Saturday, December 31, 2011

For those of us over 30.....time to feel appreciated

Another Forward... email clean out time at the moment :) The thing about emails like this is they can't help but go over the top :)
For those of you who haven't got to 30 yet.....something to look forward to

For those of us over 30.....time to feel appreciated


This is for all you girls 30 years and over... and for those who are turning 30, and for those who are scared of moving into their 30's. AND for guys who are scared of girls over 30!

This was written by Andy Rooney from CBS 60 Minutes. Andy Rooney says:

As I grow in age, I value women who are over 30 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:
  • A woman over 30 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.  ·          
  • If a woman over 30 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it! She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting. ·          
  • A woman over 30 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. 
  • Few women past the age of 30 give a damn what you might think about her or what she's doing. ·          
  • Women over 30 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it. ·          
  • Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. ·          
  • A woman over 30 has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women.  ·          
  • Women over 30 couldn't care less if you're attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won't betray her. ·          
  • Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 30. They always know. ·          
  • A woman over 30 looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. ·         Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 30 is far sexier than her  younger counterpart. ·          
  • Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one! You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. 
Yes, we praise women over 30 for a multitude of reasons. 
Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. 
For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 30+, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress.  
Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free". 
Here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage, why? 
 Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire PIG, just to get a little sausage.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Beer Can Chicken and New Years

Like many across Australia cold meat and salads will be the main stay for tomorrow night.

I love nibbles so that will be first on the agenda from 7pm to about 8.30pm.  
Then will come the mains which everyone brings a couple of plates.
This is followed by desert which some of the ladies around here excel at.. (I am looking forward to cooking from good bush women)

Tomorrow morning I will be up early cooking Beer Cab Chicken and Cheesecake.  After that I will arrange the nibbles ready to go.

I really hope this recipe works...never cooked it before but looking forward to stoking the Webber up.

Beer Can Chicken

 Recipe courtesy Bob Blumer

Prep - 10 min 
Inactive - 10 min
Cook - 1 hr 15 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

1 (4-pound) whole chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
1 can beer

 Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside.

Open beer can and take several gulps (make them big gulps so that the can is half full). Place beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.

Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nut Allegy People Need Not Read

I am a recipe collector and over the years have known some of the best cooks the outback has to offer.  I have decided to share otherwise these great recipes will stay in outback kitchens. 

The other thing is life is so busy in the lead up to Christmas that I don't seem to have time to blog all the time.


Outback Girl

Savage Satay Chicken

½ cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup chicken Stock
2 tblespoon dry sherry
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon grated green ginger
2 tblespn honey
1 clove garlic
1 onion
2 tspn curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander

Marinate chicken.
While cooking chicken Simmer left over sauce for 12 minutes to accompany.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Thanks to people who email great jokes ....  Not sure if this competes with the friendship poem which Bushbelles also posted but when I first found this I was having a week which I had used 3, 6, 8 and 9 several times. 


Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house. 

(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm.  This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine. 

(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It! 

(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing.   (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.) 

(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.   

Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. 
 DO NOT say 'you're welcome' ..... that will bring on a 'whatever'). 

(8) Whatever: Is a women's way of saying F@!K YOU! 

Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.

* Send this to the men you know, to warn them about arguments they can avoid if they remember the terminology. 

* Send this to all the women you know to give them a good laugh, cause they know it's true.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Old Windows - New Windows

Sometimes new windows open up and old sunsets are left behind.

My very last sunset at my 2011 job.  I will miss the family madly and stayed until the 17th of December to attend the local Christmas Party.  Below was my very last sunset.... what a magic end to a fantastic year.

No tears as I drove down the drive as they will always be in my heart.

What will the sunsets be like from my new window next year.  I certainly won't be looking out to the west I don't think.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

None of that sissy crap - Friendship by Anon.

"True" Friendship
None of that Sissy Crap!

Are you tired of those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality?

Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.

You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card-

Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.

1. When you are sad 
-- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against  the sorry bast ard who made you sad.

2. When you are blue 
-- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile 
-- I will know you finally got laid.

4. When you are scared 
-- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried 
-- I will tell you horrible stories about how much  worse it could be until you quit whining.

6. When you are confused 
-- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick 
-- Stay the hell away from me until you are well  again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall 
-- I will point and laugh at your clumbsy ass.

9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. "Why?" you may ask;  "because you are my friend".

Friendship is like peeing your pants:

Everyone can see it,

But only you can feel the true warmth.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Food and Recipes - Cream Cake Desert

The problem with reading blogs of talented food loving people is they make you HUNGRY...

Reading The McGrath's Kitchen made me crave roasted carrots.

Then I went over to The Shady Baker ... now I realise I need to food shop.

I could keep listing blogs but that is enough.  Here is a favourite recipe I use for desserts and birthday cakes.

Cream cake Dessert

1pkt vanilla cake mix
1 instant pudding
½ cup butter
1 cup water
4 eggs

Beat cake mix, pudding mix and butter until crumbly.  Add water and eggs.  Beat for 2 minutes.
Pour into tray bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes before putting on cake rack.

Filling and icing
5tblspn flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan combine flour, milk until smooth.  Bring to boil and stir for 2minutes. (It will end up very thick).  COOL completely

In a bowl combine the rest of the ingredients. Then beat in milk mixture until sugar is dissolved.
Mixture will be very similar to whipped cream.

Split cake into layers.  Spread filling in middle and ice cake with it.  For great effect decorate with strawberries.

Cake is a big mix and I use a roasting dish to cook it in.