Saturday, 28 February 2015

Banana Berry Brownies

Put the kettle on and preheat your ovens to a 180 degrees Celsius, it's brownie time!!!

You'll need:

2 bananas (mashed)
2 eggs (beaten)
2 teaspoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Mix together on a low speed till combined

1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder

Add to wet ingredients and mix together on a low speed

Now add 60mls of soy milk to thin the mixture out (you can use any non-dairy milk here that you like)

Mix together at a low speed

Now fold in

1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon goji berries
1/2 a punnet of fresh mixed berries (I've used blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)

Now line a 20cm x 20cm square tin with baking paper and transfer the brownie mixture over and spread out evenly. Bake for 15 - 20 mins until cooked through.

Eat and enjoy!!!

Store in the fridge and it will last a few days.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Thrive by Arianna Huffington - Book Review

Arianna Huffington is the mastermind behind Huffington Post and her most recent book "Thrive - The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life" hit bookshelves last year.

I found it an interesting read actually, it reminded me a little of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin but was more to do with business success than personal success which The Happiness Project was more focused on.

Arianna is trying to challenge our concept of what is success? what determines success? At the moment we mainly measure success on power and money but what if we are missing the point?

We are living in such a hyper-connected world where we are plugged in 24/7 and while yes there is some good coming from all this technology there is also some major downsides as well, we are so connected that we are not connecting.

Mindfulness is a big key which Arianna points out consistently throughout the book and how to implement it not only in your personal life but in your business and working life. Arianna mentions if we give more focus on well being, wisdom, wonder and giving in the business/working world there would be so much good change, not only for the employer but for the employees too.

Thrive is littered with wonderful little quotes, which I loved, there were so many little lessons throughout the book, and coming from someone who isn't a career driven person I really got a lot out of the book.

I'd give the book 4 out of 5.

Have you read Thrive? What did you think of it?

This is not a sponsored review I just really liked the book and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

A lesson in forgiveness

I've learnt a massive lesson in forgiveness this month; it hit me like a ton of bricks, right in my heart, right in my soul, it brought me to my knees and to God for guidance.

I had an encounter with someone who was very dear to me, who I loved so much but who also hurt me just as hard.

I discovered during our moment, they will never say sorry, I’ll always be the one that walked away.

It was hard lesson to learn; one I knew would happen but didn’t want to believe or accept.

The only thing I can change is me, I can only control what I do and how I act, not someone else.

I’m still working through forgiveness and I hope to reach there one day but this has been a step towards it, an insight in human behaviour and hearts. We are complex beings with complex thoughts and emotions, we have the power to hurt or to heal and we have the power to forgive in time.

Do you have a lesson in forgiveness?

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Creepy Crawly Horror Stories + giveaway

This post has been bought to you by Louie the Fly from Mortein.

Don’t you just hate it when you go to have a nice bowl of porridge to only find out the moths had the same idea?

Or the creepy spider who thought it was a great idea to come out of the shower fan while you were drying yourself and possibly wondered why you were started screaming?

Or the cockroach that thought your hand was a great playground at 1 am in the freaking morning?

Or the wasp who thought he’d take a short cut through your back door only to find the front door closed and didn't know what to do next?

Or the ants that thought your niece and nephew didn't need any more lollipops and processed to demolish the entire packet and your husband doesn't need to eat anymore choc chip homemade muffins?

Most of these moments made me jump out of my skin (or in case of the shower – my towel) and run for the nearest Mortein can which I then processed to dump a few good sprays on the culprit. I really only needed one spray as that’s all is required to kill the little guy but in the heat of the moment my killer instincts come out to fight, but thankfully as it’s odourless you don’t choke on any fumes.

We've been having a moth invasion lately and sadly much food has been lost in the war, so we decided to hit the house with a control bomb as it helps break their breeding cycle and now we can eat our porridge and rice without being disturbed by a rogue moth. 

I also found now we don't get visited by many wasps or mozzies anymore as they've sent out a memo saying we have an auto outdoor spray, so I can now read my book outside without being eaten alive.

Mortein have quite a few good pest control products out now including their NatueGard range which has a plant-based active ingredient.

Mortein would like to help you with any creepy crawlies that bug you (see what I did there) and they've given me a Mortein pack to giveaway to one lucky reader valued at around $75. 

The pack includes:

Mortein NaturGard Auto Protect Outdoor Citronella

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me your creepy crawly horror story and you're in with a chance (winner will be chosen at random)

Competition closes Friday 20th February 2015 - open to both Australian and New Zealand residents.

Winner will be notified Saturday 21st February 2015.