Monthly Archives: January 2013

MIA again

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So at the moment we are in the midst of a natural disaster in Brisbane. ¬†I wont be posting again for a few days as there is the potential for flooding less or similar (I vote its going to be similar) ūüė¶ to the floods we had in 2010/2011. ¬†I have been confined to the house all day which has bored me to tears. This is also apart from the fact they have issued Tornado warnings and issued warnings that non-essential travel should not be undertaken. ¬†I did assume that this meant going shopping. However it has made me work on my second set of boot cuffs that I am making. ¬†So that will be something I can put up on here soon. I made a cake, from a packet to fill in time as you can’t even get out to buy basics from the store. ¬†I was quite yummy. ¬†Thanks Duncan Hines :). When I can get it organised I will put a picture up of my extraordinary packet cake.

My thoughts are with everyone who is experiencing the fall out from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald. This has not been a fun day and by the sounds of the gale force winds outside its not getting any better in a hurry.

I will be back when the weather is a bit better

Happy Australia Day

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So I have finally been released from my PD sessions (YAY!).  Yesterday we had a Keynote speaker from Robyn Moore, who is the voice of Blinky Bill.  She is amazing to listen to and if you ever have the opportunity to see a Keynote of hers I HIGHLY recommend that you go.

In an hours time the Hottest 100 will start, which I look forward to all year long.  It is an Australia Day tradition for my family and I to attend or host a party including breakfast with our parents before the fun of drinking commences.  This year however with school starting, a wedding being planned and just general craziness we have decided to go to a pub in town for the last 2 or so hours of the countdown.  My #1 prediction for 2012 hottest 100 is Rattling the keys to the Kingdom.

Aside from that is is terrible weather out thanks to ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.  i have a feeling that many parties will be cancelled today.

This brings me to my latest Pinterest trial. ¬†As it is inclement and cold last night I felt like a warm entree before dinner. ¬†I have seen many recipes for baked Brie with different toppings. ¬†I decided to give one topped with cranberry sauce and walnuts a go. ¬†I used the recipe from here. ¬†I didn’t exactly read all of the instructions correctly and put the cranberry sauce on before I put it in the oven, but it seemed to work just as well.

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Walnut

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Walnut

It was delicious! i think I might make it again for Super Bowl, or maybe i’ll make something different. ¬†I do have some Fred’s Red Hot Wing Sauce loitering around just begging to be used!

A productive Pinterest day

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Today was super productive for trying out some pinterest ideas, one of which I have been wanting to try for a little while now.

As the summer goes on, it is getting much harder to think about ideas for meals, especially dinner.  In the search for a dinner menu last night I remembered that I pinned a veggie burger that would nice to try for a change to the usual dinner menus.  This recipe has again come from my favourite, Martha Stewart and you can find the link here.  I thought they were a bit sloppy after I added the egg and put them on the BBQ to cook.  But they seemed to have worked fine and generally stayed the shape I made them.  The cheese in them gave them a great flavour and they will certainly be on my list of foods to make again.  On the website it suggests to serve them in a burger with avocado, but these ones were served with a salad.

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Earlier that morning I tried out some new nail polishes that my brother had given me for Christmas. ¬†I used the darker one by Revlon called Midnight to start with and it looked great! But then I thought to myself, why don’t I try to do a stripe using sticky tape, with the orange one Marmalade also by Revlon, like I have seen on pinterest. ¬†There are HEAPS of ideas on my board called Nails and Polish. The colours together look amazing, but later in the afternoon they ended up a bit smudged because of the heat (it was 39.5C/102F here yesterday) and the humidity. ¬†I took a photo of when they were just finished and I think they looked pretty good if I do say so myself!

Striped Nail Polish

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream!

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We are currently in the middle of a heat wave.  The temps over the last week have been, been on average 88-90F (32-36C) which for this time of year it is HOT!

Give me these types in Feb, which is at least semi normal, but not now. ¬†It is making all the kids tired and crazy. Especially bc we don’t have air-con in our ‘new’ building.

The best and only thing to do on a hot day is have something cold. ¬†And Ice-cream was the method of choice. ¬†I had found some recipes for homemade ice-cream on pinterest that looked interesting and would at least keep the kids a little cool while they were making it. ¬†the one that I looked at for inspiration was this one. ¬†Only I didn’t quite follow it to the tee… instead of cream I used mainly because of the cost of that much cream..

It didn’t work too badly. ¬†The milk mixture turned to ice-cream (well let’s use that term loosely) and the kids tucked into it when they were done, complete with homemade chocolate and caramel toppings, and sprinkles.

BUT…

Yes there is ¬†BUT ūüė¶ ¬†The salt from the ice and salt mixture somehow permeated the bag that the milk mixture was in. ¬†This made some of the batches the kids made taste like they had dropped their ice-cream in the sea, picked it up and continue to eat it. ¬†It was in one child’s words ‘GROSS’.

So I relented and went to the store to buy a tub of ice-cream to give the kids who hadn’t made it yet and even a little bit to the kids who had. ¬†Was a bit disappointing but was pretty fun.

Homemade Ice-cream

Homemade Ice-cream

Chicken Dinner

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I haven’t cooked a main meal coming from Pinterest for a little while now so I decided to make one for dinner tonight.

Now I like LOVE chicken! So most of my mains dishes are chicken based and tonight was no different.

Now I would love to give you a link to the page that my pin goes to but when I clicked it tonight the link has been disabled.  Luckily for me the ingredients and method were on the post!

So I’ll give you the recipe as well as the picture of what it ended up looking like.

Ingredients

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

chicken breasts

1/2 cup bread crumbs

Method

In a baking tray place 4 single chicken breasts

Mix the sour cream and cheese together and spread over chicken breasts.

Sprinkle bread crumbs over the sour cream covered chicken.

Bake at 350F (180C) 25 min or until cooked.

So mine too a little longer than the 25 min and I think that is because they were quite think chicken breasts.  I probably should have cut them in half to make them thiner, but that will be a lesson for next time.

Here is a photo of the finished product before I ate dinner.  It was super nice and I often find that baking chicken keeps it much moister than what it would be if I had fried it.  Enjoy!

amazingly moist and tasty chicken!

amazingly moist and tasty chicken!

Happy 2013

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So on day 2 of the new year I have been pretty successful in posting nearly every day ūüôā YAY ME!

My family generally has dinner together on New Years day and last night was no different. ¬†We had the usual roast lamb and veggies with homemade apple pie for dessert. ¬†Now while Mum took care of the food side of things, I made us all a refreshing drink. ¬†Its called 24-carat Christmas. ¬†Now I know you are thinking ‘But its not Christmas!’. ¬†Well that never stops me making an amazing drink.

I first had this drink 12 months ago for Christmas day last year.  It went over a treat. the combination of the green ginger beer and the hazelnut of the Frangelico make quite a refreshing taste.  And even though the sound of it is gross, I highly recommend it! Especially on a hot summers day.

I forgot to take a photo of it but it looks just like it does in the picture of the website.