So, as we know, September is awesome.
It brings Spring, and flowers, and blossoms and fairies.
But not everyone is in that good of a place all the time.
We have our moments. Whether we rage, or cry, or just dissolve.
Some people have worse moments. And need outside help.
One of the ways to get that is through Lifeline. Lifeline is a charity that provides some telephone counselling services for those at crisis or suicide point. They also have an online option for those needed to talk things out through chat.
So, they need money
One way is through Liptember – an excuse for girl who are a little loopy like me to pucker up in all sorts of colours to talk people into helping this important service.
I have some lippies…
If you wanna sponsor me … my link is https://www.liptember.com.au/fiona-moore.
I promise a kiss to all who do (virtual or IRL)!
My sister, her partner, and her two kids had a mega joint birthday party on the weekend, where there were awesome sausages, beautiful cakes, and lotsa crazy children!
Hipster me with the chalk ;)
We were greeted with a sunny it’s-almost-spring-people kinda of day, and set up accordingly, with outdoor activities and toys that kept the kids so amused just playing there was no need for pass the parcel or anything adult run!
Bruce and I set to work on the BBQ we’d brought over by trailer, annointing it with the delicious tastes from these Beak & Sons sausages I’d received from a PR contact the day before. The three flavours were well received – I liked the beef best, followed by the unusual fennel in the pork – with the onion and salads. (The sausages are $6.49 / pack at Woolworths)
The stubbie holder from the Food and Wine show the day before came in handy for hands-free BBQ-ing!
A few of the kids amused themselves by seeing who could write up to the highest number. A few others kept taking turns with the toy vacuum cleaners…
Before we knew it, it was cake time – time for these GORGEOUS cakes made by Aimee – There were Minions for Liam, Hello Kitty for Ezri, Nutella for Jen and Turtles for Daniel!
No prizes for guessing which oh so sweet pink Hello Kitty cupcake I went for ;)
Happy Birthday Jennie, Daniel, Liam and Ezri!!!
Bring on Spring!
I received these O.P.I nailpolishes for review thanks to Coty
I do love OPI nailpolishes – I just haven’t been able to justify their price lately for the full-sized polishes, which is where the mini collections can be great!
The Venice collection (for US Fall/Winter 2015) comes with a Peach (A Great Opera-tunity), Copper (Worth a Pretty Penne), Red (Amore at the Grand Canal) and Black (My Gondola or Yours?).
The black was a little thin so needed 4 coats to be opaque, but lasted well with a nice shine. The copper and red are gorgeous, I have the copper on my toes right now! The peach was nice and opaque and dried super-fast. Not my colour, but a good peach for you blondies out there.
What colour are your nails at the moment?
It’s always good to catch up with bloggers, and I had the privilledge of orgranising a get-together with the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers last week, with Nuffnang spotting the cash for us to gorge on the best dumplings in Newcastle.
The gorgeous people below made it along:
Kell from All Mum Said (that girl has some great giveaways!)
Lisa, formerly of “Madame Bipolar” and “Sawhole” fame &
Marissa who is Beautifully Organised!
John, Tammy, Kirsty, Bron and Denyse all had planned to be there, but with all the sickness going around (and a few injuries!) they couldn’t be there on the day :(
(next time guys!)
The staff were incredibly patient with us waiting to see whether the stragglers would come or not, but then we got into the business of discussing life, blogging, and dumplings!
These pork and chive dumplings were everyone’s favourite!
I’m planning a couple more events this year – One a coffee meetup in October and a Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Party at the start of December! Join the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers FB group to stay up to date (we accept coasties too! :p)
Thanks again to Nuffnang for supporting this meet-up!
Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont Street
Ph: 02 4961 6350
Their current menu is here :)
There was wine samples of the updated Black Label range at our local IGA last Friday, and we were readily sold on this 2014 Shiraz. Bought the 2 for $16 and then got this bonus bottle and a few accessories for the road :p
This Crumbed Camembert from Aldi also goes down well on a cool nearly-spring evening.
Had some money sitting in my PayPal so thought I’d spend it on some healthy Hello Fresh meals. Use my code R3CDUQ to get $35 off your first order!
Oven Baked Ocean Trout with fennel and lemon
Za’atar Chicken Bowl
Chorizo and Chick Pea
Vietnamese Pork Noodle Salad
Steak with the biggest mushroom in the world and purple sweet potato fries.
So, I had a birthday (like we all do), and it won’t surprise you that I spent it eating and drinking, tasting and sampling, laughing and enjoying. I’d bought a Groupon for a wine a stuff tasting experience with a bottle of wine and jar of olives to take home, and insisted on that being my birthday do.
So much to sample, wines and dukkah, olives and oils, and all sorts of delish!
We took home the delightful dry Riesling. Love me a nice dry white!
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
Address: 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4998 7524
Then off to the Brickworks for a couple of beers and an antipasto luncheon.
Hunter Beer Co / Brickworks
Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Nulkaba NSW 2325
Phone:(02) 4991 7922