Thursday, June 21, 2018

A bit of spring cleaning in winter...


I had the spring cleaning bug this morning so I decided to tackle my 'second drawer down' or utensil drawer...everyone has one and most people loathe it!
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Some things got tossed, some others put away in another drawer then it all got put back in.  I can at least see where everything is now.
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This is my 'bottom drawer'...which is worst than the other one!  This is the junk drawer or where handy items that are rarely used are put...
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Again, lots of stuff got tossed then it all went back in again...oh, well, I can say it's been done!
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I gave my glass splash back (or is it a back splash? ... I'm open to debate!) a going over with Windex which really got rid of a lot of greasy marks and I took down that rack (which is for holding recipe books) and gave that a good soapy wash.  It was very greasy too!  All sparkly again now!
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I shopped Woolworths yesterday for non perishables to add to my stockpile...this lot cost $90.30 but I saved $45.00.  The OMO is $20 for 4 litres ($5/litre), the Finish dishtabs were $10 for 40 tabs so .25c each. Pears liquid hand wash $1.75 each, Palmolive foaming hand wash $2.45 ea, the toothbrushes were $4 for a twin pack.  Sometimes those brushes in a single pack are over $7 each!  I think I have about 10 bottles of the EcoStore dish detergent - it's my favourite and I only buy it when it's $3 a bottle. Gus eats the peaches which were $6.50 a box of 8 x 120gms so .81c each compared to a 4 pack x 120gm which was $4.00 or $1 each.
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My points are nearly at 2000 so I'll get $10 a future shop soon...
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Do you wash your spinach and salad leaves?  This was loose spinach that I bought.  I always give it a whiz in my salad spinner...
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...then I pick all the long stems off and discard any limp leaves...
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I'm glad I did, look at this slimy leaf! Yuck!
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I made a delicious WW Crustless sweet corn, spinach and bacon quiche for dinner last night.  I added a bit of broccolini and some mushrooms I had in the fridge, to the other ingredients.
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I baked for around 30 minutes then it was done...
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We had it with lamb cutlets (feed the man meat!) and a quick salad of lettuce, tomato and cranberries.
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Delish!
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My naughty sister made apple turnovers and gave me two.  I think she's trying to sabotage my diet!  Gus and I shared one last night and will have the other one tonight!
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Cheers - Joolz xx

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A beautiful sunrise...


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8.11am today - no pretty sunrise this morning!  It’s just after 9am now and it’s only 6C out there! Brrrr!
Stay warm,
Cheers - Joolz xx

Photo dump catch up...


My Vegepod is on it’s last legs.  The strawberry plants in the front have failed to produce anything and that one tomato plant is hanging on, it still has green cherry toms on the vine but our temps are just too cold to ripen them now...
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Time to rip it all out and maybe plant some broccoli ....
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Winter has come to us with a vengeance - lots of rain last week and this week, just plain cold, still days.  Porridge is keeping me warm...
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I’ve been making biscuits to sell at our community Hub, but I find it very time consuming for the return...
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Last Friday night’s dinner - simple bolognese...
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More baking on Saturday morning for the Hub...
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All packed up ready to deliver!
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I was given some apples and rhubarb so I stewed them up to pop into the freezer for a cheeky crumble or two!
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Good grief!  I took this pic on Saturday at 2pm! Only 7C!
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I thought a Mulberry gin and ginger beer might warm the cockles...and it did! 
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I made spelt bread rolls to pop into the freezer...
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Gus made this WW meal which turned out lovely.
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Sunday morning I made those 2-ingredient bagels, doubling the recipe to make 4.
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Very nice with scrambled eggs!
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Mmmm, apple and mulberry crumble! 
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Made even better with a scoop of vanilla icecream!
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My Monday weigh in this week 18/06/18 - 77.8kg (which is the same as Tuesday last week.  No loss or gain but I’m okay with that (8.2 kg lost so far).  Winter is a time for eating foods to sustain you and I must admit, eating a nice salad plate when it’s 7C outside, really isn’t that appealing! I’ll keep plugging away, being mindful of what goes in my mouth.
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Cheers - Joolz xx

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A rainy day job done...


I have been cursing my pantry for months now...i can never find things and when I pick up an open packet, something spills! 
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I tossed out lots of out of date products and half used things.  It’s not perfect but it is better.  I will try to be more mindful of what I have and to use things up - now I can see what’s in there! 
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Cheers - Joolz xx

Family reunion in Daylesford...


On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, we set off on the Saturday to head to Daylesford for a McDonald family reunion...
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It was a very foggy morning with the fog staying until around noon...
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We had lunch in Ararat at Sicilian’s which was fantastic!  Gus had a tandoori chicken pita wrap and I had a chicken caesar one. It was humungous! I took half off my plate and I was still stuffed!
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Absolutely the best CC salad I’ve had in a long time! 
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We tootled our way to Daylesford, arriving around 3.30pm...
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We went out to dinner with everyone at the Royal Hotel.  Again, really good pub food.   Here are cousins, Heather and Fiona...
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Uncle Ross delivers a speech...
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Our powered site at the Daylesford Holiday Park...
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It was mighty chilly overnight but we were warm and toasty in Pearl.  We had hot water bottles and an extra blanket and were fine.  My nose got a bit cold!
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Beans for breakfast!
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We went to the Railway markets and browsed around for a while...
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We found a nice warm cafe for a coffee with Dunc and Mandy...
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Gus can never pose for a serious photo!
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After the coffee, we decided to head out to the Swiss Mountain Hotel which is out the road at Blampied...
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Gus ordered the gnocchi in blue cheese sauce with an apple and pear salad...I have never tasted gnocchi so tender and tasty! 
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We also shared this tasting platter which was delicious!
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We then visited Captain’s Creek winery for a quick taste...then it was time to head back...
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Sunday night, we all cooked our own dinner then ate in the park club house.  There was a nice open fire in there...
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It was Mandy’s birthday so I’d bought her a cake - you must have cake and candles on your birthday!
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As oldest of the McDonald cousins, Angus got to blow out candles for his birthday coming on June 22...
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Eggs and bacon on Monday morning before packing up and saying goodbye to all!
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We had lunch on the way home in Ararat again, this time at the Vines Cafe and Bar...Gus had CC salad...
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I had chicken, vegetables and roast potatoes (I left half the spuds)...
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We had a wet, dark trip home.  This big cloud was just out of Casterton, bringing thunder and lightning with it!
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When we got home 6pm, we unpacked what we could then I made a curry using a Passage to India sachet, quick, easy and tasty! A big weekend! 
Cheers - Joolz xx