Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sweet Little School Fete Cupcakes



I made these cupcakes for my son's school fete last week. We went out the night before and I didn't get home until very late, so I was making them at 3am. People were telling me I was crazy, but it's very important to me.  In Australia, Government funding for schools is, well, crap.  They waste indecent amounts of tax payer money when they should be putting it into schools and hospitals. Josh goes to a great school, which is exceptionally well equipped, mainly due to the fundraising efforts of the parents. One year, one of the parents said the money that you raise while you're here won't really benefit your children, but the money that past parents have raised is benefiting them now. So pay it forward I guess...in cupcakes :)


Anyway, they boxed up my little cupcakes and sold them for $15/box. And someone bought them. And probably ate them. And hopefully didn't die. Ask my bestie Bernice, baking is not my strong point. I made 55. Well, I donated 55. I actually made 72. Half a batch failed, a quarter I ate while I was waiting for the others to cook, and a few I didn't have enough icing for so Josh fed them to the dog.


Oh, and the fete was fantastic!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

There's HOW many menu items?


Had a vegetarian craving for something with tofu, so we googled and decided to check out Hou Fo Vegetarian Court at Sunnybank.  It seemed nice enough, prices were reasonable, but no where as cheap as Kuan Yin Tea House in The Valley, which is our absolute favourite.  

But what amazed me was how many menu items they have - 128!!!  Seriously?  How can you have that many?  Anyway, we had deep fried "chicken" entree, "beef" hotpot and stir fried tofu with lemongrass.  It was all nice, not outstanding, but nice enough for a Friday night.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Writing Again


It's been a long, long time since I wrote for a magazine.  At least four years.  But it's fantastic to be back into the industry.  You can check out Home Expert Magazine online at www.homeexpertmagazine.com.au .  I really loved writing for this issue, property and lifestyle issues have always been my passion, so this publication suits me to a tee. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mimco Love...


♥ Love ♥ Mimco new season shoes.  Obviously will make me taller ;-)

Winter? Bahhh!


Winter is simply non-existent in Brisbane.  There's probably only a few days of the year you can truly have casseroles or stews.  So...dinner tonight was: Butter Lettuce, tomato, mango, red onion and avocado salad with balsamic vinegar dressing, and grilled haloumi drizzled with lemon and pepper.  Ta-da! 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Granny Flat


I've been kept really busy lately with the conversion of the shed at the back of my house to a granny flat.  Stage one is almost complete and it's been a huge learning experience.  I've documented it in a blog - "The Granny Flat" .  I have to start saving up for stage two now...