Monday, January 26, 2015

meal planning monday.

oof, monday again!
i am trying to get over the fact that there's less than a week left of january, but i can't! slow down please 2015!
anywho, best get on with this meal planning lark...



tonight, we're eating a nice roast dinner. we've got a bit of pork in the fridge, ready to be slow cooked in the oven for a pretty good portion of the day. can not wait.

tomorrow night, we'll be munching on some bolognaise bb put together yesterday while we were both off work. i'll cook some pasta when i get home and reheat the sauce. dead easy.

for wednesday night, teriyaki pork with some noodles should do the trick.

thursday, i'll grab some lamb chops from the butcher on the way home from work and serve them up with some vegies. classic and simple.

friday night, i'll finally put on that osso bucco i wanted to last week. hopefully.

saturday, imma leave bb in charge of dinner, as i'll be working. maybe we can finally go and see the hobbit movie? and grab something for dinner while we are out of course!

and sunday? i'm hoping to get a bit of a cook up happening, so that we'll have lunches sorted for the week, i'm thinking perhaps a curry, or some kind of pasta dish. that'll probably be dinner for the night too ha ha!

what are you eating this week? do you batch cook for lunches too? have you seen the new hobbit movie yet?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

sunday snippets.

playing along with {tinniegirl} and her sunday snippets.
a few pictures, and some words, summing up the week that just was.

last night saw a wee trek into the city to catch up with some of bb's family.



i spent quite a bit of time knitting. walking through the city and knitting, drinking cider and knitting, riding the train and knitting.
these socks now just need a quick kitchener-ing and they'll be done! woohoo!

a quick breakfast before work...



whipped up with what i had hanging around in the fridge. grilled haloumi, garlic and chilli mushies, a poachy on a sourdough muffin from the freezer. so delicious!

the simplest things are the most entertaining.



i carried him around like this for a good half hour. i think he was spellbound seeing all the stuff he normally misses out on being on the ground.

i spent monday and tuesday of this week in the most wondrous place.



i can't ever see myself getting sick of being there, surrounded by scrumptious wool.

and a sweet treat on wednesday night.



ncb this week was in the city, at 1000£ bend. there was an n2 stand just across the road which was amazing to check out. i didn't eat this, but the lady that was going to was more than happy for me to snap a quick picture.
yes, that IS a donut covered in whipped cream on TOP of the milk chocolate, cookie studded ice cream.
the entire menu looked amazing, and i will definitely be going back!

what did you get up to this week? what is your favourite ice cream?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

green love.

i am absolutely loving getting my little jobs done around the garden every day (well most days anyway...).
it's keeping everything looking nice and tidy, but there's never any shortage of little things to do!



these little bright things on my front steps never fail to put a smile on my face.
i inherited this boot pot, and another from my late grandmother and they are SO awesome and always remind me of her.

a friend gifted me over half a punnet of spring onions early last week.



and i planted them out in a pot i had ready to go in my backyard. spring onions galore are just around the corner!

the bird netting i've been keeping over this bed is doing wonderous things!



the tomato plants AND the poor bedraggled chilli plant are looking heaps bigger and happier. touch wood they stay that way!

the rose in my front yard never fails to amaze me.



most years, it puts on a pretty good display of blooms, but this year, it seems to be going from strength to strength. SO much new growth.
might be the fact that i'm actually taking the time to give it a good water every other day... funny that!

how are your tomatoes going? have you grown spring onions before? how often do you water your roses?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

the fabric stash.

after the awesome little sewing session i had with some lovely ladies on saturday, i was feeling all sorts of inspired. and a little confused.
you see, i took along my entire fabric stash to the sewalong, and found that i had WAY more fabric than i'd first thought. and not just little scrappy bits, but nice sized, completely usable lengths!
naturally, i pulled it all out when i got home, so that i could make PLANS for it!
are you ready?

first up, garments!



these three lengths will definitely be made into dresses.
the purple flower print in front, i bought at the same time as i bought the fabric for this project, thinking i would make two of the lisette dresses, but i never did! time to change that i think!
the graphic pink and brown number, i'm also hoping to make up into a lisette dress. it's SO easy. particularly as i've already made one!
the heart print, i'm picturing it in a more structured dress though... it might take me a little longer to get to that though i think, as i will most definitely need help ha ha!
big thanks to my lovely bestie for the pink and brown print, and the hearts too. she couldn't see herself wearing them anymore, but they look perfect to me!



i bought this flannelette AGES ago, intending to make bb some pj pants... never quite got around to them though. they'd make the perfect valentine's gift though. must get sewing them soon as february will be a CRAZY busy month for me with work!



these two prints, i want to make into more wiksten tanks! i made my first one on the weekend, and i LOVE it! and i loved the process of making it too. simple, straightforward and easy.

and now, the rest!



these florally scraps will be going into my hexie blanket. haven't touched it since i did a whole heap of stitching on it last february. i should definitely get back to it and get some more done...



i'm wanting to make these little panels into cushions. i think they'd work perfectly!



and this pile? well i'm hoping to make a rag rug out of these bits and pieces. we'll see how that goes i guess?

do you have any sewing plans? have you made a rag rug? are you a garment sewer?

Monday, January 19, 2015

meal planning monday.

once again, last week's meal plan didn't exactly go to plan... monday, tuesday, the meal plan was going great. and then everything fell apart wednesday ha ha!
we had thursday night's dinner last night, so roast chicken is still on the cards this week!



tonight, i'll whip up an easy favourite. meatballs!

tomorrow, i'll have a little more time on my hands as i won't be working, so roast chicken will definitely be happening! AND i'll throw the bones and some vegies in the slow cooker to make stock afterwards. love a double duty dinner!

wednesday night, i'm heading into the city for ncb. we're trying somewhere new to meet so hopefully it goes well! and ben can have soup made from the stock from the previous night, with noodles and leftover roast chicken meat.

thursday night, i've got a recipe for baked jerk chicken that i'd like to try. hopefully it turns out ok!

friday night, i'm working... osso bucco in the slow cooker might be the way to go.

i'm working all weekend, so i'll leave bb in charge of the dinner situation. hopefully he is up to the task!

what are your plans for the week? what's on your menu?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

sunday snippets.

playing along with {tinniegirl} and her sunday snippets.

a few pictures, and some words, summing up the week that just was.



i spent the day yesterday with some lovely crafty ladies getting some sewing done! they're all quite experienced garment sewers so offered me great advice and helped me whip up this awesome number.
i am stoked with how it turned out, and already have plans to whip up a couple more of these tanks!

i spent a little time this afternoon exploring this wild backyard!



there is a LOT going on back there, and i can only imagine the discoveries you could make in that jungle!

this guy was being his ever so helpful self last night.



i spent a little bit of time going through my fabric stash, and couldn't help myself but make plans... more about that on tuesday though...

and the kombucha mother i started growing last week?



well it's coming along nicely! i can't help but think it's not too far away from being able to make some kombucha for real! it hasn't taken nearly as long as i'd anticipated it would!

what have you been up to this week?

Monday, January 12, 2015

meal planning monday.

oops! last week's meal plan did NOT exactly go to plan. tuesday night, and the two nights i had planned to go out went as i had planned, but the rest, nope!
hopefully this week will be a little different!



tonight, i'll throw together some haloumi patties for dinner. and there should be leftovers for lunches too! yippee!

tomorrow night, i'm back at ballet, so a-slow cookering i will be. satay chicken will be quick and simple and easy. but most importantly, delicious!

wednesday night, i've got fancy plans. beef wellington. a new recipe so wish me luck! the recipe i'm using looks pretty simple so hopefully it'll be ok!

thursday, i'm working late. i'll whip up an old favourite in casarecce with fennel and chorizo before i head to work so i have something to eat on my break and bb has something to come home to.

friday night, i'm heading out with my family to celebrate my brother and a close family friend becoming another year older. it should be super fun!

saturday night, i think i might try out another new recipe! well kind of... i want to make pad thai, which i have definitely made before. however i normally use a sauce out of a jar, and tonight, from scratch! wish me luck!

sunday night, i might try for the roast chicken i had planned last weekend. here's hoping it actually happens this week!

what are you eating this week? have you ever made beef wellington before?