Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm baaaaack...

Well, I'd love to say that this is my garden at sunset today but.... I'd be lying! It is my garden but just not today...
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This is my garden... bare from winter and newly weeded...
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Before I started weeding, you couldn't see any dirt! It is a work in progress...
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On the food front - Annette's Olive & Tomato Scone Loaf - as very good as it looks!
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With all this cold weather we have been enduring, I had a hankering for crumbed chops so I looked up Annette's book and found her recipe. Dip in egg white and milk then crumb with fine crumbs and oven bake. Very satisfying...
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Another of Annette's recipes - Rippa Rissoles - these have beef mince (I have used chicken mince also), brown rice, zucchini and carrot in them. Great for hiding veggies from kids! We had them with oven baked potato wedges and delicious sweet corn.
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Friday night it was chicken & bean tacos - so easy and much nicer than fatty take-away!
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And a very naughty dessert - Brianna made mini pavlovas for Father's Day last Sunday - served with whipped cream (um, not low fat) and berries. She knows how to get them so they are real crispy on the outside with a chewy marshmallow centre. Bliss!
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And finally, our family portrait from Brianna's Debutante Ball. We scrub up alright, don't we?
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Been in a bit of a blogging funk of late. Life has revolved around work, drying laundry in this crap weather we have been having, cooking dinner then falling into bed. Not much else to report at this stage. Oh, hang on - did I mention we are going to London, Paris & Rome soon??
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Cheers - Joolz

10 comments:

  1. Ooh I'm jealous, but you will have to remember to take some cold weather clothes as it is coming up to autumn over there. I think your garden is a bit further on it the work in progress part than mine is, still we are having good weather tomorrow so a chance to get out into it.

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  2. Hi Joolz, it won't be long and those roses will be flowering again. I've been out in the garden too today and enjoyed seeing everything starting to shoot. That's a lovely family portrait.

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  3. I make those rippa rissoles all of the time, the kids love them.

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  4. Your garden will be in full spring growth very soon and seing it weeded makes you feel so good or it does me. I still haven't made the scone loaf yet but have still been going great. Is the weather getting better down your way yet?

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  5. Did I mention? Oh my goodness! London, Paris, Rome? So jealous!

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  6. The trip sounds like fun. I know what you mean about being in a funk lately:)

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  7. Life looks good! Beautiful family--all of you!!! Looking forward to the Europe report! C

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  8. Hi Joolz,my garden is looking the same as yours at the moment. Hubby and I weeded in the rain last weekend just to get it done as we were sick of waiting for a nice day to do it. Yummy food and lucky you, sounds like your in for a great holiday.
    Lovely family portrait too,looks like we have daughters that are similar ages.

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  9. Your life sounds like mine....Oh Minus the paris rome bit....What the???? When? where? how long???

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  10. having opposite seasons is so strange isn't it! Yes you clean up beautifully. Your family is so beautiful! It almost looks like a wedding photo...ohhh too scary! I hope you are still blogging when that special does arrive, I just don't know how you can out-do the gorgeous dress she is wearing! WOW your upcoming holiday sounds wonderful! and the foods you will be able to feast on...umm probably won't be a good as your home cooked meals...can't wait to hear all about it! hugs and smiles across the many miles...linda

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