Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family, Cats and Christmas!

Merry Christmas is over and we are now heading into Happy New Year! The best thing about Christmas is having my family home, especially my daughter! Surrounded by Testosterone all year it is nice to have another female in the house for a few days.

 She arrived with her babies, one of which settled in very quickly. You saw little Sparrow in a previous post when I brought her home from work.. She has grown heaps since Nicky took her home and is very very cheeky!

 Atticus aka Fatty took a bit longer to settle. Lots of hissing, snarling and random attacks until he found a safe hole behind my bedroom curtains

But given time he has settled down very nicely.

It was a lovely day with lots of food, family and presents! I did very well out of the day and the thought and love that many people put into their gifts made them even more special. It was such a lovely cool day too which was a bonus, it made it much easier facing up to cooking and eating a Roast turkey lunch.
The New Year will be here in a minute and I'm looking forward to all that it may bring. Through my Blog and website I have met so many people and formed wonderful friendships. It's going to be fun continueing the friendships, maybe making more new friends and sharing my life with anyone interested in reading my Blog.
Happy New Year to you all, I'll talk to you again in 2010!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Baking

Despite the almost 40 degrees outside today I was determined to get my Pecan Candy Cakes made. They are one thing I always make for Christmas. They are done, I have melted. Thought I would share the recipe with you cause they really are the BEST thing.

310gr Halved glace cherries (half red, half green)
200gr chopped glace pineapple
240gr chopped dates
350gr chopped pecans
100gr shredded coconut (don't be tempted to use dessicated, it has to be shredded)
440gr sweetened condensed milk
1 tblsp SRF

Grease 2  x 8cm x 26cm orange tins. Line base and sides with greased greaseproof paper . Combine all of the above ingrediants in a large bowl and then add the condensed milk. Mix well. Press mixture into prepared tins. Bake in the oven 160 degrees for 1 hour to an hour and a half until brown. Cool in tins. Remove paper when cool and wrap in tin foil. Store in the fridge. Slice thinly to serve.

And while I had the oven going I made a few teacup christmas puddings for my favourite customers at work.

I made it with my Mum's recipe, a nice quick one, no soaking overnight!
Boil in a saucepan for 1 minute:2 oz butter, half a cup of sugar, half a cup of Sherry (I used Brandy) 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of mixed fruit
Cool then add: one third cup of sifted plain flour, 1 tsp carb soda, 1 tsp mixed spice and an egg.
Mix well.
Grease 10 teacups well and almost fill each one with the mixture. Tightly cover the top with tin foil. Sit in a baking dish and fill about two thirds up the cups with water. Cook in the oven 180 degrees for approx 45min. Puddings are cooked if a skewer comes out clean.

Remove from cups, cool, wrap in Glad Wrap or Tin Foil. Wrap in Calico and decorate. Store in the fridge.
I have to work all day tomorrow but Nicky will be home so I can leave her a long list. Whether she does it or not is another thing.
All my shopping is done, the Cheesecakes are in the freezer, the house is reasonably tidy and the Turkey is defrosting. I think I am finally organized!!!!
Two more sleeps!!
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My Place and Yours : The 'Me' Wardrobe

Time once again for Meet me at Mike's Meme- My Place and Yours This week the Theme was chosen by Sandra. Sandra says What's your favourite item of clothing, the one that you feel special in, the most "you" in, keep going back to, can be spotted in by friends from miles away, wear over and over and hope will never fall apart and die? Perhaps you've even had to darn it already? (There's to keeping an old craft alive!) It might be a scarf that you made, a pair of gorgeous red high heels, a vintage printed dress or even a pair of old pink flannelette pyjamas. Or it can be more than one!
 My Wardrobe mainly consists of Jeans and  black tops with a little bit of colour thrown in on occassion. I love it when the winter comes and I can wear one of a dozen coats and one of a multitude of scarves. Love scarves!!!!!!
Most of my Coats are Vintage that I have found in Op Shops and this is my very very favourite one that is worn a lot more than any of the others.

It is pure wool with lovely big buttons and sits just below the hip. Usually there is a Vintage Brooch pinned on it somewhere. Well after I bought it a friend told me how glad she was that I had bought it and was wearing it. Turned out it was her Grandma's who had passed away a few years before.
Little black shoes are another 'never be without' item in my wardrobe. I wear them till they literally fall apart then get another pair. They are great as they cover everything from casual to sort of dressed up.

The very sad thing is that I still have the last two pairs that I have worn out.....can't bear to part with them!
Of all my Black T's and tops this is my favourite and is usually the first one I grab if it is clean.

My teen crush. One of my middle son's friends was wearing it one day when he was here and as soon as I saw it I wanted it. Anyway, I made him promise to give it to me when he got over it. AND HE DID!!!
Love it now the boys are grown and they wear clothes I can fit into.
There are other things I wear to death but they are so near death they are pretty disgusting so this will do.
Sadly this is the last week Meet Me at Mike's will be hosting this particular Meme. Possibly someone else will take it on and you can continue popping in to have a look at My Place.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Place And Yours: Just five minutes peace!

Time for another instalment of Meet Me at Mikes My Place and Yours Meme Pilgrim  is this week's  THEME QUEEN and she has chosen   'Just Five minutes Peace!'
I used to think when the kids were little that it would all be so much more peaceful when the kids were in their teens and I wouldn't have at least one of them calling, wanting or needing. I was so WRONG! No matter how old they get they still call, want and need! When they were little my five minutes of peace was of an evening when they were all tucked up in bed but now days they are still up way past my bedtime.
So my strategy is to wake early and have one blissful hour of reading in bed before I start my day.

I curl up here with the latest book and a cuppa. No one has turned a TV on yet, or the radio. The X Box is still turned off and no one is rattling and banging in the kitchen. Machicho is curled up somewhere towards the bottom of the bed keeping my feet warm and all is right with the world.
Once they are all up and the day has begun then there is no peaceful or quiet place in the house so I head up the backyard to my sewing room.

I can sit and sew in the quiet and no one annoys me (much) I can play my own music or not and generally ignore the world.

If a Nanna nap is called for, I have my little iron bed in the corner to curl up on and have a snooze, once I have cleared it of whatever I have dumped on it.
Usually one or both of the dogs come up and sleep on a blanket under the bed though they have to be careful as I quite often forget they are there and shut them in when I leave. Don't worry, I do remember them eventually!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

T'was a fortnight till Xmas.................

T'was a fortnight till Xmas and out of the trunk, came tinsel and Stars and more Xmas Junk

                         The tired old tree is revived yet again, with baubles and  stars and all the kings men!

Santa appears on the cupboard and wall. The little ones scatter themselves in the Hall.

The Snowmen gather in a life risking huddle, let's not light the heater or they will be a puddle! .

The Prim Ornies and tinsel as you can see, exclusively hang on the Dining room tree.

Kinder creations in pride of place, tinsel, buttons  and even some lace.

Candy Canes hang from the doors in the home, and in the kitchen, a lone deer does roam.

We mustn't forget to chill a bottle or four (maybe we better get  more!)
Now we have roasting and baking to do, as we all shake our heads muttering 'My the year flew!'
Here is my house crammed with Christmas Cheer, so now I can wish you

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Place And Yours: Wherever I Lay My Hat …

This week, Myrtle and Eunice is our Theme Queen and she wants to know what object you would take wherever you roam, because it makes your house feel like a home? OMG How on earth am I supposed to choose one or a few things from this house that truly signify home? The cupboards are bulging, the walls, every flat surface and even a lot of the floor are covered in treasures that I am sure make my home what it is. So I have walked around all weekend thinking and looking and have narrowed it down just a little

Yes you have seen Machicho before, she is my baby. Not the prettiest, probably the naughtiest and most certainly the most loved!

And Maggie, my sweet girl who talks to me and fights machicho every night for a place on my lap.

These two have been hanging around with me most of my life and still sit on a chair in my bedroom. They are getting on a bit now, Teddy is in his late 40's and has a few repairs over the years. Miss M above has tried to remove Teddie's nose and I haven't got around to repairing it yet. My 'floppy' doll still has all her clothes except the bonnet and is also in her 40's. Pity we couldn't age as well as her!!!

And there is the collection of 'Poms" my son David wrote for me when he was younger. He gave me one every Christmas and I have framed them and hung them on my bedroom wall. This one has photos of all the kids around it so has even more reminders for me.
Of course all the photo albums, my handmade quilts and my collections- especially the Violets!!Then there are my Vintage brooches, some were my Grandmother's, some were Mums and others the kids have given me. The Vintage furniture, kitchen just goes on and on really. Whoops nearly forgot the sewing machine, don't know how 'cause I use it every day!!!  But the pictured four would have to be my first choices. What about the kids you ask?? Well two have left home, one is going and I wish sometimes the fourth one was going too. So even though our children do make my house a home, we have entered the next stage of life, learning to make a home without them in it. Maybe thats why my two M's (sorry suzanne) are so very very important to me now. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009


You should never EVER tell your daughter who is more than likely going to end up as the mad old cat lady on the corner.......that you know where there are kittens!!!!! Especially when you are  an hour and a half away and will have to look after it till the weekend when she can pick it up.

Just look at that face!
My day of non stop sewing was constantly interupted by sad little lonely cries that are virtually impossible to resist. It knocked its water over, sat in it and generally made a mess over and over again. Rev the dog came in to visit and baled out real quick cause the kitten chased him around the room for cuddles.

In the house she very quickly found machicho and a love affair began. They won't leave each other alone!!! 

Now Machicho looks huge but the kittens not worried, she just wants to play.

Hopefully this means she is getting tired and peace will reign.
Tomorrow night or Saturday (my bet is tomorrow night!) she is off to her new home with a new big Brother who goes by the name of Atticus aka Fatty