Monday, 28 May 2012

Cool nights, warm heater, sweet treats

So I'll admit it; I'm a heater snob! A few months ago, one of the prerequisites when finding a house was that it had to have a log burner heater.

I grew up with a log burner, and I just don't feel right without one. At one rental in the past we had a gas heater and I continually complained that my eyeballs were drying out! Now, that might have been in my head, but I think I am pretty blessed to have a solid fuel heater again.


The nights have been getting cooler here, and we're just around the corner from winter so I had better get used to the cold. The electric blanket is on the bed, ready to go. I hate feeling cold!


I stumbled upon this post on Pinterest the other day, and realised I could have some fun with the heater by making campfire cones. I kept mine basic, using crushed peanuts, marshmallows and choc bits. They were delicious! Definitely something I will be doing again.


They were the perfect treats for snuggling under a blanket, watching a movie.

What little treats do you have during the cold weather?


Friday, 25 May 2012

What I Wore: Autumn Sun

The weather has been a little cold and wet lately, but the sun keeps trying to peek out from behind the clouds. I'm trying to enjoy the glimpses of Autumn sun while I can.

beanie: Big W, dress & cardigan: Op shop, leggings: Target, boots: K-Mart 

I adore seeing the fallen leaves in Autumn. I love the smell and I love even the sound of a leaf crunching under my feet. I find myself wearing more mustards, oranges and browns in Autumn too. 



This outfit made me happy, and warm.

Hope you're having a nice weekend. I am curling up in front of the heater!


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Chorizo and Roast Veg Linguine


Do you ever have one of those trips to the supermarket where you just can't decide what to get? I walk around aimlessly for ages and I leave with silly things like a roll of sticky tape, some chicken and rubber gloves.

I had one of those days this week so I went home and took stock. This is what I came up with, and I must say, it was delicious!




Ingredients:
·         300g butternut pumpkin
·         ½ a large eggplant
·         1 medium zucchini (about 200g)
·         1 capsicum
·         1 cooked chorizo sausage
·         ½ a leek
·         250g linguine pasta
·         Olive oil
·         100g feta cheese (optional)

Method:
1.       Cut pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant and capsicum into pieces about 2cm wide. Spread the pieces evenly over one or two oven trays and drizzle with olive oil.
2.       Roast in oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or until cooked.
3.       Meanwhile, chop leek and fry in pan with a little olive oil until cooked.
4.       Slice chorizo and add to the frying pan. Fry until browned.
5.       Cook pasta, then drain.
6.       Add roasted vegetables, chorizo and leek to the linguine. If having feta as well, add now.
7.       Season with a little salt and pepper. 






It was really nice as a vego meal, but the Chorizo really gave it some oomph. 


Have you ever made up a dish and actually loved it?







Sunday, 20 May 2012

Quilt In

Yesterday I went along to a Quilt-In at a small town called Yarroweyah (pronounced like 'Yarro-weir'.)

For those of you who aren't quite au fait with 'Quilt-Ins', they are a gathering of ladies who like to quilt. We basically sit around doing some hand-stitching while we hear from different presenters. There's always a 'Show and Tell' too, and if you're lucky there will be an epic game of 'heads and tails'.


Each time I go to one of these events, I am in awe of the skill of some people. I also get really inspired to do neat little projects of my own (I need the motivation because I start a lot of projects but don't always finish them...I call myself a 95% finished girl!)

At yesterday's event, my quilting group joined with members from Spa Quilters of Daylesford. I always learn heaps on these days as there are so many women who use various techniques and have different taste. Here are some projects the ladies were working on:


Fiona's crochet. This is going to become part of a bed runner. She is so talented!

This is Ann's project. She is paper-piecing these hexagons together for a quilt. Don't they look fantastic?

There were two presenters at this particular Quilt-In. The first shared her experience in creating snuggle quilts for children in hospitals. They make hundreds of quilts each year. It is truly amazing to hear about the many people touched by these quilts!

The second presenter was a young lady who shared her journey from local knitter as an 8 year old to being a wool fashion designer and pattern maker. She was very humble, talking about how she had been fortunate on so many occasions, but I really think it has more to do with her skills. She works from home at Deniliquin and makes all of her own garments for her brand WooliWooli. She's got sustainability on her mind, trying to distance the brand from mass-produced fashion. I loved her style, and the photos she showed of the fashion line were really tasteful and classy.


I forgot to mention that you also go shopping at the Quilt-In! I bought these gorgeous fabrics for an upcoming quilt. I absolutely adore these colours. I'm having so much fun collecting them!

Did you have a crafty weekend? I hope so!


Friday, 18 May 2012

What I Wore

Today was a surprisingly sunny day. Things have been getting rather cool here in the past few weeks, so it was a welcome change. I decided to celebrate by wearing sandals and by not wearing twenty layers of clothing.



I found this gorgeous wool skirt at the Op Shop last weekend. It hangs perfectly, and was soooo warm! I was loving it!

Skirt and T-shirt: Op Shop, Scarf: K-Mart, Shoes: Portland (Williams), Necklace: From a market.



My lovely workmate Georgia took these photos. She's such a doll for helping me out. She has a good eye for detail and she's super creative!

I'm so glad it's the weekend. I'm ready to relax a bit and am off to a 'Quilt In' tomorrow. More details to come...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!







Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Opportunity knocks

I love a good trip to the Op Shop. Normally I don't care for brand names too much...I look for pieces that are unique and suit my style.


On the weekend, on a whim I popped into the local Op Shop. I spotted these quirky little tea cups and saucers. I loved the colours and the pattern. I'm guessing they are from the 70s.


I decided to have a peek underneath to see if there was a brand. There certainly was...Wedgwood!

I reckon they were definitely a steal at five bucks for a set of six!


I was so ridiculously happy with the find that I paid the extra money for the lady before me (Hey, it was only 15 cents, but I was doing a good deed...)

I happily trotted out of the Op Shop and have been drinking cups of tea ever since.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Mother's Day Recipe: Brownie


This recipe is one my mama gave to me. This is the recipe people used to beg her to make for morning tea. When I was still at school, I remember one kid saying to me, "You aren't allowed to bring anything else for our end of year party. It's the brownie or nothing."

The great thing about this recipe is that it's one of the easiest to make!





Ingredients:
  • 125g butter (softened)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Method:
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Put in a tray lined with baking paper
  3. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Dust with icing sugar while hot
Sometimes I change the recipe around a little, using coconut oil rather than butter, or substituting lupin flour in (Lupin flour is gluten free and is a nice change from wheat flour. When baked, it is kind of like soy flour in texture.)



Hope all you mothers out there are having a great day!


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Bloglovin

You can now follow The Young Old Chook on Bloglovin!

For those who are unfamiliar with Bloglovin, it is a site where you can 'follow' blogs. It helps you to find them all in one place, organise them into themes etc. and the site will e-mail you with a list of new posts from your selected blog.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Under Construction

Hey there,

I have been tinkering with the site for a little while now. I hope you like what you see so far. Some links still don't work, but I aim to get them up ASAP.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to post them here :)

This is all a bit exciting. Not long now until the proper blogging begins!

Sarah Joy