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525,600 minutes - how can you measure the life of Labradors??

My Funny James Valentine

I love good Children's TV, and good presenters, so even when I was a 'grown up" I would still rush home from school staff meeting to see Monday Munchies when James Valentine presented The Afternoon Show. At first he was a Model  and then a children's presenter and now he is a Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker, but for me, he will always be Monday Munchies: with all the wonderful and awful food he cooked and ate!!

I'm not one for resolutions, but I would like to be a more consistently post recipes so I am instigating Monday Munchies (which I can't tm!!) in honour of James Valentine's segment. So today I will be posting the recipe for my Layered Salad: Ta da!!

I have been slowly but surely gaining back hours from the DVR. I have over 100 hours available now, a number I haven't seen for a long time. Of course there is nothing to watch on TV, excluding the news, in seven days there are only 10 hours of TV to watch. Almost an ominous figure, but that's with ads. I will have to open the first set of Northern Exposure and start watching this week.

The weather has settled down to a manageable 25*C and so though we melt if we are outside, it is cooler all round. Great washing weather because my clothes dry lickety-split!! But this morning the air was very hazy and the smoke from the fires about half an hour up the road has been blowing in and out all day. The Sun shines orange and red through the smoke.

There is no craft to show, there has been a needlesworth of embroidery and a few windings of wool but nothing proper to show. I seem to be just lying on the couch or in bed being cooled by the two Mr Coolies.

Harki still loves going for a walk, even though she is hoppy- she holds her little sore leg up when she is standing still. She potters along, smells lots of smells and checks out my pockets for a treat.

Harki Hoppy

Peri has been rolling in smelly things, I have been plucking the really sticky grass seeds out of her and a few ticks. The ticks are the not fatal kind, but I check her every time, they seem to like her best.

Beautiful Peri
Lorelai Gilmore has been going on a longer walk to try to wear her out, which may be why I am more worn out and need extra naps!! It is a new experience to be barked at by dogs behind fences and walk beside the busy roads, but she is coping well. I let her have a little run free near the river when I can see we are alone. All The Labradors are exceptionally good models!!!

Gilly, Free
Tomorrow I am having my hair cut and then I am going to MrsDrWho's house to have tea with the Lovely Housesitter. Oh and MrsDrWho, I bought you 100 64 page exercise books @ 1 cent each. I am sure you can use them, maybe for LSCCWC??? Such a bargain.

One Hundred Books Marching Along

Layered Garden Salad (remembered from the AWW BBQ Cook book I think)

I used a deepish straight sided round bowl, like a trifle dish, that measured 25cm  diameter and  12 cm high. I think the salad would served 8 people, but the quantities are easily halved or doubled. It is best made the day before and left for the flavours to meld in the fridge. Oh and I had no parsley so I should have used the green spring onion parts instead.

  • 1 iceberg lettuce
  • 4 cups frozen peas
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 250g tasty cheese
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 tbspn sour cream
  • 1 tbspn Dijon mustardLay Salad Lay
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 spring onions
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 2 tbspn parsley

  • Shred the lettuce finely and put in the bottom of the salad bowl.
  • Next make a layer of peas.
  • Slice the eggs and mushrooms and layer them on top of the peas.
  • Top with grated cheese.
  • Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and shallots. Pour over the salad.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight or for as many hours as you can.
  • Top with tomato slices, crispy crumbled fried bacon and chopped parsley.
Plate of salad



that sounds like a damn fine salad! Sour cream as well?!

And all those hours of tv to watch - the knitting! Think of the knitting!

Rose Red

I am going to enjoy Monday Munchies! Sorry there has been little crafting, but we all have our off times, am sure you will be knitting and stitching again in no time, especially now the weather has cooled a bit for you.


Monday Munchies....sounds like something to look forward to.

I'm so glad that Harki still enjoys her walks even though she is 'hoppy'. 'Us' cripples still need to find joy in our lives LOL

Where on earth did you get all those exercise books so cheap??!!!

Isn't the cooler weather wonderful....up here it has been cool....fabulous!!!!

Do we get a sneak peak of your new hairstyle tomorrow? :)


Yummy salad! I'm currently *dreaming* of a low of 25C while I'm wrapped in seven duvets!

Laurie (Moo!)

Salad can't be bad, it's got BACON!

We flew thru all of the shows we recorded and for the last 2 weeks I've been watching DIY Channel (remodeling shows). Now I want to tile and grout!


that salad looks yum!!
Enjoy Northern Exposure. One of my favourites :)


The labradors are all looking so photogenic! :)

I am having the same battle with my DVR - I decided before Christmas to try to watch EVERY single Christmas movie on TV.. before the end of December. It turned out to be impossible since I had to cancel my time off from work :( So I still have about 10 Christmas movies to get through!!


TV. We have more stations to watch than we ever had, but there is still nothing worth seeing, especially after 9 at night.


I love the idea of all those empty pages just waiting to be written on.


Happy New Year! I hope your house is safe from the fires.

There is nothing to watch on TV here either. I don't know what we'd do without Netflix. Do you have something like that where you live?


Happy New Year and special pats to the dorables!

What a wonderful pile of exercise books - Kim often buys them and gives them to his clients to keep track of things
It is nice and cool here today _ I hope it is for you too!


wow what a great price! and the salad looks yummy.


The teacher in me has to ask, where did you find 64 page exercise books for 1 cent each?I thought I had a bargain when I got 196 page ones for 38 cents each, but yours is a much better bargain.

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