Saturday, 25 April 2015

Chocolate Chip & Almond Anzac Slice

Today in Australia and New Zealand we commemorate what's know as Anzac Day, the day we arrived on the shores of Gallipoli in World War I.

Today is extra special as it's been 100 year since that arrival that changed our nations history.

It's claimed that the Anzac Biscuit were sent by the wives of the soldiers to their husbands serving in the war because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during transportation on boats.

There are many different varieties of Anzac Biscuits out there now and I've always been fond of the Anzac Slice, as it's so soft and chewy. I've added a few extra ingredients to change it up a bit.

Chocolate Chip & Almond Anzac Slice

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour (sifted)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup coconut
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup slivered almonds (or any nut you like)
125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
2 tablespoons boiling water

Combine oats, flour, sugar, coconut, chocolate chips and almonds in a bowl.

Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over a gentle heat until melted.

Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture and then stir into the dry ingredients.

Press into a slice tray that's lined with baking paper.

Cook in a preheated oven at 160 degrees C for about 15 - 20 mins until golden brown and cooked through.

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Five simple ways to make cleaning fun – plus giveaway

Sponsored by Harpic


Hands up everyone who loves cleaning?

Just as I thought, the only hand I can see is my husband MJ's who is the sheriff of the cleaning police. For the rest of us, it’s not a task we enjoy. Yes we want our houses to be clean and tidy but it’s not fun keeping them that way.

So how do we handle this cleaning routine and make it slightly more enjoyable? Even a smile on your face?

With the right attitude and tools, we can make cleaning a breeze and even a little dare I say it - fun.

1. Get some music pumping through the house – my favourite artist while cleaning is Nickelback, as they've got a heavy beat and it makes you clean faster.

2. Clean first thing in the morning – that way you’re done and dusted (ha ha) and you've got the         rest of the day to have more fun.

3. Dance while vacuuming - not only is it fun to do but others get a laugh out of watching you. It’s     also a bonus workout and if you wear a Fitbit (like I do) it’s extra steps and active minutes!!!

4. Have something fun ready to do for when you’re finished, that way you have something fun to       look forward to when the cleaning is over. Since we always do our big cleaning on a Saturday           morning I look forward to sitting down and watching an episode or two of ‘The Simpsons’ as             they play all morning on Fox 8 and they’re the good classic ones we can quote word for word.

5. Use the right tools.

Harpic has some great bathroom products to make cleaning the worst room of all – the bathroom – a little bit easier and quicker.

Harpic’s toilet wipes are flushable so when you’re finished (after only a minute or two of cleaning) they can just be flushed away.

So to make your bathroom cleaning quicker and easier Harpic has given me a bathroom pack to giveaway.

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  • White & Shine Flushable Toilet Wipes
  • Active Long Life Blue Freshener
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To be in with a chance to win please leave me a comment below with a tip you know on how to make cleaning more fun. 

Entires open to Australia and New Zealand only - competition closes Sunday 26th of April 2015. 

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Signature Style

Do you have a signature style? Is it black and white? Feminine? Masculine? Do you prefer t-shirts and shorts or blouses and skirts? I’ve been trying to work out recently do I have a signature style.

I’ve been participating in daily style challenges since March 2014 just over a year now and I’ve differently seen a change in style in me, I’ve grown, I’ve expanded but I haven’t really bought a whole new wardrobe, yes I’ve bought some new pieces but I’m still wearing clothes I’ve had for years.

I think my style is a bit eclectic. I like to chop and change depending on my mood but there does seem to be a bit of a theme throughout all my outfits and I think I would describe it as soft. Soft isn’t a bad think and it doesn’t mean weak, it means my personality is shining through soft and gentle with a touch of fun.

I love how clothes can be a form of creative expression and it’s differently one way of putting some creativity into the everyday. I always have a smile on my face when I put on the days outfit and it might be the only smile I'll have that day but it’s one smile regardless.

Do you have a signature style? Do you show your personality through what you wear? Do you participate in any daily style challenges? Please share with me your thoughts.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

A Moment of Silence

Back in February I got sick with a virus and I ended up having to take a sick day; which a big thing for me as I hate taking days off work even more so because being a temp you don’t work you don’t get paid. But I was so dizzy that day I couldn't drive so I was ordered back to bed by my husband and then proceeded to spend the rest of the day in bed.

I'm not one that likes to be confined to the bed or the couch all day as I like to be doing things but I just couldn't do anything as I was so dizzy except lay in bed. This day of silence and stillness forced me to stop and made me realise that there were some emotions I wasn't dealing with. Emotions I was pushing aside and burying deep down hoping they wouldn't surface, well surface that day they did. They didn't just surface they exploded and poured out but you know what, it felt great to finally acknowledge them and express them and they weren't as scary as I thought they were going to be.

I have a bit of bad habit of pushing my emotions and feelings aside and burying them deep down only for them to come back to bite me another day. I don’t like sitting with my emotions and processing them, I want to get them over with and move on. I learnt a lesson that day, I need to sit and feel my emotions no matter what they are or how hard they feel, pushing them away doesn't take them away, and if anything it makes them stronger and harder down the track.

Emotions can be hard thing to deal with and they can seem scary and uncontrollable and we all like to have control, I know I certainly do like to have control over myself. But sometimes we need to let down those walls of control and realise we are only human and it's okay to feel. 

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Friday, 27 March 2015

101 things in 1001 days update

Well my 101 things in 1001 days has come to an end. The 26th of March has arrived and now past, so I thought I would bring you up-to-date with how I went with the list.

I certainly didn't complete all 101 items but I did complete 45 of them and 1/2 completed 3 of them.

Yes I know that's not even half of the list but you know what I'm not fussed.

This list has really shown me how much I've changed over the last 2.5 years since I first wrote this list. It's shown me how my priorities have changed and even my personality has altered a little. I've really started to discover who I am in the last 2.5 years and I'm loving it.

So I am proud of the items I have ticked off my list and I'm happy to let go of the others.

I will be starting a new list again soon, once it's completed and written up I'll share it all with you.

Thanks for following along.

Here's how I went:

1. Purchase a new DSLR Camera - completed I got this for my 30th birthday from my wonderful family.

2. Purchase a Macro Lens - cannot afford

3. Purchase a Fish Eye Lens - cannot afford

4. Learn to Crochet - Completed , I still need to keep practising though.

5. Start/Finish throw from Crochet magazine - I've started this one but I haven't finished it.

6. Crochet a baby rug - couldn't do it

7. Crochet baby booties - couldn't do it

8. Finish dolphin cross stitch - Still working on this one

9. Have a baby

10. Study Aromatherapy

11. Climb the Harbour Bridge  - cannot afford

12. Try a pottery class - completed 2013 at a community college

13. Cook a 3 course dinner for both sets of parents - completed July 2014

14. Make a kimono - not interested in at the moment

15. Read through the whole of The Old Testament - Sadly didn't finish this one but I'll be adding it to my next list

16. Collect at least 20 Kimmidolls - lost interest in them

17. Have a baby shower

18. Start a vege garden - Started one 2013 but sadly it was all damaged in the move

19. Own my own sea monkeys - not interested

20. Buy or make a purple coat - not interested

21. Take my nephew to the aquarium - completed see post here

22. Eat at Platform One - completed see post here

23. Take a drawing class - maybe another time

24. Read the Anne of Green Gables Series - adding to next list

25. Do the Minnamurra Rainforest bushwalk - completed see post here

26. Take mum to Nutcote - completed see post here

27. Make a skirt out of Australian tartan - not interested anymore

28. Make my Suzie Snowflake muff (I had one of these for a ballet dance I did when I was 7 and I've always wanted it again) - not interested anymore

29. Walk in the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk  - Was unable to do

30. Do a photoshoot of my mum - she didn't want it

31. Photo a day of my tummy when pregnant

32. Do a cupcake decorating course - completed did 2 classes actually - lots of fun

33. Try cooking macarons - completed see how I went here

34. Make a macaron tower - adding to next list

35. Help mum make a red coat - She bought one

36. Have a go at tempering chocolate - didn't try but I do still want to

37. Cook all 50 curries in my 50 curries book - I only cooked 5 of them as I started getting sick from some of them

38. Visit Cockatoo Island -  completed see post here

39. Try making cake pops - completed have a look here

40. Cook a souffle I've cooked both sweet and savoury - completed

41. Start learning German again - completed

42. Make a quilt with mum - started March 2015

43. Build a mosaic jigsaw puzzle - started March 2015

44. Do a Sydney Skyline crosstich for my husband - didn't do

45. Learn to paint designs on my nails  - completed many times over love it

46. Host Christmas at our place - completed enjoy post here

47. Attend an Anzac Dawn Service - completed see post here

48. Buy a lucky bamboo plant - completed July 2012 and again Feb 2015 as my first one died

49. Collect all of Nigella Lawson's cookbooks - completed see here

50. Bush-walk in the Blue Mountains - completed see post here

51. Go camping  - didn't get a chance

52. Once a month cook a meal from a different country or culture - completed

53. Have a sleepover with a friend  - no one was interested

54. Make a new dress for my childhood rag doll

55. Buy Stephanie Alexander's cookbook - Do not want it anymore

56. Write/Illustrate a children's storybook

57. Scrap my husband's baby photos

58. Make a pair of jeans - not interested anymore

59. Make a yum cha lunch - not interested anymore

60. Buy a Barbie Jumper  - not interested anymore

61. Buy a Barbie T-shirt - not interested anymore

62. Throw a themed party - completed dad's 70th party was an Aussie As theme

63. Sleepover with my nephew - completed was so much fun

64. Buy a really good mix-master - completed 08/01/2013 - see here

65. Enter a crosstitch in the Easter Show - didn't finish it in time

66. Host a World Cup Soccer Party (Rio 2014) - completed see post here

67. Cook a Thanksgiving Dinner - completed 2014

68. Cook a Traditional Christmas in July meal - completed see post here

69. Get a hot stone massage - adding to next list

70. Have a milk and rose petal bath - completed

71. Buy a puppy - maybe one day

72. Complete more photo challenges - completed

73. Buy a full set of derwent pencils - completed my good friend gave me a set of my birthday in 2012

74. Cook at least 150 different Nigella recipes  - I made 20 all up, not even close to 150

75. Sew a Christmas dress

76. Run/Walk in the City to Surf  - unable to do

77. Design/Create a set of fairy wings - not interested

78. Try acupuncture - completed

79. Buy a good set of saucepans - completed see post here

80. Read the Blossum Street book series  - not interested in book series now

81. Try jam making - completed see post here

82. Learn about weather patterns

83. Cook a rainbow layer cake  - completed see post here

84. Buy a good pair of ugg boots - completed

85. Collect all Gilmore Girls DVDs - not interested any more

86. Watch every eposide of Gilmore Girls - not interested any more

87. Do a First Aid course

88. Create a fairy garden

89. Have a home spa treatment weekend - not interested in anymore

90. Get my nails professionally done - completed Jan 2015

91. Learn to handstand - adding to next list

92. Buy my husband Lego Millennium Falcon - completed and he loved it

93. Throw dad a 70th birthday party - completed 15/2/14

94. Throw my husband and I a combined 30th birthday party - completed see here

95. Swim with dolphins for my 30th - completed see here

96. Buy a bike - adding to next list

97. Visit the snow - unable to afford

98. Sleep under the stars 

99. Buy an eternity ring

100. Go horseback riding - completed March 2015

101. Blog about my 101 list - completed 

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