Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Stir Fry

Hello. My friends came back to visit the other day. They seem to do this on a weekly basis. Cute!!!

I made up a new batch of soap and it is drying very well by the window. 

And today it is forecast RAIN. We had 8mm during the night which everyone is pleased about.

The garden is enjoying the rain. Our hedge has been trimmed nicely. 

Toodah!!! This is my favourite cookbook at the moment. We have been enjoying many recipes from it and they are so easy to make. The key is to prepare ingredients ahead of time. This book was gifted to me a few years back and I had not used it much until now and each recipe lists the kilojoule amount which I like.  

Below is one recipe I have made before and will be making again over the next couple of days. 
I just need to buy myself some broccoli and mushrooms.

Have a great week ... Dot :-)

Vegetables with Honey and Soy
1 tb sesame seeds
1 tb oil
1 ts sesame oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 ts grated fresh ginger
2 spring onions, sliced
250g broccoli, cut into small florets
1 red capsicum, cut into thin strips
1 yellow capsicum, cut into thin strips
150g mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup pitted black olives, halved
1 tb soy sauce
1 tb honey
1 tb sweet chilli sauce

1.Toast sesame seeds and put aside. Heat a wok, add the oils along with garlic, ginger and spring onions. Cook for 1 minute.
2. Add the broccoli, capsicum, mushrooms and olives. Stir fry for a few minutes until vegetables are just tender. 
3. Combine the soy sauce, honey and chilli sauce in a bowl. Pour over vegetables and toss lightly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. 

Serves 4 (550kj/130 cal per serve)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Out and About

On Saturday we spent the day attacking the list we have of things to do about the home. We covered a fair bit on Saturday but of course there was still things on that list. I woke up just after 4am on Sunday morning and my mind starting ticking over. I stayed there for another hour or so, got up and turned on the coffee machine and headed outside. It was very refreshing out there and look at the beautiful blue sky. In for a beaut day!!!

After 3 days attacking the spring cleaning I decided that today I would go out. Don't look too close, those toenails needs some tlc.

And so my first stop was to make an appointment to get those nails done. Christmas is nearly here and you can feel it in the air.

I am determined to get my cardi done soon and so I called in to haberdashery and found some beautiful buttons for it. 

I walked the town block and called into the supermarket for some supplies. There were some chocolates there on special, but I did not succumb to temptation even though the thought was there. 

On the last leg home and all the Christmas decorations have been put up. The huge tree in the background was lit on Saturday night and it quite spectacular to look at before heading to bed.

Ring ring, hubby just called. He will be here soon for lunch. Until next week ... Dot

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Hi Everyone

Today is my hubby's birthday and I have planned meals for him that are his favorite. I have toasted some sesame seeds until golden and they are cooling down (kitchen smells wonderful) to go on a stir fry for lunch. 

I cleaned out my pantry over the weekend and found a stir fry cook book. It is surprising how low in kj the recipes are. I have made a list and slowly going through them. Today for lunch I am making a tofu stir fry. I have cooked brown rice and it is cooling ready to make a meal in one. 

This is a special dessert hubby's mum prepared for him (and us too) over the weekend. Jelly and cream, icecream and wafer and cheesecake with topping. 

These fish are in a huge tank set up in a room where hubby and I visit the chiropractor. They are relaxing and interesting to watch. 

Aren't these just golden. These were gifted to me and sit proudly in the corner of my kitchen. I have had them for 2 days and they have opened up more today. Beautiful!!

That's all for today. I am relocating to the kitchen, where I have Christmas music playing, and prepare for lunch. 

... Dot

Tuesday, 3 November 2015



Where has the last week gone? I cannot believe it is Tuesday again. We have just come out this side of a long weekend. Hubby and I started last Friday afternoon and covered a lot of jobs around the home both inside and outside. We cleaned out 'under the house' and that was a major job. We distributed 4 loads of bark around most of our garden. Today we are both feeling a little sore and tired, I wonder why?

This morning I took a wonder outside around our home and today I will share a few garden pics with you.

Have a great week ahead ... Dot