Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Long Weekend

I love Easter don't you? Hiding the eggs in the garden or around the house. I remember my mum hiding the eggs round our garden every year she would do it. make us wait in our bedrooms upstairs with our curtains shut (I used to peek  so I made sure I knew where the larger eggs were) LOL

She use to call us from the top of the stairs and gave us each a basket with ribben wrapped around the handles ~each basket had our names on it.

It took about 1 hour then we finished counting them all my older sisters always found the bigger ones before I even got to the place eg ~ in a hanging pot plant!

We also did the same to our own kids in the back yard every second Easter the grandparents wanted to do a huge Easter Egg hunt for all the grand kids. After that we sat down to a huge Easter lunch my mother cooked . Chicken ,Salads, Fish and so on....

Then out came all the yummy hot cross buns she made as well.


Do you make Buns your self or buy them?
Have a fabulous hot cross bun recipe you want to share then add it in the comments section or share it on my FACEBOOK PAGE

The wonderful people from Bakers Delight sent me an Easter hamper with goodies of spreads to have with my array of buns.

Bonnie Mannan Caramel Spread


              From my family to your family wishing you a very Happy Easter. Stay safe on the roads x


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easy Thai Beef Salad Recipe


Thai inspired olive oil
Steak or Lamb will do
mixed salad leaves
pack of bean sprouts
punnet cherry tomatoes
sweet chilli sauce
Greek taverna spice blend

brown meat for 7 minutes or so slice into thin strips.
add to a bowl with juices.
Add salad leaves , bean sprouts ,tomatoes and sauce.
Toss to combine.
 Drizzle with either fresh lemon or lime.

Enjoy .


Monday, April 14, 2014

Pringo ~ A Review

Oh Hai!
As you know I am a Instagram  junkie. There I confessed already. I don't think I can go with in one day of not picking up my phone checking out photo's on instagram and commenting /liking.

I'm sure I am not the only one who does this right? Nodding aren't we he he.
I also love to print out most of my picture and make a collage  out of them too.

I show so many photo's to friends on my phone that I take.
Have you heard of a new product called Pringo? I didn't until recently .  The product is called Pringo and it's the world's first portable WiFi digital printer on the go. Cool right! Just perfect for all you readers who do scrapbooking (hint)

It connects with IOS and Android devices ,smartphones and tablets too.  basically it's a tiny mobile printer that is so easy to use.  You can take it anywhere on the go and it fits in your handbag so that is just ideal.

Ideal for everyone when visiting family and friends to physically share photo's of their children.
Also perfect for teens to share selfies with there friends as well. As my teen does so many selfies more then me !

The teen and I have been having a play around and printing out pictures of everything from selfies ,our pets and more.

The pringo is valued at a very reasonable price which I love as well at $198
here are some of the fun we have had over the weekend.

Really this is so awesome you can even design your pictures to have patterns or a border , stickers. Your photo's you chose how you want them to look fancy or plain.

Did I mention the pringo app is FREE. really easy to set up just follow the instrustions and presto . If I can do it you can do it as well.

Just set your WIFI to the printer network or it wont work (yes it took me only 15 mins to realize that) *sigh*

Now for the really cool bit ~ Would you love to get your hands on one of these pringo's
Do I hear you say YES! Well The fabulous  people at Pringo are offering A Dose of Dannie readers a special 15% off yes that's correct and make sure you use the code pr11 . You have until April 30th!

This can only be claimed through their site  HERE

So what are you waiting for? Go claim your pringo today and tell me how much fun you are having.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Healthy Eggs...

Do you love eggs? Do you get enough protein? I do love my eggs mainly scrambled but not just plain I make sure I add good things to it for a healthy snack too. Morning noon or evening time

What you need:
3 /4 eggs
1 onion
1 tomato
Handful of sliced mushrooms

                                       whisk the eggs till your arms are about to drop off!

                                          cut the onion ,tomato and mushrooms up small
                                   sort the onion so it gets some colour with a dollop of butter

                                          chuck it all in and let it cook away with a stir here and there

                                       grab your bowl and TA DA you have a healthy protein meal

                                 TELL ME HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS DONE?


Monday, April 07, 2014

Places I Want To Go ....


I have many places I so want to go and see and also many I would love to see again as it has been ages. So here I have listed my top 13 of places to go and see.

 I love to travel but have not been able to due to caring for Dion. The last time I travelled over seas was 25 years ago. So we are trying to save up big time. It just may take a long while that's all.

  • Seville ,Madrid ~ Spain
  • Hungary ~Budapest
  • America ~NY ,San Fransisco
  • Queensland
  • Scotland
  • Africa
  • Ireland
  • England
  • Italy
  • Venice
  • Joffrey ballet school
  • Sydney
  • Asia ~ Buddhist Temples
There are more I may add to this at a later date but these are on the top list as of today.

                                         TELL ME THE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO?


Friday, April 04, 2014

Australian Fitness and Health Expo

 Bought to you by The Australian Fitness and Health Expo


This Weekend I am heading out to The Fitness and Health Expo  So I can learn and gain more from all the fabulous experts that shall be there.
Looking forward to meeting Michelle Bridges and OMG! Commando too 

My weight has been just stable as I am eating most of the right foods *ahem* yes there are times I sneak a little chocolate or some junk in a little but not often at all.

I am walking more not yet ready to jog but soon . I also do swimming 2 times a week yes it's a killer but my will power is strong!

I will also have the opportunity of chatting to the wonderful Teresa Cutter from The Healthy Chef


If you wanted to ask her about anything to do with health and food shoot me your questions here or ask your questions on my facebook page
Friday 4 April - Sunday 6 April 2014, 9.30am - 5.30pm
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank 

We will chat about about healthy eating and the good foods and what I should avoid. Hoping I get a recipe book as I collect them.
Here is the line up woo hoo looking forward to Sunday!




Tuesday, April 01, 2014

My Weekly Menu...

MONDAY : Spaghetti Bolognese
TUESDAY : Chicken Kiev ,mash, potatoes ,carrots
WEDNESDAY : Shepherds pie
THURSDAY : Grilled lamb chops with cous cous
FRIDAY : Fish cakes with a yogurt sauce
SATURDAY : Out for Dinner
SUNDAY : Home made Hamburgers with the lot
BAKING :Apple and walnut Cake , Tim tam balls , Almond bread  Fruit tart and Florentine Biscuits 

                              WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOU THIS WEEK TO COOK ?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weekend was Party time!

I don't go out too often . I wish I did I love to party and party hard as that's me and so over the weekend my best friend and I went to another awesome friends 40th who we have both known for years and years on end same primary school all together and now same high school all together lol.

 Love a fabulous night to let your hair down and guard down also.
We all new each other fairly well except the odd one out or two who was a little creepish following us around. But I made nice conversation and nothing .

Some people are either not there or just are born rude with the up and down look etc... Oh well we thought it was hilarious and that person walked away in the end

But all in all we loved it so far best 40th bash I have been to in a while! Here are some happy snaps of the fabulous night too Whoop! Whoop!

Cake was just Awesome! Dancing was going off! photo booth got such a work out too.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Recipe ~ Butter Scotch Rolls

  • 2 Cups of self raising flour
  • 40gms butter
  • 250mls milk
  • Extra milk for glazing

  • 60 gms soften butter
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven at 200c
  2. Sift flour into large bowl. Rub butter into the flour use your fingertips  (full hands on here)
  3. Mix into the dough add some milk.
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured pastry board and knead approx. 5/6 times.
  5. Roll out the dough into a 30 x 20cm rectangle and spread with butter Scotch filling.
  6. Roll up the dough. Cut into about 12 slices.
  7. Arrange closely lined baking tray and glaze with extra milk.
  8. Bake at 200c for 10 minutes , then at 180c for a further 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

How to Spice Up Your Backyard Party This Summer Guest Post by ~ Quinn McAdams

As brutal winter weather finally begins to break, it’s time to start thinking about this summer’s festivities. You can leave the Tiki torches and Twister in storage this season though, because these ideas offer a fresh take on the traditional summer backyard party. If you’re looking to throw a soiree that will leave your guests talking for weeks to come, use some of these tips:

Mix up your traditional cocktails

Warm summer months call for refreshing, light cocktails. Elevate your traditional vodka tonic or other cocktails by incorporating fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Use muddled berries to infuse fruit flavor into the drink, or simply add the berries as a garnish. You can also try using berry-flavored liqueur for the perfect summertime drink. We’ve used a bunch of recipes from here.

Invest in games with universal appeal

Games like Cornhole or Ladder Golf will keep guests entertained for hours. They can be purchased fairly cheaply at your local toy store or party supply store, making them the perfect addition to any party. As the sun goes down, consider investing in games that can be played around a table, like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity.

Keep food fun

The food at your summertime get-together is naturally going to be a little bit messy and more low-key than a wintertime dinner party. Embrace this fare and don’t be afraid to opt for paper plates and plastic silverware. Balance out heavier meal items like mini pulled pork sliders with sides like cucumber and tomato salad or a three-bean salad. Even though the weather is warm, I cannot resist making my meatballs in my favorite casserole dish. My husband bought it from this site & I get compliments on them every time!
When it comes to decorating for a summertime soiree, keep it simple and use what you have. Fresh flowers look great on the center of your table, or you can even use colorful stones or pieces of candy. Candles create a soft, earthy look, or try using colourful vases with white flowers for a look that’s cheerful without being overwhelming.
To keep guests comfortable throughout the party, consider keeping bottles of bug spray readily available on tables for use as the evening goes on. Make sure there’s plenty of seating for everyone in attendance, and keep both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages stocked so guests can enjoy the evening no matter what their consumption preferences might be!


 Bio ~ Quinn is a self proclaimed healthy living enthusiast . Loves all sports. Healthy eating is very important to me. I believe in "The do good feel good philosophy "


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pleiades constellation (Star Clusters)

 I was watching a few videos on You Tube. Yes I get stuck on there too.

 I look up how to do things etc...

Sometimes I watch rubbish other times I see something amazing just like this piece so memorising and hypnotic.  The Seven Sisters

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Just Brilliant!

                     DANCING WITH THE LIGHTS



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recipe ~ Spare Ribs!

South African Spare Ribs Anyone?


40 mils YIAH South African Cape Rub
2 racks pork spare ribs (about 1500 g (3 lbs) each)
190 mils apple juice
190 mils water


Rub pork ribs with all, but 20 ml (1 Tbsp) of YIAH South African Cape Rub. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or chill overnight. Whisk together remaining 20 ml (1 Tbsp) YIAH South African Cape Rub with apple juice and water in a bowl; set basting sauce aside.

Preheat grill to 107° to 140° C (225° to 275° F). On indirect heat, place ribs top side down on grate turning once and basting with sauce every 20 minutes, until the tip of a small knife slips easily in and out of the meat, 2 to 4 hours. Serves 4-6.

To make this visit my store   "Dannie's Your Inspiration At Home"


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Girls Only!

So over the weekend I headed into the city for The Go Festival ~ GO is a celebration of women and all things feminine.

They had things like :
Talks / Presentations
Cooking Demonstrations
Free Massages 
Free Fitness classes
Free Self Defense Classes

It was fantastic! I had so much fun going round and looking at everything. It was at The Melbourne Exhibition Centre. This building is huge and I was told that It was here that the 1st Parliament of Australia sat after Federation in 1901.

I just had to take some photos of the amazing building love them.

                                  Check out this car! OMG! Looks pretty awesome right well I thought so.


I decided to get a reading done as well ~ Now I am pretty sceptical and thought well I will give it a go . what do I have to lose apart from my half hour reading at $35 on the day so I did.

The lady's name is Tui Ti kiri she is a Psychic medium and spiritual healer . I sat down and she said to me (she does not know me from a bar of soap or anywhere) she started to say I am hurting and desperate for answers and that my soul partner is ill and is also in need of answers trying not to looked too shocked. She then said ~ I am full of pain and coping as best I can.

(Tui was talking and explaining to me everything about Dion) I nodded and had tears in my eyes swelling up.  She said Don't be sad Both of you will find out what you need in time you are beautiful soul mates and it's rare that people actually find theirs and love each other as much as we do.

She gave me some cards I had to split into piles and the pile I wanted to put back she read.
I won't tell you much but what she told me about Dion's medical condition that it was extremely rare and one of 10 in the world. My hardships from my past. A Little about my family and my children.

I can say now I am NOT sceptical anymore she is absolutely incredible . Her powers are just amazing .

I will be going to her Melbourne shop/ home to have another reading with Dion as I want more and I want Dion to have his own reading for himself.

She held my hands and I felt this over whelming energy lift my body tingled.

                                    DO YOU BELEIVE IN PSYCHIC /MEDIUM HEALERS?

                                           HAVE YOU EVER HAD A READING DONE? 

                                                 GOOD OR BAD  TELL ME ABOUT IT!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sometimes i dream of my family to just be normal........

Living with someone that has some form of Autism is hard I know .
 Its harder when they are a full grown adult I should know I am married to one.
 He doesn't like to socialise too much he just enjoys his own space and that's fine. We go out for lunch or Dinner sometimes. He has a few close mates that come over for a chat or take him out for a few hours etc...
he doesn't drive any more his shaking just got too bad. (I need to get mine I know) in time one day maybe.....

Every day we chat to each other sometimes about little things or we start chatting in more depth even trying to remember the past 20 years ago is hard for him.

Yesterday he said "Let me make you a cuppa" I looked and said OK if your sure.
He came back with this coffee it was clumpy

Now for a brief second I said to him (WTF) is in this shit) Oh sorry I must have mixed the sugar and the flour up. I said with out thinking again (note to self) think before I open my big trap)
Open your eyes stupid can you not see its flour not sugar idiot! Will make it myself as always

Sometimes I forget his memory is fading little by little and I also think...why me ??
One day soon he will say to me "Who are you" I am terrified of that day.

Sometimes I think why can't we be normal without everyone staring...why??

I know I feel selfish and angry. But that's our life I guess you just do the best you can right.

See even with everything he is coping with Autism ,dementia ,his MHE    day by day . I will always be there
I have times where he sits and watches the TV and says "can you make me something to eat (right before dinner) I say No wait for dinner silly. I mumble and say loud enough for him to hear "get up and fucking make your own shit you have legs". Forgetting his legs are sore and riddled with tumors all over.

Am I really that selfish to want my husband to be normal?
 Probably I don't know what normal is anymore these days..


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


                                WOW  21 TODAY WHOOP  WHOOP!!!!
I remember your labour so well. March 11th 1993 Thursday 7pm
You came into the world blinked twice and fell asleep for  hours. Have a fabulous day.