Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fundraising recipe ideas please

Morning all. Heartpoet's place of work is having a fundraising stall this weekend with the funds raised going to Camp Quality. Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. They are committed to delivering national programs that build resilience and optimistic behaviours for all children (0-13 years) living with cancer in Australia.

Miss Tay is calling on her beloved Nana tonight for suggestions and plans to record a recipe or two (more at a later date) of her Nan's in the new Marie Claire Recipe Journal I purchased for her. I am looking for fresh/fun recipes/ideas for myself to make/bake. With this particular dynamic duo hard at work in the kitchen later this week, Heartpoet should return to his workplace with all manner of goodies for the fundraising tables.

What was a big hit at your local fundraising bake sale recently? Do you have a recipe/idea you a happy/willing to share with me?  TIA (thanks in advance).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nuff Said


Monday, September 21, 2015

Dare to dream big

We know that you were also someone's precious baby at one time. You will always be someone's little girl. We know your value. We know that you have a very kind heart and that it probably skips a beat when our son looks at you. Our home is your home and you're always welcome here xo

To realize the value of a daughter ask someone who does not have one. Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it all the more when you are blessed with someone special. This sweetheart has her very own door to my heart. Chuckling over how alike we are the other day she offered up...

"Perhaps I was always meant to be part of your life Kim, not as your daughter, but as your daughter-in-law."

Thank you Universe that suits me just fine.

Dreams and aspirations wont always take you on a straight path to your destiny. But they're usually related to what your soul wants for you. Letting your dreams change your reality not your reality change your dreams! *fist pump*

When life is bitter, say thank you and grow. When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

She Let Go

"She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn't ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book pm how to let go.  She didn't search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn't analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore."

~*Safire Rose*~


Saturday, September 19, 2015


Weather: Spring has sprung. Which means tropical spring storms. One of the best seasons to be in Brisbane. Temperatures around 28C are expected for early next week. Our Jasmine and Honeysuckle are in full bloom, their scent wafting on the breeze.

Listening: Whilst many would relate to this song on a romantic level I feel you could apply the words to any relationship type. You get into the biggest fights with those you care most about because those are the relationships worth fighting for. What can we do to make things better right now? Relationships are worth fighting for, but you can't be the only one fighting. All of the best relationship stories have one thing in common, you have to go against the odds to get there. There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shore line, no matter how many times it is sent away.

Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try try try
Gotta get up and try try try
You gotta get up and try try try

Ever worry that it might be ruined
And does it make you wanna cry?
When you're out there doing what you're doing
Are you just getting by?
Tell me are you just getting by, by, by?

Eating: A friend has started up a new business. Each Tuesday arvo we get a recipe (one we have selected from two on offer each week) and the exact portions required of market fresh organic ingredients (including herbs and spices) to prepare a tasty vegetarian meal to feed the fam that night. You can choose how many serves you require. We have 4 peeps here but always select to serve 6 when ordering so that there are leftovers for whoever fancies taking some for lunch the next day. Heartpoet never really cooks meals for two reasons - he works insane hrs and he prefers my or the kids cooking ha! Brenton often takes a turn in the kitchen and his specialty is spicy Mexican made from scratch. Tay also enjoys cooking and regularly texts me through the day offering to shop for and cook dinner. Her specialty is pasta dishes. Me? I have been on a bit of a roll making lots of new recipes along with the occasional old favourite. Some of the newer recipes have fast become firm family favourites with regular requests for me to make again and again.

Drinking: Today I had the most delish freshly made green juice containing - green apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, mint, ginger, lemon, chia seeds and coconut water. It was very refreshing and tasted oh so good!

Wearing: Check out the one of a kind dress I posted to our favourite lil miss this week. Size 2-3 so should last her awhile. Our special lil miss with be rocking the Pilbara in this red number. I purchased our Rhiannon a lavender coloured creation when I first relocated to Brisbane.

Feeling: Concerned. Heartpoet is most unwell at present. Pneumonia. Having asthma he is at a higher risk of complications. Rarely (if ever) ill this lurgy going around has really knocked him for six.

Wanting: Whatever  is meant for me...nothing more...nothing less...

Thinking: How proud Heartpoet and I both are of this pair. So in love. Saving for a deposit for their first home. Sweethearts with BIG dreams for their future - engagement, marriage, babies. We are honoured that this pair have a great deal of love/respect for us both, highly value our opinions and include us in their lives. Not long after they become a couple we received a beautiful text message from Taylah that set the tone for our relationship with her. She mentioned that she had been nervous to meet both Heartpoet and myself. She went on to say how very grateful she was that Heartpoet and I welcomed her not only into our home but also our family. That it meant the absolute world to her and that she was ever so thankful.

Don't anger your parents in order to please other people. Those other people did not spend their lives building yours. Parents act so strong for us that we often forget just how fragile they are. Love your parents. During the busyness of growing up don't forget your parents are growing older.

Enjoying: Board Games with Heartpoet, Brenton & Tay after dinner many an evening. A big bowl of buttered popcorn, a few ciders and lot's of laughs. Can you see my Scrabble crown from your lil corner of the world? It's sitting pretty atop my new 'do' and yet to be toppled. Miss Tay has a healthy competitive streak and is leaving no stone unturned in her attempts to trip me up and steal the crown. After dinner out whilst in town tonight Brenton & Tay hit the shops with the board game Cluedo added to their trolley. I've never played it before however Heartpoet calls me a forensic scientist (tongue in cheek) so they may all be in big trouble ha!

Missing: Sometimes you know that no one can replace that person you love, and your heart will never be the same.

Watching: The antics of our new birds Beyonce & Jay Z or Bey & Jay for short. Heartpoet was gifted a charming vintage aviary by an acquaintance recently. Last weekend a pair of Scaly Breasted Lorikeets moved in. Quite the characters! They can mimic sounds/noises and talk. Ours eat wet (mixed with honey, apple puree, and warm water) and dry Lorikeet food, fruit & veg, bottlebrush, euc branches, certain grains and nuts and drink water. We are loving the early morning and just as the sun starts to dip birdsong. Check out the pretty pair below...



Friday, September 18, 2015



Monochrome light and colours awash from blues and reds to grey
Times and troubles aflame with rage on a cooling winter’s day
In a far off field too far to see too ordinarily plain
A soldier stands fatigued and worn in the midst of nothing sane
For not far then beyond a fence of tangled spiking wire
The boots and sandals shoes and feet are sending dust a spire

They’ve trod from distant lands we know by sea and land they’ve come
Hoping for escape from hell to thine kingdom will be done
Yet somehow in the midst of this in the layers filled with ache
We manage simple sighs of “well their pain ain’t ours to take”
So rally your friends and call up the crowds for it’s party time again
We’ll turn our backs on the place so far as the children cry again

And what can we do what can we say have we anything else to share
Apart from the truth of here we are and there they are over there
How lucky we are to simply say that and let the matter slide
Head off to breakfast dinner or tea and our worlds will never collide

Yet the world is shrinking quickly now and we cannot escape nor flee
For everyone’s pain is all of our pain and all of their pain’s to see
Monochrome light and colours awash from blues and reds to grey
Times and troubles aflame with rage such a cooling winter’s day



Sunday, September 6, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Father's Day 2015
Brunch at The Flying Nun Cafe with my two favorite fella's -
Heartpoet & Brenton.
Sadly Miss Taylah could not join us as she was rostered to work from 6am - 2pm today.

I could prattle on for ages about Heartpoet's & Brenton's bond. But I have said it all before. Brenton and I recently had an in-depth heart to heart chat in regards to a third party. Much was shared. Brenton as always showed maturity and insight way beyond his 22 years. Brenton concluded by saying that he was ever so thankful of my choice to relocate he and I to Queensland to reside with Heartpoet in April 2001. That in choosing Heartpoet as my soul mate I had given Brenton the best step father in the world. That he knew of no other step father that does what Heartpoet will willingly/happily/lovingly do. That he was genuinely happy and extremely grateful for all Heartpoet & I have done for him. That I have given him the perfect life.

I always knew Brenton's and my relocating to Queensland  from Victoria to be with Heartpoet was a smart move. Just how smart has become super apparent in recent weeks. I can only shudder when I think of the bullet dodged.