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Wore my newish cuffs and collars from Kitten’s Playpen out this weekend.

purple-and-black

Above is the sample image from this listing. I don’t have the flower on mine though. The cuffs have black satin ribbon trim rather than the velvet on the collar.

Kittens Playpen

They’re hard to put on yourself though!!!

The shop has quite a long turn around – around a month (plus postage…. which was a couple more weeks by standard mail) – and they really only started working on the collar/caffs for me on the last day of their processing time! So, no rush orders for Xmas…. but if you can plan ahead you get something really purrrty.

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This is my “garden”

December 10, 2014 · 3 comments

thyme

A pot of Thyme

chili chives coriander

Chives, chili plant and some (recovering???) coriander. It may not live.

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weird sushi - olives, smoked salmon and cream cheese

This would be mine.

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and topped with black olives.

Can you beat it?

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I kinda accidentally got a HelloFresh order this week. But it was yum, and paid for with my paypal balance, so no harm done!

Panfried Gnocchi with Mushroom & Thyme

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50 cent juicer from Vinnie’s at Laurieton!

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Take Me To Thailand Larb

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Ikea Salad Spinner, via Ebay.

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Lightning Fast Steak with Sweet Potato Wedges

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Remember – you can get $35 off your first HelloFresh box with my referral code: R3CDUQ (which makes your first box sooooooo cheap!!!)

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pork scotch fillets

Picked up some free range pork scotch fillets at Woolies, and wondered what to marinate them in. I ended up deciding on a garlic, ginger, sweet chili and soy sauce mix. It turned out wonderfully with the roast veg and a bed of baby spinach.

pork marinade

What would you use?

pork and veges

And this new Yellow Tail “Big Bold Red” ($9.99)

yellow tail big bold red

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Oh yum!

Putting these  sorbets in the freezer. :)

At $6 each or 3 for $15, these Smirnoff freezies are a nice refreshing treat….

Lemon sorbet

The first one I tried was lemon, of course, and my favourite. There was a slight vodka hint, but otherwise this smooshie ice was delish and cooling.

Raspberry

I didn’t particularly like the raspberry one. It had the odd taste of melting frozen red cordial from your school drink bottle. Pass.

Mango sorbet

The mango was delightfully summery.

Tastes like frozen home brand apple poppers from my childhood

And the apple was tangy and sour! Yum!!!!

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Headsup hangover relief

It’s party season!

(or Friday, up to you)

So you’re likely to have a few more than usual….

And, wake up feeling it, because, none of us are 19 anymore.

We try different things, hair of the dog, diet coke and bbq chicken, blue Gatorade (HAS to be blue)

Here’s something else to try – HeadUp Relief.

Four (rather large – poor Bruce had a little trouble swallowing them) pills of vitamins, taken before bed, to help your body deal with the alcoholic onslaught.

I’d recommend more water with them than I had, but wanna try them yourself?

Lemme know YOUR sure fire hangover cure (seriously, I need more ideas!) and you could win some of these babies to try. Along with a stubby holder and bottle opener to encourage the drunking! Yay! (2 winners, gonna be in Australia)

(and a hat and a squishy brain stress ball to throw at anyone who irritates you mid-hangover)

Use the Rafflecopter. Closes Dec 17 so you have it for Xmas :p

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CHRISTMASSING!!!!!

December 4, 2014 · 9 comments

Bells!

EXCUSE THE ALL CAPS, but it’s a very exciting time here!

tree

I’ve out up my tree, wanna see?

purple tree

Giant microbes….

mas fae

Faeries

tree

Old and new decorations

FSM

The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

secret santa

Secret santa gifties

peppa pig advent calendar

My VERY OWN Peppa Pig advent calendar.

Ez and Li Elves

Ez and Li Elves

Diet coke xmas

And the gift of caffeine.

Bring on Xmas!

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There’s so many family activities being put on by Lake Macquarie council and the local business chambers! Check some of them out!

One Big Night

The Lake Macquarie International Children’s Games opening ceremony will kick off at 5pm Sunday 7 December in Speers Point Park, followed by the Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight from 8pm, as they combine for one big night of entertainment. Fireworks will be at 9:30pm.

This is a free event. If you get there early to secure a spot, you will also be able to enjoy free amusement rides for the kids from 3pm. Council is running shuttle buses from Warners Bay because there is so little parking in the park area.

Link for more information on the carols and Children’s Games.

Local Carols

There are also local carols at parks around the Lake as well as local primary schools. Some of the larger ones will be at Toronto, Swansea, Valentine and Morriset. Look for notices at your local shops!

Wangi markets

Night Markets

Markets are all the rage, and there will be night markets at Speers Point Park on Tuesday Dec 9 (See and share the FB event) and twilight markets at Wangi on Friday Dec 5.
At the Speers Point markets there will be Indigenous food tasting from 3-5pm followed by local stallholders and entertainment at 5pm.
On Friday Wangi’s main street will close for the markets and there will be craft activities for the kids (and kids at heart!)

Crafternoon

Speaking of Craft, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery in Booragul will be holding Crafternoons on Dec 13 and 20 for kids over 8. Bookings essential (ph 4965 8260)

christmas at the library

There are six fun activities for children this festive season at Lake Mac libraries. From Jingle Bells storytimes for young children to designing your own Christmas shirt! Check out this link. Bookings essential!

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Yeah, you know I’m not a domestic goddess.

I’ve always been the cooker and not the dishwasher.

I’ve even been banned from doing my partner’s washing in the past (too many tissues getting through my sorting)

Which is why I like easy things – and this OMO and Jif are certainly easy options!

giveaway!!!

Jif and OMO cleaning products lighten the load for mums (and the rest of us) dealing with the toughest dirt. With its amazing stain removal first time, OMO helps to remove hassle by taking care of the laundry so that you can get back your precious quality time. Thanks to its advanced Lift-Action formula of the Jif EasyLift Spray range, it quickly softens and detaches dirt requiring less wiping, making it easier to get a streak free shine! Click here for more information.

Got a giveaway of the two products pictured:
· 1 x Jif EasyLift Bathroom 750ml Spray- $6.49
· 1 x Omo Ultimate 1L- $12.99 (reader can select front loader or top loader)

Enter using the Rafflecopter below! Entries close Midnight Dec 9th :)

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