No Pastry Pie

No Pastry Pie

No Pastry Pie

When I cook, even though I am only feeding two. I still cook far too much, so I have leftover stew.

I use up the stew for a nice pie without the pastry for the next day’s tea.


2 lbs beef steak

1 oz flour

salt and pepper

1 oz of butter

1 onion

water (about 2 breakfast cup)

2 tablespoons of sweet Chilli sauce

4 med size diced carrots

2 cups diced pumpkin

1/2 cup diced parsnips

1 cup of frozen peas

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Cut the meat into pieces ( I like them quite big), roll in seasoned flour and brown in the hot butter, (if you add a little oil to the butter when heating up the pan the butter will not burn), brown in the butter.

Put the meat, onion, and sweet chili sauce into a saucepan and add the water. Simmer for about an hour or until the meat is tender.

Add the diced vegetables and soy sauce about 1/2 hour before serving, and cook.

Before I serve I thicken the stew with a little cornflour, season with a little salt and pepper and mixed with cold water.

Pie redy for Potato

Pie ready for the mashed potato.

How to make the pie

Grease an ovenware dish, (10×8) and lined it with 5 slices of toast thick bread buttered, buttered side down, I like grain bread but any bread will do.

Add the left-over beef stew, which I warm up in the microwave, but not too hot, as it will soak into the bread, you don’t have to warm it up, only it takes a while to heat it through, in the oven.

Add the left-over mashed potatoes which I had with the stew the night before.

Pie with Potato added

Pie with Potato added.

Cook in the bottom of the oven, 400F (200c) for about 40 mins.

Usually, about 10 mins before cooked I lift the oven tray up higher, add grated cheese and grill until brown.

Cooked Pie

The bottom of the pie when cooked id nice and crunchie you can serve it with mash potatoes and peas.

Be careful when grilling the top as it can burn very quickly, as it nearly did with my pie.


Weekend Writing Prompt #8 – Candour


Weekend Writing Prompt #8 – Candour

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Candour

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Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.


Prose Challenge – Write a story of any length that includes the following, “The truth?  What is that?”

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of any length and style that deals with the meaning of “candour” (to be open, to be honest, to be genuine) and its antonym “insincere” (to be guarded, to be false, to be inauthentic).

Tainted Feelings

He answered her with the optimism of achievement, and with an indication of sympathy.

See decided to accept the answer rather than believe any other theme of excuses.

Being the brightest gem in the meeting room, she could never doubt his words.

Any misleadings stories or time would never suit the situation annoying her any longer.

As it was always a shared journey in a relationship of secret meetings and love.

Truth, after all, need not be the last resort in a courtship when luster was the whole point.

He said if you don’t mind then it really does not matter, the time has come for us to depart.

That’s the secret to success when your body is playing a cheating game, it had to end.

The truth will hurt you one way or the other, so just let it go and leave the scene.

What is that? Truth or lies, one will never know after all the tales, was there any truth?

With tainted thought’s about the story he had spun to her she turned and walked away.

She knew it was the end, and she was not going to play with faith and hope any longer.

The Blue Sky Tag


The Blue Sky Tag

I was nominated by “The Bag Lady” back on the 28th March for this award.

I thank you, you are a great person, I love reading your posts every day.

Thanks for tagging me especially as there is no blue sky here it’s winter so I can look at it as it looks like spring and that’s what I’m waiting for.

Sorry I’m late April was a hard month for me writing for the A to Z 30 Day Challenge,

Catching up now.

I don’t know the background to this award, but I nominating new blogs I find as I travel around the Blogging world that I like, I hope you will take a look at them also.

      1.  Thank the person(people) who nominated you.

      2. Answer their 11 questions.

      3. Tag 11 people.

      4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

I’m having problems answering the questions below as I don’t read or watch TV,  I spend too much time at my computer, so I will answer these questions

1. What’s your favorite song?  I have none, like most music.

2. One food you can’t live without? Bread

3. What inspires you?  My WordPress blog and computer.

4. Do you prefer summer or winter?  Summer

5. What are your hobbies?  Gardening

6. Do you participate in any sports? Watch Rugby

7. What drives you crazy?  Nothing, I’m a pretty easy-going person and go with the flow of life.

8. What motivates you?  Waking up every morning, good enough excuse to go motivated.

9. Who’s your favorite celebrity?  I have none

10. What makes you happy?  Everything, especially seeing my family.

11. What makes you sad?  I try not to think about being sad it is bad for my health.

The questions I’m having trouble answering if you would like to answer them, please do, you can paste them in the comments below if you don’t want to use your blog.

11 Questions for me to answer

  1. Favorite author?
  2. Favorite book?
  3. Favorite color?
  4. Favorite food?
  5. Favorite movie?
  6. Favorite TV show?
  7. Favorite comedian?
  8. Favorite actor/actress?
  9. Favorite child?  
  10. Favorite vacation?
  11. Favorite dream fulfilled would be?


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My Nominees

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What made you start your very own blog?
  2. What do you prefer, books or movies?
  3. What motivates you to write routinely on your blog?
  4. Name one song that describes you.
  5. What is the one habit you would like to develop the most?
  6. If you are given 36 hours of time, which tourist destination would you like to visit?
  7. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
  8. If you could meet one famous person, who would it be?
  9. What is the one thing that you are most proud of?
  10. What is the one thing that you wish to create?

There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

Teaching the Value of Money

Piggy bank with coins

Teaching the Value of Money

In a recent GoBankingRates study, 69% of adults admitted to having less than $1,000 in the bank, while 34% said they actually don’t have any savings at all. But apparently, this collective lack of savings doesn’t get all that much better with age. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found not so long ago that almost half of Americans die nearly broke. Of the general population, 46% of retirees die with savings of $10,000 or less. But that number climbs to 57% among retirees who are single.

It is never too early to start teaching children to save, these days toddlers know what money is, and by the age of two with your help, they can buy an article and have even learned what the coins are.

Climbing piggy chart


My Thought’s about Children and Saving

Children have lost the way to save these days as EFTPOS and Credit Cards have taken over the money scene, they never see real money.

All children ever see is a card that is added to a machine and out comes money or a card pay’s for the articles they buy, the young ones never ever see coins or paper money, so how are they to learn about the value of money.  

A program in responsible cash management could be a good idea in schools, at a young age. This would give children with parents who are dysfunctional in that area a chance to not follow in their footsteps and perhaps teach them how to save.

Teaching some of the complexities of money at an early age (in terms the child can understand) helps to set a regular practice of viewing money as a means of subsistence and not a ticket to the mall.

In many cases just teaching the children to put their money in a bank won’t teach the value of proper handling of money if the parents are spendthrifts.

Maybe it would be an idea for your child’s fifth birthday, buy then a money box and start them on their way of saving, add some money every year on their birthday.

Money Box NZ coins

Learning to save at school in the 1970’s

Schools do not teach the skills these days to learn the value of money as they did back in the 1970s when my children were going to school.

In New Zealand the Post Office had a weekly banking where children learned to fill out a form and bank money every week, watching the amount mount up weekly, they would get paid interest at the end of the financial year on their savings.

I remember mine would come home from school all excited how much money they had in they Post Office account sometimes they would just sit there looking at this all-important bank book, I used to wonder what was going through their minds.

This saving habit was only done at primary school, once they went to high school it was transferred to a bank account which they open themselves had a talk with the bank clerk which made them feel very important and started them on their career of work and saving a little every week of their earnings, they would bring their bank account to me to see, so proud of it and I was very proud of them.

By the time they were ready to set up their own home they had already set up a good relationship with their bank which continued on through their life, but all children are not as lucky as this to know the value of saving and setting goals for their future.

Now in the twenty-first century, there is not enough encouragement for children to save, they receive a few dollar, run to the nearest store and spend it no idea about saving, I see it around me all the time, so much money wasted on sweets or just plain junk.

70 year old piggy bank

I know even though I don’t need a money box to save money I really enjoyed that little piggy above, I received for my seventh birthday at a family get-to-gather.

That day (My Seventy Birthday), it made me feel so good, as I watch my family, add a few coins in it, watch by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and now some nearly seven years later when they visit they ask me how much money I have saved?

I do add some occasionally. One day whoever breaks that piggy will get a surprise how much money is in there.

I’m sure my great grandchildren will never forget that day, on my seventh birthday.

Looking forward to your thought’s about teaching children the value of saving.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 50 – Park & Peace


Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 50 – Park & Peace

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “park & peace” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “park & peace”.

magic whisperings
rustling through the silent park
feelings of peer pressures gone
trees give peace to the body

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 49 – “animals & sunshine”. Thank you.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Bronx Beyond Borders – Interesting writer, check her out she may surprise you.

Sarah Whiley – She writes short stories, poems, interesting website

Reena Saxena Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Mick E Talbot    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry.

KazIs a grandmother raising her two grandchildren, interested in just about anything.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

Lynn – A poem in my pocket lady, I enjoy her poetry.

Sammi Scrabbles – Sammi Cox lives in the UK and loves writing, she has a new weekend writing prompt.

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Tweet them on Twitter.

The Liebster Award – Thank You Robin

Liebster Award

I have been awarded “The Liebster Award” again for the fourth time.

I would like to thank the blogger who nominated me, Robin Cochran, she is a very friendly fifty plus lady and loves writing.

What is the Liebster Award?

The word “Liebster” (originating in German) has several definitions — dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued.  In the current context, this award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers.

Here are the rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you, and display the award.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 blogs.
Notify those blogs of the nomination.
Give them 11 questions to answer.

11 Random Facts About Me:

Here is a link that sums me up very well


Photo Credit – A rose for all my followers, I thank you for the likes, comments and just you being you I enjoy your blog very much.

11 Questions for Me:

1. What was your favorite age?
School leaving age and relive the last sixty years again.

2. What is your most prized possession?
My husband, the best thing that ever happened to me,

3. How do you like your eggs?
Scrambled, eggs upset my stomach ate any other way, too rich.

4. Who is your favorite author or poet?
I don’t have a special one, enjoy most books.

5. Can you dance well?
No, but I used to Rock and Roll in Elvis Presley days.

6. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Learn by doing.

7. What word in your language do you like most?
I love listening to other languages and enjoy most words in English. 

8. Do prefer the ocean or the mountains?
I like both.  I live beside the ocean, only 30-minute drive to the Mount Taranaki/Egmont.

9. What was your greatest accomplishment to date?
Inner peace with no fear what the future holds for me (I have cancer for those that don’t know).

10. What is your favorite food?
Anything that’s sweet.

11. Can you sing well?
Used to, but since I lost half my lip with ACC cancer I cannot sing or laugh, but that does stop me from smiling.

My Nominees – Blogs I have visited recently and enjoyed

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. Coffee or tea or mocha/hot chocolate?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  4. What would your ideal day be like?
  5. Is there a specific thing you like to blog about?
  6. What was your favorite class when still at school?
  7. Could you live without your smartphone?
  8. Who is your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!
  9. Do you have any pets?
  10. How would you describe yourself in just three words?
  11. What would you change about your life right now?

n.b.  If you prefer the questions asked of me or the random facts about me, please provide those instead.

There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

Weekend Writing Prompt #7 – Remedy


Weekend Writing Prompt #7 – Remedy

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Remedy

Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.

If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link on the above link.


Prose Challenge – Write a story in less than 500 words that open with the line: “I’ve found the remedy”, or words to that effect.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem in 12 lines or less inspired by the photo prompt, where the first and last lines are the same.

The Remedy – Water Pantoum Poem

Water the remedy that delight’s the senses for survival
A most extraordinary substance, no taste, no odor
It’s the lifeblood of our bodies, we can not live without it
Pure water the world’s foremost medicine of life

A most extraordinary substance, no taste, no odor
Three different forms, liquid, solid, and a gas (water vapor)
Pure water the world’s foremost medicine of life
It can wear away rocks, but never our heart

Three different forms, liquid, solid, and a gas (water vapor)
It’s the lifeblood of our bodies, we can not live without it
It can wear away rocks, but never our heart
Water the remedy that delight’s the senses for survival

How to Write a Pantoum Poem