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 💓😂🌻👍🙂

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 🦅.

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. 🦋🌻🌺

The Saga Of The Pink Canvas

Thanks to everyone that responded to my request for your views of what to paint on the pink canvas. Your ideas have given me hints for potential paintings..🙂👍

It started out like this:

I finally decided to paint a tree. It’s free hand with no stretching. I only used three, raw sienna and green. I just let the brush go wild and do whatever happens. Trees in the environment don’t have measured trunks, branches and leaves, they are free form unless trimmed into shapes. I reckon it’s a tad Rastafarian which I like. To be honest it was meant to be a Weeping Willow. Knowing me I will now leave for a couple of days and if I think it needs more attention I will add to it. The trunk is a bit thin but it’s a strong one 😂.

My next project is going to be a little country cottage with a thatched roof.

Soda Bread at Ally’s Castle

This morning I made Soda Bread for the first time. Inspired by Jamie Oliver. I couldn’t buy any plain flour but did manage to get some Barley Flour which I had never previously used.The ingredients I used were a cup of plain flour, cup of barley flour, 2 teaspoons of Baking Soda, 1 teaspoon each of salt and sugar. Handful of rolled oats. 1 cup of Almond Milk (use any milk you like).Mix altogether, the dough is a tad’s meant to be. Knead lightly place on a baking tray, mark top with a knife then sprinkle on rolled oats. You can also drizzle over some olive oil but not too much….I forgot to do that. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Jamie’s recipe uses a cup of plain flour and a cup of wholemeal flour, he also used buttermilk.

Mine tastes pretty good but could have done with a little bit more sweetener.

Recycling A Stretched Canvas

Here in self isolation I have plenty of spare time to do whatever I like. I have enough art and craft stuff to last me a lifetime.I painted over this old stretched canvas with gesso and pink aryclic paint, was just mucking around. I now need to add a subject. I have been thinking of flowers with butterflies, or birds on a branch, or maybe a lovely frog. Can anyone visualize what might look good ? Your thoughts wil be much appreciated.