Monday, November 2, 2015

meal planning monday.

woweeee! i am ready and raring for this week, so hopefully this meal plan keeps me on track!

a plate full of mexican. mexican rice, guacamole and grilled corn on the cob

tonight, i'm eating solo, so i'll cook up a wee bit of pasta, roast up some cherry tomatoes and stir through some broad bean pesto i made a week or so ago.

tomorrow night, bb is back! i'll cook up what's in the photo above i think. his favourite vegan meal i've cooked up so far!

for wednesday, this one pot tandoori quinoa should do the trick

thursday, i might give this bbq pulled sweet potato a try. i'll grab some delicious bread to go with it too!

friday night, i'll whip up this crunchy noodle salad. it definitely sounds like something bb will be into.

saturday, i'll leave bb in charge of the cooking, as i'll be working!

and sunday? well sunday will call for a big ol' lentil curry. yep.

what are you eating this week?

Sunday, November 1, 2015


after the past month, i'm ready to get geared up and get lots of stuff done, on a few different fronts...

cooked myself way too much food for breakfast one morning, complete with heart shaped hash browns picked up some new glasses last month, dark teal coloured ones

having a little read over of last month's list, i really did get most of that stuff done.
with the exception of bb's jumper that is...
i lost all motivation when i realised that we wouldn't be honeymooning in europe, so it wouldn't get a wear until at least april of next year!

swatching a new-to-me yarn, isager palet. a tape structure yarn in the most beautiful, grey palette catching up with a friend for an afterwork beverage. sitting out in the sun was so ace

and for this month? well wedding prep will be in full swing!
i've made a wee start on prettifying the garage this afternoon, though there is LOADS to do in there. as well as a few bits and pieces that i want to get done outside too. keeping the lawn maintained, and keeping everything watered and well looked after are both on the agenda. though i'd also love to plant some happy blooms towards the end of the month too.
i've got plans to spend a bit of time down with my parents in the country, which will give me some time to finalise the reception plans (table settings, floral arrangements, sound systems, catering...) as well as get a couple of projects finished up that i'm working on too!

on the knitting front, i've started two projects in the last week i'd love to get finished up on...
there's also a little bit of pattern designing i've been working on that i need to finish up with too...
i'll keep the details under wraps so i can surprise you when i'm done!

one of my big goals is to get my butt moving this month. my 10k steps a day has well and truly been slipping the past week or so, so i'd love to get 10k steps every day this month!
and keep myself motivated on the food front too. i've really been enjoying eating vegan food, but over the last fortnight, there has been many occasions where i didn't have myself organised, or was being too lazy so ended up going for non-vegan options...
hopefully i can work towards filling up the freezer with easy options, so even if i'm super tired, or on the run, there's still food for us there ready to go!

what are your plans for this month?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

radio silence.

things have been a little quiet over here the last couple of weeks...

a fortnight ago, on a sunday, i was putting together a 'my week' blog post, sitting down to some dinner with bb, and watching a little tv when our cheeky and much loved kitty started making a big racket.
he was meowing and yowling and hissing, quite obviously in a huge amount of pain.

we rushed him straight to the vet, where we were very quickly informed that things weren't looking good. a blood clot lodged in the artery feeding him back legs, a blood clot caused by a dodgy heart. a dodgy heart which had also filled his little lungs with fluid.
we made the incredibly hard decision to have him put to sleep, as even after a whole load of pain relieving drugs, he was still in immense pain.

it's been a pretty hard couple of weeks since we lost our little fella, and i don't think it will be something we get over quickly. to be honest, just while typing i've had a little tear up...

he was such a big part of our lives, always around to greet us after our days of work (or even just quick walks around the block) and always keeping us well and truly entertained with his crazy antics.

he;ll be missed everyday and be forever in our hearts.

Friday, October 16, 2015

show and tell.

this week's finish, comes after my questioning at the end of last week's post, regarding what to do with the yarn i had leftover...
well it didn't take me very long to decide at all!

milo vest knitted in orange colinette cadenza

another of georgie hallam's patterns, the milo vest!

this one i have knitted before... i think this might be my fourth to be honest! it definitely won't be the last however, as they are super fun to knit, as well as being very quick (particularly in this weeny size!)

i always find the body incredibly compelling to knit, with the small amount of cable design. i just want to get one more repeat finished... and before i know it, it's way past bed time!
i may have been a complete zombie at work yesterday for that very reason!

a close up of the hugs and kisses cable pattern. xoxo.

i knit this up in the 3 month old size, playing yardage chicken towards the end there... and i have in mind a good friend's growing bump. i just hope it still fits when it's cool enough for the little one to wear next year!

what have you been working on this week?

Monday, October 12, 2015

meal plan-less monday

this week, bb has taken the week off from work while i am set to work six days in a row.
that can mean only one thing. a week of not cooking for meeeee!

instead, when i come home from work, i'll work on finishing up these sleeves...

two, almost-finished sleeves, knit in bendigo woollen mills luxury in blue denim colourway

and maybe even make a start on the body too!

i'll have a bit of a play in the garden...

a close up of a few broadbeans, growing in the front yard

harvesting little bits here and there. these broadbeans made it into a dinner last week, making it all the more delicious!

and maybe i'll even have a little hunt through my stash...

a snippet of the extent of the button collection

for a few buttons for my newly finished cardigan.

now i'd best be off, dinner is nearly ready!

do you do the cooking in your house? what would you do if the cooking was being done for you?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

my week.

showing off my tan saltwater sandals on the grass sampson captured under the lamp light, looking a little moody grilled asparagus with avocado and tomato on toast. oh and a cup of tea! a bag full of mail to be posted the first yellow rose bud of the season

this week saw me purchasing some new shoes! the only shoes i had that were suitable for summer were thongs (or flip-flops) which are NOT suitable for work in the least.
not any longer though as i secured myself this beautiful pair of sandals.
i gave them a test drive yesterday, wearing them all day at work and clocking up well over 10 000 steps in the process. not a blister nor a pinch. love them!

sampson had a super photogenic moment underneath the lamp earlier in the week. i took about a gazillion photos as he stood and posed like a model. it's a wonder what bugs in the lamp will allow me to achieve ha ha!

i whipped myself up this delicious breakfast on friday morning. i'm getting better at this cooking without animal products thing...

i had a whole bag of post to mail out this week! wedding invites are out and everything is feeling a little bit more real now. everyone knows all of the details and a few people have already sent back their rsvps. huzzah for mail!

and on top of all the above awesome stuff, the first rose of the season popped it's little head out.
this was early on in the week so there's quite a few more out too. hopefully i'll be able to keep on top of dead-heading the spent roses, which will keep them blooming all summer!

what did you get up to this week? what's flowering in your garden? what's your favourite thing to have for breakfast?

Friday, October 9, 2015

show and tell.

this week i'm sharing a wee cardigan i've been working on for the last couple of weeks.

i've been wanting to knit up a granny's favourite for what seems like forever, so when i came across this yarn, i knew it was time!

granny's favourite knitted in colinette cadenza in ginger cinnabar colourway.

i snapped up the yarn when we were having a mega sale in sunspun a few weeks ago.
i'd never seen the colinette cadenza before, but having knit with the jitterbug in the past, i knew it would be a treat.
also i just couldn't walk past the colour! there's a little lady in my family whose favourite colour is orange so a granny's favourite it had to be!

close up of the inside of the button band

this isn't my first time knitting one of georgie's patterns, but i still can't help but marvel at the beautiful details she includes.
the lacework is the sweetest thing ever.
and boy do i love the slipped stitch along the inside of the button band. it helps the button bands sit flat against the body AND means they can be worked seamlessly.
there's nothing i love more than finishing up a project, casting off the last edge, and having only half a dozen ends to sew in... no seaming required!

close up of the neckline with lace detail

as i suspected, the cadenza was an absolute dream to work with. my only concern is that i now have a whole skein leftover... what to do? what to do?

now, i'm off to pop this baby in the bath. it definitely needs a good ol' block to relax the body and sleeves, and open up those lace panels a bit!

what have you made recently? have you knit one of georgie's patterns before? are you a seamer, or do you, like me, prefer seamless makes?