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Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Dinner

newcastle bloggers dinner

Well, we did it. The Newcastle Bloggers managed a (small) Xmas get-together last weekend at the Lass O’Gowrie in Wickham. mega thanks to Marissa from Beautifully Organised for organising the event and decorating the table!

the lass burger

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Who went?
Marissa from Beautifully Organised
Reena of The Mummy Project
Andrea from The Pineapple Cake and Jess (Peachy Keen Mumma) who both miss their North American Christmases, are embracing new Aussie traditions, and made us jealous talking about their Canadian and US Thanksgiving feasts!
Kel from Who Knew I Was A Housewife? (newbie blogger! check her out!!!)
Annette who explores all things French at A French Connection
and me!

disappointing fish and chips

pizza

Sign up the the Newcastle and Hunter Bloggers Facebook Group and join us at the next event!

nachos!

Bloggers United Australia Halloween Goodies Exchange!

I signed up for my first Bloggers United Australia gift exchange for Halloween, and I’m please to have made a new bloggy buddy in my partner – Natalie, AND given and received great parcels!

halloween exhange box

Check out my haul!

staionery

Funky stationery!

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Yummy beauty products!

And best of all?

Darrell Lee Balls!!!!!!

Balls!

balls!

om nom nom

Flickr isn’t being my friend…. and other excuses as to why I’m so behind in posting

So, the Flickr app that is supposed to auto upload for me isn’t doign that and isn’t even uploading on demand, and so I’m left trying to be bothered to plug my phone into the computer to get the photos off it from the past two weeks. Things like this that came from Instagram:

wine
$110/bottle? No worries

oh yeah, because when i go wine tasting, I go hard. And then go home with a couple hundred dollars worth of leftovers. You know what? The 2014 Hunter Shiraz(es) are all amazing and you simply MUST try one. Or 5.

I’ve also been being a good girl and applying for jobs. Real jobs, like ones I might want. Like at Dan Murphy’s or as a speechie or disability support officer. You know, things I’ll actually put time into applying for.

liptember

I also finished liptember with a bang, and raise $382 :) Not too late to donate! http://liptember.com.au/fiona-moore :p

Hmm what else?

amnestey

I helped out at an event for Amnesty Newcastle. An art exhibit. Then we went for drinks and dinner at MoneyPenny at Honeysuckle, and these prawn rolls were delish and certainly hit the spot that hadn’t been filled by homous and rice crackers all night.

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I had a disappointing experience with a food dehydrator :(

AND……

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I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT EAT DRINK BLOG in two weeks time in Canberra.

Will I see you there??

Newcastle Blogger Meetup @ Nan’s Dumpling Time {sponsored by Nuffnang}

Dumplngs!

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.

Pork Dumplings

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!)

Duck Salad

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!

Chicken Dumplings

Pork and Chive dumplings

These pork and chive dumplings were everyone’s favourite!

Prawn Dumplings

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
Hamilton NSW
Ph: 02 4961 6350

Their current menu is here :)

Newcastle Mirage Christmas Blog Meet @ The Commons

newcastle mirage blog meet

BLOG MEET!

moon boy Murrays beer

I love a good blog meet, talking “shop” with people who get that google analytics and referral terms are a thing that matters! A huge thank you to the Newcastle Mirage boys (did you know ZINES were still a thing???) for organising it and getting the beer from Murray’s Brewery for us gals to try!

being the little lioness

I may have kittied up, thanks to Kitten Cream and Kitten’s Playpen.

Murray's Whale Ale

angry man murrays pale ale

Mmm…. beer

common fix cold brew coffee

And COFFEE!!! Some gorgeous yums from Common Fix Cold BreW. Gorgeous team behind it and nommy coffee…. esp with VODKA!

four to the floor

Me and the peachy keen mumma!

Oh hello there Peachy Keen Mumma!!!

hello naomi bikkies

mmmm Hello, Naomi bikkies!

you're a mug mate

You’re a mug mate….