Monday, December 19, 2011

Birthday Month Day 30

A bottle of Lindhauer to drink tonight in the city. We are staying at Skycity tonight and tomorrow for my birthday we will spend the day in Auckland. Then in the evening we are having dinner at Daikoku on Quay St with the family. Exciting!!

Birthday Month Day 29

Florence and the Machine CD today. Some good listening to be done today while we work.

Our local Port Waikato Xmas Parade was held on Saturday. It was a beautiful hot sunny day and we spent the day preparing our Port Waikato TOP 10 Holiday Park float. Not a lot of thought went into it really, we just loaded it up with everything we could think of in a camping theme. Thats what we do. Added some tinsel and we were off. Threw lollies to the kids. Though I think most of the kids in Port Waikato were in the parade lol. Still its a great community thing and we get together at the end for prize giving and a BBQ and then we head home. Just in time for the weather to turn to crap.

Santa on horseback
We all assemble at the local Port Store
 The parade ahead of us
 The parade behind us
 The end of the parade
 Almost given away all our balloons

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Birthday Month Day 28

Todays treat is a bar of Toblerone. Yummy, yummy!!

I finally finished this quilt made of fat quarters, other bits of fabric and a couple of bandannas too and some blanket stitching. My first and probably my last quilt. Too hard with just a basic machine. But I really like how it has turned out. Nice and colourful for summer.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Birthday Month Day 27

A bottle of Lindhauer today. Lucky I didn't drink too much last night, haha.
Speaking of which. My lovely lovely friends Nic and Lucy organised a few drinks and yummy food for my birthday at Nics place last night. I am so lucky to have such awesome friends. This was my birthday 'cake'. How cool is that idea. So funny!! Love it!! You guys rock!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Birthday Month Day 25 & 26

Its getting closer.
Yesterdays treat was this cute dress from Max. On sale too.

And todays treat. A Holga camera. I've wanted one for ages and ages. Can't wait to play, esp when my Instax is faulty and I have to take it back and hopefully get it replaced.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Birthday Month Day 21

It gets closer and closer to Xmas. Time is flying by.
Todays treat is a sweet dish from Bed, Bath and Table. They have beautiful things, I especially love the linen. Not cheap though, but gorgeous.

I made this cute Xmas tree canvas inspired by Christy Tomlinson. I love to go against the grain and use non traditional colours for Xmas.
Close ups of my Wall Rosettes.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Birthday Month Day 20

Ferrero Rocher chocs today. Yum, yum. Sweet balls of chocolatey, hazelnutty goodness. Damnit I snapped them upside down, too funny.

And some Christmassy crafting. I made these giant wall rosettes after seeing the ones Jennifer McGuire made on her blog. Need a closeup I think, when I get time.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Birthday Month Day 19

I can't believe I have kept this up, blogging every day that is. Well almost every day, had a slip up the other day.
Lucky me, I have another bracelet and necklace as my treat today. Gorgeous bohemian jewellery from Just Jeans. Yum, yum.

How about a Pinterest favourite. Aren't these amazing. It says they are real. Imagine how much they cost.
Source: via Lianne on Pinterest

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Birthday Month Day 18

An awesome set of bracelets is todays treat. So excited to get these. I love the hippie feel of them, brings back memories. There's so much cool stuff around, it drives me crazy. Lovely jewellery and clothes.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Birthday Month Day 16 & 17

Yesterday's treat was an icing set from the $2 shop. Sweet!! Now I can practice some fancy cupcake icing ideas. Haha.

Today's treat is this delicious smelling soap from the Trade Aid shop. Cheap! Great stocking filler too. Love that shop.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Music Tuesday - Sharing the Night Together - Dr Hook

Ohhhh I love this song so much, always have. This is kind of mine and Robs song. When we first met. Just melts me when I hear it.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Birthday Month Day 15

Isn't it gorgeous. Looks old school but it's brand new from Stevens. Love that shop, has so many cool gift ideas.
Photo's a bit awful, left it too late in the day.

Just wanted to share a FISH LAKSA recipe I made yesterday. We've been getting so much fish lately, I wanted to try different ways of having it. I found some ideas on Pinterest and then made up a concoction of my own. And I have to say it was very successful. Here it is.

approx 1/2 tsp fresh ginger chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 a red onion chopped
stem of lemongrass, the white part crushed and chopped up
Peanut oil
2 dsp Curry Paste (I used red but you could use green)
3 cups boiling water
2 tsp chicken stock
Green veges
Fresh coriander
Tin of coconut cream
s & p

Cook ginger, garlic, red onion and lemongrass in peanut oil till soft. Add curry paste and cook 30 secs. Add boiling water, chicken stock, green veges and fresh coriander. Cook 5 mins.
Add tin of coconut cream, cubed fish and s & p.
Cook till fish is cooked through. Add prawns if desired.
Serve over cooked noodles in a bowl.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Birthday Month Day 13

A pretty sheer black top - great for layering under or over things. Todays number is 24. It's so nice waking up each morning wondering what my treat will be today. Quite fun really.

 Isn't this a beautiful flower. So unusual. A passionfruit flower and it's in my garden :)

Friday, December 02, 2011

Birthday Month Day 12

Finally I get my pretty pink dish. Isn't she so pretty. Number 4. She will look beautiful filled with lollies, chocolate truffles, cherries draped over the sides, or grapes. Lots of potential there.

I've started this again. So easy to fill up a glass of water and squeeze a lemon into it. And so good for you. Esp when you have a tree full of lemons.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Birthday Month Day 11 and 10 years ago

10 years ago today we shifted to Port Waikato. We've had our ups and downs but this beautiful place has kept us going and now we feel so lucky to be in a place we want to be in more ways than one.
Look how beautiful it is. Surrounded by either the sea or the river or countryside.
 Sunset Beach on a beautiful flat day, not so beautiful for the surfers, but definitely for the swimmers and fishermen.

 Port Waikato TOP 10 Holiday Park

 Houses at the beach end of Port Waikato

Holiday Park and our house before we put the new roof on eeekkkk.

Todays treat is for the teatotallers out there. This beautiful Earl Grey tea is the best I've tried. I bought it at Chocolate Orange in Warkworth but I'm sure you can find it elsewhere. If you like Earl Grey tea I'm sure you'll love this.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Birthday Month Day 10

Todays treat was a lovely pair of shoes from Hannahs. Number 14. Aren't they so cool.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Birthday Month Day 9

A magical flute is my treat today. Number 19 on the list. If you want a magical flute like mine you can buy them from the Trade Aid shop. A great stocking filler for the kids. Sounds pretty too.