Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Dust storms here, bringing red dust from the centre of our state and further, South Australia I believe. They had strong winds over there, disturbing land affected by the drought. Some have said that this is the first dust storm of this magnitude that New South Wales has experienced.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It was our three year old nephew's birthday party on Saturday. Husband E and the two little ones went and rode on some model steam trains. What fun!!! I was with our older two at a Sydney University Alumni Day.
I had hoped that the noise would not scare our younger two, but have been told by all three in our family who attended, that it was a wonderful event, lots of fun and extra special, as it was a cousin's birthday and a future buddy for 5 year old daughter's school next year was there too!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
It is the plan at present that each child can enjoy browsing through recipe books and then select one or two that they would like for dinner. They then get to help with some of the preparation of the meal. 7 year old daughter chose Coq au Vin and meat pies.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
A good friend held a Jane Austen party on Saturday night.
Imagine candlelight, ladies dressed elegantly, and dancing.
Trifle, bakewell tart, chocolate coated marzipan and fruit, to mention but a few.
Our party favours were so thoughtful: a fabric drawstring bag with some lovely goodies inside.
As gift wrap was only evident later in the 1800's, we wrapped the present we gave in fabric, decorated with some sprigs of lavender from the garden.
Friday, September 4, 2009
We all felt like chocolate cake:
500 g butter
2 cups caster sugar
2t vanilla essence
Separate bowl, mix and sift:
2t baking powder
3 cups plain flour
1 and 1/2 cups cocoa
Fold into butter mixture and add
2 cups almond meal
1 and 1/3 cups milk.
Divide into 2 cake tins, bake for at least 45 minutes.
Last night was the first Prayer and Reflection evening at our new church. The church was quiet, with low lighting and soft music. We heard some passages from the Bible and inspirational readings. We were left, unhurried to pray and reflect. What a lovely evening. A chance also to meet some lovely ladies that I had not yet spoken with.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Mum suggested punch: ginger ale, with tinned fruit in natural juices and sprigs of mint. Delicious.
I made chicken and mayo, roast beef/sundried tomato and chive cream cheese, smoked salmon/dill/ cream cheese, ham/Thai pesto/lettuce.
I am glad this lunch was held yesterday as today the valley is filled with smoke with burning for hazard reduction.