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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"The ultimate source of a happy life is warm-heartedness. This means extending to others the kind of concern we have for ourselves. On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends. And scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health." - Dalai Lama

Thanks to  Kristin for this saying she posted on facebook and that I pinched.

I am very frustrated and thinking of changing who I have my blog published through - I cannot download photos and photos are an integral part of my story. I am not going to download first on another site so that I can put on here - if this doesn't get fixed promptly I am going to change.

I have had a few very productive days. This may be boring to others but I need to record my progress of my promise to myself throughout this year.


I shut up when I normally would have my say.
I spoke up when I normally would have been silent.
I slowed down and concentrated on what I was doing. One thing at a time.
I didn't watch a movie with Mick - I didn't want to.
I let Mick pack for camping without big lists from me.
I asked Mick what he thought about a sensitive issue to me.
I said yes immediately when Mick suggested an activity when we were out.

HEALTHY NEW FOOD IDEAS - at least one new recipe a day for the year - raw/vegan

Below is a list of all the new recipes I have made since the beginning of the New Year. Vegan and or Raw - many Grain Free and Gluten Free.  There will not be this many every day - I just need to catch up.

This cook book is amazing and has recipe after recipe that work. They simply are delicious and easy to make and I couldn't recommend this cookbook enough. Borrow it from your library and then you will want to purchase it for yourself. Gluten Free Grain Free Cookbook by Tania Hubbard

These are the recipes I have made from this cookbook so far. My grand daughter cannot eat wheat, cane sugar or any dairy and I have been making things for her.

Savoury Vegetable and Fetta Muffins (no fetta for Charlotte)
Macaroon Biscuit - Almond Based - made with almonds, egg whites, coconut sugar and coconut
Savoury Tart Base - with tomato, thyme and fetta topping
Ginger and Cimmamon Cookies - made with pumpkin seeds, coconut sugar, ginger, cinnamon and egg whites
Chai Seed Chocolate Cake - AMAZING moist grain free cake
Sweet Base Mix - made into a banana tart and then into ginger biscuits - almond meal, coconut sugar, eggs

And then there is the RAWMAZING website - with the most amazing raw food recipes that I have been experimenting with and trying new ideas. I am constantly amazed at how good these recipes are. And easy.

Marinated Zucchini and Veggies - made this for lunch for myself the other day - halved the recipe and ate it all and I wish I had a plate of this in front of me now.

Curried Pineapple and Parsnips with Veggies - I made this and served to Mick alongside a tossed salad and a few slices ham and he loved it. I let him go back for seconds and then I asked him what he thought was in it. He said RICE. The parsnips are supposed to create the rice effect and they obviously did. I was amazed at this recipe and will definately be making it again. it was so yummy.

Raw Chilli - I served with a little brown rica and red lentils cooked together because I soaked split green peas instead of lentils and - well I stuffed up. I will definately be making this again. Mick loved it as well. I served with some pompadams.

And this recipe from Happy Cow -
Colorful Indian Spiced Curry - this is vegan and cooked - very, very yummy and simple to make. I had to add more water after a while because it evaporated quickly but it is an amazing and easy recipe that I will make again. Great cold for breakfast. Well for me it is.....

ORGANISE something each day - sort something out

I just did a huge clean out of the bathroom and I got rid of all the chemical based products - deoderant, body lotions, toothpastes etc. I have put a few extra hanging shelves in there and what a difference this has made. Our small bathroom seems bigger. Feels so much fresher and easier to use.

I have started to tidy up my collection of assorted pots in the garden. They are messy and laying around the place and I have started to sort them into sizes and will move them to the little garden shed out of site.

I emptied out my pantry cupboards and organised everything with room to spare. I love cooking but hate looking in a messy cupbaord for the ingredients. Only threw away a couple of things I do not use and one that was out of date.

I got all my tax stuff together and sent to the accountant. It's a start on sorting that out.

YOGA - fail. Not sure why this is not happening. I enjoy myself when I do and I feel the geniune benefits. I am thinking that maybe I need a nice space that doesn't feel cluttered and messy.

Cheers, Wendy

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Welcome 2013

IMAGINE A PHOTO IN THIS SPOT - i cannot get blogger to download a photo for the life of me....

Welcome 2013

I am ready for a New Year...

As usual I am one the many who has made promises to myself for the coming year.

I really want to focus on those promises and constantly use them to steer my course throughout this year to achieve my goals. I am sure I will go of track - we all do -  but the quicker I revisit my promise to myself and veer back to the path I have chosen for 2013 the more chance I have of success over the coming 365 days.

The first thing I want to do is be KINDER to myself and I believe that I will automatically pass on to others in my life more KINDNESS just be being KIND to myself. It's okay to stumble. It does not mean to give up. Forgive and move on. That is the advise I give to others and I forgive them so much easier than myself. This year of 2013 I want to be kinder and forgiving to me....

DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY - I got given a lovely little notepad from my sister for Christmas and this is the first one that I have started recording daily AT LEAST ONE thing that I choose to do differently that day. I have been doing this since the 26th December and have a few pages filled already. I just wanted something that made me aware of my choices and remind me daily that things don't change unless I change my thoughts and actions. I will share these each day... I believe that if I just focus on doing things differently on daily basis that new habits will form and old ones that are of no use to me will fall away.

As part of being Kinder to myself and choosing new ways of doing things I plan on incorporating a new vegan/raw food recipe into my life every day of this year. I like a saying that I heard on "Hungry For Change" that instead of focusing on what wrong food you are putting in your body, you are best of just constantly putting good food in and in the end you just don't have the room or inclination to put the bad in any more. I have been doing this over the past month or so and it works.

YOGA - daily.

I love cooking and Mick loves the fact that it is like a restaurant every night or lunch time. I will share these recipes on here as well. That way they are recorded for me to use again as well. I have one for each day of the new year so far. Just have to catch up on sharing them.

And last but not least - this is so typical  of New Year talk that I hesitate to share but I have to. I do not function well in mess and clutter. I get annoyed quite easily when I cannot find something that I go to use. I am not a full on minamalist because I like a bit of homeliness around me as well. So the word I am looking for is ORGANISE. I have a tiny little house that serves Mick and I just fine but it is small and needs less stuff in it. . This ORGANISE is in all areas of my life and each day I want to record something that I organised, sorted or decluttered.

WORDS for 2013

Cheers, Wendy