Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thankful Tuesdays.



This week I am thankful for..

Not needing to dip into my savings account!

Figuring our the twist in Dexter before my partner did.

and yeah, that's about it.. so what are you guys thankful for this week?

Monday, 28 November 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.



1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Neither. It's not traditional for Australians to drink egg nog at Christmas and it's too friggin hot to drink hot chocolate. :P


2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

He wraps them.


3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white?

Coloured.


4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Nope, but maybe we should start.


5. When do you put your decorations up?

Sometime during November. I don't believe in silly superstitions.


6. What is your favourite holiday dish?

Anything that includes potatoes.


7. Favourite Holiday memory as a child?

Sneaking out to sleep underneath the Christmas tree at night.


8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

I can't remember when exactly but it was probably in year one. I can remember this girl teasing basically my entire year one class about the fact that we all still believed in Santa. What a bitch! :P


9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

Whilst not a typical Australian tradition I did manage to convince my Mother to let us open just one present on Christmas Eve for the past two Christmases. Hopefully I can convince her to let us do so this year as well. :D


10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

Since this year is our first time decorating our Christmas tree as a couple we opted for simple, cheap, red and gold decorations that we wouldn't mind replacing later on down the track. We also made sure that our tree was fibre optic so we wouldn't have to worry about Christmas lights.


11. Snow! Love it or dread it?

Well considering it's summer in Australia at Christmas time a little bit of snow would be very much appreciated. :P


12. Can you ice skate?

I've never tried.


13. Do you remember your favourite gift as a child?

Hmm, not really. I remember getting excited over a Britney Spears barbie doll though. :P


14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?

Being with the ones I love the most.


15. What is your favourite holiday dessert?

Pavlova.


16. What is your favourite holiday tradition?

Waking up early and opening my stocking whilst I waited for my parent/s to get out of bed.


17. What tops your tree?

A gold star.


18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?

When I have the money, I prefer giving. This year though I wouldn't mind receiving.


19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? 

 Yum!


20. What is your favourite Christmas movie?

'Love Actually' or 'Home Alone'.


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Primary School Reunion - Outfit Post.


The reunion will be starting in just over 4 hours time. Eeep!
I'm so excited, yet nervous at the same time. :P

Friday, 25 November 2011

Fill in the blank Friday.



1. Waking up at the break of dawn to go shopping is my idea of fun.. if I actually had money to spend. :P

2. If I were to go shopping today I would be on the hunt for some more high heel stick on grips.

3. The best thing I ate today was either the spinach and ricotta ravioli that I ordered for dinner or the creme brulee/belgian chocolate gelato that we had for dessert. :D

4. Something I've been learning lately is that time goes by fast when you're bored as well.

5. I cannot start my day without my medication. I'd be in bed all day otherwise.

6. My night time attire consists of a cute t-shirt and boxers (I have a few combinations).

7. I am looking forward to my Primary School Reunion tomorrow night. :)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Thankful Tuesdays.


Happy Tuesday my lovely readers! I hope you've all had a more enjoyable week than I have. :) Whilst it would be much easier to write up a post about all of the things that I am not thankful for, there are still a couple of things that I am thankful for this week.. 

For example, I may have found out that I failed my final assignment (that was the result that I was still waiting for last week) but since I did so well in my exams I managed to pass the course anyway.. so I'm just thankful for passing.


I am also thankful for the early Christmas present my partner gave to me so that I would bake him more cupcakes. :)


Which brings me to the black bottom cupcakes that I made, and how thankful I am for being introduced to this recipe by Julie Ann Art. These were the yummiest cupcakes ever! :D


So what are you guys thankful for this week?

Monday, 21 November 2011

Job Hunting!


Thanks to still not having a job I just spent all day sitting in my apartment applying for jobs online when I could have been relaxing at the beach and working on my tan instead.. sigh! It's times like these when I start to question my life. :(

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Snap Happy Sunday.

Hey guys! Since this is the first Snap Happy Sunday that I've participated in for a while, I figured I'd post some snap shots of what I've been getting up to these past few months (besides Uni). Have a lovely Sunday and I hope you enjoy!

Had my best friend return home after 4 months in Europe.

Received some souvenirs. :D

Met another friend's baby boy for the first time.

Ate several of B's scrumptious mini roast dinners.

Saw Carl Barron live for the very first time.

Had my arm signed by Carl himself.

Got some dvd's signed as well. :)

Spent some quality time with Phoebe.

Became addicted to Facebook's 'Dexter Slice of Life' game.

Finally got the Sims 3 'Pets' (that's supposed to be Phoebe). 

Hung out with my friends pet rat 'Ding Ding'.

Shared a coke with B (minus the sharing part).

Had some balayage put through my hair by the bestie.

Made some chocolate cupcakes (these were for B). <3

Friday, 18 November 2011

Fill in the blank Friday.



1. A nervous habit I have is picking at the skin around my nails. I do it all the time. :(

2. Something that makes me sad is when people refuse to be happy for other people.

3. Today I am thankful for having the freedom to do whatever I want to do.

4. My favourite room in my house is my dining room. It's just very "me".

5. I can't stand when you do everything within your power to earn an A or a HD for an assignment, and then the stupid marker only gives you a C or a B.

6. If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today I would do some Christmas shopping!

7. The last person I hung out with was my partner B before he left for work last night. Unfortunately I won't see him again until tomorrow afternoon.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Sandcake with a Chantilly Cream.


What you will need:

Pastry Base
210g (400ml) plain flour
100g (190ml) icing sugar
135g unsalted butter
1 egg
30ml water

Cake
175g (360ml) plain flour
145g (230ml) cornflour
3 teaspoons baking powder
250g unsalted butter
250g (275ml) caster sugar
4 eggs
icing sugar to dust

Chantilly Cream
300ml thickened cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon caster sugar

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm spring form pan, lining the base with baking paper.
2. To make the pastry base, beat flour, icing sugar and butter using an electric mixer until mixture resembles bread crumbs.
3. Add the egg and enough water to make a firm dough. Form into a small disc and wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
4. To make the cake, combine and sift flour, cornflour and baking powder into a bowl.
5. In a separate large bowl beat butter and caster sugar together using an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add and beat eggs one at a time, folding in the sifted flours from the other bowl in between eggs.
6. Roll out chilled pastry as much as possible. Place and press out pastry across the entire base of the spring form pan.
7. Cover the pastry with the cake mixture.
8. Bake for 60-80 minutes. Cake will be ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leaving the cake inside the pan, place pan on a wire cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before removing the sides of the pan (the spring form base can act as a serving platter). Once cool, dust the sandcake with icing sugar.
9. To make the Chantilly cream, combine and whip thickened cream, vanilla extract and caster sugar using an electric mixer until soft peaks form. This may take several minutes.
10. Serve and enjoy! :)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Thankful Tuesdays


Hey lovely readers! Sorry it's been a while, but I can safely say that I have a lot to be thankful for on this fine Tuesday. :) For example, this morning I woke up to find myself 4 kilo's lighter than I was back at the beginning of August. This means I'm now only 1kg away from the goal weight that I set for myself in my 101 things in 1001 days post! :D
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I'm also super chuffed after getting some of my Uni results back. For my science exam I received a high distinction (so higher than an 'A'). :D Given that I received a B and an A for the other science assignments this means that my overall grade for that subject/course is an A! Yay! I also found out that a subject/course that I thought for sure I could fail I actually received a B for overall.. so I can't be too upset about that! I'm just waiting on my results from one last course but I have a pretty good feeling that I would have passed. :)

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Finally, I am especially thankful that our real estate sent out our lease renewal forms a whole two months early! It's a great feeling knowing that we have that sense of security, but it's even better to know that our rent is only going to go up by $5 per week - that's $2.50 extra each! :D As we were signing our new lease this morning I took great satisfaction in teasing B about being stuck living with me for another 12 months.. he just laughed. :P


That reminds me, I've been meaning to take some recent photos of our apartment with our new camera so that I can do a 'humble abode' post. An excuse for some final Spring cleaning? I totally think so! ;)

So anyway, what are you guys thankful for this week?


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Yay for Christmas Holidays!


Words cannot express how excited I am that I finally have the time and the head space to start blogging again without having to worry about Uni (I seriously felt like I was beginning to lose my mind for a while there). I am still going to be taking a mathematics course over the summer semester (yep! it's summer here in Australia) but fortunately I was able to enrol in an online offering and won't need to drive back and forth all the time. I'll also get to spend more time with the boyfriend. :D

Anyway, as I'm sure would be the case for most of you guys, my to-do list for the Christmas holidays is growing longer by the day. Luckily I managed to get a few tasks checked off during this last week following my exams. :) 

The first task which I delightfully took on was to "Christma-fy" my apartment. Given that this will be our first Christmas in our own apartment, not to mention my first adult Christmas without a part-time job, we are on a pretty strict budget when it comes to purchasing non-essentials such as Christmas decorations. Thankfully B (being the lovely boyfriend that he is) offered to go halves in any of the costs as long as I promised to do the decorating myself - which I wanted to do anyway! :P So with a budget of $50 we set off to our local department store and returned home with all of this..

120cm Fibre Optic Christmas Tree - $38, Big W.
Gold Star and Santa Penguin - $4 each, Target.


Assorted red and gold ornaments - $4, Kmart.

I was really impressed with how we managed to stick (exactly!) to our budget and couldn't wait to set everything up.. even if it is only November. :P Then, in an attempt to personalise our new Christmas decor using the craft items that I already had at home, I set myself to work on making these little babies and couldn't be more pleased with the result! :) 

Personalised Christmas tree decorations, made by me.

I enjoyed making them so much that I would LOVE to give some of these away to you, my awesome followers, as part of my first ever Christmas Giveaway! :D However I've decided that before I can host a Giveaway of my own I should probably have more than just 20 followers, SO.. if I can reach 50 followers by the 1st of December I will host my first ever giveaway on the 2nd! Don't worry though, if I can't reach 50 followers by that time I will post up a DIY tutorial instead.

The second task that I set out to complete was the refurbishment of my blog design. I've been wanting to give my blog a pick-me-up for a long time now but haven't had the funds to pay someone to do it for me, which is why I decided to have a go at creating a design all on my own. So, what do you guys think?! 


I wanted my blog design to look as professional as possible whilst still being a little rough around the edges (just like me!). I knew that I wanted the design of my blog to appear delicate and girly, soft and colourful, vintage and lacey, and a representation of all that is me. All up it took me about 5 days to refurbish my design and I will continue to tweak it as the weeks go on.. but in the mean time I'm just really happy with what I've managed to achieve. :)

Anyway, I think I've rambled enough for one afternoon so I'll leave it up to you guys to tell me what you've been up to. Happy November lovelies!