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Friday, December 24, 2010

THE NIGHT BEFORE XMAS




MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES AND MAY THE NEW YEAR BE FILLED WITH LOVE , LAUGHTER AND HAPPINESS :)   HO HO HO!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Xmas Wrapping



ITS TIME TO GET CRACKING AND START WRAPPING!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cute Christmas



DO I LOOK STUPID??........MERRY XMAS EVERYONE! :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dreaming of Xmas



ONLY  5  MORE  SLEEPS  TIL  XMAS

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Festive Fruit Cakes

Festive fruit cakes

Festive fruit cakes

Christmas is coming, but it's still early enough to bake some fabulous gifts for your loved ones - like these colourful fruit cakes.

Makes

8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 cup pecan nuts
  • 1/2 cup blanched brazil nuts
  • 100g glace pineapple
  • 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup (200g) red and green glace cherries
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or rum
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • Glace fruit and nut topping

  • 100g glace apricots, chopped
  • 100g glace pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red and green glace cherries
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease eight 3/4-cup capacity pudding moulds or texas muffin holes. Roughly chop almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, pineapple, dates and cherries. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Using electric beaters, beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add brandy and mix well. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and stir to combine. Sift over flours. Stir until well combined. Divide mixture among moulds.
  3. Make glace fruit and nut topping: Combine glace fruit and nuts in a bowl. Spoon evenly over cake mixture, gently pressing down on topping.
  4. Bake cakes for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool cakes in moulds for 2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Spoon jam into a small, heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 30 seconds or until warm. Brush jam over cakes. Allow to set.
  6. Store cakes in a single layer in airtight containers until ready to package.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

OPRAH IN MELBOURNE



Photo's by Kez


YESTERDAY WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING DAYS EVER!!


OPRAH ARRIVED IN MELBOURNE TO BE GREETED IN FED SQUARE TO 10,000 OR MORE EXCITED FANS. 


SAMMI AND I STOOD FOR 3 HOURS JUST TO SEE THE GREAT  'O'  IN PERSON, AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE JUST TO SEE AND HEAR HER VOICE.


NEVER WOULD I HAVE IMAGINED THAT I COULD HAVE GOT SO CLOSE TO THE GREAT WOMAN, BUT TO GET THESE PIC'S AS WELL WAS AN EVEN BIGGER BONUS.


I DIDN'T GET TICKETS TO THE SHOW IN SYDNEY, BUT I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE WHOLE 10 MINS I GOT TO BE IN HER PRESENCE.


'O' WHAT A GREAT DAY! :))))))

Friday, December 10, 2010

A PUPPY'S XMAS


A Puppy's Christmas - A Poem



It's the day before Christmas
And all through the house
The puppies are squeaking
An old rubber mouse.



The wreath which had merrily
Hung on the door
Is scattered in pieces
All over the floor.



The stockings that hung
In a neat little row
Now boast a hole in
Each one of the toes.



The tree was subjected
To bright-eyed whims,
And now, although splendid,
It's missing some limbs.



I catch them and hold them.
"Be good", I insist.
They lick me, then run off
To see what they've missed.



And now as I watch them
The thought comes to me,
That their's is the spirit
That Christmas should be.



Should children and puppies
Yet show us the way,
And teach us the joy
That should come with this day?



Could they bring the message
That's written above,

And tell us that, most of all
Christmas is love.

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Dedicated to my darling Lily.  Miss you everyday my beautiful girl

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

XMAS TABLE DELIGHTS!




HAVING XMAS AT HOME? 


CHOOSE A COLOUR THEME FOR YOUR TABLE. ADD A BUNCH OF FRESH FLOWERS, A FEW TEA LIGHTS AND A PERSONAL TOUCH, AND YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TABLE FOR ALL TO ADMIRE AND ENJOY :)


GOOD LUCK WITH THE FOOD!! 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

20 DAYS UNTIL XMAS!!





OMG!!!!    ITS ONLY 20 DAYS UNTIL XMAS.... ( DO YOU LOOK AS WORRIED AS OUR FRIENDS???... IF NOT YOU SHOULD! )

HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ANOTHER YEAR IS COMING TO AN END AND THE DREADED XMAS SHOPPING IS ALREADY APON US. 

TIME TO SEND OUT THE CHRISSY CARDS, AND TIME TO HIT THE SHOPS!

ITS NOW OR NEVER, SO GET CRACKING AND START SHOPPING AND REMEMBER...BE NICE TO YOUR FELLO SHOPPER, AS THEY TOO FEEL AS STRESSED AS YOU DO

GOOD LUCK!! :)


Friday, December 3, 2010

MEREWYN'S GOING TO OPRAH!!



If you haven't already heard ......MEREWYN IS GOING TO OPRAH IN SYDNEY!!!!

Im SOOOOOOOOO excited that someone l know got tickets, and most of all it couldn't have happened to a better person.

Min entered an American Express comp, which you had to nominate a worthy cause, so that they could win $100,000.  She nominated Inga and the Street Doctor Service  that she works for, and they have now become 1 of 7 finalists in the country. The winner will be announced on the OPRAH show in Sydney this month.

The Street Doctor Service is an organisation in Perth that drives around the streets, and gives FREE health care to homeless and disadvantaged people. If they won the $100,000 it could be used for  another van and a years worth of medication.

The most votes will win, so go to the American Express link and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

Send the email on, so we can get as many votes as possible before the12th.

THANKS EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR THIS WORTHY CAUSE :)




Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Birthday Wishes






HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR DECEMBER! 

THREE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAY'S THIS MONTH.

MEREWYN on the 4th , CACKA on the 13th and SAMMI on the 16th

3 CAKES FOR 3 BEAUTIFUL GIRLS!!    HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER MY FRIENDS

THANKS FOR ALL THE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP  XXX :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Photo Exhibition

photo by Kez
Over the weekend, Rach and I were proud to say that our photo's were displayed in the Rotary Club's Annual Photography Exhibition in Glen Waverley.

The two of us have only been taking photo's for a couple of months, so it was very exciting that they were selected and up for sale to raise money for Rotary.

Rach had her Melbourne City shots up (which looked like a pro took them) ,and I had my tiger photo's up on display.

It just goes to show if your passionate about something enough, it can take you anywhere!

A very exciting two days and hopefully alot of money raised for Rotary :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Photography Course - Docklands at Night


Photo by Kez
 As you know I'm doing a photography course with the Rotary Club, and we did a field trip into the city last night to take photo's of the Yarra and Docklands.

Rach and I were dropped at Docklands and this is the best of 330 photo's of the night!!

With alot of wind and a 'not so sturdy' tripod, this is all I could come up with.

Not the typical city shot I was hoping for, but happy I got something different :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo Friday- Lavender Bee

Photo by Kez

This photo of the Bee on the Lavender was taken at Wyreena in Croydon.

The little bee would have smelt a treat with the lavender fragrance all over him. May'bee' he had a hot date that night or may'bee' not!! ...... hee hee :)

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

William and Kate's Engagement





Diana and William


It's our 3rd Wedding Anniversary today and I woke to the news that Wills and Kate have finally announced their engagement.

I am absolutely delighted and over the moon with excitement for them, and can't wait for another royal wedding. At the same time it did bring a tear to my eye to know that Diana would not be a part of this special time in William's life.

Diana would be so proud of  both her son's if she were here today, and I think it was such a lovely gesture to have given Kate, Diana's engagement ring as away of keeping her memory alive.

I have collected many items of  Diana's over the years and one thing I do treasure is a porcelain trinket dish that was released for Charles and Diana's engagement. So watch out... I feel another collection coming on!!

I will be counting down the days until the wedding, just as I did in 1981 when I was 10 years old. I wish them both all the luck and love for their lives together and only hope they have as stronger marriage as Jeff and I do as we celebrate today :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ladybird Ladybird, fly away home....

photo by Kez


As some of you know, I have been taking more than a few shots of Ladybirds lately.

It has taken me a little while to work out where to find them. Where do you find them??

Ladybirds feed on aphids, and LOTS of them!! Have a look at a rose bush to see if you have aphids. If so, have a really good look for Ladybirds. They will lay their eggs where aphids are, so that once the new Ladybirds are hatched, they have an instant source of food.

Don't spray the bush with chemicals, as the ladybird does a far better job at eating away the aphids.


Its nature's way of keeping everyone happy!! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cooper and Matilda's Magazine Debut :)


 
 
Little One baby Magazine- Nov 2010 issue


 Rachel and Pauls twins Cooper & Matilda are featured in this months issue of Little One baby.

Rach had sent pictures to the magazine of their beautifully decorated rooms, that she designed ,

  and they loved them so much , they did a half page article on them. (page 182)

How amazing is that??

Congratulations Rach. The rooms look superb and your designing days have just begun :)

 


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Photography Course

Photo by kez- Sorrento Pier

Rach and I started the Digital Photography Course last night in Glen Waverley. The course is run by the Rotary Club with the help of volunteers that have years of experience in Digital Imagery. The full cost of the course is also donated to charity, so everyone benefits in one way or another.

For someone who only picked up a camera a few months ago, it can be a little overwhelming with all the information that is presented to you. The aim of the course though, is not only to be able to take a great photo, but also to know how to use your camera to its full potential.

We have a field trip into the city coming up, so look out for some impressive (or not so..) photo's of the city skyline at night.

National Geographic here I come!!! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Photo Friday- A New Beginning

photo by Kez
     Life goes on, no matter what .You can embrace it, reject it or just give up. I choose to just get on with it

Friday, October 29, 2010

Freshen Up !


This is the last entry for all things PINK for October. Thanks to everyone who supported Breast Cancer awareness in one way or another this month. Your donation will really make a difference :)

As it is Spring and everything needs a freshen up, we decided to paint the inside of the house.

What a difference a coat of paint makes. Every room is starting to look brand new again.

With some colourful cushions for the lounge, a new rug and a few new pictures on the wall, its amazing how you can update a room.

Fresh and clean is what its all about, so get motivated and change something in your house... ( Ohhh and husbands are off limits...hee hee :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pink Lady

Photo by Kez

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Harry's Walk

Sam and I walked Lillydale Lake today for Harry, to help raise money for him and his family.
Below is his story. If you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated :)


Welcome to Harry's Walk



In February this year, (2010), 15 year old Harry Mason had

a bad accident. He broke his neck and instantly became

a quadriplegic.



He has since undergone intensive rehabilitation and is

making a remarkable recovery. Doctors still cannot say

how complete Harry's recovery will be, but what IS

agreed is that intensive targeted rehabilitation

techniques will provide Harry with the best chance of

improvement.



There is an organisation called Project Walk, in San

Diego, USA, which has achieved worldwide recognition

with its rehabilitation techniques for spinal cord injured

patients, and Harry's parents Sue and Scott have enrolled

Harry in the Project Walk program



For the best chance of recovery, Harry needs to get to Project Walk as soon as possible as treatment is

most effective in the first year after injury. Accordingly, he has recently moved to America and

commenced the program. It is anticipated that he will need an initial 4 month treatment program with

possible follow up treatments after that.



Project Walk, although a not for profit organisation, is not cheap, and is not supported by any insurance in

Australia. Harry's first trip will cost an estimated $60,000, and it is for this trip that we are fundraising.



Sue and Scott are proud people and find it difficult asking for help. They are currently trying to sell their

home to finance Harry's treatment. What has happened to Harry, his parents Sue and Scott, and younger

siblings Robbie, Billy and Jack has devastated them.



Harry's Walk is an event that will raise funds to assist the Mason family in their quest to

achieve the best possible outcome for Harry.

If you are unable to walk, but would like to assist Harry, you could make a donation direct to

Harry's Commonwealth Bank account as follows:

Account Name: Harry Mason (Harry's Walk)

BSB: 063 535

Account Number: 10402564

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Give the Pooch a Spring Clean!



YES.. its Spring and even the dog deserves a good clean.

Its sometimes hard to find a groomer that you can trust and leave your pet with, knowing that all will be OK while the beloved member of the family is getting pampered.

I send my two to Steve at Oodles of Spoodles in Mitcham. He works from home and has a specially built grooming salon out the back to make the pooches feel at home with his qualified staff. Steve also jets off overseas  to seminar's so as to keep up with the latest trends and products in grooming.

Lovely trust worthy groomers and I would recommend them to anyone, even for those pups that hate having a bath or having their nails clipped! Give them a go  :)

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Oodles of Spoodles- Dog Grooming
20 Dampier Grove Mitcham 3132  - (also a great Vet on the corner)
Steve- 9873 1279
http://www.oodlesofspoodles.biz/

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Melbourne Zoo



It was such a lovely day today, that we decided to spend the day at the Zoo.

Busy as it is on a Sunday, it was well worth the couple of hours walking around and looking at all the animals and taking lots of photo's.

Mali the elephant and the new baby born last month (no name yet), were out playing for all to see with the older elephants. The Gorilla's are always great to watch, doing what gorilla's do! (much like us)

So now that the weather has picked up, head off to the Zoo. You'll have a great day out :)

Ps- make sure you wear comfy shoes. Unlike me, I broke a heal on the way in. Not a good look!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Housework Blues..or is that PINKS?



OF COURSE, WE ALL LOOK LIKE THIS DOING THE HOUSEWORK!   :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tickets to OPRAH in Sydney



OPRAH is coming to Australia in December and will be recording a show from the Sydney Opera House ,along with 300 of her American studio audience.

Australian fans will also get an opportunity to be part of the audience by going into a lottery later this month.

Once Oprah has announced when the lottery will be, you will need to register at ten.com.au and hopefully be one of the lucky viewers to be part of the studio audience.

You can also register on the OPRAH website to be notified of when she will announce the lottery. I have already done so, so if I hear any news first, I'll let you know.  Good luck :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pink Macaroons


Pink Macaroon
 Macaroons are the 'IN' dessert at the moment and taste DELISH!!

We were lucky to have the most devine dessert Sat night while at Crown.

Baked meringue with vanilla white chocolate mousse, with chestnut cream, topped with chocolate macaroon.

Yummmm!!   Why not try making some yourself. There are a heap of recipes on the web, so have a go :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Footy Supporting Breast Cancer


Buddy Franklin  (SPUNK!)

Josh Gibson  (HOT!)
Its Grand Final day AGAIN today, so I thought I would post a few photo's of some hunky Hawthorn players for you to admire :)  Nice!!

The McGrath Foundation releases a calendar every year of semi naked footballers..(what were they thinking?) to help raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer. Its called the 'Gods of Football" and these are NOT pictures off the calender but I thought they were worth perving at !!! (Its a hard life watching these boys every week, but someone has to do it! Poor me ).... hee hee

Have a great day today watching the replay of Collingwood vs St Kilda.....and GO SAINTS!!

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We are off to Hawthorn's Best & Fairest tonight at Crown and looking forward to a great night.
Buddy Franklin will be seated a table away from us this year, so it just goes to show, if you wish for something hard enough, your dream man can come true :) ahhhh love ...true love!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

photo by Kez
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month will be dedicated to all things PINK!

Support  Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing your PINK ribbon and donate to a great cause :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Need to dress for the Oscar's?


Looking for that perfect dress?  A friend recommended this boutique to me, and promised I would'nt walk out without buying a dress. She was right!

U-Turn Fashion's in Collingwood has so many beautiful dresses, short and long, that you won't be able to  decide on which one to buy. Designer dresses range from $150 to $800 and if your lucky, you might get a bargain off the $69 rack that did have a price of $400 or more!

They also have a range of designer pants, jackets and skirts at reasonable prices, and it's all current stock.

So if you have a formal function, cocktail party or a wedding to go to, then this is the place to go FIRST, before running around and wasting time. In and out within 45mins. Job done!  Love it!!  :)

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U-Turn Fashions
266 Smith Street , Collingwood
ph -9419 1450 (open at 10am)

*park in the Woolworths carpark across the road*

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spring Hats


The Spring Racing Carnival is just around the corner, so its time to start looking out for that perfect hat!                             

Friday, September 24, 2010

Photo Friday- Swan Lake

Excuse me. Are you in the right paddock?


Swan Lake


Mamma and her chicks

The photo's of this beautiful Swan family were taken down at Coronet Bay near Philip Island.

They were in the middle of a  paddock with cow's and a family of duck's, and what looked like 50 ducklings all swimming around together having one big bath!!

 So lovely to watch them all and lucky to get so many photo's :)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SPRING CLEAN



It's time for a Spring Clean! Your house is a reflection of you!! If your home is disorganised, then generally so is your everyday life. Clutter causes anxiety. So get motivated and start cleaning.

Start with your handbag and purse. How good does it feel to throw out all those unwanted receipts and bits of paper that you don't need. Put a small box in the study for all the receipts you want to keep.

Now start with one room at a time, otherwise you can feel overwhelmed thinking about the whole house.

The study usually is the most frustrating room. Just looking at all the paperwork in our study gives me a heart attack. Buy a shredder and SHRED any unwanted paper. Clear the desk and buy some nice woven baskets or whatever takes your fancy, and put bills in one, tax in another and so on. If you can't see it, then you won't think about it. Just remember to go through it every couple of months, just so it's up to date.

Throw out anything in the fridge or pantry that is out of date. Then start remerchanising all the canned food, flours, pasta, rice etc..into groups. Looking better all ready??? Once this is done, it will inspire you to do all the other cupboards. Mugs with NO HANDLES should be thrown out as well. LET GO!! (you know who you are!! :)

Old pillows, doona covers, pillow cases and towels that you don't use anymore....GET RID OF THEM!!!
If in good condition, give to the Salvo's or let the dog sleep on them for a few months. You will be amazed at the room you have created in the linen cupboard.

Saving stuff for a rainy day, is NEVER going to come. THE RAINY DAY IS HERE!!! So.. move forward, get organised , declutter and you will feel in control again

Clothes can be a hard one. You need to be in the mood for this one. Maybe start with the underwear draw. Throw out any old undies, socks, stockings etc.. to make room for a few new pairs. New undies always make you feel better, so make sure you replace the old ones.

The closet is next. Start by filling one big bag. Throw out the jeans that are out of date by 10yrs or dont fit. Anything that is two sizes too small. If you havent worn it in over 3 years, then time to go. Clothes are a gradual thing to get rid of. If you do it every 6 months you'll find you will let go of more clothes.
For every 10 pieces you throw out, shout yourself a new piece. If your sick of wearing it, then chances are we're sick of seeing it!!!

In saying all this, if your tired of thinking about it and are constantly putting it off, then do something to change it.

Get motivated and do at least one room. Who knows, you may start feeling like doing the others. You have to start somewhere. Overwhelming to begin with, but rewarding when your finished. Anxiety gone! :)

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Did you know?  A recent study by bedding supplier Tontine revealed up to one-fifth of the weight of an average two year old pillow may be dead skin, bacteria and dust mites.....YUUUUK!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Teddy Love Club Walk



Sammi and I walked in the first TLC Victorian Memorial Walkathon at Doncaster's Ruffey Lake Park today.

The Teddy Love Club walk aims to raise funds and awareness for the pregnancy and infant loss support program that is run throughout 50 maternity hospitals across Victoria.

Over 100 balloons were released in memory of just some of the babies lost during pregnancy or shortly after birth each year.

We walked with over 150 people in the morning and looked forward to the balloon release that was to be at 1.30pm. Unfortunately for us, we went off to grab a coffee and returned at 1.20pm to NO BALLOON'S!!
They had released them 30 minutes earlier at 1pm (we missed the whole thing and didnt even get a photo!! :(

To make matters even more comical, my car was blocking the exit where the fire engines leave the park, so a mad dash was made to move the car before we really upset the fireman! (at least we had a good laugh)

The day didnt end the way we hoped, but it was a lovely morning and great to support TLC, even if we did miss the balloon's!  :)

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For more info go to  teddyloveclub.org.au or phone 1800 824 240

Friday, September 17, 2010

Photo Friday- Ready for Landing


Photo by Kez
 I took this photo during the week, down on the Yarra in Warrandyte. My new camera and a little luck captured this shot of the Bee coming into land on the flower. I've only had the camera a week, so I was amazed to get such a sharp photo. Very Impressed! :)

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spring Fashion 2010

Spring Fashion 2010

Colourful - Soft - Pretty

Friday, September 10, 2010

Photo Friday- CONFUSED KERMIT?


Photo by Kez
 This photo was taken during the week while in the Forest Gallery at the Melb Museum.

YES they are real frogs and YES it seems even frogs know when its spring!!

Three's a crowd or just a loving frog family??  You decide??

Its not easy being GREEN when your always on the bottom!! :)

Keep your comments on Kermit  clever and CLEAN!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Titanic Exhibition


As you are waiting to board at the entrance of the Titanic Exhibition, you can't help but start humming in your head Celine Dion's, 'My heart will go on' and some how you expect Leonardo di Caprio to greet you as you move into the ship. (but not to be ladies!)

You will receive a boarding pass of a passenger that was actually on the ship at the time. It will tell you what class that person was traveling, a brief history of the them and why they were aboard  the Titanic to America.

The Titanic was embarking on her maiden voyage from Southampton London on April 10th 1912. The ship had only sailed 4 days when it collided with an iceberg. 1500 people died and only 700 survived.

On September 1st 1985, 73 years after she sank, the Titanic was found 4 kilometres on the bottom of the ocean. To this day, artifacts are still being recovered from the ocean floor and many are on display at this Exhibition. It's hard to believe that some of them are still in good condition and its a sad reminder of what happened that April morning in 1912

As you come to the end of your journey, there is a board of all passengers that lived or died that day.
Fortunately for Caitlin and I ......we both lived.

Well worth seeing and a great history lesson, and NO you won't run into Leo, but you can have your picture taken on the famous staircase and imagine he is with you!!  (ahhh..how romantic!)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Banana Custard Pies

Banana Custard Pies  -  photo by Kez

I have been handing out dozen's of these in the past few weeks, just so I stop eating them!
They are so yummy you can't stop at 1,2,3 or even 10...so here is the recipe for all of you who have asked.

makes 12 pies ( use a muffin tray )

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks (beaten)
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla exact
2 sheets puff pastry
2 banana's
ground cinnamon

Start thawing two sheets of puff pastry on bench ( should only take 10mins)

Get your muffin tray ready and line with butter. (so pies dont stick)

Place sugar, flour, salt & 1 cup of milk in saucepan and start stirring on medium heat on stove.

Keep stirring until all combined. Add second cup of milk and stir until it starts to bubble.

Take off the heat and stir in beaten egg yolks. ( it should be smooth like custard) Keep stirring!

Place back on heat and add butter and vanilla exact. Stir until smooth. Take off heat.

Put oven onto 170c

Place pastry in each muffin tin. (work quickly so pastry doesn't dry out)
Put finely sliced banana in each pie and a little cinnamon. Fill with custard. Spinkle with cinnamon
Bake for 12-15mins (check them at 12mins)

Cool and eat whole tray!!

For mixed berry pies, just replace banana with unfrozen Sara Lee mixed berry satchels.
You can also do just one big pie and slice it up

Sooooo.. quick and easy to make and they taste like they came from the bakery.

Have fun making and eating them :)

Let me know how you go

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blooming Blossom



Spring is here and the garden's and pavements are full of blossom tree's.

Pink or White blossom look's beautiful in a vase or jug displayed on a table, and best of all it dosen't cost anything.

So get your scissor's or secateur's out and go for a walk. You'll have a touch of Spring on you table for everyone to admire and enjoy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

SPRING AT LAST!


FIRST DAY OF SPRING 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

1000 awesome things.com

1000 awesome things.com


The smell and feel of clean washing that dried in the sun


This website is full of awesome things that make us smile :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Daffodil Day

August 27th is Daffodil Day


Today is a day for all of us to give hope for a brighter ,cancer free future for ourselves and for those we love.

Daffodil Day raises money for cancer research, prevention programs and support for cancer patients.

Show your support  by donating, purchasing merchandise or buying a bunch of daffodils to take home.

Its a day to remember those touched by cancer and raise money, so one day we can find a cure :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Photo Friday- Pretty as a Peacock

Photo by Kez

While we were in Launceston to watch Hawthorn play Freo, (Hawks won) we went for a walk into the Cataract Gorge and came across a group of Peacocks at the Tea House.

Not only will they steal food off your plate, they are also happy to pose for you. This is one of many I took and my fav. He is such a beautiful shade of blue and very proud!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Secret Society

Mia Freedman from mamamia.com.au wrote this article on Sunday, August 8th in the Sunday Age Magazine.
It's the first time I have read this Magazine.
Honest, well written and above all a powerful read.


There are some questions almost too big to answer. Or too loaded. “How many times have you been pregnant?” is one of them. It’s a question often asked in a medical context (when seeing a new doctor for example) and it’s a rare woman who doesn’t have to think and blink before she answers. Because for most of us, there are a thousand words and a hundred emotions embedded into that number which hardly ever correlates with the number of children you have. Or don’t have.

At dinner with girlfriends a few weeks ago, talk turned to someone we knew who was having her 4th round of IVF. “Has she ever been pregnant before?” I asked. “No,” came the reply. “Never.” Oh. There was a brief moment of silence as we sadly contemplated what this meant before someone looked around and asked, “How many times have you been pregnant?”

As we all looked towards the ceiling in that way you do when you’re trying to remember something, we absently started counting on our fingers. Each of us did some quick and intensely personal calculations as our minds travelled back over private moments of joy, dread, devastation, relief, grief, frustration, fear, anger, hope and despair.

A woman’s gynaecological history is fertile ground for complex emotions and many, many anecdotes which are rarely shared except among close girlfriends. But once you turn on the tap….

Someone ordered another bottle of wine as we remembered all the pregnancies we’d lost. This sounds terribly maudlin but it was in fact cathartic and natural, particularly for those of us who had children. Such conversations are far more poignant for those who don’t.

Between the five of us, we counted nine children and 27 pregnancies. It took a while to do the numbers because each one had a story attached although admittedly, for the mother who’d had nine miscarriages in five years, they blurred a little. I’m telling you all this because pregnancy loss remains one of the big secrets of motherhood - actually it’s one of the biggest secrets of women’s lives.

I had two miscarriages. Because the first one was late in my pregnancy and I had a media profile at the time, it was an uncomfortably public experience. As difficult as that was to endure, there were some benefits to people knowing what had happened without me having to explain.

Through the fog of my grief, I discovered that pregnancy loss is like a secret society you never asked to join. You don’t realise how many members there are until you become one of them.

“Oh, it happened to me last year, it’s so hard” said a colleague, squeezing my arm. “I had four miscarriages with IVF before I finally had my twins” confessed the woman at the coffee shop, slipping me a free biscotti. “My sister had a miscarriage before each of her kids,” confided a girlfriend, giving me a hug. “Dear, you know my son had a twin brother but he died before he was born,” whispered an elderly relative, patting my hand.

In their heartfelt efforts to console you, the private stories of other women bubble up and make you feel a little less alone. Because miscarriage can be a lonely journey and an odd type of grief, mourning someone you never met. In many ways you’re grieving an imagined future.

We’re very good at celebrating good news in our culture. You’re pregnant! Engaged! You got married! Had a baby! Bought a house! Got a promotion! But we’re collectively hopeless when it comes to acknowledging things that are painful, awkward, unpleasant and sad. Things like pregnancy loss. It’s not that people don’t mean well when they say things like “Oh well, it’s nature’s way” and “Better it happened early rather than later” and “At least you have a child already. Count your blessings!” There’s truth in all those platitudes but in our hurry to make someone look at the silver lining, we often overlook their need to acknowledge the cloud.

There’s a Japanese tradition called Mizuko kuyo which translates literally as ‘foetus memorial service’ and it’s a ceremony for those who have had a miscarriage, stillbirth or termination. The practice has gained popularity since the 1970s and, as the New York Times reports, temple worshipers pay a fee to “adopt” a small stone statue called a mizuko and inscribe their names on it. “They often regard it as representing their own lost baby and they dress up the mizuko figurines like little newborns, wrapping them with bibs, hand-knit sweaters, booties or hats against the cold. And they pour water over the childlike figurines to quench their thirst.” To some, this might sound comical but if you’ve ever grieved for a baby you never had a chance to meet, you’ll recognise the deep poignancy of having a place to go and mourn. In our culture there are no rituals for miscarriage and that’s such a shame.

So if you’re a member of that secret society none of us ever wanted to join, either now or in the future, know this: you’re not alone.


written by Mia Freedman

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cup Cake Day

August 16 is Cup Cake Day


Today is Cup Cake Day to raise funds for the RSPCA

Go to the website for more info and support All Creatures Great and Small !

Monday, August 9, 2010

Helping Hands





Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm....
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn