Friday, August 29, 2014

In the Kitchen: Chicken Noodle Soup

A while back I promised you my recipe for chicken noodle soup and with the spate of cold weather the country has been experiencing recently this is the perfect dish to keep you warm and toasty. I usually make this from the carcass of a chicken I have roasted the day before. The measurements and ingredients are not exact you can pretty much add what you like to suit your own taste.

Boil the chicken carcass for a few hours with a bay leaf, cardamom pods, cloves, whole peppercorns, star anise a roughly chopped onion and a carrot. Strain the mixture and return the liquid to the pan along with the chicken that you have picked off the bones. At this point I normally add garlic, chilli, bok choy, a red capsicum, carrot and mushrooms and leave it simmering until I am ready to eat it at which point I add pre-softened noodles and serve.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekly Buys - 27th August 2014 - Op Shop Bargains

Its been a while since I've written a post about my op shop bargains that I have snapped up so I thought I would catch you up on a few recentish purchases. The first is this awesome green glitter shirt that I picked up in the church op shop in Mortdale for just $4. I'm not sure about its age but it was too fab not to take. I also picked up these gloves at the same time.
When we flew up to Ballina to look at houses many weeks back I was scouting through the local Vinnies when I came across this Hi There by Karen Walker dress in a swallow print for just $5. These dress normally retail around the $200 mark so this was a great bargain. I also picked up this little blue polka dot playsuit from Florence and Fred for $5 at the same time.
 I've also picked up a whole plethora of records from a number of local op shops in Ballina recently. They always have heaps in so sell them from between 50c to $1 a record!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Visiting Lennox Head

On Tuesday the Hubby and I took a short trip down the road to Lennox Head. The weather was unseasonably warm so it was the perfect day to spend wandering around this little seaside town. We started off by grabbing an ice-cream from In the Pink. They offered so many delicious flavours that it was difficult to chose but in the end I plumped for mint choc chip and the hubby opted for a scoop of mocha and a scoop of caramel. I took this quite snap before he wolfed the whole thing.
After finishing our ice-creams we took a wander around the shops and I popped into Riley Burnett as I wanted to check out the Erstwilder brooches they had on sale but unfortunately they had none in stock at the time! Next we took a leisurely stroll along the beach. We did intend to walk to Lake Ainsworth but after walking a way along the beach we became too hot and the poor Hubby's head was starting to burn so we returned to the car.

On the way home we stopped off at Pat Morton lookout to admire the view. However we were feeling too lazy to climb all the way to the top (I'm sure we will go back to do it another day to climb it) so here are some pictures I took from the car park:

What Emma Did – 24th August 2014

This week I have been:
♥ Taking my trike out for a short spin around the block
♥ Going to Lennox Head for a day out with the Hubby
♥ Watching The Birdcage
♥ Going out for a roast dinner at our local RSL

♥ Buying some more fish for our tank

Friday, August 22, 2014

#RE2014 - I Want to Ride My ... Tricycle?!

After multiple attempts at riding my bike that mostly ended up in injury or embarrassment I finally gave up! I was a little dejected about this until the Hubby suggest that I buy a trike. At first this seemed a ludicrous idea as I did not realise that adult trikes were available and had an image in my head of me riding around on a child's trike but then I found Fraser Trikes on eBay and luckily for me they were only a little way away from my home.
I ordered my trike and it arrived within a few days it then took the Hubby another couple of days to build it but it is finally done. I have named her Joanie after Christina Hendrick's character in Mad Men as Joan's nickname is Red which my trike is!
I'm sure there will be more pictures in the future of me riding her but for now here she is in all her glory:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daily Outfit - Lazybones

A few weeks back the Hubby and I spent a lazy day schlepping around Bangalow. We started off with lunch at ... and the took a wander around the shops. I stopped off in Lazybones, a vintage style clothing store whose dresses I have admired online but have not yet purchased. I found that they had a sale on and some of their dresses were reduced down to only $40 so when I saw this one on the rack I had to have it!  
Dress - Lazybones
White pumps - Rubi Shoes
Lemon crop cardigan - SES Fashion
Hair band - ?
Sunglasses - vintage
Bracelets - Robins Nest Vintage
Pink rose earrings - Your One Stop Pinup Shop

Monday, August 18, 2014

#RE2014 - Photography

With the money that I got for my birthday I picked up a new SLR camera. After a little research I went for the Canon 600D which is a great camera for beginners as the menus are very informative and tell you what each setting does. We went to the beach a few weeks back so it gave me the opportunity to try out the camera and play with the settings. Here are some of my shots from the day: