I’m a little bit speechless, a little bit squealy and a lot thankful…
for YOU; my follower friend who has helped me reach 500 Melly-friends on [existential detective].
Soooooo, to show my thanks, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY!!!!
WHAT YOU’LL WIN:
a care package of a few of my favourite things
my favourite candle; Ecoya French Pear
my favourite tea; T2 French Earl Grey
my favourite chocolate; Haigh’s
“a mix tape”; a CD of a few of my fave tunes
HOW TO ENTER:
be a follower of moi on this blog [existential detective] (WordPress ‘follow’ button, BlogLovin’ or email subscription)
leave a comment on this post
telling me 3 random things about yourself
and why you want to win
fine print¹: there really isn’t any; I’ll post anywhere in the world and it’ll be completely random draw from a ‘hat’ so to speak (I’ve just go to figure out how Harley will draw the name out of the hat)!
fine print²: I’ll close the comp on 8th June (Australian time) & upload a video post of the winner!
I don’t know what it is that made you follow me but thank you for doing it!
Her wild tangled hair,
wearing a halo of evening sunlight
like a majestic crown,
when a sudden guest of wind,
in the manner of a lusty lover
play with it,
in every which way
one can imagine.
Waves of scent,
of freshly cut lemongrass,
emanating from her auburn tresses,
light wild fire
in his thoughts,
as they go down the hill,
through the narrow path
lined with trees full of roosting birds,
to the clearing in the forest
the lone hunters’ lodge
where they’d spend the night.
4 tbsp coconut milk (don’t shake the tin & take from the top)
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp sugar (I use Xylitol)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
additional coconut oil & butter for cooking
Blend eggs, oil, coconut milk, sugar & salt.
Combine coconut flour with baking soda and mix into batter.
Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil & a knob of butter in a pan or flat skillet. Spoon batter (about 2tbsp per pancake) into hot pan/skillet to make the pancakes.
Batter will be thick but will flatten out when cooking.
Makes 5-6 pancakes.
Peacan pancakes; mix 1/2 cup of finely chopped peacans into batter.
Blueberry pancakes; fold 1/2 cup crushed blueberries into batter.
this afternoon we had a horrible scare with Harley; out of the blue he had a seizure. He fell over with his legs all stiff, his jaw locked shut, eyes wide open and his head shaking. Jay held him while I called the vet who talked us through it until Harley came out of the seizure. He was drooling and still shaking on the way to the vet. Dr Nathan, who also has a little cavoodle, gave him a thorough check-up before giving him the OK and instructions for us to keep an eye on him and to remove any possible toxins from his environment (eg access to the ground coffee beans we put on the potted herb plants on the balcony). He may never have a seizure again, but then he could develop epilepsy. But he’s OK now and back to his usual self, we just have to watch and hope for the best.
before the divorce; before the drama & complex relationships, there were these two lovelycreatures; my Mum & Dad.
after finding a photo album filled with old pictures, I have been feeling nostalgic and a little sad. it’s strange how the pain of my parent’s divorce lingers on my soul and feels heavy on my heart years after.
everything would have been different. but it’s not. and while I let myself mourn a little for the happy times we shared as a traditional family unit, I think of all the happiness my parents have gained in their life after.
I take a deep breath and remind myself that I do not, in fact, believe in regret and that I’m who I am today because of all the things I’ve experienced. I’m thankful that my parents are alive and made a decision for themselves that created their own happiness, and that while it was hard for me, it was a million times harder for them.
nothing is as bad as it sometimes seems and it’s true what they say; the sun shines after the rain.
Remember when I wrote about becoming a cavewoman [this post]? Well, it’s been three weeks living the paleo diet and I’m feeling fantastic. I’ve dropped a couple of kilograms as well!!!
I’m not a good baker on the best of days, so I’ve had a few kitchen fails with the paleo baking (burnt muffins, failed bread…) but these pancakes are awesome! I got the recipe from Ultimate Paleo Guide [here] but it’s not just for paleoists; they’re flour-free, gluten-free and tasty, so give them a try!
Paleo Banana Pancakes
3 bananas, mashed
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup almond butter (like peanut butter but made from almonds)
butter for frying
toppings of your choice*
*if you’re paleo, keep it in the family. I topped mine with goats yoghurt, maple syrup & raspberries (but caramelized banana would have been awesome).
I can barely contain my excitement that West Elm has opened it’s first Australian store in Sydney!!! West Elm has opened in Bondi Junction in the mall complex with it’s sister stores Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma.