Happy Halloween to all my overseas blogging friends!
Here in Australia Halloween is not the big deal that it is over your way however I must say that it is slowly taking off over here and each year I notice a bit more promotion re this occasion.
When Brenton was younger I would make the kids choccie spiders for Halloween. Yesterday Heartpoet's work held a fundraising morning tea to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House. All staff baked/made morning tea items to bring in and then sold the goods amongst themselves to raise funds for the cause. We made Choccie Spiders and Heartpoet says they were a hit. The original recipe calls for cooking chocolate but I prefer to use the real deal. I made two batches, one with Nestles Dark Chocolate and one with Cadbury Dairymilk. They are very moreish. For the spiders eyes I use either silver cake decorating balls, mini red m and m's or nerds. Hope you all have an enjoyable Halloween whatever you get up to today!
1 pkt Chang’s Original Fried Noodles (100g) 2 Tbspns Crunchy Peanut Butter 200g of good quality Chocolate (milk or dark)
Microwave chocolate and peanut butter in microwave safe mixing bowl for about 30 seconds on high. If not melted, then microwave again in 5 second intervals. Mix well until it is a smooth paste. Add noodles and coat them well. Spoon heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto grease-proof paper, or into individual paper patty pans. Decorate with two beady eyes and place in fridge to set. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
1/ Accept award by posting on this post on my blog. Then post on your blog regarding your award with a link to the name of the blog giving it (http://theserendipitycafe.blogspot.com/) and then post a copy of your award.
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I am honoured to have received an award for my blog, The Official Seal Of The Ultimate MeMe Award & Meme, presented by Sharon McPherson (Dundee Scotland) - AUTHOR / ARTIST from BOOKISH BLONDE
Thank you Sharon for your kind comments on my blog yesterday. I started this blog 6 months ago and it is heartwarming to know that others are enjoying my blog as much as I am enjoying the whole blogging experience and my contact with bloggers from all corners of the world.
This award includes a meme where I must choose 5 random categories and tell you 5 favourite things from these categories. I must also ponder carefully who I will pass this award on to. I will post tomorrow with my meme and also who I shall be awarding.
Large skinless chicken thighs 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into one inch chunks 1 small onion, cut into one inch pieces Baby carrots, cut into one inch chunks Parsnips, cut into one inch chunks 1/4 cup maple syrup Sprigs of fresh thyme Salt & pepper
1. Preheat oven to 220C
2. In a large shallow roasting pan, combine chicken, sweet potato chunks, onion, baby carrots, maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and sml springs of thyme and toss to coat.
3. Roast chicken mixture 40 to 45 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with tip of knife and liquid in pan thickens slightly, stirring vegetables once and turning chicken over halfway through roasting.
Serve with buttery creamy mashed potato and steamed green beans.
I read this on my friend Mel's blog and I just love it! Made me chuckle...
Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her, So, if you give her crap, you will receive more shit than any one human being can handle.
I love Sangria, tis so refreshing and I enjoy a glass at our local Mexican Cantina when we visit. Now that the weather is warming up methinks I shall make a batch of this one night this week so that we can enjoy a glass on the front veranda whilst watching the sun go down. A nice relaxing end to a day methinks :]
1 bottle dry red wine 3/4 cup of sugar 1 tbsp orange liqueur, preferably Gran Mariner 1/2 large lemon, sliced 1/2 large orange, sliced 2 cups of club soda
In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except for the club soda. Chill in refrigerator from 2 to 24 hours. Just before serving, add 2 cups club soda to pitcher. Serve over cracked ice in a large glass goblet with a slice of lemon and orange.
I am not rich monetarily, but rich in priceless love. Therefore I rejoice in my inner wealth, not outward accumulation.
Will leave you today with these words from a very wise lady Mother Teresa...
"The only cure for loneliness and hopelessness is love. The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty---it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love. As far as I am concerned, the greatest suffering is to feel alone, unwanted, unloved. The greatest suffering is also having no one, forgetting what an intimate, truly human relationship is, not knowing what it means to be loved, not having a family or friends."
Melanie from Canada is a new friend of mine who has just started blogging. Her blog is looking absolutely fabulous, lots of lick ya lips delish recipes and homemade treats. So do drop by and check out her new blog and don't forget to say hi.
"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." And he is right. The path to truth is strewn with thorns - but after the initial few steps, these thorns cease to matter - in fact, they are gone with the wind. So, go right ahead and be true to yourself, because truth will not hurt you; it will awaken your soul. Just try it! Jim Davis
je t'aime is I love you in French, which you pronounce zhuh tem.
The French are often idolized as the culture of love. The French language is called the Language of Love. Couples holding hands are found in all corners of Paris. French romance is tied to Champagne, that bubbly drink that makes any day a celebration. It's also tied to great food. Then there is the glorious romance of the French countryside...sigh! I started learning the French language in High School and immediately found it to have an elegance and charm all of its own. Foolishly I did not continue with my language studies and always regretted not doing so. Recently I have rekindled my love of this language as.... vous ne savez jamais quand vous pourriez être balayé de vos pieds par votre amant pour un voyage étranger et c'eez toujours mieux être préparé ;]
Below are the entries for our forums fun RECIPE OF THE MONTH COMPETITION for November. Voting has now opened and is open to all forum members. We are currently taking entries for our RECIPE OF THE MONTH COMPETITION for December.
Lentil & spinach en croute
Terry's Pasta Salad
Tangy Italian Salad
Corn Beef studded with cloves, basted with orange juice, seeded mustard, brown sugar and honey
Baked Bean Tacos
Meatballs & Spag
Zac's Herb loaf
Rendang Beef Curry and homemade naan bread
Joining our forum is quick and easy and once you are a member you can view the recipes for above and their accompanying photo's. You can also vote and enter a recipe of your own if you wish in Decembers competition.
Teacups and saucers Length of wick Chopsticks or old pencils Old candles Old double boiler
First stop the op shop and purchase any pretty matching teacups and saucers.
I save the bases of my old used candles after the wick has burned down, there is often a decent chunk of wax that remains. I roughly chop them up removing any remaining wicks/metal wick holders, paper labels on bases etc and I then melt them down in an old double boiler.
I measure the depth of my teacup and add about 3 inches. This gives me enough wick to tie the end to either a square chopstick or an old pencil. I then pour the melted wax into the clean/dry teacup filling to the same level you would a cup of tea. Place wick into wax and rest chopstick/pencil across the middle of the cup till wax has completely hardened.
When the wax is completely cool, you may if you wish use a hot glue gun to secure the teacup to the china saucer or plate. This will give your candle a steady base.
And there you have it...you have recycled leftover remains of candles into something lovely enough to give as a gift. These display really well on side boards/dressers in sets of 3 or 4 or 1 alone on a sml table/chest of drawers etc.
I came across a poem today and posted it below as it best sums up how I feel about Joey. Happy birthday gorgeous, you have such a kind heart and gentle soul and you deserve nothing but the best for your special day!
Hugs Kimmie xxxx
What is a sister?
A sister is someone more special than words. She's love mixed with friendship; the best things in life. She's so much inner beauty blended together with an outward appearance that brings a smile to the happiness in your heart...
A sister is one of the most precious people in the story of your life. And you'll always be together, whether you're near or apart.
Together, you have shared some of the most special moments two people have ever shared. A sister is a perspective on the past, and she's a million favorite memories that will always last. A sister is a photograph that is one of your most treasured possessions. She's a note that arrives on a special day, and when there's news to share, she's the first one you want to call. A sister is a reminder of the blessings that come from closeness. Sharing secrets. Disclosing dreams. Learning about life together.
A sister is a confidante and a counselor. She's a dear and wonderful friend, and -- in certain ways -- something like a twin. She's a hand within your hand; she's so often the only one who really understands. A sister is honesty and trust enfolded with love. She's sometimes the only person who sees the horizon from your point of view, and she helps you to see things more clearly. She is a helper and a guide, and she is a feeling, deep inside, that makes you wonder what you would ever do without her.
What is a sister? She's someone more special than words; someone beautiful and unique. And in so many ways, there is no one who is loved so dearly.
Take a look at these, delish to the max. They go down very well indeed with a steaming hot cuppa!
If you would like the recipe for Bec's Delish White Chocolate Cookie Bars, then simply log into our forum for the recipe and step by step instructions complete with photo's. In only a few short months we have almost 100 forum members in our fabulous and super friendly forum. Will you be our 100th?
Tis sad when you see so many ppl struggling to move on long after a relationship has ended. They appear stuck in a time warp that they cannot free themselves from. Being stuck prevents them from finding real love and happiness and they seem to bounce from one relationship to another not based on true love, but a quick fix because of their fear of being alone. The connecting and disconnecting for any children involved is very damaging. Tis also hugely disrespectful to be in a new relationship and still hankering after your ex and devoting time to this cause. If I was the newer partner I would be off like a shot if my partner was not focused and genuinely in love with myself and not just stuck with me because of circumstance or because of their needs.
Same with marriage, in my opinion marrying someone because you accidentally fall pregnant/win a radio competiton etc is a huge mistake. You should only marry someone because you love and respect them, relationships based on any less are doomed from the start. You sincerely wish for these ppl to find real, heartfelt love to complete their lives. For them to be able to look at the person currently in their life and to honestly question whether that person 100% floats their boat and do they truly love that person with all of their heart and soul? If not they all deserve so much better!
I wish you well...
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”
At our websites friendly forum we feel that a recipe that is not shared with others will soon be forgotten, but when it is shared, it will be enjoyed by future generations to come.
In our forum you will find lick ya lips delish recipes, art and craft ideas, homemade gift ideas, beauty recipes to pamper yourself with, best ever hints & tips, spiritual and mystical matters, shoestring living with style, cleaning recipes, gardening, general chat and so much more. Our forum has a warm, extended family type atmosphere.
Plenty of experience here in the tin lids (kids) fusspot dept. Our fabulous forum has many tempting meal ideas posted (recipe and accompanying photo of meal) that are sure to please even the fussiest of children. Economical, tasty and healthy Baked Bean Tacos, Meatballs and Spaghetti and Pizza Scrolls (pictured above) are all quick and easy to prepare and the tin lids are sure to love them.
My fairy (read my post from the other day) turned up today in the shape of my gorgeous Heartpoet. He took a rare day off from work and looked after me a treat. He is a total honey and it was really lovely to have his company and pampering today. He bought me a gorgeous bunch of flowers to brighten my day and divine cupcakes for morning tea made with crushed macadamia's and topped with fresh lime icing - delish! He washed the car and helped around the house and bought me my favorite magazine. There is a big pot of delish soup on the stove (will take a picccie and post tomorrow) and herbed garlic ciabatta bread in the oven. Sarah Lee Butterscotch and Honeycomb icecream in the freezer for dessert.
Sounding like a herd of bull elephants they fling themselves on to the tin roof of the house and then thump their way along till they get close to the side fence, a flying leap then it's off down the back yard foraging for food.
I am so over it...I am still absolutely full of the flu. We have been hit hard this year by flu viruses. The only thing that is giving a little relief this time round is two panadol and a pot of ginger, lemon and honey tea.
Ginger, lemon and honey tea
In a big plunger place:
1/2 lemon, sliced about 4cm of fresh ginger, finely sliced a heaped teaspoon of honey Fill the plunger with hot water.
Leave to steep for 5 – 6 minutes and then drink the tea.
For this to be effective you need to drink a lot – at least 4 – 6 cups per day.
Plans are afoot for a move and (apart from ironing ;] ) there is nothing I loathe more than packing. But before the packing comes decluttering. We have had regular declutters over the last nine years however this time we are going to be more brutal. I love the feng shui method for decluttering. You start by getting four boxes that you will use for all your decluttering needs. Label them: CHARITY, GARBAGE, KEEP, and DECIDE TOMORROW. For the decide tomorrow box, once it is full, tape it up, date it and then put it in storage. In one year, go to the box and throw it out if it has not been open. Do not open it and go through it again, just get rid of it. As you are decluttering your home affirm that you are getting rid of the old energy to make room for new and vibrant energy. Clutter is a big issue to many and it holds the negative and positive energy in a stagnant state. Energy functions best as it moves freely through your home gaining vibrancy from colours, plants, smells and sounds. To keep the chi flowing get rid of the clutter.
2 Tbsp of vegetable oil 500 grams of chuck steak, trimmed of fat and cubed 1 white onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp of all-purpose flour 1 cup of beef stock 1 can of tomatoes, diced 10 brown mushrooms with stems removed, sliced 1 egg, whisked for brushing 1 sheet of pie pastry 1 tsp of sea salt
Special equipment: small ramekins/pie tins or pie maker if you have one.
Directions are for cooking in a standard oven using ramekins or pie tins.
In a large pot, heat the oil over a medium heat and then brown the meat in batches. Set aside. In the same pot, saute the onion until translucent for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for 2 minutes. Add the flour, stirring well to coat the onion and garlic. Add the beef stock and tomatoes. Stir well. Next, add the beef and salt to the pot. Stir several times and then reduce the heat and cover. Cook gently for 1.5 hours. After this time, add the mushrooms and cook for another 1.5 hours. Let the meat cool slightly when it's ready. Preheat the oven to 200C. Spoon the meat mixture into the ramekins or pie tins. Gently lay the pastry over the ramekins and trim the sides. With your fingertips, press the pastry around the edges to seal. Brush pastry tops with egg and then bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with a slurp of tomato sauce on top.
Fresh orange juice - 1/4 cup Olive oil - 3 tbsp Grated orange zest and fresh lemon juice - 1 tsp of each Honey and Dijon mustard Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste 3 peeled and finely grated raw fresh beetroots Mixed chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, tarragon and chives
You then need to...
Whisk together 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice, 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp each grated orange zest, fresh lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, and freshly ground salt and pepper to taste. Stir into 3 peeled and finely grated raw beetroots to coat evenly. Add 1 tbsp of mixed chopped fresh herbs and combine. Delish!
Touch therapy for the very young to the most elderly boosts the immune system with no side effects (except love) -- and looks to be even more important than diet, exercise and vitamin therapies when it comes to protecting against 'bugs' and helping to overcome chronic health challenges. ‘Inoculate’ loved ones now, by incorporating healing touch into your daily routine.
"One of the most moving examples of the healing power of touch is a story that made the rounds via email about Kyrie and Brielle Jackson, preemie twins (pictured above) born in 1995. In the neonatal intensive care unit at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, Kyrie (the larger of the 2, at 2 pounds 3 ounces) began to thrive, while her sister Brielle was not doing so well, with breathing and heart rate troubles. Then one day Brielle started gasping for breath, turned bluish-gray, and started hiccoughing (an indication that her little body was overly stressed). With her heart rate dangerously high, the nurse ( Gayle Kasparian ) tried everything to stabilize the baby, to no avail. Remembering an unorthodox treatment, rarely used in the U.S. but common in Europe, Kasparian decided to bed Brielle with her sister. As soon as she was placed in Kyrie's incubator, Brielle snuggled against her sister and immediately stabilized. Kyrie then placed her arm around Brielle, and we have the picture above. Both children are doing well"
I love, love, love to both give and receive a cuddle/hug and luckily for me my gorgeous fiance is a hugger ;] My family/extended family/friends are all partial to a warm hug as well.
So watcha waiting for?
“The best gift you can give is a hug one size fits all and no one ever minds if you return it.” Anon
I am a mother hen who mothers others when they are sick...who then mothers the mothers?
Heartpoet is so busy with work and Master Teen is so busy being a teen and recovering from the dreaded viral lurgy himself.
Today in my daydreams the "magic mother fairy" is doing my housework, running my errands, whipping up some delish tempting treats in my kitchen, plumping me up a pillow on the lounge with a cosy eiderdown, getting me my fav mag and hot lemon drink and generally speaking loving me up a tad :]
I tell ya I would so worship the sky this fairy flew on lol. The thing is she is late, she has not arrived as yet! Someone tell me she will be coming right??
Ahhhhhhhh ya have to daydream keeps ya sane methinks ;]
The biggest challenge a woman may ever have is the job of a mum, but along with the challenges comes the greatest rewards life can give a woman. The rewards of respect, honor, forgiveness, peace and above all a love that can last forever and remain in ones memory for a lifetime. My sister Joey is a wonderful mum to my two precious nieces (pictured above when younger). As her birthday approaches I am pondering what to get her for her special day. Special mum's always need and deserve pampering I feel as they do so much for their families and nine times out of ten put themselves last. So I am thinking something along those lines. I adore the following quote.....
"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden." ~Author Unknown
What a glorious day it is weather wise here in Brissy. DS returned from NZ school trip with a flu type virus (as did many other students) and he has kindly passed it on to me methinks. Can feel the start of a sore throat and feel a tad hot and off colour today. A day at home for me today pottering, nothing out of the ordinary planned. I had to smile when the mail arrived today. One of my best girlfriends is off on yet another overseas jaunt. A month in Egypt and a visit to Dubai. Her postcard reads as follows...
"I started in Cairo with Pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, then sailed the Nile on a Felucca Sailboat. Riding a camel in the dessert - good fun. Flew to see a temple (Prulae) that was moved before they damned Aswan. It is a history lesson everyday. I have a train to catch so chat soon when I see you shortly in Brissy."
Ahhhh methinks at this rate my excitement for the day will be lining up at the chemist for some cough medicine lol. Might have to stop off at the travel agents and get a glossy travel brochure and daydream :]
1 600ml carton of Thickened Cream 1 tin of Condensed Milk 1 splash of Vanilla extract
Whip the cream until it's at the 'I'm about to turn to butter' stage. (If a spoonful sticks to the spoon when turned upside down it's done.) Slowly add the condensed milk in a thin stream while still mixing the cream. Once it's all mixed, add a splash of Vanilla extract - you have to taste it to see how much you need (what a chore). Then tip into an empty ice-cream tub and freeze...no further mixing or churning required, just wait until frozen and it's ready to use. This mixture doesn't get ice crystals, probably because of the high fat/low water content. It should come out lovely and smooth and wickedly rich!
Our lovely forum member ~Mands! has set down a challenge to our forum members. I am up for the challenge are you?
Message from forum member ~Mands! as follows.....
Oh you can tell I am on the upward climb from this dang blasted spinal op! Getting antsy and wanting to get back on top of things in the kitchen ~ and bring down the shopping budget!!
Honestly ~ I have no idea WHAT there is in my freezer(s) or the pantry! Yet we are back to spending $200-$250 a week on groceries. Sure - there have been 2 families living here of late - but it made nary a dent - added to it all if anything!!
There is a year and a bit of shopping antics and memorabilia in there and I am *almost* able to do it myself ~ so in return for a few weeks accommodation, my VBGF is being my 'back' and the goal is to get back to the $300 a month we had been doing pre-op (down from $300 a week mind you!)
WHO IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Or at least on the sidelines cheering me on??
I've found you do three things at the same time ~ Stocktake; Menu Plan; Shopping List ~ and in that order is best!
This week is the stocktake. Seriously, I could shop in there - and I might use the idea of 'buy that for $1' from my pantry and put this week's budget onto that evil credit card - which is also nowhere near as evil as before, even giving us bonus 'FlyBuys' for paying in full! I do like that!!
Having done this before and reduced our shop by a massive $900 a month, I know we can do it. Make your goal reasonable. I want to be down to $250 per fortnight - and I am allowing a little more than 'normal' because it is not that easy to prepare, make and serve up - I can do most of it but I will buy pastry sheets, jams & sauces, premade marinades & other such 'cheats' (but not your chicken tonight or kfc - blergh) and my $5 settlers grain bread, for the convenience to have meal variety - does that make sense? About 4-5 yrs back, I'd make sauces, marinades, bread - everything pretty much as DS#1 has food intolerances.
The veggie bed is also not up and running, so it is not able to bring down the budget - although I expect to be eating from there by Christmas! Potatoes are going in this week - only I dont think they will be ready for Christmas. But it is a start!
So back to the Challenge:
This week, should you choose to join me, the idea is to do a stock take on what you have. Use it as an opportunity to defrost and clean out the fridge & freezer. I've done a check on things that need to be used and tonight we are having a roast chook & veggies ~ that's given me space AND meals for tomorrow (pie or pasties) and Wednesday is omelettes for DS9 & I as no one else is in. I know all that is there - and need to get nothing for lunches or breakfast - so, I've got until Thursday to stocktake.
Where do I start??
I've got a small upright freezer, an up-top freezer (smallest space, top of the 'good' fridge), a lower drawer freezer (on an old upside down fridge/freezer) ~ plus the pantry. And its a little large. For the first 4-5 months post op, only fresh ingredients were needed due to my 'stores' and DH is a good cook and loves to play in the kitchen. He had 6 weeks or so off work initially as my carer, and he did do quite a few bulk meals to help when he was back working.
So - I will be starting with each freezer (1 ea today, tomorrow & Wednesday) ~ with what's found I will form the rest of the week's menu. Tipping there will be a few single pies, pastas, patties and more!
1 cup of cornflour 4 cups of water 1/2 cup of sugar Bright Food Colourings of your choice
Combine the cornflour, sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat until it thickens. The mixture will be thick and glossy when it's ready. Add the food colouring and stir it well. Paint will keep for 3 days in an airtight lidded container.
First step, take a deep breath
You don’t need a reason why
You can, you can take, take time
You can, you can walk, run, dive
Close call, you think you might fall
But all you gotta do is try
Even angels, even angels learn… to fly~!
I would fly you to the moon and back if you'll be . . . if you'll be my baby ~Savage Garden~
If I was a fairy I would be named Hex Icefly
She is a bone chilling bringer of justice for the vulnerable.
She lives in places hexed and tainted by black magic.
She is only seen at midday under a quiet, cloudless sky.
She wears black feathers and rose petals. She has icy blue butterfly wings.