pretty as a picture

pretty as a picture

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hyacinth Heaven




How beautiful are these Hyacinth? The fragrance from this flower is my favourite of any bloom, and if you fill a vase full , your whole room will smell devine.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Masquerade Ball




Jeff and I are off to the Hawthorn Confreres Grand Banquet, Masquerade Ball tomorrow night at the Sofitel Hotel.

We unfortunately will look nothing like the people above, although Jeff will look dashing in the Frank Sinatra tuxedo he hire for this special evening,and I will be wearing a soft mint frock that I hope to never wear again!

It should be a great night and we are looking forward to a festive evening of intrigue, mystery and fantasy


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It's Sunday morning and we had a great night last night.
The Ball Room looked beautiful all done up in a Venetian theme and everyone went to a great effort to dress up and wear their masks.

I won the best mask out of 100 people, which was very exciting. I won a dinner for two at the Sofitel, so it will be nice to go back in a couple of weeks for another lovely dinner and evening. Jeff is very impressed!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PRETTY IN PARIS




Paris - Winter Collection 2009-2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stylish Mamma



Just imagine for a moment that motherhood looked just like this.


(Now slap yourself......and wake up!)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Toy Story 3

I went and saw Toy Story 3 yesterday. I loved Toy Story 1 & 2, and 3 was just as good.
Disney and Pixar do animation film's so well, and now that 3D has been added, they are just amazing to watch.

If you think these film's are just for the kids, then you are missing out!

Never let the child in you disappear, otherwise life become's a little too serious and boring. Sometime's it's good to see what a child see's, so that your reminded of how innocent life once was.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Green Thai Curry Risotto with Chicken



Im not feeling well this week, so here is a recipe that my friend Em gave me last year and is just delicious! Serves 4, but if your hubby is anything like mine, he will eat the whole lot!

1 tablespoon peanut oil
20g butter
1 brown onion,finely chopped
3 garlic cloves,crushed
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
1/4 cup green Thai curry paste ( use less if you dont want it too hot)
1/2 cup dry wine
2 cups chicken stock
270ml can coconut cream (or evaporated coconut milk for healthier choice)
200g cooked chicken breast, thinly sliced
1 cup grated parmesan
handfull baby spinach leaves,chopped
2 tablespoons of coriander leaves

1.Cook pieces of chicken and put to the side
2.Heat oil & butter in large saucepan on high.Saute onion & garlic for 2-3 minutes until tender
3.Add rice and paste. Cook stirring for 1 minute. Stir in wine and cook for 1-2 minutes, until wine is almost evaporated.
4.Blend in stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat & simmer,covered,for 15 minutes. (Stir every five min's, so rice doesn't stick to bottom )
5. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut cream, chicken, cheese, spinach, salt & pepper.
Set aside,covered for 10 minutes.
6.Serve sprinkled with fresh coriander.

I't looks a little mushy, but tastes YUM! You won't stop at just one bowl.

Easy As...Let me know what you think. Enjoy!


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A little tip..

When chopping onion's, burn 2 candles as close to the onion as possible, with out getting in the way of your chopping. Just lean back a little while chopping. The candle smoke stops the onion fumes getting in your eyes. It may still make you water a little, but won't make you cry. I've tried it, and it works for me. No more wearing sun glasses while cutting!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tiger Troubles




I can't tell you how proud I am of Elin Woods wanting to devorce Tiger. For a minute there I thought she was going to do the honorary thing and stand by this poor excuse of a human being let alone a husband. $335 million should some how ease her pain and the embarrassment she has had to endure. It's the least he could do.

She's putting a message out there, as is Sandra Bullock, that this kind of behaviour and betrayal is just not exceptable, no matter who you are. Simone Warne could take a lesson from both of them, but somehow we all know that's not going to happen. For one, who would want either Warne, and two, they truly do deserve each other. Like attracts like, as they say!

It's hard to believe that someone with such a high profile got away with this for so long. Tiger came across disciplined, focased, arrogant and intensely private. You never saw his wife and kids at tournaments, and now we know why. Not only was he trying to hide his wife ,he was trying even harder to hide his life!
Even he would agree that showing public affection for his wife ,with everything he was getting up to, would just make him look like a hypocrite. I some how think he did have a conscience when it came to not displaying his family and why he protected them so fiercely.

As for Elin, you have to wonder what sort of relationship they did have behind close doors. Maybe it was an unhappy marriage with all the common problems that couples have. Who's to say she wasn't a verbal or physical abuser in the relationship.
When your wife is chasing you out of the house with a golf club and smashes the window's of your car with it, you would tend to think she means business. Tiger is obviously scared of this woman. He would have known the consequences of his actions but chose to do what he did anway.

I'm sure he was so consumed with his double life that he couldn't see past the mess he was getting himself into. When you have other people helping you, he probably even started to make excuse's for his behaviour and validate it. Who knows? What we do know is that he is paying a high price for it. He has lost respect, endorsements, a cool $335 mil and most importantly his family. I wonder now if he thinks it was all worth it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

mummy.....talkers!

Why do women feel the need to overly talk to their children when shopping in the supermarket?

You go down an aisle, pickup an item and look at the mother beside you with the kid, and she's already made eye contact with you.
She then proceeds to ask the 1year old what they should have for dinner and which item should they choose. The voice is now at a level, that you would think the child is deaf!

The child then starts to grab items, to be then told to "put it back", "No,you cant have that" and "that's a good boy". Mummy doesn't need that one, mummy has to hurry, and if we take this biscuit over this one, then that would be a healthier choice..blah blah blah blah blah.

You then proceed to keep moving, but every aisle you go into, they seem to appear.
While you make your get away choosing toilet paper (and while Im on the subject).....

Why is buying toilet paper the most embarrassing item to walk around with and then go through the check out? I would rather have a trolley full of sanitary pads then walk out with toilet paper under arm.
This sense of shame comes over me, because I think Im the only person in the world that has a ----! What is that about?!!
Anyway... that issue is for another day. Back to the mummy stalker...talker!

You both now end up at the register, and by this stage, bubba is crying like a banshee because everything jnr touches is snatched away, and mamma's voice has gone from high pitched, to gritted teeth mumbling, while she throws the shopping onto the belt ,ready for a quick exit.

NOTE: There are no prizes for trying to involve a child in the food shopping. The main objective is to get in and get out without too much drama.
If you stopped pointing things out and talking so much, they might actually think the supermarket is a fun and interesting place to be, just sitting in the trolley.
Children get so distracted by all the questions and attention, its enough to get a grown human annoyed, let alone a child!

The next time you are out shopping at the supermarket, spotlight, kmart etc, be aware of the mummy talker. You'll be surprised how many are out there.