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Christmas dinning out + recipe

November 23rd, 2012 at 11:19 am

Enjoy your dinner out on last week. I have always average out on spending money over the year so long as I have some money left at the end of that week or pay period. I also keep a float so that I have some money for these kinds of nights out. I have to budget in Christmas dinner this year at Five Star Hotel as my DIL family likes to dine out $189 for one meal. You only live once.
I would not go if it was every year that they did this. I know they can't afford it!

Here is that salad recipe that mention a few posts ago.

Traditional Greek Salad
(Tomato and Feta Salad)

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS
2 Lebanese cucumbers
2 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 red onion, thinly sliced
100g roughly diced Bulgarian style feta or firm feta
1/2 cup pitted Katamata olives
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice and/or Balsamic vinegar (50%-50%)

METHOD
Halve each cucumber lengthways and then slice thickly.
Place in a large bowl with remaining ingredients and toss well to combine.
Season to taste
Serve with Chicken Souvlakia or Keftethes (Greek Rissoles)

Carbon Tax and price rises

November 21st, 2012 at 01:28 pm

Carbon tax is making some bills like Rates and water go up of late, I think next Power bill will be higher too!

Revamped my internet plan today as this bill was getting to high, it jumped in price by $20.00 this month so I change it to another plan saving $30.00 but I can get a higher G plan if I need too!

Another thunder storm is forecast for Thursday so we will wait to see if it does arrive.

Interstate Visitors and Summer Storms

November 17th, 2012 at 08:48 pm

Well they would come here in the storm season. Only here for 5 days and we just had the two worse storms for a long time. They are staying a motel near where my niece is working this weekend; my sister came up with her this time. The place where they are staying got damaged and one guest left a baloney door open and the storm and wind damaged the room and everything of theirs too! At least my sister knew how bad our storms can be here and left their's locked. Trees down everywhere and just down the road from them a street flooded and 20 parked cars went under water. Where I live and my sister was at my place when the first storm hit we got very little damage here. This first storm lasted about 30 minutes and moved very quickly over. However the second storm lasted for hours it seemed as I went to bed and it still was raining and lightening flashing 3 hours later when we lost power for a few seconds but enough to stop all the clocks working. I know it just a summer storms but over 33000 lighting strikes between the two storms and the loss of power in some areas.

Severe storm warming in South East Queensland

We did go out on Friday and I spent the day and evening with them. My son and his wife meet up with us all at South Bank Night Markets (Friday night and day time on Saturday and Sunday) do go there if you happen to in Brisbane on the weekend at any time and we had dinner there and Greek restaurant the food was great too! With an entertainment voucher of 25% off the table cost it was around $32.00 per head including drinks. I didn’t spend any money other than on food for the whole day.

We had two entrée of cheese and dips for the table plus a main course each, I had Chicken Souvlakia with Tomatoes, Feta and Olives Salad (Greek salad I will post recipe) and the others had Moussaka and Green Greek Salad or a non -Greek dish. My niece just loves these craft markets and does make a bee line for them when she comes here to lecture on the weekends every so often they are fly in fly out trips as she lives interstate over 5 hours away from here in the country South Australia.

Spending for the day $39.00 all up including lunch which was Thai Vegetable Curry with Brown Rice.

Some three more storm cells have arrived today so far but were light here but much heavier on the north side up the coast a little. I will post now as I need to close my computer down each time a storm cell comes over and I have loss my Wi-Fi a number times today.

Total Solar Eclipse in North Queensland

November 13th, 2012 at 11:25 am

At 6.38am EST I may see a particle eclipse here I have to go around the corner but I may view it by
Slooh and listen to it on the Radio 612 at the same time.

Let you know how I go.

Updates I have found where sun is here as it's blocked out by Apartments across the road.
The Sun is now coming into my computer room that I have my sunglasses on now.

I had a look on the website link plus the local TV channel that was viewing from Palm Cove
Aussie Solar Eclipse while listening to the radio and seeing the sun outside which was to bright to view.

Feeling like having a cake right now!

November 1st, 2012 at 01:22 am

This one is about the size I would make a cake and not too much in the way of ingredients.

Spicy Carrot Cake

2/3 cup finely grated carrots, lightly packed (about 1 medium-sized carrot)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
125g butter (4oz) butter or margarine
1tsp grated lemon rind
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

METHOD
Beat butter and lemon rind until creamy add sugar, then eggs one at a time; beat until light and fluffy.
Stir in milk carrots and walnuts.
Stir in sifted dry ingredients, mix well. Spread mixture into well-greased 11inx 7in tin.
Bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes.