Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm so excited!

Click this link - this is my profile on the Mix Apparel website.

I will be blogging over there every month or so. Just like a real writer!

My first post goes live this Friday.

Please pop over to say hello!
Today I went out to lunch wearing my favourite Mix top, to celebrate.

I had the $10 fish & chips, & a large diet coke. What did you have?

I might seem serene on the outside, but on the inside I was doing this;


Friday, February 24, 2012

This time LAST week...

Today is bucketing down, but this time last week I was at the Friday Park, drinking wine with the other mums, as usual.

This is the view from our 2012 bench. (we had a different one last year) It's quite beautiful, isn't it? Shady trees, next to the water, plenty of play equipment and picnic tables and wide open spaces....

I have a plastic wine glass that I bought specifically for the park.
The children have to share, though.


So while the mums and the occasional dad get down to the business of a good chin wag, the children can go tribal and be free within a reasonably safe area.

Gorgeous well behaved dogs stay on thier leashes. It's why they are so well behaved.

Normally the tribe hunt for crabs but on this day they had the novelty of a fisherman to annoy assist. He was quite lovely, patient & accomodating, but I don't think he'll come back on a Friday.

The children play nicely & really enjoy hanging out togethor.

Last Friday we got a bit organised & cooked sausages on the BBQ for dinner.
It was lovely being able to stay & relax, rather than rush home to cook order take out.

By late afternoon all of the dads had come down to join us. I think they'll be down more often now they know how delightful it is to have a relaxing drink & hang out with some friends at the Friday Park.

Stayed to watch the sunset, & then home!
Perfect start to the weekend.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lunch with Mr BC

I am attempting to do a bit of a technical makeover here at Mrs BCs House of Chaos.

Please be patient while I work muddle through the changes.
Regular programming will soon commence.

But first I have to go to lunch with my husband.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Weekend in 10

Last week, my phone finally gave up the ghost.  My contract ran out last October & between children & laundry, I haven't had a chance to upgrade it until a few days ago. I haven't been able to take photos for ages, which is why I didn't get any photos of the Brisbane Bloggers meet up. Yeah, boohoo! I am loving my new Nokia N9 sick, although it seems a little temperamental. Yes I am a blogger. No, I don't have an iPhone. I don't have an iPad either, although I can get my hands on an etchasketch at short notice.

The recent rains have bought out all sorts of critters, including this gorgeous tree frog that hangs around our back door occasionally. We've also had all manner of bugs delightedly eating the new lush growth in the garden, but I'm not celebrating that just yet. Maybe in a few days with a spray bottle full of garlic chili tea.

Nothing lush about this tomato plant at the end of it's time, the Stevia looks great though, despite being regularly cut for iced tea! I don't know what cultivar this tomato is, it just started growing of it's own accord. One of the joys of using home made compost, you never know what will pop up! Those tomatoes where delicious & just the right quantity to put into this salad..

Crisp lettuce, homemade garlic croutons, bacon, tomatoes & cucumber with Caesar dressing on the side. Those are kumera oven baked fries behind the salad, & the lemon is for the chicken schnitzel that didn't get into the photo. I have no idea why this photo is on it's side, it isn't before I upload it to Blogger. Grrr Blogger! Stop being a little bitch!

Teenage Daughter's friend-who-is-a-boy, not to be confused with boyfriend, lives a little way into the countryside, which is a lovely drive on a Sunday afternoon. We even have to go through a level crossing, which is quite a novelty for me. After this you drive over a creek & then there are some cows on your left. I do yearn for a rural life, but I cannot leave the ocean. It's a difficult thing, perhaps I need to buy a few acres for the weekends? A little cottage to fix up/play with? Don't think I don't think about it every day...

This is what happens when you ask the boys in this house to smile for a photo. Actually that is the best photo I have seen of Mr BC for ages, normally he pulls this face when you aim a camera phone at him.

You are totally jealous right now, aren't you?  Step back ladies, he's all mine.

Said hello to Ganesh at the local nursery, as you do. That guy behind him looks a bit unhappy at his heavy load, you'd think Ganesh could lend one of his many hands. (Blogger! I said Knock.It.Off!)

Seedlings ready to go into the garden & start growing into a salad. 

Image from here

Mr BC & the boys went off camping on Saturday & boy was I excited to be Not Camping. Then they came home early because the boys wanted to sleep in their own beds. I was a bit disappointed but I still got to have noodle soup for dinner & finally got around to watching Bridesmaids, which everyone had positively raved to me about. In particular, many people had mentioned that the character of Megan (shown above) played by Melissa McCarthy, totally reminded them of me.


This was a funny character. Not to sound too whiny, but wtf gives with the comparison? Because we are both fat? Because I sometimes almost always wear my hair like that? Because we both wear pearls & love Labradors? Because we are both obtuse straight talkers? If I've ever had a bowel motion in a handbasin I am certainly repressing the memory. I don't have any security clearances, I don't know anything about taping a gun to my but crack & I have never seduced a US Air Marshall with a large sandwich.  Not yet, anyway, there is still time..

I know I've already made fun of Mr BC, but seriously - do not let your husband near your labelling device. 'Vanilla Sticks', anyone?

How was your weekend?


Friday, February 10, 2012

I love Mix Apparel. I love the way it is fresh & stylish at super affordable prices. I love the way that every time I go to Coles, the clothing just seems to pop itself into my trolley without me (or more importantly, Mr BC) even noticing. I love the sales, & I love that new season's designs seem to come out all the time.

I especially love this $5 off voucher. Help yourself, you're welcome :)

Disclaimer - there is none. I did recieve a $5 off voucher, but you just did too!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

10 Simple Pleasures

Beautiful artwork from this talented artist
  1. The sun is shining! I like weather in all it's many faces, but I am loving this sunshine today.
  2. Rose & Cedar oil in my oil burner, scenting the house with clean, sweet freshness.
  3. The Gentleman settling happily into his new class, loving his new teacher, & even enjoying his homework.
  4. Fresh bread in the kitchen, sweet plums in the fridge.
  5. Friends, old & new.
  6. Watching the garden turn into a lush jungle after the recent deluge.
  7. The smell of warm, line dried bed linen. Thank you, sun!
  8. A weekend with nothing planned.
  9. Stolen moments with my husband...
  10. Having some quality time to spend anyway I like. Squee!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekly Menu Planner for the next fortnight or so..

Now that my Pinterest addiction has me so tired all the time, I've created a really long weekly menu so that I don't have to think at all, because I know I won't have any brain cells to consider cooking at 5pm.. I went & did a super shop to make sure I had everything, so I wouldn't even need to go to the Supermarket. (See, already I am enabling myself)

The weather has been a bit monsoonish, but still warm, so hopefully these dinner options will suit. We are also on a budget so there is nothing expensive here except Chinese Takeaway, & that is totally worth it, right?

  • Middle Eastern Meatballs with roasted pumpkin couscous, a green salad, & some basil hummus. Basil in the garden is getting beaten up by the rain, so I am using it as fast as I can because it will have done it's dash soon.
  • Chinese Chicken with rice & steamed green vegetables.
  • Spanish roasted chicken with potato tortilla, & some small tapas style dishes. I'm really keen to make Croquettes but I don't know where to get bacalao in Brisbane.
  • Sausages in onion gravy with mashed potatoes, to keep Mr BC happy after all that 'exotic' cuisine.
  • Homemade Pizza topped with whatever is fresh in the garden.
  • Risotto - my favourite. I like it with prawns, parsley & chili.
  • Beef Cheeks in the slow cooker, probably with garlic mash & a green vegetable.
  • Kumera Gnocchi. I've been wanting to make this for ages, & it will probably be part of an extended 'Italian table' that will include garlic grilled zucchini, caprese salad & a glass of wine.
  • Chinese Takeaway. You know you want it.
  • Burritos made yourself at the table, with bolognaise sauce & red beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, avocado, sour cream & optional chili sauce. The Gentleman loves this.
  • I am dying to make a Greek octopus dish with potatoes & chorizo but have been unable to find a decent sized octopus. Hopefully I can find one soon!
  • In the meantime, I will make octopus out of hot dogs, & serve it on pasta salad as the octopuses garden. I got this idea from Pinterest. Shut up!
  • Minestrone with some decent bread.
  • I have this eggplant, Imma make Moussaka. With salad.
  • I have this idea for deconstructing a Cobb Salad & serving the ingredients & some interesting dressings separately, so everyone can make their own substantial salad to their own taste. I'll see how it goes..
Also I want to make over the next few weeks
  • some biscuits
  • a pineapple cake
  • Asian sago pudding with coconut & brown sugar
  • some more Donna Hay Chocolate Sorbet because it is so divine!
If anything looks good I will post some photos & a recipe.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Everyday Heros

Are you familiar with Bass Strait? That bit of ocean dividing Tasmania from the rest of the mainland?

You know - they have that little yacht race every year, the Sydney to Hobart?

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It's really dangerous because the weather sometimes looks like it's from that movie Perfect Storm? (Excuse the poor picture quality..what? Where you too busy looking for George Cloony? Me too.)

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Oh, OK! I'm exaggerating! Sometimes it gets a little squally!

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No, that's bullshit. People have actually died sailing across the Bass Strait. I mean absolutely no disrespect. It is a very dangerous bit of ocean. Which is why I am absolutely in AWE of these guys.

These everyday hero's are paddling over the Bass Strait in KAYAKS. They leave Port Welshpool, VIC on the 14th March, & arrive at Musselroe Bay, TAS, on the 24th March, 10 days later.

This is the route they will be taking.
They are hoping to raise over $25,000 for Bravehearts & you can help them by going here or here to donate. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible. It is a hugely worthy cause, & rest easy, no money is going to be wasted on shark repellent for this brave band of heroes!

Bravehearts is Australia’s only children’s charity holistically dedicated to the issue of child sexual assault. We offer comprehensive counselling and education for children and young people plus parental support for non-offending family members along with advocacy for adult survivors. Bravehearts also invests in extensive training and research developing strategies better able to combat the complex issues associated with child sexual assault.

Founded in 1997 by Executive Director Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts aims to forge a “movement for change” in how paedophilia is dealt with by the criminal justice sector, government and the community at large and to provide survivors with a voice.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Today I am a Guest Poster!

Check out my so called cool style over at Suger Coat It!

Be kind.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Getting shit DONE! (in my head)

Pinterest is my crack, yo. There is something so utterly soothing about clicking away, pinning your one true self into neatly organised boards. No fuss or drama. No fighting children. No house flooding in the rain. No mountain of laundry to demolish. No soul destroying daily grind getting you down, just click, click, clickety click, drink the Pinterest cool-aid & zen the hell out.

Breath in, & exha-a-a-a-a-le.

In Pinterestland, my house looks like this. Well, one of them.

 My kitchen looks like this. Calm, clean, spacious & serene.

 Inside, the decor is both traditional & unexpectedly colourful.
Go HOME, neighbourhood boy!

 I have lots of furniture like this.

I sometimes go on holiday to places like this. 

 But my favourite getaway is my own garden, which always looks like this.

 I also have a Vardo in my garden, it's my grown up cubby.
Shut up! You totally want to come in.

 My wardrobe is FILLED with amazing outfits like this & I always look super stylish.

 I have the perfect shoes with which to rule the world. I have a lot, actually...

 I seem to eat a lot of delicious Tex Mex food. Not complaining!

And, you know, I appreciate the arts.

So it's a bit of a rude shock to lift my head & wait for that Pinteresting glaze to leave my eyes, & survey what the house of chaos really looks like.

 Holy Shit balls! Where is the gardener? Did someone fire him & not tell me??

Monsoon season comes to Brisbane, again. 

Wait a minute, that isn't seafood OR Tex Mex. Waiter!? 

Go HOME, neighbourhood children! Oh, wait.. 

Not Majorca, but a good place to call home.
Even if it's not in Pinterestland.

If you would like to shake your head sadly enjoy my Pinteresting cool-aid, you can follow me here.

If you would like to see how stylish I really am not, then come back tomorrow for the link to Sugar Coat It's Friends of Sugar guest post, where my style will be featured. Brace yourself. I like colour, remember.

Image credits? It's all Pinterest, man. But not the last few.
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