Friday Five…it’s back!

Number Five

I haven’t done one of these since…since I can’t remember! Anyways, here goes:

What I’m loving


My new seriously tacky, but oh so cute, solar powered lanterns.

I’ve hung them outside in the pergola and at night they give a really cool glow…but not much light.

They come in packs of four from Bunnings, so we bought two.

Thankfully they survived the storm the other night.

What I’m crushing a little on


This green nail polish by OPI.

What I’m reading

Sulari Gentill’s A Murder Unmentioned.

This is the sixth instalment in the Rowland Sinclair series, and with every one, I think I fall a little more for Rowly.

Sulari has an amazing way of weaving the events and politics of pre world war 2 Australia through the stories. As well as being a great read, through Rowly and the adventures of his little band of communists and depraved artistics, history is brought to life.

What I’m changing my mind on


Paint colour.

This week I’m painting our main bedroom. Although the rest of the house has had its squarage considerably reduced by multiple coats of paint over the last fifteen years, our bedroom hasn’t been redone since the early 2000’s…although hubby swears it was only done a couple of years ago.

Although I’ve always loved the jacaranda blue, it’s time to go. Along with the Monet print we bought together back in 1989… and the Laura Ashley lampshades that looked so good in 1993.


Rather than the green in the sample tin (which, incidentally, I love) I’ve decided to go with something surprisingly neutral (for me), which has hubby concerned on a number of fronts.

Watch this space.


What I discovered


With the help of my new Annabel Langbein cookbook, that is…chipotle peppers in adobe sauce.

This little blighters are too good.

I used them to add a little something more to this smoky beans recipe, but they also went into the most incredible Smoked Chilli Caesar Dressing.

Oh, you want the recipe?

You’ll need:

1-2 (I used 3) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

2 tbsp good extra virgin olive oil

2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup cream (I didn’t say it was healthy)

finely grated zest of lime…or lemon

½ cup finely grated parmesan

1 tsp salt

Heat the oil in a heavy frypan and toss the garlic in to sizzle for a few seconds. Stir in everything else, bring to a boil then remove it from heat and set aside to cool.

That’s it!

This has cream in it, so will only last a few days in the fridge, but man it’s good!


Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

5 thoughts

  1. I too am considering doing some painting – the whole house was last done when I moved in 9 years ago and I think my tastes have changed a bit since then 🙂

  2. I like the green colour! My whole apartment’s white which is a bit boring but guess it’s kinda practical as it’s very small!

    1. I can track my moods by the colours in our house. I ended up going with a neutral- and am really happy with it. The green will be going in Sarah’s room.

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