These are my Mum’s classic choc chip cookies that I modified to be Gluten free. These cookies are easy to make, they are lighter and a little softer than the non gluten free recipe but just as tasty!
¾ Cup butter
½ Cup sugar
¾ Cup brown sugar
1 large Egg
2 ½ cups Gluten Free plain flour
250 grams Chocolate chips
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
3 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon Baking powder
Pinch of salt
Optional only – 1 cup of Walnuts
Method: Cream butter and white and brown sugars, then beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Sift in flour with the baking powder and salt. Stir into the mixture. Then stir in the chocolate chips and nuts (nuts are optional)
Grease two teaspoons and place teaspoon size balls on to a tray lined with baking paper. Allow about 5 cms between cookies.
Bake in a pre-heated oven 170C fan forced oven for 10mins, depending on the size of your cookies. They should look a light golden brown colour once baked.
Time also depends on your personal taste: less time equals a softer cookie, longer a crunchier style cookie.
Loosen from tray with a spatula while still quite warm and cool on a baking rack. Store in an air-tight container. These cookies also freeze well!
These choc chip cookies can be made exactly the same with regular flour, just replace the Gluten free flour in the same quantity.
2020 a new decade, soon we will see many posts and photos reflecting on the year that was…
I love it. Love that we take a moment to reflect, reassess, to see where we can improve, what we want to change and where we want to go next in life.
“Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in two or three decades.”
There is something about the New Year that excites us, motivates us and gives us a feeling of a fresh start. It’s the time of year we reflect on what we have achieved. Sometimes its epic and some years you feel like you may not have done much at all. Take a moment to look back at your last decade, I guarantee that collectively all your hard work and achievements will be much easier to see.
To me, New Years resolutions are simply goals that we set at the start of the year. Most of us make them, even those who are cynical secretly wish for a better year to come than their last.
Where in the above definition does it say resolution – has to be completed in one year?
For the average Joe (or Rose) we have commitments, work, kids, sports, friends, family, and a social life. So our goals have to be factored in accordingly and allocated enough time to achieve. We need to plan that life may not necessarily go to plan – hence the saying “life happens”.
I’m setting goals this year that may take more than just 365 days to achieve which is totally fine and to be honest a lot more realistic!
At the end year of each year, during that limbo time after Christmas till New Years Eve, I look back at the year that was and think about the highs and lows, what I want to take with me into the future and the things that I will leave behind. From there I find it easier to establish new goals for the year ahead using the tips below.
5 tips for making resolutions that you will actually keep.
1. WRITE IT DOWN – It sounds so cliché but it’s not!
I urge you to do this, write it down, take a photo of it and keep it somewhere you can look at it when you need to.
Writing down your goals forces you to be clear about what you actually want to achieve. Being able to visually see them written means you can go back and look at them, thinking about everything in your mind can feel overwhelming but once written it really does simplify it all. Its like a list that you can tick off, marking your progress as you go – really who doesn’t love ticking things off a list – I know I do! Having the goal written down means the original vision cannot waver, it assures you stay true to yourself.
Ask yourself this. What is your goal? Why is this important to you?
Make it a SMART goal, we all learned this in school, didn’t we? I did and then completely forgot some of the important steps haha, so I’ve touched on them below to jog the memory.
Specific – Have a clear-cut goal, don’t be vague.
Measurable – you need something to show you are making progress, like mini-milestones along the way.
Attainable – Your goal can still be challenging yet reasonable to achieve, knowing the challenges will help you to figure out how to overcome them.
Realistic – How much do you want it? Is it truly important to you? If it’s not what makes you think you will have the drive to make it happen?
Time-based – it still needs to have a time frame but a realistic one. Consider the actual time it will realistically take to get where you want to go.
2. CONSISTENCY / HABITS
Make good habits for yourself, you have to make changes that will support your goal. It’s kind of like brushing your teeth, you have placed that action permanently into your life and routine, we don’t cancel brushing our teeth because we have an appointment.
Like for example if your goal is to get fitter – you might set aside 30 minutes a day for a walk, find a time and make it fit into your every day, that is your walk time – it is important to reaching your goal, so set other appointments or commitments around it.
Just stay consistent.
How will you stay on track? Keep yourself accountable?
Having a realistic timeline in place and setting mini-milestones along the way, these both work hand in hand.
By hitting each small milestone along your timeline, you know you are progressing in the right direction and it keeps you accountable to your end goal. If you don’t hit those targets it gives you a chance to reassess and find a new strategy so you can get back on track.
Get yourself an accountability buddy – now this should be someone who you feel comfortable with, that knows where it is you want to go, it’s someone to check in with, to talk to and give you plenty of encouragement but will kick your butt back on track when you need it.
This person/s could be anyone but needs to be right for the task, so that might mean a mentor at work, a professional in their field for eg: life coach, personal trainer or a trusted and supportive friend, relative or partner.
4. DON’T BE SCARED OF SETBACKS OR ASKING FOR HELP.
If we never fell over we wouldn’t have learned to get back up!
There will be hard times, insecurities, times where the motivation that you started with is now long gone. We will all encounter setbacks along the way, its more about how you react to them. Making mistakes is how we learn.
This is when you have to remember YOUR WHY, why you started in the first place and why it is so important to you. Go back and look at the goals you wrote down, take a moment to reset and clear your head. Don’t be too hard on yourself for stumbling along the road to success.
Don’t ever be too proud to ask for help! If you are struggling or need a hand on your journey, there is always someone that will be able to help. Go to a supportive friend or family member but keep in mind these people are not your only options. Reach out and find one of the many groups on a social platform like Facebook or Instagram that are aiming for the same things as you or finding and paying for a professional service is also a great option as they specialise in that area.
5. TREAT YO-SELF! CELEBRATE YOUR WINS
Now, this relates to tracking your goal, so when you hit those mini-milestones you originally set to stay focused they deserve to be rewarded! So TREAT YO-SELF on your wins! This will keep you motivated and celebrates your progress so far.
I need to point out that the reward should align with your end goal so for example, if your goal is running a marathon, with your first milestone being able to do 10kms nonstop – treating yourself to a massage works better than smashing an entire bucket of fried chicken as a reward.
As much as it feels good to get a pat on the back or support from other people, not everyone will understand your reasons or feel as passionately about your goals as you do, so you cannot solely rely on others for approval or validation. It’s important to remember to believe in yourself and be your own number one fan.
So at the beginning of this new decade BE BOLD and set BOLD goals knowing not everything needs to be crammed into one year.
This is just the BEGINNING, believe in yourself, your future is in your hands and in 2030, in just one decade – imagine the adventures you will have had and all the things you will have achieved!
So I truly wish you all the very best that life can offer you, may all your dreams become your reality.
On having my Placenta Encapsulated… This is the first time I’ve had my placenta encapsulated and I have been asked a lot of questions about it, so I thought I would share my experience.
When I had Indianna – our first child, I was young, nervous and really uneducated on all things birth and recovery… I had never heard of so many things birth related let alone eating your placenta! But third time around, 11 years on and (a little) wiser, I wanted to be more educated and have a more positive experience both for the birth of my child and during my postpartum days to follow.
The first 3 months after baby have been referred to as the 4th Trimester and I can totally understand why… it’s the time after birth that you and your body are working hard – Firstly adjusting to a new way of life with a newborn, all while your body is recovering, regulating hormones, working on producing milk and with little sleep so you can get on with caring and nourishing your newborn straight away.
I had really low iron the whole pregnancy and Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which was mentally and physically draining, so it was my aim to feel as good as I possibly could after having my baby. Craig and I did our research and saw the benefits of encapsulation.
We found local Perth company @pureplacentas and they have been absolutely amazing! They pick up your placenta after birth from hospital or home and safely transport it in temperature monitored esky. I had my pills personally delivered to me in hospital the next afternoon.
Mel and the team are personal, informative and stay in touch during the weeks to follow the birth to provide any information about your pills and well being.
The benefits for me personally have definitely been noticed. My milk came in faster and in huge supply, I haven’t had mood swings – in fact I have felt remarkably calm and my energy levels – considering I’ve got a large family and running on little sleep have been noticeably better then before.
Iron stores drop naturally after birth and I was already struggling with low iron due to pregnancy and being coeliac but the placenta is rich in easily absorbed natural iron. I’ve since had my iron levels tested and the results are better then they have been in a long time and I’ve felt so much better. After the birth of my first two daughters, I lost a lot of hair but this time it’s stayed thick, fluffy and shiny! BONUS!
This is my personal experience with Placenta encapsulation, I would definitely do it again in the future (if I had another baby) I don’t take any other vitamins and I didn’t have to mention who did my encapsulation but I was so impressed by my experience and this family run business that I chose to share it ❤️
Taking time out online and getting the kids engaged in screen free, off-line play is so important, it’s easy to forget how much time they spend watching TV or playing on a device, especially when you are busy running around doing ALL THE THINGS. Activities that encourage screen free play don’t need to complicated or expensive, kids have amazing imaginations, so I’m making an effort to create fun activities for my kids in the most important playground in the world, our home!
We have the IKEA Pyssla beads and shape set and a very loved, worn Fabler Björn Teddy affectionately known in this household as `Boo Boo Ted’. Boo Boo Ted is well travelled and with his passport, has been with Scarlett on every holiday, spent countless hours being dressed up and celebrates his birthday in April each year.
With each item costing under $10 we have had hours of fun playing with these two simple toys.
With the Pyssla beads and shape set we decided to make Holiday decorations!
1. Use the Pyssla Shape set the create a decoration using the colourful Pyssla beads. 2. Be sure to leave a gap/hole in the decoration for string to pass through to hang later.
3. When the kids (or your own 😉) design is ready, cover the beads with baking paper and iron over them with an iron set to medium warm/hot for a few seconds, so that the beads melt together. 4. Let the bead shape cool after ironing. Place it on a flat surface, so it does not bend.
5. Take your decoration and thread some string through the hole you left (don’t worry if you forgot a hole punch works too) 6. Lastly hang your decorations up!
These look cute on a tree or around the home!
Pyssla beads and shape set were kindly gifted from IKEA Australia.
For more play ideas, toys and inspiration check out the IKEA website HERE
Nearly a week old and it’s gone so fast, like complete blur…
The memories of how to be a mum to a newborn again are finally coming back to me but learning so many new things as she’s her own person and my body is definitely feeling and reacting much differently compared to nearly 9 years ago when I had Scarlett!! 🍈🍈 The melons are nearly my biggest hurdle as usual they have expanded to epic proportions for me and have in turn ruled out most pretty maternity bras hahaha (I love how they are modelled mostly on smaller busts 😂)
Any great maternity bra recommendations please hit me up!! Sleep – “what dat?” Indi told me she thinks little O is nocturnal, as she is not much of a sleeper but I hoping and praying that will change in the coming weeks.
My head feels a whirlwind of emotions and I honestly haven’t had a chance to really process the world around me just yet, I’m simply in a newborn love bubble. My body is puffy and sore but at this point its actually the last thing on my mind. Its all about her, that newborn smell is like a drug and I’m taking it all in.
I’m a bridesmaid tomorrow with my other girls as flower girls, my gorgeous friend has carefully catered for our family to be there, she is the most relaxed bride you could ever meet. So totally relaxed that even when I tried my dress on and my huge boobs were out and proud for all to see, she was like “No probs! I’ll get you a wrap or a new dress!” Bek you are the best bride ever!
Wish me luck, I know we will make it happen but I probably need to get totally prepped today just to be sure!
Also thanks to all the beautiful messages and laughs you have sent through on socials, it’s honestly so awesome and means a lot during this emotion filled week 😘 It will be baby spam over here for a while so Love me or leave me 😝❤️