Friday, October 30, 2015

A Quilt for Linda

There’s a gorgeous lady that I work with who has been battling with her health for the last little while. All of us that work with her were keen to do something to let her know just how much she is missed and loved in our office so we decided to make her a quilt. Since most of the ladies I work with aren’t quilters, at times this meant stitchery lessons in the office…. which our boss was very lenient with. 

We decided on a pattern I had sewn a couple of times before - ‘Friendship’s heart by The Birdhouse’ with a few changes to the wording to make it more appropriate. We also changed the Cat block to dogs which Linda loves and used Hatched and Patched drawings for inspiration.

 We backed it in flannel so that it would be nice and cosy and personalised it with a special message.  

We’re all so thrilled to have Linda well again and back at work!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Santa Sacks for Reid and Marlie

A little bit of Christmas sewing…..
These little Santa sacks are for my dear little niece, Marlie (4) and nephew, Reid (1) for Christmas.  I made one of these years ago for another niece, Shannon, using a pattern from an old magazine…. But do you think I could find it to make these two? I ended up borrowing Shannon’s back so I could make my own pattern from it.  They turned out great and I’m loving the more modern colours I chose this time… makes me want to re-make Shannon’s (but she loves it just how it is).

Sorry about the sideways picture.... I just couldn't get this one to co-operate (it seems this happens whenever I take pictures on my phone).

Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Sam and Bill

A couple of office birthdays this week – Sam and Bill had to share their cake as we certainly didn’t need two in as many days.
I made the yummy chocolate mud cake but the truffles were made by Miss 16 …. The dark choc ones were made with Mint slice biscuits, the Milk choc ones made using Tim Tams and the White Choc with White Tim Tams…. Very naughty but so Good!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Taco Chicken Salad



This delicious salad has become a household favourite of ours – and a specialty of Miss 16’s.
I found the recipe on the ‘Pioneer Woman’s’ website and we haven’t eaten taco’s since, which my children used to love. We’ve changed it a little both for ease and to suit our tastes…. But you can find the original recipe here if you prefer.


3/4 cups Ranch Dressing
1/4 cup Salsa (as Spicy As You'd Like)

2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 packet taco seasoning
Oil for cooking

1 head Green Leaf Lettuce
3 whole Tomatoes, Diced
1/2 cup Grated Cheese
2 ears Corn, Shucked (or a can of corn kernels)
2 whole Avocados, Diced
3 whole Green Onions, Sliced
Tortilla Chips of your choice, Crushed Slightly

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine.

Slice the chicken into small pieces and toss with the seasoning. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until golden brown on the outside and done in the middle. Remove and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Cook the corn in the same pan you used to cook the chicken, (add more oil if necessary) rolling it around so that the oil coats the corn. Slice off the kernels with a sharp knife and set aside.

To assemble the salad, pile shredded lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cheese, corn, avocado, green onion and crushed chips on a big platter. Drizzle the dressing all over the top, serving part on the side if you'd like.