During April we visited Australia for a few weeks. Had easter there with the family. It was great. Melbourne, South Australia, Sydney. Three states in 3 weeks and a long haul road trip thrown in for good measure.
Good old Bondi.
Ate delicious food made by my beautiful mum.
A road trip to South Australia from Melbourne.
Victor Harbor, South Australia.
Exploring Taronga zoo.
Coogee was lovely.
We recently drove to Canada and visited Niagara falls. It was lovely. I’ve always wanted to see it. I had a lovely time with the fam.
I’ve always been interested about finding out more about my family ancestry. My parents are both from Croatia and I think that has really limited the documented records I could find. I’ve found zilch to be honest. So I decided to do an ancestry DNA test. It’s really fascinating and some aspects were slightly surprising. I suspected I would have some Italian/Greek ancestry (because of Croatias geographical proximity to Italy and Greece) , but the percentage was higher than I thought it would be. My dad is from Istria though, maybe that’s why that particular percentage is so high? He does speak Italian and makes great gnocchi, hehe.
Another quiet book page. The mouse and cheese is my favourite. Just have to mention that felt glue is awesome. The mouse eyes and ears were glued on and it seems to be pretty sturdy. So hopefully it will hold up well.
The finished cover to my quiet book 😊
A few months ago I started making a dress for Sophie. Life got in the way and I left it unfinished and forgotten. Well today I decided to have another go. I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never made a dress before. It’s been a long time since grade 9 Textile and Design class, lol. I now just need to hem it and add a loop and hook thingy.
I have also been working on another quiet book for a friend.
Made another quiet book, but for my friends kid. Was a lot more quicker and easier with the right tools. This is the book cover (not completed), a cloud with rainbow rain ☔️.
Available at my local Target in NJ ❤️
Merry Christmas 🙂
This is our second Christmas in the USA. Last year we arrived in the USA about 8 days before Christmas. Omg, the year has gone so quickly.
Anyway, we had a lovely Christmas. We had Christmas lunch, which we kind of found out is more common in Australia than the USA.
We don’t go overboard with material gifts at our house either. A few gifts to make the kids happy and then a nice lunch.
- Chicken soup. A Croatian-Australian special meal is not complete without with soup! Can you imagine eating hot soup during a hot Australian summer? Haha. Crazy I know, but tradition! Lol.
- Pork loin roast with roast vegetables. Recipe is here.
- Beetroot salad with feta ( a Jamie Oliver favourite of mine).
- Green beans and asparagus
- Potato salad, Croatian style
- Quinoa tabbouleh. Recipe here. I really love this tabbouleh with quinoa more than the traditional way it’s made (with something other than quinoa, but I don’t remember what it’s called).
- Bread – I made my own bread rolls, because I still haven’t found good bread where I live. I would like to add that mark forgot some delicious home made French baguettes on the train. Made and given to him by a lovely French lady that makes great French bread. I almost cried when he told me he forgot it on the train.
- Pavlova – and of course no special occasion is the same without a pav. Mine keep cracking, but it still tastes delicious!
- Kifle – I made some Croatian kifle. They are like jam filled shortbread biscuits/cookies. This was my first attempt ever. My mum normally makes these around Christmas time and I was craving them. The jam filling is like a really thick plum jam. More like a paste. I found plum jam, but I could not find the specific type of Croatian jam my mum uses. Regular jam kinda explodes from the sides, whereas the other jam is more stable when baking. Oh and when I rolled mine I didn’t do it properly and the end bit began to stick up when baking. So they basically look horrible, but taste great.
- Honey biscuits – my mother in law makes honey biscuits at Christmas time and they smell and taste delicious. My first attempt this Christmas and they turned out great. I did end up icing them all.
With only the 4 of us this is a lot of food. A lot of left overs. It is a lot of work to make Christmas lunch/dinner. Like a special meal. Not like the simple meals I make daily. I didn’t realize how much work it was until I did it myself. Before now I would just rock up at mum and dad’s place or my aunties and enjoy the lovely meal they prepared for Christmas lol. It’s just very time consuming. I don’t normally make 4 or 5 different sides with our everyday lunches and dinner, or a selection of desserts, lol.
Need I say more? A special delivery from Australia.