Saturday, August 21, 2010

Deliciously Decadent

Hi All,
Have spent the day in the kitchen (and laundry) and was experimenting with yeast cooking. So far this week, we have made our own pasta, naan bread, pizza bases, ham and cheese scrolls and these little beauties. YAY for Cinnamon Scrolls!!!!!

Click on the above link for the recipe.

It makes bulk rolls, so put a few trays in the freezer....if they last that long~
It took all day, with the million other things I had on the go as well, but they are SO worth it. Hopefully the link works, and you can experience these gems for yourself.
They are taken from a blog I follow called The Pioneer Woman.
She cooks, home schools her 4 children and lives on a "ranch" miles from anywhere in Oaklahoma USA. Ree Drummond is her name and she has a wicked wit and take on life. I enjoy her blog daily, and it's worth a read. She also a self taught photographer, and her pics and tutorials have improved my own photography a lot. Not that you'd know from these pics.
Until next time,
Stay beautiful,
K xx

Monday, August 9, 2010


My Beloved is away for 2 weeks.
I really miss him.
I want my feet tickled and my back rubbed. I want to lay on his lap on the lounge while he pretends I'm not there.
I NEED to sleep. I have even conned one of the kids (the smallest one) to sleep with me so my bed isn't so big and lonely.
I want someone to annoy when the adds are on TV, and someone to make me the best cup of tea ever when I'm not annoying him in the adds.
Hurry home babe, it's not the same without you.
You have only been gone 1 day........
Stay Beautiful,
K xx
P.s I thought it might be timely to remember all the families missing loved ones serving in the military overseas. I know lots of these families, and the ones left behind show incredible strength and resilience and quite frankly, you all should be called "Home Heroes".

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Embossed card

I thought I should publish something has been a while.
This is a card I made up quickly for a birthday.
It uses a resist technique.
I stamped the image on white card with versamark ink and embossed with white ink.
I took my Tim Holtz distress inks and applicator and smooshed all over the card in a colour combo I liked.
In this case I have used Perfect Pearls mixed with water in a magic mister and spritzed over the card for a pearly finish.
Then you take a bit of damp rag and carefully wipe the ink off the embossed image to make it shiny. Voila!
One card.
Stay beautiful


It was Andrew's birthday last week, he was 39.
It has hit me that we are nearly 40.
When did this happen?
I feel the same as I did in my 20's, so I am not sure when the time was so sneaky that I looked up and it was almost time for me to be 40.
I remember when I thought 30 year olds were.......OLD.
I revealed my thoughts to Andrew when we went to bed and lamented that I have got almost to 40 and have done nothing.
"I'm a wife and a Mum and all that, but remember when we were young ( and naive ) and we swore we were going to make a difference in the world? I wanted to make a difference to lives and change things I hated about the world, and I would polish my rose coloured glasses daily."
To this my husband said in his quiet manner, "Kell, you have changed MY world, made a difference, and made it so much better." Cue my self indulgent tears. Sometimes, he can be
Never underestimate the difference you can make in someone's life. I think sometimes the smallest acts are the most powerful. And for the record, he changed MY world and made it so much better.
I have a sneaking suspicion, that 40 will be my mid-life crisis. Watch here for the memo.
Stay Beautiful,
K xx


Amanda had her braces put on 2 weeks ago now.
There was very little drama and very little pain or ulcers in her mouth.
She is a trouper for sure.
I don't think the braces look too bad, but MAN, does she have some hardware in her mouth at the moment!!!! In the pic where her mouth is open, look carefully and see the expander across the top of her mouth. She has had that in for 2 months and will get it out just before Christmas. It looks a little like a horses bit. It has caused her more issues than the actual braces, with food and drink flying out at uncontrolled intervals. Combine that with all the wire and brackets, and there is sure a mouthful. It affects her speech a little and the kids at school are giving her a little grief, but nothing she can't handle.
We have 21 months to go before they come off and quite a few monthly payments! I SO should have been an orthodontist!!!!!
We still think she is beautiful.
If there was no change, there would be no butterflies.
Stay Beautiful,
K xx

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Just for Russ

After a few less than complimentary phone calls (from an anonymous source), re my blogging frequency, I thought I would post a few photo montages to update you on our life.
Is anyone there?
*crickets chirping*
Is this thing on?
*tap tap*

The first is a series of pics from a fundraiser the kids high school so every year. It's theatre restaurant. You buy tickets, you go and get a meal and a show.
Josh was on the catering team to cook the meal, Amanda was in the show. They rely on audience participation, so Ethan and I were in the show too.
It was a hoot and Amanda is playing a character called Dr Who?
Stay beautiful,
K xx