Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fabric Christmas decorations...

Last Saturday, I set about making some Christmas decorations...



You can view the clip to make the 
Christmas Tree Ornament here...

You can view the clip to make the
Cathedral Window Ornament here...if I can make this, anyone can!  This one’s a prototype and a bit rough - I’ll be making more to perfect them!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Where did that week go?...

I found this little dude in Target... $10 ... I couldn't just leave him there, could I?

I've promised Brianna I'll cook her a big cookie at Christmas time...

Now, Thursday was something else!  Tuesday it was warm, Wednesday it was 35C and muggy and Thursday it was ... 12C!!! It blew a gale and rained all day and it was freezing!  I do not know what is going on with our spring weather!

Chow mien to warm the cockles....

Santa admiring my blue jug and Bonica roses...

Waiting, waiting...I had to get a car wheel aligned in MtG so to kill time I visited Spotlight -yay! 50% off all Christmas fabric and notions.  I had lunch at a new to me place - Little Saigon.  Lots of lovely food in the cabinets so I'll be going back there.  It's hard to get a park in the main street when you want to get lunch so this place will be great.  Very good coffee and the ham and cheese sambo was delish too!

Friday morning, we had this mist...

I spied this saucer for sale on the Blue & White Obsession Australia Buy Sell Drool site.  I have a matching mug so it became mine!
Trialing sourdough again...

I bought this very nice loaf pan - it will be handy for break baking, potato bakes, pasta dishes...


These succulents are a bit of an obsession of mine...the display keep growing!  I buy one succulent and plant out the free babies...

I couldn't pass up this lovely bowl...

We're heading overseas next year and I am thinking something like these boots will be good for walking (not hiking)...

My Soul Sister rose...
Standard Bonica

Garden at our local Bowling Club...

Walking through our parklands this morning.  Green grass everywhere!
Cutting through the skate park.  We walked 3.33kms today and 3.28kms yesterday...The mornings are warm and I am a ball of sweat when I get home!

I made a batch of natural yoghurt this morning...

It'll be ready tonight...
What have you been up to?

Cheers - Joolz xx

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Christmas care package for our soldiers...

(Pic from Facebook)
So, this popped up on Facebook the other day and I thought it would be great to send a couple of care packages to our troops in the Middle East for Christmas.  I know it’s been going on for years but this is the first time I’ve seen the address pop up in front of me. 

If you keep the parcel under 2 kg, Australia post send it free.

I bought two postage boxes (for a male and female) and then went shopping, having to fill each box but keep it just under 2 kg.  I chose food stuffs over toiletries as they are heavy and you wouldn’t get much in for 2 kg.

This is the tip of the iceberg as far as what you can put in there.  I just thought they’d like things that they haven’t tasted in a while.  A bit of fun!  I also added a pack of Twinings Australian Afternoon tea, a good pair of socks and an Aussie Christmas card, thanking the soldier for their service and a wish that they stay safe.  

It all packed up well and I was just under the 2 kg mark.  Each box cost about $40 to put together

If you’d like to send a box of cheer, the cut off point is December 8th.

Cheers - Joolz xx

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This week...


I’m trying to grow a new sourdough starter, with little success it would seem.  Patience, is what it takes, I am told.   Today is day 6 (this pic is day 3)...still waiting for good bubbles...

I had a great walk on Monday 13/11 but was so tires Monday night, I think I’ll peel it back a bit.

Tuesday, with Gus...

I’ll talk more about these goodies a bit later...


Oh, yum!  My moozli, grated apple, my yoghurt and a drzzle of honey...

It was 34C and muggy here yesterday.  Steak and salads hit the spot!

I’m being kind to my liver.  A morning cleanse - 30 mls cranberry juice... 60 mls fresh orange juice...

...and 90 mls of water.  Drink first thing in the morning.

I love where I live! A hot 34C yesterday, this morning it’s pouring rain and 20C!  Very refreshing!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Monday, November 13, 2017

Easy pie crust...

 The pie crust that I made turned out really well and the pastry was easy to handle - it didn’t break apart when I rolled it out.  I used my food processor to cut in the butter but you can do it by hand too.

Pie crust

2.5 cups plain flour
225 gms cold butter (cut into cubes)
1/2 tspn salt
1 tspn sugar
Iced water

Add 1.5 cups of the flour, the salt and sugar and all of the butter to the processor. 
Blitz in short bursts to chop the butter and blend it with the flour.  It should be clumpy with no dry flour showing.

Add in the remaining flour and blitz again, it should look crumbly.

Tip out the mix into a large bowl.  Add in 4 tblspns of the iced water and gently mix, pushing the dough to the side of the bowl, gradually and gently forming a dough.  The secret is not to mix it with your hands which will melt the butter.  

You might need more water - I did.  Just add 1 tblspn at a time...

Once it has come together, squeeze it into a firm ball and place on a floured surface. Cut the ball in half and form two balls then flatten out to discs for easy rolling out later.  

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

I use baking paper to roll my dough on.  Select your pie dish then roll out the first round a little larger than your dish.  Flip the dough over onto the pie dish and remove paper.   Trim the pastry edge then roll it under to make a neat edge.

Fill your pie with your favourite filling.  I chose canned cherry pie filling.  Roll out second round and flip it onto the filled pie.  Trim and make the edge crimped - see the video for this.  I mastered it after a few goes.  I have long finger nails which were a bit of a problem!  Cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape.  I brushed with milk (you could use egg) then sprinkled with caster sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes at 200C then back to 180C for another 20-30 minutes.

View the clip here ...

Enjoy your pie!

Cheers - Joolz xx

On the go all weekend...

Saturday - I was down to one jar of home pickled beetroot in my pantry so I bought some fresh beets from my local Foodland.

I got them boiling in a big pot of water...

I used apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, a bit of salt, pepper, mustard and celery seeds for the pickling liquid.  I just keep tasting until I like the flavour, adjusting the sugar..  Beware, tasting hot vinegar can take your breath away!  Ten lovely jars to pop away in the dark to cure for a few weeks. Yum!

Next up - I decided to make some toasted muesli - you can check out the last time I made 
Homemade Muesli here...

Again, yum!



Sunday - up early to get my dried apricot jam on.  I halve this recipe.

I soaked 500gms of (South Australian) dried apricots in 2.25 litres water, overnight.

Simmer for about 1 hour...then add in 1.5 kg sugar and juice of a lemon...boil rapidly until the jam has thickened and passes the cold saucer test.

I sterilized my jars and lids with boiling water then bottled up the jam. It’s a messy business!

I ended up with these 6 big jars plus 2 smaller ones that have a bit less fruit in them. 

We invited Gus’s mum out for dinner.  He marinated a butterflied lamb leg with herbs and garlic...did a chilli chickpea salad, a garlic yoghurt sauce and a tossed salad!

It turned out a treat!  Plus those parmesan potatoes!

I made some french bread...

...and a naughty Cherry Pie!

I was really happy with the crust! It was delicious! I’ll share the recipe a bit later.

By the end of the day, I was knackered but very pleased with what I’d achieved over the weekend.   Did you have a busy weekend or did you take it easy?

I was back out walking this morning and clocked up 4.34kms so was very pleased with that.   It was hot once I got going and it’s expected to be 34C here today, so I was swearing when I got back.  Now, it’s off to work for me!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...