Listing it up

So I’ve been listing up a storm in the book Melly made me for my birthday. This book is MEANT to last until my next birthday. But I don’t see that happening. Once I start filling in one pretty page, I don’t want to stop and before I know it I’ve finished a bunch. I guess self discipline is something I need to work on :)

Here’s a few more lists from lately. And one page where my brain turned to mush and I forgot that I was meant to be making a list and instead wrote a few paragraphs instead. But it’s MY book so I can do what I want, yeah?

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52 lists – nice walks

There’s lots of nice walks around Sydney & the Blue Mountains. Next year I want to do a lot more. My current favourites are:

– Bondi to Bronte for ocean views
– The Bay Run to Iron Cove for harbour views
– Spit bridge to Manly for a bit of everything. You can do both beach and the bush in 10km
– Around Govett’s Leap, up near Blackheath for spectacular mountain views!
– Around Lake Parramatta, the Nepean River or Lake Macquarie for glimmering water
– Campfire Creek to the Red Hands Cave, Glenbrook for some indigenous art.

What about you? What are some of your favourites? 

Bondi to Bronte, from Waverly Council website
Bondi to Bronte, from Waverly Council website

52 lists – blogs I’m loving right now

I’ve been on a little blog reading hiatus. I rarely open Feedly these days. But there’s a few places I’ve been visiting a lot that I thought I’d share.

  • 3191 miles apart which is the blog of two friend who live (yep, you guessed it) 3191 miles apart. If you love nicely styled blogs, this one’s a beauty!
  • A country farmhouse which always makes me want to move to my own country farmhouse!
  • The wild and wily ways of a brunette bombshell. I love Meg’s writing more than almost anyone’s.
  • The Langs because I love their photography and they have two seriously cute kids!
  • The workout room. This blogger hasn’t written anything in awhile but I’ve only just come across her blog and there’s a great back log of exercise related posts. Write again soon Mel!
  • Selina’s blog. Because I love that she’s now writing little stories. This stands out in my usual sea of personal blogs.

Tell me your favourites too!

52 lists – candy cane recipes

It’s the time of the year where red and white striped treats are flooding your Pinterest and Instagram feeds. I’m personally not that enthused about eating a candy cane by itself. But worked into another dessert, things begin to get a little more exciting.

Here’s my pick of the stripey dessert bunch:

1) Dark chocolate espresso shortbread bites with peppermint buttercream from A farm girl’s dabbles

Dark Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Bites with Peppermint Butterc


2) Chewy double chocolate peppermint cookies from The Minimalist BakerMint choc chip

3) Chocolate peppermint cupcakes from  Glorious Treats

Choc peppermint cupcakes

4) Candy cane chocolate cookies from Call me Cupcake


5) Christmas tree brownies from Betty Crocker

Christmas tree brownies

6) Marshmallows dipped in choc and rolled in candy cane from Bon Appetit Marshmallows in chocolate

7) Candy cane marshmallow pops from Liv Life

Candy cane pops

8) Peppermint crunch truffles from Bakers Royale



And while it’s not a candy cane related treat, I also think that Gingerbread spice marshmallows from Joy the Baker would be amazing!

Gingerbread spiced marshmallows




52 lists – apps I love

Are you an app person? I always like to try out different apps but I’m quick to delete if they don’t offer me anything I really need. My favs are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Etsy
  • Trip view – a must if you commute using public transport in Sydney
  • Trip adviser – a must if you’re travelling overseas
  • Shazzam – the most clever of all the apps!
  • Evernote – for Microsite Office on your iphone
  • Spotify
  • ABC iview
  • SBS on demand

And for photos, I love:

  • Lightpic
  • BokehCamFX
  • Pixlomatic
  • Over
  • Tweegram
  • Afterlight
  • Whitagram
  • Instastich

How about you? What are you favs? Share with me!

52 lists – words I use often

  • Love – my favourite word of all time. I overuse this word!
  • F*&^ – my second favourite word of all time. I overuse this word too!
  • N00b – because there are just so many N00bs out there.
  • Bleak – I don’t like things to be bleak but when they are, I love to say bleak
  • Finicky – I tend to say this a lot when I’m with my gorgeous, but finicky grand father
  • Incorrigible – I usually say this to myself when dealing with a certain guy at work
  • Daft – Because it best describes some of the decisions made where I work
  • Exasperating – I bust this out at work at least once a day
  • Bamboozle – I’ve been working with our Finance team and this is what they do to me
  • Vapid – Hmmm. Maybe I should have called this list ‘words I use often at work’
  • Pickle – I like to eat pickles and I’m often in a pickle
  • Oh-m-gee – does this count as a word? I’m not sure, but let’s go with it for now
  • Shaddup!!! – either in excited disbelief or because I do in fact want people to be quiet
  • Shambles – the word that perfectly describes what my house has looked like lately
  • Tatty, scruffy, messy – words I use to describe my hair
  • Salient – I’ve been overusing this word while editing all the waffle out of a report this week
  • Wonky – our bed is wonky, our couch is wonky, our dining room chairs are wonky. Our furniture is really uncomfortable!

How about you? What do you say every day?


52 lists – nice drinks

Spring is here! And it feels like summer. Seems like the perfect time to share with you some nice summer drinks.

From The Forest Feast, here’s a few drinky poos I’ll be making over the next few weeks:

1) A blood orange mimosa.
Yay for a citrus/champagne combo! Cocktail 1

2) Cucumber sangria baby!
So much lighter than traditional sangria.Photo 2

3) A sparkling lemonade, mint julep. Julep

4) Pomegranate, campari & sodaNumber 4

5) From What Katie Ate, my favourite summer drink; cloudy apple juice, cranberry juice, ginger beer and vodka. Apple, cranberry & ginger vodka cocktail

And today’s first world problem? I can’t decide what to make first!

52 lists – favourite childhood books

Reading has always been my favourite pastime. And I especially love children’s books!

My sister and I still have all of the books from our childhood. I’m so looking forward to reading them to Antigone soon. I also take great pleasure these days in buying books for my other little friends.

PicMonkey Collage

My most favourite books from childhood are:

Busy, busy world
Leigh and I both have a penchant for adventure and good food. I’m convinced it’s because of this book!

In Busy, busy world,  there’s a variety of characters  who travel all over the world, going to cafes in France, riding rickshaws in Hong Kong, visiting carnivals in Rio and then farming in Poland.

This book is now out of print and retails online from about $80 to $800!

I love this story of a sweet French elephant who lost his mother and afterwards moved to the city. When he returned to his home in the country, he had grown up, gotten married, and was considered to be a king.

I loved the TV show too.

Mulga Bill’s Bicycle
Because it was Mulga Bill from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze…

I think Mulga Bill is the reason I love penny farthings so much! Love, as in to look at, not to ride myself (just to be clear!)

How birds get their colours
I loved all sorts of Dreamtime story books when I was little. There were so many in our local library – but this one was my favourite!

In this story, all of the birds are just one colour – black. When a little dove hurts his foot, his friend the Galah has an idea. She rushes forward and bites the dove’s swollen foot. Then a myriad of colours flow out of the Dove’s foot and festoons all the other birds around.


The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch
This book is all about the troubles of a Lighthouse Keeper getting his hot lunch each day. I mean, it’s a important problem, right?

The Lighthouse Keeper had such a good wife. Each day, she would prepare something for him and then send it over on a clothes wire across the water. I wanted to marry a lighthouse keeper and send him a daily lunch :)

This is the tale of a monster who turns into a snivelling mess every time his Mum tries to get him to eat vegetables. It’s a funny book but sadly, also out of print now.

Amelia Bedelia
This one’s about a housekeeper who takes her instructions literally. Even at a young age, I loved anything related to cleaning!

The Giving Tree
There really are so many layers of loveliness in this book. It’s a beautiful parable about the love between a boy and a tree. It’s of course all about giving and I think children can really learn from it.

The very hungry caterpillar
We all know and love this story, am I right? It’s of course about a caterpillar who eats his way through a variety of delicious looking food before transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

And quite aside from those books above, I also loved all the Noddy stories, Paddington Bear and Peter Rabbit too.


How about you? Any old favs?

52 lists – Ten sites I visited & loved today

1) Popsugar, where I learnt how to make garbage bin refreshers.

2) The HBO documentary site, where I watched a film about a lady in her 40s who decided to have a baby alone.

3) Daily OM, where you’ll find online courses for your mind, body & soul. And other wank.

4) Dooce, the funniest blogger I know.

5) Joy the baker, who eats weird stuff like potato chips on top of tuna salad on top of burnt toast.

6) Decor 8 where this week they featured a salad of flowers. So pretty!

7) This site, promoting progressive dinners through Surry Hills. Anyone want to do this with me?

8) This food blog that has a recipe for the most amazing looking frozen yoghurt. Not low cal!

9) Another food blogger’s site who has a recipe for a healthy version of nutella.

10) This site with recipes for ten yummy salads. I always need inspiration like this for work day lunches.

What have you checked out on line today?

52 lists – favourite 80s bands

Do you have a particular time period of fashion or music that you really dislike? For me, it’s the 80s. I was aged 0 through to 10 in the 80s so my recollection of things is not great. But from what I do remember, there wasn’t really any clothes or music that I loved.

However, I did kind of like:

– Whitney Houston
I know, I know, she isn’t a band but her album Whitney Houston was the first cassette tape I ever bought. I actually forgot that she died last year and just gave myself a shock rediscovering this!


-Mel & Kim
Their album was the second cassette tape I ever bought. Sadly, Mel became sick with cancer not long after they made it ‘big’. She ended up passing away from pneumonia, which she contracted because her immune system was so weak from the chemo. Terrible tale.


– Bros
Remember these guys? I had a family friend a few years older than me who was obsessed with Bros. Her bedroom was adorned with their posters. I felt forced to like them!

– New Kids on the Block
Because, well, Hanging Tough.


What about you? Any 80s bands you think were ok?