First up I had a couple of questions about VEGEMITE after that AWESOME VIDEO (which still makes me smile and cry at the same time!) Apparently some of you poor souls don't know what it is! Aussie kids grow up on VEGEMITE and we all know the vegemite song. The official website will tell you that
VEGEMITE spread is a nutritious and versatile food. Proudly made in Australia, it’s one of the world’s richest known sources of Vitamin B.
VEGEMITE spread is virtually fat-free, with a mere 40kJ in a 5g serve, and is the perfect accompaniment for a wholesome, breakfast, lunch or snack. It’s far more tooth and gum friendly than jams or choc nut spreads, without compromising on taste. In fact, its unique and delicious flavour is what distinguishes the VEGEMITE brand.
VEGEMITE spread contains no artificial colours or flavours, and has absolutely no added sugar. It is suitable for vegetarians, is kosher and halal certified and contains rich sources of thiamine. 25% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of riboflavin and niacin are delivered per serve, as well as 50% of the RDI of folate, or 25% for women of childbearing age.
The B Vitamins in VEGEMITE spread assist in converting carbohydrates, proteins and fats in food into much needed energy and are also important for proper functioning of the nervous system, muscles and brain. Folate aids in producing red cells in the body and niacin helps to maintain healthy skin and a healthy digestive tract.
BLAH BLAH BLAH!
Here is the bottom line. Toast just ain't toast without a swipe of butter or margarine and then a thin smear of vegemite. This was my breakfast this morning - all in a good cause. Couldn't let it go to waste!
Let me tell you, when we spent nearly three years living in the States we took a bunch of huge jars of vegemite with me. I was determined that the boys would not lose the taste for it. Then I had to find a bread that wasn't too sweet. American bread is much sweeter than ours. If you live in the States - I finally found it at Trader Joes! Still miss that place! We gave lots of samples of Vegemite to lots of Americans but they just couldn't handle it. Perhaps their palate is not quite mature enough poor things!
I actually got to do a bit of sewing tonight. It is actually for an Aussie hero quilt but I can't share it on that blog til I am ready to post the tutorial with it so you get a sneak peak.
I have been asked to make a quilt "in RAEME colours or something with the Aussie flag if possible" for a guy who only went to Afghanistan this Monday just gone.
RAEME stands for Royal Corps of Australian Mechanical and Electrical Engineers I the Army.
The turtle mascot Belvedere is resting on RAEME colours - the red, royal blue and gold - on his quilt.
I decided that this was a quilt I could put together fairly quickly and I have been wanting to do a star tutorial for some time for the blog so thought I would kill two birds with one stone (horrible expression really). I usually don't let myself take requests because I have so much admin to do but this time I thought "why not".
Here are my stars -the white has been added in to bring in the white from the flag. I think I will have about six stars on each end , not really sure yet. This an organic "design" which basically means I am making it up as I go along! LOL! Sorry the light is not great - it was very late with I took the pic.
I think when it all goes together it will look quite good and then I will have to decide how to quilt it seeing as there is such a large area of blue,
or maybe I will ask one of the quilters to do it for me .....not sure yet.
I and thinking of having stars top and bottom of the flag but I need to make more and lay them out before I know for sure.
Busy weekend coming up. Tomorrow taxi duty during the day intermingled with sewing, baking and a few errands of my own. Tomorrow night is dinner with the girls for Jacqui's birthday - she is the baby of us - lucky thing! Sunday I think I am having 9 1/2 for morning tea (the half is 4 months old). One of the lovely soldiers is bringing his family over so that my boys and a friend of theirs, Jake, can talk to him about joining the army. I hope they are not all too shy! I am thinking ANZAC Biscuits, Chocolate Chip and maybe a chocolate caramel slice. I want enough leftovers to send some home with both the lovely soldier and his family and Jake and his family.
I guess you will see baking photos tomorrow and Sunday.
Till next time.............happy stitching!