Flowers & #SundaySupper


























I had a pretty great weekend :)

We did some crafts, ate some nice food, and fed a few ducks by the lake.

But what really has a smile on my face is the lovely new flowers I got at the market this weekend!
































The Sunday Brisbane market is the "discovery" market which is code for the Trash-n-Treasure market. We love exploring the trash-and-treasure markets. Sometimes you can find some really cool, unique items. We are always looking for decor inspiration. A few weekends ago we found a really lovely carved wooden clock that is currently in our bedroom!

Nothing really sparked our interest this weekend, however, a part from the food and the flowers...

I got a bouquet of some lovely cream flowers for $10 and the hubs got 3 forearm length gourmet sausages for $10. So we both left feeling very content.

Flowers are always pretty reasonably priced at the market but if you want that sausage deal you need to come close to closing time. That's when you get the best deals at the food stalls.

I found this lovely glass pitcher at a trash-n-treasure sale. It has beautiful flowers and vines designed into the glass. I love using pretty pitchers like this as a flower vase. It gives a very homely-country feel to the kitchen.




For our Sunday supper we grilled up a nice pork roast and veggies. Doesn't get much better than a slow cooked pork roast with extra crunchy crackling...


On a sadder note this weekend we also killed a lizard... My partner tried to console me.

Hubs: It's the circle of life , you know, like the Lion King. That dead lizard will feed some other animal that lives off of road kill.

Me: There was no Holden Cruze SRI in the Lion King...




Beer & Nachos night


























Last night was NACHO NIGHT! These are the 3 ingredients you need in order to have a perfect nacho night:


1. A good movie
2. Beer 
3. & a reclining chair

The last isn't an absolute necessity but it helps a lot. We are beer connoisseurs. We brew our own beer! I have been doing it for a year now but my partner has been doing it for much longer. It so simple and cheaper than buying a carton every few weeks. Pop down to your local WoolWorths (or whatever your  major supermarket is) and get a brewing kit! Its really simple. The most expensive thing to buy is your equipment but when you think about how much money you will be saving in the long run its worth it. After that the only things you will need to purchase are your ingredients and they might run you max. 20 bucks.

Anyhow,  back to nacho night...











































Here's the recipe for my quick&dirty nachos!

Ingredients: 
1. Pork Mince
2. Red Kidney Beans
3. 1 and 1/2 cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4. Chopped Green Chili Pepper
5. 1 tsp of Chili Powder
6. 1tbsp of Cajun Seasoning
7. 1tbsp of Cumin
8. 1tbsp of Chicken Salt
9. 1/2 tbsp of Salt
10. Pepper to taste
11. Avocado diced
12. Sour Cream
13. Green onion to garnish
14. 1/2 cup chopped red onion
15. 1tbsp of Oil

Directions:
Place your oil into a skillet, and work it around until the base of the skillet is covered in a light layer of oil. Place your mince in and season it with your Chili Powder, Cajun, Cumin, Chicken Salt, Salt, & Pepper. When it is halfway cooked add your green chili peppers. Allow the mince to cook all the way through. If there is any excess liquid, drain it from your skillet. Next add your Red Kidney Beans. Then add your shredded cheese and red onion. Take a spoon and stir the mixture around in your skillet until the cheese is melted. Take your nacho chips and place them on a plate. Take your mince mixture and spoon it over the top of your nachos. Add your diced avocado over the top, a nice spoonful of sour cream, and sprinkle with green onion. Enjoy!

What are your favorite nacho ingredients? What drink do you feel compliments nachos best?




Sausage Sizzle & Thankful Thursday

So, last night I decided to keep it simple and go with an easy, favorite for dinner. SAUSAGES. Pork sausages, to be more specific. Since coming to Australia, "Sausage Sizzle" has been a phrase I've become very accustomed to hearing. On the weekend you are bound to run into 5 to 10 "Sausage Sizzles", whether you are at the local grocery store or even a hardware shop...


























I love a heap of caramelized onion on top of my sausages and for tonights dinner I even decided to add some sauteed bell pepper. 

I cooked my sausages on our George Forman, so I could get those nice grill marks but more importantly its a healthier way of cooking them. All of the fat just rolls off and leaves you with a perfectly cooked meal. 







Luckily, we had some leftovers! So I sliced open some buns, tucked in the sausages and wrapped them in foil for his lunch. I also put some bell pepper and onion in a plastic container, and some sauces in a zip lock bag. 















#ThankfulThursday


This week has been an emotional one. We scrambled the weekend before gathering the piles of information we needed in order for me to get my residency here in Australia. There was soooo much that needed to be done in a very short time! I only had a few days before I would have to leave the country. Even on the Monday of my immigration appointment we were scrambling to get documents certified and all that...

Luckily, we got everything done! And I got granted my bridging visa! So I'm on the road to residency here in Australia and most importantly I get to stay with my love. Ever since we got my bridging we have been sleeping very well, haha. 

The stress had kept us tossing and turning all night. Since it was granted we have been getting coma-like sleep, which I am also thankful for. We had a few drinks the night after the grant to celebrate and are planning a romantic getaway when I get my residency! So, I'm thankful for a lot this week.

What are you thankful for this week? What sides do you think compliment sausages? Share your recipes! 

Oh, and I'm also thankful for BatDad..


Fresh food market & lunch date at The Morrison Hotel

Is it wrong that I hadn't managed to get around to the Brisbane fresh food market until last weekend?



Well I finally did get to check it out and me and my partner had a lot of fun! I love the country-small town-relaxed vibes that farmer's markets exude. It reminds me a bit of being back in Tupelo (where I'm originally from)- not that Brisbane is anything remotely close to a small town. When you go out to these more remote areas where farmer's markets are usually located it makes you feel as though you are in a little town or a Nicholas Sparks movie...






I love meeting the sellers. They tend to be real characters with a vast knowledge of whatever fresh food they are selling. For instance if you meet a tomato farmer, you could end up learning about a bunch of interesting things you can do with a tomato. Even things you probably don't want to know...



Aside from the fresh food. I like looking at all the interesting cuisine being served. Selling hot food at markets is a intense competition. There are soooo many stalls to choose from so food vendors have to do something to draw your attention. Some do that by putting some rather interesting food creations on their menu to spark your interest. Some walk around with tasty treats on a platter they hope will draw you in after you take a nibble.

Oh and let's not forget the flowers!



Then we headed off to my partner's favorite lunch spot The Morrison Hotel. This was my first time going to the Morrison but it sure won't be my last! This place has some of the BEST steaks in Brisbane.  A fact my partner had shared with me on many occasions so I was excited when we happened to be in the area and decided to drop in. The food was mouthwatering.









 It's not the cheapest place but you definitely get your money's worth of food! What more could you ask for? If you come in around lunch time like us you can snag a good deal. For $35 pp we got two 300g steaks, two caesar salads, chips, baked potato, 2 garlic breads, 2 plates of tender bbq ribs, garlic butter, and mushroom gravy! We weren't anticipating the lunch time deal to be so massive so we had ordered cheesy garlic bread for an appetizer! Boy was that a mistake I didn't get through half of my delicious food, but it wasn't for lack of trying. We were practically rolling ourselves out of the door.

The place has a very chill vibe to it. A place where you can sit back, relax have a nice meal, a few beers, and check out the words of wisdom written on chalkboards up above.





The service was friendly and very speedy. Some real characters work there and make the dining experience even more enjoyable. Good place to go for a night out with friends whether you want to hang in the restaurant, the bar, or play the pokies.

After eating there I realize my partner's obsession with the place.































What do you like most about farmer's markets? Thanks for popping by! :)

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Nice Lake, good company, and few duckies... #recipe



















  

During the weekend my partner and I love to laze about, eating and drinking. If we can do all those things whilst sitting by a nice calm lake with a few duckies we are in a happy place. Luckily the new neighborhood that we recently moved to a few months ago has a big lake at it’s center. We love it! 

There is plenty of shaded areas, beautiful green grass to lay out on and hungry ducks that love to be fed. Perfect way to spend the weekend. On some occasions you are even lucky enough to have front row seats at one of the many weddings happening at the lake, out of respect we usually sit on the opposite side of the lake if there is a ceremony going on! But still good seats and lovely dresses to admire... 




This weekend we packed up the picnic blanket and some Bacon & Fried Egg Cheeseburgers and headed out! My partner was very happy when I told him what I would be making for our lunch. He loves a good burger and let me tell you these burgers were STACKED. Check it out for yourself !


D&C’s loaded Picnic burger 

Ingredients: 

  1. Beef burger patties 
  2. Sesame seed buns 
  3. Cooked, crispy bacon
  4. Fried Eggs 
  5. Mixed leaf lettuce 
  6. Mashed Avocados
  7. Red onion cut into rings 
  8. Tomato slices 
  9. Thinly sliced cheddar cheese 
  10. Sauteed green bell pepper
  11. Sauteed mushrooms 
  12. Ranch dressing (or whatever dressing you would like) 
  13. Salt and Pepper for seasoning 



To make it more “picnic friendly” we packed up most of our ingredients into plastic containers and brought plates with us so we could assemble them by the lake. Precook your burger patties, bacon,eggs (Season with a bit of S&P)-  And sautee your bell pepper and mushroom.  Put all of your salads into one container (lettuce, tomato, onion). I put the burger patties hot off the stove into my burger buns and wrapped them in foil so they would stay warm until we got to the park. Put your bacon, mushroom, and bell pepper into a container together. And all the rest of your ingredients into separate containers. Burgers are so easy its just preparing different bits and pieces and putting it all together. This is a delicious combo, trust me, we have tried a few dozen... 

If you would like to bring along sauces but you don’t want to bring the big bottles and then risk them going off... simply take a zip lock bag pour as much of the sauce as you think you will need into it and zip it up. Put it into your cooler bag. When time comes to use the sauce just tear a whole in the corner of the bag. And like magic you have your own squeezable sauce bag! 

A nice lake, good company, and few duckies are also essential ingredients...


Today is Big City BBQ here in Brisbane so Ill be heading off soon to join the festivities for a really good cause !

What's is your favorite picnic meal? Let me know, would appreciate some new ideas :) 

For the time being enjoy this calming, slow motion video of duckies swimming across the lake...





Tonsillitis free and changes!




I am healed!

My tonsillitis is finally gone. Very happy! We also got our home wifi hooked up. I hope to begin some new projects with my blog very soon. I'm kicking this off with a makeover. It was about time. I've also created a "grab button" section. So if you would like to pop it on your site, let me know and I will return the favor :)

So many posts to write up so many blog hops to catch up on!

I'm contemplating even starting a blog planner, but I've never been very good at keeping a planner.

A close friend of mine back home in the states just gave birth to a healthy baby girl. She is beautiful and I only wish I could see her in person!




Hope you all like the new look of AmeriAus. It's courtesy of Shiny Magic!


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