There is really nothing like stepping outside your door to pick fresh herbs and veges from your own garden to add to your dinner. I love being able to do this and am lucky that my partner let my dad build me one! I love watching plants grow, there something so satisfying about helping something grow – and then eating it all!!

Hopefully we have a few sunny days around the corner so I can pick some of the lettuce and basil and make a delicious salad!

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Grow your own!

A recipe I had the pleasure of trying over Christmas was a parsley dressing. We had this over chicken and it was amaaaazing!! I found a similar recipe on this neat blog I just came across called veggieful.com. I havnt tried it yet but looks goooood. Even if your not a vegan, check out their website, looks like there are oodles of delicious recipes there that you could use as side dishes to go along with a meat main.

I love exploring the web and finding neat blogs, and I love it even more when cool blogs share links for other cool blogs. I am definitely going to try and incorporate this into my blogging from now on. Through one of the many links I clicked on while blog-surfing, I came across, get this, a restaurant alllll about mac n’ cheese!! Can you believe it! What an awesome place!

Trust America, but seriously, these two clever ladies have created this funky little place that has taken mac n’ cheese to a whole. nutha’. level.

I am so excited about going to Canada in October as while Im there I hope to make many trips down south into America and visit the West Coast and some of these neat places Im finding online.  Kieran and I are just going with the flow once we get to Canada and don’t really have any set plans, but this is one thing I definitely want to look into. Any places you can recommend to visit or where to stay on a budget?

I get so excited in anticipation of things to come that I sometimes forget to live in the now, and with all our travel plans now booked Im definitely getting that way again. I still have alot of exciting things that will happen before then, like graduating university, my nieces 2nd birthday and probably many other things Im not even aware of yet!
I just need to keep telling myself to sloooooow down and breathe. Enjoy what you have while you have it and dont wish the time away!

Have a great Tuesday! Before you know it, itll be Friday again… 😉

Peace

xo

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So I’m finally feeling back to ‘normal’,  and just in time – for my birthday! I had a fantastic day yesterday, mostly by myself! I had a delicious lunch, then got a Shellac manicure and saw Oz the great and powerful in 3D – all on my lonesome! Was actually really nice not having to consider what someone else might want to do or see – selfish, but hey, it’s my birthday!!

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Chang Thais: Panang Curry, Sweet & Sour chicken and money bags

This was a Thai-riffic (I totally copied this off their receipt!) Thai dish that I had for lunch. Enough to fill 2, and at $15.90 I thought it was great value from Chang Thai.

My wonderful man got me a beautiful travel wallet which is something I really wanted, as not only is it gorgeous but so practical because we have now booked and paid for our flights to Germany and Vancouver – ahhhhh IM SO EXCITED!!!

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Shellac Manicure and Red Current travel wallet

And to finish off a wonderful day, I went out to dinner with some friends at an AMAZING Japanese restaurant in Milford: Musashi. They make amazing authentic Japanese food, probably the best I have ever eaten. We ate Takoyaki (octopus balls – no, not that kind!), Deep Fried Octopus arms, Pork Dumplings and Pork Hooki Yabi. They all had such amazing flavours that I could only ever imagine about how to go about recreating them at home.

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Best friends and good food - what more could I want??

Today was straight back into real life however – painting our home! The colours we chose I feel are really modern, but classic and I think it looks fantastic! We had a few friends and lots of family members pitch in, but you can never predict what Auckland weather will do… we had to stop for rain a couple times, but managed to give the bottom half of the house 2 coats and the top 1. Yay, 3 down 1 to go! And more importantly, my manicure is still intact ; )

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After a hard days work, I really felt like a soft, spongy, dilectable cakey dessert to sink my teeth into… I couldnt find any recipes, so I decided to do some educated ‘winging’! Pretty sure I made that word up, but anyways….

I also wanted to add some of my fresh ripe stone fruit I have in my fruit bowl, so I made a nectarine and white chocolate vanilla sponge, and a apricot vanilla sponge. It was so fun! I felt like that halerious lady off Bridesmaids when she makes that single cupcake … even though I really didnt know if it was going to work and what it would taste like (although if the batters anything to go by….yum!!), and I made two things! Call me greedy.

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Voila!

Hope your having a great weekend, what have you been doing?! I hope its yummy whatever it is!

Peace

xo

Having been sick for waaaay too long now, its about time I started getting healthy!! I normally eat pretty well, I very rarely eat greasy fast foods, and I looove my fruit and veges, so I don’t mean changing my lifestyle or anything. But I need to do something to help kick all the disgusting germs I have. Stuffy head, fever, blocked nose, cough, you name it, I’ve had it this last week. Any ideas or secret medicinal recipes you got for me?

Lying on the couch for the last 4days suddenly got extremley boring today, and whilst I was out already for an appointment this morning, I decided to go and stock up on lots of fresh fruit and vege.

While in the waiting room for my appointment, I came across a super easy recipe for zucchini and corn fritters with lemon prawns. As much as I would have loved to add the prawns to my lunch, my stomach is still very much on the fragile side and I dont think it could have handled them just yet. Soon tho hopefully!

So here was the recipe I adapted from the Australian Womans Weekly magazine 

Ingrediants:

  • 1 medium size zucchini, grated

  • 1 corn cob, kernals removed, 

  • 1 potato, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/3 cup of flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chives or spring onion

After you have grated the zucchini and potato, seperately or together if you like, place the gratings in a paper towel or clean tea-towel, and squeeze out all the excess juice. Now chuck it all into a bowl, mix it up and get a frying pan on a medium-high heat.

Place not-heaped tablespoons of the mix into the frying pan and press down gently. Let it brown for about 3-4mins, then flip and let it brown. Keep them warm in the oven on a plate while you cook the rest. 

Unfortunately I didnt have any tomatoe chutney or relish to go with these, only tomatoe sauce, but they were still veeery enjoyable, and healthy (I think!?)

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Give them a go, they would be especially delicious with some bacon and hollandaise for a bit of an indulgent weekend brunch – Yum!!

Peace

xo

But…you only live once! And if you think I’m going to write that awful abreviation for it that people are going around saying, wearing on tee-shirts and whatnot, your completly bonkers! But it’s ture anyhow, and with our up-coming trip (flashback here!), it’s really making me appreciate things alot more, as soon we are going to be veeeery far away from all our family and alot of our friends (although quite a few will probably be in Europe still by the time we get there..).

I havn’t traveled very far before, or for long periods of time, so this whole travling business is very new too me. And boy is there alot to learn!! Visa’s, shots, the right back pack, what to put in that back pack… the mind boggles… which brings me to the point of my post today. I’m really not a materialistic person, but knowing that I’m leaving and am only going to be able to take certain items of clothing with me is making me sad, as I know I’m going to miss my clothes.  Wow, such a dilema!! (sarcasim)  I know, Pathetic right?!

I have had alot of friends that have travelled extensively, and they have kindly informed me that I have nothing to worry about. (Dramatic “Phew”)  Apparently when you travel you dont care what you look like, or so they say. I can get this though, I mean Fay has traveled all through the Middle East and Africa on a Contiki, and said you might only get one decent shower in a week, so you’ll go in, in all your under garments, and do a double whammy, clean yourself and your clothes. Then you might let them dry on your backpack while walking around all day… sounds good to me! 

Being a nanny, I really don’t dress up for work. I have two amazing families I work for and they age from 5-11. I only work 2hours in the mornings doing the school drop off with my 5&6 yro, so that really only requires me to get changed out of my pyjamas, and I love doing crafty stuff, playing games or bouncing on the tramp with my 8&11yro, so with them I normally wear comfy clothes like shorts and a singlet or tee. As you can see, my day-to-day style is pretty low-key and pretty boring!

But thats ok, because when there is an occasion to dress up, I reeeally enjoy it. I’ve kinda always felt that getting dressed is abit like playing dress-ups. Most days I’ll be in a”normal” kind of mood where I dress for comfort, but then there are days when I’ll go all out and try something a bit different!

So now I know I’m not going to be surrounded by all my clothes, I kinda wanna make the most of them while I still have them! I also want to be a bit more adventurous with my dressing, so if I happen to be in an op shop and see something that I would like to wear but wouldn’t normally, Im gna give it a go!

And thats exactly what I did when I saw this dress a couple of days ago at the Red Cross Op Shop:

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This is a TopShop dress that I saw shoved over a rack, peaking out from under another dress… like someone had tried to hide it…I saw the pattern and it looked like something I wouldnt normally wear, but I really like the design and its a pretty, easy to wear dress.

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Unfortunatly I have a weird shaped head. You cant really tell from looking at me (well I hope not?!?), but I really feel that I have to be having a super good head and hair day to be able to pull off wearing a head scarf. These days are few and far between (dammit!), because I love accessories, and have sooo many head scarfs! Maybe its all just in my weird shaped head, and its not that weird…I hope so!

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I have a thing for skulls, so couldnt pass up this awesome skull tee!!

And my fav purchase of the day… :

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How cute is this daisy brooch!!!?? I’m in love ♡♡

And guess how much all these items cost…??

$5!! YIP, Im not kidding! They had a half price sale on, so I found all the clothing items, went to go and pay (it came to $4), then saw the daisy brooch and got the lot for $5!!

Not a bad haul huh?!…

Peace
xo

Nothin like a delicious warm bicky fresh out of the oven and a cuppa tea after a long hard day!

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This was a super easy recipe that I just found through google, but modified it to 1) save me dishes because we dont have a dishwasher, and 2) I dont have golden syrup.
Instead, I substituted the golden syrup for a teaspoon(ish) of brown sugar. And because I like brown sugar more than white (not that I’m a hater), I used 1/2 cup of brown and 1/2 cup of white, instead of a whole cup of white, just to switch things up a bit.

Heres my Rhi-vamped version:

○1 cup all purpose flour
○1 cup oats
○1 cup of sugar
○75g butter
○1 tablespoon milk
○little bit extra of brown sugar

What to do:
Pre heat oven to 180ºC
Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the oats and sugar. Now melt the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds, take it out, add the milk and sugar and melt for another 10-15seconds.

Mix. Pour the butter mix into the dry ingrediants and stir well.
Line a baking tray, I used a re-usable silicon baking mat but you can also use baking paper, and then spoon out the mix, roll into balls and place on the tray.

Bake for 10-15mins or until slightly golden.
Try and resist eating them for at least 5mins while they cool…. then scoff them all!!

The reason I wanted needed a little sweet treat tonight with my tea was because I worked hard all afternoon making roman blinds for my bedroom, only took me 4months to get around to doing! I hate to think how well our neighbours know us…

Heres a sneak peek:

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I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to make them, so y’all come back now, ya hear!

Peace
xo

Tomorrow is my best friend Antonia’s birthday. I’m going to take her out for brunch in Mt. Eden tomorrow morning, although we have already started celebrating! She had a birthday dinner in town last night at an amazing restaurant called Monsoon Poon. They do amazing south east asian food, and it is always good!

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Antonia (although I normally refer to her as Fay, see why here) has been my bestfriend for hmmm…. the last, 5 years I think, although we met when we were 16.

This is us on the bus on the way to the restaurant… can you believe she just turned 26…?? We are so mature.

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BFFs

She currently works at a prestige clothing store called Witchery, so her wardrobe is full of beautiful garments! Plus she has a bit of an addiction/obsession with handbags and gorgeous shoes, so whenever I’m in need of a glam outfit, I shop at The House of Fay. I looove the outfit I wore last night, the colours, the sparkle…ohh, so pretty!! And with my new ‘white-witch’ hair colour, I feel like when I wear colours they have even more pop than usual! What do you think?

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Its always fun getting dressed up with your home-girl and having a night out on the town!  BOOM!!

Peace
xo

It’s true!! Well, I think so. I’ve never had any issues with my weight tho, so what would I know?
To be honest, I think eating right is common sense, but lets face it, who really has that much common sense these days? Or the time to plan ahead and make meals from scratch, and all the other excuses people come up with…

I havn’t been able to excercise for about the last 3 months, due to having a mole removed on my foot in a very inconvenient place, which it then took a rather long time to heal, and another little bit of minor surgery which has put me out of action for another 3 weeks. I really notice the changes in my body when I don’t exercise, and even more so when I don’t eat good food.

Ive got one more week before I am allowed to exercise again, so I’ve decided it’s time to start eating better again as well. I’m also trying to discover new foods or try foods I wouldn’t normally buy, different ways of cooking (or not = raw) and really try to be at one with natures foods. There’s the hippy in me coming out!

Here is a new recipe that my good friend Lucy gave me from the Revive Cafe Cookbook (which you can purchase here). It was suuuuch a delicious salad, and from what I saw when Lucy was showing me this recipe, it looks like one recipe book that would get alot of use in my house. I love recipes that have things that are either readily available, easy to find in your supermarket or even better, already in your cupboard!

Revive Raw Salad:

makes 6x 1 cup serves

Ingrediants:                                         Orange Dressing:
●1/2 cup sultanas                                  ●juice of 1 orange {or 1/2C of orange juice}
●2 medium beetroot                              ●2 T balsamic vinegar
●4 carrots                                               ●2 T honey or date puree
●10 mint leaves                                      ●1 t salt
●1/2 cup sunflower seeds                      ●4 T oil

1. Put the sultanas in some boiling water before you start to fattem them and make them juicy {worth doing!}
2. Grate the beetroot and carrots, by hand or food processor with grater attachment.
3. In a cup mix the orange dressing ingrediants.
4. Drain the water off the sultanas
5. Combine all ingrediants. Eat!

*i missed out the sunflower seeds for mine as they get caught in my braces like nobodys business!

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Revive Raw Salad

I made this for my lunch today, and in record time I might add, as there was no cooking {raw food = check!}. Plus, I’ve never bought or prepared beetroot before {new foods = check!}, so it was cool to try these out. After my mum and I flew home from Wellington on Monday we stopped in at this awesome fruit and vege shop out by the airport. It’s one of those places where you can go and pick strawberries, or buy an ice cream fresh to order in a waffle cone made with frozen strawberries and vanilla ice cream {oh, sweet ice cream…♡}. They also grow all the fruit and vege there. I got so much for such a great price!

Here is another yuuuumo healthy and scrumdidilyumptious meal that I made for dinner last night:

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Grilled Fish Taco

I love fish but struggle making other things with it besides the good ole’ Fish ‘n’ Chips! Im so glad I discovered this one in the January 2012 issue of Cusine. Didn’t realise it was an old copy – luckily for you they have the recipe on their website still {dinner tonight?!}

Because of my braces, I can’t snack on nuts, apples or carrot sticks drowning in hummus (waaaa) – but there is always good old fashioned fruit and yogurt!

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Fruit and yogurt

I hope if your jumping on the “good eating” band wagon, this gives you some inspiration, or at least a new recipe or two. I always find when I tell myself I’m not allowed, or shouldnt eat something, I want it more, so everything in moderation I say. And use your common sense!!

Peace
xo