Friday, December 23, 2016

Countdown...

... to Christmas 2016.  I've been baking biscuits...

Taking silly selfies ...







Baking more cookies.  These are Pioneer Woman's Choc Candy Cane Cookies
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I made Cranberry Almond chocolate bark...
and cherry and hazelnut dark chocolate bark...
I've eaten my whole body weight in cherries!
I've been trying to keep the house tidy but its hard when you have things on the go...
Dark chocolate cherry truffles...
Cherry shortbreads...

 
This looks like fun!

Christmas Day is meant to be a scorcher here with 37C forecast.  We had planned with my family to have a hot lunch of turkey, baked ham and lots of poultry and pork, roast veggies and all the trimmings.  Yesterday, I canned that idea and we will be having cold meats and salads.  I just cannot deal with hot food for 28 people in that kind of heat - at least we have air conditioning!

I hope it cools off for dinner as we have 12 for dinner also.  That will be a mish mash of meats, veggies and salads.  We are planning lovely prawn cocktails for entree so that should kick it off nicely.

I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and safe, healthful and happy New Year.

Love - Joolz xx













Friday, December 9, 2016

Tree is up!

I assembled the tree yesterday lunch time - took me 3/4 of an hour!
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Then I spent the best part of 3 hours decorating it last night.  I am pleased with it - it's nearly all baubles and not many other decorations (I have many!).  Another thing ticked off the list.  Next is baking all my goodies but that has to wait until next weekend!

Cheers - Joolz xx




Happenings around here...

Oh man, I'm having trouble blogging still!  Everytime I get my pictures uploaded, I've used the wrong blog and they end up on the Camping Adventures blog!  Grrr!! 
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Anyhow, here are a few pics of my garden from a week or so back.  Things were looking lovely...
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Then we've had a bout of stormy weather with strong winds and rain and...nearly every rose has been blown off its bush!
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What do you put in your salads?  I get sick of the same old salad veg so have been putting
a bit of fruit in.  This one has mango and watermelon added to it.  Sometimes I've put strawberries in and its lovely!
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Beautiful Atlantic salmon...
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I found a treasure in the back of my pantry!  Half of last years Christmas cake - it has matured beautifully and is delicious...
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I had a bit of a flop with my EasiYo - I tried only using half a packet of mix and halving the water to 500 mls but it came out very runny.  Will try again soon with a full packet and a little less water.
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My standard roses are in full bloom and nearly keeling over...
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I have made another Christmas cake - I might put half away to find in the back of the pantry next year!
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I headed to Adelaide on Monday to see the girls...such a beautiful sunset that night!
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The Jacarandas are in full bloom and everywhere there are purply-mauve carpets...
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Bri and I went to see the movie Trolls in the morning...
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Then Tuesday night we went to see Keith Urban...
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Carrie Underwood was his support act - she was fantastic!
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Keith was very good too but a lot more 'rocky' than country I thought...
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Selfie with my girly...that's a shadow in my face, weird!
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I got some Christmas shopping done before I came home on Wednesday...

Cheers - Joolz xx






















Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's In The Bag!

Today was the last day to get gifts of handbags stuffed with goodies to collection points. These bags will be collected, sorted through then distributed to women and teens who are homeless on the streets or living in shelters, most due to domestic violence...
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I made up two bags this year and stuffed them full of necessities and a few other goodies.  I included a handmade Christmas ornament and a hand written card wishing the recipient a bright, happy Christmas. 


Cheers - Joolz xx
 
 
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