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I'm typing this at work minus a Carol (anual leave day) but it doesn't seem too busy right now so I'll see how I go.
Yes, I made honeyjoys last night; after all the inspiration Karen gave me, I gave it a go; had tried them with Amy before but not on my own; it is simple but messy if you don't clean up straight away. Mine did stick to the patty pans a bit but that's because they were in the oven a tad long; they taste delicious though. I ate too many last night and handed some out to my team members today (aka Isabella, Karen, Judith, Jess and even Megan). I will make more soon and they will be an improvement. :)
clicky for my recipe )
Karen also said that she doesn't bake them at all as she likes them softer; I'm the same, so think I shall skip that step as well next time. :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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So today was so nice and relaxing. Nan left about 8 in time for church, but I was awake anyway; i got up when she left; had a bit of a RS game of uno as well as skype conferencing with them all; twas fun but very hard to get a word in with all those people. They were my newish internet friend Kelly as well as a whole heap of others I didn't know, but they all seemed nice.
Then I had a breakfast of four hot holemeal English muffins with heaps of butter; quite nice and attempting to be healthy hence the holemeal.
I then heard half a podcast on the android phone and the screen reader but fell asleep in the middle; ah well.
Got up about 12.45 and started to chop the vegetables; I cooked some spagheti sauce, and man it was nice as! am improving more each time. It gave me three containers which I put in the freezer and a bowl tonight for tea with some pasta and cheese of course.
I used )
Iso need to cook more again; had a break when I wasn't too well.
About to watch 60 minutes; well a bit of it anyway as I heard about a story that was going to be on about this virus that only allows one to remember things for a few minutes, or something; sounds bad.
Normal working day for me tomorrow but not the majority of other Victorians; but we get a free lunch.
til Next time, RdFreak

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Oct. 14th, 2010 11:42 am
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My darling Joy, I can't express how much I love her, already. Haven't even had her for twelve months, yet we couldn't be bonded more; I mean, i suppose it will get stronger, and that already amazes me, as we're well on the way already.
She does have an ear infection though so is on ear drops. For the first few days, the vet nurses offered to help me put it in, so until I am confident with doing it myself, I will gladly and gratefully take them up on it.
This afo, I plan to walk down to Gormae Girl and have an early dinner of spinich and Recotta triangles to keep up my vegetarian diet. Speaking of which, here's an Audio post I recorded for twitterland explaining how my diet is going. :)
I updated to Qwitter 4.5 and they have an audio feature where one can record and listen to audio files on a server which is specifically there for the purpose, so that's a lot of fun and where the above "fake phone post" is located.
There were a few things I'd thought of that I should have mentioned in last nights entry, but they've slipped my mind, so will have to be written later.
til Next time, RdFreak
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I've noticed lately that things will happen which link to my contemplations of late. OK I know that sentence didn't make sense.
I'd forgotten to mention in here, that by about last Tuesday, I started contemplating seriously becoming a Vegetarian. Dad had given me some of his home-made lentil potato pie for dinner which I had two nights in a row, and I just felt more physically there. Meat products seem to, more often than not these days, make me feel bloated and pass wind (sorry bout the TMI but seriously.) -- And of course, that wasn't the first time I'd experience vegetarian cooking.
Last year while in cairnes with the lovely Cole family, I went Vegetarian the whole week (as they have been for years) and I honestly didn't miss meat at all as I totally thought I would. They cooked such yummy meals, and I didn't even object to their Tuna dishes. -- And I love marinated fried tofu.
Anyway, as my LJ suggests, my health, for some unknown reason, as seemed to take a bit of a decline in recent years, with the most recent concern being my Kidney issues (which will hopefully be diagnosed tomorrow.)
When I eat a meal of meat, I can't eat any chocolate afterwards without feeling bloated and windy. Last week I found, I could quite happily enjoy a bit of chocolate afterwards without feeling anything at all.
Of course, my being iron deficient much of the time these days, I'd have to consult with the doctor on iron supplement guarantees, but if all promises to be OK there, the lifestyle may be one to really consider. Like dad, I would go off at Christmas and special occasions, so I wouldn't totally be sticking to it; but 99% of the year, I'd expect too for sure.
I'd also need to learn to cook very very creatively; this brings me to the above-mentioned coincidence; On the front page of LJ today, there's a spotlighted community called [livejournal.com profile] vegetarians, and the description offers people who may be considering the lifestyle an opportunity to learn, so seriously things talk to me sometimes.
Also, going Vegetarian much of the time, would have an added bonus as it would make me feel better about the whole animal rights thing, not that I judge anyone, or even myself when eating meat, but still, it's hard to think properly about what we're really eating.
In other news, I was supposed to meet Peter for breakfast at 10.30 but totally slept in. I got to sleep at about 1 this morning after having two lovely new friends over; Nina and Chrissy! Nina cooked; Chrissy and I combined the mixture and stuffed the cannelloni, and surprise surprise .. that was vegetarian. Nina had planned to cook that before she even knew of my contemplations there, so that was pretty impressive.
We gossed, we laughed and we cried (at least, I thought Nina was crying at one stage, but she was really only laughing too hard, which was good). Joy was a hit, as usual. -- I should be getting photos soon of her as Nina took a few. I have only got my darling Heartly here.
Might go for a walk today. Walked to the station yesterday to meet Nina, and I so must keep this up daily.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So I made them. Fortunately Nan had decided to come over for a visit so she showed me how I go about rolling them up; so was greatful for that; I know how it's all done now.
Two trays are cooling and one is still in the oven. Makes prob about .. let's see ..36 depending on how small one cuts them.
Turned out Ang remembered the recipe. read it here )
Note the original recipe didn't have onion, but I thought I'd add it (or some as I use frozen onions).
They turned out a bit greasy unfortunately; greasier than i remember anyway. think it's because it wasn't butcher meat; I find that better quality than supermarket meat.
til Next time, RdFreak
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So not long after I wrote the previous entry, Mum called to give me a Heartly update. She's fine. She had her tablets this morning and is content now. She wasn't happy last night though. she wouldn't even come near Mum. Think she was wondering why they put her there. If she has to blame anyone it's me, why no? Lol - ah well, I felt i had no choice as the vet advised it'd be better in the long run if this lump was out. still, I won't be putting her through it again unless it's absolutely necessary.
I asked Mum for the sausage roll recipe. She feared that it may be still packed away from the renovations but said Ang may remember it so I texted her before.
OK, I got this forward before. Some of these facts have been circulating for years and others sound new to me; very new. :)
little facts )
Til next time, RdFreak
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Heartly is safe at home with the parents. Didn't get much info as they were just about to have dinner when I rang but was talking to ang as she was there last night, most probably while Trent was at the football. But she's home and seemed to be doing well. She was walking around and all but I dare say that was the pain meds. Still, hope it didn't get too painful for her later on. She's such a little darling. Sure, she's not as affectionate as Joy; more aloof, but I know she definitely loves life, me and her current family; she always has. I love her! Love both my dogs to death; absolute death.
OK in other news, I got another job interview next Thursday. Got a call on that wretched mobile while Dean and David were here yesterday. But, stupid me didn't catch the name of the woman I was talking too. Usually they will send an email to me with all the details but I didn't ask for that as I didn't know how appropriate it was; upon reflection though, I just should have.
So I will call on Monday and try and find out. I also thought I'd take the recruitment guys advice from last Tuesday and didn't even mention my blindness or my dog. But I now feel like I need to be honest in my call Monday and not just show up on Thursday unannounced. My resume sure eludes to blindness, but just because I've volunteered in blindness agencies, might not mean the obvious I guess. So, I don't think its right to take this approach; but that's just me.
In other unrelated news, no plans again this weekend, and I had the biggest urge to make sausage rolls last night; not just any sausage rolls however; my sister's ones, (at least I think it was sister who originally made them in hour household). I haven't made them before, but think now that I've got more confidence, don't think I'll have any problems. I did just look at a recipe on taste.com.au to get a specific description on how I go about cutting and folding the pastry for these and now I know, when I call for the recipe at home, I should be totally right. I know it's got Worcestershire sauce in them which give them a lovely flavour. And these are bite size, so I can just snack on them. -- I'll give them a sleep in though so will call them later. -- Then I will have to go down the shops and get them; prob the butcher for the sausage mince.
til Next time, RdFreak
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So this weekend (and i guess the few ones to follow) are going to be so boring. I get sick of the puter. I would have gone for a walk but it's been a tad wet all day, not as wet as was forecast but still. Tomorrow of course we're doing dinner but bleh, especially on my Saturdays I have nothing planned. At least there's good tV Sunday, nothing worth watching on Saturdays. :(
Anyway, i haven't done much cooking for a while, (of course dinners consisting of meat and veg yes, but nothing fancy). So, I know I can also fill in sometime doing more cooking.
Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] budget_barry and [livejournal.com profile] thecrazykiwi for this beef Strogonoff recipe:
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Maybe I should try that sometime.
I applied for a couple of jobs to make up for the past couple of days.
til Next time, RdFreak
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Jim wasn't available today when I asked, so didn't have a chance to pick up myI.D mate, but, later on when I got home, i got a call to say it's in. so tomorrow (as originally planned) I will pick it up after I finish Assist; yeah, so cool! And I will record this momentous occasion with my Olympus, oh yes I will! :) life-changing events have to be recorded. :)
Em's group was good; took a container of Anzacs that they enjoyed; J also had some afterwards at lunch. -- Met such a cute little girl today who was the daughter of one of the clients in the puter class. -- I hope my kids turn out as sweet as that; sure they will; I mean, I'm sweet after all! ha ha Lol Lol! :)
me: So why aren't you at school today?
M: I'm sick (pause) ahem ahem ahem -- Lol Everyone laughed. -- but she did tell me she had a sore throat and it did sound as much.
Joy also got to see her biological brother again, but unlike last time, they didn't get to play cos her mean Mum kept her harness on. We're all going out thursday though so hopefully we can find a place to let them off.
Oh, met up with another blast from the past today; talia from school. Saw her at the station as she works for Miki now.
And I was all motivated and not only applied for a job that Afet found for me, but called up to speak about it where the "interview process" can be said to start; hope I get it; will be all kinds of awesomeness! :)
About all for now! I'm so excited about tomorrow; woodwork will be awesome too! :) Lol I am really enjoying the class.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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Well, my post of a couple of days ago where I'd stated it was the first time I cooked Anzacs, was wrong; at least that part was. I had cooked them before, last year, as rB pointed out to me. guess I put a lot of stuff out of my mind because of Miss evil Madam but anyway .. :) so yeh, going to make them again this afternoon. But in the meantime, I have another recipe which I want to try very soon; anna B made these the other day and I asked for the recipe.
Lime & Pistachio (or hazelnut) Cupcakes )
Never made cupcakes before so it should be an interesting challenge. And sometimes I'm just not in the mood for nuts so I'm sure I can substitute them for something else if that. They would taste good on their own anyway; very lovely and moist!
I get my I.D Mate in two days, or could be even tomorrow if it has arrived at Kenzington already; I will check when I'm there.
Also, just before I go, on Thursday, i finally signed up to Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTk3OTAxMTQ5 ; It's awesome and very easy to use (the previous link is my referral link; anyone who clicks on it and signs up from there will get an extra free 500 megs on top of their two free gigs, and it will also give me an extra 500 megs. :)
til Next time, RdFreak
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As this recipe will be going off the page soon, thought I'd paste it here. I may try this one soon though it seems a bit more detailed than what I'm use too for now. Also, it may bbe a bit spicy for me..
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In other news, Nan came over today. I spent a bit of time labeling canisters which i put various cooking ingredients into so as to make my life easier; I can put the whole measuring cup inside, will safe stuff from falling out of the packets and keep those nasty ants away; so I'm happy about that job! :)
My life will also change so much for the better when I get me I.D mate in just three days now! :)
And finally, Donna (from GDV) will be giving Joy and myself O&M to the family doctors tomorrow on the bus.
Oh, almost forgot, had such a great time yesterday catching up with old friends; was lovely.
Tomorrow I plan to try the Anzacs again.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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So today I'm attending the lovely [livejournal.com profile] lauren_kh's belated birthday party, and instead of presents, she had requested us to cook something beginning with any letter of her full name!
I originally thought i would cook honey Joys (since I always loved them as a kid) but then I didn't think they'd spread far enough, so I decided on Anzac biscuits; namely the first recipe on taste.com.au that had a rating of 5; here.
also under the cut )
So I went out and bought all the ingredients yesterday, as well as doing my usual weekly shop while there.
I then made them and they turned out perfect for a first attempt; I was sooo happy with myself, but alas; While taking the tray over to the oven, my oven mits got caught in the baking paper, tip went the tray and off flew the anzacs, everywhere! :( I was so so so so so angry and upset, I admit, more than I should have been, but these were perfect; and I hadn't attempted them before.
As Mum had said she'd come to cut my fringe, she assisted me to clean out the oven as some crumbled in there. and it turned out that two of the anzacs ended up cooking somewhere on the bottom of the oven, so I ate them! They were good, but I think I needed to press them down more.
I was thinking of making them again this morning, but I have no more plain flower. I could duck out and get some, but I'd be pushing time.
Loz understood as I told her I'd prob just bring chips, but it wasn't what I wanted to do. :(
Anyway, I have natcho cheese which does start with a letter in her name, so I'm almost there. Lol! also sweet chili, honey soy, bonus!
I will make some more anzacs tomorrow and then give them to her as a peace offering; she'll prob say "don't be silly" but it's the least I can do.
Ah well.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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Oh btw, before I get started, the meatloaf turned out OK. It was nice (haven't finished it obviously) but i don't think it cooked right. It just seemed a bit too moist and crumbly; but I did all the right things so am thinking maybe I had my oven rack too high or something. anyway, it was actually in for a lot longer than the recipe said as i knew it didn't feel right when I checked it. ah well; maybe next time, but yeh, it tastes pretty good so that's the main thing I guess.
OK I'm constantly surprising myself. When asked the question last night "would I be watching the Great Debate" tonight, I replied "Look i'm thinking of it." -- I'm just amazed that I have all of a sudden become more interested in learning about it, taking it in and figuring out who's the good verses the not-so-good verses the bad.
I know a bit of my interest grew when electronic voting became available, but I have noticed more since Julia Gillard got in, that I'm even more interested. -- maybe cos she's the first female PM? who knows! Lol
Not sure if I mentioned in here that the day she became PM, I had turned the TV on for Doctor Phil and got her speech instead. but I found myself continuing to listen; that was totally out of character for me.
But I think it's good that I am showing more of an interest. I should know what makes our country tick.
Anyway in other news, it's my LJs seventh birthday tomorrow; yeah! I'll come up with a reflective entry for then as per tradition, i'm sure. :)
til Next time, RdFreak
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Meatloaf is now in the oven with foil over the top.
I actually had trouble finding a loaftin; Safeway didn't have them so luckily found one in the two buck shop.
And also, i'm pleased to say Joy was perfect that time around, even with my dragging my geap behind me.
Easy recipe to make, though I did make a bit of a mess! It sure takes less dishes than the pastabake though.
I'm so glad that I'm getting so much more confident with cooking and trying out new things.
Anyway can't wait to try it; [livejournal.com profile] thecrazykiwi said she really enjoyed it. :)
So at 5.03 I take the foil off the top and cook it for an extra fifteen minutes or so; coolies huh?! :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So as my weekend happens to be free yet again, I thought I'd make the previously-mentioned Italian Lamb Loaf today. I just went up to the butcher and got the mince, had breakfast and will soon go shopping for the rest of the ingredients, and I will have myself a scrummy dinner tonight; yeah! :)
We have still got the renovations going on with safeway so there's a couple of times when we have to walk out on to the road for a time (it's been setup so the cars don't come too close), and Joy just really impressed me with her obstical and avoidance work walking up to butcher; was so happy! But then, she had to ruin her excellent reputation didn't she? :( While coming back across the road, for some reason she got very distracted by another dog, which is very odd for her. Unlike Heartly, she is not usually dog distracted. And I couldn't correct her easily as I had the bag in my right hand. So eventually we got there with no help from her I hate to admit. Then someone called her a "naughty dog". If they only knew. Oh, and by the way, instead of standing there looking at us having all sorts of trouble, instead of calling her a "naughty dog" for goodness sakes, help me out?! damn some people!
So I growled at her and after that she was pretty good again. as said though, totally out of character for her.
I'm about to eat the final marsbar here and will get some more chockies when I go up later. I've been buying bars instead of blocks lately; it's usually good as I can furfill my chocolate cravings with one a day; however, lately I have had two bars.
And as I tweeted just before, how come, every time I get depressed with boy issues, i grab out the book Summer Sisters by Judy blume? quite amusing I guess when ya think about it. :)
Oh, and one other thing; the other day, I called up someone in regards to a casual job which I was going to apply for. It went well, and now I have made the decision that where I can, I will always do that. It let's people know you're keen (as I was told the other day) but also, they're likely to remember you when they see your application; how cool is that? :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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This recipe again, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] thecrazykiwi and [livejournal.com profile] budget_barry
Italian Lamb Meatloaf )
I just pasted it above because it will disappear off the page soon. I aim to try this probably next week; seems very easy; a lot easier than the pastabake which is now easy in itself; sounds good though! :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So all last week I was going to cook pastabake again as i ran out, so have been doing it today; it's currently simmering on the stove before going in the oven with the pasta, zucchini, mushrooms and cheese; man it smells good! -- I cheated though; I bought a bag of frozen onions, because chopping them makes me cry and I don't like that much! I will chop these for roasts and things if I have too, but figure I could just as well use them for casseroles and stuff.
I'm like a broken record with this dish but it's honestly too yummy! However, only for the fact of building my confidence further, I shall attempt something else next time. I think though that now I've mastered the whole casserole thing, i'm prob set up for most things anyway.
Joy and Heartly are good; they finally know they must stay out the kitchen when I'm cooking.
mm yeah! :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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Speaking of Neighbours, I thought Steph and Todie's lies were going to be revealed this week but they haven't yet; looking forward to that! :)
Going into meet ang today for lunch.
Going to cook again soon. Don't know if i will be cooking this weekend.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So my new pasta bake is simmering nicely. It's the same as last time except it's got slightly more mixed herbs (cos I love that flavour), celery and mushrooms. It will also have the amount of cheese the recipe says.
I'm hoping of course this will turn out just as good, or even better than last time; mmmm it smells so nice! -- healthy and tasty; what more can I ask for? :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. Dad has gone to the airport now; he takes off at 3; so sad. He came to say farewell to me and also taught me how to properly put my oven racks in my oven as I didn't know how to do it. :( I'd never had to before but this casserole dish I'll be putting in the oven is quite tall so have to move them around accordingly.
P.P.S When I finish downloading, i will be all up to date, as far as England is concerned with Neighbours! :)
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I've just taken the dogs out and fed them.
Parents are coming later on their way to the airport so dad can say his final goodbye until he gets back in december. :(
As soon as I have my breakfast, I'm going to start chopping the vegies; I am going to cook today.
I've also started adding to my Neighbours collection with the episodes from October 2009 to the latest.
Last night I dreamed about RVIB Burwood; prob cos we were talking about it last evening! I was just walking along the big pool (which no longer exists as with the entire rest of the building. :(
Anyway, I woke up from one of my many sleeps last night, and was regretting, as one of the only things I've regretted a few times lately, going to work at the ANZ. I had worked so hard to get into primary teaching at deakin, even having to apply for an extra time as I stuffed up my Vtac offer which I'd successfully got intoo. -- As previously mentioned, most of my time at ANZ was miserable anyway because of certain people .. ahem .. so if I didn't defer my course and then later on, withdrawing from it completely to stay with ANZ, I'd probably be almost finished my degree now, (not sure how long primary teaching went for). Despite what everyone said at the time, I certainly would of had a much better chance of finding work afterwards than the situation I'm currently in; Thanks Lorraine. :(
I know I was over study, but since it's something I wanted to do, I probably would have some how done myself very proud; of course teaching rounds would have thrilled me.
Of course, I wouldn't have as much overseas experience under my belt, but that really doesn't matter; I still would have been twice on my own anyway.
Now, the best and closest possible way of working with kids is if I can become a receptionist at a school, (something I will be looking intoo).
We can't turn back time, but I just wish that I stayed at deakin. Of course, the only downfall of that is, I wouldn't have met RB; at least, not had the close friendship with him i did, (we've drifted a bit now).
So yeh, not much I can do, I know; *sigh* but at least I wouldn't be stuck in this rut now.
Til Next Time, RdFreak

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