Highschool wasn't very memorable for me. I was shy and just one of those kids that you remember as being there.. but dont really remember them.. if that makes sense! I vaguely remember grade 10 and I know I went to the "Leavers Dinner" and I don't remember it being what a Grade 10 leavers dinner is today! Fancy cars, dressed to the nines, dinner at the casino...the whole works...! Wow! (I dont remember looking that old and sophisticated either!) Kinda makes me glad I am the mother of four boys and a girl and not the other way around ;)!
I had the wonderful pleasure of photographing Georgina the week before hand on a little location searching shoot and then her and her friend Nick before their big night. Both of them looked gorgeous and I hear had a fab night!
A few weekends back we were invited (along with about 20 others!) to join some friends on a river cruise to help celebrate a year of milestones in their family.. a 60th and a 40th birthday.
It was a lovely cruise, with a stop along the way for a bbq in the beautiful bush surrounds. The children were entertained on board with face painting using old aboriginal methods... including making there own paint brushes with some of the foliage from the bush and playing a didgeridoo.
I took the day off work today.. a migraine hit me yesterday afternoon and I battled with it most of the night, finally after pulling out the "serious" meds I was able to sleep but woke up this morning feel hungover and just plain tired. Its lunch time now and I am feeling alot better. So of course I decided to go through some pics and back up some files and realized that I haven't yet blogged my trip to Sydney! This was back in September, I am even further behind than I thought.. so here it is my girly weekend in Sydney with Kris and Leonie..
I left the artic chill of Tassie (ok exaggerating slightly there.. but not by much!) and arrived to a beautiful warm Sydney day.. boy did we pick the right weekend! Leonie picked me up from airport and we headed to Kris's.. but not before picking up some Krispy Kremes (we ate some in the car on the way but don't tell Kris ;) was a good thing we took the LONG way so we had time to dispose of the evidence hehe )
It was such a delight to meet Kris's gorgeous kids..
The very friendly J... ;)
The gorgeous Miss S.. fresh from dance class.
and sweet little Miss E
That night we went out to dinner with Jamie, Yvette, Lynny, Lyn and Ang from the June 04 Baby group.
Only took a few pics.. the food was too nice to miss out on ;)
The next day we headed into the city and checked into our hotel room and then hit the shops!
There was no way we were going to miss visiting the Lindt Cafe.. so much choice.. I need to go back again..lol
Then it was on the monorail and off to Darling Harbour where Kris and I terrorised poor Leonie with our cameras, where the seagulls terrorised us while we tried to eat our dinner and fend them off, a cruise on the harbour to the see the sites at sunset.
Then it was back to the hotel where we giggled (and choked) our way through cocktails.
had a GREAT time girls and can't wait to do the big 40's next year ;)~
My garden is blooming at the moment.. My roses are a mass of blooms and I am enjoying being able to go out and cut a bouquet of fresh flowers for inside. The lavender is smelling divine. We have been harvesting silverbeet and broccoli from the garden for a few weeks now, there are a mass of rasberry flowers on the vines, just waiting for them to ripen up.
I picked my first delicious ripe strawberry yesterday. There were a few more, almost ripe, so I decided to leave them overnight. It appears something else has found before me! I went out just then to find them half eaten!!
Not impressed!! Looks like I am going to have to put some netting over them as I presume the birds have been eyeing them off as well as me!
Yep thats me.. I apologise to all those that take the time to visit, I have fallen very behind and need a kick in the .. you know.
So for all who have asked I will start catching up with the gnocchi recipe. As far as the gnocchi itself goes.. just googled homemade gnocchi and pick a recipe. The one I used I had to add more flour to etc until the consistency seemed right.. its trial and error.
As for the sauce... here it is, this is a big fave in our house and its so simple to make.
500g fresh potato gnocchi 1 cup light thickened cream 1/4 cup sundried tomato pesto* 150g chargrilled capsicum, finely chopped* 150g baby spinach 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cook gnocchi as per packet instructions. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add cream and pesto. Simmer stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Ad capsicum and spinach. Cook four around a 1-2minutes until spinach has wilted. Stir cooked gnocchi into cream mixture and combine. Put mixture into a baking dish and top with cheese. Cook under grill or in oven until cheese has melted and is golden. Enjoy!
*For the aussie readers I get these at the supermarket (Woolies). Pesto is where the pasta sauces are and the chargrilled capsicum is jarred and in the sauces and condiments section. P
Yesterday, after someone told me it was easy to do, I attempted to make my own Gnocchi. It turned out pretty good I think for a first attempt. A bit messy to make.. well that could be just me, I am not the tidiest of cooks ;) Some pieces were a bit bigger than they probably should have been and were a little doughy in the center but it all still got eaten.
I made our favourite Creamy pesto and spinach gnocchi with them.... yummmm
Mel tagged me in her blog so now I have to tell you 6 unspectacular things about myself.. hmmm.. so...
1. I love chocolate. Good chocolate. When I eat chocolate it makes me feel good, like mentally good... that works for me. (Of course exercising more regularly would probably have the same effect but lets not get picky.)
2. I like gardening. Love seeing flowers bloom, love eating what I grow. I hate wearing gloves when I garden instead preferring the feel of soil in my hands. Of course that is really bad if you are going for that manicured nails look.. probably why my nails don't look great.
3. I keep chickens. I don't just throw them scraps and take their eggs. I actually go out and talk to them... 2 to 3 times a day. Pick them up and pat them. They all have names.
4. I detest driving. Its not something I enjoy and I much prefer being the passenger. Most of the time.. depends who is driving.
5. I like grocery shopping. I don't like coming home and putting it away but I like going to the supermarket, comparing products, browsing the shelves for something new and amazing or tasty.
6. I cant eat m&m's without sorting each handful into coloured groups first. And then I have to eat one colour from each group. I don't consider myself OCD but this is one thing I just have to do.
So to tag 6 others.... Kris, Leonie, Lyn, Nerida, Susan, Jamie
we stopped at Zoodoo at Richmond. The kids loved it here where you could touch most of the animals and hop on the "Safari bus" and go on safari and get up close and personal (literally!!) with some camels, ostriches and a water buffalo.
First stop.. the Animal Nursery.. I wanted to take him home..lol
She has such a way with animals. They are really attracted to her and she is so gentle with them. I think she should be a vet when she grows up.
Pony race.. our pony was number 3.. and he won!
We'd like to thank the trainers and mum and dad and...
He was VERY interested in my camera
These little marmoset monekys were so tiny and adorable. Mum reminded me of a Furby (if you remember the 80's)although she looked kinda grumpy..lol. She had two little babies that clung to her back the whole time.
Off on safari .. Big old cuddly pussy cat.... go on.. pat his tummy..lol
The camels were EXTREMELY friendly and just nudged right past you to get something to eat..lol
I was a bit worried someone was going to lose an eye :S
Check how tight they are holding those bags. Those ostriches would just take the whole bag and eat it.. paper and all.
It was a great trip and we are looking forward to our next little jaunt away.