Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy birthday Erin, this day is all about YOU! My family and I wish you the best birthday ever and hope the day holds all that makes you happy. May the year to follow be successful and see many of your dreams come true. I wish you didn't live on the opposite side of the world but one day we will share cake!! Well I get to enjoy your birthday twice, our 16th and your 16th!!!
Luv ya heaps,
Sunday, March 14, 2010
It happened to me yesterday. I was shopping for a birthday present for Lachie who is about to turn three. It was difficult as he has lots of toys but I finally settled on a set of blocks from the Disney/Pixar Cars movie and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board game for Kaylee to give him. With the presents selected we were about to leave the store and then I spotted it. I knew straight away Kaylee would love it and she did. I had to have it.
How cute is this?
This jewel box contains the sweetest checkers set for little girls that you could possibly imagine. It is the Disney Princess Checkers Set.
Take a look.
And it all packs away neatly into the jewel box. Who wouldn't love it?? Well little boys probably but....
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The poor horses copped it also. They were fairly exposed to the weather and hail and there was no chance to even rug them up before it hit. Now we know another storm is approaching they will fare better if the storm hits tonight.
"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. ~Roger Miller
I think we can safely say that on this occassion we just got wet!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The city streets are waist high in flood water, rooves are damaged, tree branches and debris litter the street and windows are smashed.
From our own perspective all of our cars are extensively hail damaged and Jeff's has a broken windscreen as well. Jeff's car that was only repaired last week was the worst hit with every panel damaged and he got the broken windscreen as well. (Is there some reason this guy is attracting all the trouble!!!!) The house is ok with all the windows still intact but neighbours weren't so lucky. The shed has a damaged roof. Ross was hit in the head with the above hail stones as he ran to cover his precious 1971 Ford Falcon GT. (can't let anything happen to that - he loves it) and has lumps and bumps on his forehead and head that will give him a story to tell for awhile.
The sound of the huge hail stones hitting windows and cars was frightening. Many of the hail stones were the size of tennis balls or apples, definitely bigger than the usual golf ball.
I guess we can be grateful for small mercies. It could have been worse.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I did manage some baking today. I'll share these little snacks with you. I think everyone I know has there own recipe for these favourites but here's mine anyway.
3/4 cup sugar
125 grams (4ozs) butter or marg
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Jam (a firm jam works best)
Beat butter and sugar to cream, add vanilla, eggs then flour and baking powder. Mix together. The mixture should be a little stiff. Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture, dust in extra plain flour and roll into balls. Make an indent in the ball with thumb and fill with jam.
Bake 180C for approx 10 minutes until golden.
I don't try to make these perfect. If the jam runs a little it adds to the homemade country style look of the cookie.
Raspberry Coconut Slice
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup self raising flour
1/4 cup sugar
90 grams (3ozs) butter
Raspberry jam (you can of course use other jam if you like)
Mix the dry ingredients together in bowl, rub in butter, add egg and mix to make a firm dough. Press dough over the base of greased or baking paper lined tray (11in x 7in). Spread over enough jam to cover sparingly or as desired. Next sprinkle over the topping.
For the topping mix together 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/4 cups coconut.
Bake at 180C for approx 25 minutes until golden brown.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The pattern is by Pam Holton Designs.
I love this little bear. The mohair is just long enough to give him a soft plush look. He is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.