Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas 2014 and the food that was....

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful fun filled day or days (3 in our family).

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to catch up with family you don't see so often, open up surprise presents and of course to eat food you don't eat during the rest of the year.

I was busy in the kitchen this year with 3 Christmas events to go to, so I thought I'd share with you what I got up to in the kitchen this Christmas 2014.

As always there was my ultimate favourite - Sweet & Salty Crunchie Nut Bar - oh my gosh, as it's describe in the recipe book, it's the kitchens version of crack cocaine - it's so addictive.

We also have our Christmas tradition of the cookie tree - MJ gets so excited over this one.

For MJ's family Christmas, I decided to try a new recipe from Christmas Taste magazine "White Chocolate & Peppermint Cake". I hit a bit of a snag with this one, I forgot to add the melted white chocolate to the buttercream and didn't realise till after I had assembled the cake, well let's say a meltdown did ensue and after I calmed down and took MJ's advise, I just poured the white chocolate over the top of the cake and hoped for the best. It did taste amazing the next day but I'll warn you don't eat a big slice as you will get a sugar rush to the head.

For my family Christmas, I tried out a Donna Hay recipe from her Christmas magazine "Raspberry & Ginger Cheesecake" - I'm sorry I've got no photo as it was eaten so quickly before I even remembered to take a photo, but if you'd like see what it should have looked like, head over to this link and check it out.

For the extended family Christmas yesterday, one of my cousins is a vegan and I remember last year there were no desserts for him to eat, so this year I wanted to set that right and made an amazing Vegan Apple & Gingerbread Cake (recipe by the fantastic Minimalist Baker). Not only did it pass my cousin's taste test, it also passed everyone else's, which is a bonus.

We are now so over food now that we don't want to eat any more, but still always manage to find space for that extra piece of crunchie nut bar.

I was also very lucky and received some amazing presents this year, I really love the candle holders my brother-in-law's girlfriend decorated for me, very sweet.

What did Santa bring you this year? What great food did you have? What are some of your favourite memories from Christmas this year?

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Monday, 22 December 2014

My 30th Birthday as Minnie Mouse!

On Sunday I officially turned 30!!!! And what a day it was.

I decided to have a Minnie Mouse theme and even dressed for the occasion.

We had a bbq at our place with both my family and MJ’s family, just some meat and salads with some fun desserts – which of course were Minnie Mouse themed.

It’s amazing what you can do with Oreo cookies and frosting.

Mum and I created the plates just using some black cardstock, pink ribbon and staples.

I really enjoyed making the cake, it’s a basic butter cake with ribbon and red/white fondant.

As you can see the frosting is always the best part of the cupcake, it’s the only part my niece will eat, forget the cupcake just give her the frosting.

I was given some amazing presents, including a chandelier from my husband and a brand new camera from my family. My brother from England sent me an amazing hand knitted shawl, it’s beautiful.

All in all it was a fantastic day, a great way to start my 30s. 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Pinterest Special

Only a few more sleeps to go and it will be Christmas time!!! Yeah!!! So exciting!!!!

Here is a few ideas for you to get into the Christmas spirit.

Enjoy - remember you can find me at Pinterest here

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Tree Serviette

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For next year - DIY mason jar snow globes {too cute!} by angy73

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Mini Christmas Wreath Pattern

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Quick and easy candle jar that will look amazing when illuminated …

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DIY Colored Christmas Ornament

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Magazine Christmas tree

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub - Here Comes The Sun

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DIY Multicolored LED Light Decorations Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A light in the darkness

At this time of year Martin Place Sydney has its amazing Christmas tree shining bright with all its lights. People are walking around shopping and general merriment is in the air, there's a real Christmas feeling in the air. I felt that Christmas feeling when I was in Martin Place staring up at that big tree on Saturday night.

Monday morning rolled round and that light was extinguished, that feeling was darkened. One persons choice changed all that and stole that light away. There is now 2 people that will never come home, they won't be there come Christmas morning with their families opening up the presents that were bought for them with such love and care. Three children now know the pain of having no mother. Darkness has entered their world and all of ours too.

Christmas is a time of happiness, hope, joy and peace or so it should be. What's happened this week in Sydney is anything but. It doesn't feel right to feel happiness, hope, joy or peace because it was destroyed with anger, hate, violence and fear.

How can we celebrate with so much sadness?

We choose love!

We choose not to hate!

We choose to follow the light path not the dark path!

You find your way through the darkness with a light not with more darkness.

We now all need to come together and express the true meaning of Christmas - LOVE!

Only with love can we make it through. 

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Wisdom I learnt from losing my Wisdom Teeth

They say you get wiser with age but this last week I've learnt you get wiser by losing some teeth - four teeth to be exact.

It's a big procedure to have your wisdom teeth removed - a not so pleasant or painless one either and to have all four taken out in the same week as your husband is just plain insane.

I'm not sure why they are called wisdom teeth as most of my family wouldn't say I'm a very wise person when I did have them in my head but maybe just maybe you get the wisdom once they are removed.

I've learnt some really important life lessons in the last week and I think I've gain some wisdom from them too.

First - you cannot rush the healing process - the pain will not go away just because you want it to or because it's inconvenient for you to be in pain.

Second - just because painkillers make your husband drowsy and fall asleep doesn't mean they'll do the same for you.

Three- all TV is good TV at 2am in the morning when you cannot sleep and you feel like someone has punched you in the mouth.

Four - apple baby food is a whole new food group and should be added to the regular daily diet.

Five - you find out who really cares about you and they might not care the way you excepted them to. This one has been a big learning curve for me. I realised that I put too higher expectations on people, people can only care for you in their own way. If their way is different to yours doesn't always mean they care less about you, it's just how they show it or know how to show it. You do mean something to some people.

Six - I only ever want to drink water from a pink straw, you feel so cool while doing it.

For anyone that has to get their wisdom teeth removed in the future, don't fear, the pain will get better, you will eventually be able to eat again (oh man I'm looking forward to a good steak) so just put your feet up and enjoy the jelly and ice-cream all the while cursing that darn tooth fairy for making you pay for the teeth this time.

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas Cooking - Pinterest Special

Well the count down to Christmas is well and truly on. We have less than 3 weeks to go, so to help you get in the spirit of Christmas I thought I'd share with you all a Christmas cooking special.

So kick back and let's get inspired.

Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties Recipe ~ Super easy to make, fantastically festive, and always a hit with kids and adults alike.

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Easy SNOWFLAKE OREO COOKIES that even kids can make. Great for Christmas or winter wonderland birthday parties. From

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How to make Wreath Cupcakes *There are also ornaments, Xmas trees, and reindeer.

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Easy Gingerbread House from graham crackers

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini, with Homemade White Chocolate Liqueur | Will Cook For Friends

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Slow Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham: think cooking a delicious, moist, and tender ham has to be a difficult task? Not so with this slow cooker ham recipe.

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This is the best coconut shrimp recipe I’ve tried and you won’t believe how easy it is!

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Sausage, Apple & Cranberry Stuffing

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50 vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes to serve alongside the usual trimmings!

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Gluten Free Vegan Mini Chocolate Peppermint Loaves - Ask Anna

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

How style and clothes have changed me‏....

For those of you that follow along on Instagram and Facebook would surely have noticed that I participate in style dares and I want to share with you all how I've have noticed that style and clothes have changed me - for the better.

It all started back in March this year just after my first miscarriage and I saw Fox in Flats post up her March daily style dare where you have a daily style prompt to work out an outfit. I thought to myself that sounds like a little bit of fun, I'll give it a go. After about 2 weeks of daily prompts I noticed that I was starting to look forward to picking out my outfits each day and I was smiling every time I got dressed, sometimes it was my only smile of the day. It didn't take away the pain I was feeling from losing my baby but it helped me through it by giving me one small thing a day to smile about.

So when March ended I wanted more and I stumbled upon Hilary Rushford's Style Me daily challenge. So I spent the month of April playing dress up each and every day. Finding new ways to view my clothes and putting together outfits I never dreamed possible - all with the clothes I already owned in my wardrobe.

As the year has processed the more adventurous and daring I've gotten with my clothes, one month I even did the 2 style challenges consecutively (which was so much fun trying to marry the prompts together). I've started to discover my own unique style, I even discovered that there are long pants out there that aren't jeans. I'm finding I'm wearing more of the clothes I own than I ever use to as I'd just put on the same clothes over and over again. I'm also putting together different combinations, different colours and feeling different everyday. 

Even after the second miscarriage in August and how traumatic that was to deal with, the clothes helped me. I felt like I had something else to think about, something else to focus on. I used it as a reason to keep going, to keep getting out of bed each day and dressed. In a way clothes saved me.

The biggest advancement I've found is not on the outside with looking different but it would have to be on the inside. I feel more comfortable in my skin, I've got a little more confidence, I feel like I'm discovering a new side of me, I'm surprising people and keeping them guessing. 

I've also meet some amazing people through sharing my photos on Instagram (well I've meet them virtually) and I've even become penpals with a few of them. None of this would have happened if I hadn't decided to take that first style challenge and do something to find a little happiness each day.

I'm going to keep doing these challenges and keep mixing it up with my clothes because I've seen how much it's helped me and how much I've grown over the past 9 - 10 months and I'm excited to keep growing and to keep changing.

They say clothes make the man but I say clothes help develop the man.

Have clothes changed you or something else has? What's made an impact in your life?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

DIY - Fruit Salad Notepaper

There's been a real snailmail revolution going on out there now and I think it's fantastic. It's so wonderful to head out to your letter box and find pretty/happy letters waiting for you inside that all colourful and filled with beautiful words.

Today I want to share with you a project I've been working on - Fruit Salad Notepaper.

What a colourful way to brighten up someones letterbox and quite simple to make too.

First off the things you'll need to create this project are:

- Coloured cardstock
- Ruler, pen, pencil, scissors and rubber
- Scallop punch
- Coloured string
- Double sided tape
- Assorted fruit templates to trace (I just did a Google search for shapes)  

First step trace and cut out your fruit pieces. For the banana and pear I drew a stork freehanded out of brown cardstock to attach. The strawberry I created a top freehanded out of green cardstock and also with the strawberry I used a heart shaped template as a guide. 

Next all you need to do is using the double sided tape join the pieces together.

Once you have joined all the pieces together to resemble the fruit, draw lines across to act as the lines on the notepaper. For the watermelon using the scallop punch on one corner to make it look like a hungry person took a bite before posting it.

You can stop here if you like but if you are a fan of Fruit Ninja you can take this fruit combo notepaper to the next level. 

All you need is some black cardboard and trace out a circle - I used my double sided tape as a guide. Next using some coloured string, attach a small piece to the back to resemble the wick. Then using a white pencil draw on some notepaper lines. 

And now you have your very own Fruit Ninja notepaper to send off to a very surprised penpal or anyone you like.

If you make this project please send me photos I'd love to see them. 

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Pinterest Friday - Thanksgiving Edition

I know, I know we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but we have much to be thankful for in life so in a way we can celebrate it a little bit.

For those of you that celebrate it a lot, here are some ideas to get you ready for Thanksgiving 2014.

Don't forget to head over to my Pinterest page to find more creative ideas.

How to Make a Cornucopia | Lilyshop Blog by Jessie Jane
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Fall Leaf, Mason Jar Candle Holder | 35 DIY Fall Decorating Ideas for the Home | Fall Craft Ideas for Adults

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Jenny Steffens Hobick: DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Roses, Mums & Broom Cob in a Pumpkin "Vase"

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How to make Turkey Cupcakes

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Need an easy pumpkin pie recipe that you can depend on? This has been my go to recipe for years! Perfect for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. We LOVE this pie!

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You'll soon have your bird (and a recipe), but how long, exactly, are you supposed to cook it? Here's a handy guide.

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Apple and Pumpkin Beer Cocktails | | @jalanesulia

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Recipe - Summer Green Drink

The weather is heating up here in Australia and there's nothing I love more than finding a cool drink to have that's not water.

So I wanted to share with you today a cooling and healthy green drink I created. It's so yummy and refreshing.

First you'll need:

A banana
A stalk of kale
Handful of blueberries
A small cucumber
Handful of baby spinach

Next you'll need:

2 tablespoons of Coconut water powder (I find this a cheaper option to buying coconut water as you just add it to water and it stores in the cupboard)
2 teaspoons of Maca power blends (contains both Maca powder and Cacao powder)
1/2 teaspoon of Spirulina
About a cup of water or a little bit more if needed

Add all to a blender and blend - enjoy!!! 

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