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Today I Love….Aussie Farmers Direct!

22 Oct

Convenience is a wonderful thing….recently my car has broken down…..which makes it hard to get my groceries sometimes.

My BFF has used Farmers Direct for a while now….she only lives 200m from the shops but is a student and I guess she loves the convenience but now I know what else she loves about this service!

 

We are planning to get the Victorian Couples Pack on a fortnightly basis (=$13 per week)….we got the first delivery and all seemed well….we put everything away and came home the next day to a horrible smell emanating from the fridge – out goes the parsley and the spinach – not good – there was some sort of funny, musty smell coming from both of them.

So I wasn’t sure whether or not to continue with it; I was however encouraged by my friend and her great experience with the service.

So the lovely farmer man actually rang me….and asked if I was happy….I was shocked!

I explained what had occurred and he offered to send us a free box for the products that were not quite right and we also discussed the midday delivery time and the amount of time the box was perhaps left in the sun and then the possibility of me leaving an esky out the front for the next delivery of produce….of course I forgot to leave the esky out – so we got the new box and everything is wonderful again – we even got a mango! We’re quite excited about this one!

When we brought the box inside, the Big Man explained to me that the box was in a different position from last time. On the last delivery, the box was left on the sunshine bearing wall of the doorstep and not tucked nicely in the corner like the 2nd delivery was. Kudos to them! I am a very happy customer now!!

Mongolian Girl and Camel

Mongolian Girl and Camel (clipped to polyvore.com)

So as you all know, the Big Man is a complete and utter carnivore and the idea of any fruits or vegetables in our house just revolts him! Except when the little munchkins come to stay and he has to set an ‘example’ – it is quite hilarious watching him eat his vegies when they are here and trying not to gag!

So anyway, this week, we got:

  • 2x Fuji Apples
  • 2x sundowner Apples
  • 1x Canteloupe
  • 1x Mango
  • 2x Oranges
  • 3x Green Pears (last week we got brown pears and they are just yummo!)
  • 1x Bok Choy Bunch
  • 2x Broccoli heads
  • 2x Carrots (last week we got a whole bag so we still have some leftover)
  • 1x Mint bunch
  • 2x Brown Onions
  • 1x Butternut Pumpkin
  • 1x Potatoes 1kg bag (pink skin) From South Australia and the plastic bag even has recipes on the back!
  • 2x (roma) tomatoes
  • 1x gourmet lettuce green middle and red/brown edges

And here is my plan of what to do with it (for two people – note he had a pear tonight, so he is converting!)

The box of goods comes with a list, so I sit down after I’ve admired and put everything away and work out how to use it in the best way.

  • 2x Fuji Apples – Lunches
  • 2x Sundowner Apples – Lunches
  • 1x Cantaloupe – Gift for my Dad because he absolutely loves cantaloupes and this one is gorgeous!
  • 1x Mango – Smoothie – preferably alcoholic (my own special recipe!)
  • 2x Oranges – Lunches/Juice (Mr. 6 adores fresh orange juice even though it’s such a pain to do he sucks me in every time!)
  • 3x Green Pears (last week we got brown pears and they are just yummo!) – Lunches or Dessert
  • 1x Bok Choy Bunch – Vegie stiy fry for my work lunch (make on weekend and freeze)
  • 2x Broccoli heads – Vegie Stir Fry or Soup one night when man wants meat and I need vegetables
  • 2x Carrots (last week we got a whole bag so we still have some leftover) – Roast/Vegie Stir Fry Conveniently I have a Beef Topside Roast in the fridge and now we have all the other ingredients for tomorrow nights dinner!
  • 1x Mint bunch – Freeze in ice cube trays with water for Summer drinkies, garnish for Vegie Stir Fry and Broccoli and Pumpkin Soup. Update: Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream shall be attempted tomorrow!!
  • 2x Brown Onions – Roast/Vegie Stir Fry
  • 1x Butternut Pumpkin – I will roast the whole pumpkin (chopped) with the beef and then use the remainder of the pumpkin for a quick soup for the following week.
  • 1x Potatoes 1kg bag (pink skin) From South Australia – and the plastic bag even has recipes on the back! – Roast and use 1 or 2 in the soups above as well.
  • 2x (roma) tomatoes – Lunches
  • 1x gourmet lettuce – Lunches

I realise this amount of produce may not keep or even last wo people for a 2 week period, but we hate to throw anything away and waste food so we will just see how far I can make it stretch. Without a car right now and not knowing how I’m getting home from work every afternoon, this is a real help for me.

From last week, we still have a fair bit of fruit left as we haven’t quite got used to all this fresh produce yet. That’s ok though, I’m sure I’ll figure out a fruit crumble or something like that!

The cos lettuce was great and is half used by now and the chinese cabbage – oh yeah! This is now a vegie stir fry ingredient with the rest as above = hooray!

We also got the standard tomatoes, onions (used within a day or two), pears, oranges and apples (the funny spinach and parsley as described above) and I also got a Globe Artichoke – which I have never eaten in my entire life and have absolutely no idea what to do with.

That one is being gifted to vegetarian (but bacon eating – yeah, I know, don’t even go there!) – Mother.

She will know what to do with it.

Today I love….An Infinite amount of Space….

17 Dec

An infinite amount of…..S.P.A.C.E

No, no, no, not Space as in the Final Frontier either!

I NEED (not just want!) an infinite amount of space in my home!!!

My blog is my reflective journal, beheld within are the many treasures I have discovered and now fondly hold dear to my heart.

My own personal space…..is at times both a wonderful and very stressful thing!!!

My partner is a furniture removalist and unfortunately we have no room left for any more pieces of random furniture on our house!  As a self-confessed hoarder, it is really not possible to obtain any more useless and unnecessary possessions!

One day, I hope to have the time to clear my clutter but I do not foresee this in the near future!  I have an emotional attachment to my things as well – when I was about 15 and my parents separated all of my childhood possessions were donated to charity and I never saw any of the things I owned from birth ever again.  I was also robbed recently twice in three weeks and that has made me a little more careful that I remember not to leave my diamond ring on the lounge room coffee table before I go to work = silly girl!  So at least I know WHY I like to hang on to things!!! It’s an emotional attachment and a great fear that my possessions will be lost from me forever again.

One of my favourite pastimes right now is watch MTV Cribs.  I just can’t get enough of looking at the beautiful homes the celebrities have.  I watch the show and dream that I may be able to have all those wide and wonderful open spaces, large lounge rooms, super huge wardrobes the size of half of my current house, beds that you could fit 10 people in and spa baths that are the size of my current bedroom.  Then I look around at my space and sigh….perhaps one day I will have the room to move that I so desire….then maybe I can get more stuff! Ha Ha Ha NO! I hear you scream!

Here is a part of Christina Aguilera’s house – you can find more pics here

I believe I could utilise my current space a lot better.  Have you ever pondered the possibilities of space?

Space is an infinite thing but we impose limitations and boundaries are self imposed within the construct of our minds.  Space ebbs onwards into the universal echelons, so vast; our wee human minds find difficulty in comprehending the enormity.  Yet as humans, we have the power to determine the boundaries, qualities and characteristics of our space.  Space is therefore multidimensional, the channel in which individual and collective action arises simultaneously.  This interconnected platform provides a medium for communication whereby time, distance and location are traversed both locally and globally from the comfort of our homes.  Yet how we choose to interact with this space has the potential to impact our social, economic and environmental ethos from both a personal and planetary perspective.

What is this space I am eluding too?

A very good friend of mine is an interior designer and you can just tell she cringes every time she comes through my door!  But at least she appreciates my personal style and ditto.  She  does give me some hints and tips occasionally to try and help me improve my mess of a lounge room!  And (silly or smart??!) me has also just started a jewellery and accessories business from home, so we have boxes of jewellery, handbags, clothing etc. just to add to the rest of the things I bring home nearly every day!  Wonderful……I hear you say – I will never have infinite space!!!

Something that really creeps me out is when people invade on my personal space… I don’t mind close talkers or that sort of thing but if someone stands too close behind me in a queue, I cannot resist inching forward to get away from them!

So…..Space….I don’t have enough…..I will probably never have enough or be satisfied with the space I have…BUT if I could have an infinite amount…..all my problems would therefore be solved…….

I have been selected from a handful of bloggers to participate in a competition for Vodafone to promote their lovely new product above; which I believe I will be needing very soon!

I’m not too sure how you can help me win, but please feel free to leave a comment or rate this post if you do or do not like it!

Today I love….Greek Balls….

30 Aug

Ok….yeah, yeah….apologies in advance for the post title….

Not this sort of Greek Balls!!!

NO NO NO You bad, bad people!!!

Oh, damn…not these ones either….

Source: Google “Greek Balls”…go to images….you will unfortunately find these pics and many more gems!!!(???)

BUT ANYWAY:

THIS is what I’m talkin’ ’bout Willis…..

Catrina’s Greek Balls

So go and get yourself about 500g lamb mince -

Safeway is normally the place to find it but we found it at Coles tonight as well!

Then mix it up in a bowl with:

1/2 diced onion

Fresh coriander seeds – ground…or coriander powder

Oregano to taste

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Breadcrumbs

2 tsp crushed garlic

Diced fresh parsley (from your garden – of course!)

Make the mix up and shape it into lovely little balls…..about 3cm big

Fry them up till they are hot and toasty and then serve the lovely balls on top of a fresh pita bread with Tabouli, sliced onion, tomato and lettuce as well if you like – don’t forget the yogurt/cucumber/garlic dip = Tzatziki!!

Then….roll it up and go, go, go for your Greek Balls!!!

Today I love….Wally

20 Jul

I want to drive my plants up the wall!!!

“Drive your plants up the wall with Wally!

Create an instantly lush vertical garden and experience the magical fun of plants in any environment.”

They also produce Meadow – The Modular Garden….

“Put roots down and create a nurturing home for a family of plants.

Great for the budding urban farmer or flower aficionado”

As well as Islands….

“Create of splish-splash of colorful life anywhere, even in the tinniest of spaces.
Islands are perfect for your office, dorm room or yacht!”

Wally

Today I love….The Zenchilada

12 Jul

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit….

Well, that’s never a bad thing!

I love, love, love a good foodie magazine!

Here is the latest offering and the best thing about it – it’s completely free!!!

Each issue focuses on a particular topic – this one is corn and I am looking forward to the next one – “What came first – the chicken or the egg?”

Epicurious says:

“Food magazines are dead and dustbin bound. We all know that to be true.

Zenchilada, a digital mag, which just published its first issue, begs to differ.

Published out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and edited by Ronni Lundy, a rock star of a scribe who made her bones in Kentucky, writing about the food and music of Appalachia, Zenchilada offers a broad view of culinary culture.

Ronni’s take on food is inclusive. In this first issue she surveys peoples and places where corn matters.

Marilou Awiakta, the Cherokee poet, gets her say.  So does a corn smut fetishist. And Matt Rowley, a moonshine historian. Corncob wine is on offer. And so are cornmeal cookies, baked in the Italian tradition.

Zenchilada, which publishes articles with mellifluous titles like “Whole Lot of Slakin Going On,” is a hopeful shot across the bow at those pessimists who believe that smart words and good food are no longer copacetic partners. Read it”

Read More at Epicurious Here

The Zenchilada

Today I love….Melbourne Street Art

5 Jul

LOOK at what one of my friends has found around olde Melbourne town…..

Oh, so cute!!

Today I love….the easiest pumpkin soup ever….

4 Jul

One from the olde recipe file….

The only thing I don’t love, love, love about this soup is chopping the skin off the pumpkin at the start – me = no muscle power to chop any big heifer pumpkins!!!

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin – half a medium size jap and a whole butternut pumpkin – seeds and skin removed – chopped into largish chunks or hey – just what ever you have on hand/left over from last night’s roast dinner etc…
  • 1 onion – quartered
  • 1 or 2 carrots chopped into small chunks
  • Keens Curry powder – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Hot, crispy, crunchy bread rolls to serve
  1. Put all the vegies in a large pot and cover with water. Make sure you will have enough room left to wizz in the saucepan when you are done – ie. use a LARGE saucepan!
  2. Boil until the carrot is cooked.
  3. Add curry powder.
  4. Remove from heat and wizz it all together with a stick blender.
  5. Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
  6. I like to halve and then toast my bread rolls, add a slice of cheese, top with a freshly cooked rasher of bacon and whack them under the grill for 2 mins to melt the cheese and then I proceed to dip this wonderful bread concoction into my soup!

It’s just simply DIVINE people! Get on it now!!!

    Today I love….Saving our Native Forests

    29 Jun

    This is a once in a generation opportunity to protect our native forests.

    But to do that we have to let the forestry industry and Australian governments at all levels know we are serious about reform.

    That begins with a massive sign up to these two core Forestry Principles:

    1. A swift transition of industrial logging out of our native forests and to our plantations.
    2. Establishing ‘protected areas’ for all of our high conservation value native forests.

    Add your name to the call for protection, by signing up below.

    GetUp! Campaign Actions

    Today I love….Tamberrah Cottages

    29 Jun

    Last weekend, I got to visit my lovely friends in Paynesville (yes, it was freeeeezing!) and we took a drive out to Tamberrah Cottages.

    The photo above simply does not do the place justice. It was beautifully laid out and if it was a nicer day I could have sat there all afternoon. We will have to go back when they are open for dinner one night next time I am down there.

    I think I will have to seriously consider that I begin saving my pennies as this is a perfect place for a wedding! (No, folks there is nothing on the cards but I’ll need to start saving now anyway!) If you are looking for a wedding venue, you won’t be disappointed here!

    Nestled on three acres of gardens with a beautiful trout filled, stone-walled lake spanned by a charming foot bridge. Quality and comfort are apparent from the time you approach the entry. With a magnificent hand cut post and rail fence, which draws you to the welcoming stonewall entry.

    Tamberrah Cottages is the perfect location to use as a base to discover East Gippsland, the Lakes and Wilderness area, Alpine High Country and East Gippsland Rail Trail.

    If you fancy a spot for a relaxing weekend away, then this is the place to be. Tamberrah Cottages is a beautiful location with three acres of landscaped gardens to enjoy.

    We have our own Pizza Cafe and you can relax around the beautiful hand-crafted water wheel which overlooks a trout filled lake. Or enjoy coffee and cake – Devonshire Tea. If Pizza is not your fancy we have a fully equipped outdoor entertaining area with BBQ facilities.

    All of our cottages are fully self-contained, with TV, DVD players, for those cosy nights to enjoy with wine and chocolates that are provided. Many couples have celebrated their wedding vows with family and friends in this tranquil setting. For a delightful weekend away, come and see for yourself.

    via Tamberrah Cottages – Tambo Upper.

    Today I love….Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management

    23 Jun

    Well, well, well….Mrs. Beeton you say??? Who???

    Isabella Mary Mayson (March 12, 1836January 1865), universally known as Mrs Beeton, was the author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management and is the most famous cookery writer in British history.

    Anyhoo, my grandfather gave me this book as a gift one year (god bless him, even though someone else received Stephanie Alexanders’ The Cook’s Companion and I was very jealous) and I proceeded to read the tome with great enthusiasm….yes, it was huge!

    Of course, me being delusional and believing that yes, one day, I am going to be a dutiful and wonderful housewife and mother and my grandfather thinks I should know this stuff, so here we go….

    I have to say I think the book was leant to a friend (or donated??!!) and alas, it has not been returned…but thanks to the wonderful interweb I have found the full text!! I believe this is actually edited from the edition of the book I received way back then as I totally do not remember some parts of the chapters such as….

    1. AS WITH THE COMMANDER OF AN ARMY, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house.

    3. EARLY RISING IS ONE OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL QUALITIES

    5. FRUGALITY AND ECONOMY ARE HOME VIRTUES

    10. GOOD TEMPER SHOULD BE CULTIVATED

    15. IN MARKETING, THAT THE BEST ARTICLES ARE THE CHEAPEST

    26. THESE DUTIES AND PLEASURES BEING PERFORMED AND ENJOYED

    27. AFTER LUNCHEON, MORNING CALLS AND VISITS may be made and received.

    34. THE HALF-HOUR BEFORE DINNER

    38. WHEN FRUIT HAS BEEN TAKEN, and a glass or two of wine passed round, the time will have arrived when the hostess will rise, and thus give the signal for the ladies to leave the gentlemen

    Bingo!

    There it is folks…that’s the ball game….

    Have fun reading the tome of all tomes….

    Martha Stewart eat your heart out baby!!!

    Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management – CHAPTER 1 – THE MISTRESS

    MrsBeeton.com is an ongoing project that provides free access to the complete text of Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

    It contains a wealth of recipes, advice and commentary from the Victorian era and offers a unique insight into the culture of a bygone age.

    UrbanOutfitters.com > Outdoor Gnome Bowling

    22 Jun

    I screamed “AWESOME!” on finding this gnome bowling set.

    I love bowling

    I love gnomes

    I love games

    I love playing outdoors

    I love acting like a little kid

    I love playing with the little munchkins

    So that all means these are just perfect for me!

    Added to the wishlist folks!

    UrbanOutfitters.com > Outdoor Gnome Bowling

    Today I love….my winter Mojito Recipe

    21 Jun

    I drink this regularly in winter (and frequently in summer for that matter!) and recently found a recipe for this on the interweb.

    I thought mine was much better though as it is so much easier!

    Ingredients to make one (healthy size) glass:

    1. Small mint sprig from the garden
    2. Lemonade/Soda water/Tonic/Plain mineral water – whatever works best for you!
    3. Splash of Schweppes Lime Cordial and/or fresh lime juice if you have it
    4. 1 tsp caster sugar
    5. White Rum

    Preparation

    Muddle the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with the cordial and/or lime juice and sugar.

    Add ice cubes to fill a shaker and pour in the rum and lemonade.

    Gently shake a few times to incorporate (remember: lemonade is fizzy so don’t get too excited!)

    Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish, if desired.

    Today I love….Dale Chihuly at Frederick Meijer Gardens….

    28 May

    Oh, lordy I don’t think I’ve ever seen a garden more beautiful in my life!!

    I would love, love, love to visit this garden!

    Frederick Meijer Gardens – a set on Flickr

    Today I love….Ice Skating Birdies!!!

    24 May

    It is winter in my part of the big wide world and one of my friends has a bird bath in her garden.

    Yesterday morning was one of the iciest and coldest mornings we have had lately….

    Picture source

    So my friend was up early to hit the markets

    (yes, without me and I wasn’t complaining either – I was nice and toasty in bed, thanks!)

    and on leaving the house, discovered her bird bath had frozen over!! Not quite like this one:

    But a sheet of thin ice was now present on the water and I couldn’t help thinking of the lovely little birdies coming to visit, putting their teeny weeny skates on….and then zipping around the ice!!!

    And lo and behold, I found them!!!

    Is anyone else aware that you can actually buy a bird-bath heater? What will they think of next? It’s a worry……

    You wouldn’t want to make a mistake, set it too high and boil the little birdie! Oh, Catrina shame on you for even thinking that!

    Giddy Spinster on Etsy

    4 May

    So totally

    defnitely

    completely

    and

    absolutely

    *** love love love ***

    I am

    So totally

    defnitely

    completely

    and

    absolutely

    going to try and make some of these….

    I am a qualified shoemaker but I don’t think that will

    really help me much here….we’ll see….

    stay tuned, folks….

    giddyspinster dreamy things by giddyspinster on Etsy

    craftzine.com: Garden Glam

    4 May

    ⓛⓞⓥⓔ ⓛⓞⓥⓔ ⓛⓞⓥⓔ

    the little Mint pot!!!

    craftzine.com: Crafty Chica Challenge: Garden Glam

    I love toadstools!!!

    4 May

    I love toadstools (red and white spotted mushrooms),

    perhaps as much as I love Gnomes…..

    Why? I hear you ask…I do not know….

    Here is a wonderful pic I found today….

    Source: Picture of the Day

    And some others from flickr.com:

    And this one just cos I thought it was really cute:

    I want to grow plants with no dirt!!

    3 May

    One for the Wishlist!

    I want, I want, I want!!!

    With me being a hopeless (but still hopeful!) green thumb,

    these are screaming out for me to buy them….

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this clever little product.

    So they have been added to THE WISHLIST….

    ThinkGeek :: Power Plant Herb Garden

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