Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Long Weekend

Good morning. We have just came out of a long weekend and I am off to a late start. Everything is back to front today but with a bit of re-arranging the day will happen.

A huge blessing this week!! A friend gave me some lemons from her garden and let me know I can pop around anytime when I run out. Whoohoo! They taste great!!

Yesterday I managed some letter-writing and these will be posted today.

Yesterday I also made a new batch of toasted Granola. This have proved very successful as it lasts over a week and is quick and tasty to prepare for hubby each morning. I just top with yoghurt and whatever berries are hanging around in the fridge. Easy as!

And look, I found a Keto Bun recipe that we like and works well filled with fried egg and salad, sauce or mayo, whatever, just load it up. Yum. 

Until next time, live life to the full ... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Good morning. Welcome to a new week and a new season. We just love Autumn. The mornings are cool, crisp and quiet as the wind drops. The days warm up beautifully and that makes it special. 

The leaves are starting to fall from the trees and it won't be long before there will be pretty carpets laid of them everywhere.

The walks by the foreshore have been tranquil. I just love it. You never know what you are going to find down there as it is never the same, even though I am mostly there the same time each day. 

We have been devouring some hot meals. I cooked some lamb shanks the other day and at this particular meal had tried a new recipe. All you need to do is line your baking dish with bacon up over the sides, fill it with raw mince, seasonings and sliced capsicum. Fold in the bacon and top with grated cheese. Bake for about 30 mins and enjoy. It is equally enjoyed with a salad or mash.

On my needles I have a new yarn. It is a blue-red colour and I am enjoying working with it.

That's it. I hope you can truly enjoy the season where you are...Dot 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

I Love ...

...going for my early morning walk. It's not that early as I head out the door as hubby leaves for work. I don't have to rush about it and get a lot done before I do. But I really enjoy getting out in the fresh air and loosen up any muscles that need a daily nudge. 

... coffee with cream. On this particular day we had a home inspection happening at 'ours' so I hung out at my mother-in-laws. And she has a coffee machine, so it was not long and I was enjoying the delights there.

...rain. When you have not had it for a while I miss it. This downpour was heavy but gentle at the same time as we are very close to Autumn and the rains are easy to endure.

...making butter. I find myself making a batch once a week. It never ceases to amaze me how the cream turns in just a few minutes into a delicious condiment. I use the food processor!!!

...hot lunch. When the weather turned a little colder it was easy to sit down to a hot lunch. MMM..warm the tummy. 

...games at meal time. One of us will usually set a game up before an another has sat down. It is a lot of fun and enjoy a few games each day. 

Until next week ... love life ...Dot :-)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Begins with T

Good morning Tuesday. Looks like we are going to have a sunny day but the first temperature I was hit with when I got out of bed was 10 degrees

This is finished but sad to say the orange vest I was going to make myself is now crossed off the list. I started it and the pattern was not written correctly and so it was very confusing to continue. I was disappointed but I got to work promptly and found another pattern I like. Now for the yarn, oh dear!!!

Some rhubarb made its way into my kitchen, so I found up the Low Carb recipe I had. It was Tart but smothered with cream was very Tasty.

New recipe for us this week. A high protein Tart. It was made up of 1kg fresh riccotta, heaps of Parmesan, 1 bag of spinach, eggs and topped with thin strips of sweet potato smothered in oil and baked for over an hour. I think next time I need a larger dish. I cut it into 9 serves and so we have it to tuck into over the next few days. It is delicious and only needs to be combined with a salad or hot mash. 

It is Tidy up week this week as we have an inspection tomorrow. The windows are getting washed tonight and I have yet to run the vacuum through from one end to the other.

Until next time, be good ... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


Hello and welcome to another week in the life of Dot's Tidbits. One day soon I need to transplant the healthy bunch of young kale seedlings to a spot in the garden. Alongside these is also and great bunch of lettuce seedlings. The raspberry canes are looking like they have had their day and so I will remove them and refill their place.

Last month, as I find myself doing at the beginning of a new year, I made myself a 'to do' list. It certainly keeps me accountable and off to a good start. I managed to tick most of it off. I lost the pattern for the elephant I wanted to sew and I am still working on knitting the size 10 stripy jumper. I will post a pic when it is done. 

And this month, the new list. I have family visiting in a couple of weeks time so I have not overloaded it. 

I really need to start this vest for myself. I have a dress I like to wear in Autumn and this will team nicely with it. 

This collection of sock yarn was added to extremely well last year that the basket is overflowing. I have been asked for socks so I really need to get cracking and get some made. I have even made a start on one as you can see. Goodness, I will have to put it at the end of the bed!

All the best to you and yours, pop by next week ... Dot 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Oh, it was too nice to rinse, just yet, and I watched those blades!

Hello, and welcome to another week. Today is a bit cooler and the wind is about. It helps to dry the clothes in record time though.

I have started a new dish. Dot's Pot Luck Bowl. Every few days the fridge finds itself holding bits of leftover protein and vegetables. So it all goes in the fry pan and when cooked is topped with sour cream. Yummo! "Creativity Plus", in the kitchen. 

Tonight I have a packet of mince that needs using up tomorrow, so I start with frying off some onion, garlic, ginger and chilli in some coconut oil. Then I add the mince and when browned add any vegetables I can rake up. I wonder if there will be enough for tomorrow night?

This week hubby and I went on 'date night'. I succumbed to what hubby was having and enjoyed a 'Carb' meal, Chicken Phad Thai. It was delicious! May have to do that again!

We enjoyed our meal together parked by the sea. It was a beautiful evening.

Last week you saw me making iced coffees. The weather got extremely hot over the weekend and so I was making iced coffees a lot; for everyone.  I have found an easier way to make them now... Yummo!!!

Until next time ... be good ... Dot 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


Hello! We have been having some lovely weather. We wake up each day to warm temperatures and by the afternoon I am ready for an iced coffee. I have been making a huge jug of plunger coffee every few days, making 2 coffees with it for the 'now moment' and making the remainder into ice blocks. When I need to make up an iced coffee (or 2) I pop several coffee blocks into the blender along with a little water, sweeter and cream and wollaaaah!!!! Yum, so easy and nice.

It's often cooler outside than inside, so we are out on the deck on most occasions. I love having my first coffee for the day in the crisp morning air, so cool and peaceful.

And look what I picked from our garden! The first zucchini came inside and there are two more close behind. 

Fruit from the freezer to defrost and eat with pancakes. Made a delicious meal. The freeze box is tidy now (hee, hee).

Yes, I am knitting beanies. They are still selling over the summer and I need to restock the shelf. 

Look at that beautiful water, like a mirror. So coooool!

That's all for now. Enjoy your week ... Dot :)