Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Chocolate Chip Biscuits


250 grams of Butter
1 ½ cups of Icing Sugar
1 Egg, Beaten
2 ½ cups of Plain Flour
1 teaspoon of Bicarb Soda
1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
2 teaspoons of Vanilla
250 grams of Choc Bits


Preheat oven to 180 degrees (Celcius)

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg. 

Stir through sifted dry ingredients and choc bits.

Put teaspoons-ish sized balls of mixture on oven trays lined with non-stick paper.

Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Win Tickets To See CATS the Musical!

The winners of the Cats the Musical competition have been decided by our judge... They are Pamela and Marita! Well done and have fun at the show! Thanks to everyone that entered and check back at the blog for more competitions soon!

It's no secret that I love cats. We have four of them, and it is a lot of cat.

Do you know what's almost as good as real cats? People dressed as cats who sing and dance!  It's true!

CATS is one of my very favourite musicals and it is currently on a tour around Australia.  I was so excited that I purchased tickets to see it with my very own money the very day they were released. Then I was contacted by the lovely people at Cavanagh PR who are sending me and Chyken to opening night and have given me some tickets to give away.  Read on to find out how YOU can win some of them!

If you've never seen CATS, well, shame on you! It tends to be one of those musicals that people either love or hate, I am firmly in the love category! Pussycatties AND a musical? What's not to love!?

Basically though, it's based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats, it has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and it is set in a junkyard. The performers act like cats, it really is extraordinary to see, they never break character and if you know cats at all I guarantee you will see familiar movements going on.

The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year, for the Jellicle Ball! They all have a chance to tell their story to Old Deuteronomy who is their leader and who will choose just one cat to ascend to The Heavyside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle life.

The cast includes Delta Goodrem, and although I was initially hesitant when I heard this announced, I have watched a couple of videos since the show started in Sydney, and I think she's great as Grizabella, I'm really looking forward to seeing her. CATS really is an ensemble show though, and although you might not know the names of those that make up the rest of the cast, I bet you've seen them in other shows.

CATS is currently in Sydney and the reviews I've read have been excellent, I'm pumped for it to arrive here in Melbourne!

Sydney, Capitol Theatre from 30 October, 2015
Hobart, Derwent Theatre from 10 December, 2015
Melbourne, Regent Theatre from 18 December, 2015
Brisbane, Lyric Theatre from 29 January, 2016
Adelaide, Festival Centre from 18 March, 2016
Perth, Crown Theatre from 16 April, 2016

Tickets start from $69.90 plus booking fees and all the information you need to buy them can be found by clicking this link!

Buttttttt... Remember I said I had a giveaway?  Well, I do! You can win one of TWO double passes to see CATS the Musical in the stunning Regent Theatre here in Melbourne on Friday 18th December at 8pm.  These tickets are valued at $119.90 per ticket, so that means $239.80 per double pass.

Entries close Sunday 15th November at 5pm AESST and I'll email the winners and announce them back here on this post and on my Facebook page shortly after that.

All you need to to to enter is like Chickens and Bees and CATS the Musical on Facebook and then fill out the form below telling me why you want to win!   

I'll choose a winner based on the answer that tickles my fancy the most.  

(Hint: I'm a sucker for a poem, but only ones that rhyme.)

Good luck!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bula! Fiji 2015!

How is it October? Last time I checked it was April, surely?

I realised today that there was no mention on my blog about our trip to Fiji!  This makes me sad, for we had a truly wonderful time and I feel that you should know about it. Not the entire trip, because that would be a very long post, but the highlights!

It was July, and despite all the Fijians complaining about how cold it was, it was NOT cold.  The days were in the late 20's, temperature wise, with hardly any humidity, which is just how I like my days when there are pools at my disposal.

Yes, I did say 'pools'. Our resort had two, a huge one for everyone and another adults only pool. No prizes for guessing where we spent most of our time. There was a swim up bar and we enjoyed Happy Hour there most evenings.

Also, I highly recommend buying a cheapo version of a go-pro camera with a waterproof case, I think we paid about $60 from Target and it took some great photos!

This happened on the first day. And it may well have been the best money I spent there, made hair care so easy. Even if I did spend a small fortune on the sunscreen I kept spraying on my head because I was terrified of getting sunburnt. It took them several hours and Chyken was forced to drink cocktails while he waited. Poor man.

 So many delicious curries in Fiji! And a lot of seafood, if seafood is your thing. It is not my thing.

These guys went around our resort every evening singing. If you were out on your balcony they would stop and sing TO you, otherwise they just wandered around the whole place eventually ending up poolside for a few more songs before a man ran around the resort lighting all the torches.

We did a couple of day trips out to islands, and the one where we went on this sailing boat was our favourite! Only about 30 passengers and a great, fun, happy, lovely crew. We had a massive lunch, a swim, a snorkel, and we fed and cleaned turtles!

We took more video than we did photos of the snorkelling, but trust me when I say it was amazing. So many fishies!

Entertainment on the other cruise included these guys. Chyken was particularly impressed with how musical most people seemed to be. He kept saying to all the guys 'Men don't sing in Australia!!!'

And Fiji had some of the best sunsets I have ever seen!  Just stunning.

In short, we LOVED Fiji and we really hope to get back some day! 

P.S. This post was not sponsored in any way, shape, or form. We paid for the entire thing ourselves!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Silvers Circus in New Gisborne - Review

I was given a double pass to roll up and see Silvers Circus by the good people at Cavanagh PR. All opinions are my own.


It's been quite warm around these parts for October, so warm that there's been a bushfire burning not far from here the last couple of weeks. It was a warm night when we headed to see Silvers Circus.

I've been to lots of circuses (circusi?) in my time, and I can honestly say that Silvers Circus is the best Australian one I've ever seen. I said that when I saw them last year and paid for it myself, this is not the free tickets talking, I promise.

The acts are world class. During some of the aerial stuff I actually thought I might vomit with fear. Even though logically I know they wouldn't be up there doing it if it wasn't safe, it really doesn't look like that a lot of the time.

There's a little something for everyone here, not too much clown (I know there are lots of people who don't like clowns), there's enough, but not too much, and the use of audience volunteers is funny without making people step too far out of their comfort zone. 

Lots of different sorts of juggling (including a woman who juggles fire with her FEET!) and the woman on the roman rings had me on the edge of my seat. Likewise the tightrope walker.  There's no net!  How are they allowed to do that?!

I'm still trying to work out how Simon the magician pulled off some of the magic tricks, maybe it is REAL magic?!

There are two main stand outs though and they are the Wheel Of Death and the Double Wheel of Steel, the Wheel of Death is a metal globe that crazy talented men roar around inside on motorbikes.  I mean, have you ever? And just when you think it's too much they put a woman in there and ride within inches of her! Insane!

However, the absolute highlight for me was the Double Wheel of Steel. Two men spin around at stupid speeds balancing each other and if that's not enough they get on the outside and seem to almost touch the top of the tent. I have no idea how it works, but it is marvellous to watch. (This is where I actually thought I might throw up!)

Silvers Circus is in New Gisborne until Sunday. It's not often that such world class entertainment lands right on our doorstep, so we should be taking advantage of it so they come back!

For all the details and to buy tickets, go to their website.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Silvers Circus Is Coming To Gisborne! ***Giveaway***

***This competition is now closed. Jules, Sarah, Bernadette, Jaki, and Sally were the lucky winners.***

Silvers Circus have never set up their tent in Gisborne, but that is set to change this week when they roll into town!  I've got some family passes valued at $120 to give away (2 adults and 2 kids) for the show this Friday night, 16th October, read on to see how you can win one of them!

Now, I know a lot of people have heard of Silvers Circus, but did you know that the family that own Silvers actually live in Gisborne when they're not under the big top? The Gasser family moved here about 20 years ago when Gisborne was a little village. It's close to the airport, so it allows them to get to and from wherever the circus is at the time. The whole circus family is super excited to finally set the big top up here and show everyone what they can do! 

Silvers Circus have been travelling around Australia for nearly three decades. I remember seeing this circus as a kid down on the Mornington Peninsula and being entranced by the whole thing, especially the magic tricks!

Silvers Circus still has magic, but now has so much more as well. There's Gypsy, who manipulates up to 80 hoola hoops. At the same time!!!

There's Klara, who juggles fire.  With her FEET!

Rosita shows strength and grace on the Roman Rings.

And two young men with nerves of steel will have you holding your breath as they zoom around in the Double Wheel of Steel.

There is all this and more at Silvers Circus!  They have top notch fairy floss and I haven't even mentioned the Wheel Of Death yet!  Curious?  Well, you'll have to go along to see what I mean!  You can get your tickets from their website and they start at just $20!

Show times for New Gisborne are:

October 2015
Wednesday 14th - 7.30pm 
Thursday 15th - 7.30pm
Friday 16th - 7.30pm
Saturday 17th - 1.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 18th - 11.00am

The lovely people at Silvers Circus have given me some family passes for the Friday October 16th show to give to you guys!  All you have to do is leave a comment here or on the Silvers Circus post on the Chickens and Bees Facebook page and in 25ish words, tell me what you're most looking forward to seeing at Silvers Circus. 

You have to until Tuesday at 8pm to enter and then we'll choose the winners and you'll be running away with the circus before you can say 'Roll Up! Roll Up!'

(Please make sure you leave an email address if you're commenting here on the blog so I can contact you!)

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