Holy Guacamole! 

Hi, hey, hello! I’m working on a few more in depth entries but for today I decided to share my quick and very tasty guacamole recipe with you all. I make this all the time and everyone loves it. 
Ingredients: 

  • 3 avocados 
  • 1 red onion 
  • 2 tomatoes 
  • 1/2 lemon 
  • Salt & Pepper 
  • Corn chips (for dipping) 

Method: 

  1. Scoop out your ripe avocados into a medium sized bowl. Make sure they are ripe enough to mash. 
  2. Cut up the onion, slightly chunky. Normally I cut half first to see how much I need then I always end up adding 3/4 of the onion. It’s really up to individual taste. 
  3. Cut up tomatoes, chunky and add to the bowl. 
  4. Mix/mash ingredients together and then add a squeeze of lemon juice (be sure to catch the pips!) and the salt/pepper. 
  5. Taste. Make sure the ratios are right. Then serve with your favourite corn chips or plain crackers. 

If you prefer a kick you could add some Mexican seasoning or if you prefer less onion taste I have added spring onion in the past to make it more mild. Have fun with this basic recipe, it’s really like a base and then you can add whatever you like! 
Let me know if you try this! Or if you add more of your own flavours. 
Until next time. Talk soon x 

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Old Photographs part 3

Hi, hey, hello! I’m sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately, I’ve been letting the stress of life and other issues get me down. It’s not productive or positive. It’s disheartening and overwhelming. I hope you can all forgive me with late entries. My mothers anniversary of her death was on the weekend and it’s generally a hard day for me, this year was the 4th year without her. It’s not something I want to dwell on physically but mentally it drains me for a while. Lots of emotions and memories all flood back you know. 

I thought I’d lighten things up with an old photograph entry because they’re always a good way to share a hobby of mine and my Twitter followers always vote highly of them in my polls.  These are a mix from Adelaide, Melbourne ans Brisbane. I hope you enjoy! 

Thank you for viewing this entry and I hope you’ve enjoyed these! I hope to continue to share lots of my old photographs with you all. I love capturing life and as soon as I can I’ll be taking more and uploading them for you all. 

My gratefuls are: 

  1. I’m grateful for my gut instincts. For trusting in myself. It’s a journey but I am getting there. 
  2. I am grateful for my Dad. Although I’m not sure he fully understands what mental health issues I deal with he always finds the right words of advice to give me. 
  3. I am grateful that my rent is paid for a fortnight and my fridge/pantry are full. 

Until next time. Talk soon x 

These are a few of my favourite things…

Hi, hey, hello! Today’s entry is a quick fun one. I am listing a few of my favourite things for June! (they change always but at this moment these are it!) 
1. Music

At the moment, and as It has my whole life music is always present and I am loving just chucking on my headphones and zoning out! After Laughter by Paramore, Harry Styles’ self titled album, Lemonade by Beyoncé are my top 3 on rotation! 


2. Tea 

I am crazy about tea. I drink it every day and am not ashamed to say I’m addicted. My favourite is English Breakfast tea with soy milk and 2 sugars. I love to try different flavours too! I’m trying to cut back on the sugars I have but I do love a sweet tea I can’t help it. 
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 

Now if you know me, you know that this is my favourite movie. I watch it as much as I can. It’s just something about the songs and the Magic and message of it all that speaks to me. I am obsessed with anything Wizard of Oz themed! Whether it’s pjs from Peter Alexander which I unfortunately didn’t get or a musician who themed their album and stage show around it I cannot get enough! I even went as Dorothy Gale for my 21st dress up Halloween party. 


4. Kmart

Ok ok, who doesn’t love Kmart?! I recently got some new bedding from Kmart and it was so cheap – $24! I got a fitted sheet, doona cover and pillow cases. It’s not 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton etc but for someone who likes a bargain or is living on a budget it’s great. I love my new pink sheet and polka dot covers. They’re keeping me nice and warm in this cooler weather. 
5. Zucchini Chips 

I am 100% obsessed with the zucchini chips at Grill’d. I have always been a fan of Grill’d as I can get myself a gluten free/dairy free burger that tastes amazing and it relatively healthy. I always chose the normal potato chips which are delicious but recently I cannot get past their zucchini chips! They are so delicious and also gluten free! With their tomato relish I could eat them all damn day. 
6. Fry’s Family Food Co.

I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I am trying to cut back on meat. They make awesome nuggets, burger patties etc that are vegan (and some gluten free products too) I have a friend who is vegan and she got me onto them. Normally Woolworths have a deal of 2 for $10 which is not bad in my eyes. They’re delicious! I can’t get enough. 


7. My cat, Harry

Ok, yes I am obsessed with my cat. He is a 5 year old Maine Coon purebred. He is ginger and extremely fluffy. I’ve had him since he was 16 weeks old. He’s my little (big) baby! Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat you can have. He is currently small for his breed but is still larger than the average cat. He’s very vocal and wakes me up in the morning by meowing at me. He sleeps on the other side of my bed every night too. He’s not too exciting and sleeps a lot but I love him anyway. 


So there’s my 7 favourite things at the moment. It was harder to think of than I thought it would be! What are some of your favourite things right now? Let me know in the comments! 
My 3 gratefuls are: 

1. I am grateful for the money in the bank. I am grateful that I can buy food and pay bills. Many people cannot and I am grateful that I can. I do not take it for granted. 

2. I am grateful for warm clothes and blankets. It’s Winter in Australia and it’s cooling down. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the warm clothes I have to make me comfortable. 

3. I am very grateful for my father. He is always there for me when I need him and always helps me when he can. I’d be in a whole different situation if it wasn’t for him and I can’t thank him enough. 
What are you grateful for? Let me know! 
Until next time. Talk soon x 

Kale Rice & Garlic Soy Chicken? Yes please! 

Hi, Hey, Hello all! Firstly welcome Winter, I am so very happy to see you. How lovely is this cooler weather? Secondly, sorry for the late upload. My internet access is few and far between lately so I am uploading when I can. I though I’d share a really easy, quick recipe for my Kale Rice and Garlic Soy Chicken! I made this the other night when I couldn’t think of what to have for dinner! I found some drumsticks in the freezer and some frozen kale as well. So here’s what I created: 
Ingredients:

  • White rice
  • Frozen kale 
  • Vegetable stock 
  • Salt 
  • Chicken (I used drumsticks but you could use your own choice of meat for this!) 
  • Soy sauce 
  • Minced garlic 
  • Olive oil 
  • Tarragon 

Method

  1. Firstly I defrosted my 6 chicken legs. Then placed a medium sized pan on the heat. (Pre heat oven to 200-210 degrees Celsius) I put in a splash of olive oil and placed all 6 legs into the pan. The heat should be on med/high so that they get a nice brown colour and crispy skin. 
  2.  As the chicken is browning I made up the marinade. I mixed 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic with 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and a splash of water. I also added dry tarragon because I think it goes well with chicken. Mixed well and spooned the mix over the golden brown chicken. 
  3.  Then popped the legs into the oven uncovered so the garlic would get golden. 
  4. Whilst the chicken cooks, it’s time to make the rice. Now depending on how much rice you’re making, I use the 1 to 2 method. 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water. Just adapt that to your own quantity. Then I added 2 tablespoons of vegetable stock & a sprinkle of salt to the rice and water. Then once the rice is boiling I added 2 little blocks of frozen kale. 
  5. Once the rice boils for a minute of two turn it down and stir every 30 seconds or so. Until all the stock is absorbed and the rice is cooked perfectly. Don’t be scared to add more water if you need to. 
  6. The chicken will take between 35-50mins in the oven to be fully cooked. Turn them half way and spoon over the excess sauce.
  7. To serve place a mound of rice on the plate or into a bowl and add your chicken legs on top. 


 This was a quick and simple dinner for me. Super filling and satisfying. You can use whatever meat you want (or have meat free with tofu or roasted vegetables) and swap kale for spinach if you wish. I was surprised at how yummy this actually was! I live on a pretty tight budge so simple meals like this that allow for left overs are a winner in my house. Speaking of left overs, the next day for lunch I heated up a pan, put the rice in and heated it through then stripped 2 chicken legs of the meat to stir through and I had a quick lunch! 
Today’s gratefuls are: 

  1. I’m grateful for my sisters for always being there for me. It’s tough not having parents to guide you in person and I struggle with that. My dad guides me over the phone but it’s not the same. Which isn’t anyone’s fault it’s just the way it is. I’m grateful for them for always trying to help me through things whether they’re trivial or not. 
  2. I’m grateful for the food in my fridge and my ability to whip something up from scratch to feed myself. This is one of the best things I’ve learnt. I’d be lost if I couldn’t cook. 
  3. I’m grateful for fresh air, clean water, clean clothes and my everyday freedoms. I live in a country which is very safe compared to some other places in the world and that is something I’ve never taken for granted. With all the the sadness and death around lately I am thankful for mine and my families safety. 

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected recently by terror attacks, the ones reported and the ones not. Let love win, always. 

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this quick recipe entry. I love sharing what I’m making with you all! Thank you for the continued support and love. You’re all amazing. 
Until next time, talk soon x

Through My Lens part 2 

Hi, hey, hello! Today is a fun little entry of old photographs of mine. It seemed to be popular last time so I thought I’d add some more. 

Like I said before I shoot with a Canon 600D   

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I do! 

Until next time! Talk soon x 

Vegetable Soup recipe! 

Hi, hey, hello! Today’s entry is just a quick recipe of mine, that I made up and cooked for my lunch today. I’m really trying to cut back/eventually cut out meat from my diet and this is the perfect recipe for that. You definitely don’t miss meat in this vegetable soup. It is suitable for vegans also! (Note: I use frozen vegetables because it’s more convenient for my lifestyle but you could certainly use fresh!) 

Ingredients: 

  • Vegetable stock powder 
  • Frozen peas 
  • Frozen mixed vegetables 
  • Frozen beans 
  • Potatoes 
  • Frozen diced kale 
  • Frozen diced spinach 
  • Mexican chilli spice mix (Masterfoods)
  • Soy sauce 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt (optional) 
  • Cashew nuts, plain roasted 

Method: 

  1.  Let vegetables defrost for a small amount of time. 
  2. Place a large pot on the stove. Put in small amount of oil. Put in as much or as little of each vegetable. Cut potatoes into small cubes so they cook faster. 
  3. Add soy sauce (a few splashes) and Mexican Chilli Spice Mix and just fry vegetables for a couple of minutes. This is so they can absorb some flavours before adding stock. 
  4. Follow the instructions on the stock packet but I did around 6 cups of water to hand full or so of stock powder. Add as much or as little as you like, this is all made to taste so I never measure anything really. 
  5. Wait for everything to come to the boil. Then simmer the soup for 30+ minutes or until the potatoes are soft. 
  6. Then you’ll need to take the soup off the heat and use a hand held blender to blitz up the soup to your desired texture. I like my soup slightly chunky so I left some veggie chunks in mine. 
  7. Next to go in are the cashews. Just crush with the back of a spoon and sprinkle in. Then blitz again. 
  8. To finish soup, ladle into a bowl sprinkle with crushed cashews and a splash of soy sauce. 


There you have it! My vegetable soup. I think next time I’ll add some different vegetables to see how that tastes. I love making things up as I go and making things to taste. I can’t wait to share some more quick recipes with you all in the future. 

My gratefuls for today are: 

  1. I’m grateful for my mum and dad for allowing me in the kitchen from a young age so I was able to be confident in making my own food. 
  2. I’m grateful for the money I have in my bank. It might not be much but it is enough. 
  3. I’m also grateful for my friends. They always make me feel loved and included which am I so thankful for. 

Until next time! Talk soon x 

20 Random Facts about Me!

Hi, hey, hello everyone! Today I have decided to do a quick 20 facts about me entry to really let you guys know who I am or rather a few unique things about me. Firstly, here are a few pictures of me!

1. My father was born in Germany so I am half Australian and half German.

2. I am 5 foot 2 (5’3 on a good day lol)

3. I have 3 older siblings.

4. My favourite colour is yellow.

5. My most favourite movie is The Wizard of Oz (1939) and I got to dress up as Dorothy for my 21st birthday!

6. I love live music and have seen almost all of my favourite bands in concert.

7. I have green eyes that change colour from dark to light depending on my mood.

8. I own a Maine Coon cat which is one of the largest domestic breeds of cat you can own.

9. I’m addicted to Lush products.

10. I have really, really small hands (one day I’ll post a comparison pic)

11. I had my poems published when I was in primary school.

12. I love watching cooking shows.

13. I love reading paperback books. Digital books just aren’t the same.

14. I’ve never been overseas.

15. 80’s & 90’s music are my favourite. Also the best to do karaoke to.

16. Speaking of karaoke, I can’t sing well but I love to a lot.

17. One Tree Hill, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob’s Burgers, Law & Order: SVU & The Office (USA) are my top 5 favourite tv shows.

18. I have a very new found love for make up. I love it so much & I love learning about more/new products all the time.

19. Photography has always been a passion of mine.

20. I am addicted to tea. I drink multiple cups a day.
I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better. Leave me a comment with a fact or two about yourself! 
Also, my 3 gratefuls for today are:

1. I am grateful for my hearing. As I sit and listen to music I realise how it effects my mood/life so profoundly.

2. I am grateful for my eldest sister for calling me this morning. We always have the best chats and I always feel empowered afterwards.

3. I am grateful for my home. For feeling safe and 100% myself here. This is my haven and I am so grateful to have it.
Until next time! Much love, talk soon x