One Pot Cooking at Ally’s Castle

Hi everyone I hope you are staying safe and keeping well.I often spend time watching cooking shows on TV and also the shopping channel (dangerous habit). I recently purchased yet another kitchen gadget, it’s a power saver and one pot cooking.Today I created Mac Cheese with onion and bacon.In this pot below I added onion, bacon, pasta, cheese, milk and water. Closed it up and turned on the power. I was too lazy to grate the cheese and probably added too much.25 minutes later the meal for one was cooked to perfection and so yummy.It’s not exactly a healthy every day meal but everything is alright in moderation.

Art Lessons Online

Months ago I mentioned that I had gone to a Seniors Art Class several times and that unfortunately came to an end due to relocating and health issues. I have continued to draw and paint at home here but feel I needed more. I did find an art class nearby that I was going to join , it is now closed due to the coronavirus.

There are numerous classes online. I recently did a free introduction which focused on direction, lines and curves. I decided to join , pay a reasonable fee so I could continue to learn. It also gives me a purpose and some structure.

The first 3 weeks of the paid lessons have been about the following:

Breaking down the drawing barriers, learning to see shapes, drawing without seeing, flipping our perception.

For the first lesson I needed to screw up a sheet of A4 paper, push a pencil through another sheet and on an other sheet draw the shapes that I could see on the screwed up sheet without seeing my actual drawing. It’s not as complicated as I have tried to explain it.

The second lesson was to pick a subject and draw that without seeing my actual drawing again. I chose a frog , the picture below was my third attempt. Sorry the photo is a but faint.

The third lesson was about ‘flipping our perception ‘. Pick a subject and draw it upside down , seeing this time. I chose two elephants.

I understand the purpose of the exercises in the lessons so far. I am enjoying it and look forward to the next lesson in 4 days.

Midriff Flab….Update

Today I did a quick prune of my potted plants and gave them a good drenching and some nutrients.

On my way to the garden waste bins at the front of the complex I passed an 89 year old neighbour who is often sitting by her door smoking and doing crosswords. She is in the early stages of dementia. I always make time to chat with this lovely lady.

I was wearing shorts and a tee shirt.

The dear lady said to me “I didn’t know you had so much fat around your middle and back”.

Oh dear perhaps I need to prune my midriff, maybe some liposuction…..just joking πŸ˜‚.

Seriously I might need to increase my speed and time on my treadmill.

Happy Days. Keep SmilingπŸ™‚


I do have a treadmill in my compact living area. Because of some health issues I need to be careful. The physiotherapist recommended 10 minutes at a crawl speed, increase if I feel ok. I usually aim at 10 Minutes and walk about 500 meters.

Today I managed 15 minutes and walked 740 metres. πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

Cheese Scones at Ally’s Castle

Today I made a small batch of Cheese Scones. I call them Kiwi Cheese Scones.

Recipe: 1 cup of Self Raising Flour,

I cup of tasty grated cheese

2/3 cup of milk

Pinch of salt

Pinch of Paprika (optional)

I added a heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard that I had mixed into the milk.

They would also be nice with chives.

Preheat Oven to 220 degrees Celsius

Mixture all ingredients together, reserve the paprika for later.

The mixture is fairly moist and sticky, no need to knead or roll out.

Spoon onto a greased tray .I did heaped tablespoon lots. Sprinkle with paprika if desired. I chose to sprinkle with more grated cheese.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.


Isolation at Ally’s Castle

Many of you know I live in a Seniors Single Studio. I thought I would share some photos of my main living area. I am blessed with what I have, am happy and contented.

Part of the kitchen. I still haven’t put away my online grocery order that arrived yesterday.My living room is compact and comfortable. You can see my loyal friends who never move an inch.Before moving here last May I had purchased a treadmill. I had thought about selling it , am glad I didn’t. The physiotherapist said if I do 10 minutes a day at a crawling pace that would be fine. I walked 500 metres tonight. I can watch TV while I am walking.My table and computer fit in nicely.Happy Easter.Don’t worry be happy, Count your blessings and not your problems xo πŸ’“πŸ˜‚πŸŒ»πŸ‘πŸ™‚

A Picnic At Ally’s Castle

At home keeping safe in isolation. Wishing I could go for a picnic down by the sea or the local park but sadly not allowed.

Fortunately I do have a good supply of frozen food. Into the Airfryer I put in fish and chips. Once cooked I decided to wrap them in gladbake….didn’t have any newspaper.

I then opened the parcel up… it’s even got some lemon in there.

I then needed to find some seagulls that would normally hang around at a picnic. I had to settle for a magpie πŸ¦….

I enjoyed my make believe picnic.

Happy Easter everyone.

Tune Into Reality

I am a 69 year old woman who lives alone in tax funded accommodation. I have some medical issues which includes having an Autoimmune Condition.I have been living alone now for 12 years. I am comfortable and coping well despite a recent visit to hospital with a Respiratory concern.

To be honest it’s not unusual for me to stay at home for several days in a row and have no face to face contact with anyone.Thank goodness for the television and Wi-Fi etc
If I didn’t switch on the television and internet I honestly might not know what is going on in the world.

I am thankful for my youngest son Andrew for his ongoing love and support. Andrew lives 3.5 hours drive from me in NSW. I live in QLD, the border has now been closed.

Today I had a new experience Andrew called me on ‘face time’ , I was able to see and hear Andrew, Lyn and Koby my 5 year old grandson. I knew face time existed but this was all new to me.

I am also thankful to all my friends here on WordPress, I appreciate the contact we have , it’s awesome thanks.

It’s 10.27pm here in Brisbane , time for sleeping.

Goodnight. Stay safe and well. πŸ¦‹πŸŒ»πŸŒΊ