30 January 2006

Relaxing time at the beach

Sorry these photos are a bit dark but we had to wait till all the children had gone to bed so that we could have a turn!

We had a wonderful time at the beach. We bought a cheap body board and had fun in the waves (can't quite believe we did that, but we did). We went for lots of walks. We took wine and food on one of our walks for a picnic tea. The playground had great equipment, strong enough to hold "big kids" as well as small!

The cabin we stayed in was in a Caravan Park and we were intrigued by all the great looking tents and equipment available these days for a comfortable holiday. We have been bitten by the "camping bug" and have since bought a tent and some camping gear and we will be going camping in a couple of weeks, just for two nights to start with. I found a new caravan park (has only been opened 6 weeks), which has ensuite bathrooms with each powered camp site. That should be a good place for us to start. We can get used to our tent, while still having a few home comforts (toilet and shower are necessary for me to even think about camping). HOW EXCITING!!!! I feel as though I am getting younger as I approach my 50th birthday, instead of older! (I may be going slightly senile, but who cares!)

24 January 2006


More flowers.

It has been so windy here lately. The flowers are safer in a vase than in the garden.

For some reason, even though it has been hot weather, I have had the urge to bake things this week. I made the big mistake of making some caramel popcorn and nuts yesterday. (I won't post the recipe or a pic because they are seriously yummy and I won't be making them again) I decided if I made them with Olive Grove Light, maybe they wouldn't be so fattening. I accidently made them from butter instead and YUMMO! Anyway I will try and only have a few each day and offer them to any visitors and hope they are all eaten quickly.

I told you we have quite a few strawberries at the moment and I just saw a recipe for Strawberries in red wine sauce.

I only made a small amount of sauce:

14 strawberries

1/3 cup of sugar
small amount of water (just enough to cover the sugar in a saucepan)
2/3 cup of red wine
spinkle of cinnamon

Heat sugar and water until it comes to the boil and turns a light golden brown (a few minutes). Carefully add wine and cinnamon and boil for about 5 or 6 minutes. I don't think you should stir it at first. I did, and the toffee turned to a ball in the middle of the wine. I then kept stirring and it finally all mixed together.

Pour sauce mixture over strawberries while hot (this poaches the strawberries) and allow to cool and serve with low fat icecream for a special treat. (I seem to be having a lot of "special treats" lately, but my weight is remaining stable and I am staying at my goal, so I know now that I can have treats as long as I still eat healthily and exercise)

I made these for lunch. Quite yummy.

  • Zucchini & parmesan mini quiches

  • HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY on Thursday to all our Australian bloggers. Hope you all have a nice restful holiday. We are going to the beach for a few days, so I will catch up when we return.

    21 January 2006

    "Fresh" fruit and vegies

    Roses from our garden (We have a 1960's house and there are lots of lovely flowers of different types flowering throughout the year - thankyou to whoever planted them years ago)

    I have been complaining for weeks to DH about the quality of fruit and vegies from the supermarket and week after week I buy them. I bring potatoes home and two days later they need to be thrown out. Everything wilts faster than we can eat it. I thought it was just my luck until I saw a program on National TV about produce that is up to 12 months old being sold in supermarkets. I think if produce is that old, we should be told! We may then decide to opt for the frozen variety that hasn't been preserved with all sorts of long life sprays etc.

    Today I decided not to be lazy and I drove to the closest Vegie Shed. I had such a wonderful time. Lots of fresh fruit and vegies, mainly grown in Tasmania (or Victoria or Queensland). They were all labelled with the State where they were grown. I bought lots!

    I don't object to lemons being grown in the USA and if I lived there I would happily buy them, but I do object to being only offered lemons from the USA in our local supermarket. I will certainly be returning to the Vegie Shed each week.

    I found a recipe for Carrot & Radish salad, which has purple onion and lime juice in it. It makes a nice change.
  • Carrot & Radish Salad
  • 20 January 2006

    Here is mine

    OK, so we have been tagged by Sharon (AGR)

    to show and tell our fridge! I'll show you mine, if you show me yours!
    Here's mine :



    Check out my Sponge Cake recipe below for a treat.

    19 January 2006

    Easy Sponge Cake

    I just made a sponge cake that I haven't made for years. I was looking through my old recipes and remembered how nice it is.

  • Easy Sponge Cake

  • I have frozen half (before decorating), as there are only the two of us here and I don't want to be too tempted.

    We have 2 pots of strawberries growing and they are finally ripening, so I have topped the cake with sliced strawberries. We don't often have dessert, but we will have this tonight for dessert.

    The actual cake isn't very high in points - it all depends what you put on it, or in it. Anyway it makes a nice treat.

    17 January 2006

    Enjoying Summer

    We are having BBQ's most nights and I am really enjoying them. The weather has been a bit unpredictable, but we still manage to eat outside most evenings.

    I have posted another salad on my Recipe Blog. Hope you like it. It's very easy to make and quite yummy
  • Cous Cous Salad

  • I had a couple of days off exercising. I think the 14km walk on Sunday was enough for me to deserve a rest. Anyway, back to it today and I feel OK.

    Found a new Gym just down the road ($40 a month,open 7 days a week and I can go on a month by month basis, so no huge joining fees etc.), so when my YMCA gym membership expires at the end of March I may give the other one a try. It is much more modern and open longer hours. Just depends how busy it is. I have been really spoilt having the YMCA to myself most days (as you know).

    Everyone sounds so motivated at the moment, which is great.

    15 January 2006

    This is THE most delicious salad

    I love to watch NIGELLA on TV. Her recipes are so mouth watering, but usually quite fattening. I love the way she cooks and really seems to enjoy both the preparation and the eating of the food. I saw her make this Watermelon Salad the other day and I decided to try it. IT IS HEAVENLY!!!!!

    She said that the lime juice softens the onion and it is not as harsh on the digestion as it normally is. She was right.

    Here is the recipe :

  • DH and I went for a long walk yesterday (14 km). Subway lunch half way as usual, but a long walk just the same. It was lovely. It was such a nice day.

    Today will be a rest day. My Dear Grand-daughter is coming to stay tonight, so that will be fun.

    13 January 2006

    Change your mind

    I really believe that our MIND plays the biggest part in losing weight and keeping it off. I have changed my eating habits and slowly but surely the healthy foods I am having are now much more appealing to me than fattening foods. My mouth waters more for a bowl of fresh fruit than a bowl of choccies or chips.

    So many people have made so much money promoting all kinds of diets (that usually fail), when really all we need to do is eat healthy, nutritious foods in the right quantities, drink plenty of water and have some exercise on most days and we can maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. Shouldn't cost us much at all, either in money or effort.

    (I have posted the recipe for
  • Zucchini Fritters
  • from the Jan/Feb WW Magazine in my Recipe Blog They are quite yummy.

    Have a lovely weekend everyone.

    11 January 2006

    There's a Hole In the Bucket

    When I was young, I watched a play at our local Hall called "There's a hole in the bucket" (based on a very old Childrens' Folk Song - sorry I can't find the Author). At the time, I thought it was funny and I didn't really think of the significance of it. The other day, the song suddenly came into my mind and I started to think about it.
    Too many times in our life we make excuses for not doing something - it is all too hard. If we continue to think that way about things our life just goes round in a circle and we don't get anywhere.
    We need to forget about the excuses, make up our mind to change our lifestyle, or go for that new job, or just be a happier person and get on with it, against all odds and things WILL change.

    Here are the words:

    There's a Hole in the Bucket

    "There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, there's a hole.

    Then fix it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then fix it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, fix it.

    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With a straw, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With a straw, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, with a straw.

    But the straw is too long,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    But the straw is too long,
    Dear Liza, too long

    Then cut it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then cut it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, cut it.

    With what shall I cut it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I cut it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With an axe, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With an axe, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, an axe.

    The axe is too dull,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    The axe is too dull,
    Dear Liza, too dull

    Then sharpen it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then sharpen it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, sharpen it.

    With what shall I sharpen it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I sharpen it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With a stone, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With a stone, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, a stone.

    The stone is too dry,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    The stone is too dry,
    Dear Liza, too dry

    Then wet it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then wet it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, wet it.

    With what shall I wet it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I wet it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With water, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With water, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, with water.

    How shall I get it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza,
    How shall I get it,
    Dear Liza, how shall I?

    In the bucket, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    In the bucket, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, in the bucket.

    But there's a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza."

    I found this slightly different version of the song: Click here to listen

    09 January 2006

    Choc Chip Cookies

    Recipe is in my Recipe Blog

    I know it is naughty to eat biscuits, but if I feel like a biscuit with my cuppa it is nice to have a home-made one. Also, DH LOVES choc chip cookies so he luckily eats most of them. This is a really yummy recipe and it makes 30 cookies.

    I have put a warning on the bottom of the recipe. Don't eat the raw mixture because it is too yummy and you won't be able to stop! Trust me, two or three of these cookies were consumed by me before baking!

    Why I needed to turn the oven on when it is actually a hot day, I don't know, but I had the urge to cook.

    I will bake some Sweet Potato chips and we will have those with home-made hamburgers (cooked on BBQ), and salad for tea. (Hamburger recipe is in my Recipe blog)

    07 January 2006

    Good old-fashioned Savoury eggs

    The Jasmine growing near our BBQ area smells divine!

    Just made these yummy savoury eggs to have with our salad tonight. Thought you might like them.

    4 Hard boiled eggs cooled and cut in two (lengthways)
    Scoop out yokes and mash up with a fork and mix with
    1 dessertspoon low fat mayo
    1 teaspoon mustard
    1/2 to 1 teaspooon curry powder
    pepper and salt to taste
    dash of tomato sauce
    dash of worcestershire sauce.

    Fill egg whites with mixture (or if you want it for a sandwich filling, chop up egg whites and add to mixture).

    My Dear Mum always made these and I love them. (My Dear Daughter HATES eggs, so I am sorry if this post makes her feel queasy if she reads it!)

    Remember eggs are NoCount or 1 point depending on which programme you are following. Sauces are next to no points.

    05 January 2006

    This is a yummy salad

    Spot by the river where we had our picnic

    Sweet potato and asparagus salad

    We went for a drive today and had a lovely picnic by the river. I made curried chicken rolls (chicken - chop up approx 200g left over cold chicken and mix with 2 tablespoons
  • low fat mayo

  • , 2 teaspoons Australian mustard and about a teaspoon of curry powder. Serve in a roll with a slice of low fat cheese (optional), lettuce, tomato and grated carrot - yummo). We went for a long walk by the river. It was a lovely day.

    Made a yummy salad tonight(tasted it the other day at my Dear Daughter's place)This is my version:

    Sweet potato and asparagus salad.

    1 large sweet potato - cut into pieces
    1 red capsicum
    1 bunch fresh asparagus
    diced low fat feta cheese
    8 olives (optional)
    8 tiny pickles (optional)
    garlic flakes
    No Fat French Dressing with herbs

    Spray sweet potato and capsicum pieces with olive oil spray and sprinkle with garlic flakes, salt and pepper. Roast until tender. Peel skin off capsicum (optional). Steam asparagus. Allow all to cool and arrange all on a plate with feta cheese squares, olives and pickles. Sprinkle some French dressing on top. (Leave out the cheese and it may be NoCount?!)

    I served it with Prawn kebabs (green prawns marinated in sweet chilli sauce and grilled on the Barbie)

    It was a beautiful day here today. It has been so windy and quite cold at times on other days, but today was just lovely.
    Hope you are all well and happy!!

    04 January 2006

    My A to Z list

    An A to Z of ME (thanks to SARAH (http://sarahrunning.blogspot.com)

    A is for age: 49
    B is for booze of choice: Red Wine (McGuigans Black Label only)
    C is for career: Medical Secretary (currently in retirement temporary or permanent?)
    D is for your Dad's name: Cyril (no longer here)
    E is for essential items to bring to a party: My DH
    F is for favourite song at the moment: All of my Smokie CD (I know it is old, but so am I!)
    G is for favorite game: I hate games
    H is for hometown: Cressy, Tasmania (where I grew up)
    I is for instruments you play: NONE
    J is for jam or jelly you like: Marmalade
    K is for kids: Grown up Daughter and Son and 3 grandchildren and 2 grown up step-daughters
    L is for living arrangements: I live with my DH, cat, budgie, 2 Siamese fighting fish
    M is for Mum's name: Kathleen (no longer here)
    N is for name of your first crush: Mark Merten
    O is for overnight hospital stays: only twice - when I had my babies
    P is for phobias: Birds flying inside or anything flying inside the house (bats, butterflies, "Ickhuman" flies - any flying insect not known to me.
    Q is for quotes you like: "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit"
    R is for relationship that lasted the longest: 28 years
    S is for sexual preference: DH
    U is for underwear: getting smaller
    V is for vegetable you love: Pumpkin, tomatoes, sweet potato, zucchini
    W is for weekend plans: spend time with DH
    X is for x-rays you've had: Chest
    Y is for yummy food you make: Roasts cooked in George
    Z is for zodiac sign: Gemini

    01 January 2006

    Hello everyone - can't wait to hear all your news

    Happy New Year 2006

    Hello Dears. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year's Eve.

    We had a wonderful Christmas Day with all our Family. We had family for breakfast and lunch so just had a prawn cocktail for tea and too many champagnes! Consequently Boxing Day was very quiet for me - spent mainly on the couch! I then had an alcohol-free week until New Year's Eve.

    We stayed at the Country Club Casino last night for New Year's Eve. Went swimming and had a spa and sauna before having a lovely meal and celelebration with bagpipes piping in the New Year. Lots of fun.

    I haven't actually put on any weight during Christmas! I ate anything and everything and I am 63kgs. I lost about a kilo just before Christmas and it has stayed away so far! My YMCA gym closed Christmas week and won't be open again until the 13th of February. DH and I gave each other an exercise bike and a crosstrainer (Body Sculpture - from Kmart - cheaper than the York, but still quite OK) for Christmas, so I have been crosstraining and jogging on my tramp every other day and seem to have toned up more in the stomach! Can't believe it, as I spent 8 weeks or more at the gym and didn't seem to see much of a difference. I think it may be true that the body gets tricked into changing when we change our routine! Anyway I am quite happy with it all.

    Seems to be great excitement in the WW world with the introduction of the No Count system. Sounds to me like a very sensible way of eating with just healthy foods mainly being eaten and keeping a limit of about 3 points a day on extras. I still just keep a rough mental count of points, but certainly don't stress so much over them now. I really think the points system taught me the right quantity of food for my needs, both while losing weight and now I am maintaining.

    I will try to catch up with everyone soon. DH is still on holiday until the 9th, so we will be out and about a bit.