Archive for January 2008

Can you help me?

January 31, 2008

I need some advice on something which is becoming a big problem for me. I’ll start from the beginning… Read the rest of this entry »

Witty Wednesday

January 29, 2008
Don’t be offended, I’m a church~goer, too! 

Sisters of Mercy

A man was driving down the highway, and sees a sign saying “Sisters of Mercy, House of Prostitution, 10 miles” Thinking it is some sort of joke, he pays no attention, until he sees a similar sign reading “Sister’s of Mercy, House of Prostitution, 5 miles.”Still unsure, he drives on, until spotting a third sign saying “Sister’s of Mercy, House of Prostitution, next exit”. His curiosity getting the better of him, he takes the exit and parks his car outside the convent.He knocks on the door, and tells the nun who answers “I saw your signs on the highway, are they for real?”The nun answers “Yes”, and tells him to give her $50 and follow her to a room.He enters a room, and a second nun requests $50, and leads him to a door. Once he opens the door, he is quickly shoved outside by the nun.

He finds himself behind the convent, where he sees the final sign,

“Thank you for you contributions, you have just been screwed by the Sisters of Mercy.”

E for Expected

January 29, 2008
Look what I got from Mother of this Lot at Mothers Pride! God love ‘er. I have so many awards now, I’ve had to file them away. You know me and clutter. (She needs an award for raising  five girls!)

Tackling the fridge and a new book club!

January 29, 2008

 I haven’t tackled anything with the Tacklers for a while, and as my fridge is a mess, I thought I’d share it with you. I  hadn’t planned to do it till later in the week, but it’s raining (surprise, surprise) and I have an hour to spare before I collect the girls from school



 Mmmm…methinks I  need to go shopping tomorrow!

  Eventually, I managed to set a date for my Book Club. I already have three friends from the Carers and Toddler Group who will be coming along for a meal and a chat (any excuse for a night out!) We’ll meet for the first time on Shrove Tuesday and decide on the book we’ll be reading before the next get-together. Any suggestions from avid book readers welcome!

Take it or leave it

January 28, 2008



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Mon~A Secret Recipe served with lamb Cutlets (all will be revealed later!)

Tues~Spud Special Soup with fresh soda bread

 Wed~Quick Greek Pasta Salad With Steak

Thurs~Full Irish Breakfast (using leftovers. I need to clear the fridge out!)

Fri~Bindis Noodle Salad

Sat Lunch~Spiced Winter Broth with Chunky Vegetables  and  Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Sat Dinner~Spaghetti Bolognese

Sunday~ Traditional Roast Sunday Lunch

More Menu Planners Here

Kitten and Soup

January 27, 2008

 I had a lovely comment from Anna Allen  yesterday. Remember this post? I was concerned that you, my dear blogging friends thought this article was written by me, even though it clearly states it was the words of Ms Allen. Read her comment…


Here’s the new addition to the family.

 ‘Bobby’ (that’s his real name!) is a 12 week old kitten who is a real handful. He runs around the house as if he’s scared out of his wits, then goes off for a sleep under my bed for most of the day. he’s a rescue kitten, abandoned just before Christmas, so he would have been tiny then. We were in two minds whether to call him Depp because of his facial hair.

See the resemblance?


I’ve plucked up the courage to join this months Royal Foodie Joust on Jens blog ‘The Leftover Queen’ This months ingredients are cinnamon, lentils and aubergine (also known as eggplant across the water) So, that’s what I’ll be doing this afternoon. I know exactly what I’ll be making, so I’ll post the results here later.

Wish me luck!

A couple of meme’s….

January 25, 2008
How many times per day do you usually laugh?
~Many, I’ll count my laughs today and come back…
What do your sunglasses look like?
~A cheap version of Ray Ban Aviaters. Although I paid 32 euro for them, they aren’t so cheap
You win a free trip to anywhere on your continent, but you have to travel by train. Where do you go?
~North America on the American Orient Express

Main Course
Name one thing you consider a great quality about living in your town/city.

~The friendliness of the Irish! I’ve lived here for almost five years and would never move back to England.

If the sky could be another color, what color do you think would look best?

~Lilac with silvery sparkly bits

More Feasters here 

Thursday Thirteen~My Booklist

January 24, 2008

I’ve had most of these books on my ‘To Read’ list for ages, now. Slowly and surely, I’m getting through them!

  • Second Thyme Around by Kate Fforde
  • Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  • An Innocent man by  John Grisham
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly
  • Cobwebs and Cream Teas by Mary Mackie
  • The Apple Tree Saga by Mary E. Pearce
  • Drink to the Bird by Benedict Kiely
  • P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  • How Will I Know? by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  • The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
  • The Kite Runner (Half way through it right now, and can’t put it down!)
  • Go here for more TT’s

    After trying fresh meatballs on our recent trip to Las Vegas, how could I not come home and make my own?



    • 1 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup parmesan cheese
    • 1lb lean minced beef
    • mixed herbs
    • garlic
    • 1/2 cup water
    • salt and pepper to taste

    For the sauce

    • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
    • small tin tomato paste
    • garlic
    • 1/2 chopped onion
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • salt and pepper to taste


    1. Mix ingredients together, slowly adding the water
    2. Mould the mixture into meatballs
    3. Brown the balls on each side and simmer in the sauce for 20 minutes
    4. Add to pasta (I used fresh penne)
    5. Top with parmesan

    Witty Wednesday

    January 23, 2008
    William and Mildred were married twenty-five years. They decided to celebrate with a trip to Las Vegas. When they entered the hotel/casino and registered, a sweet young woman dressed in a very short skirt, became very friendly. William brushed her off rather rudely. Mildred objected, “William, she was nice, that young woman, and you were so rude.” “Mildred, she’s a prostitute.” “I don’t believe you. That sweet young thing?

    “Let’s go up to our room and I’ll prove it.” In their room, William called down to the desk and asked for Candie to come to room 1217.

    “Now,” he said, “you hide in the bathroom with the door open just enough to hear us, okay?” She did. Soon, there was a knock on the door. William opened it and Candie walked in, swirling her hips provocatively.

    “So, I see you’re interested after all,” she said.

    William asked, “How much do you charge?”

    “$125 basic rate, $100 tips for special services.”

    William was taken aback. “$125! I was thinking more in the range of $25.”

    Candie laughed derisively. “You must really be a hick if you think you can buy sex for that price.”

    “Well,” said W illiam, “I guess we can’t do business. Goodbye.” After she left, Mildred came out of the bathroom. “I just can’t believe it.”

    William said, “Let’s forget it. We’ll go have a drink, then eat dinner.”

    At the bar, as they sipped their cocktails, Candie came up behind William pointed slyly at Mildred, and said, “See what you get for $25?”


    January 15, 2008


    WfmwsmallToday is another edition of Works-For-Me Wednesday Backwards Edition, in which you ask a question of your readers instead of sharing a piece of advice.
    Here’s my dilemma: I’m waking up at 5am most mornings then I toss and turn for an hour or so till I drop off again. I wake with the alarm at 7.30 feeling like I haven’t slept at all. Although by the time the children are ready for school, I perk up. The pharmacist suggested a couple of glasses of wine in the evening, but I’ve stopped drinking! I go to bed between 11pm and 11.30 most nights and read before I sleep. I have no idea why I wake up at this time almost every morning.
      Does anyone have any advice other than herbal remedies which as yet, don’t seem to help…
    Still on the subject of sleep, here’s my entry for Witty wednesday…
    By the time the soldier pulled into the little town, every hotel room was taken. “You’ve got to have a room somewhere”, he pleaded with a proprietor. “Well, I do have a double room with one occupant, but he is an Air Force guy” admitted the manager, and he might be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained in the past. I’m not sure it’d be worth it to you.
    ” No problem.” the tired Army guy assured him, “I’ll take it.” The next morning the soldier came down to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy tailed. “How’d you sleep?” asked the manager. “Never better”, said the soldier. The manager was impressed. “No problem with the other guy snoring all night long?” “No, I shut him up in no time”, explained the soldier.
    “How’d you manage that?” asked the proprietor.
    “Well, he was already in bed, snoring away, when I walked into the room, so I gave him a kiss on the cheek” explained the soldier. “Then, I whispered in his ear ‘Good night beautiful’, and he sat up all night watching me.”