Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Welcome to another week here on Dot's Tidbits. There has been some coughing going on from 2 out of 3 of us here at home. Sleepless nights and sore throats have been the order for a few days, but thankfully we are feeling much better. Our singing voices are back and energy levels up.

These are Brussel sprouts, cut in half and baked in the oven till very brown. They are absolutely delicious. Not many made it to the plate as hubby and I were devouring them fresh from the oven. 

I finished knitting a little cardigan.

Gorgeous sunset. The next day was lovely. 

Have a great week ... Dot 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Call Out

In the last week, a call out was made for mum to come and lend a hand from the new mum in our family. Her hubby was going to be away for a few days and she wanted some company. Of course, I jumped at the chance and set up things at home and headed off.

We took bubby out with us for the weekly shop and he was very good the whole time. We managed to get everything done and home again in time for the next feed.

Over the last few days there with them, D3 started using her collection of cloth nappies. They are so cute and there is quite an array of colours and designs that I found I was taking a while to pick one to use. I still need to get the hang of using them as I did not quite get the clips in the correct places.

The order for breakfast one morning was poached eggs. I had mine on cauli toast while D3 was happy to have hers on toast with cheese. We both had not had poached eggs for a while and they were just delicious. Of course I have mine lathered with mayo as well. Mmmm!

Back home, I ventured outside to see if I could find some colour in our little garden here. I found some.

And I guess as spring is just around the corner, I will find more colour in our little patch in the middle of the town.

Have great week ... Dot 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A is for

Hi Everyone and welcome to the first day of AUGUST!!!

This marks the first day of the last month of winter, but I must say we have had a mild one. We can look forward now to morning frosts but who cares, it always turns into a beautiful day following the ice. 

One afternoon this week I planted some pansies along the path just outside the door. They certainly will look nice when they bloom.

On Saturday hubby and I went out to the farm to clean out his dad's old cowshed. A few of us joined in and cleaned out a few sheds and set to putting most of it in the fire. What an education. We found some interesting things and many memories were brought forth to mull over and met with different emotions. It was a GOOOD day!!!!

The game of play around the lunch table lately has been 'Kings in the corner'. The 3 of us take every opportunity to play a game and it makes for a lot of fun. If D2 misses out over lunch, she will set it up to play one over dinner. We just have to play a game a day. Hee hee!!

In the crochet corner:

2 x colourful snoods. They are fun to make and proving to be popular.

A black cowel. Nice and soft as they are worked with pure merino yarn. They sit very nice and I been producing a lovely array of colours.

I made up some fingerless mittens. I have navy yarn again but also have a new colour 'curry'. 

Have a great week ... Dot (I plan to)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017



We have moved and although there is still a lot to do I can finally take a breathe and get perspective on things.

I have started walking again most days in between the showers.

My first 'day out in a while' was just gorgeous and the water was like glass.

Of course, the local ducks enjoyed the day too.

Over the weekend, hubby got into some pressure cleaning. The cement looks great now, and where there was moss build-up, there is no chance of slipping when it's wet. Good job!!!

We took a trailer load of rubbish which was lying about to the tip. 

A favourite protein to enjoy of late is baked Camembert. I slice the wheel into six pieces, dip each piece into a beaten egg mix and then coat with almond flour. Put them on a tray lined with baking paper and put into a pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes. Mustn't go away too far and they can leak and be quite a mess. Here we accompanied the camembert with salad and braised cabbage. 

That's it for this week ...Dot  

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Me Again!!!

Hello Everyone.

I am back on board after a long month away in Adelaide to welcome in a new grandson. All went well with coming into the world and both mummy and daddy are getting used to him being in their lives. He is so gorgeous and I enjoyed lots of holds, changing of diapers, bathing and doing the night shift on occasion. I so enjoyed myself. 

Now that I am home again, we have 2 weeks to move out of home as we have sold. It is amazing what you can accumulate in nearly 20 years. All is going to plan though and we should be on schedule to just get into the 'cleaning' toward the last few days.

And to top things off, I have a new phone and so setting in doing this blog I needed a lot of help from hubby. I am a little nervous, but I know I will gain confidence just given time. 

This has been by far our favourite dessert of late as it is quick to make and delicious to have with dinner. 

So here is the recipe:

Make at least 4 hours before you need it so it sets well.

Into a saucepan put 600ml pure cream, 1 ts vanilla, 1 Tb Xylitol and 1 level ts agar agar. Bring to a boil, whisking slowly consistently and then simmer for 5 mins. Pour into silicone moulds, or to save time just pour into the bowl you will eat from. Put into the fridge until required. Makes 6. 

Couli: In a small saucepan, place a punnet of freshly sliced strawberries and a few blueberries, 1 Tb lemon juice and a little Xylitol (or stevia). Simmer until mushy and let cool. This keeps well in the fridge for a few days.

In the meantime, I will work on perfecting my job here and persevere.

Trust you are all well and happy. Dot :-)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

this and that


My month is going well so far. It's late in the day as I had a long hairdresser appointment this morning. I have a new look. I will update my profile during the week. 

Dinner is in the oven baking and I thought I would just put up a post as the sun goes down.

It has been a glorious day here today. No wind and there were folk sitting around the streets of town taking in the sun (and vitamin D to go with). What more could you ask for in the last month of Autumn. We have a few more days like this to look forward to this week.

This light is on loan to me to use when I am knitting or whatever. It has been handy in the evening, but also I have had a few early early mornings and so I put this on to start the day without turning all the lights on. Must be part of this new season of life. I enjoy it though. 

I can smell the vegies being baked so better shut the office down and move down into the warm. 

Until next time, keep well ... Dot 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

MAY, my month

On my post last week, I mentioned these little jackets. I have made a few to sell. The cherry one is made with luxury cotton and the cream one has alpaca in the mix. They are nice and soft. Of course, I used a 'dotty' button to finish them. 

This month is my month as I get to celebrate Mother's Day, my birthday and at the end of it I fly to Adelaide to be with my daughter who is having her first baby. I am really looking forward to all this month holds.

I have lots to do and I have not made a list to share with you as it is all in my head. So, I need to keep moving and making-it-happen!!!

Today I tried a new breakfast. All the ingredients for this 'Up and Go' get thrown into the blender and oh my, it is delicious and filling. I won't need my second coffee until lunchtime. Here is the recipe:

2 tb nut butter (I used peanut butter)
2 tb chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut cream (leftovers of can are in the fridge for next time)
1 ts vanilla
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 tb sweetener

Mmmm!!! Creamy!

The weather is cooler and time to pull out all those woolly accessories. I am making some cowls and using, for the first time, a 10mm hook. Lot's of fun!

Until next week, keep well ... Dot 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Good Together

This is the spot where many things go good together. Eat,drink and be merry!!! In the morning (at the moment it is after my morning walk and stretch), I set myself up with breakfast, coffee or tea and check emails, play games etc. It helps me not to eat too fast and I can plan the day too as my diary is not far away. Hubby found me a mini keyboard. It is cordless and when I need to type it only needs turning on and away I go. Wonderful!

Today I passed a level. Whoohoo! 

This week I made a little jacket to suit a 0-3 month baby. I had to start it a few times as I did not have big enough stitch markers and was using bent paperclips. D2 came up last night with her tool kit, beads and wire and made me up some super markers that work well with my size 71/2 needles. I am a happy chappy and they are so cute. 

On my walk lately. The ducks were on the edge of the bank thinking 'will I?' or won't I?'.

We have a holiday here again today. Anzac Day for Australia and New Zealand.

Have a wonderful week ... Dot  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Easter Break

On Good Friday, we went over to a service held at the base of the Stanley Nut. Midday way through the service half of the huge crowd followed the cross up to the top of the nut. It was a nice sunny day and great outing.

Mr. Fix-it got his whipper-snipper to work and used it at home and down at D2's home. While there he fixed her water filter and hand held vacuum cleaner.

These are some blue dish cloths I made.

The Pram blanket is coming along slowly. It has now moved from the dining table to the lounge room where every few rows I lay it out to check. I have had to unravel twice now (Grrr!).  If I apply myself carefully I should have it finished in a day or 2.

I am absolutely loving my coffees. I now make them with watered-down cream which I froth in the jug and add to a double shot espresso and stir in a small teaspoon of Xylitol. Delicious. 

This afternoon hubby and I travelled up the coast and there was a fire out there somewhere. Looks like there was some burning off being done, and the sky really changed because of it.

We saw this movie. Action packed, but good. We followed this by having Thai for dinner and made our way home.

Trust you all had a safe and happy Easter. Back to routine tomorrow and into the sewing studio.

... Dot 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

April Apply

And here it is!!!  April is here and I really need to apply myself to have a few things completed by the 29th. 

Today my darling hubby and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. This list's colourway depicts pretty well those we chose for our special day many years ago.

We are off to 'the movies' later today and I made some Spicy Nut Mix to go. It's not very spicy but yummy. (taste testing is the right of the cook)

Yesterday I whipped up a Baked Raspberry Cheesecake. It's living in the fridge and will be enjoyed over the next few days. 

One morning this week, there were folk coming from both directions and a huge group of ducks decided they wanted to cross the road. 

They usually take flight, but they stuck to running as fast as they could. 

Waddle waddle!!!

Trust you all have a wonderful and safe Easter and get to enjoy some relaxation. 

Dot :-)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

How did I go?

Hello. What do you think? Isn't this peaceful? This was taken on my early morning walk. I say early, as it was. With the clocks being turned back over the weekend the sun is up just after 6.30, so I have adjusted the alarm to get up for a walk before my first coffee. The town is less busy and a few people are about walking with their dogs and the air is crisp but beautiful. 

Well, how did I go in March? 

- Mini Quilt (in progress)

- bunnies (half done)

- pram blanket (nearly half done)
- I deleted the wrap as it was not a pattern that I took to with ease.
- I put up the baby jacket last week
- baby bag (has not been started, but there is April)
- I made myself a skirt but have not worn yet, will post a pic if the weather stays warm.

Some of the 'hat's galore' that I knitted in March. Beautiful colours and in time for Mother's Day.

So what is planned for April?

Pop by next week and I will share with you ... Dot 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


This Cinnamon Bun just came out of the oven and the smell was divine. After it cools I spread a cream cheese mixture across the top and slice it into 8 pieces. It serves very well for breakfast with a cup of coffee. I keep it in the fridge as it is gone in a few days.

Once a week I clean the loos and basins. We have 3 loos, 3 basins and the laundry and kitchen sinks. I use Pine-O-clene for most of the cleaning and the place smells nice after it. 

This is a new muesli/granola I made. I had to stay around the oven to turn every 4 minutes as the coconut can burn. It was well worth the effort. We have been enjoying it for breakfast served with yoghurt and berries.

This dinner consisted of a pizza meal. Everything was thrown into a casserole dish and baked. Certainly a different way to serve pizza but was delicious and filling.

The mornings are cooler now. When on my morning walk sometimes I wear my jacket and other times I brave the cool air. It does not take long to warm up and makes for a wonderful start to the day. 

Trust your days are filled with pleasant aromas... Dot