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 

Life Update: June/July 

Hi, hey, hello! Today I thought I’d give you all a little life update. How have you all been? Lots of things have gone on lately but at the same time it feels like nothing is happening. 
I have been working on my health of course. I’ve been exercising more and making a conscious effort to eat better/less (portion control) It’s not always easy and it’s not something I can do everyday because my motivation is fleeting. Which can be very frustrating and defeating. I always feel better after making better health choices and I think that’s what keeps me feeling motivated most days. It’s always been an uphill battle and I am willing and prepared to do the work I need to, to get up said hill. It would be cool to have a workout buddy or someone who will supportively push me, I’m definitely not one of those people who respond to yelling or negative instructions, to be perfectly honest if someone tells me I need to do something (anything) it makes me want to not do it or take as long as possible to do it! I guess I’m just stubborn in that regard (lol
I have been feeling a bit up and down in regard to my anxiety but that’s normal for me. Good days, bad days and those weird in between days. With my mum’s death anniversary coming up it’s a struggle but I’m sure everything will be ok. 
Making “grown up” choices has always been difficult for me because I overthink everything. I can’t do that because it’ll make this person feel bad or I won’t get to do this if I choose that etc It was always such a cycle of overthinking and ignoring my gut feelings. Lately I’ve been ignoring my inner critic and listening to my intuition! I know, finally right? I can’t keep justifying making choices to make other people happy and leaving myself miserable for it. I can’t sit around while people walk all over me because I’m an easy target. Feeling like a “subpar adult” isn’t something I want anymore. You know how most 20-something’s don’t feel like grown ups because there is always someone more grown up than you to fix things? I don’t want to be like that anymore. I want to take control of my life, my time, my reactions. Learning to trust myself and my gut & knowing that it’s OK to make MISTAKES because that’s how we learn in life. It’s an age old theory and my mother drilled it into me but I guess it went in one ear and out the other! I can feel myself changing, I can feel myself deciding that “not every action needs a REACTION” and that it’s ok to speak up for yourself and DEMAND respect as an equal as a human being, not a scared little half grown up who will just agree to keep the peace (lol
I am still on the job hunt. In a town with one of the highest unemployment rates it’s very difficult but I am positive that something will come my way soon! I’d love to be able to make money blogging but that’s a bit of a goal for the future I think. I’ve been tossing up between a lot of things as far as career paths go. It’s difficult when there are a lot of ideas and you have to try and decide which is best. It just ties back into trusting my gut and trying something new. 
How is everyone reading this doing? What’s been happening in your world? 
My 3 gratefuls are: 

  1.  I’m grateful for my constant positive inspirations. Whether it’s a person or a song or artwork. I may not always notice them but I know they’re there. I am grateful for those things for keeping me going. 
  2. I’m grateful for my sisters. I’m such a hard time coming up, I am so thankful that I have them to help guide me and love me. 
  3. I’m grateful for my home, my health, fresh water, clean and warm clothes, for the money I have in my bank. I’m grateful for the material things I have. I never take these things for granted. 

I hope you’re all enjoying your day/night wherever you may be. I love catching up with everyone and having a bit more of a chill entry. 
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

An average workout for me looks like…

Hi, hey, hello everyone! As voted for on my Twitter this entry is focused on my exercise routine! I am in the process of getting referred to an exercise physiologist and dietitian to really make sure I am on the right track to getting healthy. I don’t do anything extreme or strenuous as I have been advised to take it slow and easy. I do experience swelling in my legs and joint pain when exercising so I don’t do anything to make that worse.  

For my legs I normally do 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 jumping jacks and repeat 2-3 times. Then I do 20 minutes of stretching or simple yoga. As I said I don’t go too extreme as I don’t want to aggravate my swelling or joint pains. 

For my arms I tend to fill up a 700ml water bottle or use a 1KG bag of rice to lift behind my head for 8-12 counts, then I do the same with some arm curls and also lift above my head. I repeat this 2 times because my arms aren’t that strong so I’m working on that. 

I like to go for walks in the afternoon if I can. I go around the block which is typically 1-3km depending where I go. 

Easing into this is easiest for me because I’m not used to doing exercise. I’m not used to intense physical activity and I really want to avoid injury. 

I hope to share a proper routine with you all once I’ve seen the exercise physiologist sometime in June/July so I can be more focused on specific things because at the moment I’m just kind of making it up as I go. 

It doesn’t seem like a lot and it’s not but I’m trying and I think that’s what’s important. As long as I keep moving! Please don’t hesitate to give me some tips, tricks or suggestions! I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments. 

My gratefuls for today are: 

  1. I’m grateful for my home. It’s not much but it’s mine. It shelters me, keeps me warm and safe. 
  2. I’m grateful for my friend and family who make me feel loved and understood. They make effort to keep me involved in their lives and that’s important. 
  3. I’m grateful for the money I have to pay bills, buy food and experience different things. I’ve always got enough and it’s something I never take for granted. 

Until next time! Talk soon x