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Time to preserve – mangoes

Time to preserve – mangoes

This week it was time to preserve that beautiful tropical fruit, mango! My O&O and I were out shopping, and we came across a tray of beautiful R2E2 mangoes – 11 for $15. It was definitely time to preserve and for me to use my […]

Kale and vitamin K

Kale and vitamin K

Could kale be the new wonder veggie? It is something we have in our fridge, almost every week. I was buying it at the markets a few weeks ago and as I stood in the line waiting to pay for our fruit and veggies a […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

It is time to wish everyone Merry Christmas. When I was a child I was sure that Merry (Mary) Christmas was Santa Clause’s wife. Of course, Santa had all the Elves to help him make toys for children that live all around the world. Therefore, […]

Home is where your story begins…

Home is where your story begins…

We have a clock at our place, in the laundry of all places, that states “home is where your story begins”. All of us have a story, a life story and it begins at home – the place where we grew up. What happened in […]

Food & Fun on Sunday

Food & Fun on Sunday

Today we travelled along the New England Highway (towards Crows Nest) around 32 kms and landed at the Hampton Festival to experience “A Taste of the Good Life”. It was a perfect autumn day, warm and sunny. The food, the wine (though I didn’t taste […]

Cooking with gas…

Cooking with gas…

With our recent move to Toowoomba I am in the kitchen and cooking with gas. I enjoy cooking and in my retirement years I am spending more time in the kitchen.  My experience in the kitchen with a gas cooktop is that everything is not […]

Talking to strangers

Talking to strangers

When I was young talking to strangers was not the right thing to do. It was a lesson I learnt well and it taught me as a child to be cautious of people I did not know. As I grew older however I learnt that […]

Shooting Goals…

Shooting Goals…

As a basketball player in my younger years I always loved shooting goals. Now, in my retirement years I am thinking about my goals for the rest of my life. How much time do I have for goal shooting now that I am over 60 […]

Farewell Kelvin

Farewell Kelvin

This past week the family of Kelvin Wayne Pleming said farewell. Kelvin had arranged to donate his body to science but unfortunately due to the circumstances of his passing it could not be accepted. This change however gave the family an opportunity to gather at a private service […]

Slow Food Holiday

Slow Food Holiday

Now that I am captivated by the “Slow Food Movement” I thought it was about time I took a slow food holiday. I was pleased to find a Slow Food Cooking School,  “Rainforest Bounty”,  in North Queensland, fifteen minutes outside of Malanda. I did not […]