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Today I Love….A Movember Giveaway!

7 Nov

Movember is something we do here in Australia to support men’s charities – if you are from overseas, this may seem a little strange to you!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

So, to celebrate and promote this wonderful cause, we will have a twitter based giveaway for this lovely little double finger Moustache Ring from my shop, Just For You Jewels.

If you miss out on the giveaway, you can purchase one of these rings by contacting me through the shop on facebook for only $12 plus postage here.

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Follow @jstforumelb on twitter.
  2. Simply tweet “I just entered to win a funky little Movember Moustache Ring!  Just follow @jstforumelb and retweet.  http://wp.me/pU9S6-MR”
  3. Each tweet counts as one entry
  4. You can get extra entries by leaving a comment on this post (with your email address) or by subscribing to my blog (on the right hand side)

Competition starts when this post is published and is open to Australian residents only.

Competition ends at 9pm AEST Tuesday 22nd November, 2011.

Winner will be announced via twitter/email/direct message and published Wednesday 23rd on this blog home page.

You can donate to the Movember cause here.

In the meantime, check these out!!

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Happy Movember!!!

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Today I Love….Aussie Farmers Direct!

22 Oct

Convenience is a wonderful thing….recently my car has broken down…..which makes it hard to get my groceries sometimes.

My BFF has used Farmers Direct for a while now….she only lives 200m from the shops but is a student and I guess she loves the convenience but now I know what else she loves about this service!

 

We are planning to get the Victorian Couples Pack on a fortnightly basis (=$13 per week)….we got the first delivery and all seemed well….we put everything away and came home the next day to a horrible smell emanating from the fridge – out goes the parsley and the spinach – not good – there was some sort of funny, musty smell coming from both of them.

So I wasn’t sure whether or not to continue with it; I was however encouraged by my friend and her great experience with the service.

So the lovely farmer man actually rang me….and asked if I was happy….I was shocked!

I explained what had occurred and he offered to send us a free box for the products that were not quite right and we also discussed the midday delivery time and the amount of time the box was perhaps left in the sun and then the possibility of me leaving an esky out the front for the next delivery of produce….of course I forgot to leave the esky out – so we got the new box and everything is wonderful again – we even got a mango! We’re quite excited about this one!

When we brought the box inside, the Big Man explained to me that the box was in a different position from last time. On the last delivery, the box was left on the sunshine bearing wall of the doorstep and not tucked nicely in the corner like the 2nd delivery was. Kudos to them! I am a very happy customer now!!

Mongolian Girl and Camel

Mongolian Girl and Camel (clipped to polyvore.com)

So as you all know, the Big Man is a complete and utter carnivore and the idea of any fruits or vegetables in our house just revolts him! Except when the little munchkins come to stay and he has to set an ‘example’ – it is quite hilarious watching him eat his vegies when they are here and trying not to gag!

So anyway, this week, we got:

  • 2x Fuji Apples
  • 2x sundowner Apples
  • 1x Canteloupe
  • 1x Mango
  • 2x Oranges
  • 3x Green Pears (last week we got brown pears and they are just yummo!)
  • 1x Bok Choy Bunch
  • 2x Broccoli heads
  • 2x Carrots (last week we got a whole bag so we still have some leftover)
  • 1x Mint bunch
  • 2x Brown Onions
  • 1x Butternut Pumpkin
  • 1x Potatoes 1kg bag (pink skin) From South Australia and the plastic bag even has recipes on the back!
  • 2x (roma) tomatoes
  • 1x gourmet lettuce green middle and red/brown edges

And here is my plan of what to do with it (for two people – note he had a pear tonight, so he is converting!)

The box of goods comes with a list, so I sit down after I’ve admired and put everything away and work out how to use it in the best way.

  • 2x Fuji Apples – Lunches
  • 2x Sundowner Apples – Lunches
  • 1x Cantaloupe – Gift for my Dad because he absolutely loves cantaloupes and this one is gorgeous!
  • 1x Mango – Smoothie – preferably alcoholic (my own special recipe!)
  • 2x Oranges – Lunches/Juice (Mr. 6 adores fresh orange juice even though it’s such a pain to do he sucks me in every time!)
  • 3x Green Pears (last week we got brown pears and they are just yummo!) – Lunches or Dessert
  • 1x Bok Choy Bunch – Vegie stiy fry for my work lunch (make on weekend and freeze)
  • 2x Broccoli heads – Vegie Stir Fry or Soup one night when man wants meat and I need vegetables
  • 2x Carrots (last week we got a whole bag so we still have some leftover) – Roast/Vegie Stir Fry Conveniently I have a Beef Topside Roast in the fridge and now we have all the other ingredients for tomorrow nights dinner!
  • 1x Mint bunch – Freeze in ice cube trays with water for Summer drinkies, garnish for Vegie Stir Fry and Broccoli and Pumpkin Soup. Update: Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream shall be attempted tomorrow!!
  • 2x Brown Onions – Roast/Vegie Stir Fry
  • 1x Butternut Pumpkin – I will roast the whole pumpkin (chopped) with the beef and then use the remainder of the pumpkin for a quick soup for the following week.
  • 1x Potatoes 1kg bag (pink skin) From South Australia – and the plastic bag even has recipes on the back! – Roast and use 1 or 2 in the soups above as well.
  • 2x (roma) tomatoes – Lunches
  • 1x gourmet lettuce – Lunches

I realise this amount of produce may not keep or even last wo people for a 2 week period, but we hate to throw anything away and waste food so we will just see how far I can make it stretch. Without a car right now and not knowing how I’m getting home from work every afternoon, this is a real help for me.

From last week, we still have a fair bit of fruit left as we haven’t quite got used to all this fresh produce yet. That’s ok though, I’m sure I’ll figure out a fruit crumble or something like that!

The cos lettuce was great and is half used by now and the chinese cabbage – oh yeah! This is now a vegie stir fry ingredient with the rest as above = hooray!

We also got the standard tomatoes, onions (used within a day or two), pears, oranges and apples (the funny spinach and parsley as described above) and I also got a Globe Artichoke – which I have never eaten in my entire life and have absolutely no idea what to do with.

That one is being gifted to vegetarian (but bacon eating – yeah, I know, don’t even go there!) – Mother.

She will know what to do with it.

Today I Love….my melamine…..

10 Oct

This post has been a while in the making…..sorry for my absence all you beautiful people!

I don’t know about you, but I seriously, totally and completely ADORE melamine!!!

 

OK I am kitsch,

I am vintage,

I am old skool,

I run around town with the pedal to the metal!

Oh!

What?

Sorry…….

 I cannot get enough of my plastic cups….wine glasses, to be more specific.

Although I do enjoy the odd plastic plate or bowl every now and again, wine glasses would have to be my favourite! We also have the obligatory plastic cups etc for the kids – but we are talking about me here – “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

 

There are a number of reasons for my plastic obsession….I am afraid to say…..well not only can I get drunk and not worry about breaking anything – what? Oh there I go again……

 The big man washes all our dishes – ‘what a lovely man!’, I hear you exclaim! Yes, he is…..but please note said BIG bohemath man cannot wash anything that is nice or fine or delicate…..without breaking it!

 So I searched on the internet – I can get a bulk amount of plastic glasses for my function; no problemmos – but I only want 6!

 The girls and I had a lovely trip to the Taste of Melbourne Festival – we had an extremely gorgeous day out thanks to my free tickets and some delightful food and beverages!

We strolled past the Plumm stand….and we stopped…..the man behind the counter was very personable and he talked us into their deal – $20 (?) for 3 (or 4?) tastings and you get to keep the glass! Well, that sounds like an awesome deal – we are ALL IN!

I grab the glass – oh, sorry I delicately grasp the drinking implement…..

OMG it’s *&^$&*#@^%&%^&^ PLASTIC!!!!! What? No? How? When? Why? Where? How come I did not find this on the wonderful interweb? Oh, ok these glasses are only available in BULK….ie. The function glasses I already found! DAMMIT! OK, I say to the lovely personable salesman – how much for 6? Yep, bang, deal done – SOLD – done and dusted…..and I walked out with my 6 glasses – I only paid for 5 as I pointed out that my tasting deal already included the freebie glass and where was I going to transport that? Mucho goodness on the plastico…..

I don’t know if you will be able to purchase the plastic pleasure I now have in my household, but you can always hound plumm and try my dears!! I now see I got a definite BARGAIN! Go here and hound the lovely Plumm people….

Oh wow! You’ll never guess what happened tonight!!?? The big man tested them and oh look they bounce!! They passed the test then…..I LOVE these glasses!!! Yay!

Oh – Happy Birthday to me – not my blog – dunno when that was – I’ll work it out one day – 13th October – everybody say hooray for Cat!

EDIT 31st Oct – LOOKIE what I found in the paper this weekend!!!

Glass No More!!!

Today I Love……A Real Aussie Meal Deal…….

24 Aug

A real Aussie Meal….

Sorry, I got distracted looking up “Aussie”

Hello!! It’s been a while, I know – Apologies!

Still here, still kicking; did some blog tweaks tonite….some of you may even notice a difference (*prays and hopes*) – my links are on it now!

Pinterest? DO.NOT.EVEN.GO.THERE.

With the complete and absolute awesomeness of this website – even more and more and more beautiful stunning pictures of precious lovely products and ideas for me to look at every single day! Brilliant, I say! Bloody Brilliant!

Ah, this is apparently a monkey…..cute! 🙂

Anyhoo……back to the topic………Aussie? Oi!

“Aussie, aussie, aussie! Oi, oi, oi!!”

I am that Australian that I actually OWN a badge that says Oi!

WITH the punctuation and everything…..I’ll try and find it if you want me to….

When I was a child, I collected badges….I passed most of them on to my (other) little cousin as he also does the same thing (!) but kept the special ones that could not ever be replaced for me…..

 Damn….I’ve done it again! BACK to the TOPIC Catrina….

Note to you and me: I’d be completely stuffed if I had a word limit on my blog!

 Lately….we’ve been eating a lot of chicken….I like chicken….

BUT the big man….is obviously a BIG man and big men need the……..MEAT!

Well, apparently they do, and this one does as well…..

I’ve been even more turned off lately by reading (and hearing) about the bowel cancer levels in meat eaters and problems later in life that people suffer when they eat a lot of (red) meat. Skinny Bitch? Do you know what I am talking about???!!?? Well, you should! Look it up!!

 The big man says, I’m sick of chicken! Oh, OK, let me see what I can do about that my gorgeous sweet ‘sun and stars’….(see: Game of Thrones reference!)

 Tonight I went to the shops; had a look at the meat in the butcher and went to Coles…..I don’t think I need to explain much further when I tell you I went back to the butcher…..check this out for a gorgeous slab of true blue aussie beef!!!

Served with crunchy chips, thick onion gravy and a dirty fried egg = GOLD on a plate!!!

YUM!! Nite, nite now……xxx

Today I love….rocking my lunch!!!

17 Jul

So much to blog about….soooo little time….

I know you all find it as hard as me to think up new and exciting food to take to work for lunch…because when I look for ‘work lunch ideas’ on the internet – the results are a sorry state of affairs!

So we have the standard sandwich press and microwave at work- would be nice if we had a toaster as well because raisin toast is seriously the best thing for work breakfasts – second close is porridge, but that’s all another story now; be patient my pretties!

I’ve been through the can of soup and a roll, the leftovers from home, the fresh and the toasted sandwiches, tuna/baked beans in a can and I AM OVER THEM ALL!!!

I wish I had the time and the energy to make my lunch look like this every damn day! How these mothers have the time or the skill to do this is ‘Top Secret” though……

They make it sound so easy!

Today’s “detective themed” lunch includes:  roast beef, white american cheese sandwich, watermelon slices, almonds, snap peas, celery & peanut butter

OK, what about this then?

Today’s lunch includes: ham/cheese sandwich, blueberries/raspberries, cucumbers, almonds, Trader Joe’s Ginger Snaps

How long do you think this actually takes to prepare?

Stuff that, I say……

Here is my top 10 ‘different’ work lunches:

  1. Quesadilla – a tortilla or flat bread, refried beans from the can, cheese and either bottled or home made salsa (from last nights dinner = easy, peasy!). You can whack some salad on there too after cooking if you feel like being a rabbit.

  2. Pizzaola toastie – sliced bread, cheese, fresh sliced tomato and green capsicum strips – salt and pepper is a must on this one people!

  3. Felafels – these keep so well in the freezer! Make them yourself or get them from your best local kebab joint. Wrap a few in a tortilla or flat bread, heat it up a little in the micro and whack some lettuce and sweet chilli sauce on that deliciousness!

  4. Baked potatoes – do them the night before – in the micro if you are not cooking them for your dinner and then top them with BUTTER, cheese, tomato, maybe some sliced ham or whatever you feel – and you will have a meal!

  5. Rice paper rolls – so easy to keep in the cupboard and easy to wrap with the leftover vegies and meat from your dinner. Or keep a bag of frozen vegies in the freezer and add some 2 minute noodles to those babies and you have a lovely rice paper lunch! Add some soy and chilli sauce in some little plastic containers and you will be rocking your lunch a a la bento-ish as much as we human people possibly can!

  6. A plain and simple ole egg – I have one of those groovy auto egg boilers – get up in the morning – whack the egg in with the amount of water required – shower and by the time you are done, so is you egg! Note: you may need to run for the buzzer if you spend too much time under that water but then that will teach you a lesson as well! What do I do with the egg you say? Well, if you are well trained, you will already your work staples (see list below) so you defrost some bread, whack it on some crackers with some other condiments and a la we have lunch!

  7. OK, I’m reverting to a staple for this one but I love it – sliced bread, topped with BBQ flavour baked beans and cheese – cooked between the sandwich press – you will feel like you are glamping at work!

  8. Kind of a staple here – tuna patties – so easy to make with your leftover mashed potato from dinner – and they freeze very well – so I always have some on hand ready to go to work with me!

  9. Salad – good for a hot day when it’s too hot to even care about food – I go to the shop on the way to work and grab a lettuce, carrot and some assorted greens, cucumber and maybe a mushie or two as well. Salad dressing should be in your fridge at work already. (see list below) .

  10. Home made soups – always freeze well and are ten times better than the canned ones and we all know that! My recipe for cauliflower soup will follow if you be nice now biatches…….

Here is my staples list for your work food cupboard – here’s hoping you can find a stash somewhere like me!

  1. Mustard – multi-purpose – whatever floats your boat

  2. Salad dressing – as above

  3. Cream cheese – jar or block or as above

  4. Red onion – I keep mine in a little onion keeper – very good and highly recommended! Lasts for 3-4 days for me.

  5. Fresh tomatoes

  6. Cheese – sliced, block or as above – whatever floats your boat

  7. Crackers

  8. Bread in the freezer

  9. Chocolate

  10. Chewing gum

  11. Sweet chilli sauce

  12. Soy sauce

  13. Porridge and/or cereal

  14. Canned soups/cup-a-soups

  15. Salt and Pepper

  16. Herbal Teas

  17. Freshly ground coffee

  18. Vegemite

  19. Nuts

  20. Nut slice – this is awesome – more details to follow!

Looking at that, it seems a pretty big list, but most of it will fit in your drawer at work (hopefully!) and in one shelf of the fridge – so that’s fair isn’t it??? The boys have their beer in my fridge….so I have my staples as well!

OK, phew I’m done – it’s really hard isn’t it???

Hit me with your ORIGINAL tips for easy and different work lunches……

Today I love….Butter, butter, butter…oi, oi, oi!!!

12 Jun

Creamy yellow butter….

What can possibly be better than having some beeeeauuuutiful butter on a cold winters day on a crusty fresh slice of bread?

Or….at night time on creamy mashed potatoes…..

Or….for Breakfast on hot pancakes….

Or….some garlic butter?

Everybody say mmm, mmm, mmmmmmm……

So, here it is…..

YES, You CAN Make your OWN Butter!

I can’t believe it’s……..BUTTER!!!

Sorry had to put that one in…..

I use my Sunbeam food processor with the whisk attachment….no problems there at all….

I use 600ml thickened cream…..

Whack the cream in the bowl and add a pinch of salt….

Turn it on….I did mine on 1 the whole time and it only took about 5-7 minutes….you start lookin’ like this….

Then after a bit you’ll get it lookin’ like this….

When it starts to go splatter like this…..

Pour it all out into a strainer with a bowl, yes a bowl underneath to catch your lovely fresh Buttermilk…and then….you need to squeeze allllll the milk outta that butter baby!!!

“Je te plumerai la”

Whack that butter in a lovely pretty little ceramic dish or you could go old-fashioned style with some baking paper; roll it up and tie off the ends….

Look at that beeeeauuuutiful Buttermilk…..

I didn’t realise how easy it was….and I didn’t realise a lot of people don’t know this as well….what other things do you know of that seem really hard to make but turn out not so bad? I have a few up my sleeve for you…..

But wait, there’s more – Deep Fried Butter…. 🙂

Today I love….A $1000 Ice Cream Sundae

28 Sep

You wouldn’t read about it…..I was telling my Mr. Big just the other night about this lovely little (well HUGE actually) concoction and ta da!!

One of my top 100 fave celebs (another post on the way about this folks!) a la Kandee Johnson went to the restaurant that serves this obscene dish!!!

Golden Opulence sundae

$1,000

First dates looking to impress or sweet-sixteens in search of something special strike gold, quite literally, at Serendipity 3, the legendary New York City eatery where celebs are often spotted. The restaurant’s golden opulence sundae is covered in 23-carat edible gold leaf and is also rich in flavor thanks to Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of rare Chuao chocolate from Venezuela.

In lieu of Hershey’s syrup and a maraschino cherry, this sundae is drizzled with one of the world’s most expensive chocolates, from Amedei Porcelana, and then adorned with candied fruits, gold covered almonds, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries.

The dish also features a dollop of sweet Grande Passion caviar served with a mother of pearl spoon and a gilded sugar flower. The whole shebang looks as good as it tastes, served in a Baccarat crystal goblet (yours to keep) with an 18-carat gold spoon (not included).

Menu pic courtesy: Facebook | Kandee Johnson’s Photos – Wall Photos

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

Today I love….Kapai Puku

31 Jul

Yes, I am speaking English folks….

“One handful of Kapai Puku® may contain nearly five hundred individual life units, their capacity to promote your health and life are second to none.”

So I have been recently diagnosed with fatty liver infiltration….

I am 170cm tall and 71 kgs and am really not an ‘overweight’ person and I don’t really ‘feel’ overweight (only on some days!) but I must admit I am carrying a little extra bread rolls around my waist!

I can tell this because all of my old pants fit my legs and butt but not my waist!

Apparently I am the sort of person who puts on weight around their middle area only….I believe this is called an android body type….apparently liver problems can cause eczema and psoriasis so I believe this is also why my skin has been so bad lately….

So a while ago before I had this problem we tried a sample of a product at a market and it was called Kapai Puku….this stuff looks like bird seed (sorry folks!)….but I must admit it tasted bloody great!! It was mixed with milk and dried fruit – maybe sultanas and pear or paw paw…

So, on my new health kick I am of course on the hunt for this stuff….stay tuned for the results of the Kapai Puku!!!

This dude from Tour De France tips believes it is the wonder food as well!

“Here’s the deal with Kapai Puku. It’s epic. Epicly healthy. I eat it every day. Blows nearly every other cereal out of the water.”

You try going into a store or calling someone and asking for this stuff while keeping a straight face!

Go on you try and say it!!!

Today I love….Kitchen Yoga

28 Jul

With my recent run of bad back problems, a friend of mine suggested I start doing yoga to try to strengthen my back to alleviate the problems I keep experiencing and lo and behold look what I found by accident today!!!

Kitchen Yoga by Ruth Shaw….

You can download sample travel cards and also a sample of the book from the above link….

Who is Kitchen Yoga for?

Kitchen Yoga has been designed for young people and seniors alike; for the retired and the active; for experienced yogis and tentative beginners; and for survivors of bad backs, frozen shoulders, bum knees, broken bones, and broken hearts.

Target your hot spots:

The heart of KITCHEN YOGA is comprised of 8 warm ups and 16 easy to follow yoga poses, which are divided into 4 colour coded chapters or “series”. Each series addresses the most common “hot spots” of pain and discomfort i.e. Shoulders, Back and Hips as well as a Balancing series, which strengthens and supports the other three areas.

What about my level?

To help you find your personal level of expertise, each of the 24 warm-ups and poses is accompanied by the unique 3-LEVEL CHILI SYSTEM. 1 chili – beginner, 2 chilis- intermediate,
3 chilis- advanced.

TO BUY HARD COPY: Click here

TO BUY EBOOK: Click here

You can buy the four sections of the ebook for only $3.95 each!!!

So, I am currently downloading the Back section – I’ll let you all know how many times I fall over in my kitchen trying to do the moves….

Ruth Shaw Yoga

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