Archive for July 2008

Menu Planner Monday July 28th

July 28, 2008


Lunch; Leftover Shepherds Pie

Dinner; Pizza Spaghetti Casserole


Lunch; Scrambled Egg on Toast

Dinner; Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole


Lunch; Spare Ribs

Dinner; Pasta Carbonara (The kids love it!)



Dinner; Burritos



Dinner; Steak Sandwiches


At  a Wedding! Yay! The s-i-l can sort ’em out!

Feasting again….

July 25, 2008


When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?

~April. I had it coloured, too


Name one thing you miss about being a child.

~My Mum


Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.

~Olive oil, extra virgin

Main Course

If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?

~French. I’d love to be able to speak it fluently


Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…living in sin with a toyboy

A couple of jokes….

July 17, 2008

A  man who has just died, is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.

The female blonde mortician asks the deceased’s wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the Blonde mortician a blank check and s says, ‘I don’t care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.’

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.

She says to the mortician, ‘Whatever this cost, I’m very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I’ m very grateful. How much did you spend?’ To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.

‘There’s no charge,’ she says.

‘No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!’ she says.

‘Honestly, ma’am,’ the blonde says, ‘it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband’s size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.’

‘So I just switched the heads.’


 This is the fairy tale that should have been read to us when we
were little.

Once up a time  a land far away,

a beautiful, independent, self-assure princess

happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological
 issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in
a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into the princess’ lap
and said: ‘ Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.


One  kiss from you, however,and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am.

and  then, my sweet, we can marry


and set up housekeeping in your castle


with my mother,where you can prepare my meals,


clean  my clothes, bear my children,


and forever feel grateful and happy doing so.

That  night, as the princess dined sumptuously
on lightly sauteed frog legs
seasoned in a white wine
and  onion cream sauce,
she chuckled and thought to herself:
I don’t f****** think so.

Popping in…

July 16, 2008

Still no news on Baby ‘O’ His parents are coming and going, but as yet, haven’t spoken to me for a few days. I just hope no news is good news…

 So, where’s the Summer? I’m sick of the kids having to come back into the house every time it rains! There’s only so much they can do indoors before they’re bored to tears.

 Bossy had he first filling this afternoon. We didn’t think she needed one, but it was very small. She has a fear of needles, but you wouldn’t have thought it. She cried a little and that was that. So, I’m taking them all swimming as a treat for her being so brave…

Cottage Pie

July 14, 2008

1lb round minced beef
1 large white onion – diced
5 cloves garlic – diced
2 med carrots – diced
1 parsnip – diced
2 sticks of celery – diced
½ red pepper – diced
½ yellow pepper – diced
6-8 mushrooms – sliced
small head of broccoli
half head of cauliflour
tin of sweetcorn
tin of garden peas
½ jar of Passata
tin of chopped tomatoes
¼ pint of vegetable stock
large bunch of chopped flat leaf parsley
200gm grated cheddar
8 large potatoes
Olive Oil
Rock salt
Cracked pepper

Peel and quarter the potatoes and put on to boil

Dry fry the mince, slowly to remove excess fat. When browned, move to a dish with a slotted spoon and wash off pan

Add a little olive oil to the pan and sweat off the garlic and onion.

Once glossy return the minced beef to the pan
After 2 mins add the carrot, parsnip and celery

Cook through, mixing gently for about five minutes, then add peppers, corn, peas and mushrooms

Cook for additional 5 mins, then add passata, tinned tomatoes and stock

Simmer for about ten minutes, add pepper, salt and parsley

Simmer for two minutes then turn all the mix into a large pyrex dish – rectangular in shape about 3 inches deep

Add all the grated cheese to the top, covering the meat mix

Mash the potatoes with some real butter, a little milk, some cracked black pepper and a little salt

Spoon over the top of the dish, using the back of the spoon to seal the edges and a fork to fluff up the middle
Cover with tin foil and cook for 35mins in the middle of the oven on 180c
Remove foil for last five minutes to allow potato to brown

This is ideal for freezing.
For small babes, don’t use the salt or stock cube, just use water.
When fully cooked, blitz with a hand blender.
For slightly older infants, simply mash

There’s so much veg it well covers their five a day in just one serving of pie!

Baby ‘O’ Update

July 6, 2008

Baby is very sick and is undergoing open heart surgery on Friday. His heart hasn’t formed properly.Please pray for him.
  My neighbour went into labour on Friday night/Saturday morning, her Hubby rang to ask would I go up to her house to mind their 2 year old boy until his sister-in-law arrived. But, by the time I had my dressing gown on and had legged it to the house, the Mammy was coming down the stairs with an overwhelming urge to push!!

We stood on the stairs and I rubbed her back and waited for the next contraction. It was a BIGGIE!

Slo-o-wly but surely, we came down the stairs into the lounge where her Hubby had laid down a blanket and pillows. ‘M’ lay down and the next contraction came quickly followed by a baby boy!

Her hubby was on the doorstep asking the ambulancemen where they were. They told us to clear baby’s airways and wrap him up well.

All the mammy could say was, “The carpet, the carpet!” lol

It was just a wonderful experience and I was honoured to have been a part of it.

I woke the next morning and thought it was all a dream!

Never leave your laptop in a blondes bathroom!

July 4, 2008


July 3, 2008


Remember when you were a little girl, the Summer holidays? Did it rain every bl*ody day?
Child in the Rain Photographic Print by Nicole Katano



rain on window