Summer Rolls
October 22, 2014

Summer Rolls

So far, Spring has been an absolute whirlwind.  Yesterday was a particularly crazy day, with a very exciting meeting in Auckland for an upcoming project!  But, because of my personal/work schedule, I could only be in Auckland for the day, which meant a verrrry early start, and a verrrry late finish.  It was a long day, a rewarding one, but still a mammoth day! On days like those, when it comes to meal time you really need something that’s easy to throw together.  Bonus points if it’s also nutritious, tastes like a......

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Mocha Java Chip Frappuccino
October 19, 2014

Mocha Java Chip Frappuccino

I remember the day my first Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen VHS tape arrived in my mailbox.  It’s an understatement of the century to say that I was aaaaaaall kinds of excited, and by FAR this was the best day of the Term 3 School Holidays! After I’d watched my tape from start-to-finish about 10 times, there was one particular scene that for some reason, I became absolutely obsessed with… when the girls ordered their Starbucks frappuccinos!  It’s SO weird that this struck a chord with me!  I think it was just a......

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New Beginnings, My Body Makeover

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is almost here.  This is pretty heavy stuff to admit out-loud, to an audience of readers that I don’t know too well.. But it’s been such a long time since I’ve been genuinely excited about summer arriving. I wish this wasn’t the case, because summer is full of so many of my favourite things.  Warm weather, long days, events happening all over the place, and everyone seems to be in such a great mood!  But for me the anticipation of the......

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Parmesan Eggplant Pizza Bites

I’m always looking for crafty and cunning ways to eat more vegetables and fruits on the daily. Have you ever stopped and kept a detailed food diary of what you’ve eaten in a day?  It seems a little intense, doesn’t it?  Like over-the-top self-monitoring? Part of me was always against it – I just felt it a little unnecessary – but I finally decided to give the whole food diary thing a try after a friend told me all about the incredible powers of MyFitnessPal. It was a really hard process for......

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Chocolate Caramel Popcorn
October 07, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

My dad and I both share quite the sweet tooth, and have a special appreciation for one treat in particular – caramel popcorn!  It’s probably no exaggeration to state that I’ve eaten my own body weight in caramel popcorn over the years.  It’s such a delicious moreish snack that’s crunchy, sweet, and I’m sure other’s would agree… it’s SO easy to eat! But when I stop to think about the cups of sugar and butter that have gurgled around in my body, thanks to that caramel popcorn, it makes me shudder. Ignorance......

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I’m the oldest of two in my family, and I’ve always loved being a big sister to Sarah.  Because there’s not too big of an age gap between us, when we were growing up we played together all the time – whether we were in our pool, on the trampoline, in our Barbie doll play room, or somehow I’d conned her into playing school with me.. I was the teacher, and I set her actual homework.  My poor long suffering sister! It was her birthday at the end of September, and as......

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As you guys know, I love hearing from those who read and check out this blog.  It’s really fun hearing from you, and reading about your experiences making the recipes I’ve shared.  I’m sorry for being quieter this week, a bug has been going around for some time and it finally knocked me out.  It’s nice to be back to normal again! One of the most common questions I’m asked is, where do I get my ingredients from?  This isn’t all too relevant for those of you who don’t live in the......

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Acai Smoothie Bowl
September 30, 2014

Acai Smoothie Bowl

Around the corner from my Manhattan apartment was Liquiteria’s East Village spot.  I was soo grateful for this little hole-in-the-wall, especially when I was on my way from one job to the next and I needed a quick, nutritional meal on the go. One of my favourite items on their menu was their acai bowl, with aaaaallll the toppings that my heart desired.  The acai is a superfood that’s maybe newer on the market, and just gaining traction here in New Zealand.  You may not have even heard of it – but......

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Introducing the Gin & Rosewater Greenhouse & A Broke Girls' Guide To....

Whoa.  What a week it’s been!  I can’t quite believe we’re already at Friday! For some reason this week has been crazy from every angle possible, and yesterday finally all of the mounting craziness caught up with me.  By 8.30pm last night I was exhausted and absolutely ready for a deep sleep!  After an early night, this morning I woke up early ready to resume the craziness, and felt so refreshed!  It was just what I needed. One of my crazy new projects is this gorgeous little frame I’m sharing in today’s......

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Lemon Coconut Truffles
September 24, 2014

Lemon Coconut Truffles

This weekend past, my friend Erin hosted her house warming to celebrate her brand-new-beautiful home being completed!  It was an exciting get together to share in the excitement that her vision had come together – I was like a proud parent looking around at each finished room! In the lead up to her house warming, Erin dropped a little request to me, and asked whether I could bring a raw vegan treat for others to share in for afternoon tea.  It’s always nerve wracking serving up a raw vegan recipe to non-raw......

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