Monday, October 20, 2014

meal planning monday.

after my amazing dinner on friday night (evidence below ha ha) i'm feeling pretty inspired to get some good grub going!

bb and i roasted a chicken last night for dinner, and i whacked the carcass straight into my slow cooker with some braised onions and carrots and fresh herbs from the garden. lots of chicken stock inspiration happening. and by that i mean soup. mainly because there's fresh chicken stock, but also to use up the vegies that are in the fridge.



tonight, i'll throw together one of bb's faves, curried carrot soup.

tomorrow night, i'm off to ballet, so soup will be on the menu again, potato and leek this time, and the slow cooker will do the hard yards while we're at work!

wednesday night, i'll mix it up a bit, not soup! meatballs instead! i'll pack up the red sauce with broad beans and spinach though. must get through those vegies!

thursday night, i'm working late! i'll set bb up with a nice steak, and i'll have something in my break at work. it's always so hard to know when to eat when i'm working late...

because i'm working thursday night this week, i've got friday night off! woop woop! i'm thinking it would be nice to head out for dinner. and i'm trying to convince bb that the best option is brothl... eating there once a week isn't too much right? ha ha!

saturday, i'm intending to head out in the morning to a farmer's market! i want to stock the fridge up with beautiful seasonal produce to get me inspired for the week ahead! but also to get me inspired for dinner on saturday... and maybe sunday too ha ha!

what are you eating this week? have you eaten at brothl? did you like it? what's your favourite farmers market?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

sunday snippets.

playing along with {tinniegirl} and her sunday snippets.

a few pictures, and some words, summing up the week that just was.



friday night was spent at finder's keepers and it was the PERFECT way to end the working week. it was lovely to swan around, saying hey to people i knew and checking out everyone's amazing wares. there seemed to be quite a few completely new stalls which was awesome!

post market fun, myself did a friend, headed into the city to grab some dinner...



i had been wanting to go to broth'l since they opened their doors. the idea of a zero waste restaurant is awesome and very well executed.
i loved every second of the experience, trying out kombucha for the first time, and getting to watch our dinner being prepared right in front of us, all the while checking out the shelves of pickles and vinegars and supplies. so awesome!

one of my purchases from the market was put to good use in the sunshine yesterday,



i planted out a bunch of watermelon seeds, and have sussed out the best place to set up the sunflowers as well (everywhere, they're going everywhere!). the beetroot will need a soaking before they go in, and also something to be planted into! i used up all my potting mix supplies repotting all of my rose cuttings, oops!

this guy was sure helpful with my gardening efforts...



jumping out at me while i was pulling weeds, scaring the absolute pants off me! so helpful!

and in slightly annoying news...



my oven is being a crank tank! 2 and a bit hours in the oven yesterday, and this is what i got! harrumph!!!

my sourdough starter has sadly gone BACK into the fridge, after months of getting used daily. not happy jan!
though maybe now i have room in my life to make my own kombucha ha ha!

what have you been up to this week? have you tried kombucha before? or made your own? did you head to finders keepers too?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

green love.

oops. running a little late with this post! a flat out couple of days at work, as well as post-work commitments have left me with a lot less time than i'd anticipated i'd have this week.
not to worry though, i'm here now, and ready to share what's growing in my garden this week!



is this not the happiest little herb garden you ever did see?
well as long as you don't look at the thyme that is... the thyme is not so happy, in fact i think it might be a little bit dead... but the oregano, rosemary and parsley are going absolute gangbusters!

this little plant next to my front door has popped out some flowers to say hello!



it's only flowering on the side closest to the house at the moment, a little strange but pretty none the less...

speaking of flowers, my rose is having a little crack currently.



it's not been particularly successful thus far, but it's absolutely covered in buds, ready to try and try again!

my neighbour's rose though?



spectacular!
i love the colours of these flowers, and it's taken all my will power not to sneak out with my secateurs and liberate a few blooms.

what's growing in your patch this week? are you a sneaky flower snipper? what do you do with all your herbs when they're growing like crazy?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

socktober.

just before the weekend, an excellent thing happened...



two became one. the single, lonely red sock, became a PAIR of socks!
my super fancy new knitting needles were the motivation i needed to get them finished up, and well, that last little bit of sock was a heck of a lot easier to knit with needles that didn't bend at the slightest inkling of pressure. needless to say, my tension was much improved on that home stretch too!



so happy was i to see the back of them, i may have immediately cast on another pair. well after knitting a tension square or two that is...



yep, another two-at-a-time pair! i'm loving this metal circular needle too! the stitches slide so smoothly along!
a lot more so than the interchangeables i'm knitting this pair on in any case...



not too worry though, it's not nearly as difficult to knit with as those silly double pointed needles were (lesson: never buy knitting needles from large chain craft stores)
these beauties haven't grown much (though i did finally flip them in the right way to show off the k1p3 rib pattern, i likeeeeey!) as i have been distracted by the previous purple pair.
though i AM already thinking about casting on the next one too...



you can never have too many socks on the go in socktober though, am i right?
the question will be though, how many can i get finished by the end of the month??

are you a sock knitter? what's the quickest you've ever knitted a sock?

Monday, October 13, 2014

meal planning monday.

whew what a gigantic week! and a busy day off for me yesterday! i'm a bit pooped, so i'll be relying on this little meal plan to keep me motivated ha ha!



tonight, i've got a fresh lamb rack in the fridge ready to go in the oven to get roasty with lots of fresh vegies. should be delicious!

tomorrow night i'm off to ballet, pretty much straight from work. better pop a chicken curry in the slow cooker before i leave for work.

wednesday night, is ncb night. i'll grab something while i'm there and bb, as ever, will be fending for himself!

thursday night, i'll grab some of the tonnes of leftover roast pork that's in the freezer, and whip up a pork ragu to go with some pasta. perfect!

friday night, i'm heading into the city to check out the finders keepers market with a friend. we'll grab something for dinner while we're in there. there are about 228041984 places i'm keen to try in the city, so i'm sure we'll find something great!

saturday, bb and i are heading out to celebrate his mama's birthday! two nights out in a row, i won't even know myself!
so we'd better cook up a good old roast sunday night, get us back in the home cooking state of mind! maybe i'll break out the preserved lemons i whipped up months ago...

what are you eating this week? plans to head to finders keepers?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

sunday snippets.

playing along with {tinniegirl} and her sunday snippets.

a few pictures, and some words, summing up the week that just was.



i am so proud of this little bay tree with all it's new growth in the last couple of weeks.
just a little bigger before i start picking leaves for cooking i think. want to let it get nice and established first... and i should get through all of the store bought ones i have too i guess!

there's been lots of these kitty hugs happening lately.



sampson has been extra snuggly at the moment. particularly in the morning, normally just as i should be getting up and out of bed ha ha!

and these lily whites got their first showing of the season today.



this is about as tanned as i ever get. so you all better keep your sunnies on ok?

i've had a pretty massive week at work this week, so there haven't been a lot of pictures snapped to be honest... not ones that i haven't already posted here that is ha ha!
so instead of sharing lots of pictures, i thought i'd share a couple of cool things i'm liking at the moment too...

first up, lexi of pottymouth mama, is doing her annual frocktoberfest gig, to raise much needed cash for ovarian cancer research. it is somewhat of a silent killer, with no simple screening tests available, meaning that often it's not caught until it's too late!
there are lots of ways to donate, either by making a donation here, or there is this lovely shop partnering up with lexi to help raise funds, by donating a percentage of their sales for the whole month!
pop over and visit lexi to check out all her frocking antics, and sponsor her if you can!

i've also started reading the coletterie blog recently, and i am LOVING the round up post that sarai pens every friday. i find myself clicking most of the links as they're all so interesting to read! very cool!

ok, maybe i have one last photo...



this little guy popped out to say hello earlier today when i was moving my pots around. cute. potentially annoying and destructive, but cute ha ha!

what's happening on your sunday? what's something awesome you've read this week?

Friday, October 10, 2014

pinspiration.

i don't do a huge amount of pinning, but the large majority of what i DO pin, just sits on a board and never gets looked at...
i think this is a big problem with pinterest, but i'm trying to start to use some of them...

in recent times, i've done this, and this one (need to do some more come to think of it...), i've made a few of these and i've cooked quite a few recipes from this board...

there was one pin that has been on my mind though, and i just had to give it a go!



they came together quite well, but they took quite a bit longer than i'd first expected... and there was the small detail on me KILLING my stick mixer blending the newspaper up...
but i'm still keen to make some more though. i've got lots more seeds i want to get into the ground, and am almost completely out of receptacles to plant them in!

the idea of making something that i can use like this, that will then help to improve my soil by composting in, well it's pretty rad actually!

have you made anything from things you've pinned on pinterest? what sorts of things do you pin?