Sunday, December 21, 2014

Off on a adventure...

So bags where packed last minute of course and selfies taken ha ha. My little girl has now gone on her holiday. She left early to check in as you do.Her plane left at 11.35 on time.

 She will call or text me as soon as she arrives in Singapore! She has gone with her best friend and their family (the same people she goes snowboarding with in August)

So 4 days in Singapore then off to Malaysia for 2 weeks and 5 days .

Yes she will experience Christmas and new years overseas lucky girl. Already miss her and her chatter box non stop  *sigh* But i know it will go so quick and then she returns home January 8th

I did the letters a day thing sort of. Wrote Day 1,2,and 3 then cheated and wrote days 4 and 5 and the rest .

Letter Day 1.

Dear Chloe
By now you are on the plane about to embark on a fabulous adventure of different culture and more.
Please be polite etc...

 Call us as soon as you are out of Singapore airport please.
Enjoy the letters i wrote and watch the movie on board the flight. it just may be awesome!
take lots of pictures. 

Hope you enjoyed looking around the Melbourne duty free ;-)
It's pretty hot over there i checked and wet oh well. But here today its going to be 32 Deg yay!

It's harder to write on paper then i first thought really. 
Love and miss you
Mum and Dad


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Food Glorious Food ....

You all know i love to cook right? Well just on some days i don't and it really annoys me to slave away day in and day out over a hot stove now and then. So right now i am not cooking only some day for a bit as I'm getting ready to pack the teens bag as she is leaving for overseas this Saturday!

I have so much to still do and organize as well. So little time. I always seem to leave things till last minute. Yes Dannie is not an organized lady at the best of times.  *sigh*

So anyway i received a voucher to try some gourmet frozen meals . I first said well it better not taste like crappy cardboard like most frozen box meals . Let me tell you now i was surprised and rather impressed with this company dish'd  It really is five star gourmet food too!

I placed my order some days ago and dish'd was delivered the nest day in a cool polystyrene box with dry ice pellets so the food is fresh until 10pm that same night (in case your out)

dish'd is a new & exciting way to experience delicious food from around the world in the comfort of your own home

So far we have tried these:

This is no ordinary Pizza it;s Mozzarella and Pesto Pizza that just melts in your mouth . The flavours are just awesome. You would never know it was a frozen meal either! I gave this a 10 / 10

This one was Tomato and Goats cheese puff pastry. It was pretty good i love goats cheese. A tad too much of puff pastry for me i think so my score on this is : 9 / 10

Mexican rice bags wow! Love the beans in this one i think they where kidney beans not sure but it did have a little hot kick to it too. Love hot spicy food too.

                                                         Here it is with a meat dish i made .

Then came some Deserts all i can say is time for drooling.... ready....

Bacio Gelato with  Chocolate hazelnut swirl!!! with real hazel nuts on top!
This is just to die for drool away .......

OK back to me now  *ahem*

This one was for Dion as he loves lemon tarts me not so much . He said the texture was just wonderful and wanted more. He scored this 10 /10

Apple Tart was nice and fresh not too tarty if that makes any sense lol Goes well with a cuppa ;-)oh put some cream over it or next to it as well YUMMY!!!!

We still have a few more to try so will save the Chocolate ganache and salted caramel tart , 2 love Apples ,2 Gianuja shortbread and the Tartufo Bianco for another day .... Can not wait!

So now comes the cool part are you ready... i am offering you the chance to win a $50 voucher
(only for people in the metro Victoria area and New South Wales area) Just answer this simple question ready..?

What dishes would you order for your family over the holiday season?
See it's that easy right.

Comment below with your answer before December 27th to get your voucher code and food at your door for New Years.. Good Luck

Yes i am putting another order in over the weekend too


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Funny Song Lyrics

Ok. Now tell me Do you listen to song lyrics often? I do now .

How many of these did you sing too and thought wow was that what it was..

Here are some funny versions of songs i at times got very wrong.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gifts Galore ~ Ozsale

                                                                  Bought to you by Ozsale

I love shopping but don't always like to wait in a que for sometimes hours to get served. I love to search for items on line and take my time. This site has absolutely everything for Women, men ,kids,shoes ,home living and even a clearance bin sale too!

Ozsale provides a convenient way to access sales all year round from the comfort of your own home. 

With Ozsale, you no longer need to wait for the sales because the best brands are always on sale!

If you never want to pay full price again for designer fashion, join Ozsale today and open your doorway to affordable designer fashion.

Since launching in 2007, over 1,000 high profile local and international brands have chosen OZSALE to host more than 11,000 sale events.

Here is rather a few things i loved. You can sit and look for hours . They have so much it's like you won the lottery every day!

So in the end i got some new bedding for Dion and myself and shoes some kitchen items and a few other things as well. As i always seem to get pressies for every one else i wanted some things for me and Dion.

Go take a look i promise you ,you will find something and also for the family. I even purchased some new plates set as my other set

I was very impressed to see the range of items they had. 

So if you are not sure wait a bit they have sales starting every few hours.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas food to make...

                             Tell me what you enjoy making at this time for Christmas?


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pet Portraits.

When was the last time you had a portrait done? Either with family or even your pet?
It's been a few years since we had one done . But i have never had one done of my beloved dog . So a few weeks ago i sent a photo or three to a lovely lady who i was chatting to on face book .

She does the most amazing drawings and portraits of animals people and loads more....
Her name is Lisa and she is a Spirit animal and portrait artist.

Lisa loves animals and nature. She has always loved to draw. Drawing gets her in her “special zone” where nothing else matters. She loves using pencil, graphite, charcoal and pastel but she mainly draws with graphite. Lisa especially love drawing animals. She love to create!!

I asked her to draw a picture of Tammy. So i can treasure her memory i already treasure her in my heart but i wanted a picture of her in a drawing.

Here is the finished picture and i love it! Such detail and its just perfect in every way possible.


*can't wait to get this in the mail shortly just need to find a lovely frame then to hang on my wall.

Go check out Lisa's page on Face book 

Bio : I am Lisa Cherie and I am a portrait and animal artist. I can draw your loved ones. What an awesome way to capture a moment in time ♥ I especially love to draw animals, people, celebrity portraits and characters. I enjoy yoga and love crystals. Health interests me and I am a vegetarian (I eat a Vegan diet and live a compassionate lifestyle). I am very passionate about living a compassionate lifestyle, knowing when I go to bed every night I have not knowingly contributed to any harm to any being. I am always off on a new path or thought. Sitting still with ideas isn't my thing. Things are always changing and moving. There's so much to discover!! ♥ Please message me for animal drawings and cards, portraits, tattoo designs or just to say hi.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday Menu Dishes for the Week

Yes we are in Summer but we have had so many cold days so this week is all warm comfy food.

What's on your family menu for this week?


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Dreams Goals and Beyond.......

I ask this question every year so now we need to reflect as its so close to Christmas ! *ahem*
So have a think what you have done this year and what needs to improve. Have you achieved what you wanted or still in the stages to improve.
You still have a week or so to get all the things done that are needed to make your goals come true!

I always think its important to look at what I have achieved 
and where maybe I could have done better before starting to look forward. 

So let me know:

1. What are you most proud of in 2014?

2. Where did things go not so well?

3. What's your big plan for 2015?

                               Welcome to leave a comment here or on my Facebook Page


Monday, December 01, 2014

December Christmas Specials with YIAH...

Well you all know i love to cook and make fabulous food.You love food too right! 
You like to try new things and experience different cultures. Now, with Your Inspiration at Home (YIAH), you can experience unique international flavours without leaving your kitchen.

Enjoy the exact same meals as other families throughout the world, quickly and easily. We gather the globe around the same table with products you simply can’t find in a store or anywhere else.

Our all-natural seasonings, spices, salts and other items are inspired by ethnic regions and custom blended to make cooking fast, simple and healthy (with no added gluten, MSG or preservatives). 

  So today i thought i will show you our specials for this month . We have fantastic deals on for the Christmas month

We start of with the first 12 days of Christmas and you can check every day what is on special for that day all until midnight.

Each day their will be a new product with all the information for you to have a look.

Dannie @ YIAH

 You also can order at anytime through my online store as well day and night i never close 0_0
Always here to help with questions you may have. click to for my online store.

  Dannie's Christmas with YIAH

we also have some other specials going on for the Christmas month. Travel Packs and a special Ambassador pack as well.

                                           Know someone who is impossible to buy for?

                                                             Or a foodie that's 'tried it all'?

                                                                        We offer Gift Cards!! 

     These can be purchased online and emailed direct to the recipient, or to yourself to be   printed.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weekend Time - What's Happening?

Just got back home from watching Chloe play in her Grand Final of netball . Our team lost just by only 4 points only 4 damn it! But next year we will come back stronger then ever and win the finals. Was such a great game too.

                      Trophy one is playing Netball for 5 years. 2nd one is the runner up prize

So i am getting fit now and into shape. Yes before ,during and after Christmas. Why?
 Because i have had enough of carrying extra baggage on me all the time i huff and puff.. Also i am getting on a bit sweet little me at the age of 43 wants to look good and feel awesome!

So every day in the morning i do a power walk and also in the evening each for 1 hour! 
Love taking selfies before or after this time with the teen . Do you think i can get a nice one um nope always pulling a face or something oh well.

                                                        Chloe and myself before our power walk!

                                                        *****PASTA SUMMER SALAD ****

How does this look? Bloody fabulous i say it's alright to have this every now and then not daily as it's a load of carbs LOL
spring onions
mayo 1/2 cup
whole grain mustered 
Just boil the pasta as per pack instructions . Drain set aside put the other ingredients in a huge bowl mix all together and you have a lovely summer salad for the family table. Lunch or Dinner even a snack too.

Yes! In twenty days or so my teen is off to Singapore and Malaysia for 2 weeks and 5 days. She is going with her best friends family (yes the same family that goes to the snow each year)
wow! What an adventure she will have to celebrate their culture and have Christmas and New year over there too.

So this year we are doing Christmas early tree will go up tomorrow sometime and also we are having a lunch / bon voyage Christmas in 2 weeks for her with the whole family yes i actually got the adult kids to get there shit together and they are coming!

Then on Christmas day it will be just Hubby and me for a lovely romantic Christmas day :-)

                            HAVEY YOU BEEN TO SINGAPORE  /  MALAYSIA 

                                         Tell me the things that she needs to go see and do please


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Getting organised for Christmas!

Oh dear i am so not ready ... BUT i must be so many things to do and get done. This year for Christmas we are having it early...  WHY? Because in about 3 weeks and say 4 days the teen is off to her overseas trip.

Yes She is going to Singapore and Malaysia with our friends family for about 2 weeks and 3 days.
So yes she Will experience what Christmas and New year is like over there too.

So that means we need to do this all before she leaves so trying to organize  the adult kids to come over for lunch was not as hard as i first thought!  phew .

So Next week tree goes up then on the 13th December we have a huge Christmas lunch fit for a king or more....

So i made this wonderful Chrissy cake last year and it was a hit so doing it again.
Here is the recipe in case you want to make it as well.

  • 510g (3 cups) sultanas
  • 265g (1 1/2 cups) Sunbeam flame raisins
  • 155g (1 cup) currants
  • 150g (1 cup) pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1 x 100g pkt red glace cherries, quartered
  • 75g (1/2 cup) Ocean Spray craisins
  • 75g (1/2 cup) dried pineapple, finely chopped
  • 50g (1/4 cup) mixed peel
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) brandy
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 250g butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • Blanched almonds, to decorate
  • Red glace cherries, extra, halved, to decorate
  • 2 tbs brandy, extra


Combine sultanas, raisins, currants, dates, cherries, craisins, pineapple, mixed peel, brandy and orange rind in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside, stirring occasionally, for 2 days to macerate. 

Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and side with 3 layers of non-stick baking paper. 

Use an electric beater to beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between each addition until just combined. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and mixed spice and stir until well combined.

 Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Lightly tap pan on benchtop to release any air bubbles. Arrange almonds and cherries on top of the cake. 

Bake in oven, covered with foil, for 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Drizzle hot Christmas Fruit cake with extra brandy. ~ {take a few extra swigs for yourself as well} Set aside to cool before turning out. 

No Washing to be done just lick all the beaters and bowl read a magazine with some coffee while licking that bowl clean.

Keep it wrapped up in a cloth after cool in a spare room. After a few hours or days even pop into an air tight container until ready to eat... Nom Nom.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Getting out of a slump.........

Getting out of a slump is hard. But alas i shall conquer it and today! You see i have not been totally with it since my beloved dog passed away a month ago. I sit here and just cry over her and anything.
The house is a slump .  I have not eaten properly since. Snacks here and there not propper meals or healthy ones.

But that's all changing before i sink any lower i needed to conquer this my self only i can do this and get my self better and not fall any deeper into a hole and stay put.

So last night i made a lovely meal for the family chops with gravy and veggies. Went for a 20 min walk with the teen to just clear my head . We chatted about this and that. Gee it felt good to just walk no phone just us. We now will do it most evenings as the weather is getting warmer.

Today i went to gym early did a work out . Came home did a few loads of washing. Checked my email that has not been checked in a few days and wow!!  I re did all folders for myself. Junk Important task crap for later etc...

It feels good really good to finally get on top of things and take small steps to achieve a good outcome and just get on with life . Bringing back the happier me .


Friday, November 14, 2014

Just your normal typical day yet again..........

Every morning when i get up before i make my coffee and check my inbox full of mail.
 I open the blinds to see what the day will bring. 

Yes my short ass cant reach the cord so i step onto the couch to reach the bloody dam cord. Well being only five foot nothing can be a real pain in the but right.

Then i see the teen off to school reminding her to take her lunch out of the fridge. I say good luck for your exam today (today is the year 9 English exam) Did we study ....!!?? Well sort of if you want to say we crammed in 3 hours the other night.

  Sheesh i don't think i could cope going back to school.
So i always double check after the door shuts and low and behold her lunch is still in the fridge.
I run out yelling down the drive like a banchy gone completely mad...

 "Chloe your lunch" 

Make her walk back half way up the street i get thanks mum quick smile and off she walks in a fast pass not to be late.

back inside i have my coffee do a quick check of inbox messages,shower etc... all in a space of one hour!

Then my phone goes "PING" and i get this message.........

I run into the room trip over the shit that's all over the floor . Look at the hair straightener that is left on the bed! Thank goodness it's off.

Last week it was left on for who knows how long i was doing some sorting out in the spare room and i could smell an burning smell. That time she left her straightener on her fold up chair...   *sigh*

So anyway after all that hung out the washing i actually got over 4 loads done as it was a glorious day top of 33 deg here in Melbourne! 

I had a little friend coming over to say Hello to me. I stood still and he was rather cute we chatted for about 5 Min's and he kept nodding. 

You see he was looking for my dog. This magpie always would come down from the tree and go pretty close to Tammy for about 2 minutes while Tammy looked at him as she was out lying in the sun.

After that i collected my delivery from the front door. Fresh fruit and veggie box. I get this on a fortnightly basis. 

                               Thinking of the wonderful dishes i can create on the weekend.

                       What's your typical day like where ever you are?