Do you suffer from over commitment like me? I have just come down with a very bad case of it. Everything has crashed and I am feeling very overwhelmed. Where are the days going? How can it be the end of April already? I still feel like I am in February and just can’t catch up (or keep up).
Had the weekend in Camooweal. Clearly I should have written this off the calendar, but of course I didn’t want to let the children down…so off we went, for one night – Camooweal Cricket Weekend. 3 hours in and 3 hours back. The only thing about cricket I like is The 12th Man and his commentary team…..M-A-R-V-E-L-L-O-U-S. But still we went, all wasn’t lost, I was able to catch up with my friends too. Cranky children by the end of it all. It seems children can live on soft drink and lolly-pops alone, it just isn’t pretty after 2 days.
Coming home we ran into Jason, the “mad as a cut snake” truck driver. This man is out there, larger than life and seriously funny. And swear…..that man can and will swear like a trooper. I have given up telling him to watch his language around my children, it is like flogging a dead horse. Luckily they know not to talk like Jason! We pulled up on the stock route, he jumps out of the Kenworth with a 1.3kg bag of Chicco’s – hello! So we did the right thing and had a roadie (nice cold can of GOLD) with this wild man and his giant bag of black babies.
The rest of the crew then arrived and had to check out Jason’s new truck…
On our way and up the road a bit further we came across this little treat…. had to swing the car around and go back for a closer look. A huge Black Headed Python.
I tell you what, I seriously have some great friends. One mention that I am out of Chardonnay and I have it coming at me from every which way. Now, I am not sure if this is just their way of getting rid of the Chardy, but either way, I will always accept a Vinnies Bag of Chardonnay. On the weekend a good friend, who from here on in will be known as Miss Plonk, told me she had something for me. Intrigued I followed her and she produced two lovely bottles of Chardy. God love her. Thanks Miss Plonk
I also received another little gift over Easter while visiting Mrs Sav. A friend had kindly given this little something to her while she was down in Brisbane and told to pass it onto me. Check it out ….. it is a Wine Glass Writer marker pen! So cool. You write your name on your wine glass with it, and perhaps draw a little picture, and hey presto – no more losing your wine glass. It scrubs off when you are finished. Check it out online. Thanks so much Wendy, so kind of you to think of me and send one up.
We had little farewell luncheon on Friday for some dear friends (and neighbours) who are retiring after 24 years of managing a station bigger than the moon, actually i am not sure how they are still sane. We will be sad to see them go and wish them well with the new chapter in their lives. Anyway, my point being is that I made a yummy salad, which of course I stole from another friend who served it up to us years ago. So here it is, you will not be disappointed.
Hot Steak & Crunchy Potato Salad
600g beef fillet steak
2 teaspoons seasoned pepper
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 medium cos lettuce
1 bunch (about 650g) English spinach, shredded
2 cups (100g) firmly packed watercress sprigs (although I have never used these, don’t even know what it is or looks like)
2 small avocados, sliced
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1/2 capsicum (or you can grill the capsicum)
2 medium potatoes
1 tablespoon oil
Peel potatoes, cut into 1.5cm cubes. Heat oil and butter in a baking dish, add potatoes, stir to coat in oil mixture. Bake, uncovered, in hot oven for about 35 minutes. Drain on absorbent paper.
2 teaspoons seeded mustard
2 teaspoons horseradish cream
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/3 cup cream
Combine all dressing ingredients in pan, whisk over heat until warm.
Throw the salad onto a platter. Cook the steak on the bbq, slice it up and add it to the salad. Top with potatoes and warm dressing. This one platter wonder satisfies even the hungriest Jackaroo. It will be a hit.
So there you have it, that is why I have been a bit quiet….I have been out and about being loud and crazy in the land of the living.
Do you over commit too? Why do we do it?