Day 7 of 31. The year of saying yes.

The year of saying yes.

24 months ago today I decided that I needed to try something new.

You see I had been spending quite a bit of my time moaning and groaning and grousing about some personal problems I was having.

There had been a lot of change going on in my life, some of it rather major and distressing including a big house move, loss of a parent and a change of community.

I had been through one of those very difficult life stages where everything is thrown upside down. Suffice to say, I was writing poetry people. Poetry!

But one morning it occurred to me that it was time to do something new.

So I decided that I was going to have a year of saying yes.

What this meant was that I was going to change a little bit of what was going on in my life.

Instead of saying “I can’t,” “it won’t work,” “I know I should, but I really don’t want to,” “I guess you are probably right” “I probably shouldn’t.”

I was going to start saying

“yes, if I want to do it, I will.” And alongside this

“no, if I don’t want to do it, I won’t.”

Somehow, from somewhere I just had this epiphany that this was the best way forward for me.

It became known (in my head alone) as the year of saying yes.

It was awesome.

I had spent a really long time trying to make other people happy. A lot of the time I would do things because I thought that is what the other person wanted me to do. Most of the time they probably really did not care. All of the time it was not really up to them to decide what was right for me anyway.

So I set off on my brand new adventure at a roaring pace.

I already new that doing new things had a magical way of opening up new opportunities. I also already knew that engaging in pleasant activities is good for the soul and the heart and the head.

I decided to keep track of what I was doing as part of my first gratitiude journal because I also knew that gratefulness increased happiness and this time around I was determined to say yes to happiness whenever it decided to pay me a visit.

Welcome home happy-Ness. Pull up a chair, pop your feet up and just lounge around person, until you need to head off again.

And so I did some elaborate-ish things (in my mind anyway). I met new people and I tried new things and I went to places that I once would have left for other people. I reached out and I tried my hand and I danced along and I painted my lips too red and wore bright clothes that made me smile in my toes.

Some people were not very happy for me, they didnt exactly scowl or growl but they didn’t exactly cheer me on either. But I decided to let them go this time because I was cheering and it sounded rad. Plus I was learning to say “no. Not to what other people wanted, but “no” to putting what other people wanted first.

So today I am grateful for my year of saying yes, and for the permanent change it created in my life. 

 

I am also grateful for the people I met along the way and the people who cheered me on.

I met some really lovely people who I now count as friends.

Some of my family and friends who were very confused about what I was doing, well they were still kind and encouraging and I will never forget the ones who cheered on from the sidelines.

Eventually things did have to settle down a little bit because a lot of yes creates a lot of opportunity and it can be hard to keep up with your own life in that situation. But the change in me was permanent.

I wonder what your “year of saying yes” would look like?

What about your week of saying “yes.”

Why don’t you try it? Or if you are not brave enough to try it then maybe sit back sometime in your favourite comfy chair and just imagine it. Because imagination is the beginning of new adventures.

See you out there on the road.

Dani xx


Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She writes about good food for a good life. Come join her 31 days of gratitude challenge. 

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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.

Dani.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Dani.


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). 

8 killer Kale recipes with Jamie Oliver

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.

Reading

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.

Instagram: @macmillanaus

Facebook: @PanMacmillanAustralia

Twitter: @MacmillanAus

Or you can shop here. 

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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.

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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.

Dani


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.

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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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Gratitude challenge. Day 2 of 31.

In which some days prove to be harder than others.

Ahh, Sunday. The day of long sleep-ins and restful moments in front of the fire or at the park.

Scratch that. Not for this little lady.

Sunday, the second day of the precious weekend and the day with so much promise and possibility, but very little delivery.

My Sunday generally looks a little bit like this.

  • Wake up
  • Feel grateful it is the weekend
  • Realise I gotta get going if I’m going to make it to church on time
  • Endure weird puffy face, thanks to Saturday
  • Negotiate horrors of chit-chat in a large group (not the favourite thing to do for this introvert)
  • Attempt to scrounge up lunch from the corner of the fridge/ back seat of the car/ bottom of my handbag. Nut bar, gummy bear and noodle stir-fry anyone?
  • Drag my feet very wearily to the car for endless hunter-gatherer grocery shopping.
  • Buy enough bananas to feed all of Beyonce’s back up dancers.
  • Realise I did not buy enough bananas.
  • Realise I forgot to buy rice so now all my meal planning is pitiful and useless.
  • Cook lunch for Monday
  • Fold washing
  • Wonder if perhaps the washing has been breeding because how can there be so much of it?
  • Find all the missing socks that you threw out the pair of last week.
  • Discover a fresh batch of un-paired missing partner socks.
  • Wonder if the universe is pranking me about the socks.
  • Cook something “exciting” because I’m trying to hold onto the weekend vibe as long as possible.
  • Eat weird dinner to the orchestra of complaints from children who are not going along with the exciting  weekend vibe thing.
  • Argue 52 times about showers.
  • Feel cross at Sunday for going so fast.
  • Dream about planning a weekend away so that next weekend I can really “make the most of it.”
  • Give up on the weekend away planning because basically I’m too tired.
  • Stare at TV in a daydream state chanting “concentrate, come on, your attention span can’t be that shot” quietly in my own head.
  • Argue about bed 52 times with children.
  • Remember I have to sign 16 permission slips.
  • Discover they have all gone missing.
  • Climb into bed.
  • Realise I forgot to wash the sports jacket again.
  • Climb back into bed.
  • Pick up my favourite book that has been sitting beside my bed eagerly for 5 weeks.
  • Open page.
  • Realise I have your place again.
  • Fall asleep with book unread.

I think I need a holiday.

But right now I won’t be getting one.

So in lieu of such a thing, I will instead continue on with my mission to find three things to be grateful for every day, no matter what.

Salvation came late in the day for me this Sunday.

  1. I am grateful for meeting new people and making new friends in my local area. Tonight I had an important date with Aus Kick under the stars. It was very cold and I was pretty tired but I went anyone and I actually had a lovely evening! I also realised that shamefully, I have never really hung out in “the club rooms” before. Ever. In my life. Weird but true.
  2. Hanging out with my man. Tonight, due to weird circumstances, the hubby and I got to eat dinner together, on our own. We even talked and slowly enjoyed our food. A rare occurrence and a little bit ace.
  3. A warm bed in a warm house. I am often reminded that I am indeed very fortunate to have a roof over my head and a lovely home and for this I am thankful. My bed felt extra cosy and warm tonight after my evening on the footy field and isn’t a cosy bed such a simple, excellent pleasure? I think so.

Three things, on day two, and despite my whinging about Sundays.  Yay!

How did you go?

Do you love a quiet Sunday or does it tend to be a little busy and full of the “to do’s” like mine?

Dani xx


Join me on my 31 days of gratitude challenge. 

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Beetroot and Goats Cheese Tart Recipe

Beetroot and Goats Cheese Tart

It’s important to have shared interests with your kids don’t you think? I recently read the story of a Mum who pretended to enjoy film for all of her daughter’s teenage years so that there was something they could enjoy doing together. At the right time and moment, this “shared love” of film led to a conversation that was fundamental to her daughters future and wellbeing. How perfect.

My daughter and I share a love of cooking. We also both enjoy watching cooking shows and the worst/best of the lot would have to be the UK’s “Come Dine with Me.” Ordinary people invite three strangers to their house for a home cooked meal and they then alternate the hosting duties with the others in the group. Guests also have to rank the meal at the end of the night, often with hilarious results.

I love watching people cook in such ordinary kitchens and under such strange circumstances. The quality of the cooking varies but I’m always surprised by the calm composure of the home cooks/ hosts. It also occasionally throws ideas my way for things I might like to try to make at home.

This Beetroot and Goats Cheese Tart is one such recipe. I saw it on the show then attempted to recreate it from memory in my kitchen and I pretty much loved it.Beetroot and goats cheese tart recipe

Long time readers will know the importance I place on healthy dinners that my kids will actually enjoy eating and so you will be pleased to know that this dish came under that heading! Yay!

Plus, my version of it is so plain and simple that there is really no excuse not to make it. It is a little rustic and very tasty so it comes firmly into the home cooking category. I am sure it would not complain about being invited on a picnic too.

I hope you like it.

I use store bought beetroot and store bough puff pastry. Feel free to pimp it up with fresh beetroot  and homemade pastry if you would like. Sometimes it is nice to take the long road and sometimes the short.

Here it is, my simple Beetroot and Goats Cheese Tart.

Beetroot & Goats Cheese Tart
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 balls of beetroot, grated
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 30 g of unsalted butter
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 60 ml of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 150g of soft goats cheese
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 150ml of cream
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Line a 20 cm round pie dish with baking paper and then drape over 1 sheet of puff pastry
  3. Bake for ten minutes.
  4. Heat the butter and oil in a pan until melted then add in the thinly sliced onion.
  5. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes.
  6. add beetroot, vinegar, and sugar then heat through while stirring gently.
  7. Pour the mixutre of the pastry then crumble over the cheese.
  8. Add the eggs to a jug and gently mix with a fork before pouring in the cream and a little salt. Pour this mixture into the tart base and then place in the over.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or so.

Looking gorgeous before adding in the eggs. Isn’t the colour beautiful?

Add in the eggs and cream and we are ready to go.

Dani xx

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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.

Dani


Want to join in my 31 days of gratitude challenge?

I would love to have company.

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Create the happy 31 days of gratitude challenge.

31 days of gratitude challenge.

31 days of gratitude challenge

So I am turning thirty-I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-it soon.

Everyone is kind go trying to force me to be happy what with all the “life gets better in your forties” “women really come into their own as they get older” and “forty is the new thirty.” etc

In others words, the shame is coming my way for daring to be a little sad that time and tides are passing me by quicker than I can get my head around.

So yes, I feel the peer pressure (maybe its just the crowd I hang out with) to “feel good” “love my life” and “enjoy every moment” but I am digging my heels in friends and feeling a little sad about the whole thing.

So if other peoples relentless positivity fails to cheer me up, what am I to do?

I guess the answer is to ignore the cheerleaders and find my own way through this thing.

So  that is what I have decided to do and I am hoping you will join me.

Leading up to my birthday mid August I am going to write about one thing per day that I am grateful for.

Because do you know what? Mid winter with three children and two jobs and a lot of cold wind and an orchestra of coughing tends do create a little bit of grumpiness.

But there are also a lot of good going on so I am going to pop on my super fabulous, rose coloured glasses with glitter and dramatic pointy corners and get some gratitude.

I recently wrote about the many benefits of gratitude which are well documented and extensive. 

Now I am going to practise it for myself.

31 days of gratitude challenge

If you would like to join in I would love you to sign up as I will be posting some prompts and ideas as we go.

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You can also follow me on Instagram where I have created a special account for the challenge.

https://www.instagram.com/createthehappy/

or on Facebook.

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Share your own gratitude challenge journey in my closed group.

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So what do you think?

Are you keen to take 5 minutes every day to document what you are grateful for?

I hope so.

As with everything we do at Create the Happy, the idea is not to pursue some idealistic idea of wild, non-stop giddiness because that is not life, right?

Sigh.

Rather it is to see the good around you and to create little moments of happiness in your life whatever your circumstances are.

I can do that.

Let’s go.

Dani xx


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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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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
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.

Danixx


As my website “grows up” I realise most of my cooking involves two things; vegetables and cake. What a lovely combination for life yes? I am particularly interested in exciting, modern ways to cook vegetables, and traditional, tried and true ways to cook cake.

Do you have a great traditional cake recipe that you would like to share?

Then send me an email. The older the recipe the better.

danib@eatmystreet.net

Or you can join me on Facebook where I look forward to hanging out with my fellow food enthusiasts.



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