Friday, January 29, 2016

Sew It's Finished UFO List


Sew Its Finished
The motivation I need....

I have joined the blog "Sew It's Finished"
I have so many UFO's and this is the year I hope to get them finished...I hope so!!! 
Firstly I have made a list of the more important ones I'd like to finally finish....

UFO List

Postcards from Paris quilt
Hexagon quilt
Trip Around the World mini
Vintage Kitchen mini
Peace on Earth quilt
Cutting Mat and Ruler bag

I've decided to start with a small list and it will seem more achievable. I will be adding to the list but at the moment this looks so much better than it really is.... don't want to scare myself too much. 

Thank you so much Wendy and Dawn for doing this and encouraging me to get motivated.
If you too want to join... you will find the details HERE.

Teresa xx

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Memories, Australia Day and Another Recipe

I have had these enamel canisters for a few years now and they mean the world to me. They were my Nanna's and my Pop gave them to her in 1945 on their wedding day. As long as I can remember they have sat on the shelf above her stove in her kitchen in the same house she lived in ever since she was married. They are perfect and were always beautifully looked after. She gave them to me before she passed away so I was able to tell her just how much it means to have them and treasure them. 
They have been in my kitchen up until today but after a clean out I've moved them to on top of the hutch where I can really see them and appreciate them. 
Hope you all had a lovely Australia Day and celebrated in true Aussie style! 
Just love this photo of my mum taken on Australia Day. Certainly looking and being very Aussie. Missing her very much today and hoping we get a chance to see each other before too long. 
Did you see the donuts Krispy Kreme brought out for Australia Day? A lamington one and a vanilla slice donut (which was divine!!!!) 
And now another quick, easy dinner recipe. I've made this so many times and everyone loves it. The best thing about this meal is that it's super quick to put together. Preparation time for this is literally minutes. Here it is.....

Baked Pesto Chicken

Ingredients 

3-4 chicken breast filets, skin removed
Jar of pesto sauce 
Roma tomatoes, sliced thickly 
Mozzarella cheese, grated

Method 

Place chicken in the bottom of a baking dish and coat liberally with the pesto sauce. Place the slices of tomato on top of the filets. Then cover with the grated cheese. 
Bake in a 200c oven for 40 minutes. 

That's it! Too easy! AND it's delicious! 

Teresa xx

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Easter Swap

The Tuesday girls are hosting their first swap..... An Easter "no fuss" swap. You can find out all about it HERE! Make sure you register before February 5th....
Hope you can join in the fun! 
Teresa xx 


Monday, January 25, 2016

Puppy Love

I am falling in love with Jacks gorgeous puppy - it's hard not to! 
He is such a cutie and such a good dog. 
Love watching these two playing together. 
We have a new dog wash not far from home and it's brilliant. 
Makes the whole process very easy and stress free. Captain loves it.  
Awwwww! 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Happy Birthday James!

Today my eldest son, James, turned 25! How did that happen???
As he's away camping for the weekend, Jack and I spent the day with him yesterday to celebrate. Such a great day! 
It started with breakfast at Shouks cafe at Paddington. Even my husband managed some time away from work to join us. 
Then we were off to get his present .... a bike of all things. 
Can't believe how happy he was to get this. No more walking to work for him! 
With the new bike in the back of the car, we headed to the Green Beacon Brewing Co for a drink. 
Fabulous place. Lots of drinks and laughing before we headed home. 
It's so hard getting one decent photo of these two together!!!! 
Maybe this one? Maybe 
I think he's pretty happy with the bike!!!! He couldn't wait to take it for another spin! 
It was such a fun, happy day. Just what you want a birthday to be!!! 

Love these boys so much! 

(29th January) 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tuesday Stitching and Another Recipe

Our numbers grew today as we spent the day with a few others at Maree's house.  I had such a lovely day and Maree really spoilt us.
The tables were set up so lovely. Pretty cups full of sweets! 
We had brownies and blondies for morning tea, quiches and salad for lunch and delicious chocolate logs and fruit for dessert. Totally spoilt!!!
There was lots of stitching (thanks for the photo Maree!) chatting and laughing. It was a fabulous day. 
I managed a few more felt sweets for Helen's Christmas tree skirt too. 
These two were waiting for me when I got home. 
He's such a good dog and so smart, it's a joy training him and having him around. 
Another lovely Tuesday! 
I have another great dinner recipe for you too. This one is lasagne in a skillet and it is so easy - much easier than I've ever made lasagne before. Hope you like it. 

Skillet Lasagne
  • You will need.....3 tbsp olive oil2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 600g beef mince
  • Salt and pepper
  • 375g package lasagna noodles, each sheet broken into 4 pieces 
  • 800g can diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 410g can tomato purée 
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 500g container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella

Method....


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. I used my large electric frypan. Add garlic and onion, saute for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add mince and break apart with spoon, cook until browned 6-8 minutes. 
  3. Pour half a cup of water, and 1 cup of purée over the meat mixture. Place lasagna noodles over meat mixture; top with tomatoes, remaining tomato purée, basil and ½ cup water. 
  4. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Dollop ricotta cheese evenly over mixture, and sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.Enjoy!!!!! 

Teresa xx

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My Tuesday and a Recipe

Finally I was able to catch up with the girls today for stitching. It feels like forever since I got my Tuesday stitching fix.
First we all opened our presents sent from the gorgeous Narelle. It was definitely worth the wait. How cute are the Christmas pudding and wreath? Beautifully made too. Thank you so much Rell! Love them! 
Helen was looking after us today with yummy scones, jam and cream. Yum!!! 
I worked on Helens failed Christmas present and today we have 10 sparkly lemon wedges! I managed to get gold sequins everywhere! 
Such a great day with the girls and a much needed day of laughing and chatting (and stitching!). 
Tonight I tried a new recipe for dinner that I found on Facebook. It's called chicken fajita pasta and it was delicious. Just love the colors! Very tasty and a one pot meal for clean up is always a bonus. I'm also linking up with Cath at Home for her What's for Dinner Wednesday post. You should definately go check out her blog for lots of yummy dinner ideas.
It was a hit with the family, so I'll be making this again! 
Hope you've had a great day!
Teresa xx


Chicken Fajita Pasta
 Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet (3 tablespoons) taco or fajita seasoning
  • 2 cups diced capsicum (1 each of red, yellow and green) 
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low salt chicken stock
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 405g can diced tomatoes and chilli
  •  3 cups penne pasta
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with half of taco seasoning. In a 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over high heat. When the oil is very hot, carefully add the chicken in a single layer and cook without stirring until one side is seared and browned, about 1-2 minutes. Flip the chicken to the other side and cook until browned. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet with the heat still on high. When the oil is very hot again, add the capsicums and remaining taco seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are slightly blackened. Turn heat to low, add minced garlic, and stir until fragrant and well combined, about 30 seconds. Remove the veggies to the plate with the chicken.
  3. In the same skillet, add the stock, cream, diced tomatoes, uncooked pasta, and salt. Stir to combine and bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 15 minutes until pasta is tender and liquid is mostly absorbed. Add the chicken and veggies back into the skillet and stir to combine until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve with buttery garlic bread and enjoy! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A week of Jack

Now that my youngest has moved out and only visits when he can, I have been thrilled to spend a few days with him this week. We have been trying a few new restaurants and watching lots of movies. 
After picking him up from the airport we tried a lovely cafe called Leaf Espresso which we found, and has been given a huge rap, on Zomato. The blueberry pancakes were delicious and I would have them again in a heart beat!!! 
Although Jack's eggs Benedict looked amazing too. 
The very next day (we are hopeless!) saw us trying a New Mexican burrito bar close to home. 
This was incredible and I hate to say that I couldn't finish my nachos as good as they were!!! 
We both couldn't wait to see the new Star Wars movie and were not disappointed. 
I also got to watch a really lovely movie called "the Book of Life". I loved it and definitely recommend it. 
So it's been lovely catching up with my boys lately......
A little note he left me .....
God I love this kid. 
Teresa xx

City Fun

I spent a wonderful day in the city yesterday. Just love those unplanned days where everything falls into place. 
I've been wanting to see the new exhibit at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art). It's the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Modern Art. I always love this exhibition because so much of it is interactive. So my youngest son agreed to go with me and we headed into the city. I was hoping to catch up with my eldest son also who was working. 
So lucky as it turns out he was ready for a lunch break!!! Love these two and so happy to be spending time with both of them when their lives are so busy. 
We had a fabulous lunch at Vapiano's Italian restaurant. I love watching the chefs cooking your order right in front of you. It was delicious. 
Then onto GOMA where we weren't disappointed. This was my favorite piece - giant puppet horses made in fabric. 
Just incredible. I so wanted to touch them! 
Luckily this piece "the zone of risk" was very hands on. It was so much fun. All sorts of things happened and sounded depending on what you touched or stepped on. 
It was huge. 
Lots of color, imagination, inspiration and fun here too. 
Such a great day. Always love going to the art gallery, especially when something as good as this is on. 
Teresa xx