Hi everyone, thanks for popping in to see me. The menu planning is going well and I've been enjoying knowing what food will be on our dinner plates for the days that I cook. Charlotte cooks two nights a week and hubby cooks Saturday nights. Genevieve is resisting visiting the kitchen for cooking duties but I'm determined she will know how to cook before she leaves home. She says she knows how to make a mean piece of toast...yes well, that's o.k. if there is bread in the house. Moving right along.
I made cheese muffins to go with our pumpkin soup last night and this morning I put together this chicken curry in the slow cooker. Delicious smells have been wafting through the kitchen all day and I can confirm that it tasted delicious and was a hit with the whole family.
Orange and Poppy seed muffins were also made and as they turned out a bit dry, I piped orange flavoured cream cheese icing on the top. They made a lovely afternoon tea snack for my sister, nephew and neice who were visiting today. I bought out the Gingernuts I made too. Teenage boys have very hollow legs it seems. :)
The cereal containers were empty so it was time to make muslie today. I love adding seeds, pecans and dried fruits for variety and taste. I can buy the most delicious dried paw paw in big long spears which I chop up and add to the mix.
During my busy morning this male King Parrot came calling. He loves pumpkin and sunflowers seeds and I can't resist giving him a little handful.
Today seemed to be the perfect day for donning for the first time this colourful silk scarf I bought in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy. It is a lovely paisley design....I just love paisley.
While making cups of tea this afternoon, I showed my sister this wonderful used tea bag holder I found in a little gift shop in Shrewsbury. Don't you love it with the Union Jack bunting and words 'Old Bag'? What a play on words.
My lovely sister very kindly bought me this posy of gorgeous pink daisies from her garden. My garden is sadly lacking in colour let alone anything to pick to bring inside. This little op. shop jug was the perfect place to display them.
I'm looking for a home for these little mementos from France. They were purchased at the fair (trash 'n' treasure) in Normandy where I found the enamel jug. The little tin is the most gorgeous blue colour and I'm wondering if I could seal it to stop further rusting. The key is fabulous. I know technology has it's place but I do love a good old fashioned key. There is something rather romantic about using a big key like this one to open a door.
While we are on the subject of holiday momentos, I bought a rather kitch mini statue of David in Florence. It's quite accurate in every way including anatomically, much to the horror of my nephew and neice of early teen years and they proclaimed it quite gross. I whispered in Genevieve's ear and she came back from the garden with a little leaf to give him some modesty. The sticky tape makes it look like he is wearing a see through skirt. What do you think? My sister, my girls and I were in fits of laughter. I love being silly, it's seriously underated!!
So this has been a few snippets of my life from the past few days. Nothing earth shattering, very pleasant days bumbling along and trying to get back into the rythym of life post holiday.
I'll be back soon, until then take care,