Autumn Days

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With such cool weather gracing Melbourne lately, I had to borrow my little sister’s gorgeous mustard colored coat with a nice big hood. It makes me feel like Little Red Riding Hood when I wear it and it is so warm! It’s surprisingly a size 16 but it was the only one left and totally worth purchasing. I feel so cozy when I’m wearing it, like I’m wrapped up in a nice big blanket as I walk around the city. As it is big and roomy, I always try to team it up with light, fitted bottoms or tops so that I don’t look too bulky. As the autumn leaves all and winter sets in, this standout coat brightens up even the grayest of days.

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Blew me away

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Cocolatte peplum top (similar here), Cotton On Body bottoms, Sportsgirl necklace (similar here), black heels borrowed from my sister, Australis nail polish in Kick The Bucket. On Daniel: Country Road polo tee, Rhubarb knit vest (similar here), Oishi M bottoms (similar here), Converse baby shoes.

Today’s OOTD post is simple with a pop of blue. With our stay in the CBD being extended I quickly had to shop around for something to wear on Mother’s Day – something affordable, something comfortable, something stylish. This is what I came up with 🙂 Let me know what you think and what you wore for Mother’s Day! This was my first Mother’s Day celebration and it was a day filled with food, love, mummies, grandmummies and great grandmummies. Mother’s Day this year blew me away – the hardest but most rewarding job in the world was celebrated this year with a family bbq lunch, afternoon high tea and a delicious home-cooked dinner <3

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Cupcake Central hosted our high tea experience this Mother’s day with delicious sandwiches and gorgeous sweets! Loved the rose water and pistachio meringues and of course my favourite – creme brulee cupcakes. There were pikelets topped with salmon and a creamy mint chocolate mousse – YUM!!

What did you get up to last weekend?!

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Comfy Ma – OOTD

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This is my go-to comfy combo – leggings, a baggy jumper and knee high boots Add a big chunky scarf and you’re all set for Melbourne’s cooler days ahead. Sorry for the disheveled hair and scrunchy jumper but with Baby at the teething stage, it’s been a hectic night of no sleep and sore gums leaving no energy or time to even comb my hair, yikes! Had to hide the bags under my eyes with some nice sunnies from Forever New 🙂 No excuses for the next ootd post though.

Hope you’re all having a great week so far and on this day off let us pause to remember the sacrifices of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died in World War I.

Spiced Tofu Stir Fry

Looking for something quick and tasty to cook for dinner? I found this recipe in a vegan recipe book when I was looking for some dishes to cater for a couple of friends who have chosen not to eat animal products. To my delight, it is a really easy dish to cook and is super tasty! – I love the combination of maple syrup and lime juice!

P.S Sorry I wasn’t able to take my normal step-by-step photos as this weekend I cooked 6 batches for a birthday party and was rushing to get it all cooked and ready to go.

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Spiced Tofu Stir Fry

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp caster sugar

275g tofu

4 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 bunch spring onions sliced

1 red capsicum seeded and sliced

1 yellow capsicum seeded and sliced

generous 3 cups of muschroom, halved or quartered, if necessary

1 large zucchini

115g green beans

50g pine nuts

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp maple syrup

good pinch of cayenne pepper

salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

1. In a bowl, mix together the cumin, paparika, ground ginger and caster sugar with plenty of seasoning. Cut the tofu into cubes and coat the cubes in the spice mixture.

2. Heat half the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Cook the tofu over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally (take care not to break up the tofu too much). Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper.

3. Add the remaining oil to the wok or pan and cook the garlic and spring onions for 3 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and cook over a medium heat for 6 minutes, or until they are beginning to soften and turn golden. Season well.

4. Return the tofu to the wok or pan and add the pine nuts, lime juice and maple syrup. Heath through and serve immediately.

Let me know how you go if you end up trying this dish! The original recipe stated 2 tsp of cumin but it was a little overpowering for me so changed it to 1 tsp.

Happy Monday everyone!! 🙂

(The aftermath – my dirty stove!)

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Sugar Free Banana Bread

I ate way too many sweets this weekend, topping it off today with my favourite creme brulee cupcake from Cupcake Central in Highpoint. So when deciding what to bake for the week ahead I wanted to try out a sugar free recipe so here goes my first attempt at a sugar free banana loaf courtesy of Babbling Bandit‘s blog! Thanks for the recipe!

Sugar Free Banana Bread Recipe:

Ingredients

125 grams butter
1 cup rice malt syrup
1 egg beaten lightly
3 small-medium ripe bananas
A sprinkle of cinnamon
1.5 cups of wholemeal self raising flour
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Sugar alternative

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Melt butter and rice malt syrup in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

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3. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add flour and spice.

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3. Combine cooled butter and rice malt syrup with egg then add to banana, flour and spice. Stir until combined.

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4. Pour batter into lined loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes or until cooked.

I still need to buy a loaf tin so I just ended up using a square cake pan.

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And the finished product!! Not bad at all for my first try!

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The banana bread/cake was so tasty and moist. One thing I would change though, is the cooking time – I must have a higher setting oven because the above pics were taken at only 40 minutes of cooking time and you can see how brown it is already! Next time I cook this recipe I will try baking it for around 30-35 minutes to see how I go. The square tin is also probably a lot more shallow than if I had put the banana mixture in a loaf tin so when you try it for yourself just keep an eye it and use a skewer to check that its cooked. I might also try adding some almonds or walnuts next time just to change it up a bit 🙂

Such a great easy recipe for a Sunday night and now I have banana bread fresh and ready to pack as a snack for the coming week!

Happy Monday everyone!

I am 6 weeks old!

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I’m a big boy now!laughing

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Mummy’s milk? – Winning!!! 😀


Hi my name is Daniel and I’m just going to hijack mummy’s blog for a minute to let you know that…I am 6 weeks old today!! 🙂

Development: Mummy and Daddy seemed so excited because they saw me laugh and interact with them a lot more today! They were so happy! Up until now I have been sleeping and eating and sleeping a lot so I guess they are excited to get a little bit of play time in!

Singer/songwriters: Mummy and Daddy seem to like singing me songs all the time! It is probably because when they sing I feel so relaxed that I end up falling asleep! – they must think they are a pair of pretty talented composers! Hehehhe!

Cheeky monkey: I did a massive poo explosion today, the kind that filled up my whole nappy and exploded out the sides and  all up my back!! You should have seen the look on mummy’s face – she had no idea what to do!! She stripped me naked but my poop was everywhere and got onto my hair and my blankets! It was so funny!!! I thought Mummy would finally give me a bath after all that but she didn’t – I think she’s still a little scared because Daddy always bathes me and she hasn’t bathed me on her own yet. I did not mind though because she cleaned me up nicely with the baby wipes (she probably used up a whole packet!). I love my bath times with Daddy! He gets me really clean and it feels so refreshing not to be wrapped up in blankets and nappies – feels so good to be free and aired out down there!

Trip to the hospital: Mummy took me out for the first time completely on her own today! She took me back to the hospital where I spent my first 4 days in this world because it was her 6 week check up. Wherever we go it seems that everyone is so very interested that I was born in Mummy and Daddy’s car and not in a hospital. Everyone is amazed that Mummy, Daddy and I went through the labour all by ourselves! What can I say?…we make the bestest team ever! I just wanted to get out already and I saw the opening and went for it! – Big deal! I think Mummy and Daddy have re-told my birth story 50 bajillion times now! Hahahah! They must be very proud of me coming out all by myself!

Anyways I want some of that yummy, yummy milk now and I can see that Mummy is leaking all over her t-shirt so that’s my cue! I’ll catch you all later!

I hope you liked my very first post! 🙂

Baby D