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Best pre-Christmas Present Ever!

Browsing on Twitter today (after an exhausting last week of school) has led me to what I believe is one of the best presents I will receive this year: an excerpt to my unashamedly most anticipated book of 2015!!


A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in my opinion. The Princess Diaries is one of my top ten book series, and when I first found out there would be not one but two new book set in that world, I could hardly contain myself. Mia Thermopolis is a grown up Tina Belcher in my opinion, and both are my life idols.

Hope you get something good for Christmas before Christmas!



Taking Stock 04

Now that the year 11s have finished for the school year, and there is only 7 (!!) teaching days left I find myself with a lot more free time on my hands. Bringing that down just a tad is the fact that I don’t know whether I will have a job here next year, but I’m (healthily) pushing that to the back of my mind.

Cooking: Nothing as of late. Housemate is working nights so I fend for myself. Most recently it was with a family sized order of Chinese takeaway food that has lasted three days.

Drinking: Lipton Orange and Mandarin green tea out of my Mayfair Jackson reuseable mug. .

Reading: my way through The Chronicles of Narnia, my Christmas

Wanting: Summer (properly, none of this cloudy cold nonsense), a single digit sized body, a house of my own, to know whether I have a job here next year…

Looking: forward to going home and napping. But now I have just remembered that I have that stupid high school thing tonight. Ugh.

Playing: WWE Supercards and The Simpsons Tapped Out on “my” iPad

Deciding: to not let the cat sleep on my bed for the rest of the week. Someone had an accident on my bed at 5am today that someone else stuck her hand in half asleep. Not happy.

Wishing: that the IT guy comes to visit me at some point today, he’s such fun.

Enjoying: House of Cards .

Waiting : to hear if I have a job at this school next year. With one and a half weeks left in the school year, it’s cutting it real fine.

Liking: my visits from the IT guy ©

Wondering: if I should really bother going to my high school reunion thing tonight. I don’t particularly want to if I’m being perfectly honest.

Loving: how big Tom’s eyes get when he’s just woken up and/or he wants something from me. Very Puss in Boots.

Pondering: taking a nap right here at my desk… Probably a bad idea, right? .

Considering: bailing on this event tonight.

Watching: Revenge

Hoping: that my housemate gets the stick out of his butt and gets me anything for Christmas, considering all that I do for him.

Marvelling: at how sidetracked my students are able to get me. Last period despite me telling my class that it was silent reading, one of the boys asked me if he could do his book presentation on The Walking Dead, which then turned into a long discussion about the biology of a zombie virus, whether it can be passed on by eating cooked yet contaminated meat, whether animals are infected with the virus and the horrors of Lizzie and Mika. It annoys me, and yet it makes me like them even more, because we were technically still discussing books.

Needing: Something sweet to happen to me. Or just to eat, Krispy Kremes ideally.

Smelling: rose petals from a colleague’s old welcome back bouquet. Old roses have the best smell. Weird, I know. Now I can smell something slightly burning, ominous.

Wearing: green pinafore-type dress, black Cotton On cardigan, black and white polka dotted ballet flats with my garmin watch, hair freshly straightened, green eyeshadow, gold glitter nails and my ever present spectacles.

Following: Busy Phillips on Instagram. It’s the last week of shooting on Cougar Town, which makes me very sad. But Busy does this adorable mischievous elves Christmas thing for her daughters, which makes me very happy!

Knowing: that I probably will end up going to my high school thing tonight.

Thinking:  that I need to find something really special to wear tonight, to offset certain…. Changes… that will be made very obvious.

Feeling: apprehensive about tonight, awe at Victoria Grayson, nervous that I don’t know if I have a job next year and that they’ve already filled one of the three positions available.

Admiring: Margaux’s burn on Daniel Grayson.
Daniel: “No matter how you feel about me, our child needs a father.”
Margaux: “A father. Like the one you had?”
ICYMI: Daniel’s father was a murderous, traitorous, manipulative, ruthless douche.

Sorting: out all the resources in my office, so that I can take a bundle of them home with me.

Buying: Christmas presents. Currently looking for a toothbrush charger for my housemate.

Getting: bored with all my free periods at school. Ideally I should be using them constructively…

Bookmarking: free online books, and PDF copies of The Chronicles of Narnia

Disliking: not knowing if I have a job next year at this school, and that the admin have been conspicuously silent on that fact.

Opening: my lunch. Leftover bacon and egg muffin from breakfast.

Giggling: at my students who are asking for an A if they re-enact all the sons in LOTR and The Hobbit for their presentation. Not gonna lie, I’m tempted to say yes.

Feeling: Bored, and hungry. But not for my lunch.

Snacking: On chips that I won in the staff raffle last week. They’re like Simba chips but original flavour, a bit hit in the English office.

Coveting: this job for next year, a Nolan Ross sense of style/flair, and an Emily Thorne/Crazy Lousie kick ass body.


Wishing: I was not so lazy and procrastinating.

Helping: my colleagues plan for next year, without knowing if I will be around next year.

Hearing: The wind rush through the corridors outside as if searching each hidden place for the solution to something, howling in agony when that question remains unanswered.
My attempt at being poetic today. Lame, I know.

Hope you all know what you are up to next year!


A Southern Hemisphere Christmas (Day 25)

I have been terribly lax with my blogging aims, but it’s been a busy time of year so I’ll use that as an excuse. But today is Christmas Day, so it’s all downhill and holiday fun filled from here!

Although I know Rolf Harris isn’t exactly in public favour at the moment, I still love this song around Christmas time. One of my earliest memories is listening and singing along to this in kindy, and it’s impact was so much so that even now it is still one of my favourites.

This song was written in Perth, Western Australia, in 1960. Rolf Harris was working at a television station with an American named John D. Brown and, thinking it was crazy to be singing Christmas songs about snow and ice when the temperature was around 40 degrees (Celsius, so about 100 F), they wrote this song. And I think that it is a wonderful story of the generosity that should be embraced at Christmas time.

Merry Christmas to you all! (Or Merry Christmas Eve if you’re not on the 25th yet)

Friday Five: Obscure Ingredients (Day 20)

With Christmas coming up I am in a bit of a clucky homemaker mood, and looking at different recipes for Christmas lunch ideas. I was watching Nigellisima and Nigel Slater the other night, and some of the ingredients just seem absolutely ridiculous, and yet they intrigue me. So for this week, here are five of the more obscure ones I have come across this week:

Celery salt (Used in a pork/lamb chop marinade)


Raspberry vinegar (Used in a sweet and sour beetroot and onion dish)


Cocoa Fusilli Pasta (Main component of a butterscotch and pecan pasta)


Vermouth (probably not too obscure, but both Nigella and Nigel used it in almost every dish and I’m never come across it)


Chili Oil (which just looks like a bottle of oil with chilies soaking in it..)


Hope you have a great weekend and cook something scrumptious!

Pictures of the Week (Day 14)

So again, a little late with my daily post, but been having a very busy week with dinners and outings and what not. I finally got myself to the beach despite being on holidays for three weeks, and went on not one but three Christmas dinners this week, with Gucce being the nicest (in my opinion). I can’t resist getting the gnocchi whenever I have Italian food, and last night’s was probably the second best that I have ever had.

Beach time the day before was great also, however abnormally for me I sat on the sand instead of swimming. Usually I’m of the “swim in any body of water” mindset, but Cottesloe was rather wavy and cold, so I didn’t want to swim alone. We had dinner at Amber Jack’s (fish and chips) which was also very, very good though we sat indoors instead of on the beach. I’m not usually a big fan of Cottesloe because of it always being crowded and touristy, but a beach is a beach, and I found that going later in the day (we got there at 6pm) makes it better.

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Hope you are having a great weekend!

Sweet Potato Pie (Day 8)

For as long as I have read books and watched TV shows and movies that are set in the South (of the United States), I have longed to find recipes for the food they seem to just cook en mass. At the top of my list was sweet potato pie, a combination of both sweet potato and baking which I love. I first made this recipe a few years ago, I think I found it online somewhere (maybe taste?) and since then my brother has been on me to make it again every time I say I’m in the mood to bake. Since moving house, I haven’t really used my kitchen much but faced with a day home alone and with a dinner party this evening, I thought I would give it another go. The only changes to the original recipe that I have made is the addition of vanilla essence and the preheating of the oven. So without further ado, I present to you my recipe for Sweet Potato Pie!



  • 1 unbaked pastry shell, approx. 9 inches
  • 3 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes (this was roughly three and a bit medium sized potatoes)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • roughly ½ tsp (or a couple of drops) vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to around 120 degrees Celcius
  2. Peel, dice, cook and mash potatoes, use a little butter to make it easier. (I do mine chopped up small in boiling water in the microwave for around 5 minutes, then mash with a couple teaspoons of butter)
  3. Combine potatoes and butter in a bowl, mix well.
  4. Put potatoes, sugar and eggs into a blender and blend on low until smooth
  5. Add milk, spices and vanilla; blend well until it looks kind of like pumpkin soup.
  6. Pour into pastry shell
    20131208_134819( My mixture today was a little too much for my pastry shell; once the mixture started to settle it started to overflow onto the crust, so I had to spoon some of the mixture out of the casing. I ended up using it in quiche moulds with puff pastry to make mini pies which I put in the oven after the big pie at the same temperature for around 15-20 minutes. Puff pastry doesn’t taste as nice as shortcrust with the sweet potato, but by all account the mini mixtures were still delicious!)
  7. Put into the oven at about 175 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 45-50 minutes or until firm and golden brown (Because I had preheated my oven, my pie ended up coming out at around 40 minutes, but I think it’ll depend on the oven, and where in the oven you put the pie. Generally I like to judge more by firmness, texture and colour when I am baking because my oven tends to be very unpredictable).


Generally I serve this by itself, but I think it would go well with cream, custard or vanilla ice cream though it is already very sweet. I’m hoping to make a couple more for my various Christmas meals, they have proven to be crowd pleasers!

Hope your pies come out just as good as mine did, and you have people clamouring for your recipe again like me!