This weeks topic?

Black Tea Blends

I’m a big tea drinker. It’s my go to drink of choice when I’m home. As such I’ve tried lots of flavours and blends. I like black and green tea but today I’ve just narrowed it down to black tea blends.

So here are five I think you should try if you haven’t already.

Brisbane Breakfast

Black tea blend with a mango flavour. This is lovely to drink hot or cold any time of year. I love mangos so I think this tea is wonderful. You can get it from T2.

Monk’s Blend

A lot of companies make their own blend of this tea but generally the flavours are vanilla and pear. I’ve tried a couple of companies blends and so far I’ve liked them all. Its definitely one that if I see it on a menu I order it.

Stockholm Blend

A blend of black tea, orange peel, safflowers, calendula blossoms, rose petals, vanilla and apricot. This tea has a lovely sent and flavour. With all the lovely flavours Its probably a little busy for a morning palate but is lovely for the afternoon or evening. You can get it from The Tea Centre.

Chocolate Tea

 My favourite beverage when I’m out is hot chocolate so the idea of chocolate tea appealed to me. I was not disappointed. The flavours go nicely together. I enjoyed it so much I’m even onto a second bag of leaves. The one I tried is from The Tea Centre but I believe other companies (including T2) do their own blends.


This tea has a delicious marzipan flavour. Its definitely a family favourite. While these days  I usually drink tea black I like this one served with milk. We got ours from The Tea Centre.

So that’s my 5 tea blends you should try. Do you have any favourites you could recommend to me? I’m always up for new flavours.

This week its:

My top 5 most played songs

In iTunes

I mostly listen to my music in the car. I have a few playlists but I usually just stick my music on shuffle and skip songs I’m not in the mood for.

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Lets Go – Calvin Harris

A fantastic upbeat song. It’s a great song wether your in a good moog or if you need to be lifted out of a bad one. Its also good for working out to.

An Awful Lot of Running – Chameleon Circuit

A song about The Doctor from a band who right songs all about Doctor Who . I like a lot of their songs but this one is definitely my favourite.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie

My favourite song from this band. I like the music and the lyrics are beautiful. It’s just a lovely song.

Boats and Birds – Gregory and the Hawk

Another lovely song. This one is on all my relaxing/sleep type playlists because it’s a nice soft sounding song.

Strange Charm – Hank Green

A song about Quarks. I love the rhythm and music of this song and bonus it’s educational. This song never fails to make me smile when it comes on.

I’ve linked each song on youtube so you can check them out if you haven’t heard them before.

What are your most listened to songs?  Do you stick to playlists or do you just shuffle your library?

I had a great day on Saturday catching up with some friends and getting ready for Supanova in a few weeks.

I caught the train into South Bank to meet them and it was nice to get out and about, especially somewhere I hadn’t been in a while. I did a bit of walking which was nice even though it did tire me out a lot.

This week I bottled my very first home brew! Last week I showed you the brew in its fermenting stage and now it’s all bottled up though not yet ready to drink. I’ll have to wait a couple of week for that but I’m definitely looking forward to it. I even put on a second batch all by myself this time (ok Dad supervised).


With B overseas for another couple of weeks I have filled my bed with a few of my teddy bears so it doesn’t feel so empty. I’m especially grateful for the Lavender heat pack bear B got me when he was in Tasmania earlier this year as the lavender scent has been keeping me calm when the thunder rolls in. I really don’t like storms and I especially don’t like being alone when they are happening around me.


After three attempts I finally got a gauge and pattern that worked for me to finish of my sisters scarf. I’ve started work on the one for her boyfriend and hopefully I’ll be able to send them off to Canada by the end of the week as it should have started snowing in Whistler by then.  Hopefully I can magically get some of the Queensland heat to stick to them to keep them warm through the snow season.

I have been doing a few bits of crocheting in the last week working on some things for Christmas decorations and possibly some presents too. Today I’m going to give you one of the patterns I’ve been working on. It’s a crocheted pouch for your soap that doubles as a wash cloth. Its super easy and really quick to make. It only took me 30 mins to make and it would be really cute to give with some crotched wash cloths and some other home made bath products (I’m thinking bath salts and a foot scrub).

Crocheted Soap pouch



1 bar soap

Yarn (wool or acrylic)

5.5mm Crochet Hook


Stitches (US terms):

Ch= Chain

Sl st = Slip Stich

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc= Double Crochet

If you need to brush up on any of the stitches I find that YouTube is a great resource for tutorial videos. I re-taught myself to crochet from you tube videos years ago.

Note this pattern is in US terms as that is what I learnt with.



Starting Chain : Ch10

Row 1: Ch3, dc into 3rd Chain from hook, dc into remaining stiches (11)

Rows 2-6: Ch3 (turning chain) dc into next 11 st.

After 6 rows your work should measure around 9cm long.


Rows 7-9:  Ch 1 (turning chain), dc into next 11 st.

Rows 10-15 :  Ch3 (turning chain) dc into next 11 st.

Rows 16-18: Ch 1 (turning chain), dc into next 11 st.

Your work should now be approx.. 21 cm long.  Fold in half (short edges together) and sl st into each stich through both ends to join the two ends together.



Starting at the corner and working along the long edge sc into the space between the rows making  sure to pick up both sides so it joins them. Continue along the edge until you have reached the next corner. Check that this has joined the two edges together.


To go round the corner ch 2 the sc into the same space but turn your work so you will be working along the closed short edge.


sc in each st along the short edge working into the middle sc row you created earlier.

At the corner again ch 2 and turn your work to work along the other long edge.

Sc as before about 1/3 of the way down the long edge (again picking up both sides to join them)

Insert your bar of soap the continue to sc along the long side to finish joining the sides.


At the corner ch2 and turn your work then sc into each st along the final edge (where you have previously sl st to join).

At the last corner ch2 the use a sl st to join the to the start of the border.

Weave in the ends then you done.

It’s Friday Fast Five Time

This weeks topic?


Sauces are great for flavouring up your stir frys or or just adding an extra kick to any dish.

Sriracha/Hot sauce

If you like spicy you need Sriracha in your life. It has a great flavour and adds a nice heat to dishes. I use it to add heat to broths, stir frys, toasted sandwiches, anything really. I don’t like things too hot but B puts extra on everything as he likes the spice.

Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is very handy. It’s great in marinades, salad dressings,  broths, and stir frys or even as just a nice seasoning over rice. There are lots of different types and they all give a slightly different flavour. In my cupboard I have regular, Kecap Manis (sweet) and Thai (also knows as seasoning sauce).

Oyster Sauce

Oyster Sauce is the ultimate stir fry base but its also great in marinades. I also sometimes use it to flavour broths. The advantage of oyster sauce is it is a thick sauce so its great for things where you don’t want too much liquid in you cooking.

Worcestershire Sauce

Admittedly a sauce I under utilise but definitely a good one to have on hand. Its great on meat. Whether you marinate the meat in it or just finish the dish with it this sauce has a really great flavour. It’s also my Dad’s secret ingredient for delicious fried rice. 

BBQ Sauce

My favourite Sauce. I find most people are either Tomato or BBQ people and I’m definitely a BBQ person. Apart from being a great accompaniment to meals It also goes great in marinades or in a pulled pork sauce.

So these are my favourite sauces to keep on hand. What are yours? Do you have any cool tricks for spicing up your meals?

Had a busy second half of the week this week.

Friends over for dinner on Wednesday night (and through to Thursday morning).

Friday was another late night as we went to see a Revue then I stayed up with B while he finished packing.

Too early on Saturday morning  it was time to drop B off at the airport for his big trip OS. Fortunately I got to go back to bed after that.

Once I’d caught up on some sleep I headed to Mum and Dads new place for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday we went to Bunnings and collected more plants for their garden. I had another nap in the afternoon and by the time I woke up the new plants were all planted.

Some of the existing plants are going great guns. Their basil leaves are huge and the Fig and mango trees have plenty of fruit starting to grow.


On Sunday I put on my first ever home brew with some help from Dad. It’s an apple cider and I’m looking forward to getting to try some when it’s ready (hopefully in 5 weeks).


A few of weeks ago I told you B and I had decided not to eat meat on weeknights so this week I thought I’d tell you about some of the recipes we’ve adapted to be meat free.

Moroccan Tofu and Greens


A while ago I posted one of our favourite dinner recipes Moroccan Chicken and Beans.  Two weeks ago I put up a photo of my veggie boosted tofu version and today I’m going to give you the recipe.

250g of beans

75g  Snow peas

1/2 bunch Broccolini

250g  Tofu

3tbs Moroccan Seasoning

2tsp Corn Flour or Arrowroot

The recipe is reasonably the same. I cut up the veg into approx. 2cm pieces and microwaved them to start the cooking process. I tossed the cubed tofu in the corn flour and 1 tbs of Moroccan seasoning the stir fried it. Once sightly browned I added the veg and the rest of the seasoning and continued to stir fry for another 2-3 mins.  I served it with couscous as usual.

Tofu and Sweet Corn Soup


Another of our favourite recipes I made a change to was my Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup. This one proved particularly popular and I’ve made it twice now.

1/2 an onion

2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp minced ginger

1 rasher bacon

250g Tofu (pressed and chopped into pieces)

2 cans Cream Corn

Green onions

2 eggs

I browned the onion, garlic, ginger and bacon in a pot the added the Tofu and lightly browned.

I added the creamed corn and two tins worth of water then stirred in 2-3 chopped green onions.

I let it simmer for 15-20  then just before serving while still simmering I added the two eggs and stirred well to break them up and create threads of egg throughout the soup.

I served it with a bread roll.

So there are two of my adapted recipes. Let me know if you have any good veggie and or tofu recipes I should try.

This weeks topic:

Domestic Plane Carry on Items

I do a fair bit of domestic travel each year to visit family and attend Supanova.

There are five Items I prefer not to get on  plane without:

Headphones & Headphone converter jack

I know that sort of two Items but I bought them as a pack so I’m counting them as one.

I always prefer to use my own headphones when flying as they have a better sound quality and they are kind of useless on a plane without a jack converter. If you don’t have one you can usually pick one up at travel shops or at the airport.


I rarely go anywhere for longer than a day without a book to keep me company. I don’t always end up reading on a flight but I like having the option open to me if the other entertainment options are not to my liking.

Phone/mp3 player/ tablet etc

 Some form of electronic device with my own music on it. I don’t mind listening to the airlines radios most of the time but sometimes I just want my own playlists. Also the sound quality is much better on my devices then the planes entertainment system.


Planes get cold and weather conditions can change. Better to be prepared with a jumper even if your traveling somewhere that is supposed to be hot. Most seats have a small hook in the side that you can hang your jumper/jacket off if you don’t need to use it.


I always buy some at the airport news agents. If nothing else it gives me something sweet to chew on as we ascend into the clouds. It also usually helps with popping the ‘bubbles’ you get in your ears from the change in pressure.

So that’s my five. Do you have other must have Items? What other tips do you have for domestic flights?

This weeks fast 5 is:


Cider is generally my go to drink if I’m out and these five are my go to ciders.


Somersby Pear

Somersby Pear is my favourite but their apple is good too.  It’s also usually reasonably priced which is always an up side.



I like Pipsqueak because it brings back memories of visiting the Little Creatures Brewery (and a number of others) on my last trip to Perth.


Rekorderlig (any flavour)

If you like other flavoured ciders Rekorderlig is the way to go. I’ve yet to come across a flavour I don’t like but I think my current favourite is mango-raspberry.


Strongbow Apple

Probably the first cider I ever tried Strongbow was cool before cider was cool. I prefer the sweet one but that’s probably because I have a big sweet tooth.


Bundaberg Apple Cider

A lovely no-alcoholic addition to the genre. I great drink for when you want the cider taste but you shouldn’t be drinking (like work lunches or id you’re the designated driver).

These are just my current favourites but I certainly haven’t tried all there is on offer so let me know if you have a different favourite so I can give it a go.


Please note: These are just my personal opinions on these products. I have not been paid by any companies to promote their product or give my opinion on them. I have just mentioned the ones I personally like to drink.