I'm grateful for.......

Saturday, March 26, 2011

This weekend I am reminded (in stereo) to be grateful for the beautiful gift of marriage. Yesterday we went to my cousins wedding, on Tuesday Mr B and I celebrate our 3rd anniversary, and while we were sitting waiting for the ceremony to begin, my sister in law calls me from Hawaii to say she is ENGAGED!!! See what I mean by "in stereo".  I've added a few snaps for you, they do not do the wedding justice. No batteries for my camera, so my iphone had to do the job.

You too can play the grateful game....

Scrambled Life

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sometimes life just get so hectic that you don't even have time to prepare dinner. So in our house we resort to...

the humble scrambled egg. 

My Place & Yours - Where do you blog?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This is where I spend WAY too much time. Blog blog blogging away, watching TV online, telling myself  'I wont go on facebook again today' and hours reading other peoples gorgeous blogs. 

My comfy desk chair. Unfortunately the padding on the arm rest had worn away and the metal was sticking out. Finally after ripping two pairs of pants whilst attempting to sit down, my husband "fixed" it for me. 

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Fabulous Find!

Yesterday whilst in our old neighborhood, I convinced Mr B that it would be such a brilliant idea to stop off at our favourite little fruit market. AND WHAT A SPLENDID IDEA IT WAS!!! There in the far corner of the store sat a lone fridge (which I am sure had a halo like growl encompassing it). And in this treasure chest like ice box, little pots of heaven. Ben & Jerry's homemade ice cream. 
I convinced Mr B with his big basket of fruit and vegetables (goodie two shoes), that this was a find worthy of our attention. He reluctantly allowed me to cradle my new love, like a precious baby (or rather like some ravenous wolf threatening to bite his hand if he dared renege) to the counter. This little pot didn't even make it home, it was devoured in the car. 

To my dear sister in law who is keeping me accountable for all things I put in my mouth and do to my body, you will be pleased to know (I hope) that we shared this little tub. Mr reluctant changed his tune and was happy to help 'down' the scrummy product.

Next visit I am going to enjoy a tub of their 'chunky monkey' flavour. Banana ice cream with walnuts and fudge pieces. mmmmmm xoxo

Pancake Sunday

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Whilst Mr B and I were taking our Sunday morning stroll, I freaked! I had totally forgotten about Pancake Sunday. Major disaster for my autistic, excessive compulsive tendency towards not breaking this routine. So we improvised and gosh darn it. Sometimes the spur of the moment decisions are the very best ones! We whipped up some potato pancakes, for which I have no recipe as we just threw together ingredients. Added a side of baked tomato, mushrooms and some chorizo sausages (can we say coronary bypass). 


Plain Flour
Grated Potato
Grated Sweet Potato
Caramelized Spanish Onion
Salt & Pepper


I have no idea what quantities we used, as we just mixed until the batter seemed like the right consistency. Sorry!

I am super organised and all set for this coming Sunday. We're going to dine on Blinis.

Point & Shoot - Rosalie Love

Monday, March 21, 2011

Who doesn't love doing things that make them happy!! Sunday we did just that with a trip to the Rosalie Gourmet Market (and friends).
I am in love with this gorgeous little Market
I am slowly winning Mr B over to it's charms 

Who wouldn't love this?
Mr B was happy after a trip to the Gourmet Butcher. 

Enjoyed a little Lebanese
And back to the markets for some take aways. 

A day well spent I reckon. xo

I'm grateful for.......

Saturday, March 19, 2011

This week I am reminded to be so eternally grateful for friends who invite you into their home, feed you full of good stuff, let you talk about the things on your heart and open up theirs to you. Those are the ones you keep for life! We were lucky enough to get a dose on Friday night. 

This is George and Caitlin 

George is greek, mad keen about soccer, has an obsession with playing Trivial Pursuit (and knows all the answers), thinks pretty highly of Muhammad Ali and is an uber health freak.
Cait is wicked smart (ex lawyer), a ruthless bargain hunter, who lays pavers, has a passion for do it yourself projects, almost ALWAYS wears heels and loves "Sweet Valley High" books (I know, she borrowed mine).
They were our Best Man 

And Matron of Honour

However lest you think that we are always as manicured as in the professional pictures above, I have included some of the not so professional 'behind the scenes' shots.

We truly love you guys. I know Cait will read this and I hope she is super cool with me plastering her face all over my blog :P 

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"In the black (cloud) corner... 'waiting', and if the (seeing) red corner... 'Rebecca'"

Friday, March 18, 2011

So it turns out that we are still waiting. Sigh. Waiting for that little part of my dream to become a reality. Waiting for our family to grow +1. Can I be honest? I flippin hate waiting (and the flippin was keeping it G rated). I struggle with it so much! Waiting and I are like mortal enemies. I set out to be strong, positive and take a 'not yet' in my stride, I do well, for all of about 5 minutes. What follows is whinging, whining, many tears, a good dose of yelling and a dash of moping = recipe for disaster. That's probably why I'm still waiting, why I've been learning the 'waiting lesson' for most of my life. 

I realized something HUGE this morning. Like strike me 3 times over with a bolt of lighting huge.
 I don't have to like the waiting. 
I will give you a moment to re-read that. ...................... That's a massive realization right?!!! Or am I the only one riding the crystal clear train at the moment? Here I am wrestling with the idea that 'lovin the wait' has to move from my head to my heart. Trying to force it down, praying it will miraculously migrate, binding up all the devils I think are keeping me from it. Shheesh what a weirdo!

At the exact moment I discovered we were still waiting, my promise verse for the day popped up onto my phone. Like at the exact same time, some beautiful synchronized divine orchestration (yes God can use an iphone). It is titled "HOPE" and the verse - Jeremiah 29:11. You know it.... 

 And oldie but a goodie. 

However I saw something I've never noticed before. Usually everyone latches onto the "future and hope" part, we run with that bit.... 'it's a comin, there is a light at the end of this stinkin tunnel'. Not this time, 3 words stood tall and proud above the rest saying 'pick me pick me', the words NOT FOR EVIL. And in that (what hinged on being a) despondent moment, I saw the real light. This waiting, it's not for evil, therefore IT IS NOT EVIL. And that's the truth!

Here I am thinking, it's mean, it's cruel, it's too hard, it's evil, and IT'S NOT. I may not like waiting, but whether I like it or not doesn't change what it is or isn't, IT'S NOT EVIL. So what is it then if it's not evil? "Plans for wholeness". It's part of the plan for wholeness. And who doesn't want that right? So the tunnel isn't so stinkin' anymore it's just a part of the path. 

I can't guarantee that if there is more waiting ahead I will like it. I might even cry, and then some. However it won't be because I am thinking 'this waiting is evil', because while 'waiting' and I are not yet friends, we are definitely no longer enemies. 

thnx for the {image}

Turkish Love

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For those who were interested here are the links to the recipes for the 3 pides I made

You will notice that this recipe states that it's untested. I made a few adjustments to mine, they work for me. 

  1. I dissolve the yeast in the 1/4 cup of water and allow it to sit for ten minutes, then add remaining water, sugar and salt. 
  2. I add this to only 4 cups of flour (not the recommended 6, I found it too dry and 4 still makes a huge amount). 
  3. I do this in a metal mixing bowl, cover with glad wrap and add it to my oven which I warmed. I do this because the first time I tried this recipe it was a cold day, and now I continue to do it this way because it's faster and I'm too lazy to wait.  
  4. Continue to follow as per recipe. 

  1. I made the same dough as in recipe 1 (because it works for me and I don't like to deviate) and added the spices that this recipe recommends. 
  2. I didn't make the base sauce. (Couldn't be bothered, if you do and it's gorgeous pls tell me)
  3. I use marinated artichokes from a jar, instead of the boiling with lemon juice.

Lamb, Pumpkin and Feta Pide
(I wanted more than 2 different pides, so I made this one up at the last minute. Strangely enough everyone commented that it was the nicest.)
  1. I used the same spiced pide dough as I had for the chicken pide
  2. Coated cubes of pumpkin in some oil, cinnamon & nutmeg and then roasted till soft
  3. Brown some slices of lamb in a pan
  4. Thinly slice some Spanish onion
  5. Crumble some feta
  6. Pop it all on top of the prepared dough and bake

What I'm Listening To

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lovin me some Amy Winehouse at the moment. Total fruit loop, talented none the less. Especially track #7 "Tears Dry on Their Own", (maybe it's because the track samples the backing music from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 smash hit, 'Ain't no Mountain High Enough', and who can go past a classic). Amy, get to rehab so you can smash out some more incredible tunes. 

Point & Shoot - Family Love

Monday, March 14, 2011

I love Sunday afternoons. They consist of warm hearty hugs, lots of belly laughs, war stories from the week past and tales of joy as we recount the moments that made us smile. Your tummy growls in anticipation as you smell the sweet aroma of the lunch time meal cooking, drinks flow in abundance, eating way too much of a good thing, or a few good things. Ladies chatting over the dishes, while the men take a short nap, sprawled out on the carpet or cool tiles. "Family Dinner" takes precedent in our house on a Sunday afternoon.  

Yesterday we went Turkish!

I enjoyed my first ever 'point and shoot', have a little look - see at the treasured weekend memories of other bloggers here! Enjoy xo

Pancake Sunday - Back to Basic

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sometimes simple is just splendid. 


Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar 

  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 2 tbs caster sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups (580ml) milk
  • 80g butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • Extra melted butter
  • Extra caster sugar, to serve
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

  1. Sift flour into a bowl. Add sugar and stir well. Add milk, butter and egg. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Brush two small non-stick frying pans with a little of the extra melted butter. Heat over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of mixture to each pan. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the surface. Carefully turn over and cook fro 1 minute.
  3. Transfer pancakes to a plate and wrap loosely in a clean tea towel to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing pan between each batch. If you find the pan is getting too hot, reduce heat slightly.
  4. Serve pancakes with lemon and sugar