Second Look Sunday 19 October 14 OR Happy 4th Birthday to this Blog!!!! Plus Giveaway!

Second Look Sunday 19 October 14 OR Happy 4th Birthday to this Blog!!!! Plus Giveaway!Second Look Sunday 19 October 14 OR Happy 4th Birthday to this Blog!!!! Plus Giveaway!

This week has been a whirlwind of weird!! Wednesday in particular was a bit strange. I was woken a few hours early by phone call from Mummy Ask who has car trouble and was stuck on the side of the road and needed a lift. I threw on a mish mash of clothes and grabbed my bag – no coffee, no makeup, not even a can of coke. Who do I find standing by my car? Yep, it was Daddy-O. He lives in Tasmania and while I was expecting him, I had no idea exactly when he’d rock up (simply appearing or disappearing is a family trait. As is having little to no idea of time). So, it was all ‘hey Daddy-O, we are off to get Mum from the side of the road, hop in’. My folks have been divorced for eons, so driving along with both of them was….unusual. Especially odd that I was the driver. Daddy-O was meant to borrow my car but rearranged so a Mummy Ask could have it. That resulted in a visit from Aunty & Uncle. It was lovely to squeeze everyone in person but so out of the ordinary! Thank God that for once I had milk for coffees! 

  • I’m still loving the Halloween makeup looks. Check out this B&W makeup from Sharon or you can do a ‘who wore it better’ and watch these black widow looks by Julia Graf and Siobhan from Letz Makeup. I think I like Siobhan’s better…..
  • I had to deal with a few government departments this week. Both encounters were horribly red tape filled. I’m I the only one who shudders when they get a letter from the tax office?
  • All that fun thrift store shopping with M seems like years ago! But I am already planning something with that gorgeous fabric. Stay tuned…..

But can we get a *drumroll* please……..
This blog is officially 4 years old TODAY!!!! Yes, I’ve been posting recipes, tips, decluttering strategies, make up & fashion posts and sewing tutorials for 4 years! That’s a total of 827 posts, including this one!

To celebrate this special marker on my way to world domination, I give you a video! In fact I’m going to make them regularly from now on! *So Excite* If you have a suggestion for a video, please let me know! Plus I have a giveaway for you, watch the video for entry details.

Thank YOU my dear readers, for four wonderful years of Ask Sarah! If all the views I’ve had were people filling a stadium, I’d have done several sold out shows at Madison Gardens! YOU are what makes this place great and I thank you with all my heart. If you fancy giving me a little Birthday gift, email a friend and let them know about Ask Sarah or share a post on pintererst, Instagram, reddit or facebook! Here’s cheers to many more years!!!!!!

Recipe: Homemade Flour Tortillas

Recipe: Homemade Flour Tortillas
Summary: Mr Ask and I enjoy cooking together on the weekend. We were planning a big chilli cook up and Mr Ask decided to make tortillas. They were so amazing I will never eat store bought again. We me made a double batch but I think we will make a huge batch next time and freeze them. They’re just that good! I highly recommend giving these a go!
  •  2 cups plain white flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup warm water, more or less
  1. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in large mixing bowl. Rub in the flour with your fingers until the mix resembles bread crumbs. Or use your stand mixer to do this!
  2. Add  the 3/4 cup warm water and use your hands to mix everything into a dough. If the mix is sticky, add more flour of if it is too dry, add more water.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes until no longer sticky; the dough should feel smooth, elastic and not dry. If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you can use that instead.
  4. Divide the dough up into 8-10 balls (I just divide in half and then in half again until I have the right amount) and arrange on a lightly greased baking tray.
  5. Lightly dampen a tea towel with warm water, cover the dough and let rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Using a rolling pin, shape the flour tortillas into thin round circles about 14cm in diameter.
  7. Heat a heavy based fry pan on a medium heat, lightly grease it to avoid sticking but don’t go nuts! Cook the tortillas until bubbles form and brown specks appear, about 1 minute. Turn over and cook other side, about another minute. Continue cooking all the flour tortillas in the same manner.
  8. Keep tortillas warm, stacking them one on top of the other until ready to serve. Use a dampened tea towel to stop them from  drying out! We laid a damp tea towel in a large lidded frypan and kept the lid on. Once they cool, later them with baking paper,  wrap in plastic and store in a Tupperware container in the fridge until you need them. Wrap the in foil and warm in the oven when you’re ready to use them, or you can freshen them up in the microwave (or  in a fry pan for a few seconds), too.
  9. Makes 8 tortillas.
Quick Notes:
Tortillas freeze beautifully. Layer plastic wrap, baking paper or tin foil between each tortilla. By putting layers between each tortilla you can thaw just the amount you need at any time. Place the  tortillas in a plastic freezer bag or Tupperware container with a label and date. Freeze for up to two months. Thaw in the fridge, on the counter top or by reheating them in the microwave or stove top.

Market Sunday’s: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul

Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul

For those of you new to Market Sundays, it’s an ongoing series where I take lots of pics of the markets or shops I hit and give you a bit of commentary so you can see the places I like to shop and hang around in.Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul
You know I love a good rummage in a thrift store! So when Mummy Asks friend M offered to take us around her local op shops & share her fave hunting ground – I was in! It was a good day before we even left M’s house, where M gave me this amazing, pearl beaded, vintage shawl/collar. How lucky am I? We headed off to the first three and stopped for a coffee break at M’s before the next three. The three of has had a lovely time picking over all manner of trash and picking up some treasures. If you find yourself in the suburbs south of Adelaide, you might want to hit these op shops!
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop HaulMarket Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop HaulMarket Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul
160-168 Beach Rd,
Noarlunga Centre SA 5168

This medium sized op shop was quite the treasure trove! I picked up a $2 Vintage tin, just perfect for buttons. These modern but thoroughly vintage looking  $5 black mules for $5.25 and this $8.25 cropped fluffy jumper that screams ‘sweater girl’. Mummy Ask spend $9.25 on these gorgeous, yet practical & brand new patent shoes.
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop HaulSavers Noarlunga 
T06, 12-18 David Witton Dr,
Noarlunga Centre SA 5168

Just round the corner from the salvos, is Savers a massive thrift super store. I’ve had some great fabric finds here but today there was nothing. It’s worth noting that they had a massive selection of new and second hand Halloween costumes for both adults and children. Lots of well priced props, makeup and fake blood too. But sadly there was nothing there for me or Mummy Ask.
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop HaulMarket Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul
Reef Side Recycle 
2/100 Gulfview Road, 
Christies Beach SA 5165

Reef is a smallish shop with new & second hand items but it was jam packed with interesting bits. I picked up a massive bargain, paying $10 for 103cm wide x 4.54m Taffeta that may or may not be silk but I think it is! I also grabbed this $4 tray for an upcoming project but will pass it on to M once I’m done because she had her eye on it too!
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul
Salvos Ministry of Noarlunga Community Church
Shop 8, 24 Beach Rd
Christies Beach, SA 5165 

This medium store had a lot going on but sadly nothing for me or for Mummy Ask. A few things were very tempting but we’re not quite good enough to make room for. I would cruise here again.
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul 
Vinnies Clearance Store
27B Beach Rd
Christies Beach, SA 5165

This shop is pretty much across the road from the last one. It’s a smallish store but boy, is it cheap! Quality handbags like Jag, Fossil and Esprit for $5 and most of the dresses and tops I looked at were only $2. While it was very well worth a rummage, neither of us got stuff here either. 
 Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul 
Save the Children
Shop 1, 48 Beach Rd,
Christies Beach SA 5165

Oh yeah! This was the mother load! This tiny shop was home to many interesting things and was priced in that ‘volunteer old lady has no idea what it’s worth’ way. And very neat and tidy. I was toting that hot pink scarf around, then Mummy Ask picked up those green shoes (so freakin’ jealous) and then Mum, M and I sorta had a buying frenzy of stuff in the glass cabinet. This vintage beaded shawl/collar was the buy of the day at $8, $2 for this vintage olive fork (how darling?), $5 for the green shoes (brand new with extra heel tips), $1 for the glass fish wine stopper, $4 for the glass vase (Mummy Ask had been looking for the right one all day) and the final win was that they threw in the scarf for free! 
Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop Haul
What a wonderful, thrifty haul! I would have loved to show you the goodies M picked up but time was too tight. I don’t think you could find an op shopper with a better eye than M! In the past she picked up a filthy opal pendant for $2 and had it valued at thousands and grabbed a gold ring (with a possible diamond) for next to nothing! Huge thanks to M for a wonderful day and for sharing her secret spots (& letting me tell you guys too). If you know of a great op shop or two in Adelaide, please let me know xxx

Market Sunday's: Noarlunga/Christies Beach Op Shop HaulP.S: This is one of M’s cats, Rusty, isn’t he majestic? He is massive! If you are familiar with my cat, Mr Pyjamas (Jarms), Rusty is much bigger than that! M’s other cat, Boots, is also a big one but was being a little camera shy.