A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That, And a Dash of Giveaway!

I can count on one hand the number of people I would consider to be my closest friends and all of those friendships have been built on a foundation of one or more, sometimes all, of the above. And that's just way I like it!

The other day I was looking over at Someecards for some interesting ecards to use and I came across one and I thought, gee, I could take that and make it my own! So I adapted the text a little, added my own super-awesome picture to illustrate the point, and ta-da! A new quipture!

This oh so appropriate picture was taken after a night out for Dave's 29th birthday a few years ago. We went to a local pub where some of our friends were putting on a dance party, and then afterwards everyone came back to our place. Our mate T, in the Transformers mask (T's own), sweet green & gold AIS jacket (mine) and Aussie flag (Dave's), was wearing this mask most of the night. He even wore it in to the servo on the way home and freaked out the guy behind the counter a little. I'm pretty sure he thought he was about to get robbed!


Anyway, moving right along, today I am going to a morning tea with Kelly HTandT and I am taking some Strawberry Mini Muffins to share. Now Kelly can vouch for the fact that I am in no way a cook, or a baker, I try to avoid it as much as possible to be honest. But sometimes motivation takes me from behind and I get my cook on, or bake on, as the case may be.

I got this recipe from a sweet little book called Food Babies Love, which I won from Yvette at the blog formerly known as Delightfully Tacky Little Squirts, but is now known as the AWESOME Little Bento Blog. If you haven't already checked out Yvette's blog you totally should. But I warn you, bento lunch inspiration is gonna smack you in the face and make you it's bi-atch! And that ain't a bad thing. If I wasn't so fucking lazy myself I would so be getting in on this Bento lunch action and making it my bi-atch, but alas, my laziness is still well and truly in control of me!

So anyway, my Strawberry Mini Muffins, turned out fan-bloody-tastic, if I do say so myself. I'm sure as you're reading this I will be getting rave reviews from the other ladies at the morning tea and Kelly will be begging me to cook them for her birthday next year. Either that or they'll all be lying on the floor dying. But not because the recipe's shit. Because my baking is shit!

Totally super simple to make, although with the amount of sugar and oil in them these will be an occasional treat, not something I will make all the time.
Let me know if you can't read the text properly and I can email you the recipe


And now, without further ado, the next thing I am giving away to celebrate Punky's impending birthday! Anyone who leaves a comment on this post will go in the running to win a copy of the 2013 BOM (Bureau of Meterology) Australian Weather Calendar. I am a total weather nerd and have been buying these calendars for years now. I got my letter in the mail last week to let me know that next years was on sale and I decided to buy two and give one away. Aren't you people lucky I love you so much hey!

The BOM run a photography contest every year to choose the twelve photos that will be featured in the calendar, and I have to say, the winning photographs are just spectacular! The calendar also has capital city weather conditions averages for each month of the year (which for a weather nerd like me makes me feel a little lusty!), as well as other cool weather/sciency (totally a word!) information.
I totally stole this picture of the calendar from here.

Today is Tuesday, and you know what that means! It's IBOT! And as always I Blog on Tuesdays is hosted by the wonderfully magnificent Essentially Jess! Check out Jess' and the other wonderful IBOT peeps posts here!


Mumabulous said…
Ha, ha. Your photo gave me my very first smile of the day. You've heard of Captain America? Your mate T is Captain Australia. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - oi, oi, oi.
With my eldest starting school next year, I've come to recognize that Yvette from the Little Bento Blog is a freakin' genius!
Happy Birthday Mia. Have a lovely day sweetie.
Anonymous said…
On part of the Illiterate household gets "wood for weather". The other part is always caught by surprise.
Unknown said…
Oh id love to see all of those photos!

Mini muffins look yummy, not a baker... suuuuure.
Me N my Monkeys said…
Thanks for sharing the recipe for the yummy mini muffins. They look delicious.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (can I continue rolling on the floor laughing?) 1. ALL of mine and my husband's friendships have been made through copious amounts of alcohol and shinanigans!!

and 2.. THANK YOU.. for your strangely unorthodox kind words about my bento lunches :) I didn't even know you were going to mention me and it was an awesome surprise!! Thank you!!

You my dear have become a great friend through the blogosphere and appreciate your support xx

have a fabulous bento day!
btw the best thing I have bought on these deal sites was teeth whitening kit!! :)

*grinning* are you blinded by my sparkling teeth!?
and I am already subscribed xx
BossyMummy said…
Ha ha, love that photo, all my best friendships were totally grown on alcohol and inappropriateness!
Those muffins sound yum - hope Kelly survives ;)

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One Mother Hen said…
My hubby is the weather freak in this household, we have three different weather sites in our favourites. Well done on the baking! I hope the morning tea isn't a 'come for the food, stay for the ambulance' affair ;P
Anonymous said…
I'm not yet used to the weather in Melbourne, you know the four seasons in one day thing... So this is why I'm obsessed with the weather and why I'd love to win the calendar
Anonymous said…
Those muffins look fabulous - I hope they were a hit :)

I used to be a bigger weather nerd because I lived in a town with unusually big, sudden downpours. Like record breaking amounts of rain in very small time periods. We had so much once, that we were flooded out of the shed we were living in, and had to (quickly) move to our half finished house
Tracey said…
Aaah, I had a good laugh at this! Thanks for that Kylie. Any kind of cooking inspiration will never make me it's biatch I'm afraid, but like you, I do make the occasional effort. Those muffins looks scrummy, you did a great job!
My hubby is a weather nerd as well. He has a weather station on our roof that he's constantly checking the statistics of, and his own weathery stationy website thingy to go with it. Sound like I know a lot about it? Yep, that me, an expert on all things weather (as you can tell)!
The pics on the calendar do look great though! Awesome photography is something I am actually interested in! :)
Ai Sakura said…
the muffins look so yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe :) I gotta try it at home too!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka
OMG! How am I only finding out about this calendar now? It's got my sciencey-senses tingling!
Anonymous said…
That quipture is definitely perfect for the majority of our friendships! We have much in common :)
Kel said…
Well, you already know that I loved the quipture, and the muffins!
But I also loved the flow of this post, it's written like you talk, very quickly! Or, did I just read it fast...?
Well done on the multiple name drops. And thanks x
Kylie Purtell said…
Haha, he definitely is Capatin Australia!
I know i love her Bento lunches so much! I wish she could come and make them for me to take to work!
Kylie Purtell said…
Lol, I almost got wood reading this comment!
Kylie Purtell said…
The photographs are just amazing. Iam pretty sure you can check them out on the BOM website, just got to www.bom.gov.au and search for weather calendar and you should find the page.
Kylie Purtell said…
They really were delicious, so sweet and juicy even!
Kylie Purtell said…
I know, I am pretty sure that just about all of our friendships are based on alcohol and shenanigans too.

No worries mate, I really do love your bento lunches. I want you to come and be my Mum and make me bento lunches everyday, they are just s cool!

Kylie Purtell said…
My eyes! My eyes! Shut yo mouth!

I have always wanted to get one of those but I've been scared that I will end up like Ross did in that episode of Friends when he whitened his teeth so much he didn't want to open his mouth on his date, then his date turned off the lights and she had a black light and his teeth were glowing neon white. Hilarious on the show, maybe not so in real life!
Kylie Purtell said…
Kelly seems to be ok, although she has written a decidedly lovey-dovey post on her blog today so maybe I ruined something in her brain!
Kylie Purtell said…
Hahahaha, thankfully no ambulances were required to attend the scene!
Kylie Purtell said…
I have never gotten Melbourne weather. I remember being there in November a couple of years ago and I didn't know whether I was actually gonna be waking up to Sydney, Brisbane or Hobart weather each morning. It was insane, and so hard to dress for!
Kylie Purtell said…
They seemed to be a hit, there was only one left by the time I went home so I consider that to be a win!

Holy crap, that is some crazy weather you had there! I hope you didn't lose too much stuff.
Kylie Purtell said…
I don't think I have to worry about being taken as cooking's biatch just yet either but those muffins did their best to try!
Kylie Purtell said…
Oh you should totally give them a try, they were scrummy! If you do let me know how you go.
Kylie Purtell said…
I am the only person I know who has ever heard of it but everyone I have ever shown has wanted one. I don't know why they don't make it more widely available, it would sell really well for the photography alone.
Kylie Purtell said…
That we do! I don't think you can ever truly be friends with someone until you've drunk a bottle of tequila together and helped each other spew into a cup!
Kylie Purtell said…
I knew you would love the quipture when I put it together.

And yes, it is very much like the way I talk, you always have to read my writing with minimal breath between paragraphs!

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