Tuesday, November 3


 The other weekend the three of us went for a little walk because I was keen to capture all the purple that is around this Spring.  We have a bit of purple in our yard too with a small jacaranda tree, so much larger than it was when we first moved into our home all those years ago.  Even my little sage plant has come into flower this spring for the first time.  It is wonderful when you just take a little bit of time to be aware, being mindful about what surrounds you, so much beauty.  These days I am always taking notice of the changes in the seasons and trying to embrace them even when Summer comes.....

Sunday, November 1

Sunday plans

Saturday I thought it might be nice to go visit my Mum, with no plans made for Sunday there was now a plan in place to go to the country. So I got busy in the kitchen baking some yummy treats to take with us banana choc chip muffins, party popcorn and raw caramel slice along with some scary finger biscuits Miss 11 made. We all sat out on the deck eating, chatting and drinking tea.  There was some present giving too, my Nan celebrated her 88th birthday a couple of weeks ago!! After way to much food we wandered the garden, noticing the spring details in the garden.  I was lovely to see the mulberry tree bearing fruit and being able to eat some straight from the tree, a childhood must I think.
How was your weekend?

Sunday, October 25

Apple Pie

The other weekend we invited my mother in law over for a cooked lunch to celebrate her birthday, she loves a cooked lunch.  I simple affair of just her and our family of four.  On the menu we had an organic roast chicken with vegetables and then for dessert was apple pie and cream.  Apple pie would have to be my all time favourite dessert to make. I think it may have even been my first dessert I made in home economics and this is the same recipe I used out of the same book from way back.  I don't make dessert often so when I do it disappears very quickly and if you make it I can guarantee it will be enjoyed very much.
Still on the subject of food, I have been sitting down writing the weekly menu plan.  It can be a struggle to get it done but worthwhile when during the week you go searching for dinner ideas. I thought I would share it with you, maybe it might give you some ideas.
Herbed honey rissoles with vegetables
Fish, chips and salad
Maple and tamari roasted rainbow vegetables with quinoa
Apple banana bread
Apple Pie

Sweet Short Pastry
1 cup plain flour
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
125g butter
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup cold water or milk (approx.)

1. Sift flours and salt into a bowl.
2. Rub shortening through the flour with the tips of the fingers.
3. Add sugar and mix well.
4. Mix into a dry dough with egg and milk beaten together.
5. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
6. Use as required.

Apple Filling
6-8 cooking apples
3/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup water

Method (Filling)
1. Peel apples and slice into a saucepan.
2. Add water and sugar and cook gently until soft.  Add cloves. (I add the cloves when I cook the apples)
3. Drain off any surplus juice before using.

1. Make sweet short pastry.
2. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
3. Cut dough into 2 pieces.
4. Roll out one piece to line a tart plate.
5. Fill with cooked apples.  Moisten edge of pastry.
6. Roll out other piece of pastry and cover filling.
7. Press edges down firmly.  Make a hole in the centre.
8. Decorate then brush over with milk.
9. Bake in moderate to hot oven for 30-40 minutes.
10. Sprinkle top with icing sugar.

Happy baking!!

Saturday, October 24

Roma Street Parklands

Today my hubby, Miss 11 and I went for a nice long walk around Roma Street Parklands while my big girl was off doing her sporty thing.  The three of us seem to be spending more time together these days as my oldest carves her own life.  It seems like in a blink of an eye you go from finding parks to play in to slowly walking around taking photos together, talking along the way and enjoying each others company.  I know when the girls were little I could never imagine them being big, and now they are which is exciting and a little sad at the same time but life after all.  Anyway the overcast day today made the perfect day for photo taking and slow wandering.  The spring display was beautiful and well worth a visit if you live in Brisbane.  Come for a walk with me around the park.  I hope you enjoy the many photos.