Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Federer and Nadal....funny promo!

Even if you're not a tennis fan, you'll love this video of Federer and Nadal trying to do a promotional advert....very funny!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A couple of recipes

Over the Christmas/New Year period I happened to catch the New Ideas Test Kitchen TV show a few times. I really enjoyed the recipe ideas and tips that they shared.
One of the recipes which I have made twice now was a Chicken and Bacon Roll...mmmm delicious!

As I didn't have my camera at the time I took some shots on my phone but they turned out quite blurry. This is the only one I had which was laying it all out on the baking paper.

Here is a photo of the finished product, taken from the New Ideas Kitchen website
You can get the recipe from here   and while you're at it you might like to view some of the episodes. It was a great show.

At one of our family Christmas gatherings I experienced a new taste sensation...a Beetroot and Egg salad...who would have thought?!!  Not me anyway!! I'd never heard of this and loved the look of it too because it was pink!!

I didn't get any photos of it but have found this one on the net.
The salad has only 3 ingredients...finely sliced beetroot and quartered boiled eggs, mixed with mayonaise. Simple!
Speaking of 'simple'...last weekend we had a group of friends over for a BBQ. The girls usually like to bring something, so I asked if they could all bring a salad. To our amusement when they all rocked up, we discovered the 3 out of the 4 girls had bought the same salad!! It was the crunchy noodle salad that they all said "it's so easy"!!!  Hence it was the butt of many jokes on the night, but it didn't matter as they all had a slightly different takes on them. One used slivered almonds, one used pine nuts and one didn't use any nuts. Next time though I might check on what they will be bringing!!
For those that haven't heard of this salad it can be found here.

We came another step closer during the week of finishing our bathroom makeover, but still a little way to go yet. We had the towel rails, shower shelf and hand towel rails fitted along with a new bathroom door. We actually had 5 doors installed from the rooms leading off the passage. Need to paint them all now :(
Here is another sneak peak.

The feature colour I'm using is that green/teal colour of the towels. I purchased them and am happy with how they look, but boy do they give off lots of fluff. They've been washed about 6 times since I've had them and they are just starting to slow down with giving off the fluff. It was driving me crazy seeing all green bits all in the bathtub and on the floor.

I will be joining Pink Saturday today, so here is a few photos I have featured before to satisfy those who are visiting to see some 'pink'!!

Above: From my hutch
Above: A page from a booklet I put together for a client

Above: Some of my favourit things!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Summer Days

Not sure where to start seeing that I have had my longest break from blogging!! I look forward to catching up on some blog reading soon too as it's been quite a while since I called in on my blog friends.

Our Christmas this year was spread out over a week, with 3 family gatherings. We had Christmas Day with my hubby's family, a boxing day BBQ at our place with our sons, their partners and their parents and then one a few days later with all my family. It was a great time of catching up.

For my family gathering it was a scorching day of 39° so instead of having it at one of my sister's places, they hired the local civic hall, which gave us lots of space and air conditioning. The young kids loved the stage and provided fun entertainment with impromptu dance displays and skits...very funny!

This was the long lunch table at the civic hall with my family.

All my sisters on the steps of the stage at the civic hall.

We had a garden party for a friends 21st. It was a beautiful setting and very pretty!

The only picture I had of the pretty setting!

Us old gals enjoying the afternoon
This was the birthday girl who got dressed down later in the night
and enjoyed choosing a treat from the huge box of chocolates!

 I always enjoy our outdoor entertaining area at this time of the year. It's a tranquil place to sit and read, or to share meals with friends and family. 
I love relaxing with a good book and a couple that I have read over the past months and really enjoyed are these.

And yes our bathroom makeover is progressing but slowly!!  We have the new vanity in now, but still waiting on a few other things to be done before I can show the big reveal!! Here is a sneak peak of the vanity.
 I will be back soon with a new delish recipe I came across the other week...yum!

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