11 January 2011


"We have discovered another purpose for the icecream machine!!" she shouts from the rooftops.  Another kitchen toy that I have amongst my cooking appliance repertoire.

Take some left over lemonade or other various softdrinks left to flatten in the refrigerator, add some cordial and water, put into the machine and voila - in 35 minutes you have your very own slushie.  Great for those unbearably hot afternoons we get in late summer here.  We even added some tropical juice to the brew in the photo you see above for extra tang.

Great for getting rid of those soft drinks that no one wants anymore.

Do you have a pile of leftovers that you won't immediately throw away?

05 January 2011

Harvest Time

What you may very well ask is that sad little collection of, what is it? berries?

Blueberries from my very own garden.
Yes, and I might add, with chest pushed out very proudly, from my very own plant that I have been coaxing along in the warmish climate that is Melbourne.  I have been willing the bush to produce its bounty this year and with great results.  Each morning for the past 10 days, I have wandered outside and collected a small handful of FRESH blueberries to enjoy with my breakfast.  Just mine, no one elses, because just like the Little Red Hen in this household, very little interest is taken in my pursuits until the time of food reckoning. 

So am I sharing my beautiful bounty of blueberries you ask?  "No, not I!!"

Do you have any favourites that you keep in the cupboard away from the kids?

Goodbye to Another Christmas

Even though we didn't host a large Christmas lunch or dinner affair this year, we still prepared our dining table in a festive style for the month of December.  I'm a little late with my postings at the moment and am using the holidays to try and catch up with all my posts that have been residing in the cyber-wings.

Each guest received a 'chinese take away container" with treats inside.
Whilst we did not host any large occasions, we did however have one very special event.  This is the table prepared in readiness for an annual luncheon we hosted for our very dear friend Karlene.  She always manages to make time for us in her busy schedule and we look forward to her fun and hilarity each year.

Wherever you spent your time this Christmas, I do hope that it was with the people dearest to your heart and that you had a wonderful time that built on the many happy memories of Christmas you already have.

Thank you for visitng my blog during 2010 and posting your comments - I appreciate each and everyone of them.

Papier and Cakes

Rubbed with Spice

Back on track with the Life in a Jar theme.

Sorry about the blur - we've lost the recharger for the camera!!

This jar is full of a Spice Rub mix that I got from the Martha Stewart web site.  When I prepared this mixture I kept aside a small amount to try out at home.  It tastes delicious.  We added it to some chicken drumsticks and also potato wedges which we roasted in the oven along with some pineapple and apple chunks.

Yummy and easy to prepare.  Just add oil and mix!!  This is definitely being added to the family cookbook.

Do you have a family favourite meal that you can all enjoy?