Thursday, March 31, 2011

Letters From a Killer

Well.....this movie was definitely one that i picked up ONLY because it had Mr Patrick Swayze in it :P and a little bit because i had never heard of it before.

My thoughts?
It was a bit lame....but kinda intriguing. The first half had me hooked! man jailed for the murder of his wife but isn't guilty...well you just want to find out more there.......add 4 women who he writes letters to and all believe he loves them....now add a crazy psycho lady who finds out she isn't the only one and seeks murderous revenge......Now i'm hooked!

So what made it lame you ask?...well the plot kind of got stupid half way through...it changed from a creepy on the edge thriller to a silly slash fest and weird chases........then it redeemed itself in the last 10 minutes with a twist and decent but not great ending.

Should you watch it? Yep it's definitely something to watch once if your in the mood.......should it win awards? nope! Is patrick Swayze hot? yep hehe x

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"These are a few of my favourite things"

Over on Facebook i have a page running called 'polkadot bitz and pieces' where i have started selling all my handmade crafts and other bitz! these are some of my favourite things i have made so far!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dishes of the week 5!


Monday ~ Lancashire Hotpot
Tuesday ~ Tuna Morney
Wednesday ~ Quiche Lorraine w. salad
Thursday ~ Chicken meatballs with rice noodles
Friday ~ take away night
Saturday ~ Chicken lasagne
Sunday ~ family noodle night

Desserts and snacks

homemade apple pie w. custard
choc chip muffins
bakewell slice
Gingerbread men

This week is full of things i have never made so i'm incredibly excited :P and it all sounds so tasty!! i especially can't wait to make the bakewell slice! yummy!!!!! i hope it turns out ok :D

Friday, March 25, 2011

Time for a nap!

2011 ~ the most tiring year of my life!

this year is proving to be a tiring one as i continue to tackle motherhood, being a loving partner, completing and passing year 12 studies and keeping up my craft business.
I must say i have never felt so overworked and tired but i don't want to give up anything....my love for my children and fiance keep me going at home.....my desire to be successful is pushing me at school and my love and passion for being creative and the way my craft keeps me sane pushes me to never give up on that :D overall even though i am incredibly tired everyday and some days i want to tear my hair out with stress and worry.......this year i am genuinly happy because i feel like i finally have a place and purpose in this world for the first time ever!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Veal Parmigiana

Mmmmmm this dinner was sooooo scrummy!! and extremely simple to make!
This recipe came from super food ideas (march 2011)

Veal Parmigiana
(serves 4)

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small brown onion (finely chopped)
1 small carrot (grated)
1 small zuchinni (grated) i cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons tomato paste
400g can chopped tomatoes
4 veal schnitzels (uncrumbed)
1/2 cup grated mozzarella

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and zuchinni. cook, stirring occasionally until onion has softened.

2. Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and 1/2 cup cold water, stir to combine and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

3. Meanwhile, spray a large non stick frying pan with oil. Heat over high heat. Cook veal in batches for 2 minutes on each side or until golden and just cooked through.

4. Preheat grill on high. Spoon two-thirds tomato mixture over base of a 6 cup capacity, 6 cm deep baking dish. Place veal, in a single layer over mixture. Spoon remaining tomato mixture over veal and sprinkle with cheese. Grill for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and is golden.....serve with mash and spinach.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dishes of the week 4!


Monday ~ Quiche Lorraine w. salad
Tuesday ~ Steak and chips w. Garlic Sauce
Wednesday ~ Veal Parmigiana
Thursday ~ Italian beef meatballs
Friday ~ Tuna Morney
Saturday ~ Spaghetti Bolognese
Sunday ~ Mi Goreng noodles w. egg and bacon


Monday ~ Turkey and salad rolls
Tuesday ~ Fruit salad and non fat yoghurt
Wednesday ~ Spring rolls
Thursday ~ Ham and cheese toasties
Friday ~ chicken, lettuce and mayo sandwiches
Saturday ~ Baked potatoes
Sunday ~ curried egg sandwiches

mmmm sounds delicious :D can't wait!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Paranormal activity 2.......not a movie i was too keen to watch after the disaster that was Paranormal activity 1! The first film was in my own words rubbish! and i was so disappointed that i had gone to the cinema and wasted money on it so when the second film came out i wasn't in any rush to watch it.....but i did watch it and although i can't say it is my favourite horror film i will say it was definitely better than the first one and the story was much more enjoyable to watch. Freak factor............bloody freaky and 100 x freakier than the first one in my opinion. i scare very easily but the first film did nothing for me. number 2 made me scream and hide under the covers a few times......so i'm gonna give this film a 5/5 compared to the first one and a 3/5 compared to other horror films :D
Really missing my little munchkin who is still on holidays. I have spent a week without him before but this time he is in a different state and it feels soooo weird! i can't wait to get him back on Tuesday :D i am sure he is having an absolute ball over there though!! he has never been on a plane before and i heard he really enjoyed it.

Well until Tuesday i will be missing him more and more......he better be prepared for a LOT of mummy cuddles when he gets home :P

Friday, March 18, 2011

Special Fried Rice!

This dish is ever so simple and incredibly yummy especially when i add some prawns :D and my little munchkins absolutely love it!

Special Fried Rice
(serves 4)

2 Eggs
1 large carrot (grated)
100g snow peas (sliced to desired size, i slice in half)
300g corn kernels (frozen)
4 green shallots (thinly sliced)
1 cup raw rice
1 tblsp soy sauce
1 tblsp tomato sauce
1/4 cup cooked prawns chopped (if desired)

1. Cook 1 cup of raw rice, leave to cool down

2. Beat the eggs with a fork. Heat a wok or large frying pan with and grease with a little oil or cooking spray. Pour eggs in and cook to form an omelette. Remove omelette from wok and set aside, cool slightly and then cut into small pieces.

3. Add carrot and snow peas to the wok and cook for about 2 minutes. Add corn shallots and omelette and cooked rice and continue stir-frying until all ingredients are combined.

4. Mix in soy sauce and tomato sauce and add prawns. Stir until all combined and heated through. Serve immediately and Enjoy...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My 25th Birthday!

I had such a lovely birthday this year! i spent the whole day with my amazing fiance who took me out for breakfast and lunch! and then took me on a clothes shopping spree :D
Then i came home and had a yummy strawberry cheesecake with my fiance and daughter!
Only thing missing was my little munchkin who is on a holiday in Queensland with his dad :( i really missed him it's my first birthday in 8 years that he hasn't been here!

But all in all i had a lovely birthday full of love laughter giggles and presents!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dishes of the week 3!


Monday ~ Fish and Chips
Tuesday ~ Tuna Mornay
Wednesday ~ Bacon Carbonara
Thursday ~ Chicken Parmigiana w. Potato Bake
Friday ~ party night for my birthday so anything could happen :P
Saturday ~ Special Fried Rice
Sunday ~ Chicken Herb Burgers


Monday ~ Creamy mushroom tuna pasta
Tuesday ~ birthday lunch (something special)
Wednesday ~ Protein smoothie and fruit salad
Thursday ~ Turkey salad roll
Friday ~ fruit salad and non fat yoghurt
Saturday ~ Hot dogs
Sunday ~ indonesian noodles

ohhhh yummy :D i can't wait for this week's meals....tuna morney is being made especially for me for my birthday dinner by my lovely fiance who makes the yummiest tuna morney :D xx

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Accidental husband

I put this film off so many times even though i love love love Jeffrey dean morgan, colin firth and uma thurman. I thought it was going to be silly and not very entertaining....boy was i wrong!

It was absolutely fab....the story was so cute and clever and jeffrey dean morgan was not only hot but a bloddy fireman!!! sorry but you can't get hotter than a guy that can protect you from fires!!! dayum!

ok so aside from the hottness of the films cast....the movie was funny, cute, sweet, entertaining, enjoyable and just what a romantic comedy should be! am i gonna go out and buy the dvd........HELL YES!!!!


Everybody has dreams. Mine are probably more out there than most because of my crazy obsession with being happy and having the fairytale life. I watch these films and see princesses getting the prince charming and the castle. I see the films where the girl gets to live happily ever in some exotic location.

Is it such a crime for me to dream about crazy things that nobody ever really gets to do? is it so bad for me to want to be swept off my feet? to want to live in a cottage in the middle of a gorgeous village in an english countryside? to go on adventures around the world? to not be stuck in the same everyday rut for ever? to dance on a rooftop with the man of my dreams singing some corny ass song?

all these dreams and many more are my dreams and they are my dreams for a reason. They make me the person i am. If i didn't have my dreams i would be a sad depressed lump of nothing! without my dreams life just doesn't seem worth living! what would be the point of me living anymore if i didn't have something to look forward to if i believed that i was going to be stuck in the same rut for the rest of my life there would be no point in me carrying on i may as well just stop!

So what if i can't make the dreams come true......So what if everything costs a fortune and things just don't work like that.......so what if it isn't as easy as that? they are my dreams and i don't think i should have to stop saying them or believing in them.

My dreams are mine and i believe that they can happen!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

UB40 Love it when you smile


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A week of discoveries.....

This week has been a crazy one for lil old me, but aside from the stress, crazy busy moments and the basic ups and downs that go with life, i have learnt a few things......

First up was the discovery that a simple lack of confidence in your self can bring a whole part of you crashing down, Never lose confidence in yourself or the lie you just told yourself shall come true! I learnt this the hard way.
The last two weeks i lost all the confidence i had with my study....i couldn't grasp the concepts with school and i felt like i couldn't keep up. The work load seemed too hard, everything the teachers were saying was too fast and i was completely missing whole chunks of information and the homework was a nightmare i actually sat and stared at the same sheet of paper for hours until i brought myself to tears with the realisation that i just didn't know anything! I was stressed out to the max and even tried to completely leave one of my subjects for the fear that i would fail anyway.
Well i certainly learnt my lesson after my exceptionally fantastic legal studies teacher realised the problem and confronted me. We sat down and he gave me tips and suggestions on the essay and told me i would be fine........i sat down last night and finished my essay then warily showed him my draft...assuming i had it completely wrong.........He told me it was fantastic and worthy of an A........how stupid was I!! a whole two weeks of pushing myself down believeing that i couldn't do it anymore! you have no idea how great i feel about myself. I realised today i don't need an A i just need to believe in myself and do my best because at the end of the day that is all i can do.....

The second realisation was that you should only surround yourself with people who provide you with the positives in life.
What is the point of trying to be you and doing things you love if you have people in your life that are just going to push you down and not support you...i have had too many of these people in my life! and from now on i am not interested!
My life is a fairytale.......it is my fairytale and nobody else's......i don't think the way other people do i don't hate...i don't understand why people treat others the way they do....i don't hurt people and if i do it hurts me....thats just who i am! If my life was a movie it would be 'Enchanted'.
But people come along and bring you down that is just life....and for many years i have let people use and abuse me I have let people make me feel insignificant and i have let others push until i give up on what i want!
Not anymore!!! enough is enough....From now on i'm doing what i want i'm believing what i want to believe i'm living my fairytale even if you think what i do is ridiculous, crazy, dumb, silly, clever, brave, insane......this is my life and i'm living it for me!

Well i have had my say and i'm happy to be able to let it out! I'm glad to have learnt these two important things because they will help me on my way to being a new healthier and much happier person!

Love peace and chicken grease :D

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fetta Spinach and Tuna Tart

Tonights dinner was totally delicious! Everybody loved it :D It was so simple to make and i'll definitely be putting it in my favourite list of dishes!
This recipe came from an old Take 5 magazine.

Fetta Spinach and Tuna Tart
(serves 4)

1 and a half sheets frozen puff pastry (just thawed)
250g packet frozen spinach (thawed)
185g can tuna in springwater (drained and flaked)
100g crumbled Fetta
2 Eggs
1/2 cup of cream
2 tblsp chopped fresh chives

1. Line a 26cm flan tin with pastry sheets, overlapping any joins and pressing firmly to seal. Trim edges. Cover Pastry sheet with a sheet of baking paper and 3/4 fill with baking beans or raw rice.

2. Place on a tray and bake for 15 minutes in a 200C preheated oven. Lift out paper and rice then return to oven for a further 5 minutes or until pastry case is light golden. Remove pastry from oven and leave to cool. Reduce oven to 180C.

3. Place thawed spinach in a strainer and press down firmly to remove excess moisture. Arrange spinach, tuna and fetta over the pastry case.

4. Whisk eggs, cream and chives together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Carefully pour mixture into pastry case. Bake for 35 minutes or until filling is set and golden. Serve with salad.

(pastry case can be prepared a day ahead and stored in an airtight container)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dishes of the week! 2


Monday ~ Lamb rump steaks w. steamed veg
Tuesday ~ Fetta spinach and tuna tart w. salad
Wednesday ~ Bangers and mash
Thursday ~ Butter chicken w. rice
Friday ~ Spaghetti Bolognese
Saturday ~ Aussie Chow Mein
sunday ~ Mi-goreng noodles


Monday ~ Fruit Salad w. non fat yoghurt
Tuesday ~ Salad rolls
Wednesday ~ Egg and bacon sandwiches
Thursday ~ Chicken sandwiches
Friday ~ ham and salad rolls
Saturday ~ warm chicken salad
Sunday ~ curried egg sandwiches

This week we have some doubles from last week just because i have a busy week and couldn't find the time to make too many new meals. Tomorrow i will put up pics and recipe for the Fetta spinach and tuna tart :) yummy!! x

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Miss Busy Bee

So apart from all the homework and raising my two munchkins i have also been very busy trying to start up my new business and the last two weeks i have had some great offers and ordered some great supllies and i am soooo excited.

I have 2 market stalls coming up which i am working hard at getting all my items finished for and i have also ordered some business cards and other bits and pieces.
Ideas are flowing through my head all day which is really quite frustrating when i am trying to write an essay on hitler and my brain keeps ticking over what colour ribbon would look better! but it's all worth it.

I must say it is very tricky trying to juggle housewife duties, study, business plans and spending time with my fiance but i have to make it work because it all makes me so happy. In fact i haven't been this happy for a very long time.

So another part of the brand new me is under way :D

Friday, March 4, 2011

To Sir With Love

A brilliant film. one of my all time favourites. Such a classic and Sidney Poitier is amazing! To Sir With Love is a very inspiring film and it covers so many different issues including racism, teen angst and poverty. I absolutely love films that have a purpose and a moral instead of just drowning you in entertainment and action....this film is one of those rare gems you find that truly touch the heart and give you hope.


All i can say is WOW! this movie was highly intense and i had to put my hand to my mouth in shock every 10 minutes even though i knew what was going to happen to all the characters.
At first i didn't like Bruno Ganz who played Hitler. He just didn't seem right...he didn't seem like a proper Hitler but after watching the film more he melded into the character so well it was uncanny. Brilliant acting. The film tells the story of the final days of Hitler in 1945 when the Russian army is advancing on the city of Berlin. The story is told from Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Junge's perspective.
I can't wait to read the book! (which i have just borrowed from my library) will let you know what i think :D

If you are interested in history, war or just the Hitler story this a great film to watch.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

As part of my 'New Me' plan i have been having some lovely morning walks along the beach with my gorgeous mother in law.....and i am absolutely loving it.

I must admit everyday i struggle to get out of bed at 7am BUT once i get into gear and get down there i am so happy to be there! the walk is devine but the company is 100 x better.

I'll be up and at it again tomorrow and sunday and monday :D

Now as for all the other parts of my plan.....drinking more water, eating more fruit and veg, doing Zumba and cutting back on sugars i am going really well! i am so proud of myself and feel SO much better. not as many headaches and i don't get tired so easily. It is amazing what cutting back on certain foods can do for your body....

Lets hope i can keep it up for a long time

Keep on smiling :D

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Leap Year

I absolutely adore this film! If you want to watch a romantic comedy.....this is the one to watch!
It was such a cute film and amy adams was as usual totally cute. Her character Anna flies to Ireland on February 29th because of the Irish tradition she has heard of that allows women to propose to men but only on Feb 29. Her partner is on a business trip and doesn't know she is coming.

A whole load of mishaps occur including planes and weather and she accidentally ends up on the wrong side of the country. Here steps in the absolutely gorgeous Matthew Goode (who i would totally marry just because of his gorgeous accent in the film) who is absolutely hilarious and they end up bickering all across Ireland as he tries to help her find her man.

At first i looked at the cover of this film and thought Meh! another romantic comedy nothing excited, and i ended up putting it back on the shelf about 8 times then my man decided to just bring it home one night and boy was i glad........now it is one of my favourite romantic comedies and i have watched it so many times :D

Enjoy! and even the fellas will get a few giggles out of this one ladies x

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

School Blues

Last year i was a top student all my assignments were handed in early and i was so happy and finally found my confidence.......this year i want to rip my head off shove it in the oven and then blend it in the blender so i never have to deal with school work again.

i don't know whats happened...could i have lost brain cells over the summer holidays? Am i just really that dumb? Am i just stressed and tired? Is it really just way too hard?

I want to finish the year...i want to be in the same mind set i was in last year where everything was going so well........but how do i get it all back.

Every time i see a text book i cringe........thats not cool!

Grumps Stress Love and Laughter

Today was full of everything in the title! Today is the third day of my new me mission and so far i have been good. Drinking much more water and have eliminated so much sugar from my daily intake. My body is starting to feel it though. My legs are tired and i'm craving the sugar. But i'm sticking to it because i know what i want.

This morning started a tad rough....i was in a rush for school which always leaves me a bit on edge, had the normal bad drivers on the expressway that like to get me really riled up for my day and finally got to school 10 minutes late. Thanks old lady who couldn't do the speed limit and kind truck driver who insisted on being a slow poke too.
Once i had settled into class my brain just wasn't there..........blah blah blah blah blah essay due blah blah blah hitler blah blah blah propoganda blah blah youth culture blah blah report due week 7.......gosh if only i could go back i'm sure there was important information there it just didn't register into my charming brain cells.

Finally got home just after lunch and was so glad to be greeted by my amazing fiance who made me a scrummy salad roll and don't forget the yummy blueberries and peach fruit salad i had made earlier in the morning ahhhhh i was feeling so much better already!

Then after doing some facebooking and getting started on the dishes it was time for my lovely kiddies to come home from their day at school. I thought about things that are coming in the future...my wedding, my honeymoon, visiting family, business ventures and all of a sudden i was back to my cheery self.

So yes my day started grouchy but i have noticed that eventually you see the important parts of your day...the people who matter....the way the clouds hang in the sky....a wish that comes true....love.
Something in your day even if its small always makes a difference if you just look for it.