Tuesday, 17 October 2017

DandDadventures 02

Hello and welcome back. 

Hubby and I made it safely across the Nullarbor and found nice spots to settle to have our breakfast each day. 

There were lots of big trucks on the road but even more caravans. We thought next time we should keep count. Unreal. 

Wide open spaces.

Blow hole without action, we will call in again on the way back.

At play with the grand girls and feeling sore the next day.

I have been awake at 5am ish each day here in WA so morning walks have been 1st on the agenda and I am loving it.

Esperance is just gorgeous.

D1 is having a birthday today. I have made a cake and we will pull in rest of family for a Skype this afternoon. It's nice to be able to spend the day with her. 

Until next week ... Keep smiling and having fun ... Dot 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

DandDadventures 01

Hello. I'm here and just. Hubby has had to be a big help to put me in the right place so that I feel a little like I am at home on my laptop. I am here on my tablet and will endeavour to do a weekly report of our adventures on the road.

To start, or at least, try to get started on our way, the car would not go. We called in a friend who was just a phone call away who had jumper leads to assist and away we went.

We boarded the boat in Tasmania Thursday night, slept reasonably well in a port hole cabin and got away the next morning in Port Melbourne at 7am. It was freezing!!!

Our aim was Adelaide that day. The sun came out from behind the clouds at 10am.

We saw many blankets of bright yellow along the way.

It always seems on holiday we see or do new things. This was a Korean BBQ we attended in Adelaide with family and friends.

My tank was full hanging out with our new grand baby.

Today we left Adelaide and headed to Port Augusta.

I was knitting, next  minute hubby was wondering what a police car was doing. I looked up to see a police car coming toward us, on our side of the road, lights flashing. I told hubby to get OFF the road!!!! Behind the police car was a maximum overload that took up the whole road. Another first for us.

Check in next week for our adventures 02 ... Dot 🙂

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

2 more sleeps

Hello. Thank you for popping by. It is only 2 more sleeps until we are off on a road trip to see family and more family. Next week you should see some beautiful pictures hubby and I have taken along the way. He will have to help me with the technology side of things to get the blog done as being on the road can be a little different to say the least.

It is tulip season here in Tasmania. As you drive up the coast if you look out you can see the beautiful paddocks full of different colours.

New in the recipe department are cheese muffins and carbonara sauce. I made it with red onion so it turned out a little grey. It was delicious though and before I served it the next time (as it made a huge batch), I fried some mushrooms and bacon and then added the sauce to heat though. Yummo. The base of the sauce, believe or not, is cauliflower and you wouldn't know.

Of course, the salmon was cooked our usual quick way. Fried in butter, seasoned, followed by a squeeze of lemon makes for a tasty piece of fish.

Hubby surprised me tonight and was home early to do some more 'things'. 

This is a new colour yarn to make into beanies. I called into my little shop yesterday and the pile had depleted much. So I finished off one I had on the go and hope to get this new colour on the shelf tomorrow. It is a pretty blue-green with flecks of brown, bright teal and cream in it. Should knit up nice.

Until next week, keep well ... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Good day!!! Things are starting to take shape here at home. The car has been packed with stuff to deliver to our kids on the mainland and the space it made in the passage calls for some cleaning. So the spring cleaning bug is in the air and we plan to get started soon. 

This week I made a double batch of a different pancake mix. It had baking powder in it so they rose a little. We cooked as needed and the mix lasted for 3 days in the fridge. I whipped up a tub of mascarpone cheese with vanilla and sweetener and we had that on the top with berries. Need I say more?

This time around with the snood, I added some tassels to the end of the scarf. 

Mum has moved from the farm into a cute cottage in town. Hubby hung a new clock for her and she was so happy. She kept looking at that space for the time and there is now a purpose in that spot. 

Mmmm. I am a little seedy from being sleep deprived last night and this pic encourages me to draw the blinds and take a nap.

There's a thought ... Dot zzzz

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Today D2 was 33. We left home early and spent the day up the coast. We had a yummy breakfast together and then did lots of shopping for different things. We are now about to tuck into dinner of leftover lamb shanks with cauli mash and creme brulee. 

During our outing we went to the cinema.

Ooooh! Look what you can find in the back yard.

A new Thai shop opened up around the corner. It was very fresh and delicious.

A quick and very yummy snack. Camembert accompanied with apple.

Short and sweet today. We are hungry and tired. 

Bless you all ... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


Hi! I am now swapping between 2 very easy breakfast recipes. One is crepes made with cream cheese and this one I found this week are pancakes made with almond meal. The recipe is below. The first batch I made we had with coulis. We have found that when you buy fresh strawberries, if you haven't checked them when you bring them home from the shops, check them the next day and more often than not they need to be made into coulis. The coulis keeps in the fridge well for a few days and is perfect to use with many desserts. We may have to plant a patch of strawberries here for the summer. 

Today I defrosted the last of some local blueberries and made up a mix to top the lot off using cinnamon, xylitol and shredded coconut. Breakfast was delicious.

The recipe:

In a bowl:

1 cup of almond meal, 3 eggs and couple of large spoons of greek yoghurt. Mix with hand whisk and get it to the consistency you like. You may have to add some more yoghurt. Cook in pan using butter. 

You can make as many as you need. The mix keeps well in the fridge for the next morning to make them up fresh. 

The patch of violets are slowly coming into flower. We need more sun!

That's all for now ... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Welcome to Springtime. We can look forward to longer and warmer days and I have started cleaning things out, again. I have commenced putting my winter yarns away and bringing forth the cottons and have made a few little girl's dresses up in the process. 

A new mailbox replaced the old rusty one in the front yard and it is very trendy. Thanks to the landlord and a few other repairs were done also.

Some new cowels in bright colours have been coming off my hook. I have, however been putting aside some lighter yarn which contains cotton to make up some in preparation for warmer weather. Our temperatures don't get very high here in the summer and some evenings a light cowel can still be warn around the neck. 

Friday night hubby and I went on a twilight walk. It was beautiful out and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Until next week, be good, keep smiling and enjoy the new season ... Dot

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


Hello and welcome to a week of new things. Here at home the bins have new liners, the bed is in the process of having clean sheets put on it, and sadly I developed a new cough which has left me feeling and sounding bluurrh! I will be glad when I am back to feeling 100%. In the meantime, I have been able to experience and see new things happening around me. 

This recipe has been on the 'to do' list for a while and I decided to get in and make it. Broccoli bread. I have only found a Bread Roll recipe that I really like so far on the Low Carb woe and I am always looking and trying out new recipes.

I toasted a piece and had it with poached eggs, tomato sauce, parmi and mayo.
That was nice, but ...

... I preferred it better the next day. I smothered the bread with grated cheddar cheese and baked it well in the oven and covered it with scrambled eggs and mayo. It looks a bit colourless, but the broccoli bread makes up for it. 

This week I volunteered for 2 1/2 days in the local art and craft shop, The Arty Duck. The days were very busy and fulfilling and I really enjoyed myself. 

This order was not expected until next week, but my bag of new yarn arrived couple of days ago. The top hank has already been rolled into a ball and a cowel has been commenced. 

Over the weekend I tried out a new Induction Cooker that has been waiting for me to use. Wow, it is fast. I absolutely loved it and have been putting it to use.
Once hubby and I read the instructions we were able to use correctly. Hee, hee!!

On my morning walk today. 

... Dot :-)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

On a roll

Hello and welcome to another week in the life of Dot's Tidbits. Last week was a whirlwind but today I am on a roll. I have cleaned the bathroom, even unhooked the shower curtains and they are on the line. There is a chance of showers today but I am prepared to keep an eye on the radar. 

And I am here (earlier), eating my breakfast. A lot has to do with not being distracted and sticking to the list (hee hee)!

So for breakfast today we just warmed a piece of Peanut Brownie in the microwave and topped it with yogurt, fresh strawberries and shredded coconut. Yum. 

A new soup recipe came to my attention this week. It is made with Red Onions so this adds a little sweetness to the soup.

4 red onions
2 Tb wine vinegar
3 cups water
2 ts beef stock powder

Set oven to 200 degrees. Cut onions in half, discarding paper peel that comes free. Place on a tray cut side up and drizzle with oil. Roast for 30 mins. Cool and slice (only the soft pieces). Place in a saucepan with remaining ingredients and boil for 10 mins. Season and serve with grated Parmesan. 

Try it, I am sure you will like it, and it's pink!!!

I put this together and isn't it cute?  A nice little vest for a nice little boy. 

Breakfast is gone, the washing machine is calling my attention, so off I go.

Have a wonderful week, hope all things work together well for you all ... Dot :-)