Sunday, March 2, 2014

{foodie} Best Yoghurt Ever

This is a thermomix recipe for yoghurt, however yogurt is fairly easy to make and you don't need a thermomix to make, or an easiyo set up. On Easiyo....those packets you buy....pretty much really expensive sugar, starter culture and whatever else they put in there. Don't buy them, they are a rip off.


1-2 litres of milk, full cream or low fat, it doesn't really matter. How much yoghurt do you want to make? Keep in mind, if you drain the whey, you will not end up with what you started with.

2 Tb natural live yoghurt. This is your starter and you will need to buy some plain yoghurt or reserve some each time you make yoghurt.


How to

Pour milk in the thermo and heat 10min/80/speed2

Leave to cool until the 37 light switches off.

Add yoghurt starter. Mix 5sec/speed 3

Heat 10min/37/speed2.

Pour straight into your thermoserver or container to keep warm. This is the key. You need a nice warm environment for the yoghurt cultures to do their thing and for the yoghurt to set. You could place in a casserole dish, lid on with a towel wrapped around, or in a thermos. I use my thermoserve and place in the oven overnight.

Leave for at least 6 hours or overnight if possible.

*drain the whey through a muslin. This is optional. I prefer to do it and I use the whey in cooking or ricotta cheese making (I will post up a blog post!)


Now you have plain yoghurt. It should keep nicely for up to 5 days.


Plain yoghurt is fine, but you can have a bit of fun flavouring your yoghurt. I generally grind 1/2 MC of sugar 10secs/9 and add this to my yoghurt along with whatever flavour I want to make it. For example, vanilla:few drops of essence, strawberry:a large blob of strawberry jam. Stir through

Jam makes a great flavouring, as does fruits such as banana and peaches. I do recommend the sugar, but play around with the quantities, see how low you can go to get the desired sweetness.

Let me know how you go! If you have any questions, please ask!


Friday, February 28, 2014




Start uni this week. No FFS

Uni is a 180km return trip. FFS

The powers that be put on a free coach bus service, hellllooo air condition comfort. No FFS

The bus driver looks like the lead character in a f-grade horror flick. FFS

He drives the bus like a horror flick. FFS.

He gets me home faster than I could, and I don't stop to let students off. No FFS (just close your eyes, think of England, no one has died....yet)

Big two have to walk themselves home from school. No FFS (it's character building and fitness building...right)

Big two have a fight, and separately contact me, one via Skype, one via Instagram. FFS

Fight club topics include whether or not either of them should have a shower after school, who should go first, and why are girls mean. FFS

The first rule of fight club......

You can join in the FFS awesomeness or just have a laugh at the lovely


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A.S.A.P get it, like ASAP

This post has not been sponsored in any way shape or form. This is all my own opinion. I bought these products with my own money. I just love this brand and after a few decades trying to find something that doesn't burn, cause blotchiness and aggravate my acne, I've finally found it!
Well over a year ago I booked in for a facial, it was bliss, really bliss, and my skin felt divine. The beautician convinced me to buy a travel pack which contained some of the products in it and some moisturiser. I can't remember all the contents, but I do remember wondering if I had just wasted my money and I would be binning these in 12 months (you know beauty products have a shelf life don't you?).
The brand is ASAP, and you can find them at
They were worth every cent. Seriously.

I use the moisturiser and cleanser every morning and night. And apart from having to go several weeks without the moisturiser (no stockist in my home town eek! And then I forgot to buy some when I went to my closest regional city!), I have used the both with a fair amount of commitment for about 16 months now.

Now I'm no supermodel. Those who see me first thing in the morning will confirm I can and do look like a wild women of Borneo. I have days where I'm bloated, where lack of sleep takes it's toll and where I need to get stuck into the healthy foods more.
But I am nearly 35. I raise 4 kids as a mum who is single. I run two business's . I study full time at university. I volunteer at the school canteen. I play basketball. I ferry around kids so they can play basketball.
I'm flat out busy and often sleep deprived. I have every reason to look like hell.
Now I don't want to sound up myself, but for the most part, I don't think I look like hell. Genetics might play a part. When I get enough water and nutrients, that plays a part too. But I have noticed a massive difference in my skin and my acne problem (quite bad hormonal acne on my chin and neck, I still get pimples, but they don't turn into massive clusters of poppable pimples anymore) since I started using this brand.
I haven't had another facial since (but I want one!).
I don't wear foundation. Ever. My make up routine is sometimes a bit of lipstick or lip balm and some eyleliner. Sometimes.

I've used the facial scrub and the tinted moisturiser. The scrub is great too. The moisteriser would be great, but the tint is a littl strong. I don't look like an Oompa Loompa, but I do look like I've used a bottle of fake tan. Like 5 minutes ago. I do use this, but tone it down a bit with my moisteriser. The clear skin gel is fabulous, makes my skin feel nice and tight and firm too.
Go! It's worth giving a go!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wanna go on a date....Good Looking?

Dating advice for the not so desperate!

An occasional series, taking advice from Disney and taking the piss out of being single and dateless!




Dating tip #2

Hot guys who are stupid aren't worth it.

Trust me.

Conversation goes flat. You need more than something pretty to look at.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

{foodie} Creamy Garlic Prawn Risotto

This is pretty yummo and so simple to make. My kids are a bit fussy and will pick out the prawns. A little devoid of greens, you could serve on a bed of rocket or a nice side salad perhaps.



50g Parmesan cheese

1 onion. Spring onions/shallots work well too

2 cloves garlic. You can add more, I usually do!

40g butter

350g arborio rice

50g white wine. I use my fav Brown Brother Moscato

900g chicken stock. I use 3 stock cubes in 900g water

400g prawns. Or a mix of seafood

60g sour cream



Add parmasan cheese and grate for 5 seconds on speed 8. Set aside

Add garlic and onion and chop for 5 seconds on speed 5.

Scrape down the sides, add butter and sauté for 2 min, 100 degrees, reverse speed 1.

Insert butterfly, add rice and wine and sauté for 2 min, 100 degrees, reverse speed 1.

Add stock and cook for 14 min, 100 degrees, reverse speed 1.

Add prawns and cook for 1 min 30 sec, 100 degrees, reverse speed 1.

Transfer to thermoserve, add parmasan. Let sit for 10 min. Stir and serve!




Monday, August 12, 2013

Mans Best Friend

Dating advice for the not so desperate!

An occasional series, taking advice from Disney, my mum and other randoms and taking the piss out of being single and dateless!


Wanna date?
I was having a chat to my mum the other day, we get the normal pleasantries out of the way, you know, how are the kids, how's the country life ect ect.


Then she asks for an update on my love life. You see she is praying to the gods and goddess that they will send along a suitable fellow soon. And she's a woman of faith and expecting some sort of action by now.

She must be praying to the wrong deities.

Anyhoo, I tell her there is no update and day dreams don't count.

So she then tells me to get a dog, walk the dog, and when I come across some man, strike up a conversation. Use the dog as an icebreaker. Ask this man on a date. And voila, love life fixed.

Thanks mum.

Too easy.

Only, I don't have a dog.

I live 25km out of town.

My nearest neighbour is my sister ( thanks).

And my driveway is 2km long, and to be honest, after walking two km down that, I might not be in the best state to strike up a convo with an eligible bachelor.


Ahhhh mum, keep pray'n


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cars and Houses

FFS Friday

Today is Saturday, who gives...I had a crap week with lots of FFS moments. So here goes:


Bought $20 000 car. Love it. No FFS.

$20 000 car breaks down 7 days later. FFS

Major engine failure. You have got to be kidding me. FFS

Car dealership sorting it out at no cost to me. No FFS.

I have a loan car, busy advertising Bunbury Holden across south west WA, whilst yelling at the kids to not put their muddy feet on the seats, touch the glass with their fingerprints, eat/breathe/make smells ect in the loan car. FFS.

Borrow sisters bogan car that goes and goes and goes. And when it breaks it's fixable and then goes some more. No FFS.

Lock keys in sisters car, 10.30pm at night. Car is on. I live in a rural area. No one around. FFS.

Walk the 300m down the road to my sisters house, pitch black, cold, to get my sister, admit to my stupidity and get help. FFS.

Ended up smashing the window to get keys and turn car off. FFS.

Goodbye $285. FFS

Water pressure in rental is almost none existent. Leak, maybe a blockage, who knows but it means hot water can't kick in. No hot showers, 10 days now. Using sisters amenities. FFS.

Bloody awful smell wafting up from toilet, think the recent rains have affected the backyard sewerage in some way. FFS.

Those same rains have cause a major ceiling leak in the hallway. FFS.

House is not happening, had enough. Applied for another rental. No FFS.

Offered 6 months paid rent in advance to secure it, waiting to hear back. No comment cause I don't want to jinx myself.

Rent is more than my last mortgage. FFS.

Hoping next week is better!!! Way better!

Come join in, it's strongly therapeutic! Thanks for the lovely for all the good times following FFS Friday!!