Monday, March 8, 2010

It's a long weekend ...Things have got a little spotty

That would be right - The frist time I get to have a public holiday off this year and I get sick. I have spots. Not everywhere - Just on my left side - On my arm, torso and back of my shoulder. Nowhere else. They are quite painful and make me feel yukky....... We went off to the after hours doctor yesterday who says he has been in practice for 35 years and hasn't seen anything like them - Likewise the other doctor he brought in........ So I have been diagnosed with a "viral infection" and sent home with pills and cream and told to come back if they do not clear up by tomorrow.

I thought that I would take the opportunity to show you some recent market and garage sale finds. Isn't this vintage lace lovely.

And this old Wooden school desk with a lift up lid. This cost me $5 and is destined to be sanded back and painted white for my shabby chic overhaul of our bedroom. You can see it white can't you?

These lovely garden pots used to be 7 but I dropped one getting them out of the car but they only cost me $10 for the lot.

Here they are all planted out. They look much happier now.

I thought I would give you a couple of quick recipes today for budget busting pasta dishes. When I make them there is always enough left over to take for lunches for a few days.
This one doesn't really have a name but tastes delicious.
500g Beef Mince
Jar of Dolmio Tomato & Basil or similar (Can get on special for $1.50 per jar)
Packet of Penne or Spiral Pasta
Tablespoon of Sugar
Sprinkle of Onion & Garlic Flakes
Cracked Pepper
Brown the mince in a frying pan - Drain off any excess fat. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the pasta and boil until cooked to your liking.
Add the Dolmio, Sugar, Onion, Garlic & Pepper to the mince and simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain off the pasta and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the mince and sauce and mix together. Serve hot and steamy

This one is Amy's favourite. We call it Sweet Chilli Chicken Pasta.
You will require :-
Olive oil Spray
Fresh Chicken - Thigh or Breast - 500g
Packet of Penne Pasta
300ml Cream
2 Rashes Bacon
1/3 Cup Maggi Sweet Chilli Sauce
Garlic & Onion Flakes
Dice The Bacon and fry in a frying pan sprayed with olive oil until brown. Remove from the pan and set to one side. Dice the chicken, add the garlic and onion flakes and fry in the same pan as you cooked the bacon. Fill a pot with water and bring to the boil. Add the pasta and cook to your liking. When the chicken is browned add the 300ml of cream, cooked bacon and sweet chilli sauce. Simmer for around 10 minutes be careful that you do not overcook and seperate the cream. Drain the pasta into a large mixing bowl and add the chicken and cream sauce. Mix well and serve. Delicious !! There is never enough left over of this dish in our house for left overs but this dish does not re-heat well without adding some fresh cream as the sauce tends to seperate.

Let me know how you go with them.
Have a great week where ever you are.


luv2quilt2 said...

Look up 'shingles' on the internet and see if that could be your problem. Those spots appear on only one side of the body.

Joy said...

Oh Fee you poor thing. I do hope you're feeling better soon.
I absolutely LOVE that little desk, and YES, I can definitely see it in white ... how gawjus!!! You got a bargain for sure :o)!!!
Joy :o)

Lucky-1 said...

Oh your arms does look very painful and itchy...... hope its improving heaps for you.

Elyte said...

Hope you recover quickly but after reading your blog your rash doesn't appear to have slowed you down. The pots look great planted out in that corner and the desk will look gorgeous in white.

Jocelyn said...

Oh my Fiona, I hope that you are feeling better and the meds have helped.

Debbie said...

Try rubbing "Mylanta" on it, if the cream isn't relieving the itch. Always happens when you have something planned.Poor thing!

Willow Grove - Kez said...

Hope your spots dont stop you from all that you wanted to get done this weekend. And hope you get better soon.

What bargains you have found. I can see that desks in white. Very nice.

Now you have made me hungry must do lunch.



Colleen's Blog Long Island NY said...

Fiona, I hope that you are feeling better. Shingles is a possibility. But they run along a nerve and are very painful. Love the little desk. It will look beautiful in white.

Sweet P said...

The rash looks and sounds like Shingles to me too. I love the desk and think it will be great painted white. I wish I could find an awesome find like that. I guess if I don't shop, I won't ever find one.

Bev said...

Hate to say it buddy but shingles is always on one side of the body only and is very painful! I've had them twice! They are like the chicken pox virus and can be contagious! Hope it isn't that! Fingers crossed that you feel better!


Allie said...

I see someone mentioned shingles - extremely painful. My mom gets them, could it be that? Hers appear all around her waistline. I hope the meds work for you quickly!

I love your lace and especially that desk - yes I can see it painted white and it's going to look divine.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hon, tie a muslin bag of rolled oats under the tap in your bath and let the bag soak in the filled bath for a bit before soaking yourself in it for a good 1/2 hour...your poor love!!

SheilaC said...

Shingles was the first thing I thought of too, that is usually only one side of the body.
It is really painful...

Hope you feel better soonest!


Pauline said...

Hi Fiona.
I am with the other it shingles? sounds like it.
I hope you are on the mend soon mate.

Dee said...

I am sure if it was shingles a doctor of that age would have seen them before and recognised them.

I do a similar pasta dish to the second one. Basicallly remove the sweet chilli sauce and use a good dollop of seeded mustard. I use fresh garlic and onion and have used light carnation milk as its better on the hips but not as cheap as cream

Jude said...

Hope you are well soon. the pots,lace and other goodies were an excelent find. Will try the chicken pasta wednesday, thanks for the recipe.

LifeStillGood said...

Oh Fiona I hope you are feeling better soon. The rash looks nasty. Thanks for the recipes. I have just printed them out.

Contented Caroline said...

Hope you get better soon Fiona - looks nasty. Thank you for the recipes. Pop over to my blog and hopefully a little free BOM will help to cheer you up

paulette said...

SCORE!! Great GS finds!! Oh, I can see that desk all painted white -it's gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

I hope you start feeling better soon! That looks nasty! Love the little table.... I am a table nut though...have too many for my needs but I can never resist. The pots are awesome as well. Great deals girl!

Have a nice day.


Jantine said...

I know the feeling, I had them on my legs and they turned into big big blisters. Hope yours will be only spots. For me it was a combination of artificial food additions and sunlight that did the trick....

Sandy said...

Hope you feel better real soon and have the mystery solved.
Quick question from this American gal...what is beef mince? I love learning all of our differences.

prashant said...

I hope that you are feeling better and the meds have helped.
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RG said...

Oh dear girl!!
Do take care and I hope the spots clear up and you're feeling better in no time!
Love your finds and the recipes sound yum!!
Thanks once again :-)