Thursday, 27 April 2017


I'm watching a program on SBS called Food Factory. A chief tries to discover what's in mass produced items that we eat and drink.

If you ever wondered about the benefits of making your own, besides the fact that its cheaper, you really need to watch this. The ingredients that are used are not even real food a lot of the time.

Besides synthetic food and artificial flavours the amount of preservatives used is astronomical. The products are filled with fillers to plump them up and honestly it has put me off completely. 

Can you imagine what all of this is doing to our bodies and our health in general. I have to wonder if this is one of the reasons for the booming obesity in the western world. We have forgotten what real food tastes like and the way it keeps us healthy and strong.

Very thought provoking and worth watching.

Monday, 24 April 2017


Part of my problem over the last year was that my todo list was so long that it was really over whelming. I made a new schedule this week with just the basics logged in. You know the ones. Work, shopping, housework and any outside activities that are non negotiable. It left so much time free. :-) 

I penciled in a few "15 minute chore" throughout the week and walked away. My long list is on the side of the fridge out of sight. I'm taking one of them and 15 minutes at a time will slowly attack it till its gone. No more pressure to get stuck in and exhausting myself, no more feeling guilty about not getting on top of the list.

It will all get done eventually but for now I'm enjoying the down time I've made for myself and actually am looking forward to doing my 15 minutes.

Don't forget to take time out for yourself. We are important too.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


I've been reading alot lately about goal setting, being frugal and putting yourself first. ( because we all know that as parents we rarely do )

Putting yourself first means different things to each of us. For me it can be as simple as 1/2 hr to just sit to putting in place an auto payment that stops me from having to run around at the last minute to pay a bill. 

In other words anything that leaves me tired and run down each day, something that left me rushing around at the last minute or more importantly stuff I really don't want to do but have to, I need to have a good look at and see if I can get rid of it...change it....make the most of it.

Which brings me back to my title. Just because I've always done stuff a certain way, shopped certain places, bought the same brand foods, maybe it's time to try something new and remind myself that sometimes you just have to let go.

Monday, 17 April 2017


Happy Easter Everyone.

What a gorgeous weekend we've had. 

The weather was perfect and the time just slowly moved along. 

Fiona,Brian and the boys came up Sunday morning for an Easter Egg Hunt and hot cross buns.

It was a great relaxing weekend. I even managed to get one of my projects done. 
I'll share the pictures with you on another post.

I hope you all had an enjoyable, safe Easter too.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Well it's been 4 weeks now and after many tests and poking and prodding it seems there is no findable reason why I had a mini stroke. 

So it's back to getting on with life as I know it. I've adjusted my diet a little and will continue to take an asprin a day as a preventative.

In the meantime I'll start looking at ways to reduce my working hours to a reasonable amount. 50 hour weeks are too tiring.

I've a list of projects to get done around the home I'm hoping to get stuck into with the  time I'm freeing up.

All in all it was good news.
Have a great day


Friday, 31 March 2017


It's that time of the week again. I don't know about you but the time seems to be flying at the moment. Life seems to be getting busier and busier.

Well I've done the housework and the smell of a clean house tells me it's the weekend and it's time to slow down and get some relaxation in.

I'm going to spend some time with my daughter and unfortunately I'll be working Saturday so I really need to make sure I don't forget to unwind while I can.

Take some time to go for a walk around your neighbourhood  Maybe head to the park or beach. Even in winter they're great  places to visit and get some fresh air.

What ever you have on this weekend don't forget to take time out for yourself, Relax and enjoy just being still.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.


Port Willunga Beach

Thursday, 30 March 2017


Anyone that knows me knows that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I just get cravings and off I go and buy something to tide me over. ( might have something to do with why my weight goes up and down like a yoyo) 

One of the things I have promised myself is to live simply and stop buying for the sake of it. This also goes for my sweet tooth. If I really want it I can. I just have to make it. No more dashing off to the shops for a quick fix. Unless I run out of ingredients but I must buy the ingredients. .
I used to bake all the time but like a lot of things it took a back seat to life and it became something I  did when I had people over.

Well the other night I really fancied a piece of cake, actually a piece of fruit cake. I took a look through the pantry and decided that I had what I needed. Below is the recipe I used, It is so easy to make and is a favourite of ours.

Boiled Pineapple Fruit Cake
2 cups mixed fruit                 113g (4 oz ) butter
1 cup sugar                           1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp mixed spiced                1 can (450 gr ) crushed pineapple
1 cup plain flour                     1 cup S.R. flour
2 well beaten eggs

Place mixed fruit, butter, sugar, mixed spice, bicarb, and pineapple into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Boil for 3 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool.
Add flour, S.R. flour and eggs.Stir until combined. If still very wet add a little more S.R. flour.
Place in baking dish and bake in a moderate oven (180 deg ) for 30 to 40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

If mixture is very wet place alfoil over top to  reduce browning. 



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