Make: Oats in a Jar

I love porridge. I also love a filling breakfast. And even more than both of these two things, I love a quick breakfast.
I kept seeing #OIAJ tags, so I had to google it and with some further research I discovered that I would like to make these, ‘Alison-style’.
These are a great idea as we (in Australia) head into a Summer, I’ll be making them a lot!!!

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And lovely with a up of tea…

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Have you made #OIAJ?

Alison

Love: Three Things

Three things I’m loving this week are…
1. Making heaps of smoothie combinations – so yummy and so healthy!

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2. Getting to the gym regularly again- am LOVING my new gym and its crèche!

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3. Holidays – need I say more??

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What three things are you loving this week?

Alison

Fashion Friday: Neck-detail tops

Are these a yay or a nay for you? I can’t decide. I’m leaning towards a yay.

1.

- Witchery Neck Detail Top $89.95 -

– Witchery Neck Detail Top in grey marle ($89.95) –

2.

- ASOS River Island Cami with Embroidered Yoke in white ($36.24) -

– ASOS River Island Cami with Embroidered Yoke in white ($36.24) –

3.

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- Ezibuy Capture Placement Print Tunic in white $39.99 -

Ezibuy Capture Placement Print Tunic in white $39.99 –

Which is your favourite (if any)?

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Bake: Mum’s Birthday Cake

After I’d finished work, and before Little Mr Mr arrived into the world, I did a one-day cake decorating class at the very amazing Decorative Sweets. It was such a fun day and I learnt SO MUCH about cake decorating that I have spent the last few months since, jumping at every opportunity to make a cake. One of my first ones was for Mum’s birthday. She is not too far off a very special birthday, and so I thought I’d practice for the big one next year.

- My first cake…made at the class -

– My first cake…made at the class –

I wanted to impress and set about some online research when I came across a fab blogger, Bronnie Bakes, who uses videos to demonstrate her awesome cake making techniques. I pretty much used her website to come up with a caramel mud cake, layered with Italian Meringue Buttercream, in both vanilla and caramel. It was then covered in a layer of white chocolate ganache and finally, a thin layer of fondant and decorated with stars and hearts. It really was a first attempt at layering and rolling fondant, but I am really happy with the result.

- THE cake -

– THE cake –

- First slice taken out….the reaction was a perfect 'woah!' -

– First slice taken out….the reaction was a perfect ‘woah!’ –

- There were too many layers and it was a bit TOO much cake for most of us -

– There were too many layers and it was a bit TOO much cake for most of us –

- MASSIVE -

– MASSIVE –

- SInging Happy Birthday -

– SInging Happy Birthday –

- Blowing out the candles -

– Blowing out the candles –

Happy Birthday Mumma – watch out for next year’s cake…I’ve got to top this one!

Have you ever had a beautiful-looking cake, that also tasted superb?

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Make: Frozen Banana Smoothie

So i’m officially in love with my own discovery of using frozen bananas in smoothies. I’m certain many people have been doing this for yonks, but I just discovered it and I am totally fab because of it – yes, I’ll keep telling myself so too!

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen banana (I have a zip lock bag of peeled bananas in the freezer ready to go….I buy them in bulk when they’re nice and cheap).
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup milk/almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 scoops sculpt protein powder (vanilla)
  • 1 tbs cacao
  • ice blocks

I chop up the banana so it’s easier to blend, then get my stick mixer out and blend away. The frozen banana really makes it an ice-creamy consistency -YUM! Such a good, filling, sweet-kick for an afternoon snack.

- Some days I omit the cacao…depends on whether I need a little choccy hit! -

– Some days I omit the cacao…depends on whether I need a little choccy hit! –

- coldy goodness -

– coldy goodness –

- YUM! -

– YUM! –

Have you used frozen bananas before?

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Fashion Friday: The Floral Blouse

I love anything floral. Perhaps it’s the old lady in me? I’ve seen so many beautiful floral blouses around that catch my eye. Big LOVE.

1.

- ASOS Warehouse Trailing Floral Print Blouse in multi ($81.54) -

– ASOS Warehouse Trailing Floral Print Blouse in multi ($81.54) –

2.

- Big W Avella Burnout tee with floral print $14.98 -

– Big W Avella Burnout tee with floral print $14.98 –

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Do you love a floral blouse? Yay or Nay?

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Make: Kale and Cashew Pesto

I am right into the clean eating craze and am hoping to post some yummy, healthy foods that have my own personal spin on them. I love researching on the internet and getting inspiration from others who have been there before, but I also love to make my own additions to recipes and try things that might, or might not work.

- Kale from our garden -

– Kale from our garden –

Husband has lots of lovely green kale growing in the back yard (along with many other beautiful fruits and veggies) and although I do think it tasted rather ordinary when just steamed, I do like it when it’s changed into a different format. One of the formats I have tried recently is to make a pesto out of it. All I can say is….YUM.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • handful of cashews
  • clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon – juice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • coconut oil
- Add kale, garlic and nuts to food processor -

– Add kale, garlic and nuts to food processor –

- Then avocado and coconut oil -

– Then avocado and coconut oil –

- Process until smooth -

– Process until smooth –

- yum -

– yum –

It’s like having a hit of goodness in the form of a condiment. We had this slathered on top of our quinoa and sesame seed-crusted chicken (that’s another successful kitchen sesh that I will share another day).

Do you have any fab kale recipes?

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