Friday, 29 April 2016

※ UPDATE - Geelong Mums - One Mother to Another Campaign


We ended up filling 26 bags which I dropped off last night at Bambini Early learning as they have  collection point there.
If you have stuff to come tomorrow I will sort out the last run tomorrow. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!


EDIT: 13 more completed bags were made thanks all for the last minute stuff..

GRAND TOTAL: 39

Last minute packed today: Friday 29th! Another 13
Lot sent off last night
 
 
There is a wonderful charity /volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation based in Geelong.

They collect donations of pre-loved nursery equipment, cots, prams, car seats, clothes and other baby essentials.
These donations are distributed to Geelong families experiencing hardship through our partnerships with maternal and child health nurses and local social service agencies.

I saw a post on Instagram and thought I would share.
Every week we are sadly seeing an increase in families escaping domestic violence, often leaving with very few possessions. This Mothers Day, along with our big sister St Kilda Mums, we are running a #onemothertoanother  campaign.

We are looking for donations of completed toiletry packs that include basics such as shampoo, tooth brushes, body wash, sanitary items, and any other bits you can think of! We would love a hand written note of encouragement to the mother receiving the pack. These donated packs will be delivered by caseworkers to Mothers in our Geelong community who are in need. See website for more info.


http://www.geelongmums.org/home/

Thursday, 14 April 2016

※ Geelong Mums - One Mother to Another Campaign




There is a wonderful charity /volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation based in Geelong.

They collect donations of pre-loved nursery equipment, cots, prams, car seats, clothes and other baby essentials.
These donations are distributed to Geelong families experiencing hardship through our partnerships with maternal and child health nurses and local social service agencies.

I saw a post on Instagram and thought I would share.
Every week we are sadly seeing an increase in families escaping domestic violence, often leaving with very few possessions. This Mothers Day, along with our big sister St Kilda Mums, we are running a #onemothertoanother  campaign.

We are looking for donations of completed toiletry packs that include basics such as shampoo, tooth brushes, body wash, sanitary items, and any other bits you can think of! We would love a hand written note of encouragement to the mother receiving the pack. These donated packs will be delivered by caseworkers to Mothers in our Geelong community who are in need. See website for more info.


http://www.geelongmums.org/home/


 Their address and details are on their website: 2/110 Balliang Street, South Geelong, Vic 3220

Saturday, 2 April 2016

※ The Hot Chicken Project, Geelong

We popped in for a quick bite at lunchtime Friday and were not disappointed! 




If in Geelong it is a must visit spot:

Open Tue-Thu 3pm to 10pm; Fri-Sat noon to 10pm; Sun 11am to 4pm.
The Hot Chicken Project, 84a Little Malop Street, Geelong, 5221 9831

Friday, 1 April 2016

※ Longrain Sydney

A belated post from our Sydney trip last year. 

Time flies, and I don't have as much time to blog these days especially food snaps.

Went up to Sydney last year for a close friends wedding. We visited Longrain, a suggestion from a a twitter buddy. We were not disappointed! Food and service were fantastic and they were able to accommodate our 3 year old. They even bought her over some paper and some crayons.

I would highly recommend this place, it was just as good as the Melbourne location.



A stand out dish for me was the beef cheek:
Slow braised beef cheek, black vinegar, ginger, Chinese celery

Betel leaf, pomelo, coconut, chilli, mint 
banana fritter for dessert was flawless!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Friday, 4 March 2016

Sunday, 28 February 2016

※ Some More Pizza Purses Coming Soon (Mid March)

The food themed purses have been selling really well. So I am reprinting some and adding a few more designs too. See below for new designs to hit the store soon.

The pizza design has sold out & I have added a new version too. 
(reprinting the previous version too.)
 

 

Friday, 26 February 2016

※ Bolognese (Classic Recipe)



INGREDIENTS
• 2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
• 2 medium onions
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 2 carrots
• 2 sticks of celery
• olive oil
• 2 heaped teaspoons dried oregano
• 500g good-quality minced beef, pork, or (even better!) a mixture of the two
• 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• a small bunch of fresh basil
• 100g Parmesan cheese
• 400-500g dried spaghetti or penne  
• 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
• 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
• 1 cup red or white wine


METHOD
The classic pastas to serve this with are spaghetti, tagliatelle and penne, but this sauce can also be used for many other things, like filling cannelloni or layering up a lasagne. With so many options, it’s well worth bagging up any leftover sauce and freezing it for another day. 

Finely slice the bacon
Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots and celery – don’t worry about technique,
just chop away until fine. Place a large pan on a medium to high heat

Add 2 lugs of olive oil, your sliced bacon and the oregano and cook and stir until the bacon is lightly golden. Add the veg to the pan and stir every 30 seconds for around 7 minutes or until softened and lightly coloured.

Stir in the minced meat breaking it up with your spoon and brown
Add the tinned tomatoes.
Fill one of the empty tins with water and add to the pan
Stir in a good pinch of salt and pepper, 
paprika & Worcestershire sauce & wine.
Pick the basil leaves and place in the fridge for later Finely chop the basil stalks and stir into the pan. Bring to the boil
Turn the heat down and simmer with a lid on and slightly askew for 1 hour, stirring every now and again.

Take the lid off and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Keep an eye on the sauce as it cooks, and if you think it’s starting to dry out, add a splash of water 
Remove the Bolognese sauce from the heat.

Finely grate the Parmesan and stir half into the sauce.
Tear and stir in any larger basil leaves, keeping the smaller ones for sprinkling over before serving
 
Mix up, have a taste, and season with a little more salt and pepper if needed – congratulations! You now have a beautiful Bolognese sauce. At this stage you can allow it to cool, bag it up and freeze it, or keep it warm while you cook your pasta.

source for the sauce (I have very slightly changed it.)

Saturday, 30 January 2016

※ ANOTHER GIVEAWAY




Hooray, it is time for another giveaway. 
To enter simply tag a friend you think would like to win. (For a bonus entry repost this image)

Prize Packs:
FIRST PRIZE: First pick of three purses of your choice from the photo. (Must be all different designs) 
SECOND PRIZE: Three purses of your choice from the photo. (Must be all different designs) 
THIRD PRIIZE:  Will be given the designs left from the prize pool.

There will be three winners, first winner drawn will have first choice of the designs and last person drawn will be given the designs left from the prize pool.

ENTRY IS OPEN WORLDWIDE GOODLUCK!

#contest, #win #giveaway #pug #puglove #pugsofinstagram #competition #free #giveawaycompetition #prizes #pugsnotdrugs #instapug #pugstagram #pugnation #freepurses 

Contest Closes Sunday 14th February at midnight  AEST 'Winners will be announced 15th February