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Tuesday 30 March 2010

recipe for yumminess!!!

Toddler girl won't eat veges. In fact she'd eat nothing but cheese all day if she had the choice. (Tho, seriously, can you blame her?)

So I was tricky and made Flo's pumpkin scones!

Oh...My...Word they are heaven. Fat, fluffy, and deeelicious. Add a glob of butter and you'll barely be able to breathe through the groans of gastronomical pleasure. If I do say so myself ;).

Got time on your hands and a gap in your tummy? If so, here's the recipe for Pumpkin Scones, by way of my mum, by way of my aunt, by way of my grandmother, by way of Lady Flo.

1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup mashed pumpkin (cold)
2 - 2 1/4 cups Self raising flour
Beat together butter, sugar and salt with electric mixer.
Add egg, then pumpkin and stir in the flour.
Turn on to floured board and cut.
Place in tray on top shelf of very hot oven 225-250 degrees.
Cook for 12-15 minutes.


Saturday 27 March 2010

trembling in a corner

Went on holidays, fell in love with a house and bought it.

Now have to sell my house, so am decluttering, tidying, planting stuff, painting stuff, decorating stuff every spare second.

Whilst also doing final run through read of new book which is, as always, too long. And talking to lawyers, banks, insurance mobs, real estate agents, and removalists every other spare second of every day.

If you see me here, or anywhere else online in the next little while - slap my hand!!!


Monday 15 March 2010

ally blake-o-rama

I have two books available in the UK right now! How fun is that?

First up, in book stores this moth, we have BRIDES OF BELLA LUCIA: UNEXPECTED PROPOSALS, the beeeeautiful re-release of the first four Bella Lucia books in one gorgeous volume. It's out now across the land. My WANTED: OUTBACK WIFE appears alongside stories by the fabulous Rebecca Winter, Patricia Thayer and Sarah Morgan.

Read more here. Buy it here.

While brand spanking new story MILLIONAIRE DAD'S SOS is on bookshelves next month, but you can grab the eBook or buy it online early, just 'cause my publishers are so darned nice! It girl Meg Kelly

Read more here. Buy it here.

Happy Reading!

Saturday 13 March 2010

footy is in the air

There's a familiar excitement in the air...

Footy season is about to start here in Melbourne! After a few months off to enjoy the summer, the days get short, the nights get cold, and the city gets the urge to huddle together on hard cold seats as they throw out insults and encouragement in equal measure - sometimes at the players, sometimes at the umpires, mostly at each other! - at the glorious MCG.

I love it. There's an energy that lights up this city when it's in the throes of the AFL football season. Half the newspapers are filled with it. Everyone has an opinion as to who'll win the flag. New heroes are born on the patch of green, old villians only add to the spectacle. And there are lots of fit, handsome young men to...research for hero possibility purposes ;).

I love it, but footy season means the kids and I must share my husband with his other great loves - football, of course, and talkback radio.

The weekends are gone as he barracks for our beloved Collingwood Magpies, as he rewatches the game (only if they win ;)), as he watches the news, watches TV shows dedicated to nothing but football, all in a desperate effort to perhaps exert some kind of control over the next week's outcome. Mid-week it only gets worse! For every night he bustles in the door all fired up about some comment Joe from Frankston made on talkback radio. Or some prediction Phyllis from Mordialloc made about a game ten rounds away.

This will be my life til the last Saturday in September!

Footy season is fabulous. It's spectacular, and engrossing, and energising. But those of us who get caught up in the hoopla are all mad. Truly. Nevertheless...


Tuesday 2 March 2010

funny giggles

Found this at Barbara Hannay's blog. Hilarious! From The Washington Post - the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

1. *Coffee* (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. *Flabbergasted* (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. *Abdicate* (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. *Esplanade* (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. *Willy-nilly* (adj.), impotent.
6. *Negligent* (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. *Lymph* (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. *Gargoyle* (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. *Flatulence* (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
10. *Balderdash* (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. *Testicle* (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. *Rectitude* (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. *Pokemon* (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. *Oyster* (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. *Frisbeetarianism* (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. *Circumvent* (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.