Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dining Review :: 4017 Bar & Grill, 1 Bowser Parade, Sandgate

Last night DH, myself & the little guy embarked on an outing that we don't do often enough - dinner, out, just the three of us!

We visit many local eating places with DH's sizable family (9 incl partners plus close family friends - normally ends up anywhere between 12 - 15ppl!) however it always turns into a reasonable difficult event with the little guy in a loud place, lots of people and so on and so forth.

Recently I mentioned to hubby we don't go out just the three of us - SO  we did! We bought an online deal voucher for $29 that entitled us to a bread for entree, 2 main meals & a bottle of house wine at 4017 Bar & Grill @ Sandgate.

This is a 'pub' like I've not seen in a very long time, but in a good way. It comprises of a small public bar and a dining room.... and that's it.

There is no pokies, no TAB, no thumping loud music, no gawdy carpet and no awful lighting - dim here and there, starlight bright everywhere else.

I was impressed.

The service was prompt, friendly and very genuine much like you'd receive in a small town pub. The food was well priced and quite tasty. Not an extensive menu but for the peace & quiet I was very content.

We enjoyed a relaxed meal, hubby had a Wagyu beef burger ($14.50) and I had pasta carbonara ($17.50), the pasta was yummy, freshly made and a very generous serving. We ordered a kids meal ($8.50) of bangers & mash which was a huge thick sausage, mash and a selection of other vegies - a nice difference from many other places that skimp on the kids meal and you literally get bangers and a pile of mush.

For the first time in a long time I actually enjoyed that I wasn't cooking dinner and didn't have to clean up, AND we stopped at Macs on the way home for ice cream!!

Highly recommend a visit to 4017 Bar & Grill even with the family, for lunch or dinner if you're a local - probably not so exciting to travel from the other side of town JUST to eat there, but if you're around the Sandgate area, give it a whirl...

Monday, October 24, 2011

One for Sharing! :: Apple Slice Recipe

this is a delightful recipe, that is so so soooooooooooo easy and very yummy. I found it in the 4 Ingredients 'red' cookbook.

INGREDIENTS

1 x vanilla cake mix - the no name 70c ones

3/4 cup melted butter
400g tin pie apples (that is the original recipe - I use fresh apples, about 5 good sized granny smiths, peel, quarter and par cook in the m'wave for about 4 mins, then cut in half again)
200g Sour Cream
Cinnamon

add melted butter to cake mix and combine to form a dough - press dough into a rectangular lined baking dish. Bake in a preheated 180 degree oven for 15 mins
combine sour cream & apple and pour over the base, top with cinnamon - as much or as little as you please.
return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.
cool in the fridge for a good couple of hours before removing from the dish and slicing - the longer it's in the fridge the better as it really needs to set.

I cut mine into squares for dessert or smaller rectangles for morning tea.

enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

come rain or shine

the weather was forecast this weekend for wet and stormy, and we woke this morning that is exactly what it was, but alas the mumma bear goes shopping for a few hours and much changed. the sun is shining, the sky is blue, put the paints away, lets play outside today!!

just have to wait for the little guy to awake from his daytime slumber!

Friday, October 14, 2011

A New Hobby!

So in light of all things that pertain to making the mummy of the home happy, I finally decided the time had come to indulge in something that I have always, always wanted....a really good camera. To explore the small amount of creativity I have and to see if I can capture what I see in an image. OH and to take amazing photos of the little guy!

Two weekends ago off to Harvey Norman I went, thanks to their spectacular 50 months interest free deal - because I was sick to death of saving and waiting! and walked out with brand spanking Nikon D5100. I have taken approximately 500 photos since :)

Have I managed to capture what I see in an image - once or twice YES! I'd like to do it more often, but practice makes perfect. I see a lot of beauty and tranquility in the bushland that backs onto our home and I love the afternoon sun in our backyard, it is one of my favourite places in our home at that time of the day and this is one of the things I am trying to get INTO a shot to share with everyone. These are pretty close...