Friday, January 27, 2012

b r e a t h e

The butterfly counts not months,

but moments,

and has time enough.

- Rabindranath Tagore - 

Happy Friday Friends!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mr Allens Omelette

A strange name for an Omelette you say?  

No, not really I say.

You see, Mr Allen has a farm, and on that farm his chickens strut and fluff, and peck and nest and make eggs.  Also on Mr Allen's farm grows corn, and crookneck summer squash, amongst lots and lots of other delish, sweet, fresh homegrown goodies that we like to buy from him at the Sunday Markets down under the trees, with the music playing, and the waves crashing upon the beach just across the way.

The carrots come from another market stall at the same markets, however, sadly, I do not know the name of the farmer of that stall, but their carrots are mega delish, let me tell you.  

Sadly for the bacon, I am not quite sure just how local it is, however, it is part of the ingredients of this omelette that I am about to share with you.

You will need -
approx 10 x farm fresh eggs
2 x crookneck summer squash medium in size (if you hold the squash in the palm of your hand, and wrapping your fingers around it, takes up most of that space)
2 x medium carrots
2 x medium cobs of corn
 5 x pieces of rindless bacon.

Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Place into a non stick pan and cook gently through.

In a large bowl lightly beat eggs with a fork.
Grate the squash (do not remove skin, this is where the goodness is)
Grate carrot.
Remove corn kernels from cob.  

Combine veges with lightly whisked egg.
Add bacon.

Wipe pan out with paper towel.

Put heat to medium heat.

You can either pour larger spoonfuls, or pancake size spoonfuls into pan.
Wait for little bubbles to appear around the edges of the omelette, then turn over to cook the other side.

This is not an expert omelette at all, actually more like little egg cakes than an omelette, but I like the word omelette, and so omelette it is!

If your mixture looks too bulky and not enough liquid, add another egg.
If you are a chef, you should NOT be reading this post.
If you are hungry, then, ummmm, go make Mr Allens Omelettes.
If it's winter where you live, then, it's very doubtful that you will get fresh crookneck squash near your place at the moment, and so you will have to settle for something like a winter vege that grows near you instead.

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today, have a wonderful day at your place.

Todays post has been brought to you by the letter 'O' - 'O' is for Oops, my omelette didn't flip!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yarn Bombing - A New Member.

Grey skies are not always a bad thing.

It just means a change in activities.

From lazy sunny beachy days, sand castle-ing, long evening walks, reading books under the shade of a big tree, cooling off in the various shades of shimmering aqua through to deepest of blue waters.

To pulling out the lego, painting, playdoh, reading books flat out on our bellies on beds of cushions and pillows, puzzles and boardgames, and toasted sandwiches.

(Wet days at home are also good for catching up on orders, paperwork, housework, and well yeah, let's just not go there, let's just be happy that certain jobs are done for now.)

Wet days are also good for yarn bombing.  Yup!  Yarn bombing light poles.  I had just finished another customer order and wanting to make something other than my coasties, whipped up this flower with leaves, thinking I would do some sample headband/halo pieces for my next market.  It ended up on a light pole instead!  I like it, I like it alot.  (Headbands and halo pieces still coming.)  I should have been making these and bombing along the way when we did our big trip last April/May.  Oh golly, now THAT would have been fun.  Well there is no time like the present, so the experts tell us!  *giggle*

If you have any information about yarn bombing, or if you are an active 'bomber' in your area, I would LOVE to know.

If you have never heard of yarn bombing, but are now curious, then check out below. 
Yarn Bombing Australia (Facebook Page)

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today.  
Have a wonderful week at your place.

Today's post has been brought to you by the letter 'Y' - 'Y' is for Yarn.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Library Montage and Another Book Read

My local library shared this clip on their facebook page.  I love it, and so thought I would share it with you too.

My favourite bit?  Cookie Monster of course.

My second favourite bit?  The beautiful filing systems with the little vanilla cream cards all neatly lined and written on and dated, oh how I miss those.  Gosh the places those books went and the adventures they must have had.  Part of my love of library books was seeing where the book I was reading had been, and wondering about the person that read before me, did they like the book as much as I did, or more?  Who was their favourite character and why?  Did they read this book snuggled under the covers or spread out under a huge shady tree?  I wonder what happened to all those little cards with years of information recorded on them?  Did they end up in landfill?  I think they would make beautiful papers for bookmarks, scrapbooking, bookcoverings, cards and any other type of paper decorating that could be thought up.  ohhhhh a little set of bunting to hang, or made into flowers, stars and cranes to decorate a table or Christmas tree.  *sigh*

I have just finished 'The Joy Luck Club' by Amy Tan.  Love it, absolutely loved it.  Was sad to see I had read the last page, I wanted to know more about these amazing women.  I can finally get a copy of the movie now, as I don't like to watch the movie before reading the book.  Woo Hoo!

So what are you reading right now?

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today - have a wonderful day at your place.

Friday, January 13, 2012

b r e a t h e

The only thing better than having you for my mother,
is my children have you for their Grandma.
- anon. -

(Photo taken November 2011, on a sunrise walk with my Mum, in Kiama, NSW.)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

National Year of Reading 2012

This is my first read for 2012.  Yay!

It's been in my bookcase for about 18months now *ahem*.  My neighbour borrowed it last year and when she gave it back to me, she told me I just HAD to read this book.

The reality of joining a bookclub and being consistent just doesn't fit into our family schedule right now, and I don't like committing to something that I am not able to fully throw myself into.  

I was going to aim for 1 book each month, you know, aside from the kids reads, which I also love.  Seriously, 1 book to read in 4 weeks, holy cow, I used to read a book in 48 hours, surely 1 book per month is do-able?  Hmmmm, perhaps I shall leave out the goal setting and just settle down to read when I can.  

No pressure, just pleasure.

Have you opened up the pages of a book lately?  What are you reading in January?

Thanks so much for stopping by my place today, have a fabulous weekend at your place.

Friday, January 6, 2012

b r e a t h e

This Friday is going to take more than 'a moment' I have decided.  

It's the first Friday of 2012.

I have been very blog absent of late, and  with all good intentions of getting back on here and recording stuff, it just hasn't been that way.   

The usual discussion of resolutions and the like have been circulating this last week in various conversations.  I don't think I have ever had a New Years Resolution, and I am not about to begin now.  

2012 is a big year, celebrating some of the following, in no particular order,
The Year of the Dragon, 
The National Year of Reading - information about it here (yippee)
The Year of the Farmer - information about it here (bless them, and let's make a conscious effort to support them through local markets where we can)
The United Nations Year of the Cooperatives - information about it here    

On a personal note, 2012 is going to be -
The year of groovy.

Yup, it's really that simple.  I did type out a whole heap of 'year of' stuff, but then when I typed groovy, well that pretty much sums it all up for me.  

If you know of any that I have left out, or if you are celebrating a particular 'year of' at your place, and would like to share, I would love to know.

My regular breathe moments shall resume next Friday.  
Have a wonderful very first Friday of 2012 at your place today.
Thanks so much for stopping by my place.

Make it Groovy!