Now don't judge me but yesterday Lilly and I boarded a flight in the morning to Noosa for a burger!
Yep thats right it was the inaugural BBDO Tour....or "Bettys Burgers Day Out" Tour. A friend of ours has a slight obsession with a good burger and has been telling us for months that the burgers at Bettys Burgers are among some of the best she has tried. With that in mind when some cheap airline tickets became available she was on the phone and gathering the troops the tour was on!
We gathered at the airport eager to get away, a group of mums and daughters, 12 in total...crazy, perhaps, but the flight is only a little over an hour away AND we were hungry, first stop Bettys Burgers.
The selfie stick made more than one appearance and cased lots of giggles and comments from onlookers (lots of photos of us taking photos LOL).
We made it to Bettys after a wonderful transfer (thanks to our minibus driver Shelly) and ordered...tummies rumbling there was silence as we all devoured the most delicious burgers I have ever tasted! Now I don't eat a lot of meat and went for the chicken burger and Lilly tried the vegetarian burger but truly they were amazing, I can see why they have a reputation.
Then it was off to walk off lunch and prepare for 'take two' dinner before heading back to the airport! We spent a few hours wandering down the famous Hastings Street in Noosa, a quick visit to the beachfront to take a peek even managed a drink at the lovely Noosa Beach House, a glass of wine for the mums and a "mocktail" for the girls.
Time for one last "selfie" with the beach in the background then yep you guessed it back to Bettys for more burgers before our transfer back to the airport.
So, 12 Sydney gals, 26 burgers, 4 hours in Hastings Street and LOTS OF LAUGHS!
Crazy...NO, well worth it and who knows it may just become an annual event!
I was blog hopping the other ay when I came across this great idea from Meet Me At Mikes called Taking Stock...the idea that sometimes we just need to take a breath and take stock of what is going on...a great idea and a great exercise in writing.....
Last weekend hubby and I 'played hookie' and escaped for a few days to Melbourne. We stayed in an apartment close to the city and I surprised John with tickets to the musical Anything Goes on Friday night starring the wonderful Todd McKenney and Caroline O'Connor. On Saturday we headed off to the Yarra Valley and visited a handful of wineries and managed a spot of tasting.
Hmm looking back on my happy snaps it seems that food and drink was pretty important LOL, well we were in Melbourne after all and it was a mini holiday...!
We were blessed with the most amazing weather, crisp winter days with clear skies, perfect for exploring on foot and stopping along the way to gather more energy from another tasty morsel and coffee or chai.
Our adventure to the Yarra Valley on Saturday was perfect and we chose a handful of vineyards to visit along the way, the odd favourite with a few newbies thrown in.....on recommendation from a bar we enjoyed a few drinks in the night before we started the day at the Yarra Valley Dairy and enjoyed a cuppa whilst we pondered over our map of the area and planned our 'attack'.
Such a beautiful part of Victoria and only a little more than an hour out of Melbourne city - well worth the trip! We visited De Bortoli wines, Medhurst Wines, Innocent Bystander (we enjoyed an amazing pizza here with a beautiful glass of Pinot Gris), Yarra Bering and Tarrawarra. Tarrawarra has an adjacent art gallery which was sadly closed but looked amazing from the outside...I want to return for sure...
Yes, its Melbourne and like most cities there is no shortage of wonderful bars and places to eat and as I mentioned we found some great places to enjoy. Stagger Lee's is well worth the visit if you are in Fitzroy, we enjoyed an amazing breakfast but their burgers looked amazing too.... Punch Lane in Little Bourke Street was just around the corner from the theatre and a great pace to hang and enjoy a quiet drink or two, or stop for dinner.... Mamasita is trendy and popular but we headed there on a Sunday night and got a table without having to wait, amazing fresh and tasty Mexican fare, order a few tasting plates and enjoy!
We even managed a quick visit to Queen Victoria Markets on Sunday morning...lots of action the fresh produce looked amazing but sadly was never going to make it on the plane home with us...if you visit make sure you visit the side of the markets known as "shop the sheds" where shipping containers have been converted into trendy shops selling cool wares.
It always amazes what you can fit into a weekend away and how relaxed you feel when you hop on that plane to come home...I felt like we had enjoyed a week away not just three days ....now thats what I call the perfect escape!!!
Its been a while since I had FABULOUS FIND post.....I have been slowly having a clean up of my craft space (hmmm....long overdue) and although I am getting much better at offloading unwanted craft items I just can't seem to let go of the many magazines I seem to have collected along the way, especially the glossy (expensive ) ones...
Its silly really, if I am looking for a recipe its probably available at the touch of a button and everything else is probably outdated...so what to do. It got me thinking and of course searching for all the wonderful crafts out there using old magazines...recycle and repurpose of course!
Here are a few of my favourites...
Love, love these adorable magazine flowers...the pinwheels would be a great backdrop for a party and a canvas coated in magazines then lettering....drool
Okay so I could ignore the recycling bit and just repurpose them into a cool stool LOL...or perhaps start early on making these great Christmas decorations....
I think I will definitely start with these envelopes, simply, easy and effective...oh and maybe a flower or two to sit on-top a present...and another party idea, imagine these little favour bags made out of you guessed it old magazines LOL.
Lots of FABULOUS FINDS here what do you think???
Source: Images Pinterest
Busy catching up on a few Birthday cards and the like today.....
Taylor is barely 18 and the rounds of the 21st parties have already started...even after all these years of making cards for their friends I still cannot bring myself to let them get a store bought card LOL.
Ahh yes its ALL about the packaging!
Have you got your craft on lately??
The weather here in Sydney has been quite chilly...the perfect weather for hot chocolates, cozy blankets and quiet nights at home. Usually we drink cups of peppermint tea in the evenings after dinner but cool nights make my thought turn to yummy hot chocolates...
There are oodles of yummy recipes out there but one that definitely appealed to me was from the clever Emma over at A Beautiful Mess who hd this wonderful delicious recipe for an AZTEC HOT CHOCOLATE that I just had to share...
In a pot combine 6 cups of milk and 10oz of dark chocolate, melt chocolate over a low heat stirring constantly. Once melted stir in 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper (now this is optional but worth the risk, its delicious, why not give it a try). Serve hot with marshmallows and cinnamon sticks...
I dare you, its delicious and perfect for wintery nights.
Source: Pinterest/A Beautiful Mess blog