The Adventures of an Aussie Girl in Albuquerque

The adventures of an Aussie girl living in the American Southwest...

Monday, April 23, 2007


This is what I had for afternoon tea yesterday...

Yep, Mars Bar Slice and a cup of Milo! There were a couple of variations from the Aussie version since the equivalent of a Mars Bar over here is a Milky Way and I had to use Hershy Chocolate instead of Cadbury but even so, it still tasted just as good as home!

Speaking of Oz, we went to a fellow Aussies party on Saturday night (yes, there are more than two of us in Albuquerque). They live in an awesome house overlooking Albuquerque and were celebrating the Aussies win in the cricket World Cup. To get an idea of the size of the houses out there, check out some of the neighbours:

Needless to say, Brad was very happy to get his fix of cricket!

I also managed to get in some quality knitting time on the weekend and finished mum's Mothers Day present. Now that the pressies are out of the way, I'm getting back to my Bells and Whistles socks which I started earlier this year. I have cast on for the second sock, but here is a photo of the first one...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007


Last week, week 15 I added a golden oldie to my baking repertoire - Honey Joys!

And boy, do they taste good - it must be at least 15 years since I've had one. I followed this recipe from the Kellogg's Australian website which was soooo easy and the only difference I found was that the recipe says it makes 24 but in reality it only made about 14 (maybe I made them a bit too big). Either way, they were a SUCCESS!

Another reason I'm feeling rather proud of myself at the moment is because I finally finished my first cardigan! (Well, it's the first one that I feel doesn't look too homemade and that I would actually feel confident wearing out in public)! And when I say finally - I actually started this back in October last year. I had a few problems with the sleeves so it sat in the naughty drawer for a couple of months and then waited another couple for me to attach the hook and eye so that I can finally wear it. Although the weather is warming up here, it will be perfect for me to wear to work where the air conditioning is freezing! So without further ado:

Pattern: No. 4 - Sculptured Cardigan from Cleckheaton, Studio Mohair 8 Ply, II Designs
Yarn: Studio Mohair 8ply - 50% Mohair, 50% Acrylic (not too scratchy)
Needles: 4mm, US Size 6
Started: October 2006
Finished: April 2007

Also, thanks to Ben & Ag who supplied the pattern and yarn for my birthday!

Finally, I finished Jo's birthday present and was very tempted to keep it for myself. Here's a tiny sneak peak....

I have to admit it's my best one of these yet and I can't wait to post some more photos after she receives it!

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

No Baking Today

Not when we have all these goodies to get through...

The pile on the left is mine and seeing it is our last Easter here, I thought I should try some pink Peeps (marsmellow chicks), and of course Brad couldn't go without his Cadbury Creme Eggs!

I did do some baking last week however (week 13) and made some double chocolate biscotti. They turned out really well but since my electric mixer died, I've been mixing everything by hand (and getting a very sore arm while I'm doing it). They turned out a little crumbly and I think the hand mixing had something to do with it - oh well, they still tasted good!

In knitting news, last weekend I went on a knitting adventure to Good Fibrations with Pamela and Shaila. We had a great time exploring the store and took advantage of their buy 3 get the 4th ball free deal! I don't think they know what hit them - there was yarn flying everywhere! Here is what I ended up with:

I can foresee much sock knitting in my future!

I'm almost done with Jo's birthday present and I love it! I did have a break from it though to knit another wash cloth birthday present. I've put this wash cloth together with some soaps for my nana's birthday which is next Friday. I hope she likes it!

Pattern: Ball Band Wash Cloth from "Mason Dixon Knitting"
Yarn: Peaches and Cream
Needles: US Size 7
Started: March 30th, 2007
Finished April 3rd, 2007
On a final note, I was going to write about how great the weather has been here during the last week, but considering it snowed yesterday, I changed my mind!


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