Will it blend?!

Will it blend?!

I was not sure if its to pre-mature to post a recipe that is perfect for hot summer days. The days are heating up here in Brisbane, so I thought why not?!

Here is a really quick and easy breakfast you can whip up in minutes and with only a few simple ingredients! Its kind of my twist on the Acai Bowls that are trending at the moment. I’ve found with the businesses that are known for their Acai Bowls, are using the Acai puree packets with added Guarana. This adds unwarranted sugar and energy into the mixture, causing a hit of satisfaction followed by extreme sugar withdrawals and irritable stomach.

My recipe uses a mix of natural sugars found in fruit topped with fibres from Flaxseed and  sustainable energy in Chia Seeds. It is equally as yummy but without the tummy ache from that the Acai berries seem to add.

What you will need:

A Blender (duhh!)

Frozen Mixture:
1/2 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1 FROZEN Banana
25-50ml Unsweetened Almond Milk

You can top it with anything you love! But I chose:
Linseed Meal (Flaxseed)
Chia Seeds
Cinnamon
Spirulina

You will need: Frozen mixed berries. 1 x frozen banana. Almond Milk. Cinnamon. Flax seed. Chia Seeds.
You will need: Frozen mixed berries. 1 x frozen banana. Almond Milk. Cinnamon. Flax seed. Chia Seeds.

First Step: Add the Almond Milk. Less is best to start off with. This makes sure the mixture does not become to runny.

Step Two: Add Frozen Mixed Berries – AND BLENDDD!

Step Three: Check out that goodness that is being whipped up inside!

Step Four: Time to add the frozen Banana. Using unfrozen banana will not keep the mixture thick and cold.

Step Five: BLEND!

Step Six: The best part – time to get creative with your presentation! I’ve topped the bowl with Flaxseed (great source of fibre), Spirulina (contains rich vegetable proteins), Chia Seeds (loaded with antioxidants, fibre and protein), and Cinnamon (great for blood sugar control, minimises irritable bowel syndrome and sugar cravings).

There are numerous ways you can topped this bowl. I switch things up sometimes and top it with muesli and coconut yoghurt!

Are there any summer recipes you make to cool you down?

Stolen flowers in a gold vase

Stolen flowers in a gold vase

I recently just moved into a new house. Wooden floors. High ceilings. It has a great energy. However, being a student I struggle to find the funds to decorate and style. So I am here to share some of the easy, cheap and some what controversial to your taste decorating ideas.

Australia Fauna. Its a classic and one of my favourites. They last for up to three weeks in water and even on their dying days, they look beautiful. As they last for quite some time, I highly recommend these to any student or anyone on a budget to buy. The vase I put them in are Mason Jars and an old glass juice bottle. Keep an eye out next time you buy a drink in a convenience store or super market as you would be surprised by the shapes and colours that products come in. Just give them a soak in warm soapy water and the labels slip right off.

How cool is my little Jellyfish Air Plant? Its a beautiful birthday present I received from a friend of mine. I bought the Tillandsia from my favourite nursery in Brisbane, Mappins Nursery. Tillandsias are natives from forest, mountains and deserts in Central and South America. They are the best, low maintenance plant you could have living in your house. Give them a spray of water every 2-3 days a week and it will happily grow whenever you choose to stick them. I’ve seen all sorts, in seashells, driftwood, even woven into rope.

You can buy a Ceramic Jellyfish holder like mine here.

Ok ok, here is probably a very controversial way to show off your flowers, as it may not be to everyone taste. In my opinion, the contrasting colours and unexpected beauty from flower and empty beer bottle is something I love. As I said before, keep an eye out for bottles that have interesting shapes, colours or labels. I picked these flowers on a walk one afternoon.

Stolen flowers, in a gold vase. #studentlife.

Here is another example of using what you have already bought and turning it into something completely different. I planted chillies and a small succulent in empty cans which would have just been thrown away. The key is finding colours that compliment each other. Once again, I bought these guys from Mappins Nursery

What have you done around your home to style and decorate on a budget?

DIY Chest of Drawers

DIY Chest of Drawers

I’m feeling so accomplished after my first DIY venture. That chest of drawers you’re seeing right there, is renovated by yours truly.

I bought these old drawers from a charity store. Sanded them back. Painted a primer coat, then two coats of white paint and finished it off with new handles.

I could of easily gone out and bought a new chest of drawers from any furniture store for the same price it costed me to renovate this (paint, new handles and time = $$) but I love having something in my house that represents me. Something I can and will proudly keep for years to come.

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Sanded back. Ready for a prime and two coats of paint. Started filling in the extra holes from the old handles as my new handles wont be needing them.
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All starting to come together. A second coat of paint does wonders!

I’ll let you in on a little secret though, painting is a bitch! I highly recommend finding an attractive person, getting them oiled up and shirtless, and then making them paint your DIY project for you. Much less painless. Much more enjoyable.