Saturday, January 12, 2013

Boiling.

 This afternoon according to the thermometer on my air con remote it was allegedly a sultry 39 degrees in my bedroom. I know. Hot.
When the Universe Spoke to Me this morning and directed me to bake triple choc brownies, I did not muck around.
Hello Gorgeous.
 Garden's really suffering. There are 5 blooms tops in the whole place.



Look at my poor wilting pentas:
Fingers and toes it bounces back.
Yesterday I frocked up in Old School Pucci.
 Went to River Bar with friends for lunch
 Old Willow looked Crisp in navy stripes.
 had a steak sandwich
 Kate's had her portrait painted. Are we fans? Or not?
There's something about it that makes it not look like her...
Note to Self: Lock those felt pens away.
 Meanwhile on the Decluttering front, today I sorted out the pantry and the linen press, and I've collected a bundle of out grown baby clothes for the Salvos. The baby clothes bit was hard. I felt a bit emotional seeing how small he used to be.
I've added the Mummy's Wish Link to my side bar. It's a charity that provides assistance to families when the Mum has cancer. You can visit their site here.
Happy Saturday Night People.
And Stay Hydrated.
xxxxxx

66 comments:

  1. I baked two white chocolate cheesecakes in this heat ... crazy ... I didn't even need to melt the white chocolate. What was River Bar like? Is it worth a visit?
    Nik

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    1. Hi Nik,

      I liked it, good people watching but HOT wine and NOT cheap. x

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  2. I lost a beautiful Oroton handbag to the Permanent Marker in the hand of a child. It definitely falls in the Devils Work category. Not that our children are the devil's work! Just the permanent marker.

    Susan x

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    1. I must hide them!!! Def Devil's work!

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    2. You must invest in Magic Eraser! find it in the cleaning isle of any old supermarket. It is an odd foamy block that you dip in water and it takes pen, texta, paint, misc marks of of ANYTHING!! Cheap as chips and a lifesaver for monthers, should be issued in hospitals with the sample bag of goodies. My dining room table and kitchen cabinets have been saved by its glory.

      I love the hair in Kate's portrait but face looks a bit cranky :( Mores the pity really because she is stunning IRL.....

      Megluvx4

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  3. The universe directed me to bake brownies today as well! I'm frocked up for a late Christmas coal face party- so excited.
    Love the navy stripes on Willow too.

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    1. have fun, W always looks so crisp and glam x

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  4. I've been battling frosty windshields each morning this week - and won! The brownies look so yummy - and baking in the early morning before it gets squelching hot in your part of the world is excellent idea. Battling the weather is nothing like battling cancer and Mummy's Wish seems worthy of a generous FF endorsement. Hang in there!

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    1. I long for frost!!!

      Mummy's wish seems like the best idea ever.

      My mum had cancer so it is a cause close to my heart x

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    2. Good work re mummy's wish - it is a great charity

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  5. It has been terribly hot, though I think the cool change has just come through. We're off to Byron for a few days now; it is terrific beach weather!

    I'm shaking my head at Kate's portrait. It could have been so much more! It's so drab! Her mouth is pursed! She should have a relaxed face and a little sparkle in her eye. She has come such a long way and has done, and is doing a wonderful job!

    Meg in St L

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    1. Hi Meg,

      I agree the portrait is not as I think of her...

      I am Jealous re Byron! x

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  6. I wish I like the Duchess' portrait but it makes her look old and tired and she is anything but old and tired. It's the eyes, something odd about the eyes. I saw the artist speaking about it on the news this morning and he doesn't hide the fact that it was painted from photos - may have been a mistake.

    Today I decluttered my desk. I love to get the shredder out.

    A friend alerted me to the existence of Carrot Cake Jam today and I thanked him for that piece of information. He swears it tastes just like carrot cake. I will now be making some myself this week. Recipe straight from the Amish!

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    1. Carrot cake jam??? tell me MORE!

      I long for a shredder- I rip and tear x

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    2. My friend told me I could order Amish jams including Carrot Cake Jam from Amazon as that how he gets it in Japan. But I'm more interested making it for myself - can't help myself. I just googled a recipe and found one with the same basic ingredients listed on the jam at Amazon - pineapple, carrots, pears, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg & sugar.

      I have to add that my friend was eating this jam on toast with pumpkin butter (pumpkin puree cooked down with spices - also from the Amish). Also on my list of things to make. I keep thinking when I give jars of these as presents people will be amazed.

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  7. 39°C - it certainly has been a hot shocker today! Love the cooling idea of lunch by the river, it would have been hard to leave...

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  8. I don't think I'm a fan of the portrait, it seems to have aged her? Maybe I'm so used to seeing her flashing her teeth in a huge smile that the smile in this picture looks a bit awkward. I suppose it is a royal portrait and not a holiday snap.

    My fingers cross for cooler weather, though I'd also settle for an hour or two of rain.

    xxA

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  9. 39°! Wow! Makes me feel like our place is not so bad. Our lounge got to 36° on Melb's 39° day. Horrible.
    It's always hard going through baby clothes. They grow so fast. The sight of a baby never fails to tear me up. Shame the old eggs are fried.

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    1. I know how you feel- I saw some new born babies yesterday and felt a sort of pang. But am so grateful for having 1. So easily could've been none x

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  10. It was 45 and has been over 40 most days lately at parents' and at baby p's place. She usually stays inside when it's like that or goes in the pool.

    It hasn't been very hot in Melbourne really. I was very worried bc my little sister is a volunteer firefighter that she might get called out but all ok so far and now she is in Europe. Phew.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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    1. Lucky re your sister. Hope the baby stays cool.

      You should come for a visit x

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  11. Hello there in the Hot Australia...I see the Kate's portrait for the first time here...mmmmm...
    Ciao and have a fresh weekend :)

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  12. Be warned....get rid of the textas now! My just turned two scribbled all over our walls and the sofa before we declared a moratorium on the texta. Last night at a friends place she found their texta stash and materialised with scribble all over her face and tummy.....at least it wasn't the fabric of their house. Love a brownie and love that Pucci frock yet don't love that portrait of Kate, it robs her of her of the bloom of youth and makes her look hard faced when she's not. I have one hollyhock in my garden so yours is lush in comparison!

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    1. Ha! My garden is so not lush! But fingers and toes it comes back soon.

      Must hide textas!

      See you in May x

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  13. I had to go convert that - 102! Jeepers! How are you managing to breathe?
    I am in love with the blue necklace with the rose and the stripy top.

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    1. I am hermeticallt sealed into an airconditioned room. And I am drinking lots of ice cold champagne.

      The cost of groceries for 1 meal costs me about $50. Convert that, then thank the Pound. xxxx

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  14. Hi FF, as the mother of a grown up boy, I strongly advise you to keep a selection of baby FF's sweet baby clothes. I did and I love looking at the smocking the sweet gelato colours and the tiny size of my sons baby clothes Boys clothes become less cute as they get older!
    SaraPink

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    1. I have kept a few key special outfits. x

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  15. Happy to see the Universe is directing you to bake. I'm going to do the same over the next fortnight. I always like to start the school term with the freezer full of yummy things to pack in the children's lunch boxes. The artist hasn't got Kate's eyes quite right. They look droopy.

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  16. Painting a portrait must be very difficult and I'm sure the artist did his best (wouldn't want to be carted off to the Tower after all) but the eyes are ummm not quite right.
    Bub has discovered climbing and felt pens..fun times. My two year old nephew last week decided to climb up onto the bench to get some tubes of cream and apply to all his teddies, himself, the bed, the walls, the rug. His mummy was not impressed. Me...I roared with laughter because an aunty can!
    Is beer hydrating?
    xx

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  17. I think the portrait makes her look aged beyond her years and captures none of her apparent personality. That's my 2 cents worth. I was told that acetone based products like hairspray and nail varnish remover can get biro pen off leather. It worked pretty well on the leather cream couch in our holiday apartment over Xmas which my two year old decided to decorate for the owners. Was 32 degrees on the gold coast today and by the time we hit Brisbane it was 38. More of the same expected tomorrow. Might call for a Pimms and lemonade.

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    1. Dear IL

      I hear you Kate. Thanks for the hairspray advice. Hear the 'Switch was 40 yes 40 degrees.

      I wish we were back at the beach sipping pina coladas xxxxx

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  18. Lovely post...please can you let me know about the first picture - the pink with the butterflies (I love all things butterfly...)what is it? Material/cushion/dress and where from??

    Don't like the Kate picture...it ages her!

    Not convinced she's got HG as people I know who have had it couldn't pop to the shops, circus, NPG etc.

    PPx

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  19. Don't just hide the dratted markers - throw them out pronto! Buy them again in five years or so...

    Your poor garden - summer is so glorious but 39 is just too hot. Of course my drafty old rental is like a tomb. Always cold - so the rug is out on the couch tonight.

    A x

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  20. Kate's portrait makes her look older and that strange grimace/smile is odd. I'd request that it be burned in an emergency fire, pronto. That heat would kill me!

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  21. SO hot. In car outside my parents place in Petrie Terrace today was 38 degrees. Not much kinder back here on Coast.

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  22. I can't believe the Universe directed you to bake in the heat!!! We have had a cool change, hopefully you'll all get it soon - I gardened all day today, and sadly the only things that are thriving are the weeds. Everything else is looking crispy fried.

    Don't like the portrait. She looks very odd, I was thinking the Artist might have been trying to do a modern Mona Lisa with the smirk? xx

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  23. Not sure what was going on but I baked a chocolate cake with butter cream icing this morning in hellish conditions. It definitely would have contained my sweat and tears, hopefully no blood though. Tasted alright despite this fact.
    Don't even talk to me about gardens ours is worst ever. Brother in law told us out NY resolution should be to 'sort that garden out'. Embarrassing much.

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  24. ps portrait puts 10 years on Kate.

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  25. I remember coming home from school in Kindergarten and drawing ashes on all my toys on Ash Wednesday. I had no idea texta was permanent. My toys had to live for ever with a black mark on their foreheads! So take those textas quick smart.

    Kate should put that portrait away until she's in her 40s and get another one done for now.

    FF, Do you have any suggestions for plants that grow well in pots in partial sun?

    Keep Cool

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  26. Hats off for baking in this heat FF. My car's temp gauge told me today that it was 45 degrees outside, unbearable. We just had a lovely storm now though which has taken a good 15 degrees or so off. Need more rain. Stay cool this w/end x

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  27. It was crazy hot here today, wasn't it?! Didn't help that our power went out for 2 hours and we had to cool ourselves down the old fashioned way (sitting outside in the breeze while sipping on an icy cold beverage) It was what can only be described as a Massive First World Problem.

    Not loving the portrait of Kate, although the artist has nailed her hair and it's definitely a more attractive option than looking at a pic of her Mother in Law, so I guess that's something x

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  28. And yet your lipstick did not melt.

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  29. Yes it was hot, fortunately we were at the beach. I barely recognised Kate, I think the artist has aged her.

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  30. textas - there's a Crayola variety called "Colour Wonder" that only works on special paper

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  31. Dear FF
    The universe directed me to stay in the airconditioning and relax with sliced mangoes. Didn't get a message about making brownies, thank goodness.

    For dinner made a pasta sauce using basil, tomatoes and zucchini straight from the veggie garden, also garlic and toasted pine nuts and parmesan. But have to spend a lot of time watering in the heat and wild winds - don't know how long the plants will last if this keeps up. Everything else is kind of frying, one of my beautiful hydrangeas is totally gone. So sad.
    Agree with all on Kate's portrait. So obviously taken from a photo, has aged her and taken away her freshness and vitality. She was so diplomatic when asked what she thought of it.
    Also beware of stamp pads. Our son when little was minded by a friend for the day. He'd found a stamp pad at her house and had totally decorated a beautiful pink and white bedspread she'd crocheted for her daughter. It had taken her months - it took the little artist only about half an hour to cover it with indelible ink stamps! Somehow we're still friends. She was very forgiving. At the time said she didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. Best wishes, Pamela

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  32. Some people would wilt in the heat and Give Up, but not you FF! Love the Pucci ensemble and that lipstick is gorgeous.
    The Kate portrait does not do her justice, she's much prettier than that. I think the artist painted her eyes too small and gave her a huge jaw which gives a masculine look that she doesn't even have. She was gracious about it of course.
    Stay cool. We've got rain mixed with snow up here in Canada, it's rawther gloomy!

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  33. FF,
    I heard on the radio over here that it has been 130 degrees F in Australia - that's 54.4 degrees C (I did the conversion by speaking into my new fancy pants cell phone - spoke the answer back to me! Brains in a phone - love it!) It is the middle of winter in NYC and unseasonably warm. I, for one, don't miss the snow.

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  34. I think Kate's portrait makes her look puffy and tired. Not a fan.

    Wow, it's hot there! How can you stand to bake in that heat?? Hope you and your garden get a break. It's been quite cold here (for LA). Cashmere is a lifesaver.

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  35. I didn't care for the portrait -- too dark and her eyes & mouth look drab. That's too bad.

    You're dealing with a sweltering 39C and we just had a blizzard in Canada, the current temp is -29 (but really feels like -38C with the windchill). Talk about two extremes!

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  36. Closing my eyes, trying to remember being hot, as I sit here swathed in triple cashmere.

    We have never seen that expression on Kate's face is the problem, almost a smirk.

    Baby F will enjoy seeing his little clothes when he is older; mine got such a charge out of them.

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  37. I cried when I de-cluttered my boys small clothing, but soon got over it and love every stage more than the last..

    I baked vanilla cupcakes - do you bake more now you have a child or did you bake anyway? I am enjoying the baking now my boy is here.

    Not liking the portrait, no-one I know is either, hope her next portrait is better.

    Have a good weekend Elle x

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  38. Cannot believe you baked in that heat!! You are made of stronger stuff than us Poms. Here it is really cold now, biting wind and Snow is Expected which will no doubt bring everything to a Standstill..xxx

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  39. Dear FF, don't worry. The heat is sure to break. I am heading up to SE Qld this week. I have an amazing power - whenever I go north it cools and rains! So my super power (which isn't that super) will rescue you and your garden!

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  40. FF - not mad on the portrait and Kate's pursed lips when she has so much to smile about. xxx

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  41. Dear FF
    Snaps to you for authenticating via your air conditioner control the hideous old testament conditions that we are experiencing at the moment. Today is no better.
    Kate's portrait is very disappointing. It looks like a computer generated of what someone will look like in 20 years that the tabloids love to do. Eyes dead no vitality or youthful glow that she seems to exude.
    Kate Bx

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  42. Love that you have your own collection on Red Phoenix ! I think Kate's painting looks too much like a bad photo.

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  43. I wonder if the painting looks better in real life? By the way, I owe you a huge Thank You! My very first US outnet order is on it's way!!! I can't believe that I've let the UK site fleece me in the past!

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  44. NO not a fan of the portrait I'm afraid.

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  45. Can't say I'm a fan of the portrait. She looks like she hasn't had enough sleep, what is with the bags under her eyes. Possibly she has them but seriously, couldn't the painter have done a bit of cosmetic painting?

    Love the look of those brownies, I might need to bake some this week.

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  46. Dear FF, have you seen the photo where Kate meets to portrait artist and appears to be using a hand signal to give her judgement of the painting? Decidedly unprincesslike but too funny. Blogger won't let me put in the link as I am using an iPad but a quick ask of Mr Google will provide you with her official opinion of the painting.

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  47. I melted the rest of the week away up there last week, I don't know how you do it. Apparently though we're on for 39 tomorrow. I think I'm going to go watch a movie and soak up that chilly air con.

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