – please let me know if you make it!

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it actually is to make!

The second best thing is it contains no fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar – just yummy, creamy and sweet bananas!

You will need about 4 frozen bananas (or 1 per person). Break them into chunks (if you can, muscle woman/man) and put them in the food processor. Pulse the processor a few times to break up the chunks then turn on full bore and run for about 5 minutes; scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally (make sure you STOP the food processor 1st!). Place the mix in a bowl and re-freeze to firm for about 15 minutes or bugger that and just eat it!!! A spoonful of Milo (or drinking chocolate) and some chopped nuts goes beautifully served with the ice cream.

Yes, so the title of this post is ‘One Ingredient Ice Cream’…..theoretically you could do this with ANY frozen fruit – berries probably work best but let me know what you try (a mix of fruit maybe?) and please let me know how you go!!!

If you are still feelin’ HOT HOT HOT, check out my Honey Ice Cream post!!!

This is also a great idea – get your bananas and fill ’em up with chocolate chunks then bake ’em or whack them on the barbie (BBQ/Hotplate for you non-Aussies out there) to get some chocolatey banana-ery goodness!

Or aren’t these pretty????

Pretty damn easy for the little kiddies to do as well I say….

Today I love….Vicks – Road to Relief

7 Jul

Get on board this one folks!!!

We all need to buy our cough lollies in Winter and I just love snuggling in front of a nice warm heater when it’s freezing outside with the smell of Vicks Vaporub wafting around me….and no sore throats!!!

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Vicks – Road to Relief

Today I love….Bhalo — BIG Friendship Band

6 Jul

Ahhhhhh, memories….

I used to love, love, absolutely love to make these bracelets and they were the real in-thing when I was about….well, younger….

And look, another great reason to buy these….

“Handmade in Bangladesh from AZO chemical free fair trade cotton”

Bhalo — BIG Friendship Band

Today I love….Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

6 Jul

It’s Cupcake Day!!

Everyone say YAY!!!

This is one of my favourite cupcakes of all time….

Kims Creative Cakes

So to get involved in the cupcake day….

On Monday 16 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will descend on their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of scrumptious homemade cupcakes to be exchanged for donations to the RSPCA.

To get involved…

  1. Register in your State/Territory. It’s FREE! We will automatically setup a fundraising page on your behalf
  2. Send your fundraising page to all your friends and family
  3. Download resources
  4. Plan your Cupcake Party and bake up a storm
  5. Add donations through your fundraising page
  6. Upload a photo to win fantastic prizes

Last year, you helped us raise $1.1 million to assist in the care and protection of Australia’s animals. This year we want to top that total with hundreds and thousands, and reach our target of
$2.5 million! The cherry on top of the cupcake is that for every $100 raised online, you’ll receive one additional entry into the draw to win 2 Kymco scooters – perfect for those last minute bakery deliveries!

Whether you register as a Cupcake Cook or go into training as a Cupcake Eater – you’ll be supporting the 155,000 animals that the RSPCA cares for every year.

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

Here is some cupcake inspiration for you thanks to all my friends at We Heart It

Today I love….Melbourne Street Art

5 Jul

LOOK at what one of my friends has found around olde Melbourne town…..

Oh, so cute!!

Today I love….Diana F+ CMYK

4 Jul

One little graphic designer that I know is just going to love, love, love this little beauty of a camera!

No, folks it’s not a toy – and yes, I want one too! Soooo cute and colourful!!!

Ooooh I just want to take her home today and put her lovely glitter shoes on and then take her out dancing!

The Diana F+ camera is exciting to use on its own, but why stop there? There are many options available to make your Diana F+ experience ever surprising and magical. Experiment with different image formats and use 35mm film with the Diana 35mm Back+. Change the way you see things with different lenses. Slice and dice with the Splitzer. These are available in special bundles so that you can splurge!

The perfect companion for all colour-lovin’ Diana fanatics!

The Diana F+ CMYK colours are accurately calibrated to honor the achievements of every graphic designer and every offset printer who can rough up cyan, magenta, yellow and black all day and night. This is also the reason why you can find tiny coffee cups as distance setting symbols.

– Uses all types of 120mm medium format film
– Produces ultra-dreamy, soft-focus, vignetted medium-format photos
– Can also be used with 35mm film (with the Diana 35mm Back)

Diana F+ CMYK – LOMOGRAPHY AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND ONLINE STORE

Today I love….the easiest pumpkin soup ever….

4 Jul

One from the olde recipe file….

The only thing I don’t love, love, love about this soup is chopping the skin off the pumpkin at the start – me = no muscle power to chop any big heifer pumpkins!!!

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin – half a medium size jap and a whole butternut pumpkin – seeds and skin removed – chopped into largish chunks or hey – just what ever you have on hand/left over from last night’s roast dinner etc…
  • 1 onion – quartered
  • 1 or 2 carrots chopped into small chunks
  • Keens Curry powder – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Hot, crispy, crunchy bread rolls to serve
  1. Put all the vegies in a large pot and cover with water. Make sure you will have enough room left to wizz in the saucepan when you are done – ie. use a LARGE saucepan!
  2. Boil until the carrot is cooked.
  3. Add curry powder.
  4. Remove from heat and wizz it all together with a stick blender.
  5. Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
  6. I like to halve and then toast my bread rolls, add a slice of cheese, top with a freshly cooked rasher of bacon and whack them under the grill for 2 mins to melt the cheese and then I proceed to dip this wonderful bread concoction into my soup!

It’s just simply DIVINE people! Get on it now!!!

    Today I love….Snow White

    3 Jul

    A classic Disney movie….still good for boys (I think??) and girls these days….

    It goes without saying that I loved, loved, loved the movie when I was a child….along with Mum’s homemade fudge (very old NMAA recipe – stay tuned), strawberry mallow mousse (ditto) and Dumbo, Bambi, Lady & The Tramp….oooh and Mummas fish with mashed potato and teaching my little bro how to use the computer (even tho now he is smarter than me with them – oh yeah it’s called computer, not fashion school oopsies)

    Anyhoooooo…..this little moment of photography love is inspired by this little munchkin….

    I am sure you all think she is just as cute as I do….

    So I just couldn’t resist sharing these other lovely gems with you all….enjoy!!!

    Old skool….

    A modern take….

    A realistic take….

    A fashionable Snow White….

    Snow White in Hell….

    All images courtesy We Heart It

    Today I love….Great Big Ice Cream Cone

    3 Jul

    I want, want, want one of these!!!

    Although I don’t think Mr. Big will approve now that the children and himself shall be moving into my residence…hmmmm although I could….make it out like a really cool groovy night light (that is mine!) that they can use in their room and then I can see it all the time and love, love, love it and all of it’s pink luscious-ness!!!

    This photo on We Heart It made me want to find one all for me!

    Now, I just need to find the matching giant pink lipstick to go with it….

    These are BIG ones at 28 inches high. That’s right…over 2 feet tall!

    They are wonderful decorations to add to any child’s room. Other great uses include display in game rooms, restaurants, in the kitchen or even the kid’s room!  They are made of sturdy unbreakable plastic. The lamp style includes a UL approved cord with an on/off switch and the light bulb.

    Great Big Ice Cream Cone : Giant Ice Cream Cone

    Today I love….2-at-a-Time Socks

    2 Jul

    I really wish I could knit….yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I can hear you screaming from over there! I just can’t get it…I’m so unco-ordinated it’s just not funny anymore…I used to knit…I used to crochet…but now all I do is draw blanks….or I pick it up and then forget again straight away – oh dear! The ladies at work once tried to teach me and yes, I have now forgot all of that training…Maybe when I’m barefoot and pregnant and need some crafty time to keep me sane, I’ll go and join a little group of Nannas at the church….

    Now, my way of knitting is QUICK – and this book really does it for me….

    Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks

    Yet Another Revolution in Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle! Includes 15 New Sock Patterns

    Melissa Morgan-Oakes

    Knitwear designer Melissa Morgan-Oakes revolutionized the world of sock making with 2-at-a-Time Socks, showing delighted knitters how to simultaneously create two socks on a single circular needle. Now, Morgan-Oakes demonstrates how to knit two socks at a time while working from the toe up – allowing you to try on the socks as you work, avoid running out of yarn before the feet are complete, and avoid using the dreaded kitchener stitch to finish off the toes. The technique can be applied to absolutely any sock pattern, but Morgan-Oakes also provides 15 original sock designs for men, women, children, and babies; each pattern includes row-by-row instructions, charts for large and small feet, and four-color photographs of the finished product.

    via Storey Publishing : Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks

    Also, check out this vid for some awesome editing with knitting!!!

    Today I love….I Heart Guts

    2 Jul

    UterusLungsHeartStomachLiverBladderSpleenPancreasBrainGall BladderKidneyIntestine

    Well, this is interesting…can you guess which organs are shown above?

    See the pic at the end of the post here to see if you are correct!

    My attention was brought to this site after seeing “The Good Ol’ Menstrual Cycle Poster”

    I love, love, love it and will just have to get my own copy to give Mr. Big a little heads up every now and again!

    Such cute little plushies and other fun stuff for sale on the site….I love the testicle plushy name – “Having a ball”

    I Heart Guts is the brainchild of an anatomically obsessed illustrator who loves internal organs and all they do. Founded in 2005, our little family operation heh, heh, heh..ugh strives to offer the best in stoopid slogans paired with happy gloppy guts. We like to think of the Guts as what you might find inside a dissected Hello Kitty. The guts grew from a single drawing of a broken heart, after a string of bad hookups, dead-end relationships and lame-o boyfriends. At the time, I was also doing a lot of drinking and smoking, so a sad liver and bummed-out lung followed. Years later, my wonderful husband wondered, “Why don’t you do something with those darned guts?” via About I Heart Guts « I Heart Guts

    Oh, so fun and educational for the big and little kiddies everywhere….

    UrbanOutfitters.com > Outdoor Gnome Bowling

    22 Jun

    I screamed “AWESOME!” on finding this gnome bowling set.

    I love bowling

    I love gnomes

    I love games

    I love playing outdoors

    I love acting like a little kid

    I love playing with the little munchkins

    So that all means these are just perfect for me!

    Added to the wishlist folks!

    UrbanOutfitters.com > Outdoor Gnome Bowling

    Today I love…..Returning to DOS

    21 Jun

    DOSBox is an emulator which emulates an IBM PC compatible computer running MS-DOS. It is intended especially for use with old PC games. DOSBox is free software and can be downloaded from here: www.dosbox.com.

    This will then enable you to play all your old favourite games like:

    • Lode Runner
    • Pitfall
    • Lemmings
    • An old truck game I can’t remember the name of but I LOVED it!
    • Boulder Dash
    • Wolfenstein
    • Frogger
    • Ghostbusters
    • Gremlins
    • Prince of Persia

    For a comprehensive list of all MS-DOS games:

    Click here

    Then you can download the games from here:

    DOS Games Archive: download free classic games (MS-DOS)

    Happy gaming!!

    Today I love….The Gnome Breakfast Set

    1 Jun

    Gimmee! Gimmee! Gimmee!!

    Love, love, love this set!!

    It’s little, tiny, cutesy, petite, gorgeous and miniature……GNOMES!!!

    But it’s SOLD OUT!!!! Damn, damn, damn man……

    Gnome Breakfast Set – ThisNext

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