Friday, January 08, 2016

Summer Pie

This has been a favourite in our house for some years. The girls both love it, as do I. Great with a nice crisp green salad.  For those of you who remember Hudson & Halls, this recipe came from their TV programme. It was many years ago. Too many!

Summer Pie

3 carrots - I use small carrots, they look better in the pie and may add another if I think it needs it
3 stalks celery
1 green pepper
1 brown onion
6 rashers bacon
1 can corn kernels 
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp chicken stock mixed with 1 cup boiling water
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp butter
Flakey pastry - I use ready rolled sheets and need 2 for my pie dish

Heat oven to 200 degrees C.  Dice onion and add to frypan with butter. Cook gently, adding the bacon rashers, carrots, celery and pepper. Cook till almost done add the corn. Mix the chicken stock and water. Sprinkle the flour over the cooked mixture and add the stock mixture and stir in to cook. Place into prepared pie dish.


2 slices of bread
2 tbsp parsley
3/4 cup grated cheese

Put all into kitchen whizz until bread is crumbly and parsley chopped. Sprinkle over pie and cook 35-40 mins.

Serve hot or cold with green salad. I prefer it hot. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Holiday Bliss

Oh how nice it is to spend an extra hour sleeping in, and those lazy kind of days. I must admit, I was pretty strung out come the end of the year and it's only now that I am feeling relaxed. 

My Christmas was spent in Wellington with the girls. It was lovely to get away for a few days. The weather was perfect, and for Wellington to have so many perfect days in a row..... well it was magic. I stayed a couple of extra days it was so nice. I have a fantastic neighbour who feeds and cares for the boys, she was just a text away. 

The view from Lauren's balcony. Hard to believe she lives right in the middle of the city. 

Anna and JP Christmas Day. They make a lovely couple.

The last few days have been spent at home just hanging out. I have done minimal stitching sadly. Having said that, I have been planning my outside a little better. It's amazing what a relaxed brain can come up with! I have even attempted to make a sweet pea frame...... Mmmmm. Work in progress!

I have Lauren here with me for a few days. She's been feeling a bit under the weather so we have just laid low. We did put the new BBQ together.... A beautiful Weber Q, and had our first meal from it last night. Perfectly cooked steak! Delicious. I have great plans for this area. 

So that is the holidays so far. Another week to go. The days seem to go by so quick somehow.

Whatever you down under people are doing on your summer break, I hope it's a good one!

Thanks for dropping by. 

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Simple Things

I had a bit of a potter around in my garden the other day. God knows it needed it. I find a lot of Solace in my garden, such that it is. I am not a natural gardener sadly. Planning a garden is definitely not my forte sadly. The other thing is sheer frustration. Now that I am on my own it is the little things like banging and sawing that really get me a bit fired up because I just can't quite do it. Having said that, I am really trying to do more for myself and make things happen for me. 

Anyway, out in the garden my roses were blooming. In 2014 I was given roses for my birthday. I just love them and the memory they came from close friends, and one from Lauren.  I hope some more come one day.  They are very special. 

I picked a few blooms that were there to bring inside. The weather was about to turn nasty and I wanted to enjoy them a little more. 

Paddy Stephens quite prolific in it's flowering. 

In Loving Memory. This rose always reminds me of my dear mother and has the most beautiful perfume. Lauren gave me this one, so it is sitting in her bedroom. She loved it when she walked in. 

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year

And what a year it has been!

As I get older, and it happens to us all sadly, the years sure do go faster. This year has had some real lows and some great highs to it. The company I worked for moved us all to Hastings, and meant a lot of traveling for us. Although we car pooled, it was the time away from home that took its toll. I wasn't keen leaving in the dark and getting home in the dark over the winter months. It also meant I couldn't have my slow cooker on, food would have been totally over cooked by the time I got in. Although I  loved my job and the Company, I knew I had to do something about it. It really was a hard decision, and I did give it a go for 15 months. I  have a new position now, back home, and are enjoying a completely new direction. Not easy as you get older!! An Accountants office this time, completely new language for me lol. I will put my stamp on the position and hope to be there for a good few years.

As I sat in front of a computer most days, it was the last thing I wanted to do when I got home. So MIA I have been from blog land. I do use Facebook a bit more now and love Instagram too. There is something nice about the blogs though and I do read them regularly from my iPad. Not very good on commenting though, keep forgetting my passwords! See what I mean about getting older lol. 

I have continued to stitch, and sew. Not as much as I would have liked, getting better at picking things up though. Here is a bit of a sample....

Just a wee sample of what I have done and the stitching is all complete on these.  

So onward and upward and I shall post  a bit more while I am on holiday.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Winter is Here.

I love Autumn, no doubt about that. Those frosty cold mornings and the beautiful sunny days is my dream. Can sleep at nights, and rest well. Well, this weekend we had a taste of winter. And tomorrow, we'll it's going to be colder than we have had in a long, long time. Time to snuggle up by the fire of an evening and stitch, quilt and knit. 

So what have I been stitching and making.....

A project pouch for Clare 

A project pouch for Katrina

And a project pouch for Pat.

And a stitched scissor case for Wendy with her project bag too. We all love our project bags an I just love making them. 

I always enjoy stitching for these ladies. 

I have been stitching for myself and will share those photos in a day or two. I am trying, for the first time to blog from myip iPad. Let's see how it all goes!


Friday, February 06, 2015

Waitangi Day Doings

I love having a day off, it has to be said. We all work darned hard at work and there is never a dull moment. So, when one of these precious days off is here it is always nice to sit and stitch for a while. 

I am working my way through some Lizziekate Cross stitch patterns I have. Wanting to make a wall in my entrance way full of these inspirational sayings. Through January I stitched these two, Promise Me 

And Good Friends a wee kit given to me by Katrina for my birthday. 

I am not sure how I will finish them yet though.

So with it being the long weekend this is the next one I have started.... At Our House. 

These designs make such great TV stitching too so it's not long before they are finished either.

So to all you Kiwis out there enjoying our national day, I hope you are doing something you love to do too.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Year Resolutions - Maybe

Happy New Year. Gosh one month down already. It's been almost a year since I last wrote on my blog. I was given an iPad for Christmas last year so don't sit at my PC so much anymore. So.... I am going to give blogging a go on the iPad if I can. Wish me luck as I am not the most techy of people.

So what's been happening.....

The firm I work for moved cities in July last year. A huge upheaval for many of us. Extra two hours travel a day and for me it has really affected how I now can't do things. I used to go home for lunch, hung washing out sorted out dinner etc and even sewed sometimes. Life was great. Being on my own was having some benefits .... Until we moved.  So for the last 6 months I have struggled with this a lot and my health has suffered significantly. But, I still stitch, sew, enjoy the friends I have and of course my treasured boys, Zeus and Billy.  
Waiting for mum to come to bed.

Lauren and Chris split up. Anna now has JP in her life. They are both good.

So, what have I been up to? I have sorted out my front garden. Gee there was a lot of digging a sweat going on there for a few weeks. Didn't help that I had damaged my right knee, but well, living on ones own you just have to get on with it.  I am happy with the progress.

Next step.... Learn how to upload photos from the iPad to my blog!,��  I am guessing I may have to use Picassa.