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Saturday, 28 November 2009


I admit to having tried quite a few recipes for Banana Cake/Banana Bread etc.

Whilst browsing through a few blogs, came across this site called Little Bird Big City
The author of the blog says that this recipe has been handed down through generations etc. So yesterday as I had a few ripe bananas in the fridge, thought why not.
Cooked nicely and had a slice with my cup of tea yesterday afternoon.

Very nice - good texture and will definitely make again.

THE DEVLIN DIARY by Christi Phillips

Have just finished reading this book and loved it. (probably helps that I enjoy Historical Fiction).
There were so many topics - all of interest to the story and I felt quite comfortable with the period in history and the characters.
One of the other recent books that I have read (part of a series)is Dark Angels
which is set in the same time frame - Restoration England.

Eventhough you are shown the past and present - it does not detract from the story.
You also get a good feel for what it must have been like for a woman doctor (physic) in this period - the prejudice by the men and general public.
Good insight into medical conditions and how the treatments were administered. Charles the Second was very liberal in transmitting the "clap" to his mistresses.

The author also brought Cambridge alive and the politics and jealousy in the academic world.
Want to read Phillips" other book now - The Rossette Letter.

BOLD - 8 Nov 2009

BOLD - 8 Nov 2009
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BLUE - 27 Nov 2009

BLUE - 27 Nov 2009
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Have had the background card languishing on my desk - from an old greeting card. Hopefully the other images bring the composition all together.

HEART STRINGS - 27 Nov 2009

HEART STRINGS - 27 Nov 2009
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KISSABLE - 27 Nov 2009

KISSABLE - 27 Nov 2009
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SUSHI - 28 Nov 2009

SUSHI - 28 Nov 2009
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Feels good to be making cards again and getting the creative juices running.

Thursday, 26 November 2009


One of my favourite genre's in reading is Historical fiction, and I have been working my way through one of the Jean Plaidy series - Plantagent Series. Up to Book 4 so far, and really enjoying the style of writing, the historical figures mentioned and the settings.
Whilst browsing through a few of the blogs that I follow, I followed onto one of the links and found this site for Cozy Library

If you like mysteries and always on the lookout for new titles, then check out their lists of books. You can also subscribe to their newsletter.


At the last meeting of our book group (Burrum Fillys), I presented to the ladies, the books that we will be reading next year. (A previous post listed the titles/authors).
Each year I rack my brains as to how the reading list will be presented, and this is what I came up with:

There are 4 Canvases that I painted, and then affixed a small cigar tin to the front. The tin has been painted as well, with images on the front and inside cover.
3 cards inside the tin, list out the book titles/authors/month.

As I was unable to find an easel size to fit the canvas, my husband made a small wedge, which is glued to the back.

Presentation wise, I decorated brown paper bags, and a canvas was placed in each of them - small tag at the handle lists the dates of the meetings.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

CREWEL WORLD by Monica Ferris

First in the series and the book has a free needlepoint pattern at the end of the book.
Betsy Devonshire comes to Excelsior to visit her sister, Margaret, who owns the shop, Crewel World. But Margaret is murdered and no one can think of a reason why.
Good light read.

Goodreads | search results for "Crewel World" (showing 1-4 of 4 books)

Goodreads | search results for "Crewel World" (showing 1-4 of 4 books)

Goodreads | Trisha's review of Home to Big Stone Gap

Goodreads | Trisha's review of Home to Big Stone Gap


The Spice Box (Spice Box Mystery, Book 1) The Spice Box by Lou Jane Temple

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An historical mystery - with authentic recipes of 19th century New York city.
This is the 1st Spice Box mystery - Bridget Heaney, an Irish orphan gets a job as cook in one of the "big houses" in New York.
But on her first day, she discovers a dead body in the pantry - it is her employer's son, who disappeared a few days before she arrived at the house.
Bridget sets out to solve the murder, and also track down her sister,who disappeared some years back.

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Sunday, 8 November 2009


I have just finished reading a very inspirational book - GLUTEN FREE GIRL by Shauna James AHERN (which I bought through Amazon). (also follow her blog).
Her style of writing got me thinking about food in general, and how it would be to eat gluten free.
Since my sister was diagnosed with celiac disease, I have become interested in the foods that make up their diet.
One of the brands here in Australia is Orgran, and they put out a magazine, every 3 months called Everyday Health, which contains wonderful recipes and articles dealing with this health problem.
This morning I made up a batch of biscuits (or cookies if you are in the States) and just had to try one of them. Delicious.
So here is the recipe from the Magazine - Issue 16 Vol1/2009. The recipe is by Yvonne Voorthuizen, who has compiled 3 recipe books now and this happened after trying to come up with meals for her husband, who was diagnoised withCoeliac Disease about 11 years ago.



2 Tablespoons soft butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 cup castor sugar
1 1/2 cups Orgran Self Raising Flour
1 cup coconut
1 tablespoon milk
Dash of vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius and line trays with baking paper.
Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence. Add the egg and golden syrup.
Fold in the coconut, flour and milk
Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the trays,using it all.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

I found that I had to cook for a bit longer, and this depends on your oven.
Also this made 2 1/2 trays of biscuits.

Friday, 6 November 2009


I have been enjoying reading my books since the last post, plus catching up with some cooking.
One of the books that I got from the library - DARK ANGELS by Karleen Koen, is proving to be a wonderful story. I have been able to get a copy of this book through the BOOKMOOCH site, as well as one of the others in the series.
The story is set in England in the era of Charles the 2nd and I would recommend this author to anyone who loves reading historical fiction.

The protea bushes that I have in the garden are prolific growers - must love the sand and I was able to pick a few to bring into the house

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Not the best of photos, but will give a glimpse of the flowers.

One of the orchids has flowers as well - think it is called Dancing Lady

Whilst walking around the garden, the chickens had to join in as well. We have 11 at the moment - 3 Rhode Island Reds, 5 Black Australorps, and 3 Lohmann Browns and here are a couple of photos of them

There is nothing to compare to fresh free range eggs, and you would never go back to shop bought eggs after tasting these. Lovely rich yellow yolks.

I may just get back to my book now.