June 10th, 2010

So pretties, time to petses!

Apple Butter on Marianne Dashwood from Shop Yarn Love


I was bullied by my mans last night into posting a birthday wishlist. As I have no real idea on what I actually WANT O_O;; I decided to instead use it as an excuse to go check out some massive pretties that I’ve been avoiding doing because WHO HAS MONEY FOR THAT?!? xD So this way its not REALLY torture, its research. *nods*

 

What follows is Part One of my ~research~ xD YARN LOVE!! A whole mess of yarns from stores that I’ve wanted to try out for AGES because the photos make me want to touch them so completely..!

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May 8th, 2010

Roast Pumpkin Soup!

Roast Pumpkin Soup!

Because my Mum gave us a third of the HUUUAAAGENESSS pumpkin that she bought at the Crystal Brook Craft Market last weekend and I had to do SOMETHING with it.

Turns out my something was pretty FREAKEN delicious :D Recipe improvised by me from a few I’d checked out online and then largely ignored. You know, as I do. xD Shared SUPER FAST to reciprocate my friend Cat sharing her Ripoff Zuppa Toscana (from Olive Garden) recipe yesterday. :D

Roast Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients (serves 8 approx)

  • 2kg your choice of pumpkin, deseeded, peeled, coarsely chopped into even(ish) sized pieces
  • 2 tbs finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large brown onions, halved, coarsely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves (minimum), 4 whole, 4 crushed
  • 7 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • (Optional) Pinch of smoked sea salt
  • Method

    1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Combine the pumpkin, rosemary and half the oil in a large roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper, & pop four of the garlic cloves and half your coarsely chopped onion in between the pumpkin pieces. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until tender. You can test this by popping a knife into a thicker piece of pumpkin and if it goes in and out easily without force from you, its time! :D
    2. When the pumpkin is done, remove from the oven.
    3. Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining onion, garlic, a little ground pepper (& the smoked sea salt) and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until onion softens. Add the roast pumpkin, stock & white wine and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the pumpkin starts to easily fall apart (can take around half an hour). Remove from heat.
    4. When cool, either blend the mixture in a blender in stages, then pour into a clean saucepan – OR – grab a stick mixer and ‘blend’ directly in the saucepan.
    5. To serve, heat soup up in saucepan on a medium heat, then ladle into bowls. Season with salt & pepper, garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche (or thickened cream if you’re feeling a little more decadent) in the middle and sprinkle with finely chopped spring onion. Serve with crusty bread.

EDIT! Red aka Draganin totally sleuthed it out! I had no idea what kind of pumpkin it was – just that it was LOOOOOONG and had a mottled ‘Queensland Blue’ skin to it. Bec guessed it was possibly a Queensland Blue crossed with a trombone. BUT! It looks like it was a Gramma Pumpkin. MUST FIND MORE! (or try and grow them myself O_O;; – NOT LIKELY! xD).

April 22nd, 2010

But what if you soiled them, like the three little kittens?

Jessie Steele Designer Aprons

While on the hunt for new replacement measuring spoons because I BROKEDEDNESS BEC’S TABLESPOON MEASURE, AUUGH! – I stumbled upon these DELECTABLE Jessie Steele Designer Aprons at the The Cupcake Courier. HOW SWEET ARE THEY?!

Only problem is, I’m MORE than sure I’d be terrified of getting them dirty when actually cooking/baking. Which isn’t exactly what one wants out of an apron. But still: DO WANT! ♥

April 21st, 2010

And its not even me that went back to playing WoW…

We killed this, and I didn't even know what it was... xD - Screenshot from World of Warcraft

We killed this, and I didn't even know what it was... xD

nett: OH MY GOD! I just went to empty the compost
dorkuchan: ?
xxJenjeh: O_o
xxJenjeh: o_O
nett: and there was a hulking great big spider ON THE HANDLE of our compost bin
dorkuchan: D:
xxJenjeh: lol
nett: and then when I freaked out and flipped the lid right off onto the ground
dorkuchan: er
dorkuchan: DDDDD:
xxJenjeh: WAS IT AN ELITE? XD
nett: I discovered that the handle area was FILLED WITH SPIDER EGG SACS
nett: IT WAS AN ELITE OMG
xxJenjeh: HOSHIZ ITS THE LAIR
nett: So I went inside, and got the barrier spray
xxJenjeh: KEEELLL IT
nett: and AOE-ED THE WHOLE THING TO HELL
M xxJenjeh: HAHA I <3 you XD dorkuchan: XDD
nett: But now I don’t want to go back out there and put the lid back on >_<;; xxJenjeh: and look for loot
xxJenjeh: obviously
nett: BUT THE LOOT WILL BE GOOEY SPIDER LEGS
nett: And I’ll just have to like, vendor trash it
xxJenjeh: yea
xxJenjeh: and well all know that shit is useless
nett: might as well just leave the bodies there to clutter up the map for a while, it’ll vanish on its own eventually!
dorkuchan: XD
xxJenjeh: :B

April 14th, 2010

2010 Movie List: Jan 05-09: Inkheart, Mamma Mia!, District 9, Get Smart & 2012

Inkheart

Inkheart

(2008)
☆ 3/5 Leather Bound Books
⇒ Its a solid kid’s movie. Competent, has everything there, magic, mystery, and a little mayhem. Got a MASSIVE squee out of Jennifer Connelly’s cameo considering her role vs Paul Bettany’s, even though it was decidedly lack lustre. Great cast, who do exactly what their roles require of them but not much more. Not a lot more to say about it other than ‘solid’ really. xD

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April 13th, 2010

Kubrick Blythes: WHO KNEW?!

Kubrick Blythes
1. best friends, 2. Zombie Kubrick Blythe , 3. ~ Little Gatherer ~, 4. ?

I have NEVER before heard of Kubrick Blythes, which is, as far as I’m concerned, CRAZY FACED as they’ve been around for the best part of a decade by all accounts. I’ve hung out on Blythe forums, scoured all sorts of photo resources for Blythes over the years, and I own ACTUAL Blythes. Well, not ones from the 70s, but you know what I mean.

HOW HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THEM!? And now that I have. DO. WANT! O_O;; I especially love the photoshoot of that second mosaic-ed blythe, the Zombie Kubrick Blythe, savaging poor Totoro. xD

I’ve found a few around the traps, Z-Grade has them for $12USD, and Sekaido has a set of four for $30USD for example. But considering their age I’m thinking that’d be my best bet, as the availability at my local Shintokyo seems unlikely at best.

Huh.

*flail*

April 13th, 2010

Earthgirl Fabrics… GAH, FOUND YOU!

Dammit!

A selection of fabrics available at Earthgirl Fabrics

Oh good. Because I needed to find more local crack dealers. *headdesk*

Last night I stumbled upon Australian fabric store, Earthgirl Fabrics. THEY. SHIP. FOR. FREE. WITHIN. OZ. Great. Awesome. Just when you think you have some money… *laughs*

There’s some really great prints and some favourite fabric print designers among their ranges; its a dangerous mine field. And they also stock some must-have patterns – especially if you’re into gift making:

Melly & Me: Little Miss Mouse
Sew Liberated: Emeline Apron
Sew Liberated: Lola & Lolita Apron

No one said the gifts can’t be for yourself ;) In short: GIRD YOUR LOINS PURSES!

April 12th, 2010

Maxine Sutton. And a baby bulldog.

Maxine Sutton: Bella tea/coffee cosy in yellow. Hand printed both front and back on lovely white organic cotton twill, and padded with recycled wadding made from plastic drinks bottles.

Maxine Sutton: Bella tea/coffee cosy


Anthropologie has always been an evil and horrendous purveyour of too much pretty. Those bastards. And they’re at it again, this time making me pine for rugs that I cannot have – and now must actually learn how to properly make my own for my future pie-in-the-sky house. Perhaps thats what I’ll put on my rugs. Pie. In the sky.

Everyone likes pai. Raight?

But it did make me hunt out the delectable arts of Maxine Sutton and have me grabby handsing and pretty much everything – even things I have ZERO use for like the lavender spoons (or soons as the product id would have it xD). WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THAT, I CAN’T EVEN SMELL LAVENDER. xD

And now, courtesy of Jenji, a bulldog:

AUGH I AM NOW DEAD FROM CUTE!

April 9th, 2010

The real nerd in the relationship…

hilbert1 by ElisabethD

Hilbert1 by ElisabethD

Greg’s face: *goes all blank as if he’s on standby for a moment*
Me: *wonders if her suspicions are true, and her partner’s clearly android self has powered down for a moment*
Me: Huh. How does androgyny have anything to do with androids?
Greg: Because of andro, meaning human… Well, actually I believe it means man.
Me: *wonders even harder how android is even a word and tries to connect human with the id and come up with robot* But how does that have anything to do with androgyny, that’s like… Not a man.
Greg: Yes, but that’s because of gyno,
Me: You’re a gyno.
Greg: NO. YOU!

♥ We’re off to the country for a week, so I’ll be largely offline again/still/stuff. HAVE A GOOD WEEK, EVERYONE!

April 2nd, 2010

Well its official, I got me a girl-crush…

FULL GIRL-CRUSH ON LISA MITCHELL. CAN’T HELP IT. TOO CUTE. BEEN OVERLOADED..!

PS: I have my computer back, YAAAAAAAAY!