Friday, August 28, 2015

Become a "Friend" of Domesblissity

When my blogging journey started over 4 and a half years ago, never in a million years did I think it would go this long or did I think I would make so many friends from all over the world. It started as a place to store all of my recipes and tips for my children when they left home (and trust me, they will be leaving home when the time comes).

Along the way, it's become a sort of 'diary' if you will of life's happenings. There's been a death in the family with my Mother passing back in 2012, separation and subsequent divorce and now marriage again, things you'd only most likely share with friends. But that's what I've found on my blogging journey. Everyone who comes here are like close personal friends of mine. I'm happy to share what's going on in my life and how I live it every single day, whether that's what I cooked for dinner that night, what I've baked for the kid's school lunch boxes, how to save money in the home, how we celebrated one of their birthdays or how to live in domestic 'bliss'.

So you never miss a thing, I'd like to invite you, old and new friends, to sign up via email. Be the first to hear of competitions and special offers, new recipes, new projects and starting on the 1st of September, an occasional newsletter called Domesblissity Digest. A newsletter full of tips for the season and what's grabbing my attention around the interwebs.

I just love it that you've all come on board my journey. I look forward to catching up with you in your Inbox. Use the pop up subscribe prompt or the one below. Either way, it'll be great to keep in touch with you all and I promise I won't bombard you with emails in your Inbox.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 147


Hi and welcome to another week and the Thriving on Thursdays linky party. A place to share all your recipes, crafts, projects, tips and advice to help us all have a thriving life. You're not going to believe it but I'm on the mend, finally. The last lot of antibiotics my doctor gave me have worked and I can safely say I'm back to operating on all cylinders again. Just in time really with the wedding just over 2 weeks away. I think I'm pretty well set with the planning. Final numbers to the caterers and then the set up a couple days before. I'll be making the canapès the day before and will (hopefully) get my sister to share them around. We're providing soft drinks and most of that has been purchased. Just a matter of buying the ice the morning of the wedding and Damien filling the tubs to keep them cool. He'll have a to do list, that's for sure, because I need to be at the beauty salon at 8am that morning. She needs as much time as possible to get me 'bride worthy'! Now, onto the party. Here's my top 3 food and non food posts from last week.


Grilled Tequila Chicken with Sauteed Peppers & Onions-

Beetroot and Carrot Salad


HK Pinata

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.


Thank you so much to everyone who linked up. So many great posts. It was great to see some familiar faces link up this week. You sure have been missed. Feel free to grab a 'featured' button from above. Don't forget Sunday week is Father's Day in Australia. My father isn't alive anymore but I better give the kids some money for the Father's Day stall to buy their Dad something. Also, Damien is 'Dad' to our dogs so he'll be getting a treat for sure, which he will no doubt share with me. Here's hoping! Hope you all have a great week and I can't wait to see what you're bring to the party this week.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grilled Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Burger

Week day lunches, while the kids are at school, are usually a non-event. It's either some kind of leftovers from the night before, a salad or crackers with cheese and tomato but if I've got all the makings for a burger, I'll treat myself. On this particular day I had avocados, chicken breast, bacon plus the salad ingredients and hamburger rolls. Avocado on anything tastes good to me so a Grilled Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Burger it was.

Horizontally slice the chicken breast into thin slices and pop in a pan (or on the barbecue) with bacon and a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.

Toast the bun halves and top with cheese and pop under the grill to melt.

Prepare your salad ingredients. I didn't want to overload the salad ingredients or else I wouldn't be able to get my mouth around the burger (I had enough trouble as it was) so I opted for just lettuce, tomato and avocado.

Top the burger bun half with the grilled chicken and bacon then top with the salad. I spread the top burger bun with a little mayo and smothered the chicken and bacon with barbecue sauce.

These were good and so, so filling. Dinner that night was only very light. It's nice to be able to prepare something like this on the odd occasion, when you've got the time to enjoy it without interruption. It saves you running to the takeaway for a burger which I never do anyway. If I had to make these with the kids around one would have just cheese and the other would probably just have chicken, bacon and cheese. Sometimes I feel my kitchen is like a fast food joint and I'm a short order cook, taking everyone's orders. That's why I save meals like this when they're not around.

Grilled Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Burger

  • chicken breast, sliced thinly horizontally
  • bacon
  • olive oil for frying
  • cheese
  • burger buns
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • mayo
  • barbecue sauce (or sauce of your liking)

  1. Fry chicken breast and bacon in a little olive oil with salt and pepper.
  2. Split burger buns, toast and top one half with cheese and melt.
  3. Assemble burger with bun half which was topped with cheese, then chicken, bacon, sauce, lettuce, tomato and avocado with the top half of the bun spread with mayo.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

12 make ahead canapés for a crowd

I love nothing better then cooking, especially for a crowd. I catered my sister's engagement party and my Mum and Dad's 25th wedding anniversary. I've had many dinner parties over the years for as many as 12 and as little as 2 with 4 and sometimes 6 courses. I did have the hair-brained idea to cater my own wedding and it could quite possibly be done but knowing how much I want everything to be perfect, I decided against it and am having the main course catered and I will do canapés. I'd like to prepare them in advance and have them ready for serving just after the ceremony.

According to this website, the idea number of canapés to serve for an hour before a full meal is 3 to 4 bites per person and for 35 to 60 guests (I'm having 50), 7 to 9 different kinds of canapés is ideal therefore the number of bites desired per person times the number of guests divided by the number of different canapés being served.

3 bites x 50 (number of guests) ÷ 7 = 21 of each canapé

Here are a few ideas I've got in mind.

Italian Style Slow Cooked Meatballs
Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooked Pineapple Meatballs
Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ easy appetizers featuring dried cranberries, blue cheese, toasted pecans, and pretzel skewers | {Five Heart Home}
Mini Cheese Ball Bites
Antipasto skewers with prosciutto, mozzarella, artichokes
Easy Antipasto Skewers
Watermelon & Feta Skewers
Crudites and Cheese Platters 3
Crudités Platter
Mini Caprese Skewers
Mini Caprese Skewers
Prawn Cocktails
Oyster Shots
The Best Deviled Eggs Image 1
Devilled Eggs
Melon & Prosciutto skewers
Melon & Proscuitto Skewers
Pinwheels with various fillings
Remember, to keep the cost of ingredients down by buying cheaper cuts of meats, plain cream cheese and flavouring with chutneys or herbs, off cuts of salmon (or canned salmon mixed with cream cheese to make mousse), and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Also, remember the season. If the weather is warm, serve plenty of cold canapes. If it's cooler, serve something warm that can be popped into the slow cooker in the morning or reheated at the last minute. Small cups of soup are perfect. There are plenty more ideas on my Canapés Pinterest board.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Business Mamas Diploma of Business - Assessing what NOT to do

It's time for another update on the Business Mamas Diploma of Business course I'm currently undertaking and it's assessment time. As I'm nearing the end of the first unit of the course, "Go Mama", I reflect on the journey so far and how much more organised I've become as a result of the course.

One of the best things this unit has taught me is identifying what NOT to do and what I should be doing instead. For example:
  • focus on one day at a time instead of looking further down the track, wondering how I will get everything done;
  • breaking up larger 'projects' into simple step-by-step tasks, putting them on my to do list and checking them off as I go instead of putting the entire project on the to do list and not accomplishing any of it;
  • if I get sick (which I was for nearly the last 6 weeks), get through the simple, easy to do jobs on the list, check them off and carry forward those tasks which can wait instead of not doing anything;
  • identify my 'peak' times, ie when I do my best work (9am until 2pm and 9pm until 11pm) and save the more demanding tasks for those times instead of trying to focus on these tasks at say after school time when it's most hectic;
  • always, always, always plan meal times, whether that be a weekly meal plan or planning the next night's meal the night before, instead of scurrying around an hour before dinner time wondering what we'll eat;
  • ensure I schedule in 'me' time, as hard as that is, and make it something worthwhile instead of making myself an afterthought;
  • find a system and any online apps that work for me, ie daily work plan and month-at-a-glance calendar, Google Calendar to keep track of tasks to do, appointments, scheduling in 'me' time etc instead of 'winging' it or double booking myself which results in having to work unnecessarily twice as hard; and
  • if you don't get everything on your 'to do' list checked off, it's not the end of the world instead of feeling like a failure and feeling like it's the end of the world, which happened a lot to me in the past.

Based on the daily Work Plan provided by Business Mamas (above), with a few adjustments, I've learnt to complete this plan every night with the next day's tasks, projects and inspiration mapped out for me. There are so many templates, stationery or even using a notebook to write your daily plan. I also found some great online time management and organising apps here. Life is too short to spend all your time worrying about what needs to be done when, with a few simple tools, you can remain on track, keep your head clear of mundane thoughts, remain focused and create the life you really want for yourself.

person, woman, apple, hotel

The Go Mama unit has been a great opportunity for personal reflection at this stage in my life when, say after having children, I lost my sense of self and who I really am as a person and a woman. Since becoming a Mum, that's all I was, a caretaker and nurturer for my children, something that was lacking for me. Doing this course has rekindled a love for all the things that I used to do and the lifestyle I loved to live before having children, for example being organised, sewing, cooking, reading, listening to music, exercising and taking time out to pamper myself.

city, road, street, buildings

I'm nearly finished the assessment and can't wait to submit it and get started on the next unit, Paving the Road to Success and well on the road to creating my own successful business, doing what I love and having it all. Stay tuned for the next update and thank you for accompanying me on this journey.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

National Op Shop Week - "Op Till You Drop"

Today begins National Op Shop Week in Australia, a time when you can really do something near you. Not only is op shopping a way of life for me, a place where I shop first every, single time, it's an opportunity for me to give back to charities that have helped me many times over the years.

I've been an op shopper for years. Back in my late teens, early 20's, I was right into vintage clothing, pointy toe kitten heels and cosmetic jewellry and the only place you could buy these things from was the op shop. Back in those days, that's all they really stocked. Now its my one-stop-shop for just about everything for me, the family, the home, the garden and everything in between. If I need anything, like a new egg flip, furniture, magazine, clothes, kid's clothes, toys, puzzles, linen etc, that's where I shop first. The price is the first and main reason I shop there and the second reason I like to op shop is because the money I spend is going to a worthy cause. Having battled depression many times off and on over the years, the Lifeline Help Line was an absolute saviour for me, literally. The Lifeline op shops have a wonderful range of products including some one off vintage pieces which I grab with both hands. Here are some of my favourite purchases I've found at op shops.

$10 vintage timber bar cart
Clothes for Indiana Jones costume - less than $10
Pure wool single blankets - $5 each
$6 handmade quilt - still lovely with a couple bleach stains
Plenty of beautiful tablecloths
Handpainted blue wren plate
Full pack of floral design gift cards
Queen size comforter set $10 with matching cushions
Vintage linen souvenir tea towels
Drinking glasses for my upcoming wedding
Hand crocheted throw rug
Besides being my first port of call when I need to purchase anything, it's a great place to donate my unwanted items, clothes we've outgrown and a great place to donate all of your excess clutter. If you'd like to find your local stores, you can check out this easy op shop store finder. Most times I have a purpose going to a charity shop but sometimes, if I'm passing, I like to pop in for a browse. I don't overspend and stay within my budget but pick up amazing things. One year, when money was tight, I purchased most of my children's Christmas toys second hand from op shops. They were none the wiser and loved every single one of them. Most of them were still brand new in their packaging. 

Don't be afraid of shopping at a charity shop. Do yourself a favour and help out someone in need, save yourself some money and save a lot of 'stuff' ending up as landfill. Who knows? You might grab yourself this little beauty above!

National Op Shop Week - Australia
23rd to 30th August 2015


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 146


Welcome to another week of Thriving on Thursdays. I hate talking about but I think I can see the end is in sight for this stupid cold and bad cough I've had for the last 6 weeks. I finally got an appointment to see my own doctor and she's prescribed stronger antibiotics and some other products which has made a huge difference. It seems all I've been focused with lately and not much else. I've been plodding along with the wedding plans and planting out plants, finishing up the last of the landscaping. The nights are still cool-ish which makes it nice for sleeping. I'll enjoy it while I can because the warm weather will be here soon enough and we'll be complaining about how hot it is. I can't wait! Now, here are my top 3 food and non food posts from last week.


Nuttily Perfect Roast Chicken

Avocado quinoa salad


It's easy to turn a purse into a camera bag for an adorable way to carry your DSLR. You can use an inexpensive purse or an old favorite for an easy project!

Moogly CAL 2015 Squares 1 - 4


Thank you so much to everyone who linked up. Feel free to grab a 'featured' button from above. I really appreciate you all coming back each week to link up. I really appreciate it. Now onto this week's party. Let's see what you've got!

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