The above Basket of Flowers looked lovely that I made to remember my Mother on what would have been her Birthday….She would have been 100 years old if she had still been alive. Mum died when she was nearly 89 yrs old and I don’t usually think to do something special but this year I am glad that I did.
Sometimes it is nice to look back and think about some of our family who are not with us here on this earth anymore. Mainly to remember the good times – and to picture in our mind how precious they were. Even if we did not get on well with whoever it was they were still part of our lives that helped us to be who we are today.
Thought I would put a Recipe here and maybe a Poem to follow.
Here is the Recipe: Avocado Mayonnaise:
1 – Whole Egg; 1 cup-Oil; 1 Tbsp – White Wine Vinegar, 1 soft – Avocado; juice of half Lemon..
Peel Avocado, remove stone. Place in blender, along with Vinegar, Lemon & Egg. Whiz for 1 minute. Slowly add Oil in a thin stream until the mixture thickens. Serve as a Dip, with Vegetables or as a Sauce for Seafood Salads.
I have put a painting on instead of a Basket of Flowers today. Maybe you could put a flower in vase or glass today in your home. To use as something special to look at. Today it is nice to think about the home that we are living in, can we make it look nice, can we tidy a bit of it up today that we have been thinking about and not done anything about it. Our home is our special place, so we should enjoy being in it.
Here is a Special Poem that I wrote – I thought you may like to read it and consider what part of your home you like especially to sit in. It could be just a corner of a room in a comfortable chair, or outside on the Patio or under a tree or by a flower bed, a swimming pool even a chair by the front door to watch the world go by. If you have pet it may like to join you.
Anyway here is the Poem:-
It is so lovely here, so warm and lush to nuzzle in the damp dark earth under each tree, bush and grass. There is a muddy large swampy area just to the left of the gate. In it I can wallow, turn, sit and squirm to my hearts content. No one to bother me, no one to see just beautiful squashy
mud and me.
Oh! the Bliss, the wonderful Bliss. To wallow like this is better than that old Hogs kiss.
I am so proud of my beautiful body Pink with dark black patches and spots. My lovely Pot Belly is beautiful to behold and I have the cutest curly tail that goes around at the back end of me. Well, you should see my piglet eyes my pointy ears and dainty
Oh! I am so beautiful, my Mistress tells me this sometimes – even with a kiss. She says that she won’t mention that word BACON in my presence – I don’t know what she means as she whispers it to her friends.
Yes, they come to see me and gaze on my loveliness. My Mistress is so proud of me. She bathes me, hoses me down, dries me with a soft, so soft towel, tucks me under her arm and takes me into her house. I am put onto my special bed, to watch their television. I lay and look in wonder at the pictures on the screen. Beautiful tidbits the family feed me from their own dinner before my Mistress takes me back
to my Sty.
It’s lovely indoors but I much prefer my Pig Sty – it is my home, my very own. I can snuffle around in it as much as I please. My home has big shady trees, with lots of tall grass – but the mud puddle, swampy area is the best place of all. I could lay in that for
ever and ever and ever.
I am so, so blessed with such a beautiful home.
This is the Day that The Lord has Made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Here is a Recipe for today:
Fish or Chicken Curry.
Onion & Garlic (Fried till Brown) Add Ginger, Lemon Grass, Lime Leaf, Turmeric Leaf; 5 or 6 Candle Nuts (Grind in Blender) Tomatoes; Turmeric Powder; 1 small can – Coconut Milk. Add Fish or Chicken and Salt for Taste. Maybe give something different a try today for dinner.
You may like to see this Recipe in the Book Carnarvon Favourite Recipes.
I thought it would be a good idea to show you what I did with some of the Kale to keep it fresh for a few days before cooking.
I used the Kale as a table decoration as you can see from photo below, it looks quite nice sitting in a vase on the table. I did not think it would be a good idea to put flowers in as the Kale was going to be eaten. However it would look good with some flowers in the vase to make a good presentation if you have not got any other green leaves to put in. With a couple of pretty flowers arranged with the Kale it would make a nice display of colour….Something different for a change.
Here is the Vase with the Kale Leaves in.
Cooking the Kale – one quick easy is to Wash it very well and chop or tear the leaves into smaller pieces, also cut up the stalks into bite size pieces – put into a saucepan and just cover with cold water – bring to the boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and eat with your main dinner meal.
One way that is nice if you are not too keen on the flavour is to put Malt Vinegar and a sprinkling of White or Black Pepper on when you go to eat it. I find that way is very nice. Plus the fact that this is a good source of several vitamins that our body needs.
Another way is to serve with a soft cooked egg on top.
Well there you are just a small cookery lesson for today.
Proverbs: Chapter 19 verse 1- says – Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
Here is a Link you may like to see:
I hope you have a lovely day and that you may try out the Kale!!!!!!
It is lovely to think that it is Christmas Time once more so here is my Greeting for you.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas Time with your family and friends.
Remember to take a bit of time out for yourself to enjoy that cuppa or visit a friend, especially if you know someone who is on their own. It would be nice just to visit with a greeting card or take a special plate of food to them. You don’t need to cook them something – a plate with cake or biscuits bought from the shop would be quite a treat for them.
*May God Bless You *
Here is a Recipe you may like to make for Christmas
Here is a photo of one of my latest Baskets of Flowers hope you like it.
The Flowers are real and artificial – the real ones are Geraldton Wax and Lantana with some Palm Leaves at the back, the Roses are the Artificial Flowers but they make the arrangement look very real.
So you can easily make a Basket of Flowers by choosing a nice Basket (not too large) then use some (Wet Oasis) in a plastic bag – so that water does not come into your basket. If you do not have any Wet Oasis the use a suitable vase to hold water that will fit into your basket.
Arrange your Flowers with some tall leaves at the back (no need for Palm Leaves) some nice ones from a hedge or young branches from a tree will be great. Then next put the tallest flowers in so that you have a nice background and build up with the smaller ones coming to the front.
Sometimes if you have not got enough flowers put some artificial ones in to make a nice show.
There you are then…..that could be a nice project for yourself as a table arrangement or to give as a gift to a friend for a special occasion.
A lovely Basket of Flowers for today….The Red ones hanging down are Sleeping Hibiscus, they do not open any more than they are on the photo, therefore called Sleeping but are very pretty and can grow into a nice hedge. Geraldton Wax and Yellow Lantana with the Brown coloured leaves make a beautiful display.
How about a Recipe:
Here we have one for Flap Jacks, the children will love them, they can be cut into squares and used for Afternoon Tea.
Ingredients: 6oz. Butter or Margarine: 6oz – Demerara Sugar; 8oz Rolled Oats; pinch of salt.
Method: Cream the Butter until soft. Mix together Sugar, Oats & Salt then Stir into the Butter. Transfer the mixture to greased tin 9″ by 12″ spread evenly. Bake for 30mins. at Reg. 5. (about 180deg Cel) When cooked leave for a few minutes in the tin, then cut into squares or fingers.
Taken from my Recipe Book – Page 17 – Carnarvon Favourite Recipes –
What about a Poem then ?
It is called – * I Just Remembered *
I just remembered, did I forget to do that
or – did I do it and forget that I did it?
I forget now but if I do it now and
I have already done it, that means that I
would have done it twice.
Best if I don’t do it now.
I may not have done it at all
if I didn’t do it in the first place.
What a dilemma, why did I just think that
I hadn’t done it, then think that maybe I had.
Well I remember thinking that I should
but I wonder if I did.
The best thing is to go and look I suppose –
– now what was it that I think I forgot to do.
I can’t remember now, best to have a Cuppa
and think about it later.
Maybe you can relate to the poem……as we get older it is sometimes a problem to remember where we have put things in that special place – the place where we thought we would remember that we had put them. Eventually they will be in a special place just to surprise us – when we do find them. !!!
Psalm: Chapter 27 verse 1: The Lord is my light and my Salvation – whom shall I fear?
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There are Freshly picked ones added to some Artificial looking Roses, ready to take to Church for our Sunday Service.
Flowers add a special touch where ever they are put for people to look at and admire. You can always make up a special vase for your kitchen or lounge room to add a bit of something special for yourself to look at for a few days or for the coming week. Friends will always admire your creation or display and maybe you will encourage someone to do like wise. We have Geraldton Wax flowers in the above plus some Lantana and a few odd leaves complete the arrangement. The are put into Wet Oasis in a container to hold the shape of the display.
Hope you like my display – maybe take a photo of the one that you make as a memento.
Time to have a Recipe now: What about Tomatoes then?
This is the time of our Growing Season and Tomatoes are growing well – so what to do with them? Well here is one nice way to use them which is very tasty and not difficult to make.
Tomatoes: plus – Dried Mixed Herbs or Dried Basil; White Pepper: Ground Garlic; Olive Oil.
Cut Tomatoes in half. Lay Cut side up on Oiled Baking Sheet. Sprinkle with Herbs,(I prefer the Basil), White Pepper & Garlic. Drizzle the Olive Oil over. Cook in hot oven till bubbling & cooked through.
Serve as Vegetable with Dinner or on Toast.
Can be cooked in Fry Pan then half way through cooking,turn the halved Tomatoes over to sizzle and finish. You can put Tomatoes in when you fry your Bacon and add the Herbs as above.
James: Chapter 3 verse 18: says Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
Here is a Poem for today: as we have Roses in the above Basket of Flowers this one seems nice.
Dear God I’m thinking of that flower. Ever fragrant in every hour. The wonders of this Universe makes one want to write a verse. The delicate softness of the petals against the hardness of different metals.
To touch a Rose is a wonderful thing. Man made metals – no real pleasure bring. But to touch and smell a dew fresh Rose is a pleasure few of us really knows.
To touch and feel your wonderful world, especially the Petals so curiously curled. What a priceless treasure the Rose must be, I pray they’ll be there in eternity!
Picture of a Dog Rose:
I Hope you have a lovely day experimenting with your flowers and also the Tomatoes.