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  1. First, we survived being born to mothers who drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.... Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.... Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death! We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because....... WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms...........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents. Only girls had pierced ears! We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time... We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet! SPORT had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! Our parents didn't invent names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla' We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL ! If YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
  2. Happy Birthday Odd .. enjoy your birthday !
  3. Happy Birthday Sirloin, have a great day !!!!
  4. I do that !!! I have my "everyday" dining stuff and my "good" set that only comes out for dinner parties. And yes the good set is stored up high out of the way
  5. Happy Birthday eXonyte, hope you have a great day !!!!
  6. Where there's a will, there's a way Hope that ankle heals well !!!
  7. Happy Birthday Crysta! Have a wonderful birthday !!
  8. Happy Birthday Code !!!! Hope you had an excellent day
  9. Nan

    Tuna Melts

    Wow that sounds really good, I'm going to give it a try over the weekend - thanks
  10. I think some of those old saying explanations are great ! They are things we hear every day and never give a thought to what they really mean. I wonder if there are any more we could add to the list .. I bet there are
  11. That's one seriously scary looking room Casa !!!
  12. Rain rain go away - find another place to fall please :)

  13. Happy Birthday Blondie - have a fantastic day !!
  14. Happy Birthday Simple - have a really lovely birthday !
  15. Happy Birthday Dawn! Have a great day !
  16. Happy Birthday tomcat !!! Have a great birthday
  17. I guess it's my turn - I'm the resident Aussie at koach.com - which means nothing really other than I live in a really beautiful country and like most Australian's I'm fairly laidback about "life" and don't let the little things get to me most of the time. I have 2 beautiful grandaughters who I share with their mother and father. I ride horses now and then, teach riders now and then, love a good chick flick, nice music and fast cars. I've found a really great chat home here at koach.com and made some nice friends and learned a lot about "the other side of the world".
  18. I survived Australia's largest cyclone in living memory! How cool is that !

    1. Star


      Very cool lol.

    2. Nan


      Actually it was very wet and windy but not as bad as I had expected. Another summer, another cyclone been and gone :)

  19. This one was requested and again is really easy. Apples Sugar Small amount of water 1 clove Peel and slice the apples and place in a saucepan with a small amount of water and the sugar, add a clove. Cook over a low heat until the apple mixture is cooked - a few chunks of apple in the mix is good if you like it that way. remove the clove Get some frozen puff pastry, defrost a couple of sheets and cut into circles. You can choose the size of the pastie that you want to make and then double it for the circle diameter. Place the pastry circle on a board and then place a good amount of your apple mixture in the centre. fold each circle over to resemble a half circle and crimp the edges. sprinkle a little sugar (demerara sugar is great if you have it) over the top of each pasty. Cook in a moderate oven for about 20 mins or until the pastry is golden and has risen. You can eat them warm with cream or ice cream, or room temperature just as they are. When out of the oven
  20. Here is a recipe for lemon butter, it's easy to make and so good on lots of things. You can use it on toast as a spread, or put it in little tart cases with a dollop of cream on top, or like my daughter, just eat it straight out of the jar Recipe for Lemon Butter: 4 egg yolks 1 cup of sugar 100 grams butter or marg juice of 3 lemons rind of 2 lemons beat eggs with sugar and put in a saucepan with butter and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the mixture is the consistency of honey , add the lemon rind. Store in jars in the fridge.
  21. ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Nan Here is a recipe that joni gave us as an alternative to frosting for a cake, it sounds vey good. Over 1 tablespoon of cold water, sprinkle 1 tsp. of geletin - let sit for 1 minute to soften it. Add 2 tablespoons of boiling water and stir till it's clear Beat 2 cups HEAVY whipping cream (heavy is a MUST) with with 1 tsp of vanilla and 3 Tablespoons sugar till soft peaks form Pour in the geletin mix and beat until stiff Frost cake!!
  22. This is a favourite of mine: 2 lamb shanks (or 1 for each person) 1 bunch baby carrots (peeled and chopped in large chunks) 2 onions - (peeled and chopped into quarters) 500ml vegetable stock 2 cups of red wine Fresh oregano 1 cup Fresh parsley (optional) tear into pieces 2-3 bay leaves 1) Brown the shanks in an large heavy saucepan, then add the stock before throwing in the carrots and onions. 2) Add the wine and herbs. Put the lid on and bring to a boil then lower the heat to a very slow simmer and cook for a minimum of 2 hours, but as long as 4 hours. 3) Serve with mashed potato, blanched green beans and the remainder of the red wine! Enjoy!
  23. These Peanut Biscuits are really nice and from a recipe of my mothers. 1/4 cup Margarine ) 2/3 cup Sugar ) Cream together Then Add together and mix: 1 Egg 1 Heaped Cup Self Raising Flour 1-1/4 teaspoons Cocoa Pinch of Salt 1 cup of Raw Peanuts Place teaspoons of the mixture on baking tray with room to spread. Place in an oven preheated to 375-400C (190F) for about 10-15 mins. cool on a wire rack and keep in an airtight jar. (Note: cookies are done when they are just a little soft, if you leave them in the oven until they are harder they will be like bricks.)
  24. Here is a recipe I make fairly often and it's one I first tried in Papua New Guinea some years ago. I've adapted it a little but it's very close to how it is made in the islands. Take one firm pawpaw (papaya), cut it in half length ways and remove the seeds and about half the flesh. Put the flesh aside. Take approx 500g (1lb) best quality mince, you can use lamb, beef, veal or pork (mince is ground meat) 1 onion Garlic peas - corn kernels - a little birdseye chilli (seeds removed) The flesh of the pawpaw plus whatever other incredients you like - mix together and make a savoury mince. Once the savoury mince is cooked - place equal quantities in each half of the pawpaw. In a baking dish place the two pawpaw halves (stuffed with the cooked meat) and pour a little water into the dish to come about half way up the side of the dish. Cover with foil and bake in a moderate oven for about 40 minutes. Once cooked, serve the half pawpaw on a bed of basmati rice and serve. You can place slices of fruit such as pawpaw, melon and banana on the plate also. It's delicious and very easy to make
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