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For the love of yarn!

I am totally loving making sun hats at the moment… My creative juices are flowing and my head is spinning with color ideas… Sunflower yellow with green gingham ribbon, lilac with yellow crochet flowers, patriotic 4th of July sun hats are dancing through my head, each time I complete a sunhat I am so tempted to keep it for Florrie, but I know that I really need to set up my little online shop… Time to get serious and try selling my wares!

We had a very productive but busy weekend… Saturday saw us checking some chores off our long list of to do’s for the house. Paul spent the afternoon on BBQ duty, after spending a grand total of $25, we now have a working spotlessly clean BBQ, Paul is king of cleaning the kitchen and also the outdoor grill! My Mum and I spent the afternoon productively making the seat cushion for the wicker sofa on the clean new deck we have been renovating. We then scrubbed and washed down the outdoor directors chairs… The deck is starting to take shape finally, we are very late this year getting outdoor living started, but although we are later than usual we are appreciating the clean deck and slightly cooler weather… We have been sitting out into the evening with our glass of wine and just chilling with our beautiful scenic views!

Talking about outdoor living, I can finally menu plan using the grill, i love to cook outside during the warm summer evenings, last night saw me roasting some Cajun style pork outdoors, I also added some small fingerling potatoes roasted with my favorite spray oil from TJ’s, coconut and seasoned with salt and pepper, I also added some lightly spiced corn on the cobs… Voila outdoor eating at its best… Spicy Cajun style pork and warm salad tacos!

A very quick side note… I was very excited to finally get my favorite salad mix again from Costco, although there was only 4 left on the shelf so I grabbed 2 big bags and was so glad that I did as there was none to be seen when I called in there again yesterday… The motto to this story, grab it while you can, because it is so good everyone is buying it too!

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It’s all about comfort food…

So today is all about food yet again… With the weather turning colder and the evenings getting darker, it’s been time to think about warm comfort food in our house, so I’m going to share one of my favorite meals with you all…

Monday night I began my evening routine by boiling a bag of small potatoes until they were cooked through, then with a hand held blender (one handed as Florrie was on my other side) I roughly mashed them with a cup of broth, then I added 2 cups of green beans, a packet of chicken and apple sausages (cooked and sliced) a tablespoon of rosemary and 3 more cups of chicken broth… Season to taste, stir and reheat through until soup is creamy and warm! Now with all this deliciousness warming through I could not decide what I should accompany it with, a friend had recently told me she had made Jamie Oliver’s chili, cheese cornbread, so with that in mind I grabbed his book and began assembling the ingredients, some I had to substitute but it was delicious none the less! This cornbread is so easy and soooooo good and it was perfect with my warm sausage potato soup… Definitely one of my favorite Fall meals recently!

Menu plan for the week ahead…

Wednesday – Jamie’s tender chicken legs with tomatoes served with leftover cornbread (Internet)

Thursday – Spicy pork chilli pepper goulash and rice

Friday – Jamie’s roasted peppers with chillies and tomatoes ( at home page 252)

Saturday – pork ragu with parpadelle

Sunday -chicken legs with delicate pearl barley, pea and lettuce stew

Monday – steak Guinness and cheese pie

Tuesday – wild mushroom and beef stroganoff

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