Saturday 7 February 2015

Spring surprise!


I've been on the late shifts, at work, so it's always dark when I come home, I'm kind of busy in the mornings, and generally, I just haven't had any reason to go out to the patio / back 'garden'.. So, had D not gone out there today, for a smoke, I might not have noticed these spring flowers at all! =D












Pretty evening skies, earlier on tonight..




I made brownies today - LIDL Belbake mix, and I only noticed at home, that it contained palm oil =( I've had a lot of those moments, lately - not thinking of looking at the shops, and buying something that's killing the orangutans =( It's almost like they're putting palm oil (a.k.a. "vegetable oil") in everything..


Now, chillin' on the large sofa, with the laptop, telly, sleepy kitties, gourmet coffee, tealights, etc..

Monday 19 January 2015

Loving the Dolce Gusto stuff


I've stocked up on Dolce Gusto pods, so much so, that I could almost open a coffee shop at home.. LOL


So far, I've tried the following pods;

Americano ... I find this a little bit "watery" (even if only using a small amount of water), but it's still nicer than instant coffee..

Cappuccino ... Really, really nice.. And I love the milk pods! Even if you're out of milk, you can have a nice cappuccino.. (And it's the same with some other stuff, like Latte Macchiato, etc..) Very handy, quick and easy, and much less washing up, than you'd have with "real" milk..

Chococino ... Lovely hot chocolate..

Latte Macchiato ... I absolutely love this one.. I hadn't had a latte macchiato since my one and only trip to Italy, nearly ten years ago! So, it's lovely to be able to have it at home, any time..

These were all the options they had at Supervalu Dunshaughlin.. Then, I found a few more at Tesco Bray;

Cafe au lait ... I think this would be my favourite for a "regular coffee" style cuppa..

Barista ... Now we're talkin'.. This is real COFFEE - the kind of stuff that's loved by my taste buds, and hated by my stomach =D So, I probably won't be drinking too much of this stuff, but maybe once a day.....


I want to try most of their pods, but not all - not interested in skinny or decaf stuff.. It seems that they only have the most popular ones available in shops, so I'll probably need to order some online, one of these days..




C-c-c-c-cold-d-d-d-d..


I was in Bray, yesterday, and when I came home, I found I'd run out of kerosene.. So, no central heating! And just before a really frosty night..

I ordered a 350L delivery, but the first available delivery date was tomorrow, so I'm currently making lots of money for Airtricity, by using the electric heaters..

Well, at least now I know that 250L is enough for one month, when I have the central heating on a timer, keeping the house temperature comfortable all the time. (I'm obviously not at home all the time, but I don't want the kitties to freeze, either, so I'm not letting the house go cold.)





Sunday 11 January 2015

Dolce Gusto =D

D has a Nespresso Inissia (red), with the Aeroccino milk frother, both pictured above (product page link). So, every time I visit Bray, I have loads of gourmet coffees..

I've been thinking of buying an Inissia as it's so handy, and doesn't take much counter space, but I have a long list of stuff I should get (like, bookshelves..), and gourmet coffee machine doesn't seem that important..

However, I just happened to remember, earlier on today, that T left some coffee yoke behind, when he moved abroad - T lived in my current home, before I moved in. I vaguely remember him saying that there was something wrong with it, but I thought I'd find it and explore..



Google said it's a Krups Dolce Gusto Fontana =D

It was looking a bit awful, at first, due to hard water, but I cleaned it carefully, and used plenty of vinegar.. (Manual says not to use vinegar, but hey, it worked..)


I found better pics online..


I really didn't feel like going anywhere today as it was the only day of the week, when I could have just vegetated at home, but I was so hyped about the free coffee machine, that I just had to go and buy some coffee pods.. =D

Dolce Gusto selection wasn't great at Supervalu (Dunshaughlin), compared to all the Nespresso stuff, but I bought Americano and Cappuccino.. The price was about €4.80/box, with 16 pods in each (although, the Cappuccino box has eight coffee pods and eight milk pods, so Americano is better value..)


I gulped down the Americano, without even thinking of taking a picture, and when I took a snap of my cappuccino, I'd already had half of it as well =D Mmmmm..

So, the free Dolce Gusto machine seems to work just fine! =D

I have to admit, that I'm still drooling after the Inissia (it's a bit handier, and so much smaller..), but I'm sorted for now..

Saturday 3 January 2015

Night out in Tullamore =D



I was expecting a quiet night at home, yesterday, but instead, ended up on a spontaneous road trip to Tullamore, just to have a night out in the Bridge House Bar =D Vegas Nights, & vino & whiskey, and then some junk food, before heading back home.. Great time =)




I regret not having taken a picture of some really loud Christmas lights, on the way to Tullamore.. On the way back, they'd been switched off! (The same goes for Tullamore Christmas lights, btw.. Should have taken a picture before going to the pub - later on, it was raining, and the lights were switched off as well..)


Thursday 1 January 2015

Done with December

My ShutterCal - December 2014
December, in my ShutterCal.

December briefly;
I decorated for Christmas.. I adopted Cuddles the cat.. We did Secret Santa at work (and he liked it, mwahaha).. I observed birds, from the sofa.. I got kerosene delivery, and was finally able to use the central heating.. I had a very short Christmas break of one day, but the following week off.. The pipes were frozen for three days, so I had no running water in the house..

Monday 29 December 2014

The pipes, the pipes are frozen...




It's been really cold, for the last two days or so, and the pipes are frozen - on the worst possible time, really.. I was just planning to wash my hair, when I noticed.. Now - two days later - my hair is quite disgusting, the laundry is starting to pile up, etc.. I'm going to need to go to Bray, tomorrow, just to wash my hair!










The main house has an outdoor tap, which isn't frozen (woohoo!), so I've been carrying buckets of water for flushing the loo - as you can see, it's not exactly good for other use.. Kinda brown..








The cats have been watching the outdoor cats (above & below).. I have food bowls outside the patio doors, and the outdoor cats usually just get Cara and Cuddles' leftovers, but now that it's been so cold out there, I've been giving them full pouches as well..




Three of my ceiling lights have died.. I've no ladder, and that'd be too high for me, anyway.. Mental note: buy more candles..