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I have had a busy day..

and I have loved every minute of it.. somewhere around 7.00 am Monday I decided that I was going to paint.. it was my “child free day” and so I did a layer of my “Girl with a pearl earring” oil takes a while to dry so I decided to work on a few of my other courses and each day this week I’ve done a little bit here and there, today is day four!

I was awake super early and got an early start on my Bible Study, Leviticus umm.. somehow I’ve jumped ahead and I’m actually already on 21… hmmm, SHHH! Then I had “Squishy” today so I was up for breakfast and dressing. We did a quick trip down town to get some pasta sauce for tonights Lasagna so I’m pretty close to my 10,000 steps for the day.

Back home, babies had a nap and Grandma got busy… (Then My daughter Jasmin came home from work sick, so she took Squishy home, Amber and Sweetpea went out and suddenly, I had the whole big empty house ALL to myself)

I finished Shonna’s “His Kingdom Come” course which I started over 12 months ago (I really need to learn to date my work)


I SOOO LOVE this piece.

I took step by step pics I’ll add those in a gallery later. I added bits of a letter from my Mother-in-law and all kinds of “Stuff” to build up the layers including bible pages… there was a big uproar about using “bible” pages in art and then it was decided that we are painting “God’s word” what’s the harm in using some of his printed words? I had an old bible one of the children had from youth group, so I’ve been using that. in respect and not for harm! Don’t even get some of the people started on the “Bible Journaling” class… Oh that one caused an even bigger Uproar.. and honestly, I felt kinda weird drawing in my bible, even though I brought a totally separate bible to use.. I’ve done only one page.. I’m too nervous!

I am so happy to be finally finished this course, but of course now Shonna’s started a whole community of Christian Art, so there’s always something new to do and learn. This little A5 art journal is just big enough to get a piece done in a few hours.

Then a few weeks ago I was looking for a course on “Astronomy” and I googled that (as I do!) and found a free (magic word!) course on a site called “Udemy” So I joined that and then realized they had art classes… Oh hold me back!! Some are free and some you pay for some are one lesson and some are a series of lessons. I signed up for a “Freebie” to see if I like the style of teaching. and let me tell you.. I DO!!!

Here’s what I made tonight.. a watercolour.. I’m calling it “Night time Mountains”


I never sign my art but I actually signed AND dated this one!

I’m mostly happy with it.. I need more practice so I’ll see what else I can find.. but the instructor, this was her first class and she has a website and it’s a “wordpress site”.. bonus.. visit Patrizia at: https://jelearte.wordpress.com/

In between that.. I am cooing a new recipe… ok it’s a spin on an old favorite.. its Lasagna in the Slow cooker…You’ve probably read about my Star Son’s hatred of the Slow Cooker.. so when he suggested it I jumped at it…


I have just added the final layer of cheese and it cooks for another 30 minutes..

I am excited, the whole house smells super yummy! So I’ll let you know how the “Star Son” liked it and share the recipe/technique tomorrow. Also a few weeks ago I brought a packet bread mix, I’ve never made bread before, so I thought I’d cheat and start with a packet.


It’s this one from Aldi supermarket and it smells delish..


In the oven


Cooling on the stove.


Inside and first slice, and the word from “Star Son” YUUUUUUUUUUUM!!

I really didn’t think he’d like it but I thought it would be a nice change from the usual garlic bread we serve with lasagna.


Also today, we tried the new Cadbury chocolate with Pretzels and peanuts, I’m excited about new chocolate because they’ve been doing a thing on Facebook asking what you “smash” your chocolate with, some said this one and others said “Vegemite” personally and I LOVE Vegemite, I kind of think that’s weird, but it’s coming out 1st of June so I will taste test it and report to you.. some also sad Avocado. I HATE Avocado, but my Bloke loves it.. so if they make that I will be forced to try that, and let’s face it.. it’s Chocolate really how bad can it be??


It’s good!! the salty and the chocolate work!

So here’s a gallery of step by step of today’s Art piece which did I mention.. I love?!!

Wanna join us? it’s free.. my favourite word!! http://www.his-kingdom-come.com/ come and register, it’s free, join some classes, some are free and meet new friends and do some fun Christian based art. If you come along and join us, look me up!

T is for….


This challenge is brought to you by: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ or click the above picture

and the letter “T


I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel, “T” was one of the letters I did not have anything to blog about so I’m doing,

Today, Tomorrow and Tony..

Today I am tired (oooh another T word) I normally have my Squishy Grandson from 7.40 am till about 6.30 pm Tuesday, Thursday,Friday and Saturday and Wednesday being a half day I have him till usually about 1.30 pm except yesterday.

My daughter Jasmin called on her way home and said Brett was sick and the DR had said he should go to the hospital. I asked “What’s wrong with him?” he looked OK the day before when I’d seen him at his work.

The DR says he might have appendicitis” says my daughter, compassion is NOT her strong suit and she goes on to say.. “What is that anyways and is he faking?”  As much as I love my daughter, she doesn’t have time for sickness in herself or others, I remember when I was really sick before Amber’s baby shower, I was getting worse and worse and even ended up going to the DR and they said I had a kidney infection and if the antibiotics didn’t work quickly I’d be going off to hospital, I always get sick when my Bloke goes overseas on a business trip!  Jasmin had thought I was faking it that time too. So I told her “Take him straight to the hospital if appendix burst he could die” Of course it goes without saying that Squishy would stay here with me, hospital is not fun for anyone much less a 16 month old boy.

We were in contact with her throughout the night, we ran out of nappies (Diapers to my Oversea friends) The Bloke went and brought more, we had to find clothes for him and wash the ones he wore that day.. it wasn’t really well planned but we managed. Brett is having surgery sometime today, so she’s gone back into the hospital after getting home at 2.00 AM So today I am tired. Today is also football training night, so the Bloke is finishing early to take “Star Son” because training nights go late we don’t eat till 7.00 pm and I hate eating that late and then the clean up and blah blah (I’m tired so therefore I whine) So me in all my infinite wisdom has declared that Tuesday, Thursday and some Sunday’s will be “Slow Cooker nights

So this week on Tuesday (oooh another T word!) I made a recipe that I know the children love “Silverside” or sometimes called Corned beef or my American pal figured it y’all call it brisket..They love that meal and so do I it’s a little bit of a happy childhood memory. The Mother, used to cook it in vinegar water with a bay leaf and some sugar and black peppercorns, and always ALWAYS cooked the carrots and cabbage in with the meat and even sometimes the potatoes.. I never do the potatoes I like mine mashed with pumpkin! But because I was cooking it in the Slow Cooker which Star Son has an avid hatred of, I decided to mix things up a bit..(This has gotten me into trouble before.. this time it worked I tell ya!!)


Another Challenge I am working on!!

I used this recipe http://www.slowcookercentral.com/recipe/gingerbeer-silverside/


  • 1 x 1.25Ltr Ginger Beer
    1 x Piece of Silverside


Wash the piece of Silverside in cold water
Place Silverside in the Slow Cooker
Pour in the bottle of Ginger Beer
Cook on Low 6 – 8 hours

Too easy I hear you say.. and it was!! and not only that it was so GOOD!!

My Ginger Ale Silverside!

Normally Silverside can be a bit tough, sometimes a bit dry, well, this one was so beautiful it literally melted in your mouth!

I cooked it on top of those carrots. I didn’t even peel them I just halved and then quartered them and put them on the bottom of the slow cooker bowl and then rinsed the meat and put it on top and then a bottle of Ginger Ale..it was so easy, and I was even thinking, “How can this work?” but I was committed and so I went ahead, plus I had an art class so I needed to have it ready to go before I left the house or no one would eat! It was ready at 5.30 pm, all dished up like this and I snuck a piece, I believe I should always taste test their food I’d hate to poison anyone.. and it was OMGOSH!! SOOO GOOD!! Still, Star Son had seen the Slow cooker on the bench and made a fuss, but I told him “try it if you don’t like it eat the veggies and don’t complain!”

During the Art Class I logged on to Facebook to find a piece of art I’d done to share with the class and I find a video of Star Son eating his dinner and admitting that it was GOOD! He had cleaned his plate.. YAY! Amber had tagged me in the post, I sat there and watched the video and did a happy dance!! Later on that night he admitted that he didn’t like the slow cooker but he did like the silverside. So I did reverse psychology on him.. “how can I get you to eat more food cooked in the slow cooker?” I asked him after explaining how much easier it was to slow cook on football training nights. he said make a dessert.. OK I don’t have an issue with desserts but we must also eat a real meal.. so we rattled off some of our favorites and that was when we hit on “meatloaf!” another family staple. I went to the website and found the exact same meatloaf recipe I use and it’s cooked in the slow cooker.. so guess what?? Today is Thursday, (T words!) Slow cooked Meatloaf coming up.. I’ll be back to tell you about that!

So now let’s talk about “Tomorrow” also a T word.

Tomorrow we are flying interstate to new South Wales, to attend a memorial service. My eldest son Kit who If you read about him here: https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/k-is-for/ Kit is my son by another mother.. and last week his real mother died. Kit came home from New Zealand to help his sister plan the funeral or whatever they were doing, and it’s been decided a memorial at a waterfall in a National Park. Of course we are sad that Kit’s Mum died, she was only young still in her late 50’s I think, but I am excited about the trip tomorrow.. and here’s why… I LOVE to fly, if you point me towards the airport, my whole mood lifts! My Bloke hates to fly, and is already feeling stressed about the whole trip.but me, well, I just love the take off, the landing, the check ins and outs, although 9 times out of 10 I get chosen for the bomb squad testing or the drug testing.. really? me.. I hate taking painkillers for headaches!! In New Zealand they got me for the beeping machine went off my bracelet which did NOT beep in Melbourne went off in NZ and then as I cleared that mess the other lady asks me to step aside for a bomb test.. WTF? my Bloke quipped in his smart ass way

OOooh Sheila it’s those beady eyes of yours” to which she snapped

“Sir I did not even LOOK at her eyes, now please step aside!” OOOH he got owned and I’m hissing at him

“Will you JUST shut UP!”

Despite that I love to fly, and the second reason I am excited for tomorrow is, the part of New South Wales where we are going is just over the border from Queensland, so we actually fly into Queensland and then hire a car and drive about an hour or so to the National park, I’ve never been to that part of New South Wales and Queensland.. need I say more.. yes? OK well at this time of the year Queensland is warmer than Melbourne and so… I’m going to be warm!! YAY!

Seriously I love Queensland and I AM going to live there one day, if the Bloke doesn’t want to come, I’m going to run away when he dies and get lost in Queensland, I’ve pre-planned it all.. I’ve even got the title of my book I will be writing called “The Year I ran away” There are a few places I’d like to explore, so I’ve got a plan… anyways.. back to tomorrow..

We are going to a National Park by a huge waterfall for a memorial for Kat, Kit’s Mum..it will be an emotional day, but I will get some good photos of the waterfall maybe I’ll be able to paint one!! New places to explore, I’m counting the hours! PLUS no children are coming with us, so for a few hours I’ll have my Bloke all to myself on the plane flight there and home again. That sounds kinda possessive I know, but around here I have to share him with so many other people I never get to finish a complete sentence! Maybe that’s why my blog posts are always so long.. using up my quota of words for the day!

So that’s tomorrow I will do tomorrow’s post later today so I can just hit “publish” before I leave in the morning, catching the plane at 9.50am woo hoo, we get back to Melbourne at midnight..

The Third “T” I wanted to share is “Tony” he is family.. maybe he deserved to be in “other family” you can decided, Tony is my EX husband and father of my middle three children. Oh, see I did write about him in “other” here’s a snippet..

E- is for EX husbands-

There was nothing really bad, just we grew apart, I married him when I was 19 and he was 26, he had a career and he’d done his partying scene and I had neither, I worked became a mother and skipped the partying scene, so as the children grew up so did I and realized that surely there was more to life than just “this” he didn’t want to put on the exploring hat, and I didn’t want to wear the “housewife” apron ALL THE TIME. Maybe secretly he was “over it ” too because he didn’t attempt to work through things and didn’t want to come with me to get help.. so I went alone and then I went the next step and walked away. we are still friends, we made sure our children were never weapons or bargaining chips, there was no questions they’d stay with me, he worked shifts and he didn’t have the energy to be bothered. We still interact now and again at his family parties, and we chat and for example earlier this week Amber was worried she hadn’t heard from “dad” for about a month, I told her “bad news travels fast someone would tell us” and she went on about it for a few days, so I Picked up the phone and dialed his house number..he answered and I said “oh Hi, so you’re not dead then?” he laughed and asked “who’s been complaining?” we laughed and I told him, ring your daughter and your son and pay more attention to the length of time between calls. too easy!

I am very proud of the fact that my EX husband and I have remained friends, I am very proud of the fact that we never used our children as a bargaining tool or a weapon against each other. Tony is a bit distant, from the children, but that’s his choice, not because he wasn’t allowed to see them.

Tony and I doing the “Grandparent” thing.. He is holding Squishy and I am holding Sweetpea.. April 2014

I met Tony when I was 16 years old his best friend was dating a girl who shared my sister’s house so that was how I met them, they were all older than me and he was already 23 yrs old. He was the cooler, older boyfriend with a car and was in a garage band, excitement, we got engaged when I was 18 and married when I was 19 and brought a house when I was 20 and had our first child when I was 22, everything moved so fast. Then it stopped… and it slowed down and stalled.. I still class Tony as a friend I mean I’ve known him for most of my life, almost 32 years! I’ve seen the changes in him not always for the best, but that’s life the good and the bad. When I last saw him in March at a family wedding, we were able to still chat and laugh and interact with no hard feelings. I am proud of that.

Tony the “Dad” with Jarrah, Jasmin and Amber. April 2014.

So.. there’s Today, Tomorrow and Tony… do you have a “Tony” is your life? LOL

New recipe.. Sheppard s pie


Ok Confession time..

Of course I’m made shepherds pie before but I’ve usually used a mix and then added the meat and the mashed potato.. this time I decided to try it from scratch because I am trying to clear out the deep freeze and minced steak was in plentiful supply.. so what to make?

  • Spaghetti ( I didn’t have the sauce mix)
  • Meatloaf (I didn’t have the sausage meat)
  • Hamburgers (Star son hates mine I use onion in the mix)
  • Shepherd’s pie! Bingo I had all the ingredients!

So now I’m wondering what’s the difference between “Shepherd’s Pie” and “Cottage pie” let’s go and see…

Ahhh ok, so… “Shepherds pie” is made with Lamb and “Cottage Pie” is made with beef… so I literally stuffed it up I used beef LOL

Never mind… here is the recipe I used..

Classic shepherd’s pie

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, halved, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 500ml (2 cups) Campbell’s Real Stock Beef
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (about 200g each) desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 40g butter
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • Melted butter, to brush
  • Method
  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add lamb mince and cook, stirring to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until lamb changes colour.

  2. Step 2

    Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until combined. Add stock, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper. ( I also added some frozen mixed vegetables to hide them from the family!!)

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile: cook potato in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Return to the pan with the butter. Use a potato masher or fork to mash until smooth. Add milk and use a wooden spoon to stir until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Step 4

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Spoon lamb mixture into a 2L (8-cup) capacity ovenproof baking dish. Top with mashed potato and use a fork to spread over lamb mixture. Brush with butter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until mashed potato is golden brown. Serve immediately

Recipe from: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2335/classic+shepherds+pie

And here is my end result.. which was totes delish!

IMG_0887                                                                                                                           in the pan cooking away


individual ramekins


with their mashed potato on top ready for the oven!

So Although technically not a “new recipe” it is for me since I cooked it all from scratch!!

Green Smoothie recipe…



The Pomegranate Citrus Punch green smoothie is a great energy and immunity booster. Once you master the art of seeding a pomegranate, you should celebrate with this antioxidant-rich green smoothie.

Serves 2


  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 bananas


Blend spinach, orange juice and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again. If you have two fresh oranges, feel free to add them to blender rather than the orange juice.

It was surprisingly yummy!!


NaBloPoMo- Day 30…Resolutions…


Friday, January 30, 2015
Are you still keeping the resolutions you made at the beginning of the month? Why or why not?

Ok, I had to go back and read what I’d written, it feels like a life time ago when I wrote that post and yet it’s just a month.. what a busy month it’s been.. so here is what I originally wrote:


How am I going?

I am STILL going Deeper with the Lord. I am loving it too.

I have finished 5 books for the “Aussie reading challenge” and onto my 6th… as well as reading my Christian books as well.

The year of new recipes… I’ve made one new recipe so far, but as things start to calm down a little bit in my house I will revisit this goal and get back to attempting them fortnightly.

The Daniel Plan– has been half-hearted although I am still loosely following it.. I am STILL off coffee and tea. It’s been about 15 weeks. I re-introduced my soy linseed bread, but not to the level I was previously having it. I am still choosing “Gluten free” products when I need to. I have also upped my walking so that I am doing more steps. I am maintaining 70 kgs, I have three to lose to get to my goal weight and I will re-start The REAL Daniel Plan on 1st February. The good thing I’ve been doing through is “Green Smoothies” which I started as a “Green Smoothie Challenge” and found them a nice easy way to eat so much fruit and veg, well drink it really, and since I’ve always struggled with breakfast the Smoothies are great for that hurdle as well.

This prompt has been great to remind me of my goals…




Today was my Star Son’s 13th Birthday you can read about that here: https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/happy-birthday-star-son/

He requested a “Chocolate Cheesecake” and so I googled and found this one..


But as I do… I changed it… I LOVE Peppermint, but he also requested that he have strawberries on the top, well, you know strawberries don’t got with peppermint, so I changed it up and made it s “Strawberry Chocolate cheesecake”

what you need

1¼ cups chocolate biscuit crumbs
80g butter, melted

250g PHILADELPHIA Block Cream Cheese, softened
110g CADBURY DAIRY MILK Peppermint, chopped 110 grms Chopped Strawberry Chocolate (Cadbury’s used to make one and they don’t know or they didn’t sell it at Coles so I used Lindt, Sorry Cadbury)
1 cup thickened cream
1½  tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 1½ tablespoons boiling water

220g CADBURY DAIRY MILK Peppermint, 220 g Lindt Strawberry Chocolate extra, chopped, for decoration

make it

  1. COMBINE the biscuit crumbs and butter, and then press into the base of 6 serving glasses or jars. (I used a round spring form tin, greased with butter and lined with baking/parchment paper) Chill.
  2. MELT the PHILLY and chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. WHIP together the cream and sugar until stiff. Stir the gelatine mixture into the PHILLY mixture, and then fold through the cream.
  4. SPOON half the mixture into prepared glasses. Then top with some of the extra chopped chocolate. Spoon over remaining Philly mixture and chill for 2 hours or until set. Decorate with the remaining chocolate just prior to serving.
  5. I drizzled some melted dark chocolate over the strawberries to make them a little bit fancy, and dipped some into the chocolate (he loves Chocolate! he is so his Mother’s Son!!)
  6. Warning… it’s VERY Rich and in Hinesight (yes I misspelled it to match my name!) I would serve it with cream to break up the richness of it.. but it was so GOOD!! just a hint of strawberry but not chunks or fruit it was infused in the chocolate.

Thanks for suggesting this challenge Reannon at “http://shewhorambles.com/2014/12/09/the-year-of-new-recipes/” I am doing it monthly….