Wednesday, 31 October 2012

List Lolita...

"List" are my life, my security blanket. I love lists. My family make fun of me and my lists, but Hubbie is wise, he know it works for me!!
I don't think I could function if I don't have my lists.I have lists for everything. The reason being is is that I can be distracted and I am not great at trying to remember things. So I write it down, keep a list and it keeps me on track. I don't forget anything!

Lists I have at the mo:
  • Shopping list
  • List of Weekend outings for Hubbie and me
  • List of short term jobs around our home
  • List of long term jobs around our home
  • List of jobs Hubbie (with my help) has to do around other family members homes.
  • List of jobs to do on a given day
  • List of programs I need to sky plus
  • Book list (one on blog, as well)

Blog Lists: blogging has added a new bundle of lists I didn't have before!!
  • Baking
  • Ideas
  • Santa list for me and for others I buy for!!
  • List of projects
  • List of blog developments

Medium for lists
  • White board in kitchen
  • Post its by my PC
  • Notebook in handbag (which reminds me I need a cute new one...must research)
  • Notes app on phone
  • Old envelopes/receipts (though these make me nervous, I could loose them)
Yesterdays List
Am I the only one obsessed with lists........


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Bake Day

Rice Krispies Treats

I had a hankering for something sweet but nothing shop bought was enticing me. I did a wee bit of googling and settled on the staple, Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies Treats

Now, traditionally I would do these with just melted chocolate with some nice things like coconut or sweeties on top but marshmallows have take me to another level

  • 3 tablespoons of butter or margerine 
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows 
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
I din't have enough marshmallows so I did half of the above.

  • Melt butter and marshmallows in saucepan, when melted add rice krispies and mix well
  • Using the back of a large spoon or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan well dusted with icing sugar (beacuse they are sticky) 
  • Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.  

Deviations, sure it would not be right if I didnt deviate.
I added some white chocolate chips I had and I added some dried cranberries I had to my side of the pan.Hubbie doesn't like cranberries.


Monday, 29 October 2012

Musings of An Infant Blogger...

Instalment Three...

Lack of Musings:
Last week I had few thoughts/challenges when it come to blogging. Which I am looking at as good. I think I am settling down into a rhythm.

Blog Posts:
I find I am enjoying writing and editing posts a lot more in the past week. Maybe it is becuase of the above point.

Blog Design:
I am still not 100% with it but I am accepting that is will be a continuous challenge.

When comments are left on my blog, I still can't believe that people are taking the time to leave one. I am so delighted when I get one. It's the same as when my page views go up....HAPPY!


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sunday Rain...

It's raining, again....after last week of dry weather, I find the rain so depressing. And even worse I am at my parents home for the weekend and only brought wellies and a sky jacket and no all weather pants so I can't go outside for a walk.

When I come home I try to pack for every eventuallity, old trainers for walking rough paths, all weather gear for walking outside in raining, warm clothes for walking the beaches or quadding, board games for raining days (which I forgot this time.), water gear for sea kayacking etc. I guess you get the idea but the car gets over loaded and I end up leaving things behind.

On a brighter note my parents got two new babies, my Dad a pup. He bought a working dog for the farm. His name is Sammy and is only 7 weeks old.


My mum has a new kitty, "Cryer", I know not a cute cat name but cats come to this house like rain!!! My mum has lots of cats, 4 that she knows off. She feeds all strays that come and the cats get named after their dominant traits. Unfortunately someone dumped "Cryer", who is only a couple of weeks old and is always crying. Now it could have been the mother who separted her kittens if the tom cat was after them.

Mother Hen gave me a wee project to do also. I think she is trying to inspire me to use my sowing machine more!!
Making my own
Now I am totally inspired  by a class she took to make Quilted Leaf Bowls.

This is the underside of the leaf bowl, Super!
Hope your are having a nice weekend!


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Weekend Jibber Jabber...

Big event for me this week was selling our stock in the mart. I'ts always stressful. But, the bright side is, that Hubbie and I will have loads of free time to start tackling the inside of our beautiful half finished house!! We will also have 3/4 months off from farming, which I will miss and I wont miss....Down side for me is that I will have to start going for walks every day, which will feel like a job where as going seeing the animals does not feel like work but I am getting the exercise...

Enjoying this week...
  • Over a 1000  page views: And none of them my own. This was a huge achievement for me. I was less than a month blogging and I reached this wonderful milestone. Thanks to all for your support and for stopping by!!
  • Make-up free day: Yep, no make-up today.I wear it most days but today its not happening!
  • Festive NOTD: Spooky Eyes...with hand made "dotter"
NOTD Spooky Eyes

Not enjoying this week...
  • Rimmel Nail Polish: I am sorry but I bought "black cab" lasting finish and I had to put on 3 coats to get a proper finish. Not good!!
Rimmel Nail Polish, One Word, Rubbish!!
  • Sore Eyes: I think its too much PC, but to be honest I have been very good this week....hhhmmm...maybe just tired.

Hope your enjoying your weekend where ever you are and what ever your doing!


Friday, 26 October 2012

Time to sell...

Its that time of year on our farming calender where we sell off the stock we have kept all year.

So, we are off to the mart on Saturday.

2012 Stock
It's always a mixed bag of emotions for me and Hubbie on the days running up to taking the stock to the mart. We buy these animals when they are young, we watch them every day,watch them grow, call the vet if they are sick, dose them (give them medicine), talk to them (yes, I do), name them etc and then it comes time to sell. I always feel its such an achievement that we manage to to reach mart day with them all healthy and none of them dying on us. (It can happen!!)

I always wonder will I be sad to see them sold and how I will feel seeing my bullocks in the mart ring being sold, but that is part of my life.

Here are the 3 I have been trying to get their weight up...My favourite is the white one (Breed- Charolais), his name is


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Brooke & Shoals

I have been lucky to receive two Brooke & Shoals products, a White Lily & Ylang Ylang Candle and Grapefruit & Geranium Body Cream

Brooke & Shoals

I first heard about these products and the company on an Irish program called "Nationwide", where they were doing segments on Irish companies.

I was drawn to Brooke & Shoals mainly because of the founder, Alison Banton, her background was similar to mine, however she is more successful than

The first impression you will have of these products is that are beautifully packaged and ,simultaneously, the aromas from the products. It is simply wonderful.

White Lily & Ylang Ylang Candle

White Lily & Ylang Ylang Candle
This candle comes beautifully packaged in a hard box. As soon as you open the lid the aromas hit you immediately. I must say at this stage I am not a fan of Lily and Ylang Ylang fragrances, I would be more a  Sicilian Lemon and Neroli Candle person however having said that the aroma is truly beautiful,even and lasts. I have been burning this candle for the past few days and like it says on the box it gives divine lasting aroma and a clean burn.

Grapefruit & Geranium Body Cream

Grapefruit & Geranium Body Cream
This body cream is truly, truly lovely. The aroma is divine...I love it. When I tried this initially, I sat up in bed reading and was thoroughly enjoying the grapefruit and geranium smell, surrounding me....yum

The cream has beautiful consistency and leaves no residue on the skin. It boasts some lovely things like made with organic seaweed, and most importantly to me no parabens, artificial colour and synthetic fragrance.

These product are joy to have and to use, both beautiful and good quality. These products are made in Ireland!

I am going to add to my Santa list,
 Thanks to all in Brooke & Shoals, especially Alison and Paula!

The above are my personal opinions and experiences of the above products.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Daffodil Planting...

They are my favourite flower....simple as that and I wanted some planted.

We are not long in our house and the outside is not finished (neither is the inside for that matter) so I have no garden.I have been relying on my mother-in-law's supply of daffodils. This year, I bit the bullet ,without discussing with Hubbie, and bought a 7kg bag of mixed daffodils to plant along our avenue.

Now in hiensight it would probably have been easier to have consulted Hubbie in the matter of planting the said daffodils as he would have strimmed the verge for me so it would have been easier to plant.

Needless to say I have had 3 sessions of planting now since yesterday morning. You will understand when when you see the pics... and don't laugh. I am willing to put myself out there with my lack of planning and gardening skills....

Daffodil Planting
As you can see the verge is very over grown. This is because Hubbie has not had a chance to strim it.Now "Why not do it myself" I hear you ask,well our strimmer is a huge industrial yoke, and I would probably fly away with it.

So I used what is called a "fencing bar" to make the holes for the bulbs.The soil here along the avenue is so compacted. A fencing bar is a long bar made of steel that is use to make a hole in the ground so you can stand a fencing post in it while you hammer it into the ground.It' very heavy.

I made the holes and debated whether they were deep enough for the bulbs. This deliberation wore off the longer the planting session went on. In the end I just made

Popped the bulb in and covered it up again......did this for an hour yesterday evening and gave up. Hubbie came home helped me....said why didnt I wait till he had strimmed? I wondered the same thing. Did an hour of planting yesterday evening and a hour this morning.

And so I am finished and I am going to give my sister the remaining 20 odd bulbs..

The ground I am planting in really should have been strimmed first. But my Hubbie is flat out and I didnt want to add to his jobs but the over growth really made the job hard. But he has assured me it will be done.

I don't even know if they will grow....Still at least I tried...