Welcome to Create the Happy


Welcome to Create the Happy.

I thought it would be good to take a moment to explain what Create the Happy is all about so that you can decide if you would like to follow along. So here goes.

What is it that makes you happy?

Do you know? Some of us have some kind of idea of one or two things that give us a fleeting sense of happiness, but what is it that makes you really happy long term?

Often somewhere along the way, we forget to think about this anymore or we may not take the time to realise that it is important to reassess what makes us happy based on our current circumstances.

Or maybe we give up, or forget, or become distracted or become neglectful of our own happiness in order to build up someone else’s.

All these things are normal and practical and part of life’s journey.

But they normally land us all in the same place eventually; wondering what happened to our happiness and questioning wether or not we can get it back.

Well I am here to tell you the good news- you definitely can.

There is a lot of research and there have been a lot of boffins, scientists, scholars,  academics, hippies, freaks, geeks, entrepreneurs and more who have researched it and the consensus is this; there are things you can do to create the happy in your own life.


But what are they I hear you mumble to your computer screen?

Well here is a little cheat sheet.

  • eat well
  • exercise
  • volunteer
  • have a spiritual life
  • connect with others
  • be optimistic
  • problem solve

The longer version is this…

For me happiness is about a sense of inner wellbeing. It is about purpose and hope and connection. It is about sometimes smiling and sometimes laughing and sometimes crying but always being present. It is about the ability to experience joy and peace and gift these good things to the people that surround you.


Contrary to popular opinion though, being happy is not about avoiding being sad. Nor is it about avoiding anger, grief, frustration anxiety or any of the other more daunting emotions. In fact people who seek after happiness by squishing down these other emotions will only end up with a preoccupation with pain.

All of our emotions are there to be expressed and experienced and most importantly they are signposts for us as to what is going on in our world, or what has gone on in our world in the past.

Create the Happy is about taking a little bit of time to explore ways to increase happiness in your own life.

In trying to create your happy you might find yourself getting a little lost, a little stuck, with some other emotion and that is Ok. When we set about to repress, block or avoid any emotion we set up an internal battle within ourselves that is powerful, consuming and painful. Importantly if any one emotion becomes too strong of overwhelming a simple solution is to seek out a professional to help you straighten it all out.

Life can be complicated, messy and hard but seeking solutions is empowering and powerful and getting help is often the perfect solution. It is important to remember that life is not too complicated messy or hard in fact it is just the amount that it is. Counteract with equal intensity and you will find yourself getting through it.

So being happy is not about avoiding unhappy, so what is it?

Create the Happy is all about creating the life you want, one step at a time.

I really believe that people have mastery over their own lives, and that everyone can make daily choices that bring joy, peace and wellbeing to their door.

Here at Create the Happy we encourage you to make small decisions daily that will provide you with a sense of happiness in your life. This includes chasing the way you respond to your circumstances, identifying what it is you want out of life and working hard to make those things happen.


Create the happy is not about what you do, but how you do it and it is not about the big things, rather it is about the small droplets that make up your happiness puddle.

So no matter what your life experience and no matter where you are at right now, chose to create your own happy today. Be the master of your own inner world. Build your own happiness lake by starting today with one drop.

So if you would like to follow along then head over to Facebook or sign up on the blog.

I try and post a Wednesday Wellbeing “Create the Happy” post and every now and then I run a little series.

Currently we are in the middle of the 31 days of gratitude challenge. Come join in .

I would love to hear from you so please join in. Sharing is caring and we all have different experiences and and perspectives to share with each other.

Thanks for reading along and I look forward to getting to know you.


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Day 13. If you are happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you are happy and you know it clap your hands.

What a funny little song. I am sure most of us used to sing this at some point in our lives. Children, or course, are always happy and are therefore more than willing to go along with such instructions.

clap. clap.

Unless they are crying and sad at which point they still might be willing to go along with it.

Adults on the other hand are much more analytical and prone to intense thought and comparison. Our lives are also dramatically more complicated thus leaving the consideration of whether or not we are happy, a far more complicated question.

What really makes me happy and what makes you happy? And what kind of happiness is it that we are after anyway?

The point of the gratitude challenge is to really bypass all of that and to just think mindfully and purposefully about three things in the day that we are thankful for. Full stop. No further analysis required.

So in the spirit of gratitude then, here are my three.

1. My health.

As a very nasty flu rages its way around my workplace, with people dropping like overheated, shivery flies I am thankful that currently I am feeling rather well. Winter in Melbourne never does great things for my health and in the many years that I have spent at home with little children, they have give me nearly every single one of their colds and coughs. But today, thankfully, is not that day.

2. Encouragement from a friend.

I was texting a friend yesterday and made mention of the fact that I was having a rather “complicated” day. She immediately offered to say a prayer for me which I found rather dazzling. The older I get, the more I am touched by the kindness and love shown me by other people. Something to do with having 99% of my brain dedicated to looking after other people and the other 1% dedicated to complaining. Kindness from a friend is such a breath of fresh air.

3. Doing Mum stuff with my boys.

I am still adjusting to my new work hours and as a result I have missed two important games of basket ball. When I say important, I mean it in a sentimental fashion because you will never witness a more hilarious and gorgeous sight than this little band of 5 year olds running wildly around the basketball court.

Well yesterday, I swung in at the last quarter and managed to catch some of the game. Then to top it all off I spent the evening dancing with my boys at the school disco. Very funny, very cute and a good dose of heart warming.

So, how has your week been?

To help you along I have created a free printable. We have been going for nearly two weeks now so there are bound tone days where you can’t think of anything new. So to help you out I have a list of prompts. Cool.

Gratitude prompts

If you like that, you might be keen on my free gratitude journal pdf.

Sign up to grab that baby

Dani xx


Join the 31 days of gratitude challenge now to be reminded of all that is good in your life. You will not regret it.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.





Todays post is bought to you by the busy Mum’s happiness creator “Marley Spoon.” Because we could all do with a little help in the kitchen now and then. Am I right?

The best accounts by Melbourne foodies on Instagram

Melbourne foodies on Instagram




Melbourne foodies on Instagram

Admit it, you love a pretty picture of a fairy floss topped brunch item as much as the next guy. There is just something so appealing about looking at pictures of delicious food, and although the research sometimes suggests these pictures are making us eat more and think less, we really just can’t help loving them. Am I right?

So I present to you, courtesy of the many hours I myself spend on Instagram, the best accounts by Melbourne foodies on Instagram. You’re welcome.

I have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of these food eating super stars around town and some of them are now my friends.  These guys work hard, so feel free to visit their gorgeous feeds and show them a little love.

@Crumbs of a Foodie

You know I love a fellow Melbourne Mum and this one has the most spot on skills as a photographer and a food lover. Follow Crumbs for some of the most pristine food photographs and for regular updates on what’s new and what’s hot in the Melbourne dining scene.


This is one very popular Instagram feed where Robert and Jane eat their way around Melbourne.


Breakfast, lunch, diner and tones of foodie picks. Visit to keep up to date with what’s new, what’s trending and what’s delicious in Melbs.


Eating out and exploring restaurants in Melbourne.

@The World Loves Melbourne

David covers food, restaurants, events and a whole host of Melbourne happenings on his website and Instagram account.


Anyone else fancy eating dessert for dinner on occasion? Then you are going to love Amy from Inbetweendesserts. She doesn’t just eat sweet but she has been known to order an ice cream sandwich and an oreo cheesecake for dinner so make of that what you will.

@Penguin Eats

Penguin Eats has been chomping his way around the dining scene in Melbourne. Follow for great, honest reviews of popular Melbourne cafes and restaurants.

@Vibrant Vegetarian

Vikki the Vego has the most beautiful vegetarian Instagram feed in the biz. With an eye for colour and a sensibility straight from the eighties, the food on this page will make you smile every time. Plus the girls got talent and has released her own book, among other things.

@Lisa Eats World

Y’all know I have a love and passion for Victoria wide produce and sometimes our great country food regions get a little neglected on the old Instagram feed, but not with Lisa Eats World. Lisa travels and takes stunningly evocative photographs along the way. Follow Lisa and get dreaming about where your next foodie adventure.


Photographer, writer and one of the top Zomato bloggers Nicole is also one of the nicest folks in the biz.


Come hungry leave happy is the motto of this Melbourne food reviewer and there is  great variety of food shots on display.


Absolutely beautiful images of food from some of Melbourne’s best cafes and restaurants. Jane only recently started eating out at restaurants but she has quickly gathered an enthusiastic following as she shares her adventures. This girls got skills behind the camera.

Special mention


With a M.A. of Gastronomy, Jacqui is based in Adelaide but travels across all of Australian to dine at every single restaurant in the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 list. She is the go to girl for the best recommendations. She is also super talented and pretty funny.

Who is your favourite Melbourne Instagram foodie?

Do you run your own account? I’d love to see it.

Dani xx

Dani B is a food blogger and writer at www.eatmystreet.net.  You can follow along on her enthusiastic foodie adventures on Facebook or of course, please on Instagram. She’s little but full of enthusiasm.

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Day 9. Things I won’t miss when my kids grow up.

I tend to be very sentimental about my children growing up. I took a good 6 months to grieve about my youngest going off to school and I occasionally think wistfully of those early days of breastfeeding and nappy changes all through the night.

I have written about it before  and I talk about it a lot and I honestly CANNOT HELP SAYING “enjoy every minute” because it goes way too fast.

Honestly, I am powerless.

But today when I was wiping up around the children’s toilet for the fifteen -thousandth time I realised that I really look forward to the day when I never have to do this again.

It got me thinking about other things that I am never going to miss. Here is a list for your enjoyment. Please play along.

  • Playing endlessly on the play equipment at a boring suburban park.
  • The “toddler years” nappy changes. If you’ve ever changed one you will know what I mean.
  • Doing the grocery shopping with an over tired toddler because: running, crying, begging, crying, dancing, stealing, hiding, crying, screaming. Etc.
  • Picking up endless, literally endless, miniature plastic toy pieces. I am looking at you loom bands, puzzle pieces, pretend play food and Pokemon cards.
  • Washing the hair of a little one who is going through “that stage” of fear of water.
  • Putting in eye drops/ ointment/ cream.
  • Sweeping up endless, teeny, tiny bits of food on the floor and wondering how it is that my children have ever grown taller given ALL the food is on the floor.
  • The whingeing and whining for the latest, greatest, often awful toy.

Which brings me to my gratitude list for today.

This is literally almost never true, but today I am grateful that my children are growing up. Aren’t they clever with all their new skills and independence and ability to do things almost out of no where. It seems almost to be a miracle when you really think about it. A beauty to behold and pleasure to watch but I am really grateful that some phases come and then they go.

I’m going to stop right there though because I feel the sentimental longing is coming to get me, because having little children is such a blessing and I miss the early years

So what won’t you miss when your kids grow up?

Until tomorrow.


Join the 31 days of gratitude challenge and feel the love for the simple things around you.


Day 6 of 31. I’ve got this feeling, inside my soul.

Yesterday I had a very exciting thing happen.

We all naturally spend a lot of time doing tasks that are important but not very exciting. Occasionally we might get an opportunity to do something that we are passionate about, talented at and skilled at. Pundits call this the “sweet spot,” “purpose,” “win” or simply “dang it, you go girl.”

Yesterday I was offered an opportunity that will allow me to work in this space for a bit and I am so very thrilled and grateful.

Petrified too of course, because new opportunities are challenging and when we get something we really want in life, the stakes are so high.

Previously I have shied away from opportunities when I have been scared of failure. But thanks to maturity and my ever-increasing age, I have learned to just face my fears and jump right in.

So today I am grateful for.

  1. Awesome opportunities for working in my “sweet spot.”
  2. The maturity and experience to face my fears and “just do it.”
  3. Music. Because nothing quite works to life the mood and bring on the tears and help express our un-explainable feelings like a well written song. Plus dancing around the kitchen with my embarrassed kids is pretty awesome too.

Did you catch the very excellent Facebook live post on Create the Happy by Annette from “I give you the verbs” yesterday? It was funny, inspiring and sincere and recommend you check it out.

So what are you grateful for today?

Have you ever managed to find opportunities in your own sweet spot?

I’d love to hear about it.

Until tomorrow.



Create the Happy. 31 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

Day 1. Some days are easy.

Day 2. Some days are harder than others.

Day 3. Getting on with it.

Day 4. Laughter is the best medicine. 

Day 5. Oprah and George Costanza give life advice.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.






Day 5 of 31. Oprah & George Constanza give life advice.

I have written quite a lot in the past about what an awkward ninja I can be.

Basically stick me in any kind of large group setting and I get uncomfortable enough to wish I was wallpaper.

I can write about this part of my life  because I  have made peace with it, and indeed I am very accepting these days of the fact that I can be a little bit of a social ding bat.

Memorable flash back that illustrates my point.

  • Attending an important work party and getting so flustered that I dropped a plate of dip and corn chips  so everyone’s toes & ankles were splattered red for the remainder of the party. I like to think of that one as a surprise dress up event where I was responsible for everyone else’s fancy outfit.

Which leads me to today’s gratitude post.

  1. I am grateful that as I get older, I am more accepting of who I am as a person. Because really, honestly, it is just so much better to understand and accept myself than to be endlessly trying to be like someone else. So occasionally, when I still feel the pressure, I just make like George Constanza and vamoose.


Somewhere along the line I learned “best to be true to yourself, because if you don’t live your own life, no one else will.” I can’t remember who told me but it rang true and I haven’t forgotten it.

It was probably Oprah. It was always Oprah right?

2. The sunshine.

Yes it has been very cold in Melbourne lately and yes I talk a lot about the weather but I honestly just feel better with a little sun on my skin. So today we had a little bit of blue sky and it was glorious and uplifting and I loved it.

3. Afternoon tea with my babies.

Two days a week I get to have a quiet afternoon tea with my kids after school.

Granted this is not always as blissful as you might imagine, but that doesn’t really matter because I still love it.

I spent years at home with my children and now that I am back at work I really long for these domestic moments hanging out with my kids.

Sometimes I cook something super impressive and then they think I am the most awesome Mum of the year (for 24 seconds). Other times we hit the park or just hang out at home and I loves it.

So that is day 5 of 31.

If you are joining in at home then shoot me an email so that I can feature you in my weekly wrap up.

Thanks to those of you who have already “played along.”

Why not try this at home?

I was reading Dr Andrew Fuller’s latest book earlier in the week and it points out the benefits of teaching gratitude to your children. So why not ask for three things next time you are all around the dinner table together.


Create the Happy. 31 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

Day 1. Some days are easy.

Day 2. Some days are harder than others.

Day 3. Getting on with it.

Day 4. Laughter is the best medicine. 

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.

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What’s in season. August in Melbourne & beyond.

What's in season August in Melbourne

August in Melbourne

August, the last month of Winter and the occasion of my birthday.

The perfect month to join Get Cosy at Home and create a little hygge. 

In August we have slightly longer days and the sunshine pokes through for occasional bursts of warmth and inspiration. The daffodils may be flowering in your garden and Spring time is so close, yet also so far away.

It is also a great time to join a local food swap group as those gluts of lemon, lime and artichoke set in.

Here in Melbourne we tend to spend a bit of time dreaming of a holidays somewhere warm, and some lucky people even head off and take that holiday. Cue wistful longing as we view their sun kissed holidays photos.

It is also the month that we celebrate the following food days on the Aussie food calendar. 

August in Melbourne

Potato, honey and lemon juice. Quite a grand list of foods in my humble opinion.

What’s on. August in Melbourne and beyond.

The Melbourne International Film Festival comes to town and so does the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Out of town you can attend the “Words in Winter” Daylesford Writers Festival or the Bendigo Writers Festival. 

Other great events include

This Friday 4th of August is Cafe Smart as part of the StreetSmart Australia fundrasing initiative. Local cafes across Melbourne will be donating money from every coffee sold to fight homelessness. Use this interactive map to find your local participating cafe. cafe smart the timber mill cafe officer

The Timber Mill Officer 

rhubarb from the O.My restaurant farm
The O.My Restaurant Cardi Farm

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

Seasonal fruit and vegetables for the month of August in Melbourne include:

Fruit: cumquats, grapefruit, lemons, lime, mandarins, nashi, olives, oranges.

Vegetables: beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, carrots, celery, celeriac, fennel, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leek, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, rhubarb, pumpkin, silver beet, spinach, spaghetti squash, spring onions, swedes, turnips, witlof.

Herbs: bay leaf, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, marjoram, sage, bronze fennel, garlic and coriander.

Is there anything you are growing in your garden that I could add to the list?

With some of my favourite vegetables in season (cauliflower, beetroot, pumpkin) and some great fruit coming to us from Queensland, I actually find it really easy to think of great recipes to cook in August.recipes to cook August in Melbourne

Spaghetti squash with home made passata.

Cauliflower steaks recipe with lemon and capers

Cauliflower bites

Minestrone soup

Mushroom recipes

Beetroot and goats cheese tart

Potato dauphinoise

Lemon tart

Fresh lime cordial.

Mandarin and star anise sorbet

Broccoli risotto pie

Brussel sprouts with bacon and almond. 

Rosa’s Mitchell’s Stuffed Fennel (Join her mailing list. It is awesome). 

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Baked Jerusalem Artichoke with fennel

Cheesy pumpkin pasta with sage.

Macadamia and Mandarin Cake with cinnamon syrup.

Stefano de Pieri’s aglio olio

Harissa and coconut roasted leeks with coriander rice

Beetroot and buckwheat risotto with Amy

Ottolengi’s Cabbage recipes

Pumpkin and chickpea curry with Magdalena Roze.

So what will you be cooking, growing and doing this August?

This time last year I was heading off for a most magnificent trip to Port Fairy on the beautiful Great Ocean Road. The weather was definitely not warm, but it was a perfect way to spend a cosy, Winter weekend and  I loved every moment of it.

August in Melbourne. travel to Port Fairy

The food was sensational and I discovered two of my now favourite restaurants.

Fen Restaurant serves uniquely Australian food. You can almost taste the ocean and crisp countryside on the plate. They were also awarded two Hats in this years Good Food Guides Awards and I think it well was well deserved.

Coffin Sally Pizza serves some of the best, on point pizza in a very unique venue right in the heart of Port Fairy. I’m not sure if I loved the food or the old stone building more.


Pan MacMillan Australia were kind enough to send me a copy of two cook books from their range and I am loving discovering heaps of new recipes.

The Energy Guide by Dr Libby is an absolutely amazing treasure trove of information on nutrition, sleep, energy levels, stress, gut health and emotions.

Dr Libby gives practice advice on how to manage your time, hormones and work life. I was very impacted by her advice to quite walking around with a “to do list” in my head as this only increases stress and frustration, with very minimal benefit. So true. and obvious but somehow I still hadn’t quite realised it.

I am very slowly readying my way through this book and picking up useful tips every single time I pick it up. Dr Libby is a very practical and straight forward and with a Bachelor of Health Science and a PhD there is a real sense of trust in what she says.

Check out Pan MacMillan for more info.

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This year to celebrate my birthday I am doing something from home in the shape of a 31 days of gratitude challenge. The more I read the more I am absolutely convinced of the benefits of practising gratitude daily. You can join me over on Create the Happy or just read along. Can I make it the full 31 days? Let’s wait and see.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.

Support Eat My Street. 

Day 4 of 31. Laughter is the best medicine. 

Day 4 of 31. Laughter is the best medicine.

Taking time every day to practise gratitude has a number of different benefits including helping with conflict resolution, better health and improved sleep. One of the other benefits of gratitude is that it helps us to extract meaning from difficult situations.

Four days in to my challenge I am discovering that when thinking about what I am grateful for, I am also very tempted to think about what went wrong in my day. The urge to see the glass as half empty can be quite strong when I have a difficult day, but it is something I am determined not to do.

Instead I am determined to sort through the tough stuff in order to find the little gems that are hidden within.

This is not as simple as you think, but it can be done if I just think a little deeper.

So today, despite having a disastrous beginning, clumsy middle and a frustrating end, I am still going to post three things I am grateful for.

  1. Laughter. One of my friends from work sent me this “inspirational quote” this evening and it really made me giggle. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you probably will be able to laugh at Kanye. Give it a try. It’s really not that hard.

Laughter really does make me feel better, definitely, 100% of the time. Which is why I spend a disproportionate amount of time watching Brooklyn nine-nine, and why I bought myself a “Terry Loves Yoghurt T.Shirt.” Maybe I will buy a Kanye t.shirt next.

What is your favourite TV show for having a laff? I’m always looking for something new. I would highly recommend “Utopia” on ABC and “Have you been paying attention” for laugh out loud moments.

2. Good teachers. 

My little man celebrated 100 days of prep today and gee I really appreciate his smart, thoughtful and lovely teacher.

A really good teacher knows how to get stuff done while still seeing the unique ability and capability within their students.

And we all remember those teachers that made a difference in our lives, long after we move on from their classroom.

Namaste Miss Hodge, for working so hard and explaining so clearly and making sure that I always did my best.

3. Purpose.

Having a sense of purpose is so powerful and can help propel us forward toward our goals, even when we feel a bewildered and disappointed. A few weeks ago when I was having a very tough time, a very wise woman gave  me this verse.

Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

What a very awesome task.

But somehow, when I have been feeling frustrated and weary in my work, this has helped keep me on track.

So having a sense of purpose of in my life has been powerful and energizing and I am thankful for this.

What are you grateful for today? And do you have a sense of purpose in your work, home or personal life?

I hope so.

Until tomorrow.


Create the Happy. 31 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

Day 1. Some days are easy.

Day 2. Some days are harder than others.

Day 3. Getting on with it.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.

Gratitude Challenge. Day 3. Getting on with it.

So yes, Sunday does eventually lead to Monday and all the hard work of preparation and sock folding pays off as we get to start out week with some semblance of organisation.

Da Biznez

Monday and Tuesdays are work days for me so I generally just focus on getting stuff done, hanging out with my kids at the end of the day, frantically tidying mess and reading bed time stories.

Occasionally life does not go according to plan though and this my friends,  is why I look as old as I do.

Oh well. Sigh.

I am grateful for my strength and health and my ability to get up and go to work. This is something that is easy to take for granted but I learned early on in my life that good health can be swept away in an instant. There are no guarantees so enjoy each day and never harshly judge a beautiful and hard working body.

Each wrinkle and grey hair tells a story and I have some good stories to tell.

I am also grateful today for my lovely tweenager. Our kids keep us confused and ever-striving don’t they?  But gee it is valuable to stop and appreciate the moments that they do something great. Today my girl made a cake, thus rescuing her little brother from a bag of popcorn as his shared morning tea at a class party tomorrow. How ace are daughters?

She just got up and made it, all on her own, in order to be kind to her brother.

How wonderful.

The third thing I am grateful for today is snacks. Yes I said it. I am grateful for excellent snacks. Don’t judge.

Truthfully, I love a good snack for supper. Biscuits, chips, crackers, chocolate bars, sweet gooey tubs of decadent ice-cream, I love them all.

Current favourites include the chunky Kit Kat and a snack sized packet or Red Rock Deli chips. More decadent evenings have included Nutella donuts from my local Italian restaurant.

When it comes to snacky treats, unlike the rest of my diet, I am not that fussy.

What sweet bliss is it to sit down to a quiet moment on your own at the end of a busy day and eat a little something delicious. I know I learned this little habit from my Mum, and long live the tradition say I.

So, What are you grateful for today?

Strong bodies, kind daughters, sweet snacks or something a little more serious?

I’d love to hear your list so feel free to  join my 31 days of gratitude challenge.

I’d love to see you there.

Dani xx

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Day 1. Some days are easy.

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Gratitude post day 1 of 31

Some days are easier than others

Some days it is easy and some days it is hard to think of something to be grateful for.

Today I have the whole day to spend at home with my family and although I am very sad that I can’t attend my girlfriends 30th birthday party tonight, overall being at home with my people is a very happy space for me.

So today I am grateful for quiet family moments. They are definitely not quiet actually (anyone else with two boys?) but they are not rushed so you hopefully know what I mean.

I did some gardening with my two boys and although don’t exactly know what I am doing, I find it therapeutic. It also reminds me of my beautiful Dad who I lost 7 years ago and who I miss every day. Somehow I kind of manage to find him when I am gardening and I am reminded of who he was and how he loved his roses.

We walked the very naughty puppy.

We slept in past 7am– Yay! I needed it because midget 5 keeps coming in to my room overnight and squishing me right to the edge of my bed.

One day he will stop and I’ll be sad but at 3am I’m just a little mad.

But the best part of my day…..


My sister who lives just too far away these days, popped by for coffee. Yipee! I really miss her and her kids since I moved to the other side of town. I have written before about the beauty of having 5 sisters and now that I am a little further away it is so hard to find time to hang out with them. The pop in is such a pleasant and simple way to catch up  and stay connected with people don’t you think? So yay for that.

So was it easy or hard for you to think of something to be grateful for? Can you think of three small things that you are thankful for today?

Why not buy yourself a fresh new note book and write them down on the first page. I am not much of an artist but if I was I would add a sketch.  Feel free to join in with me here and pop your three things in the comments or shoot me a message.  If you are a blogger I will link to your post at the end of the week.

I’d love to hear and you will help keep me motivated.


Want to join in my 31 days of gratitude challenge?

I would love to have company.

You can find out  all the details here. 



Cauliflower Steak Recipe with lemon and capers

Cauliflower Steak with lemon and capers

Cauliflower Steak Recipe with lemon and capers

I am a great cauliflower lover these days, even though when I was younger I did not really care for it.

Cauliflower is such an awesomely versatile veg and home cooks are so creative with ways to use it.

As part of my own mission to find new exciting ways to cook fresh, seasonal vegetables, I have tried cauliflower rice and these cauliflower bites (a personal favourite).

Both of them are great as a delicious way to get more veg into your life.

Last year I also made quite a bit of roasted cauliflower by simply adding it to my other roasted veg with a little olive oil and salt.

This Neil Perry recipe for “Whole roasted cauliflower with lemon and mustard” makes for a rather spectacular dish and is one of my favourites. It is also part of the inspiration for my own cauliflower steak recipe.

Cook this cauliflower steak recipe as part of a roast dinner or even as a side dish to serve with a rice bowl. I enjoyed eating this on it’s own as a pre dinner snack but that is probably just me!
Cauliflower Steak Recipe with lemon and capers


Cauliflower steak recipe with lemon and capers

Cauliflower Steak Recipe with lemon and capers
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Recipe type: Vegetables
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Serves: 4
  • 1 large cauliflower
  • ¼ teaspoons of salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp salted baby capers, rinsed and drained
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Grab a baking dish.
  3. Cut the cauliflower into 5 thick slices, leaving the base intact.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter salt over the top then massage the salt and oil in.
  5. Place in the oven and roast for 35 minutes until tender and browned in places.
  6. While that cooks, make the dressing.
  7. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, extra salt and mustard. Stir through the capers.
  8. When the cauliflower is cooked and ready, remove from the oven and drizzle over the dressing. Serve with the extra dressing on the side.
I do not always leave the base of the cauliflower intact before I roast it. Basically it allows the veg to "hold together" and look like an actual steak, but it will taste just as delicious without the base intact.

I am sure you are going to love this Cauliflower Steak Recipe with lemon and capers. Tangy, salty  and delicious, it will help you do something different with this great, versatile vegetable.

What is your favourite way to cook cauliflower? Have you tried cauliflower rice yet, and if so, did you like it? I don’t think I’m quite convinced yet.

Happy Eating.


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