Recipe

Frozen Banana & Peanut Bites

So, I’m feeling a little like I am always starting my posts with an apology. I’ll get it over with really quickly. The blog has been put on the back burner the last month/few weeks. Things have been chaotic in this house hold, I won’t go into it, but it’s all very exciting, but very stressful. Anyhow I’m back today with a super easy peasy recipe, if you can really call it that. I’ve seen this idea on Pintrest and Youtube, so thought I’d give it a whack. So, without further waffle lets get started…

What You’ll Need:

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* 1 Ripe Banana

*Dark Chocolate

*Nuts of Your Choice (optional)

*Nut Butter of Your Choice (I’m using Pic Peanut Butter But Almond would work great too)

*Baking Paper

Method:

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1. Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, alternatively you can do this using a double boil method on the stove top.

2. Whilst the chocolate is melting, chop your banana into small slices

3. Place a dollop of your nut butter of choice on top of the banana. If you’d prefer, you can leave this step out.

4.Place a slice of the banana on top to make a little sandwich.

5. This is where it gets a little messy. Place a sheet of baking paper on a tray or plate and put your banana sandwiches on top. Pour your dark chocolate onto the banana, so that they are covered evenly.

6.Add the topping of your choice, this is also optional. I decided to put some chopped walnuts on mine, but you could also use almonds, sprinkles or coconut flakes, the skies the limit with these.

7. Finally place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

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You’re left with these gorgeous little bites. When the banana freezes it take on a ice cream like consistency and creaminess. If you close your eyes you pretend that this sweet treat is a lot more naughty than it really is. I feel a little bad making this into a recipe as it is incredibly easy, but they are so yummy I couldn’t keep these to myself.

Thanks so much for reading.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Mid Week Update

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So, I know there hasn’t been a Sunday Summary for 2 weeks now and for that I apologise (even though I’m sure it’s only my mum that’s interested). However, I thought I would do a mid week, hopefully quick catch up of the events that have taken place.

You know by now how much I love my binge telly watching and the past two weeks have been no expectation to the rule. I’ve, as bad as it is to admit, finished the most recent season of the Real Housewives of New York and am on the penultimate episode of the original, Orange County season. Chris reckons all they do is argue and it kind of stresses him out, but I kinda love it, it’s really addictive car crash tv. I’ve also been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. My tv watching was monitored when I was younger and this was a programme that 10 year old me was banned from watching, along with Power Rangers and Shorthand Street. I’m really enjoying reliving the 90s and the teen angst. However, I can very much see why I wasn’t allowed to watch, thanks Ma.

One thing I did want to mention was a play that Chris and I went to on date night about two weeks ago. It was at the Court Theatre here in Christchurch, called Ache. It was really good. Both Chris and I are play newbs, so really didn’t know what to expect. It was very intimate, with a great soundtrack, beautiful acting and a storyline that was both engaging and relatable. The intimate setting was a little awkward to start but once the story started to unfold you found yourself forgetting that it wasn’t real, well I did anyway. It really got us thinking it was something we should do more often.

On that very same date night we also went to Tequila Mocking Bird, on Victoria St. It is a, I guess Latin type restaurant, where you share tapas type dishes, which is my favourite, that way you get to try a little bit of everything. The two highlights, were the jug of sangria, so good in fact we had two and the ice cream sandwich dessert. Definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already. The staff were really friendly and it had a cool interior. I’d recommend going on a week night. We went on a Tuesday and it was lovely and quiet.

I also took a little trip up to Auckland to visit my parents last week. Mum and I decided to go for a wine tasting at the Villa Maria Winery, whilst Dad and my brother played golf, well actually mini golf. I’d never done a wine tasting before, but had always wanted to try one. For a mere $5 per person, which is redeemable on any purchase, you got to try 5 different wines. We went from a bubbly to a beautiful Pinot Noir. My palette isn’t very mature, but the lovely girl that did the tasting for us was so informative that she had me smelling and tasting different flavours within the wine that I never knew were there. I left with a sparkling rose and a pinot noir, which are now sitting in my pantry waiting to be devoured. Next time I’m up in Auckland, I’ll definitely be making mum take us back for one of their delicious looking platters.

So I think I’ll leave it there for my mid week update. I’ve finally got the weekend off this week, so there will most certainly be a Sunday Summary and selfie on its way.
Peace out
Bailey xox

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D.I.Y Fridays, Recipe

Heart Warming Chicken and Veggie Soup

It certainly is winter. I woke up to a mere 1 degree Celsius this morning and boy was that a shock to the system. As I am unable to provide you all with a D.I.Y this Friday because I’ve been pretty busy with my day job and life. I thought as a little consolation prize I’d post the recipe for the chicken soup featured in my What I Ate Tuesday post here. However, I have a few D.I.Y projects on the go as I type, so fingers crossed there will be something new on it’s way soon.

I must give credit to The Gracious Pantry here, for the recipe. I’ve used this original recipe as my base and tweaked it here and there to suit our personal tastes. I do love this website when I’m wanting to make something I know will be clean and will fill my body with goodness. I’ve also had a cold/virus on and off for the last month and quite frankly I’ve had enough. This soup has been my saviour for lunch time when I’m feeling poorly. As I mentioned in my last post I usually make a huge stock pot of this soup and then keep in the fridge. A big pot usually lasts the whole week and I’m told by Chris that it’s even better warmed up the next day.

I’m also not the greatest with measurements when I cook. I tend to do it Jamie Oliver Style and bish, bash, bosh it in. So I’m going to try my best to make it as accurate as possible, but like all recipes just adjust it to suit you.

So here we go,

What You’ll Need:

1 Tablespoon of your Cooking oil of choice, I prefer coconut oil

1 Large Onion Sliced

2 Cloves Garlic Minced

4 Large Carrots Peeled and Sliced

2 Large Leeks Sliced

Half a Cabbage Sliced

3 Stalks of Celery Chopped

3 Cups Frozen Sweetcorn

4 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast- Diced

3 L of Water (12 cups)

*1-2 Pouches of the Simon Gault Stock Chicken Liquid Concentrate (to taste, I usually use two as I love the added flavour it gives)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Marjoram

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

  1. Using a wok or a non stick pan,sauté the onions, garlic, leek, cabbage and carrot for around 6-8 mins, in the coconut oil.  Just to soften the onion,cabbage and leeks. Be careful not to over do it as I have on a few occasions, burnt garlic taste is never nice.
  2. Place the wok to one side and retrieve your stock pot. I got mine (as pictured below) here from Briscoes. Amazing value when you can pick one up in the never ending sale. Measure out the water and add your stock, My favourite stock is available here at Countdown. Its quite pricey but really worth it. *I have used the cheaper alternatives, like Maggi Stock Melts and the do work well too. Or if you’re way more skilled than me, make your own. Bring this to a slow shimmer.
  3. Once the stock is shimmering away, add in your vegetables from the wok. Don’t add in the celery or sweetcorn just yet. Also add your Garlic powder and Marjoram. Cook these for 30 mins.
  4. Then add in the diced chicken breast and your celery and cook for another 30 mins.
  5. Finally add the sweetcorn, in the very last 5 mins so that they retain their crunch and juiciness. Add Salt and Pepper to Taste.

The original recipe uses parsnip, although I wanted to leave this out as I following the 17 day diet and therefore wanted to keep within the plan. It also suggests to add noodles or brown rice. I substituted the noodles with cabbage to bulk it out and have also put this with cauliflower rice as another great, clean alternative. You could also go ahead at add some courgette noodles too if you’re feeling fancy.

I hope this makes some sense, as I’m not quite used to this whole recipe writing game and you all give it a try, Stay warm and toasty!

Thanks for reading,

Bailey xox

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Healthy Living

What I Ate Tuesday

As the title suggests the following post is all about what I ate, but sneaky sneaky not actually on Tuesday but Monday, O.M.G, Stop the bus. Anyway another aspect that I wanted to include on my blog is health. Now, in no shape or form am I a health expert. I’m more of a sucker who’s willing to try the latest diet or fad on the market. I have recently completed the first cycle of The 17 Day Diet and I am going to upload a post reviewing this soon. I have however at the ripe old age of 26 realised that I need to change some of my habits and incorporate some healthy ones into my life. This year is the year of the new me and a huge lifestyle overhaul. 
So, I’m going to stop rabbiting on here and save all my thoughts and feelings on healthy eating for my upcoming post. Let’s get into what I ate…
 
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Our weekend ended like this…naughty naughty

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No I didn’t eat Sebastian, but I had to include this!
Breakfast: I always start my morning with warm water and a squeeze of half a lemon, sometimes if I’m feeling brave I add Cider Vinegar and Honey. This morning I really fancied some avocado and tomato on toast, with lots of salt and pepper. On the recommendation of my best friend Alyx, I’m now a pink Himalayan Salt convert.
Mid-Morning Snack: I usually get peckish around 11am and I love fruit. Although I try and limit my fruit intake and eat it before 2pm (a habit I’ve picked up from the 17 day diet). So I decided to have 1 Gala Apple and 1 Pear sliced and doused with my favourite Yoghurt of the moment, The Collective, Kefir Yoghurt and a sprinkling of Cinnamon.
Lunch: If I have Monday off or a late start, I try and make a big huge pot of soup so that we have something quick and easy in the fridge. I haven’t been feeling so grande so thought that a warming Chicken and Vegetable soup would be nice. This is a recipe I’ve been making for a while now and I’ve adapted it to my own tastes, as I always do. It’s pretty yummy if I do say so myself. Packed full of leeks, carrots, cabbage, onion, sweetcorn, celery and of course Chicken
Afternoon Tea: Trusty old English Breakfast. I try to not drink too much of this and usually substitute it for green or peppermint tea. But sometimes, I love nothing more than to sit down with a good brew. 
Dinner: Chris and I both LOVE Salmon. We have it at least once a week. I was really busy taking photo’s and writing the blog, so I wanted something pretty healthy and easy. I just steam/poach the Salmon. To go with this I stir fried some; Leeks, Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Broccoli, Cauliflower Aubergine, and Cabbage. I always fill up on loads of veg so that I feel nice and full. I stir fried this in a little olive oil and some Tamari Sauce which can be a great gluten free substitute for Soy Sauce.
And finally of course I try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. 
We do the bulk of our supermarket shop at Countdown and sometimes treat ourselves and get it delivered. We do, however get all our fruit and veg from Raeward Fresh. I just prefer the standard of the fruit and veg there and it works out to be a little cheaper, so that’s always a bonus in my books.
Well there you have it. I managed to produce a pretty short post, Go me!
What do you guys eat on a typical day? I’d love to hear any good suggestions for other soup options.
Thanks once again for reading!
Bailey xox
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About me

A life that’s good…

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So, why am I here? why did I decide to venture into the realms of blogging?

Actually this is my third venture into blogging, which you can both read and look at below (get excited). I had started a Youtube channel many many moons ago (almost 5 years to be exact) and unfortunately due to many different reasons, I just could never EVER keep up and keep it flowing. I also tried to keep it as secret as possible as I was so scared of people thinking it was silly or a joke. And no I’m not saying that this whole Blogging world is going to be any easier, I mean who knows if anyone is even going to read this, but its is for me, far more convenient. Having a blog means I don’t have to sit in the most awkward positions, in the most awkward angle just so I can get the right lighting for my video. You can basically blog anywhere and thats what I love about reading blogs as 9 out of 10 times there’s always lots of fun new content.

I had started a blog to coincide with my YouTube channel at the time, but I was so hopeless with that one and I left it sad and neglected, but if you would like a good laugh you’ll find it here it features 1 post of embarrassing photo’s and an a-hmm old boyfriend haha . I promise I’ll be a better with this one.

Anyhow I really did not mean to make this a ramble of a first post, although if you stick around you’ll soon notice that I do love a good old ramble or a waffle as many of my English teachers used to comment. I wanted to just say Hi and explain where I’m hoping to take this blog.

A life that’s good is actually the title of a song from one of my favourite telly programmes of the moment and I just thought it fits perfectly with everything I want this place to be about. I first started my Youtube channel focused on all things beauty as that is what I love, as a trained make up artist and addict. However as I’m getting older, my interests and hobbies have evolved and changed as my life changes. I love health and well being and any new fad that comes along with this. I’ve also seen myself giving the old Do It Yourself a try recently and wanted to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learnt along the way and also get some much needed advice as I am renowned for winging things.

I’m hoping this blog becomes a place where people can come and read and share and learn. I know these interests to some may seem ‘fluffy’ but to a big community out there it can be the hobby that keeps you going and the perfect escapism.

So, In a nutshell this is what I aim to achieve with this blog, I’m a little nervous about putting myself out there but whats life without a little bit of fear. So stick around and follow Me, My Boyfriend Chris and Our Cat Sebastian ‘Monkey’ (as pictured above, because who doesn’t love a cute cat picture) as we try and obtain A Life That’s Good.

Bailey

xox

 

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