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Note to self.

Those brownies were amazing. Good idea self. So good that I made them twice. Time to make them again soon.

Keep up the good ideas.

xo

We bought some chicken drumsticks last grocery shopping trip and I really don’t enjoy cooking them. I also must confess that I have a secret weakness for fried chicken (popcorn chicken is one of my vices) but I hate the actual process of frying – the dishes are way too messy and I don’t like spitty oil…so it was only logical that this was my inspiration for a recipe search. I ended up finding this recipe for oven fried chicken and modifying it according to the ingredients I had on hand (I would never buy ‘seasoned breadcrumbs’ when I can season my own). I am going to write out the recipe the way I did it. (By the way, they turned out deeeeeeelicious! Very crunchy and very much worth doing again). I’ll draw some pictures to aid the instructions. Actually bring on the pictorial recipe…

So there you have it. I am sure this would work with any chicken pieces…wings or thighs or little bits of chicken breast (ooh yeah, bring on the popcorn chicken!). There are plenty more recipes around there, I recommend checking out oven fried chicken recipes on allrecipes.com to look at the range out there. Anywho, this is a great way to use budget chicken cuts. I also made my own breadcrumbs with a few frozen crusts I had in the freezer and I crumbified them and mixed them with herbs and whatnot in a food processor. Easy peasy. I used the leftover egg/flour/breadcrumbs to make potato wedges which were also loveeerly.

In other news, my other computer had a little crash moment and is getting repaired. 😦 I’m a little sad about that, but I was assured that my files should be ok. *phew* I have a lot of photos and paintings and drawings stored on there. Time to do some backing up when I get it back. That’s why we have an external hard drive! I’m also more distrustful of PCs now too. I grew up on macs and deviated to PCs in the last few years but this imac has been pretty faithful. I think when I finally buy myself a new computer it will be a pretty pretty shiny imac or ibook. I’m also having trouble with my scanner on this computer, but after extensive googling, this is not uncommon and it’s a problem with the canon hardware not the imac. I had to use the camera to get that recipe up there on here. Thank goodness for options!

That is all from me for now, this might be my last post for a week or so because I’m probably going to the beach for a week on a bible family camp. I’ll bring you back some photos…I promise.

xo

One of my favourite photos ever. I love the colours and I have come to love that little fluffy white butt (I hated that bird at the time, I was trying to get a lovely bird shot but it kept moving, then it flew away).  I think this photo is at least three years old.

Hope you’re all having a fantabulous day!

xo

What I Wore Today

Just thought I’d share a drawing.

xo

Buy some flour so you can make these brownies.

Hope you have a good day.

xo

I promised a new post, and although it may not be exactly when I promised…here it is.

It was my brother’s brithday last week and I helped him make a cake that he was going to take to a dinner party thing with his mates. So we made cake…it was my favourite of favourite cake recipes, a glazed orange poppy seed cake. I don’t use a sunbeam mixmaster, I use a spoon and it never fails. I really really love this cake. This cake is the reason that I always have poppy seeds in the pantry. Love love love this cake. I also made another cake for his home birthday cake, a huge carrot cake. It was taaaaaaaaaaasty and we made so much that we have leftovers in the freezer. I added a can of crushed pineapple to the cake too.

Anyway, back to my brother’s cake. We made cake and then he took it to his dinner party with his mates and then he came back home about 2 minutes later because his friends had made him a cake already (or course) and they were just tricking him. And then he said something I didn’t really listen to* and then he went to enjoy friend cake. So it was me and my sister at home and we decided that we could eat some cake. And then my bro came home and was all like ‘You ate my cake! I was going to take it to work tomorrow*!’ (this is what he apparently told me when I wasn’t listening…heh). So we set our make-semi-eaten-cake-look-like-whole-cake plan in motion…

Step 1. Slice cake (note the missing 2 pieces)

Step 2. Slice orange. (This is my most favourite photo. Ever. Well at least at the moment. )

Step 3. Arrange as shown in picture…

It’s pretty swish is it not? Also, how do you like our classy plastic wine glass vase? I love it. Lately we’ve been plundering random nieghbourhood gardens for flowers. Cheap, but thrilling and fun. Our current flower is a half dead bird of paradise.

That is all for me today, I have much uni stuff looming over my head.

Love you all,

xo

ps. I just joined a very cute flickr group, What I Wore Today. Just posting my drawing now…

This is just a quick post to welcome in the spring…I might be a day late, but I wanted any opportunity to share some pretty pictures with you! These are some photos I took this morning on my little verandah. I used some pre-made actions in photoshop to make them all pretty and vintage-y…I downloaded the actions off deviantart.com.

How can you have spring without jasmine? My sister picked some this morning to have on the table for our brother’s breakfast that we cooked (more about that in another post). It makes the whole unit just smell gorgeous and reminds me of so many childhood memories.

This little plant makes me very happy. That fragile looking stem with the bud on the end has been reaching out longer and longer each day. I can’t wait to see what it becomes! I love the look of this pot and plant against the bricks since my brother tidied (and culled!) our pot plant collection.

And lastly, a big one. This is a lovely thing, this succulent. My dad picked a rosette from a plant at our local Thai restaurant and we grew it from that. The thing is, it has sort of exploded and grown so much that I can’t imagine it’s tiny beginnings! It has these tendrils cascading over the corner of our railing and it is entwined through and around it and so now we couldn’t possibly move it without doing damage. I love it that way.

Happy spring time to you all!

xo

p.s. Another post will come tomorrow, it will involve cake I promise!

Martin here is my first foray into the world of amigurumi (crocheted toys originated from Japan). I love him very much and I am very much proud of him.

I learnt to crochet from the internet and various very old crochet/needle crafts books I bought from second hand book stores. Since then I have made scarves, berets and have started more than one blanket (but as yet have finished none…). I love the meditative repetition that crochet requires…and then the end result is so so satisfying.  I will share some of my earlier crochet projects with you another time. For now you can appreciate little Martin here.

I made him for my sister’s 20th birthday in June this year. I mostly made up the pattern myself. I attempted to write the pattern out to publish on here and share with my ravelry friends but sort of failed at that. I lost my notes…woopsy daisies! I was inspired to actually try amigurumi after reading so many patterns on ravelry.com. I really really recommend that site if you are a crocheter or knitter. There are so many free patterns and advice on yarn and needles and hooks…and it’s pretty much just an awesome community.

Seeing that photo of Martin just made me remember how much I love having fresh flowers at home. I get these gerberas from the West End Markets at a flower stall there…they are 30 cents per stem and it is so fun to pick out whatever colours your heart desires early on a Saturday morning. Maybe next time I will take a camera with me…I love those markets. There is this cute gypsy styled caravan that sells organic fair trade coffee and my favourite is the cardamom latte. Oh, and there are these curry puffs there that are amazing. I have never loved a curry puff like that. $2 each and love at first scalding hot bite. That is a fantastic breakfast…cardamom coffee and curry puffs. Just thinking about the markets is making me drooooool. Yummmy! Now I know what I will be doing next Saturday morning!

I was browsing through my earlier blog posts and I remembered my pledge to hand make all my Christmas gifts this year. I’m not sure how that is going to go. I might try and have a handmade element to each present and aim that anything I do actually purchase is handmade. I don’t really like massive commercialism and consumerism. I would really love to make my own Christmas ornaments this year too. I have this idea for a Christmas tree that I am itching to try out. I really do love Christmas! The idea of giving and eating and sharing is extremely heartwarming. I am thinking of having an Australian thanksgiving dinner this year for a few of my close friends. That is one American tradition that I have always admired because I feel like it would be a great way of showing gratitude to my friends and family for loving and just being them. I’m not sure how traditional I would have the dinner…this is going to give me something new to plan! Recently I have just loved cooking and baking and sharing delicious food with my friends. I normally have some sort of dinner party at least once a year but I haven’t had one this year yet. Oooh, the ideas are swirling around in my head now!

Hehe, I was just looking back at where my tangential mind has taken me this blog entry and it is ridiculous! …amigurumi – crochet – ravelry – flowers – markets – breakfast – gifts – Christmas – thanksgiving – dinner parties. You’ve gotta love tangents!

I haven’t got a lot more to say today…uni has been getting more and more hectic and all my assignments are catching up on me. I’m not stressing out as such, I am more just finding less time to spend on here. But never fear, I will not abandon you, my readers!

xo