Santa Arrived Early at Ally’s Castle.

Buy your own Christmas present and then you get what you really need. Because I have a passion for art I decided to purchase an easel.

My Black French Box Easel arrived today. It also came with a free box of treasures worth $100.

Do I wait until Christmas….NO WAY…..

I live in a small one bedroom unit so I might need to rearrange a few things.

I was pleasantly surprised with the free treasure box

All good quality products and very useful.

Thank you Santa β€πŸ˜€πŸŽ¨xo

DElONIX Regis (Poinciana)

The Poinciana is an iconic Brisbane tree. Beautiful displays of vibrant colour red through to orange flowering throughout summer.

This first photo I took last May or June

The next photos were taken this morning. These trees are all in the backyard where I live.

I picked up a sample of the flower that was on the ground.

I am feeling so blessed to have such beauty in my life.

Beautiful Jacarandas are also in flower. They are often seen to be lining the streets and people’s yards. When the flowers drop the grass and pathways become carpeted with the colour of purple…Looks divine.

Cooking at Ally’s Castle

During the weekend I purchased a variety of vegetables , more than I can use fresh for one person. I decided to make a vegetable curry, never made one before.

I am not a big fan of curries, can tolerate only mild.

I decided to use my slow cooker. I put in the following ingredients:

Garlic, ginger, onion, egg plant, carrot, sweet potato, broccoli,fennel, potato, tin of tomato puree, butter beans and coconut milk, salt & pepper, small amount of water. I didn’t have curry paste so I added a good quality curry powder.

Cooked on a low setting for 5 hours.

I then did a taste test. For me it tasted too sour so I added some dark brown sugar, still a bit sour so I added chopped mango in juice…..that did the trick for my taste buds. πŸ˜‹

Dinner is served: Vegetable Curry and Rice.

I can keep some for tomorrow and freeze the rest in single serves πŸ˜€.

Smoky Haze

Bush fires too close to home, am safe as long as I avoid inhaling the smoke due to potential asthma attack.I am mindful of people who have lost loved ones and also their homes during this current state of emergency. I offer prayers πŸ™πŸΌand support to those in need.The sky is shrouded with a thick smoky haze here in Brisbane.Numerous fires burning in Australia. I read an article yesterday that indicated that the smoke in the sky has traveled from Australia over to New Zealand.We are praying πŸ™πŸΌfor rain and lots of it.

Being Creative

Today I needed to learn to paint with arcylics on canvas. I thought the best way would be to practice on smaller boards first and then when I feel confident I can progress to the 11″ x 14″ that I plan to use to paint a dinosaur for my grandsons 5th birthday.

I am happy with my learning today.