Monday, November 24, 2014

Summer salads

You might be a little surprised to see pictures of homemade food on my blog, you may even be a little shocked.
You wouldn't be wrong in thinking this is a little strange or out of character for me. Whilst I am quite capable in the kitchen (contrary to many beliefs) I DO NOT enjoy cooking and baking...well that's not even something I do more than maybe once a year.

 I do however love this time of year when the weather heats up and the stores start to stock a huge variety of fruits and vegetable. Salads are something I love to eat and really love to make, creating a salad that's a little different but tasty is fun!
Crab meat (or seafood highlighter) or even prawns make their way onto our table frequently during the warmer months.
This weekends easy dinner was a simple crab salad roll. Crab meat with a seafood sauce placed on top of your favourite lettuce in a dinner roll and tah dah dinner is served!

I made a dozen of these for 4 of us (including 2 teenage boys) and we had 3 leftover. They were alot more filling than I had anticipated, but kept well in the fridge until the next days lunch.

Disclaimer...please don't be holding your breath for more food posts, this may well be my one and only!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Old school weaving pt 2

 I decided to try my hand at some more weaving I enjoyed it so much the last time. As I mentioned in my other post I haven't done any weaving since my childhood (a long long time ago haha).
Once again using the loom from when I was little I picked out some colours and this time around decided to get a little brave with design.

The tightness issues I had with the first one worked out a little better this time, I think this might  fix it self with some practise and maybe a little patience.
I have to iron out the fringes a bit, I found using wool that had been previously used and wound in a ball left the wool  not as straight as I would like it.
I also found this time around fixing in ends as I went worked much better than leaving it all till the end.
One of these has joined my handmade gift box and will be on its way to a new owner next month for Christmas the other I'm keeping for myself.

Have you tried any weaving? Would love to see!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The end of an era.

The year is drawing to a close, exams are all done and the last of the assignment's all handed in. The excitement starts to build as your school life is nearing the end.
The last 12 years of your life hasn't been easy, lots of ups and downs, with hard work and disappointments along with the good times and the accolades.

The year 12 formal is time to let your hair down and celebrate that your time at school has come to an end.
Last Friday was the time for my baby boy Jayden, the last of my boys at school, the last formal to get ready for. Yes I was a little emotional!

 Jay on the other hand was super cool and calm, picked his outfit out well ahead of time and on the day seemed pretty chilled about the whole event.
He has learnt something from his older brothers....just go with it and let mum take whatever photos she wants hahaha.

 Both he and his date Kirstin looked amazing, so grownup from the little  year olds that played soccer together all those years ago.

This year due to the G20 the venue was changed to Dreamworld, and I must say that I think it was the perfect spot to hold it.
Everyone looked amazing, the girls all so beautiful and the boys very smart, although I did notice a few pulling at ties and wanting to take jackets of.

All reports on his arrival home was that a great time was had by all, good food, and great company and the perfect way to end the last year of your school life.

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Lis :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lets Read - the unfinished list

Reading is something I love to do and always have. Ask me how many books Ive read this year though and you might think twice about reading be a hobby.
I have accumulated quite a few books this year, all sitting patiently waiting to be opened. Do you do that, buy lots of books and then just have them sit on shelves unread?

I'm a big believer in if I start a book then I must finish it, even if its the worst book ever. I am pretty picky about the titles I buy though and read the covers thoroughly first.
I'm not sure why I'm like this, just feel that I should finish something I started. This is part of the reason that I haven't read many books this year.
I started last year reading Michael J Fox biography, and whilst it was interesting it was a really heavy read with lots of medical references and took me ages to finish. I then started  The Forgotten Children by David Hill, amazing true story about bringing English children to Australia in the early 1930 -50s but once again quite a heavy read.
I'm actually breaking my rule with this one and not finishing it......

So I may start before the end of the year is out depends on how busy it gets and what handmade gifts I still have to make, but here is my reading list for 2015.
I'm sure this list will grow as more thrift store visits usually results in more books to read!

The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
The Abduction and Last Juror - John Grisham
Edge of Reason - Bridget Jones
Marley & Me - John Grogan
The Diary of Anne Frank - going to read this one again, read when I was in school
Legacy - Danielle Steele
Tandia, Jessica, Power of One, April Fools Day, Smokey Joe's Cafe - Bryce Courtney
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Pact, Perfect Match and Picture Perfect - Jodi Picoult
Valley of the Horses, Mammoth Hunters, Shelters of Stone, The Plains of Passage - Jean Auel
Runaways - V C Andrews

As you can see from the list there is a good mix of genres and authors on my bookshelf, I like to mix it up.

Who is your favourite author or series of books ?

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Lis :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Josh & Ashleighs Engagement Party

A couple of weekends ago we celebrated the engagement of my eldest son Josh and his fiancee Ashleigh. It was a fabulous night with lots of family and friends there to help them celebrate this special event.
A huge big thanks to everyone who played a part in organising and making sure this night was a success.
Will leave with you some (alot) photos of the big night.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Photo A Day - October

Another month down, before we know it 2015 will be here!
We packed a fair bit into this month, which isnt normal for us, its usually a chill out month with lots of home time and catch up on things that didnt get done during the footy season.
I got to spend the day with the lovley Julianna and her family on a trip down from Townsville, been way too long since I last saw her.
As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago we spend the day (and night) helping my sister and her family move house, long tiring day!
Footy presentation came around and I got a new dress and cut of all my hair ready for the big night. It was a fab night and Daniel was given best in finals player award for the under 18s!
A fair bit of crafting of all sorts went on this month, lots of preperation for handmade christmas gifts.
Jay got his formal outfit all sorted and we purchased a shirt and bow tie already for next monts event, he is going to look so smart! - A might be a tad bias haha!
We celebrated a little too, first with a bbq at Vicki and Jims, a thank you to all those that helped them move as well as a hosuewarming of sorts.
Next was a big night, Josh and Ashleighs engagement party! Was a fantastic night, everyone looked amazing and got to catch up with family and friends!

We are already well into November and its looking full on already!

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Lis :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Every ending has a new beginning.

I want sorting through all my napkins the other week when suddenly inspiration hit. I found a canvas and got busy with tissue papers and napkins adding layer upon layer and ended up with this mixed media piece.
Have plans to gift this for Christmas but thinking I might make something similar for myself with the same quote.

How is your handmade gift list going? I'm slowly getting through mine but still have a lot to get through the next month.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)