Wednesday, April 25, 2012

After watching the Dalai Lama interview tonight with Piers Morgan here are some inspiring quotes....

1- Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
2- If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
3- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
4- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
5- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
6- The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.
7- We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
8- We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
9- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
10- If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
11- If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
12- Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.
13- We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.
14- Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
15- As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.
16- To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.
17- There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
18- The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
19- A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.
20- In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.

Glorious Park Days...

We are surrounded by about 8 different parks and normally visit a park on a daily basis (weather permitting) and today was a glorious spring day`for a park visit. Isabella has just started to love playing in the sand pit decided to start eating sand today! With Tim Hortons close by it`s a nice time to sit & relax & enjoying the sunshine......

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paprika Party...

Sunday night supper....

After a walk in the village & playtime in the park hubby's specialty is this delicious laksa! xx & Isabella dined on glass noodles, snow peas,carrots & her favourite prosciutto...Here is the recipe for this delicious laksa!!
  • 2 red chillies (halved and de-seeded)
  • 4 garlic cloves (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 5cm (2") piece of root ginger (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 50 g bunch of coriander (including stalks)
  • 3 tblsp oil
  • 2 x 400g tins of coconut milk
  • 900 ml fish, vegetable or chicken stock
  • 225 g thai rice noodles
  • 150 g sugar snap peas
  • 2 tblsp thai fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 225 g white fish fillet (skinned and cut into 2.5cm (1in) chunks)
  • 12 raw prawns (peeled and veins removed)
  • juice of 1 lime 
  • handful of beansprouts
  • handful of shredded mint and basil leaves,
  • thinly sliced spring onions and chopped red chillies, to garnish
Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. To make the paste, place the chillies in a food processor with the garlic, ginger, ground coriander, fresh coriander and oil, then blend together to form a coarse paste.
Add the paste to the heated pan and stir-fry for 1 minute, then pour in the coconut milk and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 20 minutes to allow the flavours to combine, stirring occasionally until slightly reduced.  

Meanwhile, place the noodles in a large saucepan of boiling salted water and then immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. Set aside for 8-10 minutes (check the packet instructions). Drain and refresh the noodles under cold running water and set them aside.

Blanch the sugar snap peas in a small pan of boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes or until just cooked, then drain and refresh under cold running water. Set aside. 

Add the fish sauce to the coconut mixture along with the squid, monkfish and prawns and stir gently for just a few seconds until just cooked through and tender. Add lime juice to taste. 

Divide the cooked noodles among warmed bowls and scatter the sugar snap peas on top. Ladle over the coconut broth and garnish with the mint and basil leaves, spring onions and chillies to serve Enjoy  xxx

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A little bit of our week........

I'm loving these fab floral wedges!

at 15 months Isabella loves brushing her teeth!! Its currently her favourite past time & it stops all tantrums instantly :)

While daddy was away in Ireland for a week we had a productive week of sewing bits of our quilt together...& dancing around with all the lovely colours.

after Our Saturday morning sleep in...I made this delicious French Toast with a cinnamon loaf from our local Cobs store (Bakers Delight in Australia)..I absolutely love their breads...scones..Olive Rolls...Just to name a few!! This is definitely one of my favourites..& so simple. Mix 4 eggs, Vanilla pod seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon & about a cup of milk mix and soak 6 or more slices of your favourite bread over night ready for you to fry in the morning serve with sprinkle of icing sugar, strawberries, blueberries & Maple Syrup! x

Our morning walk in the park.....

During the week it was time to get some baby clothes ready for number 2, with my little helper at my side we got to work....washing & folding baby clothes ready for July..

Anthropologie for kids

discovering colours in mummy's sewing box....

Anthropologie Knobs.......

One of the great baby apps available Peek a boo barn...
The start of a new summer dress for Isabella  with this cute Parisian on the lookout for the perfect buttons.