Saturday, 25 February 2017

Healthy-But-Yummy Treat!!

Do you ever find yourself craving a yummy sweet treat? I don't very often, as I'm not a chocolate lover and I don't often look for sweeties ... usually I crave potato chippies or cheese or dip and crackers. However ... today I just felt like I wanted a sweetie treatie ... you know how it is! :0)

Since I'd had a yummy omelette for breakfast I decided that a coffee and muffins was a nice idea for a lighter lunch option that would also satisfy my need for a treat. So into the depths of the fridge and cupboard I delved ... AHA! Some ingredients were found ...

They may not look very appetising in their current form, but I could see healthy banana muffins in my future. :0)


* 3 soft bananas, mashed
* 1/2 cup brown sugar (next time I'm going to try honey)
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1/2 cup milk
* 2 cups wholemeal SR flour
* 1 cup rolled oats
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon Bicarb
* 1/2 cup currents
* 1/2 cup slivered almonds

1. Preheat oven to 170C. Line/grease two muffin 12 cup muffin trays.
2. In a large bowl combine: bananas, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, oil and milk.
3. In another bowl combine the flour, bicarb, baking powder, oats, cinnamon, ginger, currents and almonds until blended, then add to wet mix and stir until fully combined ... but don't over-mix.
4. Divide mixture between 24 muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes or until muffins are browning and firm to touch. Cool and enjoy!

So this is what my lunch looked like ...

They were pretty YUMMY and I didn't feel like I was being TOO naughty. :0) Hope you enjoy making some sweetie-treaties too ... let me know if you try my recipe and what you think of it. Hmmm ... I think it must be time for another cuppa ... and maybe another muffin?! Tee! Hee! Hee! Til next time ...



Friday, 24 February 2017

The Sweetest Words!!

What would you think those sweetest words would be?


Tee! Hee! Hee! I'm sure quilters all around the world would agree with me. :0) And lucky me heard those sweet, sweet words from my Home-Away-From-Home The Quilers Angel this week. The Magnificent Marion & Stupendous Steph were offering a whopping 40% off all bolted fabric. WOW! So you know I just HAD to go & adopt some fabric, right?! :0) Want to see what followed me home? (That was my story to GB & I'm sticking to it! )

Ta! Da! This is my latest stash enhancement. I know it seems like a bit of a mixed bag, but it's the starting point of three different projects.

These two are the background for a dinosaur quilt for one of the nephews. (Note to self: July ain't that far off, so get moving on this!)

This batch will be block sashing (the basics at the bottom) & the outer border for a quilt to be made with these ...

My Sort-Of-Sister Tiffy has been a camp counsellor in the USA a few times in the last few years & she decided SHE would make a t-shirt quilt from her camp t-shirts. Hmmmm ... So how did I end up with the job of choosing sashing & borders, cutting the t-shirts, adding the stabiliser then cutting the blocks to size?!? Well you may ask ... I still haven't worked it out! :0P And the rest of my new goodies ...

They are for ME! :0) I fell in love with this range at first sight, but have been a good girl & not adopted any ... Until 40% off broke my resolve to be good. See ... It's not really my fault! :0) I'm still not 100% certain about what these will become, but I'm thinking probably a pretty quilt. I got 40cm of the eight to the left for sashing or piecing & a metre of the teal floral on the right which I LOVE!! The floral will make a nice outer border. This was a popular range so by the time I was at the shop late in the afternoon there were only a few selections left, but I reckon I've got a few teals & dusty rose fabrics in my stash to mix n match.

HUGE thank you to Marion & Steph for offering such a fantastic sale for us fabric-a-holics. :0) We really are very spoilt by Marion & Steph. I've visited fabric shops in several states when we've been on holidays (GB is resigned to me turning our holidays into a fabric addict's version of a pub crawl ... Quilting shop crawl! Tee! Hee! Hee!) And I think The Quilters Angel has one of the best & broadest ranges of fabric, notions, quilting accessories, patterns & pretty giftware that I've ever seen. Not to mention that service, advice & encouragement are always given with a smile! Marion & Steph really are our Quilting Angels! :0)

And as if a fabric sale wasn't exciting enough to end the week, I also caught up with Fabulous Fiona to help her celebrate her birthday. Although ... We were too busy chatting & enjoying our Black Widow Burgers to remember to take a pic. Oops! :0) Oh ... The Black Widow title of our lunch was named after the comic book character not the burger's ingredients! ;0) Happy Birthday Miss Fiona!!

So today ... I'm just chillin' at home, doing some of my grownup chores, fondling my new fabrics  I think I now need a cuppa & a snack. Just the way I like a Friday to unfold, really! :0) So what are YOU up to today to end the work week? Some sewing perhaps? Hope your weekend is FABULOUSTil next time ...



PS Don't forget OPAM signup closes this Tuesday! If you haven't signed up yet you'd better get in quick! :0) 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I'm Off The Naughty List!!

When Santa didn't bring me a parcel for the SSCS last year, I thought I must've been TOOOOOO naughty to have deserved a giftie! No comments from those of you who know me!! :0P I received a lovely, apologetic email from my swap partner Wendy who said she'd been having a bit of a struggle with her incoming & outgoing mail & my parcel seemed to have disappeared through a crack in time & space. It will probably show up in a Dr Who episode one day! Tee! Hee! Hee! She is such a sweetie that she said she would send another parcel. :0)

Well ... It seems Wendy's postal service decided to play nice the second time around & a lovely parcel arrived late last week ... WOO! HOO! Thank you Wendy! Inside my parcel I found ...

A very versatile table runner & a mini Santa stocking for my mini tree. :0) I love that Wendy went with an understated colour palette for my runner, as it means I can sit things on it without worrying that I'm covering a design ... Like sitting ...

... A pretty candle on it.

A big thank you to Wendy for my surprise-Christmas-in-February gifties! I somehow never get around to making myself any Christmassy things. It's always a hugely busy time of the year & I usually procrastinate so long about the things I need to make for gifties for other people that I always run out of time to do anything for me. And a huge thank you to the wonderful Chookyblue for once again hosting SSCS. It's the only swap I enter now, as it is always so well organised.

In other news ... Don't forget ... If you haven't yet signed up to be part of OPAM 2017, you still have a few days to join Sweet Peg & me. To the few gals who have sent their sign up email but haven't heard back from me yet ...SORRY! My Beloved Geek Boy handed his old laptop over to me to replace my drowning victim after he got a new laptop for work. The catch is ... His new laptop is slower than his old one (ie. Now MY laptop) so he keeps pinching mine back. Hmmmm ... !! So ... Once I manage to snaffle it back, I'll send welcome letters to acknowledge your sign up. And of course, February is our first month for recording finishes for the year, so update your sidebar lists.

Right now though, I'm off to play Polly & put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea. You know, I suspect that if I found out a meteor was hurting towards the earth & we were only hours from a catastrophic impact, I would probably still make time for a nice cup of tea! :0P Enjoy the rest of your week! Til next time ...





Saturday, 18 February 2017

Road Tripping!

Another hottish Saturday (though nowhere near as icky sticky as last week!) with tentative plans cancelled, so my Beloved Geek Boy & I decided to hit the road & go exploring in some areas we'd seen on previous trips & promised ourselves to check out "one day". Well, today was that day! :0)

Right from the start we decided to take "the road less travelled" ...

A "back road" that made us very glad we were in GB's 4WD. :0) Then after a while, we reached some more 'civilised' roads ...

Look! Traffic lights & everything! :0P After a little look at some maps & a bit of a chat with the GPS, we decided to ...

... Head for them thar hills! :0) It was so interesting to discover little country towns hidden away from the highways, to drool over some GORGEOUS historic buildings, to see how amazingly diverse even this small south-east corner of our large state is ... & lovely to spend some relaxed time together when we didn't have to "do" anything except enjoy each other's company. After a few hours, though, we decided a pit stop & some sustenance was in order ... So we found a lovely little coffee shop on Mt Tamborine.

MMMMMMMMMMM! Vanilla milkshake! YUMMO! I confess to gobbling up my delicious Moroccan chicken, sun dried tomato & Gouda on sourdough toastie before remembering to take a photo. :0)

And someone else enjoyed his mashed avo & fetta toastie with a chaser of iced coffee. He looks pretty comfy, doesn't he?! :0) Then it was back on the road ...

... On a winding, forrest-y kind of road. Such a pretty corner of the world. We eventually wound our way back home ...via another "back road" but no more pics, as the sun just seemed to be in the wrong spot to get nice photos.

So, that was our adventurous Saturday & actually the second impromptu road trip we've taken in the last week. There's something about the "spur-of-the-moment" part of these trips that adds to the fun, not to mention the thrill of answering that question GB & I ask ourselves frequently when we're traveling from point A to point B ... "I wonder where THAT road goes?" :0)

I hope your Saturday has had some unexpected fun in it & that your Sunday starts a wonderful, fresh week for you. Don't forget ... OPAM sign up closes on February 28 ... Don't miss out on joining the fun. :0) Til next time ...









Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day Brownie Points!

Happy St Valentine's Day!

We don't usually go all out for Valentine's Day, but my Beloved Geek Boy racked up some serious husband brownie points today when I received a special delivery at work this morning ...

Aren't they GORGEOUS!! A dozen red roses & I love the lacing up the front. But even lovelier than the beautiful roses was the sentiment behind them ...

And GB was treated to one of his favourite dinners ... T-bone steak with salad & creme caramel for dessert. Two happy campers here. :0)

I hope your day was special. Til next time ...



PS. Have you signed up for OPAM yet? There's still time. :0) KRIS xx


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