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Soft toy collections

Published May 29, 2012 by Mary Jane

Okies, most of you know that I have a super soft spot for soft toys – any soft toys that are cute and cuddly so one day I was talking to my colleague and she said she was clearing her toys out and was going to chuck them – I jumped into the conversation and said “don’t chuck them just give them to me!!” I found out that most of her ‘to chuck’ bears were winnie the pooh bears. I have no winnie the pooh bears at home so I was keen to adopt some. So she brought in first two winnie the pooh bears and they were so cute…

Then she said there was more and she was going to bring all of them in a bag…

I got to work one morning and there was like a huge bag with heaps of winnie the pooh bears in it πŸ™‚ I was thinking to myself Pandabear is going to be faint when he sees these bears…they were so cute – all sorts of sizes..

I love the cute white one – I’ve never seen a white winnie the pooh bear before…they are now happily sitting in two of our bedrooms at home away from Pandabear’s space hehehehe…

Now I have a big collection of winnie the pooh bears…

Quiche Lorraine

Published May 29, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hi Guys,

How was your weekend? Mine was quite busy, we had a Sunday school teacher’s gathering on Sunday where all the teachers get together to get to know each other better. I’ve decided to cook Italian food – so here’s the menu – Spaguetti Marinara, Fettucine carbonara, garlic bread, lasagne, quiche lorraine, potato salad and mix green salad. I didn’t get to take photos of the rest of the dishes apart from quiche lorraine. It was the first time that I made quiche lorraine with thermie and was hopingΒ  that it will turn out. I decided to make it the night before hand just incase it didn’t turn out I would be able to make something else…the recipe seemed simple enough and it was the only picture that I took…so here it is..

 

The recipe consisted of Gruyere cheese, bacon piece, short crust pastry, cream and eggs and just whip them up together in thermie….and bake it..

 

The eggy mixture was slightly overflowing cos my pastry wasn’t tall enough..but it looked great…so when I took it out the oven the instruction said to let it cool off until it’s nice and firm and then I refridgerated so that I can reheat the next day.

Overall, I was quite happy with how the quiche lorraine turned out – it was very tasty and it was all gone πŸ™‚ So I’ll be happy to make it again another time..

Playing the piano at basics

Published May 24, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hi Guys,

As I’ve mentioned earlier that I have started my piano lesson with a piano teacher named Eugene. My first lesson started 4 weeks ago where I was told to purchase a Adult All-in-one Course lesson, theory and technic Level 1. I started off learning some basic CDEFG notes on both my left hand and right hand. There were numberings on the musical notes so I was able to pick it up quite quickly. Unfortunately, Eugene told me that I have to stop writing these numberings on the notes because I’ll ended up relying upon it and not being able to read the notes…it was so difficult at first but slowly, when we were going through the intervals I was able to slowly read the notes – 2nds/3rds/4th/5th…

The songs I have been playing are kids songs, there’s even a song called “Maryann” spelt exactly the same way as my name. How cool is that?? So I’m up to simple chords now and have been asked to play Jingle bell without looking at the book. But there is this song called “the Happy song” which I always get stuck on and can’t seemed to move on to another piece 😦 It’s the rhythm of the piece that gets to me…

Playing the piano has been really fun apart from doing the theory for homework and finding the time to practice. I really should start devoting at least 30 minutes each day practicing the piano cos I only practice the few hours before Eugene comes πŸ˜›

Anyways, it’s going ok so far and I’m hoping within the next 4-6 months I’ll be able to finish my level 1 book (fingers crossed). I’ve got an assessment this Saturday for Japanese as well…

Have a great day people!

Other baking goodies

Published May 23, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hello Guys,

I’ve just got back to work from a morning appointment with the Orthodontist – the sharp wire was protruding out on my bottom left teeth it was rubbing against the flesh so giving me mouth sores. So for this morning’s check up I told them about it and they trimmed the wires for me which now I feel better πŸ™‚ Dr K then put two molar rings on top of my two teeth to expand the teeth which now I feel weird – I’ve managed to put some wax on it so that the inner wiry bits isn’t hurting me too much….15 months to go..

So apart from Carol’s baking blog challenge, I have been baking other things from time to time…so one day I found some dates in my cupboard and since I haven’t had sticky date pudding for a while, I decided it was time to bake one…sticky date pudding is one of my favourite dessert. I didn’t do the butter scotch sauce as it would get stuck onto my braces..

 

Then, I made some orange cake using thermie – it never fails – and so far it’s been everyone’s favourite at the moment…

Then, I’ve made some dates/walnut/banana bread from thermie which I thought it was a little dense for my liking..so won’t be making that for a while..

Okies..that’s about it….

A pleasant surprise

Published May 22, 2012 by Mary Jane

So I get my piano lesson on a saturday, my mate Shirls will come over my place and I’ll have my lesson for half an hour and she’ll get her half an hour so that we can get Eugene to come out and teach us for an hour. Last Saturday Shirls came over and she gave me a huge box – I was like what’s this for? She said something for you πŸ™‚ woo…I couldn’t wait to rip it open as it had lots of bubble wrap around it. I asked her whats the occasion but she said “no occasion” so I ripped the wrapping paper out and it was a donna hay blue box – wow…I’m excited it’s got to be related to kitchen stuff and I opened it and inside there were aprons, spatulas, mittens, a cook book, a note book to write your recipes, a pot holder and other bits and bobs – all in blue colour what a lovely surprise. Thanks Shirls – that has made my day πŸ™‚

I’m going to put this box into a good use – now I just have to find places for them..the box looked so nice that I just wanted to leave all these goodies inside it..but by doing that I know I probably won’t end up using it..so I better start finding places for them πŸ™‚

Restaurant Review – Eat Greek

Published May 22, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hi Guys, hope this post finds you all well…I haven’t done a restaurant review for ages not because I haven’t been dining out but because I haven’t had the motivation or inspiration to write one….so here it is just for you guys. Last Saturday night I’ve planned a get together with my uni friends to hang out at this buffet place that does Greek Food in East Freo. Now this is a few days after my braces so my mates were like “are you sure you’re going to be able to eat?”. Look, I have no problems with eating food – I’ll just gobble it down without much chewing…if there’s a will there’s a way. Anyways, my good mate Shirls have been there before and she recommended it. So here we are excited about a Greek buffet, I did a quick review online and most of the comments were quite positive.

They had 2 seatings – 5.30pm and 7.30pm so I decided to go for the 5.30pm to get the most of fresh food, when we arrived there were already some people around. The restaurant was quite big, very family orientated. They had three buffet section – one with hot food, one with cold food and a dessert bar. They sneakily hide the icecream machine at the back – we didn’t even though there was a soft serve machine until one of friends spotted it and the whole table went for soft serve!

Here are some of the nice food we had that night…

They had a great variety of food – from your usual Greek food – Moussaka, Hummus, Soulavki, calamaris, mussels and sorry I forgot to take the photos for the desserts – but they had their usual Creme Caramel, panacotta, Baklava, chocolate mouse, bread pudding, custard and nougat slice and others. The salads were amazing except I couldn’t have any cos the thought of having spinach hang over your braces puts me off. Overall, everyone enjoyed their meal and we thought we might get kicked out by 7.30pm on the dot but nothing happened and we stayed till around 9pm and decided it was time to go – we had our second rounds plus dessert and we all nearly couldn’t get up…:-)The buffet was $40 per head not too bad and we found out they were in the entertainment book so we had two vouchers which was a bonus…

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star

Restaurant experience: 4 star

Would I recommend it? Yes