Grumpy made Hot Cross (without the Cross) buns

We left home about 2.30 Saturday afternoon to head down to Dawesville to stay overnight and have tea at the Coast Cafe.

The meal was lovely but the Owner is quite arrogant, we were going to stay and have breakfast and head back to our club for lunch but we overheard the comments that the Owner made to the on duty marina manager and we decided, that we wouldn’t spend the money at his restaurant and we would head back to the club and have a meal there.

Before we left the marina, Grumpy took the little girl up for a walk and bought a Sunday times and read through it on the way home. He found a recipe by Donna Hay for Hot Cross buns and he decided that he would make some.

We had all of the ingredients so he decided to make a batch, we went through all of my baking trays to find a tin that would fit them nicely.

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Outfits for Friday 25th January to Monday 29th January 2013

We have a new girl starting at work this week, so we know we will be doing long hours the coming week, so Grumpy decided we could have Friday off work and we went on the boat to start our Australia day weekend early.

La Strada Teal, cream and red dress with cream shorts

La Strada Teal, cream and red dress with cream shorts

I wore this La Strada dress on Friday on the boat, this dress has a t shirt type fabric for the bodice and the remainder of the dress is a light weight mesh fabric. It was a great dress for on the boat as not too long, and easy to move in. I wore my red boat shoes.

Blue, white & red outfit

Red boat shoes

Red boat shoes

I wore this outfit for my Australia Day outfits on Saturday, I have had this outfit for years, it is a Clarity by Threads outfit, I remember when I wore it a few years ago, we were on the boat, and we had our future daughter in law’s parents coming to meet us on the boat, Kyel my eldest son said to me that he was glad that I had worn something normal for a change to meet Tash‘s parents.

It is made of a stretch fabric, with red stitching on various places on the top and the hem of the bottom of the trousers.

I wore my red sun hat, with a big brim, this outfit is fantastic for on the boat, as it is stretchy with no movement restriction.

Thomson Autumn dress, Suzannegrae shrug & Noni B shorts

Thomson Autumn dress, Suzannegrae shrug & Noni B shorts

I wore this Thomson dress on Sunday, I can’t believe that I have had this dress for years and have only just started wearing it, I could never find and little shrug or jacket to suit, until I found this one.

Gabriella Frattini Green & floral dress with Noni B white shorts

Gabriella Frattini Green & floral dress with Noni B white shorts

I wore this Gabriella Fratini outfit on Monday the public holiday it is a great top to wear on the boat, drip dry which was very lucky, I gave the little girl a bath when we got home and I got extremely wet.

I wore my taupe boat shoes with this outfit as well as the outfit for Sunday.










Mixit Black, Fawn & taupe dress with Philosophy jacket & BooRadley leggings

I wore this Mixit Black, Fawn & taupe dress with Philosophy jacket & BooRadley leggings to work on Monday with my 1 and only pair of black patent leather Florsheim shoes that I bought on sale from Myer a few years ago on our first trip into the city on the train.

Our Fantastic celebration of Australia Day

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We decorated anything that stayed still on our boat, even Braandi got some, she had a headband with dual flags and a bow tie with the Australian flag. Unfortunately they didn’t last too long, she kept going underneath the chairs so her head band ended up getting broken, I don’t think she was bothered about it.


The  boys all joined in the fun, some swimming, all drinking some getting towed and 1 brave soul, swam over to play on the trampoline with the little kids, he did have to be rescued.

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Everybody that came contributed to the day, we had a tossed salad from Olivia & Lee, potato salad and mini quiche from Louise & Shane and Kelly, El made lamingtons, both chocolate and strawberry and some special lamingtons with NO coconut for Tash, Ben, El’s partner made salted caramel truffles that were divine, Kyel and Tash brought the sausages and rolls and everyone brought their own drinks. with the exception of Lorraine & Perry, they brought their drinks the next day, swings & merry go rounds, we have enough on their boat at different times and Mr John, who was a last minute visitor. We did a fruit platter, garlic chilli prawns made with my special chilli sauce, they were spectacular, Grumpy’s cacciatore with mint sauce, icy poles (Grumpy only put a handful in the freezer), and my famous true blue dinky di Shepherds pies, picture and recipe below.

The girls were far more sedate and sat on the front of the boat drinking most of the time.


The girls obviously hid their glasses of drink for the photos, oh wait, they got their drinks after the photos.

My True blue, dinky di Aussie Shepherds pies

My True blue, dinky di Aussie Shepherds pies

Lee’s  True blue, dinky di Aussie Shepherds pies

makes 75 mini shepherds pies


1 kg diced lamb steak

2 onions diced

2 tspn mixed herbs

2 tspns Worcestershire sauce

1 sachet Continental Shepherds pie

1 tin of tinned tomatoes – diced

1 tspn EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1 packet of wontons (Aussie true blue ones obviously, I got mine from the Asian shop near work)

1 kg mashing potatoes

Olive oil spray

Mini muffin trays

1ltr water for potatoes

Salt for the potatoes


Precook the wontons

Heat the oven to 180°C

I am lazy so didn’t butter them, I sprayed the mini muffin pans with plenty of Olive oil cooking spray

Place the wontons into the muffin pans, ensuring that the corners don’t touch

spray the top of the wontons liberally with olive oil spray

cook them in the oven until the are slightly brown, I can’t give a time, I just kept checking them.


I cooked this recipe in the thermomix, don’t tell Grumpy

Mince meat gently – YOU WANT LUMPS IN IT

add 250g of lamb steak to TMX bowl and mince on speed 10 for 10 seconds,

take this mince out and continue until all meat has been minced

Cut onions in 1/4 and put  in the TMX bowl

Dice onions for 3 seconds speed 4

Saute onions with EVOO for 2 minutes 100°C speed 1

add mixed herbs and saute another 2 minutes 100°C speed 1

Add worcestershire sauce, tinned tomatoes, meat and packet

cook for 20 minutes 100°C speed 1


Peel and dice 1kg potatoes

add to TMX bowl


Cook for 22 minutes 100°C speed 1

check the potatoes after cooking time to ensure not too soggy

if they are cook for another couple of minutes with the MC off


Spoon the meat into the cooled wontons

Spoon the mashed potato on top of the meat

Place the trays in the oven approx 180°C and cook for until browned on the top

We are celebrating Australia Day

We are celebrating Australia Day with friends, family and friends of our family anchored at Matilda Bay on Saturday. We are heading up to Mangles Bay on Friday afternoon, then head into Fremantle Wharf on Saturday morning before heading up the river to Matilda Bay to anchor and raft up with 3 other boats.

We will be having a BBQ with sausages and chicken with salad for tea with fruit platter and nibbles throughout the afternoon waiting for the fireworks. We have a great bunch of people coming, they are all contributing to the day.

The fireworks for Australia Day are the biggest in WA and is a big deal.

Tradition is lamb chops, lamingtons and anything else Aussie.

Taken by Peter McGinley using an Olympus C-707...

Taken by Peter McGinley using an Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom digital camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I didn’t buy any lamb cutlets as they were $36 per kg and there were only about 4 to a kilo and I wanted at least 2o cutlets 1 for each person. I decided on  dinky dy Aussie Shepherds pie.

I have made 70 mini shepherds pie with lamb steak, that’s nearly as traditional as using leftover lamb roast.

One of the girls coming is making lamingtons (sponge cake coated with chocolate and coconut).

I have bought bunting to go on the side of the boat and Bali style flags for the rear, a beach ball and little ears and an Aussie bow tie – all from Red Dot for Braandi. I have no idea what Grumpy will think of all of this junk going on his boat, just tough like I suppose, you have to get into the spirit of the thing.

Back In Mandurah they are having an Australia Day flotilla, this is where all types of boats get decorated and do an on water convoy through the canal system and then come back and raft up. Unfortunately this is a long weekend and we ALWAYS go away on the boat for a long weekend so we won’t be able to participate.

Outfits for Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2013

Pink & green - Four - top and Noni B trousers

Pink & green – Four – top and Noni B trousers

I had another day off today, sorting and cooking, Granma came around to collect all of the stuff that I am getting rid of due to moving house. All my craft magazines, paints and crafty stuff.

I wore this blouse by Four, a brand that is inexpensive and available at several different stores in Mandurah.

Cafe Late - Animal print

Cafe Late – Animal print

I always take my shoes off in the car, I find that the heels make it uncomfortable for the hour drive, Grumpy booked his car into have a service on Tuesday and as I had a day off didn’t need my shoes until this morning, I looked everywhere, checked out the front of his car, and then it clicked I must have left my shoes in the loan car and that’s where they were still

As soon as I got into work this morning, I rang the service department and asked if they had found a pair of shoes in one of the loan cars. The fellow said “Ah so your’e the owner of the mystery shoes, he said that a woman used the loan car yesterday and that there was a lovely pair of ladies shoes in the front of the car under the front seat.

Whew!! they were a lovely pair of shoes only worn a few times. Needless to say we are going to call in and collect them on our way home tonight.

This dress is a Cafe Latte, not sure where I got it but have had it for years. It is quite fitted in the bust and has a variety of fabrics joined together.

I didn’t wear my brown shoes as they are still at the car yard, I wore my favourite taupe shoes

Taupe boots with taupe bag

Taupe boots with taupe bag




Cryovac spaghetti Bolognaise for tea


Grumpy had to take the loan car back to the service place so I took the little girl to the park to do her business and then Braandi and I were going to have a swim in the canal so I needed to have a quick and easy meal, so I suggested spaghetti bog.
I took one of the meals that I had cooked in the thermomix a few weeks ago and cryovaced out of the freezer and put it on the sink and went and had a swim.
I used some fresh basil from my little herb garden and some of my chilli sauce.
I need to make some more as we are nearly out.

Freshly harvested Mussels, Basil & chillis and Lee’s chilli sauce

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The little girl has found that she loves swimming in the canal – chasing the blowies, so we went down to the water on Wednesday and while we were waiting for her when she was swimming, Grumpy decided to pull a few mussels of the pontoon.

He asked if I felt like chilli mussels as we haven’t had them on our wall for about 7 years so we have not had fresh ones for a long time.

So we harvested, cleaned and cooked the mussels using my freshly grown basil, Grumpy’s chillies and my special chilli sauce, and a small garlic bread.

Well it was great, albeit a little salty, but we think that might have been the bacon.

There is nothing like having fresh produce, especially when you hunt and gather and then cook it yourself.

We are going to have some more next week as there are plenty more mussels growing on the pontoon.

I did want to make them in the Thermomix, but didn’t dare ask, I know what the answer would have been.


Happy New year and all that jazz, BACK TO WORK TOMORROW

Happy New year and all that jazz, BACK TO WORK TOMORROW.

Well we have had our 3 weeks annual holiday and we will be back to work tomorrow, BUMMER.

We spent the first 2 weeks on the boat, the first week we were by ourselves and it was very relaxing, I was able to read 9 books, WOW, the second week was unbearably hot, high 30’s to low 40°C in temperature, and very uncomfortable.

I packed very well as I always do, with enough clothes, both casual and some for going out to dinner, albeit coming off the dingy on the beach. As we didn’t see anyone else I wore the same outfits after washing of course for the first week and a half, so naturally most of the clothes that I took, I didn’t wear.

I wore lightweight breathable clothes that were easy and comfortable to wear and when washed will dry very quickly as we had to hang the washing in the guest head (bathroom) and I hung the undies in our head so I could close the door when we had visitors. Unfortunately it was so hot not many people came boating this year, but we did have a few who came for the day.

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We had a very quiet Christmas day, we were by ourselves and it was too hot to cook, so we had ham and salad for lunch and then again for tea.

We arranged for our son and his wife along with 6 of their friends to come for a BBQ on the boat on the Saturday night at Matilda Bay. It was a stinking hot day but a beautiful weekend, we were able to feed the black swans. There was a family with 3 cygnets.

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The boys all went swimming and so of course we had to have the blue lights on so that Braandi could see them IMAG1675IMAG0349

The yachting Regatta at Mangles Bay was a spectacular event this year, they had over 60 yachts entered.


When we returned from Matilda Bay (we were only gone about 18 hours) the northerly wind had come in and it was rotten and some sod was on our mooring, we had to wait for 3 hours for him to finish his yacht race as he was crewing for another yacht and then come back and move his yacht.

He eventually came and moved his yacht and we then go onto our mooring again, Grumpy took Braandi over to the beach for her business and when he got back he told me he was  bored and hot and when do I want to go home, I immediately said NOW, we changed our mooring ropes, put the dingy up and headed home we made it in record time as we realised that if we didn’t get a move on we would have trouble getting into our pen as the first wave of tourists boating in the canals to look at the Christmas lights.

We got home and the first thing I did was turn on the air conditioning.

We do have aircon on the boat, but we thought if we are going to sit in the aircon and watch movies, we might as well do that at home.