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From my Sewing Room

Thursday, 27 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


I haven't done a sewing/quilting post for a very long time mainly due to the fact that I just hadn't been doing much of that of late. However just after Christmas I started on a new quilt for us. I have now finished the top and on the weekend I will drive out to Spotlight to buy the backing fabric (Spotlight have a sale going on at the moment). In the mean time I have been having fun using up all the leftover scraps of fabric and orphaned blocks to make a really scrappy quilt.


I first saw a string quilt at a friends place a few years ago, her darling Mum had made it and I thought it was just lovely, you can see by the photo above that none of the fabrics match but that is the beauty of this type of quilt, it means you can use up every last scrap of fabric you have laying around. Now I don't have a large quantity of leftover material or so I thought, you wouldn't believe how far that leftover fabric has gone.

Phone book paper was originally used to make the strip quilts, using a technique called foundation paper piecing, but I am using up some brown paper that I received a gift in last year. I have simply cut out ten inch squares, used a glue stick to adhere a strip of white fabric diagonally across the square and then you sew another strip of fabric onto the first piece and so on until you have covered your block of paper, then you cut away the excess overhang of fabric from the square of paper. Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company has this great tutorial on making String Quilts and I just love it. I love the natural interactions between Jenny and her DIL Misty, they make a great team.

So I just keep adding to this scrappy quilt, it looks like it will be quite a big quilt when it is finished, nothing matches, the colours clash, none of the blocks are similar, but I just love it. Can you see the middle-ish block that is of a cream colour? I made that when I first started quilting about 6 years ago, this is the tutorial I used, it is so very simple and so very effective. The other technique I used is a simple 9 patch boarded by 4 triangles and turned on the diagonal. I also have lots of "Tiny Houses"blocks left over from the last quilt I made for one of my Grand Nieces, (I over calculated) and I just love them so much, they won't go to waste!




It looks quite wonky and disjointed at the moment as it isn't sewn together as yet but I will post an update when it is finished. 

Are you a quilter? How do you like to use up leftover scraps of fabric?

Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ’œFi

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Wednesday Roundup

Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

Today I am taking a page out of the "Family Corner" blog and doing a bit of reflection and a general roundup of what is going on about our home and how I am currently feeling. I think I have a case of post holiday blues as I feel a little lost and aimless. I'm also not sleeping very well, waking at about 2ish (I never look at the time) and then my mind takes over, reviewing things that went on the day before or simply playing a tune, last night it was a Paul McCartney song "My Love" has anyone else had a song play in their mind during the quiet of the night?


So here's a bit of a brain dump with thanks for the inspiration from the lovely Sandra-

On my mind-



The job interview! I have submitted the application and now have to wait to see if I get an interview, I am preparing as much as I can for this terrifying process. I haven't done an interview for a very long time and when I get nervous I forget important things, my voice wobbles and my stutter rises to the surface. The other story that is always ready to step up in the middle of the night is the tragedy of a beautiful mother and her three children that had their lives taken away from them through domestic abuse. I have no words...

On the breakfast plate-



In the interest of using up a box of almost out of date Weetbix ( they had been in the camp box since the last time we went camping) and the rest of the Cocoquench, we are both having Weetbix, honey and tinned fruit for breakfast. We opted to buy some SPC Australian tinned fruit this week instead of fresh fruit and we are both enjoying it for a change. It certainly frees up my time of a morning as I usually cut up two bowls of fruit to have with our homemade yoghurt every morning. That's another thing I didn't do on Sunday, I knew I wouldn't have time to make yoghurt and muesli along with everything else I had to do to get ready for the week ahead.

On my reading pile-

I'm still reading Vegan-ish by Jack Monroe and Jamie Oliver's Veg to inspire me to make more plant based meals. I'm also reading my application over and over and over...as that is how my mind absorbs information.

On my TV-

Except for the news I'm not watching any TV not even Gardening Australia or Landline, I've just lost interest in sitting down on Sunday's and watching these shows.

On the menu this week-



We arrived home from camping of Saturday so I'll just start the menu then-

Saturday-Left over chicken and corn soup with buttered toast
Sunday-Beef Ragu
Monday-Prawn Stirfry
Tuesday-Leftovers from last night
Wednesday-Tempura Whiting with rice and Bok Choy
Thursday-Baked Potato and left over Beef Ragu with sour cream

From next week Lovely Hubby is changing his work days, he will now be working Thursday and Friday so our grocery shopping day will change to Wednesday and as such so will how our menu flows, it will change to a Wednesday to Tuesday format instead.

From the camera-


This sunrise was taken on Saturday morning, isn't just beautiful!

Looking around the house-

I can see areas that need my attention, there is a basket on the altar table which is overflowing with stuff that needs to be sorted and the office desk is full of Ninjas black hair...due to...this...she loves to sit on the desk while you're typing away and nudges you for pats. She is not the worlds most affectionate cat so this is quite cute.


This basket needs my attention

Chore I'm not looking forward to today or this week-

Dusting and polishing the timber furniture, I try and do it at least every few weeks but it easily gets out of hand.


Join in, what is happening in your corner of the world? You can cut and paste if you like and leave a comment.

On My Mind
On the Breakfast Plate
On My Reading Pile
On My TV
On the Menu This Week
From the Camera
Looking Around the House
Chore I'm Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week 

Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ’™Fi

One Year Ago-That Time I Bought Fresh Yeast, Chipotle Chillies and Bottled Water
Two Years Ago-How To Cook Fluffy Quinoa
Three Years Ago-Homemade Coleslaw Dressing 
Four Years Ago-No Blog Post Today (Away Camping)


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Our Latest Visit to Simply Good

Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

Following on from yesterdays supermarket grocery haul, today I thought I would share with you what we bought from Simply Good on our last visit, which was the Saturday before we left for camping. It was a big shop from this bulk store as it had been longer than usual since we visited, 6 weeks rather than the usual 4 weeks. I also bought more than I usually would of some items just so they will last longer, I would like to get into the habit of going every 6 weeks as the 4 weeks comes around so quickly.

I love this store and I seem to discover something new every time I visit, this last time I found that they stock nutritional yeast which seems to be in a lot of vegan/vegetarian recipes to give a recipe a "sharp cheese" flavour. As I will be making more meat free meals in the future I will be picking up a jar of this next time I visit.

We did lash out and buy a huge jar of chocolate covered peanut toffee, this is my absolute weakness and would normally only buy a small jar of it, enter LH, he lead me astray and we ended up filling a huge coffee jar full of it. I almost fell over when I saw how much it cost, but again it will last a long time. Does anyone remember the "Scorched Peanut Bar?" I must have eaten my body weight in these in my youth, it is a wonder I have any teeth left, well, these little bites of heaven taste just like the original Scorched Peanut Bar, no wonder I love them so much.

Simply Good isn't as fancy as some upmarket bulk food stores like "The Source" but for me the cost saving and the close proximity is worth it and I've never been a follower of fashionable stores anyway.



Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ’–Fi

One Year Ago-Creamy Herb and Garlic Dip 
Two Years Ago-Sunny Side Up Sunday 
Three Years Ago-Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Four Years Ago-No Blog Post Today (Away camping)

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What we bought, spent and ate last week

Monday, 24 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

I thought I might as well go ahead and pop this post up even though it is not on its usual posting day, I also don't have any photos of what we bought as LH usually takes the photos for me but as we were going away camping he didn't think I would bother doing a post. Never mind I have the receipts to keep me on track.

We really didn't need to buy too much as the previous week I had made and frozen down a couple of meals to take away with us and also I had been buying a few bits and pieces to put towards our camping trip along the way. We had bought Weetbix and Cocoquench a few weeks ago as that is what we always have for breakfast while camping, it makes for a quick, easy and delicious breakfast.

We also ate out once and got takeaway once before we left, we don't celebrate Valentines Day but we both love Sushi so we decided to treat ourselves to a dinner out and as we had such a huge day on Saturday preparing everything and packing for going away camping, we bought a couple of cheap pizzas to make an easy night of it. Swings and roundabouts!

What we bought and spent 
Aldi-$50.41
-Baking paper x 2, free range eggs, slivered almonds, 1 x lime, bag of washed potatoes (for camping), butter, ibuprofen, capsicum, sour light cream and beef mince for the dogs

Coles-$15.43
-Rice Bran oil, tartare sauce & hot cross buns

Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$4.50
-half a wombok and a carrot for this salad

TOTAL-$70.34
What we ate

Friday-Valentines Day-we treated ourselves to Sushi, the simple avocado roll is my favourite 

Saturday-Pizza-Dominoes have bought back their $5 value range so we ordered a couple of Pizzas for ease as we had been packing and organising all day for camping and were just exhausted. This one is the Spicy Veggie Trio and was totally delicious 


Monday-Rissoles with Crunchy and Colourful Salad and steamed potato and sour cream 

Tuesday-Chicken and Corn Soup with buttered toast

Wednesday-Sausages with the same salad as above and a steamed potato and sour cream 

Thursday-Salmon and Brie Pies with the same salad again and another steamed potato and sour cream 

Friday-Steamed Potato, baked beans, sliced tomatoes and sour cream

Join in, what was on your family table last week?

Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ•Fi

One Year Ago-Sunny Side Up Sunday
Four Years Ago-No Blog Post Today (Away camping)
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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 23 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

Yesterdays Sunrise on Our Beach 

Today I am thankful for our soft comfortable bed. I love camping and having a little getaway but nothing compares to sleeping in your own bed.


What are you thankful for today?

Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ’•Fi

Four Years Ago-No Blog Post Today (away camping)
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Good Morning

Friday, 21 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

Not much to say today, the days are flying by and only have one day left on the beach before packing up the camp early tomorrow morning. The park has had an influx of caravans here for the weekend and there are also lots of vehicles heading up to the beach camp area, it’s going to be a busy weekend. We love the camp and beach when there is hardly anyone else around that’s why we never take holidays during Christmas, Easter and school holidays.


Have a good day everyone, 
Fi
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Our Days

Thursday, 20 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


We’ve been up since 6 am again, we’re both sleeping quite well, it must be the noise of the waves crashing onto the beach that is acting as a white noise machine. Lucky for me as LH forgot his CPAP and as I’m very sensitive to any noise at night (read ... the sound he makes when he snores is like a freight train) I’m so very grateful for this constant background noise that masks any of his snoring! He is waking more tired than usual though so he is missing the therapeutic benefits of his CPAP.



We’ve had a family of kangaroos visit every morning as well as a pair of curlews, they are a beautiful bird but very shy, check out my Instagram feed for a couple of little video of them over the last couple of days.



These tiny flowered look like miniature passionfruit flowers

They are on a vine growing wildly through the bush area of the camp  

After I have freshened up for the day we have breakfast, we always have weetbix with honey and coco quench when we camp but this time we bought along a couple of cans of SPC peaches that we picked up at the Golden Circle Factory Outlet the last time we were there. It makes for an easy, filling and delicious start to the day. After breakfast I make our lunch and pack it in the little esky, boil the kettle again for the thermos, brush our teeth and apply copious amounts of sunscreen and we’re ready for the day.


Yesterday was hard going again fishing wise, I caught one bream and LH caught six whiting, hopefully today will be a better day, yesterday it was blowing a roaring northerly but today it’s a more gentle south easterly, that will make it more comfortable on the beach. 


Hope you all have a lovely day, 
Fi


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Some Photos of Today

Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


We’ve had a much better day on the fishing front, between us we caught 18 fish, that makes 24 in total for 2 days on the beach. It was lovely and cool on the beach and while having my feet and legs in the water when fishing but when you start walking back up towards the truck that’s when you feel the heat. We are now back at camp sitting out the front enjoying the cool breeze and a Blood Orange Bunderburg soft drink, talk about refreshing.


We’ll walk over soon and have the very best $1 shower you could ever have, I always feel like I’ve been to a day spa after one of these showers, it must be the water.  Dinner is easy tonight, we are having some chicken and corn soup with buttered toast.


Before we left for the beach early this morning we made lunch to take with us as we knew we would be on the beach most of the day, I made the bed and cleaned up the kitchen, we then packed the truck and were on the beach by 8am, they are big days but we love them so much.


Have a lovely afternoon,
Fi

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Hello

Monday, 17 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


I thought I would have a go at posting using Google Chrome on my phone, just to see if it would work. We’ve had a lovely morning on the beach trying to catch a feed of Whiting, it was very hard going and only managed to catch 6, there were so many tiny Dart vacuuming the bait up as soon as it touched the water, they are a menace. As usual LH out fished me by catching a huge whiting and 3 others that were of legal size and I caught 2 lovely sized Whiting along with about 20 Dart๐Ÿ˜ฉ

We’ve just had our lunch and I’m now enjoying a cup of peppermint tea, it’s very hot in camp so we’ll just clean up the few lunch things and head back down to the beach where there is a lovely breeze. We’ll look for more pippies that we use for bait as we used heaps this morning.

 The park where we stay has had a facelift and it looks just amazing, the camp kitchen is fantastic with a microwave, toasters and kettles, plus 4 big gas BBQ’s, stainless steels sinks and a big industrial fridge and freezer, it also has lots of picnic style tables and benches to sit at while you enjoy your meal. We’re going to use one of the BBQ’s tonight to cook our rissoles on, they have even supplied baking paper to put on the BBQ plate to lessen the mess.


Hope you are having a great day. 

๐Ÿ’—Fi
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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 16 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,



Today I am grateful that the amazing rain of last week has made way for sunshine, even though the rain was most welcomed and needed, it means now we can set up camp in the dry. The forecast is for showers on and off for the coming week, once our camp is set up we are pretty much weather proof, hopefully we can also break camp in the dry as well. 

I am having a blogging break while we are away camping, I hope everyone has a wonderful week, wherever you are and whatever you have planned. See you in a week.

Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ•Fi

Three Years Ago-Serious Sun Protection

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What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 15 February 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

All systems are go for our camping trip up the beach, today will be busy. We need to go up to Simply Good at Morayfield to top up with nuts, rolled oats, dishwashing liquid, hand wash, chickpeas, honey, salt and pepper, then we'll drop into the Golden Circle Factory Outlet to see if there are any bargains to be had. Once we are home I will make up this rissole mix, make this salad and dressing, make another batch of panini and mix up the tuna and tartare mix for our lunches for the next couple of days.

Then the usual Saturday jobs will need to be done-
Washing
Quick vac plus lounges and door tracks
Tidy whole house
Wash the sheets and towels as they are due to be done tomorrow
Divide up and freeze the dogs mince
Steam the sweet potato to go with dogs dinners, pop in two containers and freeze one

Tonight I plan on getting pizza for dinner, the $5 pizzas are back at Dominoes and after today I don't think I will have the energy to cook!

Here is what was on our family table last week-

What we bought

Lots of goodies from Aldi

A few items from Coles-the baked beans were on special for $1, what I didn't realise is that they are a smaller can, 300 gram compared to the usual 400 gram, but there was still enough for us for dinner. We tried the "English Recipe" and it was so lovely that I took the other ones back and exchanged it for more of the English Recipe variety. 

Fruit and veg from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn 

What we spent 
Aldi-$92.31
Coles-$12.35
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$48.25

TOTAL-$152.91-it has been a long while since our grocery shop was over the $150 mark!

What we ate

Friday-English Recipe Baked Beans on Toast with sour cream and grated cheese

Saturday-Fish Burgers on home made Panini 

Sunday-Cheesy Artichoke Pasta Bake with home made garlic bread 

Monday-Pan Fried Turmeric Fish with Baked Veggies-roasted broccoli, maple roasted pumpkin and roasted potatoes 

Tuesday-Mushroom Curry with steamed Basmati rice, mango chutney and yoghurt

Wednesday-Honey Prawns with steamed Basmati Rice and choy sum 

Thursday-Salmon and Brie Fold Over Pies with Upmarket Mushy Peas and Maple Roasted Pumpkin

What are you doing today? And what was on your family table this week?

Have a lovely day,
๐Ÿ•Fi

Three Years Ago-Our Camping Gear 
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