A quote from my friend's wedding
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
On Saturday our family enjoyed the most wonderful day!
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My best friend Martine married the love of her life, Peter SangHeon Jeon
It was so nice to speak with Martine and her parents before the wedding ceremony. I was bursting with excitement! I couldn't wait for the ceremony to begin. Martine's beauty was a ray of sunshine. She was glowing. I was so happy to see my best friend's dream about to be fulfilled
Martine and Peter were married in the Brisbane Australia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at Kangaroo Point. The ceremony was so beautifully worded. Very special for everyone who attended
Mr and Mrs Jeon
With our religious beliefs we are married in the temple for time and eternity, not 'til death do you part. We believe our lives do not end when we die that we live on in the eternities and what better way to enjoy this than with the ones we love
The inscription on the Temple reads
'Holiness to the Lord . House of the Lord'
My husband David and I with Peter and Martine
I surprised them by wearing my Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing)
Peter is originally from South Korea
In the afternoon a beautiful reception was held at a relatives home with the Glasshouse Mountains as a backdrop
The bride and groom arriving at the reception
The weather was perfect and there were lovely people to chat with
My Auntie Cathy made the beautiful wedding cake
The lace work was Exquisite! A scrumptious mud cake
Mr and Mrs Jeon were so happy
I embroidered this keepsake piece as part of Martine and Peter's wedding gift
Wishing Peter and Martine the most wonderful life together
I'm so happy as their eternity has just begun~^^
Friday, August 23, 2013
I am starting a 'Friday Find' for my blog. To introduce you to artisans and their beautiful handmade gorgeousness. There is so much character, uniqueness and love in every handmade piece whether it is a painting, cuddly toy, or jewellery. . . to name a few!
Do you love texture? Do you love colour? I would like to introduce you to Fiona Hill. A mixed media artist from New South Wales, Australia
Her cards, prints and original paintings are colourful and brighten your soul
I particularly admire the textures in Fiona's paintings. Click on each photo to see the detail
Mixed media painting Love comes to me <-- link
Original painting Separate Worlds <-- link
Quote by Fiona ~ 'I delight in the discovery of new textures and mixed media processes. I believe that our thoughts create our lives and often look to combine my art with inspiration'
A piece of art for children
Acrylic painting Follow Your Dreams <-- link
Fiona's artwork is handmade using various materials, such as ~ acrylic, water soluble and spray paints, pens, crayons, gel medium, newspaper, and clear vanish
Visit Fiona's shop and her blog to find out more about her artwork. Also creative pursuits with her beautiful daughter
Sophie bunny was made using an adorable woodland themed fabric. She has a sweet crochet tail
I'm going to my best friend's wedding tomorrow!
Hope you have a lovely weekend,
Friday, August 16, 2013
Hubby found a Chicken Ginger Congee recipe in The Courier Mail and asked if I could make it some time. I made it last weekend. It was yummy. Good winter food!
Did I hear you say "What is congee?"
Congee or conjee is a type of rice porridge or gruel popular in many Asian countries
In Korea, it is known as Juk. It is considered the ideal choice of food for babies, the ill or elderly, as it is easily eaten and digested
I have made a Korean Juk before ~ 소고기 야채죽 ( SoGoGi YaChaeJuk )
Translation is 'Beef Porridge with Vegetables'
I'll do a post on this recipe another time
Chicken Ginger Congee
1 litre chicken stock
4 slices fresh young ginger (I used minced ginger)
1/2 cup long grain rice (we prefer the texture of medium grain rice)
200g chicken, diced into 1cm pieces
1 tsp Chinese rice wine (I had rice wine vinegar in the pantry)
Salt and ground white pepper
2 tbsp spring onion, finely sliced
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp fried shallots
2 tsp fried garlic
Soy sauce, to serve
Bring the chicken stock, water and ginger to the boil in a large heavy-based saucepan over a hight heat. Add rice and reduce the heat to medium-low
Simmer for 1 hour, covered, stirring occasionally to prevent the rice from catching until thickened and most of the liquid has been absorbed
Add chicken to the congee, cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add rice wine to congee and season to taste with salt and pepper
* I added the spring onion, sesame oil, shallots and garlic during the cooking process
Serve congee in bowls, sprinkle with spring onion, drizzle with sesame oil and top with fried shallots and garlic
Serve with soy sauce on the side
Recipe by Michelle Noerianto
If I have the ingredients I'll be making Beef Vegetable Juk (Beef Porridge with Vegetables) today. Our baby boy (9yrs old) was picked up early from school yesterday. He has had temps and felt rather horrible. I'm sure it will help the healing process
If you try this recipe I hope you enjoy it!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
On Monday August 12 we took our children to the Ekka for the first time
They were so excited to go!
We went with our friends. It was great to share the experience
Here's our son with the kissing fish
How adorable are these ducklings?
The animal nursery was a hit
Love the detail on this chooks feathers
It was a busy day at the Ekka
One of my favourite games when I was a child
If I was on this ride I would have the same facial expressions as the lady on the left
The show bag pavilion was packed
By late afternoon it was time to rest our sore feet
At the center arena we saw horse jumping
Extremely loud Devil's Taxi
The Rooftop Express Show was good
During the singing of the Australian anthem
These guys were very talented
You could feel the heat
During the fireworks display there was a guy flying with a jetpack, quad bikes with kites flying behind them and fireworks attached to it, laser light show, and Ironman dropped by
One of the fireworks entertainers
On the way home our children said they had fun and we couldn't wait to climb into our comfy beds
Hope you've had a great day, Julia
Friday, August 09, 2013
First I would like to share some exciting news with you!
On August 5, my Pear Pincushion made from vintage fabric
was featured on the front page of Etsy.
My Etsy shop closed a while ago
Last Saturday I baked Banana Cake and watched a movie with our children
Served with ice cream and strawberries. Yummo!
Our eldest son said 'I don't like the cake. I love it!'
It was time well spent, to see how much they were enjoying it
Who doesn't like fresh baked goodies straight from the oven?
This recipe is from my beautiful Mum
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp bi-carb soda, dissolved in 2 tbsp milk
4 or 5 mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups SR flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven at 200 oC
Prepare cake tin ~ lightly spray with oil and line with baking paper
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and bananas
Add dry ingredients, then milk and bi-carb soda mixture
Mix for 2 minutes until well combined
Pour mixture into cake tin
Mix for 2 minutes until well combined
Pour mixture into cake tin
Bake in oven for 30 minutes
Have a great weekend with your loved ones
Friday, August 02, 2013
Yesterday afternoon we took the kids for a drive to see USS George Washington while it is docked in Brisbane. We thought the boys, in particular, would have thought it was cool however they didn't. One comment was 'Where's the fun stuff?'
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It was nice to get out of the house, do something spontaneous and have some family time together. The fish and chips we bought on the way home were yummy
Have you done anything spontaneous recently?