Friday, 30 December 2011

Fill in the blank Friday.

1. New Years is mine and my partners third year anniversary. :)

2. One of my New Year's resolutions will be to provide a blog design service to my readers.

3. A New Year's resolution I've made in the past was to think before I speak. Didn't work out too well though.

4. The most time consuming resolution I ever made was/is to complete 101 things in 1001 days.

5. This year I will be spending New Year's Eve with my partner for our anniversary. We've already made plans to catch an early movie, come back home to cook ourselves a Yorkshire pudding and roast lamb feast, cuddle on the couch whilst drinking sugar rimmed cocktails and watching our favourite tv shows, then walk to the beach at the end of our street to watch the fireworks. :)

6. If I could wish one thing for my new year it would be to get some design work.

7. 2012 is going to be fast paced and challenging. I hope!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Christmas Recap.

B and I outside Mum's house.
My Brother Mitchell, Mum and I.
Christmas Eve Dinner at my Aunts house.
My Aunty Deb's Christmas Tree.
B and my cousins Miniature Dachshund 'Hawkie'.

Christmas morning at Mum's place.
Phoebe and Mum.
Mum and her Christmas present Joey.
Champagne breakfast.
Water fight with the Neighbours at B's cousins house.

Opening presents with Dad's family.
B and I at my Dad's place.
Abby and I with our Christmas teddies.
Most of our presents.
The signed Carl Barron DVD's that my brother gave me.
A few of my favourites.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Fill in the blank Friday.

1. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by baking and sharing reindeer Christmas cupcakes!

2. The thing I love most about Christmas is that cozy feeling you get when you're gathered around the Christmas tree with your closest friends and family.

3. The holiday season is a time for being close to those you love.

4. My favourite thing to eat at the holidays is turkey, ham, potatoes and pavlova.

5. I will be spending Christmas with Mum's extended family for Christmas Eve, my Mum and brother (and B) for Christmas morning, B's extended family for Christmas lunch, and my Dad and his partners family for Boxing Day. :D

6. Tis better to (give or receive?) give! :)

7. I'm dreaming of a smooth running and enjoyable Christmas.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Reindeer Christmas Cupcakes Recipe.

So today my friends Anita and Jaana came over to bake Christmas cupcakes with me (oh my gosh, baking is so much more fun when you have some company!). We actually got the idea for these cupcakes from the photo below which has been floating around Pinterest a lot lately. I had no idea who the original source was, let alone what the recipe was, but somehow the three of us were able to pull it off on our own.

Step 1: Bake the cookies.

I looked through numerous grocery stores the week before but couldn't find these sorts of plain, tiny biscuits anywhere. Instead I decided to bake them myself using a few basic ingredients that we already had around the house. I baked these biscuits the day before we baked the cupcakes just to make sure that they were properly cooled (and to save ourselves an extra task on the day).

To bake these cookies you will need:
110 grams butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1. Beat the butter and sugars using an electric mixer.
2. Add the egg, beat well.
3. Add all other remaining ingredients.
4. Roll mixture into tiny balls (around the size of your thumbnail) and place them at least one inch apart on a pre-lined baking tray.
5. Bake in a 180°C oven for 10-15 minutes.

Step 2: Bake the cupcakes.

To bake the cupcakes you will need:
110 grams butter
110 grams (26 metric teaspoons) of caster sugar
2 large eggs
110 grams self raising flour
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of milk

1. Beat the butter and sugar using an electric mixer.
2. Add in the eggs, beat well.
3. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder.
4. Stir in the milk, then continue to beat until the mixture resembles chocolate mousse.
5. Spoon the mixture into 24 paper baking cups and bake in a 190°C oven for 15 minutes. 

Step 3: Make the chocolate ganache frosting.

To make the icing you will need:
200 gram block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate
200ml Double Cream

1. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over the stove, mixing in the cream as the chocolate is melting.
2. Remove saucepan from the stove and place on a heat proof counter/board. 
3. Quickly use an electric mixer to whip the creamy melted chocolate to a frosting like consistency.

Step 4: Decorate the cupcakes.

To decorate your gorgeous cupcakes you will need the items pictured below. 

These include:

Mini pretzels - For the antlers.
Nestlé Milky Bar buttons - For the eyes.
Pre-made cookies - For the snout.
Red and brown M&M's - For the nose.
Black 'writing icing' - For the eyes, and for securing the M&M's to the cookie snouts.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Thankful Tuesdays.

This week I am thankful for..

B and I spending our first Christmas together.

Selling my books/DVD's on ebay.

Being successful in my own right. :)

Monday, 19 December 2011

My Christmas Week To-Do List.

1. Clean the apartment.
2. Re-organise my study corner.

3. Save any unsaved photos/documents to my external hard drive.
4. Finish and wrap B's Christmas present.

5. Bake cookies to decorate the cupcakes on Thursday.
6. Do prep work for the upcoming launch of my blog design service.

7. Bake Christmas cupcakes with the girls.
8. Complete the mass amount of ironing that I have been ignoring for over a month now.

9. Pack my bags for the next 4 nights.
10. Head off to Mum's with B. :)


11. Christmas dinner with Mum's side of the family.


12. Champagne breakfast at Mum's house.
13. Christmas lunch with B's family in Toowoomba.

Next Week


14. Boxing day shopping.
15. Boxing day lunch at Dad's.


16. Come home!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Snap Happy Sunday.

He's an early Christmas present to my Mum from my Brother.
And a new best friend for Phoebe. :)
Maybe even a new boyfriend? :P
Hmm, I think Phoebe might be a little jealous. :(

Me, Grandad and my baby brother Mitchell.
B and I. <3
Uncle Wayne and my Dad. Twin brothers. :)
My cousins, Stefanie and Sarah.
My Aunt and Uncle, Lee-Ann and Geoff.
My cousin David (right) with his girlfriend Bec.
My future step sister, Miss Abby. :)
Mmm.. Cupcakes! :D

Friday, 16 December 2011

Fill in the blank Friday.

1. My most favourite "little thing" is getting random kisses from B throughout the day.

2. I'd give anything to wake up feeling normal again.

3. I can't believe that there's only 9 more sleeps until Christmas!

4. The one thing I'd like to achieve today is completing the scrapbook I'm making B for Christmas.

5. The last thing I want to do today is go back to the Post Office. Post Offices are scary at Christmas time. :P

6. If I were writing my own blank today, it would say: "All I want for Christmas is..".

7. My favourite candle scent is lavender - at the moment anyway.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Dear 15-year-old self,

Ugg boots are slippers and should only be worn at home. I don't care how fluffy and cute they are.

Pink is not your colour.

Don't stress, you won't be working at McDonalds forever. Next you will be working at a Pizza store.

Anthony Callea is gay. He isn't going to marry you.

Besides, you've technically already met the man of your dreams.

MySpace basically doesn't exist anymore.

Your favourite tv shows are Friends and Dexter, not The Simple Life.

Actually, you should just forget about liking Paris Hilton full stop.

You will change your hair colour many times during the next seven years.

You will only stay close friends with 2-3 girls from your high school.

These older boys you keep crushing on will turn out to be nothing but trouble.

You will find yourself in not one, not two, but three car accidents before you finish high school (I guess bad things really do happen in three's). 

You won't have a date for your senior formal. Your dress will be stunning though.

Despite your best efforts you won't be able to sit the QCS test to get an OP score, but you will still graduate from Year 12 with everyone else.

You will go on to get a Diploma in something you never would have imagined and a Degree in something that will make your family proud.

You will be diagnosed as having a narcoleptic sleeping disorder. 

It will take nearly 3 years of blood tests, x-rays, ultra sounds, misdiagnosis, psychiatrists, more misdiagnosis, more blood tests, wasting lots of money on herbal remedies that don't work, changing GP's, starting these tests all over again, being referred to a sleep specialist and attending numerous overnight and daytime sleep studies for the doctors to finally work out what is wrong with you.

You will become heavily medicated and will begin to form compulsive habits, such as jaw clenching and nail biting/skin chewing. You will absolutely mutilate your fingernails. You will get lock jaw and have sensitive teeth. You will constantly feel like you are hungover.

You will have to start wearing glasses.

You will lose a family pet.

You will discover the awesomeness of owning a Miniature Dachshund puppy.

Your Mother will be diagnosed with Cancer. Don't be scared. She will beat the cancer and be a much stronger person because of it.

You will move out of home for the first time. You will have the most awesome house mates who you will end up missing immensely when you decide to move back home.

Don't worry though. Not long after you move back home you will finally find out how it feels to move out with the person you love.

You will get yourself into a car accident on moving day, this time it will be your fault.

You will be unemployed for the majority of 2011.

You will start a blog and eventually write this letter to yourself in an attempt to put the pieces of your life together, before putting the past to rest.

Yours sincerely

P.s. You won't be married by twenty-two, but you will have your kids names picked out.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

My thoughts on Success.

When I was still a kid (up until I was around 13) I thought that to be a success I would need to get straight A's in school, go to University to get a degree in medicine, become a brain surgeon, own a big fancy house, and send my children to elite private schools. I think this was mostly because my Mothers side of the family were all quite well off and successful in their respected career choices, whereas my Fathers side of the family (whom I love very much) were very hard-working labourers/farmers who often struggled to make ends meet simply because they didn't have some fancy piece of paper. I guess I just wanted to make my Fathers side of the family proud, and to live up to the unspoken expectations that I felt my Mothers side would have of me. 

But then as I became a teenager (and after my parents divorced during my first year of high school) I started to view success in terms of family, relationships, love and happiness. Wealth also became an important aspect for me. I wanted to be able to give my children the safest and most supportive future possible, both emotionally and financially. I didn't want my children to have to worry about things such as whether or not the lease on their house would be renewed, or whether they could afford to pay their 'share' of the rent and food that week. More importantly though, I became very adamant that divorce was just not going to be an option for me and that I would need to be very careful when choosing my life partner/the father of my future children (I clearly forgot about this when I was wasting time with some of the losers I used to date). Some people believe that we can't help who we fall in love with, but I disagree. I believe that we choose to love people and that that is why most of us seem to find it so easy to "fall in love" with the first person who claims to love us back.

I suppose that, when I really think about it, I still hold these same views now that I'm an adult. If anything I've simply elaborated on them. For example, I still believe that I need to choose wisely when it comes to picking my life partner (and I believe that I have) but I also believe that it is equally important for me to make sure that I am both emotionally and financially strong and capable enough to support myself and my future children in the event that something terrible ever happened to my partner. Besides, if there's one thing that I can't stand it's watching people who have the ability and the potential to actually go somewhere in life choosing to settle down with the first person to offer them a free ride. But hey, it's not up to me to judge. 

Sunday, 11 December 2011

5 things I like about myself.

1. I am easily content. I don't need possessions to make me happy. I don't feel the need to have the latest and best of everything, or to boast about it when I do. I also don't get jealous over other people's possessions.

2. I have a positive outlook on life. I know my life isn't perfect. I certainly seem to have a lot more down's than up's at the moment, but I'm not going to sit around feeling bitter about it.

3. I'm sensitive to other people's feelings. I like to have a good gossip sesh just as much as the next person, but I know when to draw the line. I'm not about to bag someone out over something that is out of their control.

4. I have compassion for those less fortunate. I don't see myself as being better than anybody else, and like to help others wherever I can. Probably a good thing considering I'm going to be a teacher soon. 

5. I'm patient. All good things take time, and I have come to accept that there is nothing I can do to change this.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Fill in the blank Friday.

1. Love is hard at times, but it is completely worth it.

2. Being in love feels like that feeling you get right before you sneeze. :P

3. My favourite quote about love is "To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart" - Charles Dickens.

4. The most important thing in a relationship is communication.

5. A "deal breaker" for me in a relationship is someone who is unwilling to communicate.

6. The way I show love in my relationship is by supporting my partner in achieving his dreams, making sure he knows that I am proud of his accomplishments and just giving him loads of complements basically. :) 

7. I love B. Obviously.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

DIY: Personalised Christmas Tree Decorations.

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I mentioned in a post that if I could reach 50 followers by the 1st of December that I would host a personalised Christmas tree decoration giveaway. Unfortunately I am still yet to reach 50 followers, but as promised, I have created you guys a DIY tutorial instead. :) Enjoy!