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Today I love….ddung Alice….

17 Sep

Did you see my very old post about ddung the tiny cute doll?

You can find it here

Well, I finally found a good one and she has arrived!!!

Isn’t she just oh, so cute???!!!

Both pics courtesy flickr.com

And here are some other little cuties I found for you!

Both images courtesy weheartit.com

This is the next one on my wishlist:

Yum, yum!!

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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….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….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….Kings of Pastry

26 Jul

16 Chefs

3 Days

1 Chance

It’s the Tour De France of Dessert!!!

Now that our beloved Masterchef is over what are we all to do with ourselves every evening at 7.30pm? Hopefully our networks will put a show on that is worhty of our time wasting abilities….but that may be wishful thinking….

In the meantime, check out “Kings of Pastry” for some dessert porn!!!

“This is no MasterChef-style cook-off…The tension is almost unbearable.”
Sydney Morning Herald

Here we go again – they call them macoroons!!!

Check out this fantastic blog post on the delectable macaron definition spelling debate:

Footpath Humm

Kings of Pastry

These are a few of my favourite things – Part 5 – Doorbells & sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

19 Jul

Doorbells…..

Check out the Doorbell porn group on Flickr!

Sleigh Bells…..

Oh, what a lovely sound this is…..

Schnitzel with noodles….

Click on the picture above for the Rachel Ray Schnitzel recipe……

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!!!

    These are a few of my favourite things – Part 3 – Brown paper packages tied up with strings

    17 Jun

    Extra points awarded for the itty bitty cutesy mushrooms in this one!!!

    That. Is. All.

    Today I love….Dale Chihuly at Frederick Meijer Gardens….

    28 May

    Oh, lordy I don’t think I’ve ever seen a garden more beautiful in my life!!

    I would love, love, love to visit this garden!

    Frederick Meijer Gardens – a set on Flickr

    Today I love…Joo Joo I love you!!!

    20 May

    In my perfect life, I can buy everything….

    Including EVERYTHING on this sellers list!!

    joojooland on Etsy

    Today I love….Danbo

    18 May

    Some great Danbo pics on flickr and even more popping up around the web lately….my friend got one the other day so I am now sourcing a supplier to import the little men so you all can love them just as much as me!!!

    What is a Danbo?

    “This toy cardboard robot named Danbo was commissioned by Amazon Japan from Azuma Kiyohiko, the creator of the manga character Yotsuba-chan who lives with her adoptive work-at-home dad, and whose happy-go-lucky adventures are recounted in the popular serial, Yotsubato/Yotsuba&___. [You can read Chapter 28, Yotsuba to Danbo in English. Remember, it goes right to left.]”

    Source

    Life of Danbo – Visboo

    These are a few of my favourite things – Part2 – Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens

    12 May

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    Upcycled mittens!! I love upcycling…..

    Buy this here

    Today I love….Fruit Pizza!!!

    6 May

    I am always on the lookout for a good pizza and can’t eat them enough!!

    But this recipe sounds really good…..and I think the kids will love it!!

    Picture source

    Ingredients

      • 1/2 package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
      • 8 ounces of whipped light cream cheese
      • 1/3 cup sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
      • 1 tablespoon water
      • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
      • Fruit of your choice (sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, seedless grapes cut in half, blueberries, melon balls sliced in half)

    Directions

    CRUST: Spread the ½ package of sugar cookie dough over a 14-inch pizza pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool in the pan.

    TOPPING: Blend the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla until completely mixed. Spread in a thin layer over the cooled crust.

    FRUIT LAYER: Creatively arrange the fruit in circles while slightly overlapping the slices around the crust.

    GLAZE: Bring the water and preserves to a boil, stirring constantly. Lightly brush this glaze on top on the fruit to preserve the color. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Makes 10 servings.

    Horses and fashion

    5 May

    I know, I know, I know….why does this do it for me?

    Love love love the horses,

    Love love love the fashion,

    Love love love the photography!!!

    All this equals….happiness and love today for me!!!

    Enjoy these quality pics folks………..

    This dog is too cute for words….

    5 May

    I am very proud to say I know this cute little puppy!

    Source: Astrid on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

    Princess Ashletina on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

    5 May

    This is one of my dolls styled and photographed by the lovely Ms.T!!

    Source: Princess Ashletina on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

    Today I love….Koko on Flickr – By my lovely sister-in-law to be….

    5 May

    Koko on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

    The lovely Ms.T….

    And here is a (face in hole edited) shot of me….

    ….for those of you who are paying attention!

    These are a few of my favourite things – Part 1 – Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens……….

    4 May

    These are a few of my favourite things  – Part 1


    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens……….

    (And some cute wittle bunnies!)

    And this cos I just love love love him soooo much!!!!

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