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Thermomix Nutty Orange Soup

It’s the middle of winter here and the perfect type of weather for hot soup. I had planned on making this last night but had a migraine and jack ended up picking up pizza instead.

I made this up on a whim, we have had a similar sweet potato soup by Lorna Jane. As i walked around the supermarket yesterday trying to work out what to have for dinner, knowing full well that jack had to much off to work, i just picked up some odds and sods, i was after a sweet soup, and when making pumpkin soup i usually use condensed milk, but remembered the dip we already had in the fridge.

Thermomix Nutty Orange Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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• 1/2 small pumpkin, de-seeded, peeled and cut into pieces.
• A tub of Sweet Potato & Cashew Dip.
• A Can of Cream of Corn
• Stock (i used two cans ^)
• Crunchy Peanut Butter
• 1 teaspoon – Dukkah Lemon & Herb Spice Mix

• Chop up Pumpkin, add all ingredients into thermomix.
• Set 25 minutes, 100 degrees, speed 2.
• When finished put on for a further few minutes slowly increasing speed to 10

NB: Soup will be very hot, so slowly add the speed only getting to ten in the last few seconds.
Salt & Pepper to taste.


So on trend

Kmart’s Rocking it at the moment, and the internet is in a Frenzy at all of the new products that are coming out. I have just been looking at the website at some of the things that have appeared online, and i must say they have used the anti on the homewares.

I am loving the bamboo and white combination, and have plans for doing the bathroom and the kitchen in this colour tone, i already have quite a bit of it in the living room. We have been Konmaring the house the past few months and have gotten rid of some large bulky furniture items, and i am slowly adding new items at an inexpensive price point to add new decor. I want a light bright feel.

Below are some of the things i have brought over the past 12 months or so.Read More »

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KonMari & Kmart and combining my worlds

You will have noticed an influx of posts here that where previously on my other blog “Mrs B’s Place”, i made the decision this week to combine the blogs together as i haven’t been blogging at all, and personally for me its just easier this way..

As you may know i have been doing the KonMari Method over the past few months and have completed Clothes, Books, Paper, Stationary, Craft Supplies, and various other Komono items, i have how-ever began to stumble on the Kitchen area, i have been doing it slowly, and some things have been sorted others i am still to work on. it should have been a relatively easy task, but i have been procrastinating over it.

Another area i am stuck on is Kmart… here i am getting the house in order and they go and up the stakes on the homewares to a level to high that i am dizzy with wanting all of the pretty stuff. though i have been a little more choosey on the items i am after, and have places in my for what i have brought and want to buy. The house does look so much better with the extra layers.

The why don’t i have … debate

hi friends,

yeah i know i dropped off the blogosphere for a short while. all good round here on the home front now that the rent inspection is done and dusted.

So why am i dropping by you say.. well it’s because something has been bugging the crap out of me, and i cant not share those thoughts..

well here goes..

Android users complaining about the fact that they don’t have the same wonderful apps that iPhone users have. Chantelle from FatMumSlim shared on her page a few days ago in regards to having her app on the iPhone platform and not on android, and i am aware of others who have also mentioned why they only use the one platform and it all boils down to cost.

I am not an app developer, but i am a consumer, and i buy a LOT of apps.. a real LOT of apps, and you can tell that it has taken time for a developer to come up with the concept and to get them as polished and user friendly as possible. Yeah there are some really terrible apps out there, that makes you wonder why apple even passed them, but there are some beautiful apps that are a joy to use.

So android don’t have certain apps.
well guess what. as soon as i heard that several apps where going to be released i got another iPhone after going android for a while. and i have ZERO regrets about doing so..

SERIOUSLY: even if you only use the iPhone as a back up phone for photos and the like so you can share in the joy…


Catching up…

Its been an age, or it feels that way since i last updated, but i am so pleased to share that Kmart have brought out a bucket load of new homewares. i haven’t been able to get into the store yet, but i am itching to do so

Check out the Kmart pages on Instagram and Facebook, there is just way too much to share in one post.

i think the last thing i brought at Kmart was the nest of tables for the lounge, which i am loving. The photos below show some of the latest updates around our house.


KonMari and digital media

CDs DVDs games   CDs DVDs games

I set down last night and started going through my DVD collection CDs and WII games

To be sorted   To be sorted Discard and maybe   Discard and maybe Keep   Keep

I do you have to sort through the small well relatively small pile of loose CDs that I mainly family photos and videos so they can really go in the sentimental category


Bag Lady

  • Bags done.

I have gathered a lot of this from a Facebook post / comments, so if you are on my friends list there is a good chance that you have already read it.

As part of KonMari and clearing out what no longer brings JOY I have been procrastinating over this one task. You see Handbags are my weakness, i fall for them so easily, i dream about them… But not all of them i have loved.

I have always been about the pockets and what they can fit, and how many there where. I used to carry the kitchen sink, sofa, and a couple of bricks in my bag ok maybe not so drastic, but it sure felt that way, because the bags where also heavy. Over time i have managed to cut down what i actually take with me for an outing. Now its only a clutch purse with many items stuffed in there. A camera (Depends on day and where we are off to, but i have a small Fuji DSLR that i carry around), and always my phone and sunglasses.

I also have a bad back so tend to have stuck with Cross Body type bags, and most of my older bags where in black. More recently i have branched out and brought assorted colours, which bring me much more joy.


The first number is total of Bags, second in brackets is what i kept. Not all are in correct categories and i probably could have broken it down further.

* Purses, small bags and pencil cases : 21 (14) 2a
* Small bags. 15. (5)
* Clutches 5 (2)
* Bags/ Lunch/ Beach 14 still have more than this somewhere (7) plus current tote I am using
* Camera bags 8 one is a nappy bag. Keeping all ⅔ small camera bags for Jack to sort
* School/Laptop 6 (1 is mine which i am keeping)
* Shopping bags 14 (5) purged one rest an be used for donation bags.

Total sorted 82
Total I’m keeping 41 still some more to be sorted by Jack 5+ () (+See others) & Angel: 10 (5).

Purses, Small Bags & Pencil Cases: 

Majority is pencil cases, small make-up type purses that I use to sort things in my handbags like small camera stuff, note books, pens etc.  I’m positive I have more pencil cases that could be in stationary. I did find my Jewellery Bag that i use for travelling and one i use for medication.

Camera, Nappy, Laptop Bags

This is a Mixed Bag (See what i did there :))…

Baby bags make for great camera bags. I use the baby bottle holders for my lenses and assorted stuff for my camera bag. Mine is a Vanchi, I love that they have so many pockets, but many now can be just as if not more expensive than a camera bag. There is one i have been looking at at Target ( its a smaller one as all my others (Jo Totes & SHUTTERbag USA) except for perhaps my Epiphanie are larger). not that i have been taking manu of the camera out lately i tend to use my phone more now.

I use One main Camera Bag that stores all of our cameras in, and as we KonMari the house more we are finding more and more camera stuff.  I would love the Red Jo Tote one. Somerset i think its called, but haven’t been bothered getting one. I have decided not to cull my Camera Bags as i use them for all different purposes. Hence why i also haven’t brought another one.

Never giving up my Michael Kors laptop bag, and Camera bags are a separate category:). (See above).  I am sure that i have at least 2 old Laptop bags in the big shed, I also want one of these but the postage to here costs more than the bag.. frown emoticon which is why i haven’t brought one.. My Laptop is kept in a BookBook, and it’s very rare that i take it out, mostly if we are going to the markets for stock purposes.

Scrapbooking Totes:

I got rid a most of these before moving here, but know i have two very expensive ones still in the shed.


I only kept 7 Larger style handbags and they where my faves that I use all the time. I did get rid of the bags I brought in Bali and Queensland. What I did notice is I didn’t keep many black bags, even purged my Kate hill ones (always hated the linings that they use).


I use my Michelle Bridges Lunch Bags for my MB12WBT stuff other Is For my diaries and store them in my desk.

Walked into the kitchen and found a couple more shopping bags they breed like rabbits and whats ridiculous is we usually forget to take them.

I didn’t include bags from sheds of which I know there are several, (+)

  • The bags for Jack and Angel’s Guitars
  • Camping bags for tents etc.
  • Angel also has a Gym bag for Gymnastics that’s in the hallway.
  • Metal Detector bags.

We did the suitcases a few days ago kept two large ones and three small (Angel uses for camp etc). The suitcases are also now empty where as they previously held books and paperwork, and general junk.

I do have to look for a new Weekender Bag as my Niece took mine and i never got it back, Not that i envisage going away in the near future, but we have been talking about staying at Cradle Mountain again over the winter.

What i do need to find is the dust bags for many of them, i know i have a few, and only came across two so far.

ANGEL: 10 bags.. Purged 5 (two being thrown out 3 donate) keeping 5.


Memory Lane

To anyone else this would be an ordinary street view, of industrial buildings, with some department stores mixed in. But to me it is part of my History.

Because you see that Tall blue building with all of the windows.. Thats where my Dad was born..

I love how it has the Memory Stone for the now gone Paper Mill where my Grandfather worked too. {This i have to double check as when looking at electoral rolls from that time he was a Fettler for the Railways}…

Across on the other side of the road is where my husband works…

So its full circle..

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Home is where the heart is.

Over the last little while we have been KonMari’ng our house into something more homey, it always has been comfortable, but it has also been cluttered. I have said before that i maybe a Green but i don’t have a Green Thumb or any finger at all, and that i prefer to buy fake plants that look real, well over the past month or so we have purchased some lovely plants that have added some nice colour to the front verandah area.