Monday, June 11, 2007

Food, friends, fabric and lots of fun..

Wow, what a busy weekend it has been. Chloe and Lucinda went to their Nana's for a sleepover on Friday night which meant a quiet Saturday for the rest of us. So we took the opportunity to clean out all the storage boxes in the shed, the girls wardrobes and our big, fat junk room - the dining room. I got rid of heaps including clothing, toys, and other rubbish. I still had suits packed away from when I last worked in 1999! I have boxed and labelled all my fabrics, wool and other sewing bits and pieces so now I know where everything is. And I cleaned up my desk. It feels so good to have done it although there is still a lot that needs to find a home.

Sunday we enjoyed the company of some lovely friends who came for dinner. I made yummy Crisp Prosciutto Baked Pork from Donna Hay's 'Food Fast' book served with baked potatoes. This is really easy which is nice when there are a lot of kids over and lots of distractions. It is basically a pork fillet wrapped in prosciutto and baked on sliced apples with heaps of pepper, olive oil and sage thrown on top. You then serve it on a pile of rocket that has been coated with a mustardy vinaigrette. Sounds slap dash but it is nice - really.



The children made their own pizzas with ham, olives, mozzarella, mushrooms and capsicum followed closely by some yummy icecream and cupcakes. Thanks guys, it was a really lovely evening.

Today was a public holiday and we did something I have been meaning to do for ages. After reading this I just had to go to Meet me at Mikes.

What a great little shop - the girls loved it and it was so inspiring to see all the work from the crafty bloggers. Unfortunately Pip wasn't there but her husband (I think) was very helpful. Chloe bought some gorgeous ella and kate hair ties from this lovely lady and I got some great vintage fabrics and this wonderful tea towel. I have seen it hanging on Ali's wall and think it is perfect for my kitchen wall. Some days I think I will need to stand firmly in front of it and breathe deeply!



Everything was wrapped up with pages of old books which the girls thought was fantastic - so did Mummy! Hopefully I can get to meet Pip next time.

And here are some photos of the gorgeous little peg bags that Cathy of Miss Marzie sent for my girls. They can keep their hair ties and stuff in them and look so pretty in their bedrooms - thanks again Cathy.



I also wanted to show you more detail of the fantastic apron she made me for the One Hour Craft apron swap - a lollipop coming out of the pocket and the sweets at the bottom and if you click on it you can see the different coloured threads to match the fabric - just brilliant!



This week is all about finishing my apron for Cathy and getting it to her. I am dying to show it to you....

PS. I keep forgetting to add this. I was tagged again by "Shael over at Mi for the seven random things. So if you're interested check out these. What you really must do though is check out her blog because it's gorgeous and her bags are just devine - there's a brand new red balloon one that I so want. And she has the sweetest little girl called Ophelia - isn't that a beautiful name. Thanks for the tag Shael and sorry it has taken so long to respond.

16 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Ummm, your dinner looks divine. I didn't know the poster was available as a tea towel -- something to look out for! And, still love that Miss Marzie apron....

Ragged Roses said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend - good food, friends and a bit of shopping!!! that apron looks beautiful, can't wait to see yours.
Kim x

Amy said...

Louise... I just love your new Miss Marzie apron !!! Love the Lollipop peaking out of the pocket...so cute, can't wait to see the apron you have made for the apron swap... I will have to get in on one of those... how fun.. Also, great to see you have a local farmer sending you dairy and veggies...going back to the simple life.. good for you !!!

Belinda said...

Sounds like a great weekend. It must be the weather, because I was chucking out stuff and getting organised too! The food looks yummo and the visit to Mikes. Very jealous!! I'm looking forward to popping in when I'm done.

Cathy said...

glad you had a great dinner - sounds and looks beautiful. You can;t beat Donna Hay 10 minute dinners!!!

Lark said...

Hello, lovely blog! I found you through Meet Me at Mike's. I am the designer of the tea towel - it's made in Australia and available at my website at www.larkdesigns.com.au!

Best, Allison x

Cosy said...

What a delicious dinner!
I think I'll buy the Keep Calm tea towel too. I have the poster but I love a good tea towel!

Tamara said...

Hope Chloe liked the Ella and Kate ribbons. I see you bought one of my favourites - red and pink. Mikes is great isn't it. Cathy has done such a great job on your apron. Very swish.

Suzie Sews said...

What a great weekend. Love those goodies.
Suzie Sews

julia said...

I'm going to try out that recipe asap. Great idea for the peg bags too. I'm always wanting to make them but have a great one already and how many pegs can one person have? Now I've got the perfect excuse.

Julia x

SadieandLance said...

Isn't Donna Hay great, her recipes are some of my favs. She has a similar one that you pan fry - you put a slice of granny smith apple next to a pork fillet before you wrap it in the prosciutto and then pan fry it - delish and so simple.

Great score at MMatM's I've been meaning to go there too.

Daphne said...

Dinner was as delicious as it looks and you looked gorgeous in your Miss Marzie apron! Thanks again for a great night.

dizzyjadey said...

Love your apron! You lucky, lucky girl :-)

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

OOh-so many lovely things to look at on your blog- I'm so glad I found it!!!

christina said...

Hey Louise, I am hanging out to see more pics and find out what you have been doing this week. Can't wait for the next instalment!!!

Marisa said...

Your apron is very cute. I am working on an apron in my mind right now, but I have yet to put it on my sewing machine!