a few of my favourite things…

Well, it has been a bit of a hiatus since I last shared with you! Sometimes even the best intentions are challenged by day-to-day life. The great news is – I’m back!

I feel the last couple of months have been wildly busy, as the Dry Season always is. We’ve celebrated a sweet 16th in Darwin & a warm 21st in chilly Adelaide; we’ve embraced the Motor Sport season, supporting friends & family racing in Darwin; & we were honoured to become finalists in the Telstra Business Awards – & I was thrilled for a chance to get dressed up in Darwin! I have embarked on my new life as a part-time Uni student; so far I am enjoying the learnings & the changes to my weekly schedule. I definitely feel I am giving my time to something worthwhile. I am excited about what the next three months of Life of Cells will teach me.

After feeling unwell & having some needed rest, I am ready & able to live my passionate life again. Thankfully, by listening to my body (& my doctor!) & taking time out to restore my energy, my mind is beginning to feel fresh & open once again. The effect that physical illness can have on our mindset is incredible; I have certainly missed my mind functioning clearly & peacefully!

It has taken me many years to learn that when my plans go awry, it may just be for the best! I am very grateful to be challenged by life. OK, maybe not at the time, but definitely after! Any time life goes off the course I had carefully selected, I am compelled to learn. I either learn how to get back on track, or how to adapt to my new path & make it work for me. I make every effort to do this graciously & gracefully. Although when I am unwell I may fall short on grace!

The most loving & heart-warming lesson I am continually learning is this – the little things are the big things! Always.

It’s the caring hug, the loving message from a friend, a companion to walk with; it’s having a helping hand for the heavy jobs, like shoveling soil & carting furniture; it’s curling up on the couch to watch some trashy TV after finding Roses chocolates on special; it’s a happy fluffy dog; its zucchini flowers & home-grown herbs; it’s walking a freezing track & chasing sheep with my family!

Garden Flower

Though at the time these little moments in my life could seem so mainstream or minor; on looking back, these are the things that fill my heart with love, the moments that I will fondly remember. And these are ultimately the moments that can pull me out of any slump & remind me what life is all about. The little moments of love that prove – life is beautiful.

So, let me share the love with you, with a few of my favourite, happy, foodie things!

Chia Seed Jam

This is a delicious & much healthier alternative to store bought jam. Homemade jam makes a great gift as well! If you are yet to try Chia Seeds, this is a really good way to get to know its amazing & fun gelatinous properties.

  • 2 Cups of Berries (this one is Blueberry & Raspberry)
  • Coconut Sugar to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds

Add Chia Seeds to water and set aside. Heat berries & sugar in a pan over medium heat until soft. Add lemon juice & mash berries with a fork. Once the berries are cool, add Chia Seed mix & stir well. Jar & pop it the fridge!

Green Ginger Smoothie

Perfect with a lazy weekend breakfast!

I love a good smoothie. This Green Ginger Smoothie has become a fast favourite at my house. It is packed with Vitamins A, B & C; the anti-inflammatory properties of fresh ginger, & refreshing rehydrating cucumber & coconut water. With one and a half serves of vegetables & half a serve of fruit per glass, this is a wonderful way to serve your greens!

Serves 2

  • 1 Apple
  • 1/4 Continental Cucumber
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 2cm of Ginger, grated
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Water, or Water

Pop everything in the blender, with the spinach on top. Add ice or more water if desired. Blend for 3 minutes or until smooth. Enjoy!

Our New Veggie Patch

I have so much love for this little garden! For a long time I have dreamed of having a veggie patch, but living in urban areas it has never been practical. Until now! Finding an easy & affordable little kit garden at Bunnings was all the encouragement I needed!

The NT Government have some great information on what & when to plant in the Top End. Vegetable Sowing Calendar for Darwin & Katherine Regions – I never realised what a range of veggies we could grow! I found all the plants I was looking for at Bunnings. They were really healthy looking plants & continue to grow well. I have beautiful zucchini & cucumber flowers, a full & flourishing herb pot & some cute little lettuce & spinach seedlings (my zucchini flowers are currently all male though, so I’m not expecting fruit anytime soon!).

I am so looking forward to the day I can make a big salad for my family, picked straight out of our back yard ,and grown with love!

I’m so glad to be back blogging & back on my grand adventure! I look forward to sharing much more with you very soon! xo

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