Vego week!

On Sunday I headed to the Noosa farmers markets and got some really yummy produce. I got it home and layed it all out and thought to myself..'wow.. there is no real reason why I can't have a purely vegetarian week'.... sooo this is it kids! I know a week isn't that hard but i want to really focus on cooking some delish and inventive meals that will keep both Simon and myself interested. How can you not be interested when your plate looks like an edible rainbow! Check out my clean up from the markets...

 I know! I know! you may be thinking... whats with the chocolate?? well there is this amazing local chocolatier.... freshly made marshmellow for rocky road? Macadamia nut brittle and fresh licorice chocolate bullets? who could resist???

This stromboli bread is YUM! Its a total mouth-gasm. I love the ingredients list. The added love definately helps.

Soooooo my new mystery fruit that i picked up (well its obviously no mystery but i've never brought it before or cooked with it).... drum roll....

How beautiful is it??? The little jewels/seeds (really called 'arils') are delish. I never realised that this is what grenadine is made from. Ive clearly been living under a rock.  Pomegranate is an ancient fruit that many cultures and religions have many different purposes and beliefs for. Checking out recipes and the nitty gritty of this fruit is really interesting. who would have thought???

Does anyone have any beautiful pom pom recipes out there??

I made a delish breakfast frozen banana and avocado smoothie with tinned peach and a scoop of Amazing grass superfood to boost it. Yum! its pretty green colour and uummm... interesting? looking to say the least.

Hhaahha i know. It looks terrible. Try making it just with the avo and banana (ive blogged about them before)- YUM!

So day one is down and totally loving it.

Hot tips would be greatly welcomed!!

Happy Mondays!

Linda xxx

Sunny Saturdays!

What a crazy morning it has been! I woke up all excited that it was Saturday and I could sleep in... but then I was so excited i couldn't sleep! ha. whoops. None the less i've done a mad dash to the shops to make a bacon butty. (Fresh hot bread rolls, bacon) Yum! Watched some mind numbing Disney cartoons and some RAGE. Rather therapeutic and perfect for my dossy Saturday morning.

I have stumbled across this awesome online shop. I definately want NEED to share this with you. Check out the awesome things you can get! These items certainly tickled my fancy!!

Bahhahhah! love this! You like?
A gorgeous suitcase! how delish!! GET IT

I so want need a market/opshop coin purse! Under $10 BARGAIN

No more dry winter skin! Organic Bliss



up!!.. how cool is this wrapping paper?

So these treats can all be found on this Australian based website}

Just one more thing..... THIS IS A LAMP! soooo cute!

Night lights.. eat your heart out

So now im back in bed online shopping! Maybe i could go back to sleep to dream about all these awesome things!!

Happy Weekend!

Linda xxx

Doofing recovery!

Well i'm back after heading off into the bush for a Doofing adventure. The van of dreams certainly paid for itself as we woke up on the final day to pouring rain and strong winds. We lost a tarp pole in the winds but the van didn't blow away and I was snuggly and warm for the entire weekend. It is such a treat to hang out with amazing people, dance up a storm and peruse the market stalls. Most of the food stalls that are there also are vegan or vegetarian and really gets your inspiration going for ditching meat. I had a DELISH coconut hot chocolate. It was made on rice milk and coconut milk and a bit of raw cacao... over the next couple of weeks im going to endeavour to recreate the recipe. Soooo YUM! 

Here are some pics from the weekend....

Road Trippin'

Sanchez & I (We dropped Sanchez off at my sisters)

The beautiful environment we were partying in! lovely fresh creek.

Main stage. Loosey Goosey Sunday session.

Amazing artwork hanging up in the trees around the festival.

Boys being boys. Hectic chats, laughs and good vibes.

"Rolling Ninja Molecule"

My Favourite.

Such a great weekend had by all. Camp fires, random stories, and great friends. Can't wait for the next one! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Linda xx.
This Friday is the debut of the 'Van of dreams'. When i say van of dreams i use those terms loosely- if it was infact a 'van of dreams' it would probably be half hover craft, half van look-alike 'meet the fockers'.

Simon and I are heading off to The Southern Oracle Festival. Its an amazing gathering of fantastic people in a beautiful outdoor setting. Really funky DJ's, visual artists and street performers (oooooo and great markets!!!).

Last year it was record temperatures of -6 degrees..... eeep! freezing. Simon and I had a tent last year and were totally unprepared for the plummeting temperatures- having to resort to a {rats} 'nest-like' strategy to keep ourselves warm in the tent. Waking up and breathing out visible condensation was very unpleasant. I do vividly remember Simon's first sentence out of his frost biten mouth from the first night was .."FUCK THIS! LETS GO HOME!".  We stuck the weekend out and danced ourselves warm!!

Here are some photos of the doof from the years gone by.

Photos courtesy of Southern Oracle website

Looks good huh??

Other email inbox goodies was a craft swap reminder from Kelsey @ Artichoke designs. I've been assigned a partner and can't wait to get crafting for Zara. Co-in-ci-dink that we are both nurses! cool!

Ive got the sewing machine out madly making curtains for the 'van of dreams' before tomorrow night! Wish me luck. Happy Hump day lovelies!

Linda xxx.
I love listening to all genres of music- okay most genres- RnB and I aren't as good of friends. Sometimes when I have my chill out play list on and I have a mind full of thoughts i like to jot them down. I find this is reflective a few months down the track to see if i've achieved anything or moved on from that frame of mind. I try to date them as a reminder to myself. I thought i'd share some of my mind diarrohea with you. The first one of my doodles dates back to 2009.

After a fight with my boyfriend...

So of course some of them are quotes, things that interest me and funny things I see around the place. But i love that when i see something inspirational or funny i can leave it in my book and flick through it and have a little chuckle to myself at a later date. I suppose this is like my visual diary. My last image is my current aims of things i'd like to achieve. I think its fun, and puts my mind at ease. It gives me direction when my head is cloudy.

What things do you like to do to clear your head space??

I hope you have a great weekend. Im spending the weekend at my sisters with my Mum who's visiting. Sanchez has come along for the ride. Im hoping to also finish up my sisters spare space that I started decorating about a month ago. Slack I know.

Linda xxx.

The weekend collective!

This weekend was a bit eclectic starting off with a frechy crepes Saturday, lye ins which were interupted only be Sanchez's pee breaks and me heading off to work.

Simons turn at taking Sanchez out! Nice dressing gown!

 Farmers markets on Sunday were amazing! I have this gorgeous bakery lady who has a stall of hand made preservative free bread! I picked the garlic and cheese bread this Sunday and it was delish! The free range eggs and other produce was such a hit for a late brunch. The smells at farmers markets definately awake the senses! I think it may be my new ritual.

Winter is on its way here in the Sunshine coast- This morning I had a little furry bundle shivering at my bedside. Lucky for the pooch i'd pulled his wollen coat out with my Winter warmers!

This photo was from Easter Sunday where my little godson really took a shining to his new little easter bunny i whipped up for him. See the little green bunny? He also has an entire Easter chocolate bunny under his other wing (naughty fairy godmother treats) ... i think thats whats grabbed his attention!

Getting to know you!

Well its actually getting to know me! (so have the sound of music song stuck in my head!) Here is a little questionaire that I found on the net.

What is on your bed right now?
One Sanchez. One towel for him to lay on and a very smelly (I cant stress that enough…the smell).
When was the last time you threw up? 
In Oxford, UK March 2011. Simon and I had rented a room above a pub (ideal) and had a’ connect four’ drinking game challenge, and as a result  got stinking drunk. I spent the night in the toilet. I think it was the tabassco and tequila shots! Eek! 
  What's your favorite word or phrase? 
I have heaps. At the moment the phrase I find myself saying is..”I’d rather light myself on fire than do…*insert thing you don’t want to do*”.
Name 3 people who made you smile today?  
Well, ive only seen 1 other person this morning. Its Simon, but Sanchez made me smile…he for shizzle counts!
What were you doing at 8 am this morning? 
Fumbling around the house, cursing at my lack of independence….buttering toast is a hard task. *see below questions for further insight into this answer.
What were you doing 30 minutes ago? 
   Took Sanchez outside for walk/pee.
What is your favorite holiday?

 I looove Spain/Portugal. So amazing.
Have you ever been to another country? 
Ive been to a few. Japan, New Zealand, A lot of Europe, Thailand & North Africa.
What is the last thing you said aloud? 
“Common little shadow” – to Sanchez as he followed me back into the bedroom.
What is the best ice cream flavor? 
Mint. But I love icecream. Mamminno’s from Childer (rural Queensland) is my favourite icecream company- macadamia nut! Yum!
 What was the last thing you had to drink? 
Beer. I haven’t had a drink this morning yet.
What are you wearing right now? 
My Pj’s. Alice in wonderland pj bottoms and Amsterdam pin up girl oversized Tee! = comfort!  
What was the last thing you ate? 
Curry last night.
Have you bought any new clothing items this week? 
When was the last time you ran? 
Rugby practice last Wednesday, properly.
What's the last sporting event you watched? 
Rugby union on Saturday!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
Im swooning over Costa Rica at the moment. South America bring it on!
Who is the last person you sent a comment/message on your mobile?
Teagen! Love that chick!
Ever go camping? 
Hell yes! Love it. So much so my partner and I have a van we are doing up so camping is all access!
Do you have a tan? 
Nope! The total opposite… pastey with freckles!
Have you ever lost anything down a toilet? 
Dignity?? Booze??
What is your guilty pleasure? 
Red wine, chocolate in bed with simon watching a dvd.
Do you use smiley faces on the computer alot? 
No. :)
Do you drink your soda from a straw? 
Depends if there is a straw around. Apparently its better for your teeth?
What did your last text message say? 
“I cant wait for Britts culture dinner its gunna be so good. Xx”. From Teagen.
We’re going to have a culture night where everyone comes as a different country and cooks different food from their country.
Are you someone's best friend? 
I hope so.  
What are you doing tomorrow? 
Orthopaedic appointment to see what they are going to do with my thumb.
Where is your mom right now? 
In Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
What do you think of when you think of Australia? 
Fucking rad.
Ever ridden on a roller coaster? 
Yep. A few. The best was at Alton Towers in UK. The oblivion. eeP!
What is your birthstone? 
Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? 
Drive thru. Im lazy.
Do you have a dog? 
Yep. Sanchez. He is a 7 year old Shihitzu poodle. Chocolate brown. Mad keen for animals. Hate animal cruelty. Gets me riled up!
Where are you right now? 
Laying in bed. In Pomona.
Biggest annoyance in your life right now? 
Having a broken thumb after a dodgy tackle at rugby. I have a cast on my arm. And it is really debilitating, as its on my dominant hand.
Last song listened to? 
Derezzed. Daft punk.
Last movie you saw? 
Tron: Legacy.
Are you jealous of anyone?

No. I learnt a very long time ago that the saying ‘jealousy is a curse’ is so very true. Jealousy will consume you if you let it. It will suck your energy, life etc. ps. They are NEVER worth it.  
Are you married? 
Is anyone jealous of you? 
I hope not. I wouldn’t wish that on my worse enemy.
How many kids do you want when you're older? 
I think im at the older now stage. My ovaries clap now at the sight of a baby. So clucky.
How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 

Do you have any funny answers to these random questions? What do you think of Australia? 

Linda x.

An ode to colour

Wow... im so suprised at how much im missing doing crafty things. I think i got my mojo back recently for photography im really missing the ability to hold a camera etc. I have alot of sewing projects that I want to get stuck into. Im glad i can surf the net with one hand. Typing is just slow. I miss the ability to manipulate colour into pieces that make me smile. This is an ode to you.