Friday, May 29, 2009


I found this in a recent Burke's Backyard magazine, and couldn't believe believe my eyes... I mean, I've seen huge record-breaking pumpkins and tomatoes and carrots and such, but this is ridiculous!That's a lot of quiche filling. Speaking of which, here's my favourite way to use up eggs -

Vegetarian zucchini quiche Lorraine

Ingredients for 2 pies:

  • 2 prebaked pie dough forms, using your favourite recipe
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 Tsp Greek yoghurt or sourcream
  • 1/2 zucchini, shredded
  • 2 cups of leek, chopped into rings
  • 10 small cherry or grape tomatoes, clices in half
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (technically Gruyère, but I used a tasty Swedish cheese instead)
  • 2 tsp. sweet mustard
  • Salt, pepper, chopped thyme to taste
  1. Mix eggs, yoghurt, cheese, mustard, herbs and spices together in a bowl.
  2. Spread the drained zucchini in the pie forms.
  3. Sprinkle the leek and halved tomatoes over the zucchini.
  4. Pour over the egg mixture.
  5. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Keepin it 2gether

Buying dog food involves a trip to Big W, as they seem to have the cheapest Pedigree tins, which are Sasha and Jake's favourite.
While in Big W I like to have a shop around for any bargains they might have, and the other week came across (among a few other things) this tin full of chocolate chip cookies. Well, I'm not interested in the cookies, but how gorgeous is the tin??At only AU$5.00 it's a bargain (I ended up with another 2, both different designs, for my parents) and it now sits on my TV cabinet. Filled with all my embroidery equipment and a few on-going projects, it's now so easy to find everything I need exactly when I want it!

Speaking of which, where do you keep your fabric, scissors, needles and embroidery threads and equipment?

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Winning Blog

As I was scrolling through all items cupcake on etsy a few weeks back (one of my hobbies is trying to find the perfect non-edible cupcake on etsy) I came across THIS store, and fell in love with the glass cupcake beads. Of course, I just had to go visit Liz's blog, and low and behold, she was having a Birthday Giveaway! Yay! So what did I do? What would anyone Do?! I entered! You'll never guess what happened next...

I won! I actually won the most beautiful and gorgeously crafted rosebud earrings! They arrived the other day, wonderfully wrapped (My Dad took off with the postage stamp) in an organza bag with a sweet little note attatched.
They're so precious! Liz, you've done the most fabulous job with them! Thankyou so so much!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A bit Fruit Batty...

Seeing all the beautiful Summer fruit leave the grocery store is so sad... Goodbye to lychee's and mangoes and raspberries and cherries! But then again, Hellooooo to passion fruit and pineapples and mandarins and those beautiful but mostly unknown dragon fruit!!

For the first time this year, I saw kiwi fruit being sold in the fresh produce section of the supermarket! Of course, they're way to expensive and simply too sour at this time of Autumn, but not being able to wait, the moment I got home and had time to spare, I stitched up a few slices!I didn't make a pattern, but if there's enough interest...say 10 requests...then I'll put one together and post it for you! Maybe I should do a whole bowl of felt fruit!

By the way, we weren't caught up in the south-east Queensland flood disaster! We were lucky that it simply rained a day and night before sweeping over us. As it travelled further south, it got worse. We had some lightening and thunder this arvo but nothing too drastic!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cheers to Pears!

I made these a few years ago, then totally forgot about them! They've been hanging from my curtain rod for ages now, and when I re-arranged my curtain ornaments (wind chimes, keyring garland etc) the other day, I rediscovered them!Here's a pear recipe to go along with them! It's easy, scrummy, and healthy! Have fun making it alone or get the kids to help, Eat it hot with ice cream or cold from the fridge! Yummy!

  • 1/4 cup margarine, cut in 1/2" dice
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Sugar substitute equal to 2 tbspns sugar
  • 2 cups chopped firm-ripe pears
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
Method: Toss margarine, oats, flour, and sweetener together in a medium mixing bowl; reserve. Place pears in another mixing bowl and toss with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon rind. Arrange pears in the prepared pan. Sprinkle oat mixture over fruit. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm or cool.

This recipe yields 6 servings. Carbohydrates 16g; Protein 1g; Fat 8g; Calories 137; Fiber 1.8g; Sodium 89mg; Cholesterol 0mg.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Last chair embroidery!

I've *finally* finished the last chair backing I was working on -Now it's just a matter of cutting the matching materials to size and sewing them all together. A big thank you goes out to Jenny of ELEFANTZ for her wonky house patterns! Without her inspiration, this last chair backing wouldn't be the same!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Felt Flowers

I finally have a new camera! Yay! It's better than ever and I'm stoked that it's a 2009 model! I love the 12x zoom and 1cm macro! I love that it's slim yet has all the qualities of one of the chunkier cameras! And I love love love the fact that it fits into the camera case I won from Sarah!

So... lately I've been messing around with felt, and a few days ago made these to hang from my bedroom light -Have I ever shown you my chandelier? I just love it!Stay tuned for more crafting and op shop finds...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mum's Day

For some extremely odd reason, our camera broke!! It simply wont work. It must be just too old. Oh well, time for a new one! This does mean that I can't show you any pictures for awhile! At least not of what I've bought or made recently. So instead of showing you what Mum got for Mother's Day, or the final finished chair backing embroidery, here's a few pictures to make you smile, found from around the www!


...No matter what kind of Mother you are!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Embroidering Chair Backings!

It's been awhile since I've written a post but I promise that I've been busy! Remember the chair backing I picked up Op-shopping? I'm now well on the way to completing another 3 to match! I must get to Spotlight soon to try and find a similar patterned fabric...

Here's number one -Here's number 2-I've just started on number 3. Then it's back to my kitten quilt blocks...among other things...