Friday, 30 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Minnie is about 85 years younger than Shirley. Sadly they don't see each other as often as they would like. But Minnie sings songs over the phone and chatters away to her. I am not sure if Shirley understands all the ramblings of the 3 year old but I don't think that matters one little bit.
Oody (Minnie's Oma) is also in Adelaide at the moment so Minnie gets a Great Grandmother, a Grandmother and a Great Aunt and Uncle to play with. Mmm, how much attention can a 3 year old handle? Our Minnie can take all that and more...
We are going for lunch here and may be even stop to sample a few of the best the Barossa has to offer. And if time permits, I will be allowed to visit a few places I have had my eye on, including this one...
See you later next week.
Friday, 16 January 2009
Cut your tomatoes into chunks/squares/bits (cherry tomatoes in half). Place in a large colander and sprinkle with some salt. Mix around and then sprinkle with a tiny bit more. Leave to sit for 15 minutes. Some of the excess liquid will be drawn out by the salt - this leaves more of the intense flavour behind.Transfer to a salad bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of dried oregano and gently mix. Make the dressing 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil - add the crushed garlic and mix. Pour over the dressing, season with freshly cracked pepper (may not need any more salt but check). Toss in the basil and serve.
We have been eating this a lot - in the photo we had it with a roast vegetable fritatta and some left over caponata. Lovely.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
You may not believe me given the lack of evidence posted in recent times here on this blog. But I do sew, I really do. I admit things have slowed down a little over the Christmas/summer period but my list of ideas is growing. Does a list and a sketch book count as actual sewing/craft? I think it does...
And when I have made things I have failed to capture them on the camera. We made a lovely tea cosy from this book for our Big Nana and I sewed gifts for the beautiful new babies Belle and Robbie.
I have added a few more fabrics to the growing collection and found some great craft bargains at the op shop in the lead up to Christmas. Bags of wool for 2.00 and embroidery thread all neatly bound on card for 2.00 and a huge bag of leather for 5.00
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
So you may remember that I had a little giveaway in this post. I have finally got around to picking the winners using the 'psychic science' website (how completely bizarre...). Anyhoo the psychic scientists chose these numbers '7 12 '. That means the winners are Tiff and PottyMouthMama (who I know is down with the plastic needle caper). Please email me your details (if I don't already have them).
Its going to be stinking hot here today - I hear talk of 41'c in the west. Crazy talk. Fingers crossed its not that hot here. We have the lovely sea breeze that may hopefully cool things down.
And we are housebound today. There has been a long running drama with my car. The car that costs me a fortune at the mechanics and only goes when it feels like it. I have been using the good car and leaving my husband the contrary car. But Betty (my car) stopped last night and does not want to start again. This is happening more and more often. I still love her. She is green. She goes fast and corners oh so well. Its the car my husband had when we first started seeing each other. The car that I sat in so primly and properly as we drove to his old place in Terrigal for the first time... And our tiny little Minnie came home from hospital in that car.
But the time has come. She is going to be retired. And I am getting a new (well 2007 model) car that I hear starts easily and continues to go and doesn't die on the F3 or require me to call NRMA on a weekly basis (although I have now got to know most of the NRMA men, which is handy).
Its been fun Betty. But the time has come. All good things must come to an end...
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Happy Birthday Minnie. Happy Birthday to you. xxx