Thursday, November 20, 2014

Been a while

 So it has been a while since I have posted on this blog and I am totally and utterly sorry. With my study - now a qualified Personal Trainer - and doing all my gym stuff I have neglected my card making and am I so glad I have my groove back. I am loving making cards.

Last weekend I attended and had a stall at my kids School Carnival. I shared the stall with some good girlfriends who make jewellery and candles. Unfortunately I only sold one card but it made me look through my cards and realize that I love doing colouring with Copics and also love making cards.

With Christmas coming up I was asked to make six cards for a sister of my good girlfriend. This card is the first one I have made for her. It is using the Make it Crafty Socks digital stamp which you can get here.

 I love this stamp. I used it last year for one of my Christmas cards but made him green. Yep - Green. LOL. He looked like a real elf. Was amusing. Anyway....!!!! hahahaha. I love the way he coloured up and this paper is the bomb. I actually purchased it a while ago and don't know what paper it is but that is not an issue.

This inside of the card reads:

 Merry Christmas - Anon

Merry Christmas to friends!
Merry Christmas to foes!
The world's bright with joy, so
Forget all your woes.
The earth's full of beauty, of
Love and good cheer,
Merry Christmas to all and a 
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nearly the end

The 12Week challenge is coming to an end. Woot. But I have been doing well. Food wise I have been sticking to my meal plan and only having the cheats that I am supposed to. Now to carry that lifestyle over to my everyday life when the challenge has ended. 

Below are photos that were taken on the 26th October on a night out to dinner for a girlfriend's birthday. Was a great night and was nice to be able to wear a dress and look nice in it. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Paleo life for me

Food art is the bomb so my first photo is my attempt at making my food as tasty looking as it does actually taste. Who wants to eat unattractive food right...!!! LOL.

Spinach, cucumber, capsicum, homemade guacamole and salmon with herbs. So yummy. Ultra healthy and utterly Paleo. Yep Paleo. It has been an adjustment. No wheat products and no dairy products. As much raw vegetables and salad as you can muster.
Sweet potato is one of my main sources of carbs. Love making and eating baked sweet potato with Turmeric and cracked pepper. Nice nice nice. 

I guess the one thing you have to do also is to have good food prep. The above photo is of my food for a day out and about. Yummo. Nice huh...!!!! 

My new meal plan rocks and really enjoying it - especially the banana in the morning. 

Enjoy your day. Might have to experiment with Paleo recipes and post up. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It has started

The new 12 Week Challenge that I signed up for started a week ago. I have been working out hard all week and will continue to do so. Bootcamp was this morning but unfortunately I think I have done too much already this week and listened to my body and missed it. Spewing but need the rest. 

Hope you crafting advenures are going well. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New dress - feeling fabulous

Yes I look awesome. LOL. My new dress. New outlook on life. Feeling really positive about everything. 

Hope you all are having an awesome week. 

Two days until I start the new 12 Week Challenge at Goodlife Fountain Gate. Looking forward to getting started. 

Yes I still have a Mummy tummy but hoping to change that. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Update with photo

Even though I posted the other day I thought I would put up a more recent photo. I am not good at taking selfies but I was feeling super awesome on Wednesday when I took this photo so thought I would share. 

I am 4kgs lighter in this photo compared to last one. Gained lots of muscle and lost about 5% body fat. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Just an update on myself, seeing I haven't written anything here for a while.

I am currently focusing on my health and fitness and that means no yummy food or cards are being made. I have done a 12 week challenge at my local gym and the end result was the photo below. About to embark on another one on the 10th August to get to a much smaller version of me. Still the same just different size. 

Hope you hang around. I might get back to the crafting one day but for now it is on the back burner. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tyler's birthday card

Good evening. Has been a while I know. Sorry about that.

With my fitness at a low and my weight at another high I decided to get my health and fitness in check, thus I have stopped making good but naughty food in the effort to get to a place where I feel more comfortable with myself. 

I have however made a card for my eldest boy Tyler for his 8th birthday and of course he didn't even need to be told I made it as soon as he saw it. He loved it and knew I had made so made it even more special to him. I must admit this is an awesome card. I still have that colouring ability baby. Yay....!!!

I have had this image stamped out on card for a long time. This is one of my favourite all time Magnolia Edwin stamps. He is so adorable. Hope you like. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

From my last post I am sure you have realized that I discovered Spaghetti Squash and I needed to use up all the leftover squash before it went bad in the fridge. I found a recipe for Spaghetti Squash here at Fort Mill SC Living and thought I would give it a try. Mine however is slightly different so will be posting up the recipe here as well. 

I love my vegies now so had to throw in a fair few as well as the one called for in the original recipe.

Spagetti Squash Lasagna (original by Fort Mill SC)
serves 6
327 cals

1 Medium spaghetti squash, cooked and prepared
500g lean beef mince
1 medium carrot, cubed
1/2 zucchini, cubed
1 cup kale, chopped
4 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can tomatoes
1 small tub tomato paste
1/2 cup beef stock
1 clove garlic
chili flakes
olive oil (I didn't use)

Cheese sauce
60g light tasty cheese
30g butter
2 TBS flour
nutmeg - dash

Preheat oven to 180/350 degrees.

Heat up a frying pan and add Spaghetti squash and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes until slightly brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

In same pan add carrot, zucchini, mushroom and onion and cook for 3mins until slightly tender. Add mince and beef stock. Cook until meat browns. Add garlic, tomato paste and canned tomato. Simmer all ingredients for 15-20mins until the liquid has reduced. 

In a saucepan melt butter and add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Whisk both until smooth. Add milk slowly and whisk until thickened. Add tasty cheese until melted. Throw in your dash of nutmeg. 

In a square baking dish put in 1/3 of the meat sauce and add all of the spaghetti squash. Top the squash with 1/2 your cheese sauce. Add the rest of the meat sauce and the rest of the cheese. 

I actually added only 2/3 of the squash and then add 1/3 on top of the bulk of the meat sauce so it was - meat, squash, cheese sauce, meat, squash, cheese sauce. 

OMG this was so yummy. If you wanted to cut down the calorie count don't add the beef mince - it will cut you calories by nearly 150 cals. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Salmon, Snow Pea, Tomato 'Spaghetti'

Becoming addicted to Pinterest has it's downfalls and it benefits. One of the benefits is that you come across many foods that are healthy that you wouldn't think twice to look at at the Fruit and Veg shop. Well I stumbled across Spaghetti Squash on my surfing and thought I would like to try it. I finally found it at my local F&V shop. It has been sitting there for a week but I finally baked it in the oven (for an hour) and made my dinner with it last night.

If you know me you know that my favourite food is pasta but with my new lifestyle change I have removed pasta from the menu so finding this has been a godsend.

My favourite pasta sauce is one I created myself trying to have a healthier creamier sauce that didn't make me stack on the weight and this sauce is the bomb - at least for me it is. 

I made up one serving for myself and then could only eat half of it. This is a meal to serve two. I will be having the left over for lunch today I think.

Salmon Pea Tomato Spaghetti
1 small can salmon in springwater (95g), drained
5 cherry tomatoes, quaretered
5 snow peas, cut in to three
1 small can light evaporated milk
1 cup cooked Spaghetti Squash
1 Tbls olive oil

Fry the snow peas, tomato and salmon in the olive oil until just warm. Put in the milk and cook until it starts to thicken. Put in the Squash and cook to your liking. 

Total calories per serve is approx 250. 

Mine was 'al dente' so could have cooked longer but it I liked it. Easy Peasy.