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Apron lurve


spots and dots apron again, originally uploaded by drewzel.

The previous post (and related blog) had me thinking about aprons. I’m not what you would call an apron fanatic, or even a collector, but if I stop and think about it I’ve probably got about 5 or so vintage ones kicking around the place and a couple I’ve made and received in swaps. Here’s one I made for a swap-bot swap last year, now living in the USA.

Happy Australia Day!

Sid the koala mailbox, originally uploaded by drewzel.

…which I know was technically Saturday, but as I have the leisure of having a day off work as an Australia Day holiday as I write this, I thought I’d post (again) a pic of some Australiana. This is my view as I write this, although since I took this pic, the garden has got bushier, the hakea is twice it’s size, and there’s a large-ish grevillea behind Sid now. I’ve been watching the Wattle Birds in the grevillea this morning, our local Wattle Bird has been so happy here that he’s produced offspring. This morning one of the juvenile ones was sitting in the Ned Kelly grevillea having a big snack. They have claimed this bush as their own, and apart from the nightly squawking at Sebby (who likes to watch them from the back of the couch), life is good. And right now I can hear the magpies singing, which is one of my favourite sounds in the world. Hooray for more native birds moving into our garden.

Food-ish

Pottering around teh interwebs, I happened to come across this site.  And found some recipes that interested me from a make-your-own, thrifty kitchen perspective.

Instant Chai Tea Mix
1 14-ounce can unsweetened condensed milk (low-fat or nonfat, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Blend all in a jar, shake well. Store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. To use, shake the mix & add 2 to 3 tablespoons directly into a cup of very strong, very hot black tea.

And one of my favourite things in the whole world:
Sweetened condensed milk
1 cup hot tap water
2 cups sugar
2 cups non-fat dry milk powder (instant powdered milk)
6 tablespoons melted margarine
Blender or electric beaters
Dump Hot water into a blender. Add the sugar, dry milk powder and melted margarine. Put the lid on the blender and whirl it around for a full minute. The mix starts out thin, but thickens within an hour. Makes (2) cans or about 3 cups. This recipe will work in all your sweetened condensed milk recipes.

Some beasties

lola and drew, originally uploaded by drewzel.

Here’s a pic of Lola and my blogging namesake, Drewzel the cat. Drew is a cranky old bag, glaring at Lola just because she’s there. Lola just turned a year old and her body is getting more solid, but her head is still small. She’s looking hopeful in the pursuit of food. I just snapped this before I left for work this morning.

Some beasties

lola and drew, originally uploaded by drewzel.

Here’s a pic of Lola and my blogging namesake, Drewzel the cat. Drew is a cranky old bag, glaring at Lola just because she’s there. Lola just turned a year old and her body is getting more solid, but her head is still small. She’s looking hopeful in the pursuit of food. I just snapped this before I left for work this morning.

Sunday Night

Normally I’m in a funk on Sunday night, due to end of weekend blues, but tonight I’m just relaxing as I have the next two days off – like most of Melbourne – as Tuesday is Cup Day, and I’ve never stopped loving the fact that we get a public holiday for a horse race.  So it’s a lo-o-ng weekend.  No, I don’t go the races, I really can’t be bothered.  And if the weather is anything like it’s been all day today, all the cupgoers will be swimming.

red-umbrella.jpg

It’s been pouring most of the day, and so I’ve spent the day pottering around inside, building Lucky Parcels, baking jam drops, and watching movies.  (Mad Max, Final Destination 3 or 4 or something, and Just Like Heaven…as that’s what the movie channel was showing.)  I must be one of the few people I know that doesn’t love the ‘Mad Max’ films, ‘Final Destination’ gave me some laughs (although I don’t think that was it’s intention) and the girly goodness of ‘Just Like Heaven’ was just fun. (I love Reese, or “Chin” as she’s known in our household. ‘Overnight Delivery’ is one of my faves ) There’s something so good about a nice cup of tea and a girly flick to watch, especially on a grey rainy day.  Now I better get some more crafting for swaps done, I’m still working on my Tea Pairings swap.  And looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow.  Hope you had a more exciting weekend than I did!

Sunday Night

Normally I’m in a funk on Sunday night, due to end of weekend blues, but tonight I’m just relaxing as I have the next two days off – like most of Melbourne – as Tuesday is Cup Day, and I’ve never stopped loving the fact that we get a public holiday for a horse race.  So it’s a lo-o-ng weekend.  No, I don’t go the races, I really can’t be bothered.  And if the weather is anything like it’s been all day today, all the cupgoers will be swimming.

red-umbrella.jpg

It’s been pouring most of the day, and so I’ve spent the day pottering around inside, building Lucky Parcels, baking jam drops, and watching movies.  (Mad Max, Final Destination 3 or 4 or something, and Just Like Heaven…as that’s what the movie channel was showing.)  I must be one of the few people I know that doesn’t love the ‘Mad Max’ films, ‘Final Destination’ gave me some laughs (although I don’t think that was it’s intention) and the girly goodness of ‘Just Like Heaven’ was just fun. (I love Reese, or “Chin” as she’s known in our household. ‘Overnight Delivery’ is one of my faves ) There’s something so good about a nice cup of tea and a girly flick to watch, especially on a grey rainy day.  Now I better get some more crafting for swaps done, I’m still working on my Tea Pairings swap.  And looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow.  Hope you had a more exciting weekend than I did!


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