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Birthday Cupcakes and BBQ for all the Kids!

by Fiona on September 1, 2015 · 0 comments

smiley people

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!

we're down the back!
Hipster me with the chalk ;)

sugar table
Sugar table!

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!

Beak and sons sausages

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)

BBQ

beer holder neck strap
The stubbie holder from the Food and Wine show the day before came in handy for hands-free BBQ-ing!

numbers

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…

minions hello kitty turtles nutella cupcakes

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!

hello kitty cupcakes

Minions Cupcakes

hello kitty cupcake

No prizes for guessing which oh so sweet pink Hello Kitty cupcake I went for ;)

Pink Princess

Princess Anna with Makka

Happy Birthday Jennie, Daniel, Liam and Ezri!!!

Bring on Spring!

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Birthday Tastings in Pokolbin

by Fiona on August 26, 2015 · 1 comment

pokolbin wine and olives

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.

pokolbin estate olives wine

hunter organics

sauces

So much to sample, wines and dukkah, olives and oils, and all sorts of delish!

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wine

We took home the delightful dry Riesling. Love me a nice dry white!

moi

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
Address: 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4998 7524

hunter beer

Then off to the Brickworks for a couple of beers and an antipasto luncheon.

antipasto

Hunter beer co

Hunter Beer Co / Brickworks
Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Nulkaba NSW 2325
Phone:(02) 4991 7922

Birthday sponge cake with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty, Orange Frog

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Birthday sponge cake with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty, Orange Frog

It was my birthday on Wednesday, the ripe old age of 33. Celebrated with a trip to the Pokolbin Vineyards and Tacos with the family. The Winery visits will be shared with you soon, but here’s my awesome birthday cake, with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty and Random Orange Frog figurines /slash/ cake toppers added by the delightful little people in my life.

So, this Friday we have two lovely wines from the Angel Funded Naked Wines, which never fails to delight!

Andevine Cab Sav

The Andevine Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was a “bonus” for me this month in my case. Not the usual style we drink, but as soon as it was poured, it was a winner. I can’t always smell the spice or chocolate, but this had chocolate notes for sure! And went down just as well as chocolate ;)

Brian Fletcher Shiraz

Our other newbie this week was the Brian Fletcher Estate Western Australian Shiraz 2013, which was a suggestion based on my usual purchases from Naked, and I’m glad I slipped two into this order because it was well received with the Hunter Belle blue we were finishing off :)

Me at the winery

Tried any new wine lately?

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THREE!!! Happy Birthday Ezri!

by Fiona on August 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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And yes, I can believe it.

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While the time has flown, you’ve grown into such a little girl – I think you were a toddler for a brief few months my little niece.

Ez and Li Sharing

You love your brother to an extreme, and he loves you back even if he does want a break sometimes!

Ez fashionista

You have an affinity for pink that is purely from within your glittery self!

xxxxxxxx Love you always!!!

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Cute and Cool – July Edition

by Fiona on August 1, 2014 · 2 comments

What made me smile and instagram last month…


The sky on Monday


Colourful hairbands


Avocado


The existence of Gluten Free Weetbix. Obviously not Wheat :p I’m yet to try them but I’ve been told that they don’t sog up as quickly ass regular weetbix and/but are good!


Wonderful Pistachios. Unsalted were the ones for me – less moreish that way! Mixed reception in this house to the sweet chili…. the traditional salted ones were as good as ever. (gifted)


My birthday!


Hello Kitty bday gifts!

What made your July smiley?

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Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Ocean!

Bruce took me for sushi for my birthday dinner…. soooo many noms kept tempting me on the sushi train!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Sashimi to start!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
This one had spice.

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Chicken katsu

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Prawn ship :)

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Crunchy chicken

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
mmmm Edamame!! A good palate cleanser while I wait for more noms!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Fresh takoyaki (squid balls!)

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Crab with strawberry chili sauce

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Fresh tuna…. melty!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
All washed down with a deliteful Milawa Brown Brothers Temparnillo. $17 from the Del Bottlo.

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Rugged up for the road with my new beret from B’s mum, and of course the Bomber’s scarf!

Sushi Revolution.
1/ 97 Darby St. Cooks Hill NSW 2300.
(02) 4023 4477.

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Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

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Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

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Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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It be my birthday tomorrow.

July 21, 2014

And aside from stuffing myself with silly with dumplings, I have GORGEOUS roses from Amanda and A Moto G from my parents *squees* Expect much better photos from now on! Much much better…. Arrrr me kitties… Adding this to my therapy wishlist!

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Birthday Dumplings @ Nan’s Dumpling Time, Hamilton.

July 20, 2014

OMG, so many dumplings. One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town. We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period. Pork, […]

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31 – a rolling celebration of eating, drinking and being merry

July 28, 2013

I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness. Let’s start with a couple of days […]

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Amanda’s 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo, Honeysuckle Newcastle

September 19, 2012

Rocking the Blue and Green :) Another in the series of 30th birthdays, this time a Monday night in Honeysuckle. The chicken Two large tables, one table had their mains done, dusted and cleared before our table’s even came out! *jealous* The Beef Cocktails and wine flowing, and craft beers around. The Lamb The flash […]

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