Saturday, 31 January 2009
PS Don't worry Peg. Yours are not in the photo because they were put in a safe place whilst my sewing room was moved. I will show them off when I find them. (I mean, retrieve them from their safe place!)
Friday, 30 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
And this is what it looks like on. She is a really cute cabbage patch twin, and her sister is the new doll of one of Miss 12's homeschooling friends who is about the same age as Miss 12. (It was a joint birthday present!) They had a joint party which was a lot of fun!
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Some time ago (can you tell I can't be bothered to look this up) I signed up for a "Pay It Forward" on Loz's blog. Well, today it arrived! My kids were so excited! They are such good value for money. There was a festive atmosphere as I opened it. I slid the calico bag out of the post bag and got very excited. It says "Angas Park" on the front and I know that Loz lives in the Barossa Valley near the dried fruit factory. Could it be that she sent me some Angas Park goodies?
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Saturday, 10 January 2009
This is the Whispering Wall. It's actually the concrete wall of the Barossa dam. It was built in the early 1900's. It has unique accoustic properties that allow you to whisper at one side of the dam and be heard clearly at the other side of the dam.
Some of you walk over to the other side and then down infront of the wall and whisper/listen.
And the others stay on this side, go down in front of the wall and whisper/listen.
Then those on the other side walk back along the top of the wall. It's kind of an Adelaide tradition. We love to take tourists there and watch them be amazed at how brilliantly the sound travels along the wall. This trip was not to watch amazed tourists, but our own amazed children. We were chatting about the whispering wall and Miss 11 and Mr 8 didn't know what we were talking about, so we had to take them and watch them be amazed. I'm pretty sure they have been there before, but it was a long time ago and they didn't remember it. They were appropriately amazed, and then we were amazed on the way home. We drove through Kersbrook and decided to take the One Tree Hill road home and drove past a roadside cherry stand. Yum! We stopped and bought some of the largest, most delicious cherries we have ever eaten. (We took a vote in the car). Miss 16 was feeling very car sick and managed to eat many cherries before we got home. (Eating is the only thing that helps her car sickness!) All in all a very successful trip - amazing and delicious! (If you want to get some of those delicious cherries you will have to wait till later in the year. The roadside stall is open in November and December - we were there on their last day.)
Friday, 9 January 2009
Chicken and Olive Cous Cous
Preheat oven to 180 C or 160 C fan.
Cut 1 kg of chicken thigh fillets in half. Place in baking dish with juice and finely grated rind of 2 lemons, 150 g stuffed green olives, 1/4 cup chopped oregano, 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toss to combine and season well. Bake 45 mins until chicken is cooked. Meanwhile place 1 cup cous cous in a heatproof bowl. Pour over 1 cup boiling water, cover with plastic wrap and stand for 10 mins. Fluff up with a fork and serve with chicken and olives.
This was yummy. Of course most of the kids turned their noses up at it (they made sandwiches) but I would cook it again. I really enjoyed it. I really love things that you spend a little time on and then you stick them in the oven to cook and you walk out of the kitchen. That's my idea of cooking! No wonder I am such a fan of roasts! The recipe came from the Summer Coles Magazine, which I picked up free from my local supermarket.
Oriental Noodle Salad
Finely slice 1 chinese cabbage and 4 spring onions. Place them in a bowl with 100g of slivered almonds. Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of castor sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and 1/2 cup of olive oil. Mix well and add to bowl. Just before serving add a 100g packet of Chang's Fried Noodles and mix well.
I had this salad at my sister-in-law's house at Christmas and loved it so I asked her for the recipe. She had taken it from the back of a packet of Chang's noodles so it's pretty easy to find! So, although I haven't been very creative lately I have been cooking dinner! I have also made some curtains that I'm not happy with and started on a roman blind that isn't going anywhere exciting yet. Hopefully next week will see creativity and excitement return to my life!