Oct 4, 2010

The Painting of Nails. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.

I don't know exactly what it was I did today but it's now nearly 9pm and the end of the long weekend.

I started the day with my lavender bush.  I was asking it rhetorical questions like "How long have you been flowering for?".  Apparently, you need it to have just started to flower in order to make more fragrant dried lavender.

I think I may have missed the boat this year.  On the up side, my lemon tree is flowering and there are 3 lemons in various stages of ripeness!!

It wasn't the greatest weather for outdoor activity but the bright yellow cover of this month's Donna Hay magazine inspired me to catch what sun there was out on the front porch.  I haven't quite gotten around to catching up with Donna because I was occupied with trying to give myself a French manicure.

Rimmel London Clouds, OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy and OPI Start To Finish. 

Apparently there are 2 schools of thought in regard to how to get those white tipped fingernails.

The Impressionists rely on nail polish remover and a paint brush to gently tidy up the inner edge of white nail polish before progressing to applying the second sheer nail polish.

The Realists use tape to create a neat inner edge for the white tips which can then be removed after the white has dried.

I dabbled in both schools of thought and have come to the conclusion that I am a Realist.  Not a great Realist but at least my nails look better than when I was trying to go all Impressionist.  I blame the imperfect result on my choice of white nail polish (Kate Moss and Sophie Ellis Baxter, do you both really use Rimmel nail polish for your manis?).  It kept caking on me.  I think another Trans Design order is on the cards, people.  Paypal is doing reckless things like offering 0.9477 USD to the dollar.

With my nails sort of in order, it was time to channel Donna.  There was a free pot handle holder included with the latest issue of the magazine and today was the day for its debut in the SSG Manor kitchen.

I had 2 packages of mince defrosted and with the cloudy weather, it just had to be meatballs.  I used this recipe from taste.com.au.

The Donna Hay pot handle holder being put to use as a lemon holder instead.  

Aside from the mince, the key ingredient for the meatballs was fresh bread crumbs.

I used a Pana Di Casa loaf from Baker's Delight in Chatswood.  Wonders never cease.  I drove myself there and back without getting lost.  Not even in the Chatswood Chase car park.

I left the crustless bread out in the open air for a few hours before blitzing it.  It seemed to work and I got some decent crumbs.

Mr SSG contributed some merlot for the sauce.

And together we dropped the meatballs into the simmering sauce.

After half an hour or so, the meatballs were done.  We gave the pasta a miss tonight and had ours with green beans and the rest of the bread.

It's bed time for me.

Tale care and talk to you soon.


  1. Yum, those meatballs look delish!

  2. Yum, I adore meatballs in tomato sauce :)
    I admire your audacity for DIY french manicures, I always fail at doing them. Sigh. x

  3. I have never tried the French manicure in your 2 ways. I only use Mavala natural and the white pencil for the nail tips. I suppose this third way is the ancient way..

  4. Am impressed - I could not do myself a decent french manicure and go to my very sweet guy manicurist instead! Love those meatballs mmmmm! x

  5. I am pathetic at painting my own nails - manicures are one of the few luxuries (snort!) that have continued after leaving work. I congratulate you for being so diligent... Which reminds me, I am in desperate need of a manicure myself... I wonder if my cold has abated enough for me to leave the house and get one?

  6. Hi SSG,
    Would love an update as to how your Kiehls Midnight Recovery is going!

  7. blanche: will do, it'll be in my next post.

    SSG xxx


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