Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This is such a whoooaaaaaa is me post......Come on Lou.... it’s time for that bikini.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
My first one tonight was a disaster. I used a recipe off a well known magazine website, and BLAH was it revolting. I hated the flavours of lemon, white wine and chicken stock; it had such a strong tarty flavour.
Anyway I am venturing out and trying another recipe I found off the net, it's this one here. I think it should be ok, so I will report back when I have made it, probably on Thursday.
If anyone out there has some nice recipes they would like to share...please do!!! I need major inspiration!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Have a close look at the label, isn’t it fantastic, so different....but I bet you can't guess the name of the two Kangaroos! I'll give you some time to guess!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tomorrow morning were off to the beautiful Port Stephens, though it looks like the weather isn’t on our side :( This is the third time we have gone and each time it has been windy and rainy, so fingers crossed the weather perks up! Were going with hubby's parents and his Aunty and Uncle from America.
Hubby and I will do a quick pit stop to the Hunter Valley on the way there; I am dying for some goat’s cheese and marinated olives...not to mention a glass of sav!!
So I better go and pack....hopefully I will have some nice photos to share!
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
So much to say and so much to show! So far I have lost 10kg, and i'm feeling lighter and happier then I have ever been inside and out. I still have a bit to go...and the next stage of operation get fit... 5kg mini goal starts tomorrow.
Hubby and I are going to a mini break next weekend to Shoal Bay...we staying at a beautiful little resort style place...and we have our own swim out.
Anyway...it's late...will report more tomorrow!!!
OH...P.S Thanks to those who emailed me to see how I was...such beautiful friends xxxx
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Anyway we are off to Canberra tomorrow for the funeral on Friday, and we have the viewing tomorrow night.
I'm packing lots of warm clothes as it's so cold down there.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I have to answer the designated questions and then tag some of you. I hope you enjoy reading my answers and I look forward to reading yours!
Here are the rules:
Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention & add one more question of your own.Tag eight other people
What is your current obsession?
Renovating our house. We have been living here for 2 years this July. We have done so much to our little cottage so far, but I can't wait to get my hands dirty in the holidays.
What are you wearing today?
Black bootleg pants from Country Road, Marco Polo jacket, black v neck stretch 3/4 sleeve top and black witchery boots. Does my Mimco bag count?
What’s for dinner?
I made Italian tonight. We has fettuccine marinara, olive tepenade pizza crust and mussels baked in a tomato and white wine sauce. yum!
What’s the last thing you bought?
A single bed for our spare room. I bought it today from the Sleep City factory outlet center up the coast. Bargain at $180!!
What are you listening to right now?
Nickleback, and I must admit I dusted off Michael Jacksons CD.
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Hmm...this is a hard one, so I'm going to say America in general...wherever there is shops and sales I will go.
What is your favourite colour?
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
I'm going to say my wedding dress, I just love it and it's the most expensive piece of clothing I own.
Describe your personal style?
It's mixed depending on the mood I'm it. Most of the time it's smart casual, then professional for work, and weekend gear on the weekend.
If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on?
I would go and try out laser hair removal..weird I know, just I really want to try it.
What are you going to do after this?
Check my email..I love getting emails and messages, they make me feel special as someone has thought about me!
What are your favourite films?
When Harry Met Sally
Your favourite smell?
At the moment I'm loving vanilla.
Do you collect anything?
Yeap...hubby would say lots of junk! I collect shoe boxes.
What makes you follow a blog?
It depends...I love reading about peoples personal journeys, reading recipes and looking at photos for inspiration.
Who would you love to have dinner with?
What’s one thing you dream of doing?
Splashing our on a shiny new BMW
What is your biggest regret?
Not trying hard enough.
What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?
Jumping in bed and snuggling up to hubby watching a movie.
Do you have a tattoo?
No but I'm dying to...For my 40th!
Are you left handed, right handed, ambidextrous, or a little of both?
I am right handed.
What are you looking forward to in the next 12 months?
Travelling through the Middle East again next year.
What aren't you looking forward to in the next 12 months?
I'm Tagging the following!!!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
You see I'm collecting little of bits and pieces for my guest room make over. I think I have been inspired by all those home reno tv shows I watch. I have two weeks to make over the room, and I have a few ideas but I'm still searching. I have a budget too!! $500 for everything! I will share my disaster when I get started. So far I have picked up some great bargains which I'll post pics of tonight. A bucket cane chair and a metal decorative thing for the wall. I'm searching for a nice wall decal...so I'm searching etsy.
Tonight were off to some swankish new restaurant that has opened in the city, I think I spend more time eating then sleeping. I'm looking forward to it, i have been so good with my regular eating this week....and I'm down 2.3kg in 2 weeks so far.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! May it shine and stay that way. I know I have been tagged in a few blogs so I will be posting those sometime this week.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
So today I find myself in the now...the now what stage. Should I change careers even though I spent 4 years at uni studying, do I really want to leave a secure job, close to home to study something new...but what? What will I study...what will I do...do I want to start at the bottom again and work my way up, do I want to bring TTC forward so I can have that year off to think about my career...so many questions, so many thoughts.
Something is missing in my life, that spark I had in my early twenties, that spark that gave me the energy and confidence to take on the world, that spark that was in my step, that twinkle in my eye. Do I risk my teaching career to take on the unknown.
Hmmm...to stay in the now....or move towards the future?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So I thought I would share my version of the Eton Mess...you can add anything you like it's so versatile. A quick and easy recipe, great for got summer days or BBQ's and those cold winter days in front of a warm fireplace!
200g strawberries, sliced
2T caster sugar
5T caramel sauce
1 tin passion fruit
2C thickened cream
2 drops vanilla essence
1. Whisk thickened cream to form peaks.
2. Combine strawberries, sugar, caramel sauce, passion fruit, vanilla essence, brandy in a bowl. Stir through.
3. Roughly smash pavlova and add to mixture, loosely mix together. Note this doesn't have to be well combined.
4. In small bowls spoon in a little cream, layer with meringue mixture, top with cream.
5. Serve the mess...YUM
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Monday must be the most horrible of days.
You see on Monday, you work with a frown.
But Monday sure lasts, it lasts so long.
So you sit and you wait and you pretend to work.
But wait, please listen, don’t worry my friend.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
It's not just 'in real life' it's online too. I comment about peoples photos, status, I answer their emails, messages...but to no avail....taken again.
So now I'm no more Mrs take....but Mrs Over It! I am not going to put my head on the line, not going to call people just to catch up, not going to comment on things because I care...WHY...because I need something given to me as well. I'm not a robot, I'm not strong (although I would like to be), I am HUMAN!!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Yes it's time for update 1! Well I have started my get fit for babies campaign, ultimately I would like to lose 10kg before we think about starting...just something my psychic helped me think about (crazy I know...but she knows, trust me!). I am so afraid of gaining more weight though the pregnancy journey and not being able to lose it all. So it starts from now.
I am still feeling bloated, but also feeling good about myself for starting, that's always the hardest part! I have a 'healthy me' journal where I jot down what I have eaten, how I'm feeling, my highs of the day and my lows. It's a place where I can be totally honest with myself and not be judged. Now please note, this is not a 'diet' if I called it that I wouldn't stick to it!!
And I have goals! When I lose 5kg I get to purchase one thing of etsy, when I lose 10kg I get to buy a new wardrobe (no limit), now if that's not enough motivation for me what else would be?
I can't wait till Friday, measurement day!!! Goodbye old unhealthy Lou...Fingers Crossed for a healthy, happy week!!
Love your body girls!! Lou xxxx
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I can't stand cooked apples, I much rather bite into a lovely green crunchy apple. But I do love this recipe for warm apple pie with custard. I make it all the time. The recipe was passed down from my mother in law and I have made it for the last year with with nothing but compliments from people. It's one of those recipes that you can whip up when you get that dreaded phone call that visitors are coming over. (See photo of apple pie from my last function) So here it is...yummy warm apple pie!
250 g butter
1 pkt slithered almonds
3 cups self-raising flour
1 large tin apples
1 cup sugar
1 T cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
2. In a bowl sift flour, add sugar and softened butter. Mix with a wooden spoon and then with your hands to combine. The consistency of the mixture should be soft and combined. You might need to add more butter if it's not.
3. In a spring form tin, using only 3/4 of the pastry mixture, press onto base and sides...make sure mixture is evenly spread.
4. Pour in apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
5. With he remaining 1/4 mixture, tear into 'blobs' and place on top of apple mixture. Alternatively you can grate the mixture on top, but the blobs work out well as they spread like biscuit mixture when cooked. Topped with 1 packed of slithered almonds.
6. Cook in oven for 45 minutes.
7. Allow to cool and remove from baking tin. Cute and serve with custard and cream!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Teaching: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4.30pm (54hours)
Nannying: Saturday and Sunday 13 hours
Waitress's: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights: 17 hours
TOTAL TIME WORKING: 84 Hours
Those hours are crazy!!! So here I am on Monday, in bed, feeling like someone has hit me over the head, trying to sort out my life. And then I receive my psychic reading. I love my psychic, I get a reading done every 6 months or so...it's always changing, but then again I don't ask the same questions...LIE..the one about having children always manages to squeeze in.
Am I happy with my reading? Yes and No. I think I even shed a tear. I need to look after myself. Bottom line. No excuse. And I can't afford to start tomorrow...that's always my reasoning when it comes to looking after myself. So why does it take someone else to tell me something I already know, something I teach and preach to my students to make me wake up and realise that my life is on the line! I am so angry at how I have treated my body, what has it done so wrong to me.
So this is the day! This is the day that I have woken up to myself. The day where excuses don't count. The day where my life hangs in the balance. I have to look after myself... because in reality I wont be around to see my future children grow up, to look after my husband when his old.
So lets toast...... Today is the day that I am going to learn how to love myself again. First step is to throw out all those small size clothes I have been clinging onto for so long. Set my goals for the next 6 months including my weight loss plan.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Why do I love Monday and Thursday's? Because I open my email to find my copy of Peter's of Kensington Newsletter- full of specials. I have had to restrain myself, my poor credit card needs a rest. Anyway I did something naughty, I purchased a V Slicer! I have ALWAYS wanted one, but I have resisted those annoying stands at the local Westfields trying to sell them.
BOY!!! This gadget is my new favourite! I used it to make pea and ham soup, julienne my carrots, bruniose my onions and paysanne my celery....wham bang...it was that easy, within 5 minuted I had all my precision cuts done!!
Ooops it's that time.....tonight I am making vegie soup...off to rekindle my love with Mr V Slicer.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
So my question for you is... have you or would you purchase this product?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Hubby and I have decided to celebrate three ways today and tonight....Firstly were going back to where he popped the question, for a romantic stroll on the beach. Were taking our daughter dog Missy as well. The weather isn't so nice today so it will be nice to have a lovely romantic stroll.
Next...were having afternoon tea with our parents and opening a couple of bottles of Moet followed by the cutting of our top layer of our wedding cake. I can't wait...I can't remember for the life of me what the top layer flavour is.
Finally were going to one of my favourite seafood restaurants, I'm thinking some prawns and lobster but it depends what I feel like.
So a year hey...looking back at the last year or so I am so proud of the things we have accomplished...I'm going to try to post some picces...
Love Me xxxx
Monday, March 30, 2009
I have been slack....I really enjoy reading peoples blogs, I love the way they write and the photos they take...but I just find mine so boring. So with my holidays coming up, I plan to spend much more time jazzing it up.
Anyway, enough about me...I entered this recipe into a competition months ago, and today I found out I won 3rd place...YAY!!!
So here is my recipe for a yummy Turkish Pide, it's a great meal!
SPINACH AND FETA PIDE
200 grams plain yogurt
250 grams self-raising flour
1 bunch English spinach, washed, shredded
150 grams feta, grated
150 grams haloumi, grated
2 tablespoons mint leaves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon salt
1.Preheat oven to 180C fan-forced.
2. Place yogurt and salt together in large bowl.
3. Gradually add flour until you have stiff dough. Tip onto a lightly floured bench and gradually knead dough.
4. Roll dough out very thinly into a long rectangle.
5.Place spinach. feta, haloumi, mint onto middle of dough.
6.Season with pepper and nutmeg.
7.Carefully roll the dough up from one of the long sides to create a log. Place on a lightly greased baking tray. Pinch edges together to seal.
8.Brush with milk and cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
9. Slice to serve!!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Why is it when i start to 'diet' I dream of all the food I have not had in a long time....and all bad for you. Today all I could think about was..... Babycakes especially since I was going to Summer Hill to see my doctor.
Babycakes have the most decadent cupcakes ever! My favourite at the moment is Latte Moment- a rich latte flavoured mud with marscapone swirls and a chocolate coffee bean YUM! And it tastes even better with a skinny latte.
Anyway on with my diet...no Babycake today...maybe tomorrow??
Monday, February 16, 2009
Ok, time to fess up, I once ordered a carton (approx 100) and I ate them all in a month...yikes! Not to mention the extra carton i ordered when doing our wedding favours.
So I DARE you...have a try, you know you want to!! Ok, I'll help out! For every strawberry champagne,or limoncello,chocolate you eat i'll match you!!!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
5 FAST FOOD FACTS
- Australia produces 190 million dozen eggs a year.
- Apples are made up of 25% air, that is why they float.
- You're More Likely To Be Hungry If You're Cold.
- Peanuts are used in the manufacture of dynamite.
- Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
Ahhh the relief, I no longer need to stalk others blog spots dreaming about having my own. My own blog spot...NOW WHAT??? Food of course, it's my passion, my everything (sorry hubby...but lets face it if someone gave me a plate of scrumptious chocolate mud cake we know what I am going to choose). It's my downfall in life, I dream about it, think about it and teach it everyday...I am obsessed!! But we neeeeeeed it!!!
So here it is, my blog...about my life, about food and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I will.