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TT – Natural eDition

I have to say, I’m enjoying the holidays…spending time with family, friends and enjoying my e-courses.In between not so nice Winter weather, rain and fog, I sneaked in a few photos on the natural charm of nature. Colours and textures that were around me and really taking the time to soak in the beauty of the outdoors. These camellia’s are just beautiful.

Although it’s been cold, I have to admit I’ve enjoyed the time sitting in front of the fire reading The Fifty Shades Trilogy…say no more!

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Linking to Texture Tuesday: Kim Klassen

Have a wonderful week everyone.


I’m on a Mission

Day 1 & 2  Behind the Scenes

When you have something to write, get on with it.”

So, that’s what I have intention of doing, just going with the flow. I’m participating in Kims & Xanthes Behind the Scenes: A creative guide to blogging your Passion on line course. With Kim & Xanthe at my side, we’re part of a group of innovative and creative souls. Inspiration flowing from all over the world. We’ve only just started, but there’s such enthusiasm and strong energy I know I’m going to enjoy this journey.

As I’ve been only blogging for a couple of years, ‘blogging’ was a means of communicating with family and friends, of showing them where I lived in Italy, sharing my new culinary cuisine and the extreme climate changes, so different of what I was used to in Australia.

Moving to another country has really ‘changed’ me, in so many ways. I have said it before and still to this day, moving to another country, with a different language, customs and politics wasn’t easy, and my true character was hard to express. I was a complete stranger, apart from looking different: strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, pale skin and freckles…I stood out. Even though you try to speak the language, your accent doesn’t leave you! I was a complete stranger to myself, however, living a fairytale. I loved living in Italy, travelling Europe and meeting wonderful friends and new family. I studied the language and worked the whole time I was over there…but the true me was hidden within another shell.

I started looking on the internet, and a few of my friends started blogging and joining in social networking at the same time. I discovered WordPress, and I’ve enjoyed learning and progressing with them. I’ve actually changed my theme a few times, and have to admit I’ve only recently looked again at updating. WordPress, do have some wonderful ‘free’ themes to work with and they have great support & forums where you can interact.

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Soup Kitchen: Corn & Chicken

Here’s one of those quick light lunches, for you. One that is going to warm you up. Cuddle you… and we all need cuddling!


A very tasty Corn & Chicken Soup. Not a soup that I’ve made before, but was teased to try the flavours. I’ve always seen  it on menu’s but have never tried it. It’s funny how the cooler days, we reach for boiling water, stock cubes and vegetables to satisfy our taste buds.


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TT – Flowers

This weeks Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, isn’t so much the subject matter – flowers…I love photographing flowers as many of you have seen before. It’s actually the point at which I venture out of the warmth of inside the house…of a Winter dreary day, and look around the garden, not to find too much to photograph. The hint of the final lavender amongst the rosemary, and the tiniest rose buds screaming from the leafless branches of rose bushes. Sometimes the simplest of things, and the dull of light can give us something truly beautiful.

june20127  june20126 june20124 june20125 I’ve been wanting to take photographs of this bottle for ages…I just love it. I’m a tonic water drinker, and just adored this limited edition collection that Schweppes Australia distributed. The series is a collection of 1920’s – 1950’s pin up girls.See the full collection in the inspiration room.

I’ve had these photo images in my mind for ages…and it was truly magical inspiration to see these photos come alive.

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Sweet Shot Tuesday at Photography with Kent Weakley


Lovely to have you visit today.


Autumn Holidays

Busy days of late.  Autumn term break starts at the end of this week, and looking forward to time spent with ‘calmer’ days around home, behind the camera, and in the kitchen.

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Joining forces with my sister to prepare this morning tea:

Fresh home made sushi, spring vegetable rolls, deep fried feta stuffed olives sticks, curried egg, honey leg ham and mustard tiered sandwiches, home made curried puffs, cream corn and tuna vol au vents, mascarpone, sun dried tomato and basil pesto pin wheels.

Have a great week,


How GratiTude can change your day

It has been written by some of you how you don’t and wouldn’t be expected to – unless sleeping with your computer 24/7 read and comment to every person who calls past and witnesses your thoughts, dreams and aspirations of the daily, weekly, or monthly posting, their aren’t enough hours in the day. With the updating of WordPress and the assembly of new widgets, it does make it easier, however to view our comments and those who comment and then reply. (My personal thoughts)

To my followers all 100 (I had a jump this week (within) as I reached the milestone), I am grateful to all who may call past and leave comments, and it makes a difference to my day, and I hope and guess also when I acknowledge you, that you did call past, you maybe do care,(that I did!)

Two of my readers have passed on awards to me. And in appreciation for these nominations  I acknowledge these two people, their wonderful blogs and how I admire their creativity, and how they make my corner of blogging on twistedvines, more meaningful each time they leave a comment.

Firstly to Michael – Have a Dream, he nominated me for the sunshine award,( Michael’s nominating post) and did just that. It’s been at the back of my mind to acknowledge this award, and here finally I’ve done so. Michael has written some fantastic thought provoking posts, one of his most popular postings was ‘Friendship is a Two Way Street’, I admire his writing skills and diversity of his talents and subjects.

A list of questions which go with this award

Favorite color – Autumn Reds

Favorite number – thirty seven

Favorite non-alcoholic drink – Dry Ginger Ale

Facebook or Twitter – Both. Join me on both

My Passion – Talked about many in my last post.

Getting or giving presents – Giving

Favorite pattern – One of my originals

Favorite day of the week – Every day is a magical day

Favorite flower – Roses

To Marianne –365 Days – Change Your Life one day at a Time, for nominating me (Marianne’s nominating post) for the Reader Appreciation Award. Marianne is an accredited life coach, her work is inspirational in guiding us to achieve a happier, fulfilling and brighter day.Now to go along with this award I need to tell you six things about myself: I’ve probably done this already so I found another ‘list’ to share

3 things I can’t go without: camera, perfume, coffee

3 celebrity crushes: George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Leif Garrett (showing my age)

3 things I want in a relationship: Trust, Respect, Truth

3 things I’ve crossed of my bucket list:

Seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge, Paris

Taking a gondola ride through the canals of Venice

Learnt another language, and spoke it fluently- Italian

So here are my 6 Nominated blogs for Reader Appreciation Award, and wanted to keep it all within the wordpress family, I have subscribed to all of these blogs for sometime now, and love visiting them, I hope you will too.

Roger Stowell: Camerahols/ Food,Photography & France

Ilva Beretta Photography

Claire Leggett: RaindropsKeepFalling

This Sydney Life

Pink Polka Dot Food

Now, maybe not all of you accept these ‘blogging’ awards but hey, think of it as a way of reaching out to a few more people as your viewer dreams, that they might like to visit where you live, read a book that you’ve reviewed, share a love of photography or catch a link, cook a recipe that you’ve written or look at a photo you’ve captured. You all have something to give, even if we pass only once…to connect from my little corner.

Have a great week everyone, and thank you for visiting.


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Coming up Old Country Roses

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Trio Royal Albert : Yellow Rosebud

I have a few passions in my life…(she smiles) is it more than a few, when you need both hands and feet to count. The first few on top of the list besides art, food, photography, would have to be old antique roses (you know the ones with their fragrant perfumes, the ones that fill the whole room with their scent, and make you turn,stop, and smell the heart of a rose) china, white linen, the Victoriana Era, crystal, silver, and vintage hats and boxes…ok, the list is long. Back to the point of this new addition to the china section. I was cast under a spell, to a discounted sale of items in a shop…I wanted not to buy, but just couldn’t resist this trio, Royal Albert, Bone China, Old Country Roses, Ruby Collection – Yellow Rosebud, Made in England, which is even rarer these days to find. An hour or maybe two passed and yes, I had a number of new additions to my collections. So this here, is my first time ever on an afternoon tea serenade with Yellow Rosebud.june 201211

Royal Albert is completely ‘passionate about florals’.

Royal Albert has been dedicated to English grace, elegance, and romance since Victorian times. The story of Royal Albert stretches back over one hundred years to a small pottery business established by Thomas Wild, in Longton – one of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, “The Potteries”.

Established in 1896, Royal Albert is inspired by everything English- the country garden and England’s national flower, the rose.

One of the most famous Royal Albert patterns is Old Country Roses. Launched in 1962, Old Country Roses was based on an older Royal Albert Pattern called Kings Ransom and continues to be one of the best selling fine bone china patterns in the world – selling more than 150 million pieces since its introduction.

Excerpt from the Royal Albert site.

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Petite Baked Banana Cheesecake

These petite Baked Banana Cheesecakes are delicious served warm, with a chai tea latte, a luscious creamy, cinnamon taste. Simply delicious!

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Collages21 An afternoon sitting with Albert, and afternoon of delicious aroma’s of cinnamon…baked banana cheesecake  lightly sprinkled with ground cinnamon and a rich chai latte with vanilla and cinnamon.

What’s Chai?

Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.

Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of:

• rich black tea
• heavy milk
• a combination of various spices
• a sweetener

The spices used vary from region to region and among households in India. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. Indian chai produces a warming, soothing effect, acts as a natural digestive aid and gives one a wonderful sense of well being. It’s difficult to resist a second cup.

Have you tried a chai tea latte?

Try the recipe: 2 individual tea bags + 1 cup milk + 1 cup water + 1/4 cup packed brown sugar + 2 tablespoons french vanilla non-dairy creamer (coffeemate) + 1/2 teaspoon ground  ginger + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice.

I find it easier to place the following ingredients into a coffee plunger or even a drip coffeemaker.Place the teabags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice add the water and brew as usual. Meanwhile in a saucepan combine the milk, brown sugar and creamer, cook and stir on medium heat until sugar has dissolved, pour milk mixture into cup, about half way, pour in tea mixture, sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. 2 servings.

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Thank you for joining me, and to all the hosts that I enjoy linking to, for the time YOU take to read and leave comments, you don’t know how much I look forward to them, they put a smile on my face.

Love and Gratitude


Peace begins with a smile – Mother Teresa

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Baked Banana Cheesecake

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How wonderful to share with you my friends, what a lovely day it’s been today. A few rays of Autumn sunshine, although the air is crisp and cool, a little home-style baking,  time to write and hear back from a friend via e-mail and an afternoon ‘happy moment’ with my sister with  coffee and a slice of this baked banana cheesecake.

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june 20125This baked banana cheesecake, sort of just came together while out shopping, I had decided not to through away those forgotten bananas before not attempting to bake something with them. In my mind, was my favourite banana bread recipe, but while out I picked up one (I have too many!!) of my monthly cooking magazines. And wow! just what I needed a seasonal special on baking with banana’s. Chocolate & Banana French toasties;Banana & Apple friands; Beef vindaloo with coconut & banana sambal; Banoffee trifle; Spiced banana tarte tatin…but I had to use those over ripen banana’s and the recipe to win me over was the baked banana and caramel cheesecake. I substituted the caramel for chocolate.

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