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Today I Love….Yoplait!

25 Apr

When I found out about the Nuffnang Yoplait Bloggers Family Day Out I was very upset.

The event was booked out!

Booked out? I said to myself? But, but, but….what about me?? What about the kiddies? They are here that weekend as well!!! Can’t they just make enough room for four more little people?? Pretty please??

To no avail…..until later that afternoon when I received a lovely tweet from a lovely woman telling me that she could no longer attend and we could have her tickets! I was like – what!? No way! Awesome!!!

So it was meant to be……on a lovely sunny day when we ventured to the park in the middle of tiny little side streets where no parking is available……..to find a jumping castle, balloon man, miniature farm, face painting, truckloads of yogurt from Yoplait and most importantly………a French crepe man!! All the ingredients for a lovely day out!

We registered, got our lovely little picnic blanket and frisbee and hat from Yoplait (I ended up wearing the hat as it was a very warm day!) and were offered a yogurt each – Mr. 7 had already decided he wanted Mango on the way in the car and Mr. 9 begrudgingly took the yogurt then ate the lot and asked for more! I think Mr. 7 ended up on 3 tubs down by the time we left……

A spot of frisbee on the grass and then “Dad, can we go on the jumping castle?” is the next cry that we hear, to which we reply “Go for it!” “Don’t you have to pay Dad?” comes the querying looks and voices; “Nope – off you go!” I think they were on the jumping castle for 90% of the time we were there. We settled on the rug outstretched on the grass to finish our yogurts and of course, yell at the kids to be nice to the others haha.

Then it was CREPE time…….the crepe man was very french and he definitely knew how to work that crepe stick! 30 seconds tops and a lovely, new paper-thin crepe was born. First course for me was the good ‘ole Lemon and Sugar, second course was Banana and chocolate and for my third course, Strawberries with chocolate! Yep, I did all three folks; aren’t you proud of me!?

After the obligatory face paint, multiple swords from the balloon man and trying not to kill the cute little bunnies we were all a little worn out from the sunshine, food and fun!

So off to the rubbish bin I trudged with our remains of the day, chatting to the crepe man as I passed him……he said to me “is it your birthday today?” I said “No – why you ask me that?” Turns out he thought he was there to do a birthday party and he thought that I was one lucky lady! So he asks me if I want some crepes to take home………DING, DING, DING!!!!! Bingo!!! Der, um…..what? “You want like 5 or 10 crepes to take home? You heat them in microwave for 30 seconds and they will be oh so lovely!” He says to me. “Really?” I say. “Yes, please – you have just made my day and it was already awesome!!”

How good is that? So I had them for breakfast the next day and I reckon they’ll be good to finish up for dessert tonight yeah watch me go!! I love the French crepe man and I want him to live in my backyard. Please. Pretty please??? OK, maybe I’ll just hire him for my next birthday!

We also got to take home an absolute plethora of yogurt thanks to lovely Yoplait! I was also very impressed to discover that their Vanilla flavour has real tiny, little vanilla beans in it! I can actually see them! I loved the day!

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….50 days of me

11 Jun

Here we have Day ONE of my new ongoing project for reasons that I shall outline in a later post…..

I’m not saying that these 50 days will be consecutive….or in order for that matter. BUT you will get 50 days of fun facts and pics about me so that’s pretty good hey? Everybody say YAY! For your information and reference, I will now show you the 50 days list…I think this list is really good for a blog cos it’s not just about me typing blah blah blah to you – you actually get to see me and some of my life! Now what could be more fun that that? Enjoy….Here we have Day ONE…..

Note: we may have to edit some of these to make them more e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g!!!

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with fifteen facts – OK – see below! Damn…I got to waaaay more than that and I think I could even keep going = I am sooooo UN-boring!!

Day 02 – A picture of you and a friend you have been close with for awhile – T.B.A

Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show – T.B.A

Day 04 – A picture of favorite missed memory – T.B.A

Day 05 – A picture of you and the person you’ve had the best memories with – T.B.A

Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day – T.B.A

Day 07 – A picture of you and someone you’d be lost without  – T.B.A

Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh – T.B.A

Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most – T.B.A

Day 10 – A picture of your favorite sport or favorite athlete – T.B.A

Day 11 – A picture of something you hate – T.B.A

Day 12 – A picture of something you love – T.B.A

Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist. – T.B.A

Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without. – T.B.A

Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.  – T.B.A

Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you. – T.B.A

Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently. – T.B.A

Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity. – T.B.A

Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little. – T.B.A

Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’ve traveled or you’d love to travel. – T.B.A

Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget. – T.B.A

Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at. – T.B.A

Day 23 – A picture of you on your birthday. – T.B.A

Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change. – T.B.A

Day 25 – A picture of your day. – T.B.A

Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you. – T.B.A

Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member. – T.B.A

Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of. – T.B.A

Day 29 – A picture of someone that can always make you smile. – T.B.A

Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss. – T.B.A

Day 31 – A picture of what you wore today. – T.B.A

Day 32 – A picture of what you did today. – T.B.A

Day 33 – A picture of you doing something you love. – T.B.A

Day 34 – A picture of your morning. – T.B.A

Day 35 – A picture that reminds you of someone. – T.B.A

Day 36 – A picture of someone you wish you still talked too. – T.B.A

Day 37 – A picture of what you like to do. – T.B.A

Day 38 – A picture of your favorite drink. – T.B.A

Day 39 – A picture of your favorite food. – T.B.A

Day 40 – A picture of your friends. – T.B.A

Day 41 – A picture of a tattoo, or piercing you have or want. – T.B.A

Day 42 – A picture of you and your family. – T.B.A

Day 43 – A picture of your room. – T.B.A (WARNING!!!))

Day 44 – A picture that describes your life. – T.B.A

Day 45 – A picture of what you did today. – T.B.A

Day 46 – A picture of you and 5 secrets. – T.B.A

Day 47 – A picture of something you can’t live without. – T.B.A

Day 48 – A picture of you more than 10 years ago. – T.B.A

Day 49- A picture of you and your best friend(s). – T.B.A

Day 50 – A picture of yourself with 20 facts edit HERE

Me

15 Facts about me

1.People who know me generally do not ring me until after 12pm on a non-work day, unless otherwise pre-arranged. Beware the wrath of waking me up.

2.I love shoes and am also qualified to make them

3.I love lip gloss (numerous brands, finishes and shades to be found in car, handbag, next to laptop, travel bag, kitchen, bedroom, bedside table, bathroom….ooooh and don’t forget the lip scrub in the shower! 🙂

4.I love chupa chups – fortunately….they are also everywhere! See above point; exclude shower.

5.I love Red Wine in Winter and Champagne in Summer – I assume….no explanation required

6.I am a hoarder – see previous posts for explanation

7.I am determined to be a mother one day

8.I love free stuff and winning things is even better = comp addict

9.I love pets…animals…any sort…give them all to me for all of my love! I want a farm one day….or a hippie farm….chooks and sheep and little pigs and rabbits and ducks and of course the dogs, cats, birds, fish…..

10.I love the beach….I love to wake up to the sounds of the waves…I have been lucky enough in my life to live this way a little tiny while!

11.I also love the rainforest and the middle of nowhere and the hippie country – this is my dream home

12.I love fashion and unfortunately I am going to have to expand my wall of wardrobe into the next bedroom in my house which….oh, yay lucky me – also has a wall of wardrobe – shhhh!!!!

13.I love computers and technology = thanks Dad

14.I love sport for once in my life and really do try harder at it (Shut up you!) = thanks Cadel

15.I love movies – lots of them – perhaps that could be another post – my top 50 movies?!?

16.I love Blythe

17.I love Mexican food

18.I love my family and my friends and my job and my shop and my pets and my half-kids and all the lovely things I receive every single day!

19.I can’t grow or keep a plant alive to save my own life….but I can cook!

20.Woops I kept going……over and outey lovelies!! Happy Birthday to the Queen!

Today I love…..Lucy – no, not that one!

17 Mar

Lucy Folk

A lovely fellow Melbournian……just like me!

Look at what she does! I am in LOVE……

Divine pieces of jewellery…..original, creative and thought provoking….also very appetising and filling for the soul….

I am currently trying to get my sticky fingers on a pasta bow ring….

I shall have to contact the illustrious Ms. Lucy to find one, I fear!

 

Enjoy my lovelies…xx

Today I Love….Hot Potato Martini….

25 Feb

I’m back – No, I’m serious – I believe I’ve found that mojo thingy now….yes, you read it correctly people….

Oh and hey, google this topic and this post is pretty much all you will find!! Anyhoo….

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

Baked potatoes that is…I believe I have spoken about my beloved Hasselback potatoes as well?? They are seriously and wonderfully so easy to make….

I think I really should have made a tag called “Baked Potatoes” for my blog like my “Mexican” tag cos I just L.O.V.E them soooo much!!

And oh decadence and oh sophistication, here I come!

With my big, fat, hot and steaming……Baked Potato!!!

Whoever thought of this should get a medal or a gold star or one of those awesome little smiley stamps that everyone loves and always uses now! 🙂

My fave Baked Potato topping is…..a whole lotta garlicky butter….and it’s gotta be real butter, sorry folks….topped off with some crispy, crunchy bacon, melted cheese (lots of that!), a little bit of coleslaw and some spring onions and sour cream to garnish…yeah I’m pretty boring and regular with my baked potatoes – what’s your fave recipe for them??? xxx

Note: I will update the toppings on this soon…..as stated previously I cannot even find where I found this little beauty!! So far I know we have bacon, sour cream and….. ;0

Ventanas Atlanta GA – Loaded Baked Potato In A Martini Glass | Foodspotting

All pics courtesy weheartit.com
Except the main pic which was sourced from twitter pics – source t.b.a

Oh and I just had to show you this cos I love it so much – print available on etsy.com – let me know if you would like the link x

Today I love….Floods, Bumps, Drips and Grandma’s Soup….

15 Jan

Well, here I was….on my last and final day of holidays – my computer and internet are playing up no end and I have both good and bad news to share with you my lovely little readers! I have been completely and totally hippy-fied for the 20th time in my life – I think I need to move here! I love my mountain…Mt. Warning, NSW….no dreadlocks here….

but every time visit, a tiny little piece of the loveliness here….comes home with me….to share with you!!!

1.Torrential rain on arrival

  1. The chance we may be flooded in/out of Tyalgum NSW for the first few days
  2. Spiders and funny smells in an old house
  3. Dad – man it’s hot
  4. Burns and cuts on arrival
  5. What day is it? From Grandma
  6. A lost suitcase on arrival
  7. Dad – man it’s hot
  8. A found and delivered suitcase…followed by the unfortunate news the courier suffered an accident on the way back and was now in hospital
  9. What day is it? From Grandma
  10. Ah…the pool at the Local….sunshine and joy all round…..

 

  1. Dad – man it’s hot
  2. New Years Eve
  3. Trying to go to the local with my man
  4. Have we had Xmas? Grandma
  5. Dad – man it’s hot
  6. A day at the local pool/pub – fun all round!!
  7. What day is it? From Grandma
  8. BOTH children getting stung by Bluebottles at Byron
  9. Dreamworld – wooooooooooooo – ouch…..
  10. Meet the rellos – sunshine, lollipops….then…torrential rain! What a surprise!!
  11. White water World in the rain – still warmish
  12. Dad – man it’s hot
  13. Calm…..the children and Mr. Big leave
  14. Mail problems
  15. Finding treasures from Grandma’s troves….ooooh my pretties!!!
  16. What day is it? From Grandma
  17. Real estate hell – Man I am HOT!!!
  18. Dad – man it’s hot
  19. Looking at land, plans and mud
  20. Movies with Grandma
  21. What am I doing? From Grandma
  22. Floods in Brisbane – only 100km away
  23. TV for 2 days watching the floods and waiting to see if it hits here
  24. Trip to town wooooooo
  25. Dad – man it’s hot
  26. Flood here? Lots of rain….we’ll see….
  27. Won a competition – won another competition
  28. Grandma – please buy a Tatts ticket
  29. Shopped till I dropped at Pacific Fair
  30. Buy LCD day clock for Grandma – note to self – send calendar as well, new smoke alarms, pill holder and batteries – (for smoke alarm!)
  31. Flood in Melbourne – will we get home??
  32. Dad – man it’s hot
  33. Packing to go home – man I’m HOT!!!!
  34. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  35. Have you fed the dogs Grandma? Yes, I think so…..
  36. Suffered numerous internet and keyboard difficulties – this has taken me oh maybe 1.5 hours to type! If you know me, that is NOT GOOD AT ALL
  37. What day is it today? = Grandma
  38. Woah I am HOT!!!
  39. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  40. Oh how will you fit all that in your case Catrina?? = Grandma, I can do it woman! Watch me!!
  41. Grandma’s special Chicken Soup – man that’s good!!!
  42. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  43. Dad – man it’s hot
  44. Oh, wine…no I shall not whine at all….I believe I have earnt my wine today!!!
  45. Home soon folks……….love ya xx

P.S. Support, kudos, love, hugs and mucho thanks go to everyone supporting and helping us here in Australia, not just Queensland who have been or are affected by the floods in our country……..

Today I love….An Infinite amount of Space….

17 Dec

An infinite amount of…..S.P.A.C.E

No, no, no, not Space as in the Final Frontier either!

I NEED (not just want!) an infinite amount of space in my home!!!

My blog is my reflective journal, beheld within are the many treasures I have discovered and now fondly hold dear to my heart.

My own personal space…..is at times both a wonderful and very stressful thing!!!

My partner is a furniture removalist and unfortunately we have no room left for any more pieces of random furniture on our house!  As a self-confessed hoarder, it is really not possible to obtain any more useless and unnecessary possessions!

One day, I hope to have the time to clear my clutter but I do not foresee this in the near future!  I have an emotional attachment to my things as well – when I was about 15 and my parents separated all of my childhood possessions were donated to charity and I never saw any of the things I owned from birth ever again.  I was also robbed recently twice in three weeks and that has made me a little more careful that I remember not to leave my diamond ring on the lounge room coffee table before I go to work = silly girl!  So at least I know WHY I like to hang on to things!!! It’s an emotional attachment and a great fear that my possessions will be lost from me forever again.

One of my favourite pastimes right now is watch MTV Cribs.  I just can’t get enough of looking at the beautiful homes the celebrities have.  I watch the show and dream that I may be able to have all those wide and wonderful open spaces, large lounge rooms, super huge wardrobes the size of half of my current house, beds that you could fit 10 people in and spa baths that are the size of my current bedroom.  Then I look around at my space and sigh….perhaps one day I will have the room to move that I so desire….then maybe I can get more stuff! Ha Ha Ha NO! I hear you scream!

Here is a part of Christina Aguilera’s house – you can find more pics here

I believe I could utilise my current space a lot better.  Have you ever pondered the possibilities of space?

Space is an infinite thing but we impose limitations and boundaries are self imposed within the construct of our minds.  Space ebbs onwards into the universal echelons, so vast; our wee human minds find difficulty in comprehending the enormity.  Yet as humans, we have the power to determine the boundaries, qualities and characteristics of our space.  Space is therefore multidimensional, the channel in which individual and collective action arises simultaneously.  This interconnected platform provides a medium for communication whereby time, distance and location are traversed both locally and globally from the comfort of our homes.  Yet how we choose to interact with this space has the potential to impact our social, economic and environmental ethos from both a personal and planetary perspective.

What is this space I am eluding too?

A very good friend of mine is an interior designer and you can just tell she cringes every time she comes through my door!  But at least she appreciates my personal style and ditto.  She  does give me some hints and tips occasionally to try and help me improve my mess of a lounge room!  And (silly or smart??!) me has also just started a jewellery and accessories business from home, so we have boxes of jewellery, handbags, clothing etc. just to add to the rest of the things I bring home nearly every day!  Wonderful……I hear you say – I will never have infinite space!!!

Something that really creeps me out is when people invade on my personal space… I don’t mind close talkers or that sort of thing but if someone stands too close behind me in a queue, I cannot resist inching forward to get away from them!

So…..Space….I don’t have enough…..I will probably never have enough or be satisfied with the space I have…BUT if I could have an infinite amount…..all my problems would therefore be solved…….

I have been selected from a handful of bloggers to participate in a competition for Vodafone to promote their lovely new product above; which I believe I will be needing very soon!

I’m not too sure how you can help me win, but please feel free to leave a comment or rate this post if you do or do not like it!

Today I love….Choc Chic

12 Oct

Oooh, oooh, ah-ha!

You’ll be saying that too after you see these little beauties!!

Go on!

 

The two best things ever in this world – shoes and chocolate….are now combined!!! Wish I had thought of this idea….if only they would ship to me down under!

Here are just a few of their designs:

I love this from their site as well:

“Serving suggestion

We’ve heard people like to fill their chocolate shoes with champagne, drink the champagne from the shoe, then eat the shoe. Sounds good to us”

Chocolate Shoes and Handbags | Bristol chocolate shoe and Handbag makers

Today I love….Kawaii

3 Oct

Am I speaking English?

Well maybe not…..Kawaii is……

literally, “loveable” “cute” or “adorable” and has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.[1]

I found Kawaii – thanks to Blythe, and my sister-in law’s Footpath travels to overseas lands….

One really cool site I love, love, love checking in on all the time is Spoonflower – last month they had a Kawaii competition for the best Kawaii fabric design! Here it is….

BYE 🙂

For now!!! 🙂

Today I love….Message Burger….

23 Sep

Hello there!! How special am I?

I know I look very tasty and you really want to gobble me up but you just can’t eat me!

See???

Well, you can try…but you won’t get very far! I want one of these sets badly!

So I can give them to the kids to play with and watch the joy on their faces!

Yeah, right – hang on….I want some joy tooooooo!!!

message burger – shop – upon a fold

“Who said fast food isn’t good for you? We’ll have two burgers with the lot, thanks! Good enough to eat, this message burger comes with 24 cards – all in the form of yummy burger fillings! There are fried eggs, two types of cheese, bacon, beef patties, lettuce, buns, pickles and more. You’ll have enough ingredients to make two burgers and there is even a die-cut burger box for storing away all your fillings. This is such a fun gift to give someone… especially if the way to their heart is through their stomach. Each piece comes ready to pop-out and you can use them to write messages on or create your very own piece of burger art. Made in Japan, this kit measures 27cm x 24cm and when completed 9.5cm x 11cm x 4cm. Hungry?”

I bloody well am now!!!

No…I really just want and NEED to play with these!!!

Aaaarrrgghhhh…..

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….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….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….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….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….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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