Thursday, 29 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
I love being part of the bustle, and watching as entrants bring anything and everything into the pavillion: georgous home-made quilts, paintings, photographs and enormous vegetables.
Boo carefully placed his first-ever Show entry -- a plate of pikelets -- in the under 12s section.
Grandma bravely entered the Best Chocolate Cake category (which is one of the most hotly-contested areas of the baking competition), while I aspired to less complex cooking with Anzac biscuits (rather sad-looking attempts I'm afraid), a white loaf and a round of shortbread.
All together our family and friends are competing in a fair slice of categories: my nephew and Dad entered photographs, another nephew and several friends are in the Art category, and I popped in two flower arrangements.
And so begins the social whirl of the year in our little country town!
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
And now I'm up much too late, having decided at the last minute to enter bread and shortbread in the Show, and waiting for two white loaves to cook.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
2 T sugar
Pinch of salt
1/3 c flour
1/4 c butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon, softened for greasing
1 tablespoon rosewater
Preheat oven to 220C (425F). Grease the madeleine moulds, then fill each with a teaspoon of batter. Bake for five minutes. Turn madeleines out of the moulds and let cool on a wire rack.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
This is the view from our kitchen window: a comfy hammock strung between green leafy trees, just inviting rest and relaxation. In fact, today there was little time to rest, as I scurried about vacuuming, wiping, mopping and polishing. The week ahead is a busy one, with visitors staying tomorrow and Tuesday, then another group of guests for lunch on Wednesday, a doctor's appointment on Thursday, and Friday begins a weekend of fun at the country show.
Boo wants to enter pikelets (tiny pancakes) and a flower arrangement into the competition. I'm not sure how much I should tackle given that I have little time to prepare this week, but at least I'll enter a dozen eggs and maybe a floral arrangement. Entry forms need to be in tomorrow, so I'll have to think quickly!
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Yesterday I bought a length of georgous maroon velveteen fabric with an embrossed pattern for just $6 a metre. One-and-a-half metres easily covered all four chairs -- a grand total of $9 for the project -- and with the rest I plan to make throw pillows and cover a footstool.
All up I'd say it took less than three hours to reupholster the setting, and I think the results look as good as new.
Oh, and Boo got his own special chair recovered, too. I'll show you that tomorrow, if he agrees to pose.
Friday, 16 January 2009
The pattern is called 'Dusky Roses', and it blends perfectly with the vase of late-flowering climbing Crepuscule roses and miniature agapanthus I picked from the garden this afternoon.
In fact, it's difficult to see where the flowers end and the tablecloth begins.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
And all this prettiness for the meagre sum of $3.
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
No doubt he'll be a heart-breaker in later life.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
... then Boo had fun 'making experiments' in the garden with the leftover mixture (he and I are both meringue addicts).
Thursday, 8 January 2009
This one's a winner: easy, quick, cheap and very tasty. (It seriously took five minutes to make -- tops --since I pulled out the food processor to chop and grate, a gadget I've determined to use more often this year.)
1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
two large zucchini, grated
1 large onion, finely chopped
200g ham, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
2/3 cup vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan.
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined.
- Add the flour and beat until smooth (the mixture will look rather gloopy), then add the other ingredients and stir to combine.
- Pour into the pan and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Monday, 5 January 2009
At least the hot weather means that the three loads of washing I did this morning (including all the sheets and several blankets) will dry in a snap.
And soon we'll go for a lunchtime dip in the pool.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
... where several of the more adventurous are sleeping tonight.
I, however, have opted for warm blankets, hot tea and a soft mattress indoors. And a quiet, peaceful house all to myself. Luxury.
Friday, 2 January 2009
Boo tore off the paper to reveal a gaily painted wooden castle, complete with a drawbridge and secret entrance.
Over the years this special toy has been played with by all Boo's big cousins, but now they decided to hand it on to someone littler.
And that someone, of course, is Boo.