Mar 9, 2020

Life This Week 9/3/2020: Share Your Snaps.

This week's snaps:

An eyelash curler someone thoughtfully put on the wall next the etrance to our work carpark.  Which leads to the question of how it came to be there.  I have full respect for anyone who can check let alone do their makeup in the car on the way to work.

Mardi Gras 2020 as observed at Westfield Bondi Junction.

We didn't get the chance to watch the parade but from what I've read and seen in the media, it was the fabulous, proud, inclusive and inspiring evening it aims to be.

Just the kind of fabulous we do need at this time of the year in light of the bleak state of the world at large right now.

There was a time (in the olden days) when I had the time to bake for morning tea at work.  These days, however, my contributions are sourced from Coles.  These new Tim Tam flavours and savoury snacks sound interesting.  I hope they go down well at work.

I became a member of the library where I spend a great deal of time over the weekend with Master SSG.  I had no idea that you didn't need to live in the local area in order to join!  I love the library in Waverley because it's so user friendly.  There is technology but it's not front and centre in the childrens' area.  Instead, books are front and centre.  They're arranged appealingly around play and loungeing areas, themed walls celebrate genres and authors, there are toys to share as well.  It's so easy for children to browse and find something that piques their curiousity.

Autumn has arrived.  And so have the leaves I need to rake.

The mere promise of cooler weather in enough to see me cook heavier, richer dinners.  This steak was aggressively browned in my wok (so Asian, I know...) for Recipe Tin Eat's delicious Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Stew.

Browning key ingredients like the beef and mushrooms before popping into the slow cooker definitely helped get rid of that 'slow cooker' taste I often find when making meat based dishes inthe slow cooker.

Mixing that all important sour cream with some of the gravy towards the end of cooking before adding the mixture back into the pot seriously takes your chances of having the cream curdle down to zero.

The end result?  A comforting dinner full of the colours and tastes of autumn.

I've just realised that this week's photos run the full spectrum of colour groups from monochrome, rainbow and then over to the orangey - browns.  I love this time of the year for this kaleidoscope of colour it gives us.


  1. Your stroganoff looks good. I liked the MArdi Gras decorations this year. While not gay, I am dismayed what a nasty and backward country we've become. To see business be supportive of a minority who were literally just born that way, instead of actively feeling the need to persecute them like apparently so called Christians and the majority of voters in this country, gave me some hope that we're not as hateful as we appear (tho today's announcement on sickness benefits ceasing makes me feel that we have really fallen in humanity).

  2. Your dinner has inspired me to make something very similar tonight.


  3. That stroganoff looks delish as does your smorgasboard of treats from Coles! I love a good library situation and the kids section at Waverley looks so welcoming. I for one am very excited about slow cooker season!

  4. I love the colour at this time of the year with mardi gras. Here in SE Queensland we're still a month away (at least) from Autumn but at least the humidity is beginning to reduce.

  5. I love your take on colour this week SSG and appreciate the start of my favourite season. I'm in Brisbane at the moment and the heat and humidity have been very summery not a hint of autumn in sight! A great week in photos #lifethisweek

  6. Wow! That beef stew looks yummy! My hubby would love this dish. Thanks for sharing the link to the recipe!

  7. A nice collection of snaps, SSG. Your beef stroganoff looks delicious. We're heading into spring where I live. #lifethisweek

  8. Love the "colour" of this post. That's great news about the library. Libraries are so much more about connections these days. I tend to add some sour cream to a slow cooked beef meal (made one last week) as it gives a gentler flavour at the end.
    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week's optional prompt is: 11/51 My Neighbourhood 16.3.2020. Hope to see you there too. Denyse.

  9. Lovely snaps for the week gone by. Thanks for sharing! Also, the cooler weather seems to have truly set in - I feel like we've skipped autumn and moved on to winter!


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