Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What is for Dinner tonight?

Seeing how cold the weather is here DownUnder, Dinner calls for SOUP!
Tomato Pasta Soup with Garlic Bread actually!

So here is the recipe for the May 2009 Issue of Recipes+

Tomato Pasta Soup with Garlic Bread

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking 20 min
1tbsp Olive oil
2 med brown onion, chopped
2 cloved of garlic
420g can of condensed Tomato soup
1/4 cup tomato paste
2.5 cups of Vegatable stock
375gr packet fresh roast chicken and garlic ravioli
2 tblsp shredded basil
6 back at home dinner rolls
1/2 cup garlic flavoured margarine
1/2 cup of grated tasty cheese
freshly grated parmesan and shredded basil to serve

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat. Cook and stir onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until onion is soft.Stir in undiluted soup, paste and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 5 min
  2. Add Ravioli; simmer uncovered, for 8-10 minutes more or until Ravioli is cooked. Remove from heat and add basil
  3. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan forced. For each bread roll, make 4 evenly spaces out cuts crosswise, about 2/3 of hte way through the roll. Spread margarine in each cut. Place bread on baking try. Sprinkle with tasty cheese; bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese melts and is golden
  4. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with parmesan and basil, serve with garlic bread

If you want to buy a magazine with great easy recipes with ingredients that ar easy to find ( no trips to your local Tibetan Supermarket to buy Yak Testicles! A good thing if you live far from everywhere!)

Monday, April 27, 2009


It has finally happened!! After resisting for a good 30 years, I have given up and decided to do my Oma Lies (Grandma Lies) proud and started knitting my first pair of socks!!

After Oma Lies tried very hard to teach me when I was 14 years old, and me resisting like there was no tomorrow ( I mean Come on! Knitting socks is seriously uncool for a 14 year old!!), I was telling one of my kids about the great hand knitted socks I used to wear made with so much love by my Grandmother. Before I knew it the Nostalgia Bug bit me and I rushed off to buy a set of 4 needles to knit me some socks. Lucky for me the wool I had handy had the pattern for socks on the wrapper.
I will keep you all posted as not only is this my first pair of socks, it is also the first time I'm using an english knitting pattern!

Prairie Cakes

Is it almost the end of April already? My that went so fast!

Life just got a bit busy down here! We finally had a few days of lovely rain here! Of course we still want more then we got!

I've been making some Prairie Cakes as well, although I've cheated and made them out of plaster of Paris. (see pics above) which I gave a coat of burnt Umber and after that dried, I covered it in PVA glue and then rolled them in some ground spices.
I'll be making those Prairie cakes til the cows come home I think as J bought me a 5 kilo bag (and I'm not even 1/4 through that! So anymore Prim ideas to use the plaster for, let me know!)
After the glue is dry you spray it with some Acrylic Sealer.
J said the cakes looked good enough to eat, I sure hope he can resist the urge to bite into one! Or I'll be using the Plaster of Paris to make him some new teeth LOL

Friday, April 17, 2009


Drawstring Penny Purse from the Bear Paws Designs book: "TRADITION"

Purse is 8" high and 6" across the bottom. Made out of recycled old wool clothing, drawstring old shoelaces, wooden beads were an op-shop find.
actually everything used to make the purse is from the op-shop.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Prairie Dolls

I've been a busy girl this week! I've managed to finish of the Alphabet Soup Wallhanging (photo to come!)
I also managed to make 8 little Prairie Dolls from a Primitive Pear pattern. Michelle and Nette are such talented girls. I've got 5 dressed dollies and 3 still Nekkid ones, with a little bit of luck (J is on holidays, so may interfere with my craft time) I will get them all dressed today!
After that who knows what I'll be doing for the rest of my day!
More sewing looks like a good idea!

Pineapple Magic

Ok so it isn't really magic! But just some sandpaper, paint, paintbrush and a good dose of elbow grease!

Here are some pictures of each one in their stage of the make over! Doesn't the 3rd one look lovely! Now all I have to do is think were I want to display them when all 3 are done!