Last weekend we headed off bright and early to the Sydney Markets to purchase lots of fresh fruit and vegetables...the car was filled with lots of goodies and we set off home to begin the "cook-a-thon".
Lucky we had lots of wonderful new cookbooks to inspire some tasty dishes! Gwyneth Paltrow's great book "Its All Good" was a Birthday present, "The Happy Cookbook" by Lola Berry has become a family favourite and last week I picked up "The Chef Gets Healthy" by Tobie & Geogia Puttock and we have already fallen in love with their healthy twist on a few old favourites - definitely a good find!
A yummy breakfast (or Sunday night dinner in our case).... snow pea, pea and feta salad (yummy)....raw beetroot and pine nut salad (there were no leftovers) and lots of marinated yellow peppers (and we still didn't make a dent in the box we bought)!
Healthy sweet potato muffins (divine, they are amazing hot and almost didn't make it into the lunch boxes)....ricotta pancakes which we served for dessert with a honeycomb butter....and plant of protein balls for when we need a pick me up or healthy snack!
The fridge is full, the freezer overflowing and still there are half boxes of vegetables sharing my office space, I can see I am going to have to have another cook-a-thin on my day off tomorrow...hmm back to the recipe books I go to find more delicious healthy creations!
Last weekend we headed south to attend a party.....a special Birthday for a special member of the family....
It wasn't just any ol' party though, it was a "dress-up" and we dressed up as the The Wiggles (the original ones...Anthony, Murray, Jeff and Greg...our 'coloured' jumpers were perfect to ear as the party was held outside in a marquee and the "arctic vortex" the weather reporters keep talking about was expected!
Other members of the family did an amazing job dressing as "Adams Family" and given that the Birthday boy was Adam I think it was a fabulous idea!
What about you, been to any fabulous parties lately?
Its been a while since I posted a FABULOUS FIND...this one is worthy of a mention!
I follow My Smoko Break on Facebook and she often posts handy tips and remedies...a 'property dweller' she ran out of dishwasher tablets one day and was't heading to town until later that week so made her own....I was fascinated to see if they actually worked...and yep they do...and VERY well I might add.
Now I understand not everyone has these ingredients lying in a cupboard but they were easy to source and cheap to buy.
The recipe is easy, mix together 2 cups of borax, 1/2 cup Epsom salts (I bought mine at the chemist, perfect to add to your bath for a long soak), 2 cups bi-carb soda, 1/2 cup vinegar and good quirt of lemon juice. Mix together then add to an ice cube tray and sit in the sun for a few days to harden.
A few of mine crumbled but could still be used, I must admit I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised and probably a lot less toxic (and a whole heap cheaper) than the easy store bought ones I usually use!
Hope you enjoyed this Fabulous Find - Happy Friday xox
Time for a catch up post....its been busy (school holidays) and we are loving the break from routine, lots of projects on the go so I thought maybe it was time to dedicate a post to...'around here lately'...
Every Friday night my wonderful hubby walks in the door carrying a fresh bunch of flowers...now who doesn't love fresh flowers...I am a lucky girl! The nights have been cold but we still enjoy home made pizzas in the outdoor pizza oven, always a good excuse to 'crank up' the fire in the Chiminea. My craft space recently got a tidy up...hmm long overdue! Discovered this 'fake' hydrangea flower at KMart the other day for a few dollars...the perfect blue to add to some fresh foliage from the garden on my entry table.
We have started a few renovations around the house...the fireplace was on my list (watch this space), our ensuite and downstairs bathroom have just been finished...love this mirror that we purchased locally at Watermelon Home for our ensuite, the colour was perfect! I have been busy with some custom orders for my vintage candles, these sweet pretty glasses have found a new home. Couldn't resist these beautiful roses from the 'Flower Man' at the Organic Markets last Sunday, they still look as beautiful a week later....
I have been enjoying some regular visitors recently in the garden...a kookaburra..he has been there waiting for me every day to open the blinds, patiently waiting for his treat. My father-in-law was staying last week and decided to 'train' him to take the mince meat from his hand...hmmmm seems the kookaburra had friends and told them all...LOL before we knew it there was six of them but not all were as game as my little friend here!
The second bathroom revamp, downstairs...its hard to tell but the mirror is actually a 'box' made from beautiful recycled timber, also from Watermelon Home made to measure, we are very happy with the result! This beautiful orchid is still loving its 'spot in the sun' in my kitchen, once the sun gets too warm in summer it will have to go back outside but for now I am enjoying seeing it every day.
An 'around here lately' post wouldn't be complete without a photo of Manly Beach...I try to walk with my friend every Thursday from home to Manly and back, we always marvel at the beauty of the beach and remind ourselves how lucky we are.
I'll finish with a photo of my beautiful girls...they have just been on an adventure to Melbourne for the weekend...shopping,eating, catching up with their cousins for breakfast in the city and of course plenty of "selfies"...
Hope you have enjoyed what we have been up to lately...stay tuned for some before and after renovating shots...soon....!