Friday, August 30, 2013

Why did I wait so long?

I have been wanting one of these fancy capsule coffee machines for so long - I was happily looking after the SIL's coffee machine, but it took up a lot of room on the benchtop, and it was a bit fiddly just to make one coffee - I found myself using it less and less.

So many people have spoken positively about the DeLonghi Nespresso, that I finally bit the bullet and got one ;-)

New Toy

So easy to use and to clean - here is one very happy camper :)

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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tryout Tuesday - Double Choc Brownies

For Tryout Tuesday this week, I 'tried out' my new oven and a new baking tray.

Mr Fixit has been working long hours this last few weeks - so much so that management have approved some overtime ;-)

As a reward for 'the guys' I made a batch of Jazz's Triple Choc Brownies from CCC - but they are actually Double Choc Brownies, as I didn't have any dark chocolate :(

Double Choc Brown

Double Choc Brownies

Double Choc Brownies

The link to the original recipe is HERE -  oops, the Taste forum is down at the moment and the link does not appear to be working - will update with link as soon as I can.

I typed up the recipe back when I made it, so here it is

Jazzie’s Triple Choc Brownies - these really are the BEST! 



185g (6 oz) butter
185g (6 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2/3 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
¾ cup white chocolate chips or roughly chopped
¾ cup milk chocolate chips or roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Place butter and dark chocolate in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until smooth.
Allow to cool. Place the eggs and sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer (or wire whisk) until light and creamy. Add vanilla. Fold through chocolate and butter mixture. Sift the flour and cocoa over the mixture and mix to combine.
Add white and milk chocolate and pour into a 23 cm (9 inch) square pan that has been lined with cooking paper and sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake for 35-40 mins or until set. Check with a knife. Allow to cool and then cut into squares.



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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Big Day Out with PACC

Last weekend a Big Day Out was organised by my camera club.

I designed the flyer ;-)

It was a huge ask for Mr Fixit - getting up at 'sparrow fart' (6.30 am) on a Sunday!  but the day turned out great - a little chilly in the morning, but the sun shone most of the day, so much so I ended up taking my jacket off, and a great day was had by all!

Warped Selfie
linking with Weekend Reflections

Carousel Horses

Photographer Reflections

Mr Fixit grabbed my camera and took this blackmail photo ;-) 
 This is me, talking to my friend Lynn (with her back to the camera) - I realised when I got home that night, that the last time I had been on that particular carousel was possibly the early 70's - I had forgotten just how fast it went (and the operator only had it running at half speed ;-) )

PACC  Big Day Out Group Shot - Taken by Paula McManus


Colours of Australia
After we left the Carousel, we went for a short walk and this Life Saver tower just screamed at me to take a picture ;-)  For the next hour or so, I had the Baywatch theme music running through my head ...........

I’ll be ready (I’ll be ready)
Never you fear (no don’t you fear)
I’ll be ready 
Forever and always
I’m always here.

The visit to the Aviation Museum was more interesting that I expected, but I think Mr Fixit enjoyed it a bit more than I did.

You could actually get inside some of the planes!

Lunch was great, 23 people were fed relatively quickly at The Railway Hotel, then we had a wander around the Port Markets - it was about 3.00 pm, when we both confessed to each other we were so very tired ;-) - it had indeed been a Big Day Out!

I wanted to go on the cruise, but I get so seasick, so easily - I get seasick walking on a jetty!  So we decided to forego the cruise.  We watched the rest of our group board the boat, and as we were pulling out of the carpark, we had a great idea to drive over the one of the docks and take some photos of them going under the Diver Derrick Bridge - Mr Fixit spent some time on the underside of that bridge as it was being built as part of his job with Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty at Adelaide University.

photographers taking photos of photographers (see last photo)

Mr Fixit took the above two photos - he has a bigger zoom than me ;-)

(click to view bigger)

this photo was taken by fellow club member Paula ;-)
(seen taking this photo in the first photo displayed above)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.