Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Simple House Warming Gift

 My sister in Darwin is building a new house so I made a simple house warming gift! These drink coasters are based on a pattern I found from Ravelry. I also included this dishcloth, pattern also in Ravelry. I used 8ply cotton and a 4mm hook. I hope my sister likes them!

A stack of six cotton drink coasters

six cotton drink coasters

folded cotton dishcloth

simple cotton dishcloth

I won at yarn chicken!


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Vegetarian Bolognaise Pies

 David just made these pies from scratch! He just made up some shortcrust pastry and filled them with left over lentil bologanise! Yummmm!




Monday, August 31, 2020

Review of Lite n Easy

 Firstly I will say I absolutely loved being on Lite n Easy! The food was great, always fresh and lots of variety. I really enjoyed being told what to eat and looked forward to every day to see what I would be eating. I ate a little something every 2 hours over a 10 hour period so I was never famished, its really helped me adjust my appetite and learn more about portion sizes. I chose the 1500 calories per day option and was on it for 7 weeks in total and lost 2 kilograms in weight.

Flexible

Lite n Easy is very flexible, and it has no contracts which is fabulous. I was able to choose 5 lunches for each week for the 1st couple of weeks, then I went with the full 7 days with breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Choice

There is a lot of choice with the evening dinners, and for Spring they have just added a 3rd choice for lunches so you can now choose vegetarian meals. This was a big bonus for me as when I joined I could not go vegetarian every day, but now you can. It would be great if you could choose which fruits you can eat, as you can clearly substitute fruits. I was given a lot of oranges which I didn't eat but substituted with apples or strawberries.

There are heaps of choices for vegetarians like these yummy frozen dinners that can be heated in the oven.

Variety

The menu is on a 4 week rotation, with lots of choices so you never get sick of eating the same thing. Every now and again you even get a little cake, like double choc cake, walnut and date loaf, appple and banana bread and the delightful orange with chocolate chip cake. The little cakes are definately on the small side but you can really savour them and they are all you need! 

The little cakes are delightful!

Some food is Frozen

Heating the frozen food in the microwave was okay, but I found that heating the frozen dinners in the oven was much more preferable. For the first dinner I didn't realise you could heat it in the oven and microwaved the tortellini, but when I had it again on another night, heating it in the oven it was much better. I found I needed to heat the dinners in the oven for 55 minutes for it to be hot enough, instead of the recommended 40 minutes.

Price

Everything is individually packaged (so there is a lot of plastic) but you are paying for the convenience. I could feed myself each week for a fraction of the price, but I still really appreciate going on it as I have learnt so much in a short time. My budget just doesn't allow me to be on it all the time which is disappointing, but I will find the funds for next time I go on it.

Concluding Thoughts

  I'm hoping to continue losing weight (I have about 20kg to lose!) by mimicking the diet, but intend to get Lite n Easy again when I need to reset my appetite. If I find the diet I design is not working I will definately get Lite n Easy again.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

A Modest Harvest for 2020

Here is our first harvest from our lemon tree! We planted it seven years ago and it has finally provided some fruit! We aren't very good gardeners, but tumeric and chilli is very easy to grow! We also have some rocket, we harvest that right when we are ready to eat it. Of course we grow herbs too, rosemary, oregano and chives are also easy to grow! At least we have something to grow in our garden! We have been inside for this social distancing for the Covid 19 pandemic, this week is week 8, our son hasn't left the house for 8 weeks! But I am living my best life right now, going no where, seeing no one, just my little family at home safe and sound is bliss! I know we are safe here! But week after next our son has to go back to school, I hope he will be safe!
our modest harvest of lemons, chilli and tumeric 2020

Monday, December 2, 2019

Blue and Round Bunny Rug

I just don't remember when I made this, but it must have been months ago, maybe even last year. I've just sewn in the ends this morning and took some photos! I used a 3.5mm hook and 4ply acrylic yarn. I didn't make it for anyone in particular, just did it for fun!



Water Bottle Cosy

I just quickly made this cosy up for my water bottle, it was easy and quick. I used 8 ply cotton and a 4 mm hook. The base is just a flat circle of 3 rounds, then straight up the sides with mesh. Lastly, I finished with a length of chain to weave in and out of the last row of stitches to form a string pull. Fun!
water bottle cosy in 8 ply cotton

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Crochet spiral bunny rug in leaf, stone and lavender

Well this year is almost over and I haven't written here since January! Where has the year gone?? I just finished this spiral bunny rug that I have been working on for years. It doesn't lay flat because I think I may have changed size hook midway. I was sure I used a 3.5mm hook, but maybe the beginning was done with a 3mm hook? The yarn I used was 4 ply luxury wool from the Bendigo Woollen Mills. Its just a pattern I made up and I can't remember where I found the edge pattern. I don't know what I will do with this bunny rug, its imperfections make it unsuitable to sell. I guess I will just hang on to it in case I ever meet a baby that needs a woollen bunny rug!
Crochet spiral bunny rug in leaf, stone and lavender.
A close up of the crochet spiral.
A closeup of the crochet edge.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Tiny White Soap Bag - FREE PATTERN

I was given some lovely handmade soaps for Christmas, so I made a small bag for one of them, the others are a little bigger so if I make another bag it wil have to be slightly larger.
a tiny white cotton soap bag
FREE PATTERN
4 ply cotton, 3mm hook
chain 3, sl st into 1st ch to form loop
1. ch 2 (counts as 1st st), 11 dc into loop, sl st into 2nd chain of 1st st (12 stitches)
2. ch 2 (counts as 1st st), dc into same, 2 dc in each st around, sl st into 2nd ch of 1st st (24 stitches)
3-8. ch 3 (counts as 1st st and 1st ch ap), sk st, dc into next st (ch 1, sk st, dc into next st) around, sl st into 2nd ch of 1st st (12 chain spaces)
9. ch 2 (counts as 1st st), (dc into next ch sp, dc into next dc) repeat to end, dc into last ch sp, sl st into 2nd ch of 1st st (24 stitches)
10. ch 30, fasten off, weave length of chain in and out of stitches in round 9 to end, sl st into 1st chain to form large loop, weave in ends

Friday, December 7, 2018

Light Brown Dinosaur

This is the 3rd dinosaur from the set of patterns from Planet June. I just finished it today. I used 8ply cotton from Bendigo Wollen Mills and a 3.5mm hook. Again, my tension is not quite tight enough as there are tiny holes, but I did my best and that is good enough! I'm going to give this to my son for his 8th birthday next week. I think he'll like it!
A Triceratops, pattern from Planet June.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Red Crochet Dinosaur

I didn't think the green dinosaur was very good, so I just gave it to my son. But he really liked it so I have made another one, this time red! Pattern from Planet June. I used 8ply cotton from Bendigo Wollen Mill and a 3.5mm hook. My tension must be not tight enough because there is still a lot of little holes throughout.
A stegosaurus in red BWM 8 ply cotton

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