Thursday, 31 December 2009

Dec 28 - Dinner at Indus

So we all got together on Monday to have dinner together before Adam and Donna went back to Melbourne. We had a wonderful night, Bek declared it was her best Christmas Ever, and raved about the dhal. Mum loved the Dhal too while Adam enjoyed the Burramundi and the prawns, Jerry had a Vindaloo and was looking very flushed but it was a lot of fun.

Conor and I (below) I still haven't perfected the one handed photo shot.
Another of them all as i was trying to line the photo up.
Bek looked so lovely, Sharon gave her the little headband and it looks lovely on Bek.
And one of Jerry looking flushed, i'm not sure if it was the beer or the Vindaloo!

Christmas Day catch up - It's all about Jerry and some Bek

I thought I'd put up some photos of Jerry and Bek, just in case any of the Fitzgibbons are reading today.

Still trying to catch up on my Christmas posts, Photos of Jerry and Bek at Christmas this year. We all got together at Bek and Jerry's for Christmas this year and woo hoo they have air conditioning, so we all had a lovely if somewhat cool day. The photo above is taken at lunch, Jerry got a new hat for Christmas from Bek!

We were running out of room at the table cos we had such awesome food, so we had to sit the ham on a stool next to Jerry, he looks a little besotted here. ( i forgot to mention that Jerry did some fantastic cooking on Christmas day, he and Adam did the Turkey and I'm pretty sure that the potatoes were all done by Jerry and they tasted awesome and even better there were enough for everyone to have at least 1/2 a kilo each.

And another photo of Bek and Jerry in their Christmas finery, Jerry gave Bek the sweet little dress.

A close up of Jerry in his Christmas hat, and yay his eyes are open, not sure how many photos I had to take on the day to get Jerry to keep his eyes open.

See here is a photo of Jerry trying to keep his eyes open for the photo too funny. Mum got Conor and Jerry one of these each, so next time you see them both, they will probably be rolly polly, I am currently searching for low fat do nut recipes for them both so if you find some send them on thru.
And the last one is for the Canada contingent, I think if I remember correctly Al may have had something to do with this one.
Merry Christmas to you all, and Happy New Year!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Chocolate pancakes with Wildberry ice cream and Christmas Cooking

We finally had our traditional Christmas Breakfast today, albeit a little late. We didn't get to have breakfast on Christmas Day as I was still busy finishing off Christmas presents. I can't even remember what we ate for breakfast on Christmas day. So today we had Chocolate pancakes with wild-berry ice cream for breakfast! It was very good.
I also thought I'd take a chance to share our Christmas cooking. I had many plans for Cooking special Christmas dishes but ran out of time, i was so busy luckily Conor took over. He is such an awesome cook and did fantastic jobs of all the cooking we had planned. I did manage to get these little guys done, and I was so happy with how they turned out love them they are just too cute. The idea came from Elle's Studio Blog , The recipe was from one on the Tarisota blog by Mel Goodsell and the little tag came form The Scrap Heap.

Last year Mum and I had Christmas lunch at Rydges at Southbank and we had these gorgeous little Salmon Mousse's for a starter, I wanted to recreate them but had trouble finding a recipe until Christmas Eve when I spied one in the December Women's Weekly. Conor made the mousse on Christmas morning such a sweetie, (even though he hates salmon ), I also didn't have time to get the Salmon Roe, which was disappointing the mousse tasted great but would have been even better with the roe, maybe next year.
Conor also glazed the Ham this year on Christmas Eve, it was wonderful, he used a Maple syrup glaze and it tasted so good. We had some for dinner on Christmas Eve as well, with potato salad, an awesome dinner.
For his finale, Conor made this amazing ice cream cake requested by Bek, it was icecream layered with gluten free biscuits and cherries, topped with sprinkles of flake, the recipe for this came from the Dec Super Food ideas magazine, it tasted so good, and was gluten free as well so everyone could eat it.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Dec 26, 25 and Dec 3 catch up

A very quiet day at home after the madness of Christmas yesterday. Conor and I were both exhausted after having hay fever and asthma for most of the day yesterday, but we are all better now.
Conor spent most of the day making this little guy for one of his friends for a birthday present, it's his birthday today and Conor has gone off to a party, it's a sleepover as well so I am trying not to worry. Conor used a Gingerbread man template and was so happy with the way it turned out, it is the most adorable looking ninja, so cute.
And here's a photo of Conor all dressed up and ready to go to the party. I can't beleive how grown up he is and independent too.
The next photo is of us all and the aftermath of our Christmas present opening extravaganza yesterday, everyone was so thoroughly spoilt and we had such a wonderful day together.
And a photo Catch up. I am so far behind on my December daily but am still determined to show you all the photos. The next photo is of Bek, this was her first day back on Chemo and to cheer her up and to help her get some rest in hospital, I bought her this gorgeous little eye mask from Kitten D'amour , she loved it. It is just so pretty, here she is trying it on.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Laksa - Dec 14 - summer reading & Dec 2 - cute little gingerbread person

So Conor went to stay at Bek's tonight, which means i can cook myself a yummy Laksa for dinner. Conor will eat spicy food but prefers not to, so i thought I'd take advantage of his absence and cook a very yummy dinner for one.

These arrived in the mail yesterday, i'm so excited i can't wait to finish work and get stuck in to some light reading. I generally read one of these in an evening, which is a great way to spend an evening in summer with all the repeats and the lame shows on at the moment.

and a catch up photo, i finished this little guy on Dec 2, he's for my Christmas skirt which I'm hoping to finish any day now.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Dec 1 - Advent Calendar

So thankful I could finish this on time for Conor (I also made one for Bek and she loved hers). I thought Conor maybe would be too old for this and would think it was lame but he rang me at work this morning to see if he could open today’s! So I guess he is into it. Everyone loves getting presents and teenage boys are no exception.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

White choc chip muffins

So, i'm adopting Ali Edwards blog posts prompts for awhile. Posting what i am thankful for, and today i am thankful for these yummy chocolate muffins, i wander who invented them and where they came from, i will have to look that up one day.
They were very handy today with Conor on a sewing Marathon, finishing his jacket due tomorrow for Home Ec assessment. he has worked so hard on this and has done a fantastic jobGo Conor!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

this week

Monday 5 October
On Monday in the mail I got my Qtea kit, i love
these so much, they make such a lovely shabby/ephemera addition to my normal scrapping. i loved this little kit, cos not only do i love getting parcels in the mail BUT this kit is just so sweet, i love all the red in it!
Sunday 4 OctoberI managed to get a little bit more done on my gift for a special someone, I can't mention who in case they are reading this, so the embroidery is a little bit wonky but this really is my first attempt at French knots. I am very proud of it and i love how colourful it all is, with the gorgeous pinks.
Saturday 3 OctoberHere's Conor all dressed up for the YSA ball, he looks so good in his new clothes. Uncle Adam bought these for him for Aunty Beka's and Jerry's wedding, i can't believe how grown up he is these days.A close up of my beautiful Boy, he looks more and more like my Dad every day. And the shoes, the shoes are very important as they had to be just right, pointy, black leather slip ons. A shopping expedition with Uncle Adam was called for.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Dressing table (22/09/09)

So Flylady zone cleaning today was the dressing table in the bedroom, and woo hoo look at mine, so spotless and shiny. I feel so good each time I see this! and it's definitely made me want to do the rest of my room so fingers crossed.
So many things on this table make me smile, so i thought I'd give you a little run down:
  • The little angels behind the lamp, were given to me I think by Bek, when I was a teenager, they are so sweet and I love them heaps
  • there's a little lady bird keepsake box nest to that, that I was given as a child also
  • Then there's some gorgeous little trinket eggs that Beka gave me again for Christmas in the last few years
  • next is a gorgeous butterfly one again I can't remember who gave this to me
  • The next one is beautiful and holds all my hair ties, Alana gave me this one year for my birthday
  • in the front is my beautiful Lamp this is one of a pair Mum gave me, the other one got broken in December 2008 when Hagrid and Clementine were fighting under my bed, they ended up knocking the lamp off my table and it hit me on the head - very silly puppies!

Dust storm!

So it wasn't as bad as it was in Sydney, but oh my! i woke up at 8 am to news that a dust storm would be hitting Brisbane at around lunch time today. I kept an eye out as i was really curious to see what it would look like, i also shut all the windows and took an anti histamine as well just in case. So the top photo I took at about 11.30 am and the second photo was taken 10 mins later, as you can see there is quite an orange tinge to the sky and very hazy.
I had a bit of sneezing and definately felt stuffed up in the head so i ended up wearing a mask for most of the day. I even braved the outdoors at one stage, I was out of bread and milk and chocolate worst of all, so I did a quick dash to the Service station to stock up.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Haggy and Day 2 of our holiday

So Hagrid was very happy to see us when we got back form our Holiday, however I don't beleive he missed us very much as he was with Mum and Bek and all the other dogs, so he was very busy!
Mum and Bek were quite impressed with Haggy while we were away and think he is a very funny do altogether.
Unfortunately Mum forgot to drop off Hagrid's girlfriend when she brought Hagrid home and he has been very sad about this all week and has been missing his girlfriend so much. For those of you that don't know Hagrid's girlfriend is a pillow Mum made us many years ago, he is quite attached to her. Here is a photo of Hagrid without his little friend it's very sad.
Also Prayers today for my little sister who is having Surgery on her bile ducts. Hopefully it will give her some relief from the terrible jaundice that she has had for the last few months.

Day 2 of our Holiday
We woke up quite late, Aunty Leslie let us sleep in! not so much as NZ is 2 hours ahead it was still only 8am but definately time to get up. We were off to go shopping at Botany and meet Rochelle and the kids for lunch. Of course we had to take Mister!
First up we had to get Conor a haircut as the bob wasn't working for him. Conor was very mad at me for letting him have a bad haircut! I'm not exactly sure how this was my fault but!!!
Luckily he managed to explain himself to the girl who cut his hair and it turned out fine, although I'm sure Aunty Leslie wondered why we even bothered as he really didn't have much cut off.

Finally we met up with Rochelle and Jake and Maddy, we had a lovely brunch, sitting outside in the rain and the wind, (reminded me of the weather when i was living in NZ). But we couldn't go inside because we couldn't leave Mister outside. So we all huddled together and giggled!
We had a lovely morning wandering around with Rochelle and the kids and even had more coffee and cake, while Conor and Maddy went to the Lolly shop.

Monday, 17 August 2009

day at home resting!

So today Conor and I spent a very restful day at home, Conor seems to have the flu and spent most of the day in bed, poor little bunny! He couldn't do any study because he only stops sneezing when he's sleeping or reading!!! I did another 3 loads of washing and worked on some Layouts for the newsletter. I also had my Nana nap again this afternoon, not sure how I am going to get back into the whole work thing, when i finally do find a job.

And I have started sorting through and editing my photos from the cruise/holiday we have just been on, which i am sure some of you are just dying to see LOL.

More tomorrow!! maybe!!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Home Day

It's getting a little chilly around her in the mornings, living in a Qld'er with no insulation to speak of will do that. The polished wooden floors are so cold on our tootsies in the mornings. But alas it is not quite cold enough to light the fire yet. Conor is modeling the very beautiful dressing gown he made a couple of years ago, so warm and snuggly. (please ignore the messy nature of our front room, the curtains are a Work in progress as i try to figure just how exactly i am going to use htat beautiful fabric
next up is me, this is my little breaky possie on the weekends, i sit and catch up on all my emails and drink my coffee ( ialmost didn't put this in as i look truly dreadful but i have been fighting with this cold for 4 weeks now and i will NOT give in)
This is my little crafting possie, well part of it, i could show you the rest but you would all run screaming from the room as it really is such a mess. also a sneak peak of an unfinished Layout for this weekend's newsletter.
And just to prove i actually do clean and don't just leave the vacuum cleaner lying around pretending that i do clean, here i am cleaning the windows, i do have to say though that i was overcome by the fumes of the bleach so was able to only finish one window.
Browning the chicken and mushrooms ready to go in the slowcooker for dinner, we had a Chicken Meditteranean casserole, V. yummy!
Conor mowing our mammoth back yard, this a neverending battle as our yard is so big and we have to mow every weekend to keep it up, because of the rains this summer, now i'm not complaining about the rain, i just think that a lovely concrete truck would fix this yard once and for all.
Part of my weekend ritual is to watch and throw away once and for all the old videos we have cluttering our TV cabinet, this one had a wonderful episode of Parkky on it that made us laugh and laugh. Rage was also on and i tried to introduce Conor to the wonders of Led Zepilin and Pink Floyd, he was totally unimpresse, "kids these days"!
For most of the Weekend Conor can be found in this possy, playing his Nintendo DS, or on the lappy, but he tells that the battery had gone flat at this time, so he had to survive with only one electronic device, it's a hard enough life!
These 2 photos of Hagrid were taken within the space of about 10 minutes. Here he sits quite placid while we watch telly, i think we were watching parky at the time, the next thing we know we here grawling and rough housing coming form my room, we were a little concerned i can tell you. So we race in to my room to find that the tissue box had attacked Haggy. hagrid being the big fierce guard dog that he is ripped into that tissue box and dealt with it most severely. ( we are'nt sure exactly what the killer tissue box was trying to do to Hagrid but we are convinced it was something terrible) ps so sorry for the photo being on the side blogger will not behave and i don't know how to make this the right way up:(
And finally Dessert, super easy and takes 2.5 minutes in the microwave and it was v. yummy. all you have to do is core the apple and stuff it with a mixture of mixed fruit ( we used sultanas), brown sugar and allspice, we ate them with a dollop of cream and they were really good, but next time i make them i think i'llput them in the microwave for 3 minutes they may just be a little more soft.
Not long after dessert i heard my book calling me so it was off to bed for me.
that's all folks, there isn't any more!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Off to the Fair on Sunday

Conor kept me company at the Stitches and Craft Fair which was just as well AS it was so disappointing a very bizarre set up and not so many exhibitors. In fact i went through the whole fair in under 2 hours, there was just nothing new and exciting. Nothing that grabbed me and made me want to pull out my sewing machine.
There was also very few people there, i guess maybe because of the Financial downturn who knows.
so this is my haul, i had so much trouble finding stuff to buy, i so hope the next fairs are better.
and some LO's that i can share:
This one is of the ANZAC service this year at Yeronga, Stephens RSL put on the service each year and they get a really great turn out. Conor has participated every year since he started high school as part of the Yeronga school band. I am so proud of his commitment and dedication to this very special day. And I know my Dad would also be very proud as well.

This one i love to bits, on Thursday last week my first Ruby St Designs package came and i love it to bits so gorgeous so much yummy stuff, i can't wait to get more of these adorable little packages. The Scrap Heap Challenge for the newsletter was to do a LO of my Dream Holiday, well i really struggled to think of just one place but who can go past Paris!