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.

Day two. Some days prove to be harder than others.





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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. 

You can start here, at any 1. In which life is simple and good. 

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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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  • 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
  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.


Want to join in my 31 days of gratitude challenge?

I would love to have company.

You can find out  all the details here. 



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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.

or on Facebook.

Share your own gratitude challenge journey in my closed group.

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?


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
  • 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.


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.

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

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Eat My Street is a passion project for me (Dani) and the team.

I absolutely love cooking and writing and hanging out with my online community which is why I started Eat My Street to begin with.

This year I am partnering with a number of different companies that I love via their affiliate programs so that I can turn this little hobby into a business.

So if my readers buy from one of these great companies via the links on my page then I make a small commission on the sale.

Win, win I say.

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National Milkshake Day

July 23rd is National Milkshake Day.

Your kids are bound to be happy and so maybe are you.

For the best milkshake ever, visit Royal Stacks. They make their milkshakes using “freshly churned frozen custard” and flavours include French Vanilla Bean and Code Black Cold Drip (what?!). You can find them in Brunswick, Melbourne CBD or Malvern East.

I also spent many years drinking the almost 100% ice cream shakes from Dairy Bell for university enduring sustenance, so they hold a special piece of my heart too.

Where do you go for your favourite milkshake?

What’s your favourite flavour?

Take it away Craig.

Dani xx

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International Lamington Day

International Lamington Day

“The lamington is a piece of cake, usually a sponge, covered in chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut. Sometimes there are fillings put into it too. “

Brian Rough from Old Government House on Radio Australia.

International Lamington Day is being celebrated on July 21st this year. In 2006 the National Trust declared the Lamington a National Icon although there is some dispute around which Country the recipe first came from. It seems that the delicate chocolate covered cake was first made in Australia but the first written recipe appears in New Zealand.

Named after Lord or Lady Lamington around 1900, it was apparently created when the French chef at Government House made was caught short with too many guests to feed and not enough to serve them. Voila! Sponge, dipped in chocolate icing and covered with exotic coconut was the solution.


Lamingtons filled with jam were the stuff that eighties childhood’s were made of but they have since taken a rather colourful detour. To make your own traditional or non traditional Lamington try these great recipes. ”

Double Chocolate Lamingtons 

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Raw Cashew and Vanilla Lamington Bites. 

What is your favourite way to enjoy a lamington?

I favour the simplicity of a store bough sponge, dunked into home made chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut, especially when I’m cooking with kids. Try using 2 cups Icing Sugar to 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder, 2 tbsp Butter and  1 tbsp Boiling Water.

Although if I can source a bakery made lamington with jam, then I am all over that like coconut on a- well- lamington.

Do you buy or make your own laminations?

Happy Lamington Day.

Dani xx

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My Melbourne winter mantra: try a little gratitude

It is that time of year again where Melbourne is cold and a little frosty, and every single person I know appears to be on holiday somewhere warm and a little bit delightful.

My little sister is in Noosa (swoon) and my Mum has just hopped on a jet plane for London. I am still dreaming of living in warmer climes as I do every year at this time.

I normally dream of Queensland but this year the Italian countryside is calling me. A recent opportunity was presented to me to live in Italy for 3 months, studying food systems and Italian culture. All I need to fulfil this lifelong dream is a lot of money, a live in Nanny for 3 months and for my workplace to tell me they don’t really need me in until December. So close but so far.

So instead I am reminded once again of the soothing, healing capabilities of gratitude. 

  • Gratitude can help increase happiness and decrease depression.
  • Practising gratitude before bed can help you sleep better and longer.
  • Grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments as it works to reduce social comparison and increase self-esteem.
  • It can help to increase mental strength and improve relationships.

It’s pretty clear right, that in lieu of the Italian countryside, or a Whitsunday Island, I could really try a little gratitude.

So here is my list.

  • The sunrise. Haven’t we been having some gorgeous, sweeping orange-hued sun rises lately? Soft, colourful skies are such a lovely thing to wake up to on freezing cold mornings.
  • My fireplace. Our new home has a toasty fireplace smack bang in the middle of our lounge room. There is nothing more cosy than drinking tea in front of a fireplace on a cold winters day.
  • Long term friendships. Have you got any of those long lasting friendships that see you through ups and downs and ins and outs? Well I have and my recent house move means that I get to see a little bit more of one of my girlfriends. I am still desperately missing being near my sister and Mum, but Friday drinks and “pop arounds” are helping to ease the situation for sure.
  • Family. So yes I love having 5 sisters but I was also recently able to spend some time with my “in-laws.” The Professor flew in with his little blonde haired crew and we all gathered around in a mud brick hut.  We celebrated “Canada Day” and explored Daylesford and Carlton and it was lovely to just reconnect and hang out with extended family.

So what are you grateful for? Can you easily name 5 things? I recommend you give it a try because once you start, it is not so hard. Thinking about what I am grateful for allows me to see the beauty all around my little house in cold old Melbourne after all.



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It’s nearly over

Two weeks ago I was very excitedly looking forward to the school holidays. I was weary and sick and tired because term two had been a very good but rather complicated term.

Life with three kids is always complex I think. I spend hour upon hour following little people around and picking up after them, dropping them off places and buying and cooking them food. Then there is the reading and the homework and all the endless conversations about Minecraft and the moon. Not to mention the frequent and very “special” arguments about who gets to sit in the front seat of the car/ use the shower first/ press the button/ hold the dogs leash.

So it is so exciting and pleasing to take a little break from the routine and do something different for a while. 

For us that meant a couple of nights doing sweet nothing, a couple of nights at Daylesford with extended family and then a couple of nights in Lorne just blissing out. The rest of the time was just spent at home hanging out and resting and enjoying the quiet life.

It was wonderful.Wombat Hill Cafe Daylesford

Swing Bridge Cafe Lorne
And even though it all went way too fast, I think I’m maybe ready to return to my normal routine again. Weird, because I never thought I would ever feel that way two weeks ago.

So bring on the return to routine and bring on term three. I look forward to a little more help via my new BFF Marley Spoon this term. I think all teachers would probably agree, enthusiastic meal prep after a long day at work is tough stuff.

I’m also back on the yoga so the #getstrong struggle continues.

So are you ready for the start of term three or would you like the school holidays to last a little longer?

Go well friends, whatever it is you do.

Dani xx

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