Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter renovations...

This is how we spent Easter - painting, sanding etc.
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Brianna transformed the lounge room pelmets from 'mission brown' to 'new antique off-white' with great results.
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We painted a feature wall in the lounge room - Dulux 'Spiced Nutmeg'
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This is how Angus felt after the painting was finally all finished on Monday night - absolutely knackered!
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This room will look really spiffy when the new oak flooring goes down (was supposed to go in Tuesday but the stupid contractor double booked himself! Grrr!)
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Kirby chose a decorative metal motif to set the wall off.
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Finally - the old grotty kitchen and.... (drum roll if you please.....)
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Ta Da! The finished kitchen, just waiting for the new floor boards. We are extremely happy with the way it all turned out. It was not a cheap fix but the investment will pay off when we sell the unit in years to come.
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And now, the food! Good Friday night entree - Angus made Zesty, Garlic Prawn skewers. Recipe to follow.
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Kirby made a nice big salad.
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I made potato, carrot and sweet potato oven baked chips - healthy and yummy!
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Good Friday dinner - Angus cooked King George Whiting fillets on the barbecue.
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On Saturday, Angus found an organic butcher shop nearby so we had T-bones and rump steak and a big tossed salad and baked potatoes.
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On Sunday, we treated ourselves to lunch out at Jolleys Boat House, on the River Torrens. This was my main - caramelised pork belly, watermelon, green mango and peanut salad with red chilli nam jim. Very rich and oh, so delicious!
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Desserts ... Passionfruit Pavlova for Brianna ...
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...Caramel semi-freddo, double choc icecream and butterscotch peanut brittle for Kirby...
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...and Gus and I shared the Jolly's Menage a Trois! A passionfruit creme brulee', a pineapple vanilla semi-freddo and a molten chocolate pudding with fresh cream. Heaven on a lovely long plate!
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The young 'uns
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and a couple of old crocs! Truly a great reward for the hard work we put in.
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So that was our Easter weekend, full of lots of hard work but some good times and delicious food too.
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Cheers - Joolz

17 comments:

  1. Oh, what a wonderful rebirth for your home!!! All that hard work truly paid off! Your kitchen is stunning!!! You must be so thrilled! Hurrah! Love, Janine XO

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  2. How you do fill up every minute. That kitchen of yours - I do love to see a kitchen transformation and this is one par excellence!

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  3. Love the before and afters! Those are some GREAT afters! :)

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  4. Wow, you certainly worked hard over the long weekend, it looks stunning, so does the food especially the Menage a trois and the pork belly. You need a holiday now after that.

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  5. Certainly feeling like we never had a long weekend break, that's for sure. Plus this short week has flown by too - where did the first half of April go?

    Joolz

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  6. The renos look fabulous !!! Great job by the whole family :0)
    And the well deserved meal looked SOOOOO good,lol !

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  7. this post was almost sensory overload!! With good things!!! Good for you on the house update...something I need to get to around here. And the food looked divine!!! C

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  8. Beautiful Joolz...this belongs in a magazine make over...what talent and what a rewarding look you have! Love your hubby on the floor exhauted...so perfect...should have a pic of all of you on the floor like that!

    And I also think you need to open up a restaurant for the delicious and beautiful food you always prepare!

    Hope you'll show off the new floor when it's in!

    blessings and hugs,

    marcy

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  9. What a hardworking family! YOu all look like you're having a greaat time :)

    And a well deserved reward, what a scrumptious meal.

    I do want the shrimp recipe...they look delicious

    Did my squeaky voice make you laugh? I can't stand my own voice, too high pitched and funny sounding LOL

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Niki

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  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter holiday! I love the antique white--your kitchen looks amazing. I'm going to paint mine this summer - hope it looks as good! Wish someone would fix me a dinner like that! Yum!!!
    V.

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  11. What a wonderful effort, loved seeing the photos, including the lovely food at the restaurant.
    Blessings - Jan

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  12. Joolz!!! WOWEE!! Everything looks amazing but that kitchen is jaw-dropping!!!!! I even got Grizzly to get out of the chair and come over to look. :)

    And how fun to get to see YOU and Angus. Just a DARLING picture. You're so pretty!

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  13. What a lovely Easter weekend. I just love the pictures of the food. HA! I probably gained weight just looking at them. Thanks for becoming a regular on my blog, too. :)

    Very best,
    Lois in Cincinnati

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  14. Man, you were keeping busy!!!!! The rooms look great. You guys wanna come and do some painting for me? By the way, all that food you wrote about on my blog sounds great!! :) I am doing much better. Thanks!!

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  15. Great kitchen re-do. Would love an oven like that.

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  16. Joolz, the kitchen make over is stunning, how hard you all worked over the week end, and even found time to cook as well. You are so inspiring in all you do..

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  17. Joolz! Your home is looking marvelous! No wonder you come up with such delicious treats and you needed a NEW KITCHEN! I had no idea! Wow now your family will NEVER get you out of the kitchen, not that you will mind! lol. It is looking wonderful, I can't wait to see the finished project and the new flooring! You go girl!

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