Things to put in and on your mouth (a PG post)

9 Jul

Ok, the title may have led you to believe this post is going to be a cheeky, horny housewife type post because that is the way your mind works. But I assure you, it isn’t, it’s completely innocent just like I am and always have been.

So something to put IN your mouth!!! I have been looking for a healthy snack to replace my cookie addiction and I couldn’t find anything that was just right. So i merged a couple of recipes and added my own favourite ingredients and came up with something soooo delicious I had to pass it on to my darling Wee to make in her kitchen across the country. Ste – you’re welcome.

Wee’s healthy protein bars

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Ingredients

1/3 cup natural peanut butter (I used Ceres Organics creamy which is my fave, you could also use almond or any other creamy nut butter)
1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup (I used pure maple syrup but I know you like raw honey and it will work too)
3 tablespoons coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup oats
1 heaping scoop protein powder
(I use chocolate Isowhey or you could use a vanilla/natural protein powder and add cocoa)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used brazil nuts and highly recommend you do the same, amaaaaazing)
Sprinkle sea salt

Put the wet ingredients (nut butter, honey/maple, coconut butter and vanilla) in pot and melt to combine over a low heat on the stove. Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, then pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir, stir, stir!! Then press the mixture into a small container and press it in so it’s nice and even. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before demolishing. I cut mine into 8 pieces for snacks.

Then i found something that I have been in love with ever since purchasing and I know you would to… behold, Korres Lip Butter;

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I bought the plum version from Kit but they have a peach, pink, a pale brown/pink. I think the plum would look amazing on you too. If you don’t get it immediately after reading this post, it might have to be a Christmas stocking gift!

Christmas gift? But, Wee what about my birthday? Well dear Wee, it just so happens that I have just bought your birthday present! Whoopeeeee!! So when you come to visit us early October, I will present it to you. Yes, I have bought you something that I just bought for myself and if you don’t love this present I will probably collapse with shock because I am absolutely in love with mine!

Here are some pics of Stella Bella now because I want to publish this and text you to read it and make your Tuesday fabulous. Love you xoxoxo

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Stella wearing the jacket from Aunty Wee! Still a little big, but she loves it.

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Who is having more fun in this picture? The jury is out.

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Stella at the park this morning, rocking like mad on the springy horse.

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And at a friend’s party, she was dancing to the party music and loving it. She is a true party girl just like her godmum.

Adieu and write back soon Weeweewee!!!

xoxoxox

Coffee date

23 Apr

Hello my dear Leila!

If you were here right now, I would kidnap you from your Mama’s house (let’s be real, she wouldn’t let me take you willingly!) and take you either here…

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Mmmmm Cimbalinos, the creamiest of lattes in Perth and only steps away from North Cottesloe beach. When you are here in the summer time, we are going to have a dip in the ocean and then head up there to caffeinate to start our days on a regular basis. Mum and I did that heaps when I was on maternity leave before Stella and a few times this summer with little lady too. It’s pretty much heaven and when you live in Perth, it’s what you do! hehe can i put 10 points on the board for that one?

Or I’d take you…

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Our local Little Pantry so Stella can run amok and we can natter.

So anyways, this post I wanted to give you some tips that I’ve read up on for your upcoming trip. Before, here are some shops you must visit if you come across them! Free People (so cute and different) and Anthropologie (everywhere and a little pricey, but worth it for a couple of good pieces).

Ok foooooood 

1. Chez Panisse (San Fran) is supposed to be heaven for foodies. Based on locavarian cooking (locally-sourced) and apparently typical California dishes. Every blog I’ve read on the place raves about it, get on it. However, i think you might need to book! http://www.chezpanisse.com

2. French Laundry (Napa Valley) Again California dining (hey, when in Rome…) you have to book 2 months ahead though, so see if you can get in. Just look at the pictures on their website… nom nom indeed!! http://www.frenchlaundry.com Quick quick go book what are you waiting for?!!

3. Ferry Building (San Fran) they have regular farmer markets here which have beautiful produce. The coffee was pretty good (for American coffee) at Blue Bottle if you’re craving something decent after Starbucks dishwater.

Okay dang Stella just had a really short nap, I’ve got to go get her but hopefully this is a little tasty tantaliser to keep you going til we meet again Weeweeeweee 

PS It was soooo good to see your pretty face on Saturday!!! Family gatherings with the Rawlos are always so much fun!!! xoxoxo

 

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I-just-made-these-and-they-are-amazing!

29 Mar

I-just-made-these-and-they-are-amazing!

Make these right now my Wee Wee. Stella will love them. xxx

Food, food, baking, exercise, clothes and more food

29 Mar

My darling Wee,

I loved your last posts. They helped cement my already growing fascination for Yosemite and I promptly booked my tickets at Curry Village after I had finished reading. I am incredibly excited! It is so soon, I cannot wait to be back travelling again. That is something I knew would happen when I stopped flying but I didn’t think it would still be affecting me 2 years on. I really crave travel, that freedom you get when you are somewhere foreign and you are completely self reliant. I am coming to terms with it but I do wish it would all ease off a little more than it has! This trip will be well received!
Now before I forget, I have a recipe for you. You asked for it and here it is. It is incredibly simple but incredibly yummy. Add what other ingredients you think it might need but I personally think it is so yummy in it’s simplicity.
Oat and Rye Cookies 
(T=Tablespoon)
 
4 T of peanut butter (homemade is best)
4 T raw/unheated honey
1/2 cup rolled wholegrain oats
1/2 cup rolled rye (I sometime use desiccated coconut instead)
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup sultanas
1 egg, lightly beaten
 
-Preheat the oven to 180C.
-Mix the honey and peanut butter (you can heat them if it makes it easier for them to come together).
-Stir in everything else
-Form into walnut sized balls and push down gently on them. 
-Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Makes around 20.
-Eat before the gym, after the gym, with a cup of tea or just so Prawn doesn’t eat them all!
 
So now to tell you what I have been up to. You asked if I had bought anything new. Well naughtily I have. I bought a skirt. It’s fabulous and a little cheeky! See pic below. It is in it’s element when you move and wiggle in it. Very sexy!
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To be honest, I am not really up to that much at the moment. Ste and I have been having a few quiet weekends. The last few months have been insane so we have welcomed the calm and have been taking the Fred man to explore some areas in walking distance. A couple of weekends ago we went to a new cafe that has opened up called SuzieQ. It has record everywhere and a dj playing soul and house on a Sunday afternoon. Very Surry Hills.
Oh and did I add that the food was delish?
SuzieQ
I also wanted to share THE BEST SANDWICH SHOP IN THE WORKD WITH YOU. You have no idea. To give you an idea of the size of the sandwiches,Sean would walk away satisfied from this place. FOR $9!!!
Best sandwich ever
I know I know, it’s crazy math but it is true and I will take you there next time. Personally I love the chicken schnitzel with caramelised carrots, butter lettuce, their home made mayo and a chilli paste. (I am so getting one today now.)
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Laura returned from London after being sent there for work for the Woolmark final. She got to meet V Beckham, Donatella Versace, DVF etc etc. Lucky lady. However as I had lent her some warm coats and boots she brought me a treat back! I was so pleased. The scarf is pure merino wool and to die for. I love the brand, I also love the make up. Very generous indeed. She also came back with some juicy storied which I will tell you another time.
 From darling Laura
So I guess I should get up and get things one now. Run, food, snooze, food, sew. Thats the order for today and I think it sounds like a good day!
Love you more than Fred loves a cuddle (and that is a lot).xxxxxxxx
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My new favourite song

21 Mar

My new favourite song

Listen to the song Hurricane by Vydamo… what do you think? It transports me… I love it and can’t wait til it’s released so I can have it on my iPod!! xoxo

Heaven is a half dome

21 Mar

Oh you two… I can’t express my jealousy at your upcoming honeymoon but I’m also very excited for you!

Here are a couple pics of Yosemite to pump you up a bit more!

Yosemite falls from the valley floor...

Yosemite falls from the valley floor…

On the way up... so beautiful and what a workout

On the way up… so beautiful and what a workout

Unbelievable feeling of making it to the top and seeing the majestic views of Yosemite from up there

Unbelievable feeling of making it to the top and seeing the majestic views of Yosemite from up there

 

Another mind blowingly beautiful and long hike this time up to Half Dome

Another mind blowingly beautiful and long hike this time up to Half Dome

At the top, going across to Half Dome looks like desert until you go a bit further...

At the top, going across to Half Dome looks like desert until you go a bit further…

Snow!! In the middle of summer when the valley floor is about 25degs... it's that high

Snow!! In the middle of summer when the valley floor is about 25degs… it’s that high

The face of Half Dome

The face of Half Dome

Our accom!!!

Posing in our fancy pad, note three walls and canvas door to protect us from bears!

Posing in our fancy pad, note three walls and canvas door to protect us from bears!

 

It was loads of fun and had a campfire (contained as a barbecue) in front so we roasted snaggers and sweet potato for dinner and marshmallows for dessert. So fun!

But I’ve heard really good things about The Awahnee and from the outside it looked gorgeous. Check out the website pics http://www.yosemitepark.com/ahwahnee-photo-gallery.aspx

Lots of people get married in the very classic dining hall there.

Well I hope this gets you pumped and planning all the hikes you can… make sure you do Yosemite Falls and Half Dome even though they’ll each take you all day, you’ll need lots of snacks and a packed lunch, but when you get to the top and see the sights and a patriotic American singing Star Spangled Banner with tears in his eyes like we did… you’ll be thanking us for making you do it.

Get amongst it!!

xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Denim serendipity

21 Mar

When I first got back from your wedding, I went to a shop I love and tried on a pair of jeans. They were on sale for a third of their original price, looked cute but were just a bit too tight. I was in muffin top agony over whether to get them or not in the hope I’d get a bit smaller and decided I shouldn’t because it’s always dangerous to buy clothes that don’t fit because let’s be real, they might never😦

So this week, some 5-6 months later, I returned to this little gem of a shop in Claremont…

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Daisy and Charlie in Claremont

Isn’t it cute? There’s one in Mt Lawley too where I bought some French Sole flats for a steal last year.

So I go in for a little browse before heading into a kids shop for Stella and I can’t believe it… those dang jeans were there, just waiting for me to come pick them up! Six months later! I tried them on and lo and behold, Wee, they fit me. Not a muffin top, not even a crumb, in sight! And still only a third of the price at $100.

Wanna see them?

Cheeky

Cheeky

Ok a better angle required.

The patterned top isn't a belt, it's part of the jeans.

The patterned top isn’t a belt, it’s part of the jeans.

They sort of like white in this pics but they’re a very pale blue. I really need to work on my fashion photography, I realise these are horrible pics but I love my new jeans so much! And they’re comfy… and Sean likes them, but most importantly I love them!

Sooooo… any new purchases I need to know about? Will post you some Yosemite pics so you can get excited Team Coolinson xoxoxo

 

 

 

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