Maris thinks she wants to come….
Thermomix Recipe: Pesto and Sundried Tomato Muffins
Maris thinks she wants to come….
Thermomix Recipe: Pesto and Sundried Tomato Muffins
In a mad rush because I fly out to South Africa tomorrow and I still haven’t started packing or shopping for food for the boys. I have fed the garden and watered the chooks, though, so at least that’s a start.
Pictured is the other half of the veggie garden that my brother-in-law put in for me. The entire bottom of this garden is covered in weed matting, even under the pavers, so that no more weeds will come and take over the area. Well, at least now I have a sporting chance of stopping them, anyway. You can see from the back of one of the beds that a stray raspberry plant is growing. The entire bed was choked with raspaberries, so I’m leaving the weed mat in place to well and truly kill off the plants before I move the chook tractor across and start building up these beds. This section is probably a year away from planting.
The little bed to the far right is too small for a chook tractor rotation, so this will be the permanent bed for my asparagus. I’m a little peeved – I planted asparagus 3 years ago in this veggie garden and just started eating it this year, then had to pave over where they were. I was going to save the plants and replant them and told 3 of the boys not to pull up the ferny looking plants. Unfortunately, the fourth boy went out to get his share of the clearing job over and done and ripped them all out and binned them.
When the zombies come we’ll have lots of room to grow our food.
Before I go I’d just like to thank everyone who reads here who bought a thermomix from me between July and November last year, or who passed along a referral for a friend. It’s largely due to this that I’ll be getting up at some ungodly hour tomorrow morning and taking a ride with my sister in a plane and drinking champagne and laughing like a loon while some poor sod teaches my classes tomorrow. Monday is Grammar Day so it’s even sweeter. Think of me on Wednesday (Safari) and Thursday morning (hot air balloon ride at dawn). I’m not sure what else we’ll be doing but I’ll share the photos with you all when I get back.
Thermomix Recipe: Hollandaise Sauce If I had a dollar for every time someone at a demo has asked if the thermomix can make this…!
It’s the school swimming sports today. The weather’s looking slightly dodgy… 22C and drizzle, so I hope it doesn’t get worse. They estimated that they’d get around 1200 kids coming, so I don’t fancy trying to shelter from the rain with 2/3rds of the school all trying to huddle in the same few spots.
I’ve been given gate duty in the afternoon, so I’ll be doing a Gandalf. “You shall not pass!”
Saw this link from the Thermomix website with some videos about things the thermie can do. I know that some of you *cough Scott cough* don’t know much about it, so here it is. Enjoy, while I watch soggy children race around all day.
5 more sleeps till South Africa.
Thermomix Recipe: Filo pastry AND Spinach and Cheese Roly Poly Funnily enough, I sometimes say at demos that the only pastry the thermomix can’t do is filo. Then I saw this recipe. I stand corrected.
Poppy isn’t bored any more.
And the neighbours can’t see us the instant we step out of our back door.
(A week and 2 days before I fly to South Africa!)
Thermomix Recipe: Pumpkin, Feta, Caramalised Onion and Polenta Crust Tart
I was sitting on the back step a couple of nights ago, talking to one of my team on the phone, when I saw 3 lorikeets fly onto my Granny Smith. Imagine the horror!
Now I have lots of green apples sitting on my bench. *sigh* At least I was there to see it; it would’ve been worse to come out next morning to a nude and besmirched Granny.
Thermomix recipe: Chocolate Bailey’s Mud cake. She also has a recipe for making your own Bailey’s on her site, under the “Can I Make It?” tab. Enjoy! (Responsibly…)
Today, despite the heat, I threw Poppy and Jeff into the car and we went and signed up to dog obedience.
I’ve never done this before. B.K. (before kids) I used to breed and show dogs, but this is a totally different kettle of fish to obedience. I was going to take a child with me but when 9.25 rolled around there was no one up, apart from Evan17 who was going to work. ‘What the hell?’ I thought. ‘I’ll take them both to socialise them. We don’t have to do a class today…’
We ended up doing the introductory class – all three of us together. The kidlets were surprisingly good, though a 30C morning may have had something to do with it. Unfortunately they both got put in the same class (White 1) which means that I’ll either have to tip water over a child to wake him up in time to get to Sunday’s classes, or I’ll have to take one pup on Wednesday night and one on Sunday.
The real reason I’m doing this is for Poppy. I’ve had many a Cavalier over the years and she’s the most intelligent one I think I’ve ever owned. Jeff’s more your “I love you let’s have a cuddle” kind of guy, whereas Poppy’s more your “Give me a task to do and I’m happy, or else I’ll chew your shoes” kind of girl. Jeff needs more people to love and Poppy needs mental stimulation or I’ll have to go to work in ugg boots.
I’m looking forward to this. Jeff surprised me with how quickly he picked things up and they both loved it. I think this’ll be a nice way to kick off our Sundays.
Thermomix recipe: Moroccan pasta She says it’s quick, tasty and cheap. Hits all the buttons for me!
It’s a bit astonishing when you haven’t looked at your trombone zucchini for a day or two and then you see that it’s grown to the sixe of a small child. I was watering and had to get David20 to come and pick it before I went away, forgot about it and let it grow to the size of a Volkswagon Beetle.
It’s a weekend off for me – no demos or demo observations so I’m planning on chatting to a few of my team, do some much-needed pottering around this place and attack the rest of my to-do list. (Note to self: don’t keep adding items to this list faster than you can cross them off. It just gets depressingly ridiculous.)
Work started this week and I’ve met all my classes. It was strange chatting with some of my year 7s, as they kept telling me that their older siblings/next door neighbours were saying I’m a great teacher. I’ve never taught ANY of the kids the year 7s mentioned….. I hope these babies aren’t in for bitter disillusion and sorrow.
Stop reading now if you don’t have any interest in becoming a consultant. There’s a great offer on now that could give someone here an wonderful opportunity so I thought I’d publicise it. The rest of this post is all Thermomix.
The finance deal on offer for the next 3 months is an excellent one for any of you who want a thermomix or for those of you who have friends who would love to own a thermomix but can’t come up with the cash up front for whatever reason. Thermomix is offering a 4 month deferred payment option, so as long as someone qualifies for finance, they can get their thermomix up front and not pay a cent for 4 months.
This is especially useful for those thinking about becoming a consultant by earning a thermomix: you can also put your Business kit onto the finance, do your training, start bringing in commissions on your sales and then pay the thermomix off in one fell swoop when the 4 months is up – thus avoiding any interest. It’s a brilliant way to get a business by using someone else’s money.
Anyway, feel free to email me, (address on the right hand side of this page) and ask any questions you want. Last year we had 87% growth in Victoria from 2012 – 2013 and there’s no sign that it’s going to slacken off any time soon. If you’re looking for an opportunity now is the time to call me and ask some questions. We seriously can’t keep up with the demand and we need more consultants on the ground. I’m living proof that this product is excellent and this business is lucrative. It’s worth finding out about it if you’re looking for an opportunity. I’m not going to steer my blog friends wrong!!
Thermomix Recipe: Paprika Chicken with creamy paprika sauce
This also has a nice little hint for cooking rice to make sure that every single grain is cooked.The boys are going to LOVE this one!
Oh how I love basil. It’s finally starting to get somewhere and I’m very happy.
And I have saffron. Saffron, people. It’s the most expensive crop in the world, so theoretically this pot could be worth tens of dollars, assuming all of them flowered profusely. It’s like having a piggy bank stuffed lightly with coinage. I’m sending out a hoi to Bek, who gave me the bulbs. Very exciting to see them finally start to produce a flower. It’s the little things…
Am I the only person who sticks with one perfume till it’s all used up? Mum and Dad gave me this one. Now I’m onto the Chanel No. 5 I bought when I went to Hong Kong.
And to finish, here’s a little something I snapped when I opened the front door after going outside to take pictures of the basil and saffron. My companions.
Thermomix recipe: Vietnamese chicken and cabbage salad
The little egg on the far right was laid by one of the Australoprs. Finally!
It was hard to take the photo this, with this going on:
All of those ‘accidental’ egg drops on the path worked against me.
Here’s something I’m pretty excited about. My first project after paying off the house. (No, not the weeding. Ignore that.)
For 17 years the neighbours have been able to see us the instant we step outside our back door, as their kitchen window looks out onto our back steps. It was annoying, but not majorly so when we had our previous neighbours living there as we were friends, but every now and then I’d think, “I’d love to block off their view. Oh well…. one day….”
Then new neighbours moved in. I’m sure they’re lovely people and all, but it made the issue of the privacy seem more prominent. Then on Sunday I was in Bunnings to buy some solar lights. I was in the gardening section looking at lucerne mulch (as you do) when I glanced to one side and saw these fence extenders. I sighed, thinking “One day that’d be great to do”, and then turned back to the lucerne.
Then I thought, “Hang on a minute……!”
Bought 3 of them, which will fill in that space nicely. When Frances comes to finish off the veggie garden project he’ll pop them onto the top of the fence, screw them in place and then the job will be done. This thought warms the very cockles of my being… Delayed gratification at its finest.
I have feta. Lots of lovely feta from Costco.
I have spinach (aka warrigal greens/native spinach) running wild in a wicking box.
Thermomix recipe: Spinach and feta dip.
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