Two wings lift a person up from earthy concerns: simplicity and purity. Simplicity should be in intention, purity in feelings. Simplicity reaches out after God, purity catches hold and tastes. ~ Thomas A’Kempis

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Pot Luck Lunch....

I don't know about you, but I love pot luck lunches.  We were invited today to a friends home for lunch, and I'm taking a jar of my pickled beets from last summer, this salad and some yo yo cookies..Mmm.
I love trying all the different salads at Pot lucks, so I thought I'd share my recipe for 'Noodle Caggabe slaw'. Its easy, most people have the ingredients on hand and its inexpensive. Everytime I take it to a pot luck, people always ask for the recipe, and there's never any leftovers :0)

Here's the recipe:

1/4 sml head of Cabbage - slice/chop thinly
1/4 head of Broccoli - chop small
1 Stick celery - slice fine
2 Spring onions - slice fine
1 Pkg 2 min noodles/ramen style noodles (with chicken flavouring sachet included)

The sachet of chicken flavouring that comes with the noodles
1/4 cup light oil
3 T cider vinegar/or white
2 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1 T sesame seeds
1 T slivered almonds


1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Set aside.
2. Toast the almonds and sesame seeds (seperately) and lightly
3. Mix all the vegetables, dressing and half the toasted nuts and seeds in a large bowl.
4. Sprinkle over the seeds.

5. Refrigerate if desired - (the noodles will soften slightly), but its just as good when the noodles still have crunch. Keeps for a day or two in the fridge.


Friday, 13 August 2010


**** Hi EvEryOne ****

Its almost Spring here in New Zealand YEH!!! :0) ...
this means the days are getting so much lighter and warmer. I've been quite busy in the garden ( it needed it), cutting back lots of shrubs and trimming tree branches etc.
(The Pic is of my son Louis..last summer all laxed out :0)
Thought I'd do an overview blog of all the happenings this last month :0)
This lovely Camelia is still flowering..can't think what the name of it is, but its my favourite:

We've also been painting the  Laundry & Bathroom. Neither of us are that inspired to paint every weekend, so its going to be a slow boat to China. However after 2 years of trying to choose a colour scheme, I think we've finally found the colours for the living room - praise GOD !!! (30 test pots later !!! ) The shade here in the bathroom is 'Puhoi Half' - by Resene.

I've also discovered that my style has changed...well more, come back home I should say.
I used to love 'country' decorating many years ago, back when I was a young wife and mother, then I moved completely away from it, but now with more time to think and be creative, I find its the style that resonates most with my soul, and I've moved back to its welcoming warmth.

I painted this little shelf white and put it up in the laundry (so far its been dark blue, light blue and now white lol). Then I unearthed this little shelf from my shed, dusted it down and put it in what I call my little Amish room..In it are all my travel momento's and gifts from America.

I've also taken up cross-stitch again. I completed a fairly large one, which I started back in 1993 !!!, finally the desire returned (or maybe the time) to finish it. I love how it turned out, and as it fits with the decor the Amish room, its in there too.
and I reframed this one:
I recovered an old ring binder in a chambray denim..appliqued this star on...
decorated it..and made little pockets etc inside for my crosstitch scissors, needles, magnifying glass etc.

It was a little fiddly, but I'm very happy with the end result.

This is a my felt needle case I've  had for many years. A friend did the emboridery. We I used to be in a craft gorup as a school fund raiser for many years, and we made things like this and sold them once a year at a craft Fair.

Other stuff:
I saw this pretty cushion for sale online, but sadly she doesn't ship to NZ :(.. anyway her blog site is : if anyone else wants to shop there.

AND now to CANDLES etc...Some of my lovliest memories of travelling in America were visiting Primitive/Country style stores, especially in OHIO...!!! As soon as I stepped into the store I was met with a delightful aroma, of cinnamon, pine and spices from the huge array of scented candles and oilsI brought a couple of the bottles of the oils (Old Glory and Log Cabin) to take home with me to create that smell in my own home. Just taking the tops off the little brown bottles immedietly takes me back to those stores....ahhh.
I also loved all the little 'electric fake candle lights' - that sat on window sills in shops and homes.
They looked so welcoming and warming...especially when driving by on a snowy day or coming in out of the cold. Even some little coffee shops in OHIO had them propped in the windows. It was absolutely magical. I felt like I had gone back in time when life had a slower pace.
I did buy one and brought it home, but my electrical adaptor didn't work how it was meant to and the wires burned out :0(. But as I was surfing the net the other night I saw that the 'Lehman's' store in America sells battery operated ones..!!!! Why didn't some one tell me about those. If I get to go back some time, I'll buy that sort. 
** THe ReADInG CORnER.....

 I bought this book at a Christian Book Shop here in NZ, when I was in Tauranga visiting my daughter - for some spiritual nourishment., 'Amish Peace' about Simplifying life......Its a bit like a devotional book..short little segments of about 2 enough to read just before to go to sleep at night..
.....and onto my favourite New Zealand magazine,  'NZ House and Garden' to nourish my domestically creative side :0)...  

...AND...I couldn't resist this retro style cookbook.. 'A Good Spread' - A collection of recipes dating back to the 50's from New Zealand housewifes/country womens insitute farmers wives..The pictures etc are delightful and the recipes simple and tempting.

*~OTHER fOODIE ThingsS..~*

While in the states, staying with friend in West Virginia, I had the opportunity to try out a 'Kitchen Aid' Cake Mixer. Oh my goodness it helped me turn out the best pavlova (large meringue like dessert) I have ever made in my life !!!. Ever since I kept thinking one day I'm going to get one of those :0)

I had talked about it to my sweet husband a few times, and he looked on a site we have here called Trade Me..a bit like EBAY. So anyway we found this there...
' A Kenwood Pattisier - Cherry Red' brand new - un unwanted gift!!! who wouldn't want it I thought..and I almost swooned. It does exactly what the Kitchen Aid does and is simply divine. Although I have sentiumental attachment to my old Sunbeam mixer (because I baked all my childdrens birthday cakes, our Christmas cakes, celebration cakes etc in it), I'm going to happily pass it on to my daughter Katie, whose developed a love of baking too, (now that she's a mother :0)

My kitchen has a view over the garden, so its a lovely place to cook in .

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