Monday, February 29, 2016

Currently In February...

Reading... 'See Me' by Nicholas Sparks, I have been trying to get back into the groove of reading for the past few weeks, I have fallen into a rut. I really want to get back into reading, I miss it.
Playing... Lately I have been loving playing cards games on my phone, my two top games- Solitaire & Spider. I find it relaxing to just chill out and play the games and not think, just zone out.
Watching... Grey's Anatomy, going back to the beginning and re-watching all the episodes, oh how I love Grey's!
Trying... Blogging... trying to get back into the groove, it gets the thoughts out of my head, it always me to express what I am loving at that moment. I will get back to blogging!
Cooking... New Thermomix recipes, trying new things and using my Thermomix more.
Eating... Chicken Tinga.... AMAZING!!!
Drinking... Mint Hot Chocolate, wishing for colder months!
Calling... My parents, I take the time when I am driving to call them, say hi & catch up with them.
Texting... My sisters, Cass & Jaci, organising a craft night with them for next week, trying to get them into Project Life!
Pinning... Project life ideas, trying to get into it and to get inspiration.
Tweeting... Not really tweeting any more, but I did use it to suss out the drama between Kanya West & Taylor Swift!
Going... Earlier this month my best friend and me when for a road trip to the beach down the coast. It was a gorgeous day, clear blue skies, nice warm day, good food, great conversation. Awesome day, nice relaxing.
Loving... PicTapGo app, it is a awesome app to be able to edit photos, I am so glad that I discovered the recommendation from Becky Higgins blog.
Discovering... On the hunt for new blogs to read, still hunting. Let me know if you have favourite blogs.
Thinking... Oh this is not a easy one, picking one thought, way too many thoughts going through my head.
Feeling... Sore, at the moment my jaw is hurting, have to go and have a scan of my jaw this week, plus I have a tooth to fix.
Hoping (for)... A phone call regarding a job I applied for.
Listening (to)... Today's Top Hits, playlist on Spotify.
Celebrating... This week Kat celebrated 2 years living in Brisbane.
Smelling... Night Jasmine... I purchased a new perfume this month from the Body Shop, absolutely love it!
Ordering...  New project life kit, 'Currently" oh my gosh I love the look of that kit! I couldn't find it anywhere in Spotlight stores in Brisbane, so I ordered it online, it should be here this week, super excited to play with it.
Thanking...  Chris, for being a amazing husband, patient, kind, loving, understanding. He is the best person that I have ever met, and I am so blessed to have him in my life.
Considering... The future. What plans I want to make for both me and us, what the future may hold for us, what I want to achieve.
Starting... Project life album, I am determined to get into the groove of my 2016 album.
Finishing... My 2015 December daily album, finish off the journaling, everything else if finished except for a few piece of journaling and a few numbers need to be added to a couple of pages.

How has your month been?

Heart of the Kitchen

Kitchen- Noun
A gathering place for friends and family. 
A place where memories are homemade & seasoned with love.

When Chris and I got married we brought a wedding present to ourselves. We brought a Thermomix!!

Yes they are a expensive kitchen appliance, but it is AMAZING!!! It does so many awesome things, it is extremely well made, and it saves the space in the kitchen, it savings having to buy so many other appliances.

It give me the confidence to make things that in the past I would of never have dreamed of making. The machine is simple and easy to use, there are amazing cookbooks out there by awesome chefs, healthy and creative meals. 

This little machine has also helped get my husband into the kitchen and cooking meals, teaching him how to cook, and giving him confidence that he can also do it too!

I have a huge list of recipes that I want to make, and of course Pinterest is helping with making that list longer.

Here are a few of the things that I have made some far in the past 15 months that I have had the Thermomix...
-Chorizo, mushroom & gorgonzola cheese risotto
-Vegetable stock
-Butter Chicken
-Sausage Rolls
-Cinnamon Rolls
-Lindt Mint Chocolate mousse, topped with Malteser's.
-Almond Milk
-Chicken Tinga (two photos)
-Dip- almond, sundried tomato, olives
(Photos top to bottom, left to right)

They have all been amazing and super delicious! And they taste fresh, that may sound weird, but I they are awesome! 

Having a Thermomix has brought back creativity back into my cooking, it has got me cooking things that I have never had the guts to cook before.

Thanks to the Thermomix I am currently loving avocados, black beans and olives. Delicious.

I even backed bread for the first time!!! I wish that I took more photos of the things that I have made.

My goal this year is to use the Thermomix more often and to try new recipes. I want to cook at least 52 new recipes this year, one each week!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fight Time...

"Some don't realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."

Living life with anxiety, some days it absolutely sucks.
Each day is a fight, Me vs. Me...

There are days where I don't want to get out of bed and face the world, where I just wanted to hide under the covers.
There are days where I feel like there is a huge weight on my chest making breathing feel impossible.
There are days where the panic takes control and the panic attacks set in.
There are days when the smallest things will make me cry.
Some days the anxiety slow builds up, other days it hits me like a fast moving truck.
There are nights where I lay awake for hours on end, into the early hours of the morning, not being about to stop the thoughts that are racing through my mind.
The worries that race through my head, over thinking past actions, words that were once send, past memories, and the future.

For someone to talk about what it is like to have anxiety, panic attacks and/or depression is extremely hard, I love this video at the bottom of this post by Meghan Rienks, she has put together a video explain anxiety and has done a awesome job at explaining what it feels like.

For me, I have the evil three- Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression. Anxiety being the worst out of all three. They are the worst feelings in the world.

Each day is a battle, a battle to look forward to the day ahead of me, to not let the little things get to me. On the outside I may look fine or normal... but inside it is a massive fight, with myself.

But I am improving, I am learning how to cope, how to live with them, and how to not let them define me.

I started blogging again because I want to be able to us this platform as a source of expression for me, from things that I am thinking down to the things that I am loving on Pinterest.

If you have anxiety or depression, or panic attacks, know this... you are not alone, there are people around you that care about you, there are people around you that understand what you are going through, and most importantly you are stronger than you think.

Friday, February 26, 2016


Over the past few months I have had a craving to be crafty. Thanks to the awesome help from my Mum for showing me how to make a quilt.

I have now fully made 1 quilt and I have a second one half made. They are both so cute!
I absolutely love the Winnie The Pooh quilt, it is going to look super cute once it is completed! 

I have taken a bit of a break on the quilt for the past month, mainly cause its the middle of summer here at the moment, so it is a tad bit too hot to be working on it at the moment, even with the air con on!

I really want the next quilt to be a Marvel themed one, I just have to hunt for some cute fabric, a Panel and a backing fabric, so the hunt is on.

One day when we have kids these quilts will look even better with a little baby chillin' out on top of it!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lounge Room Picnic Date Night

The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

I love our simple date nights when were too tired to go out or to cook, so instead we drop into the supermarket on the way home grab a simple light dinner, then to head home, camp out on the lounge room floor and chat while we enjoy some yummy food. Then we curl up and watch a movie together.

It's those small personal moments that I love, relaxing in the peace and quiet of our home, enjoying each other's company. On this particular evening, we got to listen to the rain pouring outside along with thunder and lightening, oh how I do love summer night storms.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Clear Blue Skies & Rolling Green Hills

Huon Valley
This is the view that I grew up with, Huon valley, when I was young I got to enjoy playing in the fields of my grandparents farm. In October 2015 I was able to take my husband to Tasmania and show him where my family were from, he got to listen to stories from my Mum & Nana.

I loved listening to their stories, remembering memories from my childhood that had long been forgotten, and learning new things that I never knew about my Mum's childhood, and seeing sites that I love. We had a gorgeous day, the weather was perfect! Clear blue sky, bight warm day. Love it!

These two pictures capture so much of what I love about Tasmania, it is my favourite part in Australia, and I am so glad that I was born and raised there. I love visiting and seeing the sights and discovering new places.

Chris and myself are planning a 2 week trip to Tasmania late December this year, we are going to hire a camper van and spend the 2 weeks traveling around, showing Chris the state that I love, enjoying time together.

It is my favourite time to head down to Tasmania for a number of reason, the main one being the fruit that is in season down there.... fresh raspberries and cherries... of my goodness they are amazing down there! Fresh from the orchards, delicious!!

Sleeping Beauty, Huon Valley