Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wordless Wednesday : I was here

We spent the weekend in Sydney, visiting some friends. They live a short walk away . The sunset was breathtaking. I only had my Sony phone camera - I couldn't capture the magic of the moment.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Then she ripped my eyebrows off...why I'm not a beauty blogger.

Last week I thought it was time to commence the summer beautification of my body. Any improvement was bound to be a gain.

I loved being hairless during chemo ; the silver lining of the poison that ripped through my veins.

I booked in with a beauty school dropout student 'beautician' . She completed my slightly hairy arm pits with no dramas.

We chit-chatted and I admired her dandelion tattoo . I had just the previous day been envying them on Google images while searching for a post title or quote for my Wordless Wednesday dandelion photos.

I confess my secret desire for a real tattoo but I am too chicken to ink. I have six tiny dots , 2 on my left thigh, my right and left hip and 2 about my pubic bone that were radiation markers.

Then she called her tutor over to ask about my brows.

Oh oh o...kay.

The tutor explained and started the process of waxing my eyebrows. Then she left the BSD to complete the mammoth (pun intended) task.

The waxing itself wasn't painful but then I felt immense stinging and thought , that doesn't feel right. OUCHY.

I came home and they were still burning , red and puffy.

The next morning I had scabby side brows - I'd been eyebrow scalped , skinned alive. It's taken 5 days for the scabs to fall off. To think I paid $7 for this treatment ! I didn't see it coming and never had it happen before.

Was it worth it - no way ! I'm not doing that again, or there. I think I'll try threading.

Lesson #2 - I open my emails this morning - the offer for a free manicure and pedi was too good to be true because I suck at applying nail polish. What could go wrong ?

I was dressed and out the door in 5mins. Same venue different Beauty school student.

The mani was relaxing, I almost feel asleep during the filing , buffing and slight shaping.Then she applied hot pink nail varnish - only not all the way to nail base edge only up to the crescent 'moon' shape and not evenly. I asked why ? and she said they weren't allowed to cover it.

I think my eight yr olds could do better ... I excel at exaggeration !

Well, I loved the neon pink colour and I thought briefly about coming home to fill the ugly gap ...but seriously my nail-polish-applying abilities would be tested. I scrubbed it all off instead with nail polish remover.

This is the look I wanted (after the ugliness of unpainted half moon) - a half moon mani as seen on celebrities and catwalks


The pedicure was reasonable - my ugly runner's toe nails look marginally better in black polish - it covers my hideous bruised black nails from the half marathon. Not many people will see them because I live in my Asics runners due to ongoing Plantar fasciitis in my right foot.

I guess it isn't everyone's desire to handle smelly feet (I wiped mine with baby wipes prior to leaving the car haha) - kudos to her. She did soak them , the water wasn't warm enough for me and the foot spa didn't do anything.

I'm jealous the other ladies got a longer foot massage. I also missed out booking a hot stone massage - hopefully someone else cancels.

Undecided about risking any other treatments - though my friend assured me she has the works 'burger' there ...

Have you had beauty treatment disasters ?
Do you trust students to save a buck ?
On a scale of 1-10 what is your score for nail-polish-applying abilities ?
Got any tips for me ?


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Wordless Wednesday : Even when we grow up, we can still whisper

our wishes upon the wind, as a child does in innocence, breathing their wishes at a dandelion ...

Some see weeds I choose wishes

and a little boy's grubby fingers clutching hope
PS: Free dandelions - we have hundreds in our paddock !


Saturday, 11 October 2014

This is their story ~ Relay For Life

Once a year , all through the year , communities across Australia come together to walk (run and wheel) alongside carers, survivors and supporters - fun and friendship ensues.While there is a truly sad side , it also is a time of celebration.

The Cancer Council took to the track to ask our Relayers to explain in their words - What is Relay For Life?

This is their story and this is Relay For Life #ThisIsRelay

Whether you Relay to honour a loved one, to show how proud you are to have survived cancer or simply because you want to make a difference. Every Relay has a story.

I am sharing this because I am passionate about Relay for Life -


Friday, 10 October 2014

A Scoby of Kefir Milk - What the ?

A friend from the local group of women (& kits) I run with offered me a Scoby of milk kefir.

I had heard of it but until this week I had no idea what it actually was, what it did or what it looked like. Kefir is a delicious probiotic beverage.

A Scoby is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts !

It has opened up a whole new world to me ! 

I took her up on the offer Wednesday afternoon and I am hooked. She also shared some of her garden with me - raspberry and strawberry plants , peppermint and I have more offers of plants when my garden is ready. As she showed me around her garden and her chooks - I was most envious and ready to stick a cracker under my husband inspired to dig deep .

Now - I've joined the local Plants and Gardens Facebook group. More plant , garden and information sharing.

There is also so much to learn and the community of fermenters (not a bit like dementers) is so supportive. So what are kefir grains ?

Alex Lewin, ‘Kefir grains are combinations of yeasts and bacteria living on a substrate made up of a variety of dairy components.’ 
The live kefir grains look a bit like cottage cheese or cauliflower florets. They have a gelatinous in texture - mine was a soft blob. Don't be put off. 

credit - wki pedia.

 Milk kefir , rich in beneficial bacteria, contains phosphorus, vitamin K, biotin and folic acid - all essential nutrients to health and well-being.

The best site for information I have found - which has everything you need to know about fermenting and preserving is Cultures for Health - this is about Kefir

Another Facebook friend added me to this Australian group when I asked - PRESERVING, FERMENTING and HEALTHY EATING - Australia.

This was my first batch - last night.

 You can get Water kefir too - I didn't get any of this yet because it is much slower to grow.

My interest is the research (I admit I've only just started reading the literature ) that Cultured dairy foods potentially play a role in the prevention of cancer as they exhibit anti-tumoural effects.

Tell me have you heard of Kefir ?
Do you ferment or preserve food ?


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wordless Wednesday : Campdrafting

I was a spectator  and I really enjoyed it.

An InLinkz Link-up

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

5:2 Baked Parmesan crust Chicken Schnitzel with no oil

I recently started the 5:2 lifestyle with 2 days of fasting* (loosely followed at the moment).

After, watching the full documentary Eat , Fast and Live Longer from Michael Mosley and the science made sense to me with my nursing background. It is also recommended for those who want to reduce their cancer risk.

You can forge your own 5:2 path with any type of healthy 'diet' - Paleo , Vegan / Vegetarian using this basic plan. Google it , there is so much to learn.

There are 5 days of week to eat normally (obviously not pigging out excessively if you want looser pants) and 2 days of only 500* calories (women) 600 (men).

I am also joining in with Kirsten and Co for #operationloosepants - be careful with the #hashtag though #operationlosepants sounds more fun.

Last week was #4 and I'm late to the party - the mission to get looser pants by Christmas.

I've been following my own #operationskinnyjeans path and already have weeks 1-3 nailed.

I am in perpetual motion - doing 70,000 steps a week running , walking and incidental exercise. Plus I've been following a 30 day (day 25/30)  challenge involving sit-ups, lunges, push-ups, planks, wall sits and tri-dips. I've passed 600,000 in only a few months.

Paddling training will also resume 3 days a week now it's daylight savings (if I make it to all sessions). 

As Kirsten says - it's all about little steps…that don’t lead me to the fridge ;)

 I digress - Week Four:  Try A New Recipe = get in the kitchen and give a new recipe a go!

Without a drop of oil ...I made healthy Chicken Schnitzel with Parmesan crust

I used this 5:2 recipe found at Lavendar and Lovage - for inspiration -  around 300 calories a serve (about 2 pieces because I used tenderloins here).

I didn't have time to style my food because my husband thinks eating food is more important than instagramming or photographing it.
Serves 2

250 - 300gms Chicken Breast or Tenderloins
1 egg white lightly beaten.
2-3* Tablespoons Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
2-3* Tablespoons Dried Breadcrumbs (I used homemade with wholemeal bread toasted)

(I prefer more crumbs and to have some over then trying to get every last crumb)

  1. Slightly flatten your chicken breast or tenderloins until they are an even thickness.
  2. Lightly beat one egg white.
  3. Rub breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese together - put them on a plate.
  4. Dip the chicken schnitzels into egg white , then crumb mixture and coat evenly.
  5. Place the onto a non-stock baking tray or onto baking paper (then bake in the oven until golden and cooked through (depending on thickness of chicken used) . I used my Actifry and they took 12mins.

I decided to use lightly beaten egg white to bind my breadcrumbs because the Actifry has a grooved base. I skipped the garlic and herbs this time because of my fussy lad.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Schnitzel passed the particular husband test too !Served  with steamed vegies or grilled tomato - it was so delicious.

The ActiFry 2 in 1 made it so easy and it took 12 mins. I have used a similar recipe in my oven before. 

Today, I made a tasty chicken schnitzel, avocado and rocket sanga for lunch with leftovers.
Linking up to #IBOT and Essentially Jess

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