Sunday, January 31, 2010

Monarch Cycle Starts Again

We didn't have any here last year. But hopefully it is not too late for them to turn into butterflies before the frosts come. We have the swan plant so we can have baby butterflies at our home. It was a 60s plant my mother grew, and I'm glad I found one in this town at a plant stall after we moved here

Friday, January 29, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Horse Saddle, Stirrup and Blanket Looped over a Cattle Yard Fence, Australia

Well, back to my normal shopping, though I really didn't get what I wanted for food. Will buy some more next week.

Wednesday ~ Fettucine Carbonara
Thursday ~ Pork Sausage & Rosemary Pasta
Friday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Saturday ~ Chargrilled Vegetable Savoury Mince
Sunday ~ Tuna Casserole
Monday ~ Sausage Casserole with Chipolatas
Tuesday ~ Chicken Burgers with Salsa
Wednesday ~ Bean & Pumpkin Stew
Thursday ~ Japanese Pancakes

Vegetables I have for meals next week:

Cauliflower 1/2
Pumpkin 1/4

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fantastic Idea for Lemon Curd

I am a big fan of Greek yoghurt. I also have enjoyed frozen yoghurt in the past. What a great idea to combine lemon curd, especially if it is homemade with Greek yoghurt which is so healthy.

Lemon-curd Frozen Yoghurt

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ten Favourite Free Things

Kadeeae at Consuming The Harvest has tagged me. She was tagged by The Diary of a Frugal Family. The next person up the chain (?) is Make do mum. You can then read what their favourite free things are.

Ten Favourite Free Things

1. Looking at the scenery (yes I have to drive there to see it, but I am going past it anyway)

2. Looking at the red leaves on my liquid ambar or sweet gum in late autumn or early winter, out the window.

3. Watching my fish in the fish pond. (Unfortunately I have to drive there to see them.)

4. Reading novels from the library.

5. My youngest daughter's smiles and hugs. She seems to always have them.

6. Watching sunsets. No driving required.

7. Enjoying the roses on my arch, they always seem to flower, except in winter of course. They are Renae roses.

8. If I am in my car I listen to music, I don't seem to listen to my CDs any other time.

9. Getting things from the tip, yes I don't actually do the dirty work.

10. Watching the older girls ride their ripstick skate board and powerwing scooter.

Who am I going to tag?

Frugal for a Reason
Mom's Musings

Friday, January 15, 2010

Holiday Menu

Two Sunny Yellow Dandelions

The girls are going away for 8 days. I'm not sure if we have been on our own at all since I was 24, we may have, I'm not sure. Not much anyway.

So, since they are going early on in the week and the next day I am getting a fruit order delivered, I have ordered the juice as per usual, and the bananas, and expect to actually get some. I wonder if I will actually drink some before they get home, I am so used to not having any. I have ordered a box of Shapes, and some cheap grapes too.

I expect to have a couple of meals of left overs. Since our son left last weekend, we have been having left overs for lunch. He usually eats any we have for breakfast. He is a big fry up breakfast type of person.

The dandelions are for the ones in our backyard in the green lawn (not usually like that) where the old dog kennel used to be. I can see this grass and the dandelion flowers from the kitchen table.

Tuesday ~ Rigatoni Milano
Wednesday ~ Pies, Chips, Peas & Gravy
Thursday ~ Tuna Casserole
Friday ~ Taco Salad
Saturday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sunday ~ Fish with Wombuk Salad
Monday ~ Thai Mixed Vegetable Curry
Tuesday ~ Dutch Vegetable and Red Lentil Patties & Chips & Salad Greens
Wednesday ~ Left-overs
Thursday ~ Pesto Pasta with Zucchini, Feta & Tomato
Friday ~ Left-overs
Saturday ~ Spicy Lentil Noodles
Sunday ~ Pumpkin, Chorizo & Rice
Monday ~ Chow Mein

Interesting recipes:
Kransky & Frankfurter Recipes

Monday, January 11, 2010

Life's good

A few days ago I had an exciting email arrive in my inbox. It was from Maree at buyster with a small b. I am familiar with buyster, because I had seen a mention of it on a blog I am following. I had looked at the post very carefully, wondering who is this buyster company. The post was about a light. I had seen lights like that before. The one I particularly like is a pendant light that buyster carry. Our builder lined a back porch in the property we bought two years ago. It is a sloped lined ceiling and the pendant I still like and enjoy. (Edited to say I actually have been a big buyer of these lights. I have even decided to buy two for my current home as well. I will be getting those from buyster. I have checked and they carry the ones I want.)

In fact I have two more lights to buy for that house, at least, and am going to look at all buyster's lights carefully, as I think they would do a better job of making sure the light arrives in good condition than my experience with ebay. Not that ebay is not a good way to buy lights, but there was a certain design that cracked. With buyster's experience, I imagine they don't carry them anyway if they are hard to ship.

So who are buyster?

"buyster is a joint venture between netus an Australian technology investment company and CSN Stores, one of the leading online retail companies in the USA.

Who are CSN Stores?

CSN Stores is one of the top 3 online retailers of home and office products in the USA. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Boston, it now employs over 400 people and achieved over US$200 million in sales in 2007. Read more about CSN Stores.

Who are netus?

netus is an Australian technology investment company. Backed by News Ltd, they have a range of experience in the Australian market and their leadership team have experience from some of the top online businesses in Australia - including Expedia and eBay. Read more about netus."

Why is it exciting? I spent ages on their site, and loved having a look around. First it started with the opportunity for me to receive something for my home so I was looking for something I may like. It didn't take long for me to spy a paella pan. You may have been aware, or some of my online readers would be aware, that I have been wanting one! Here it is!

I am going to be reviewing it on my blog! Can't wait. You can click on it to see more details, there is also an enamelled one. More about paella pans later. (I need the post space to rave on about them lol.)

One of the products that took my eye when I was looking around was the lamp that also holds an ipod here (you can see if it compatible with your type of ipod easily). The special mugs, and other name brands and the gorgeous glass bowls. Brands include Gordon Ramsey, Royal Dulton, Royal Albert, Noritake, Wedgwood & Le Creuset.

My property I mentioned before had to be handled a little like a property for development. We had a laundry with a retro twin laundry sink with old fashioned pipes running under the window. Our plumber suggested we cut a hold in that space at the back between the sinks and put in a mixer. I had to order it especially. buyster has those type of mixers, plus 34 sinks.

Looks like I nearly need three posts for this. I am not a great consumer but despite my slow internet speed at the moment (down loading pokemon movies) I found lots of things fascinating.

The bunk beds are interesting. I remember all my previous bunk bed buying experiences. One of the buyster ones (silver) reminds me of a shopping trip where I saw a silver bunk with a matching cute computer. It was fun probably because I wasn't actually shopping for bunks that day, it can be difficult with little kids as well as dealing with the financials, and travelling to get to a shop that still may only have a few bunk beds on display.

My sixteen year old daughter loved the futon on the buyster site.

If you have been always wanting to know where to find old fashioned doll's house furniture you will find it at buyster. It is an interesting modern site, but has so many things suitable for an older home. Also if you have a business you will find reception chairs and couches.

The things suitable for an older or country home are 1920s styled plant stands for inside for cast iron plants etc., hall stands and also telephone tables, so you can have new, not second hand, and the prices are around $600. Also an unusual Tiffany fireplace screen

For the property fixer uppers, a $219 bath tub and Retro medicine cabinets. I remember after selling my first home, how could I get another cabinet like that.

Anyway, I had fun, and I'm hooked. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Kransky Recipes

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Teriyaki Kransky Stir Fry


3 Kransky (plain)
3 medium carrots
1/2 cauliflower
Small broccoli
1 onion
½ red pepper (capsicum)
3 garlic cloves
Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry Sauce (Master Foods) 175g sachet
Instant noodles (Fantastic brand)


Chop quartered carrots, red pepper, onion.

Finely chop garlic.

Breakup Cauliflower and broccoli.

Fry Kransky’s and then slice cooking the slices until reasonably well cooked, put aside.

Fry carrots on med heat and when partially cooked add chopped pepper, when done put aside.

Fry onions on med heat when nearly done add cauliflower and after a while the garlic, when reasonably done put aside (this is stir fry so all vegs are a bit firm).

Stir fry broccoli (med heat) and when cooked a bit (looks bright green) add all the other cooked ingredients, carefully mix ingredients then add stir fry sauce.

Add 1 cup of water and increase heat to med-high, carefully mix and when the mixture has boiled well for a couple of minutes serve (in bowls) with noodles cooked as per packet instructions.

Kranksy Hotpot with Braised Cabbage

Monday, January 4, 2010

Last FM

I was going to post here today, a song called Simple Man by Adam Brand. There is no video for it, but it brought me to Last FM. That a fantastic website. It straight away said that I would like this song by Sara Storer called Moonstruck. I am unsure what the words mean yet, but it is a lovely song.