Tuesday, May 28, 2013

let there be light ........or maybe not

One of my favourite Vinnie's had this light fitting in their shop.
It sat there winking at me every time I went in there .
Unfortunately I don't have a light that this will fit on.

It continued to taunt me for weeks until I brought it home.

I turned it upside and poured a few buttons in.

I kept pouring....

I poured some more....

lucky I have so many buttons .

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

so far

The weather has been a little cooler
and at night I like to crochet.
So far I have covered two coat hangers

made a snuggly warm cowl

started a bright , fun scarf

gotten quite a bit of ripple done

and begun to join some squares .
Not bad for a hooker .

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I only cook because they have to eat

The weather is just starting to get cool here .
We have the fire going and we will start having lots of
soups and stews , yummy !
One of our favourites here is (believe it or not) lentil soup .
I know it doesn't sound all that much but with some
fresh baked bread it is a great meal .
This recipe serves 4 easily .
1 tin brown or red lentils rinsed and drained .
1 tin crushed tomatoes (mash them up more)
capsicum , onion , garlic , cumin, vegetable stock.
Heat some oil in your soup pan and gently fry the finely chopped
onion and capsicum . Add a heap of minced garlic and a tspn of cumin.
Add the tomatoes , lentils and vegetable stock.  
Bring to the boil and then let it simmer at least 20 mins
but the longer you leave it the better .
An hour or more is fantastic.
This batch I made I also threw in some mushrooms and
a zucchini that would have been wasted.
The cumin helps the lentils digest and not repeat on you.
I love cumin so I add more but if you don't like it leave it out .
You can replace the cumin with curry if you like.
For those that think they are being tortured having no meat
I cook up some finely chopped bacon and they just sprinkle
how much they need on top.
I really hope you like this soup I love it .
Anyway I have some stitching to get done for the
so I'd better get to it .
See you soon xxx

Thursday, May 9, 2013

and so it goes on

I first blathered on about attempting string piecing in January 2010.
Not to be put off I blathered again that month about the same thing .
Being very persistent I bored you again here
Here we are in May 2013 and I am putting the blocks together .
No square is square.
No block is the same size.
I am still not a quilter .

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Heart Week

Did you know that this week 5th - 11th is Heart Week ?
Did you also know that heart disease kills four time more women than breast cancer?
Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women .

                                                                         Number one !

In case you are wondering this is not a sponsored post.
Heart disease is something that has affected me my whole life.
When I was very young my father died at age 50 of heart disease.
It was a battle he fought for most of his life.
When he died he left behind a wife and eight young children.

image from here
Over the years various family members have had problems
regarding their hearts .
This might explain why I am so fiercely passionate about
the Heart Foundation and all the good work they do .

image from here
Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack ?
Would you like some information on heart health ?

I am not a doctor .
I have absolutely no connection to The Heart Foundation .
In fact I am probably not even a good role model
as I only gave up smoking last year (on the anniversary of my fathers death)
after many years of abusing my health .
But if I can get a couple of extra people to donate to ,
share or even have a look at The Heart Foundation website
I will be a very happy girl .......

image from here
......and happiness is very good for your heart .