Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Two

My second week of 2015 was a complete relaxation indulgence. I was so lucky to have an extra week of holidays and to be able to spend it just nesting inside our house experimenting with food, doing some writing and reading, catching up on blog stuff, going for long walks and runs along the waterfront, and cleaning up the house ready for my step back into the real world on Monday. Nourishing for mind, body, and soul. I just feel so completely whole after this week – a good start to 2015 for sure. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Two:

Cupcakes for chris

Monday: Chris went back to work today. The house was lonely without him. After a workout I went out to pamper myself with some sales shopping. Though it is definitely shallow I had a great time trying on pretty things and buying a few new clothes for work and play. I was grateful for some selfish girly time and that I got to come home and make Chris a delicious dinner after his first day back.

Tuesday: Today I found out that Medibank’s BeMagazine featured another one of my recipes! I am grateful to their social media team for featuring Thoroughly Nourished Life’s recipes. I was also grateful to break out my new Christmas present – my KitchenAid! I whipped up a batch of cupcakes for Chris to take to work. I love my new mixer. I just need to find a perfect name for her (yes, I am an appliance namer. My laptop’s name is Ralph).

medibank featureWednesday: After a lazy morning making a start on my USA history reading list (gotta be prepared for our trip this year!) I went for a run (gotta be prepared for my upcoming race on 1st Feb) and then spent the rest of the day in the kitchen. I was grateful that my soft boiled eggs turned out for the photographs, and for the yummy lunch after I had finished.

eggs and salad

Thursday: I had a deliciously active day with a 30 minute interval workout in the morning and a long walk along the water in the afternoon. I was grateful to break a sweat because I spent the remainder of the day curled up with movies and some writing ideas. When Chris came home from work he brought me beautiful flowers and my favourite chocolate too. I am grateful for this man’s sweet gestures.

flowers from chris

Friday: Today I spent a pleasant walk to start the day and then got to work trialling a new cupcake recipe! I have finally created a fluffy, moist gluten free vanilla cupcake that uses all wholegrain flours! Then I enjoyed my sampler cupcake while I watched Frasier and planned blog stuff. Tonight Chris and I enjoyed a ‘Stay-cation Date’ with our favourite take-away choices (yay, sushi!) and more West Wing. My last day official day of holidays was lazy but I am grateful for the downtime before another busy year of work.

vanilla cupcakes

Saturday: First market trip for the year! Mum, Jess and I had a long catch up and I filled our refrigerator with lots of healthy, yummy seasonal fruits and vegetables. After the markets I went for an 11km run (long training run, yay!) and this afternoon Chris and I took in an afternoon session of ‘The Imitation Game‘. This movie, the man and the truth behind the story, fascinate me. The sad societal truths around the time that lead to the sad ending of Alan Turing’s life makes me so grateful to be able to love who I love, and pursue a relationship without being persecuted.

Sunday: Every weekend I take a walk along the bay on Sunday morning. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful location while we are waiting for our home to be built. I am grateful for the scenery, and for watching the storms roll in and out over the water. A nice, slow, sky-watching end to my holiday.

Also this week:

  • Back-to-work quick breakfasts and snacks are easy, delicious and healthy with my latest muffin recipe
  • My latest nourished life bowl is filled with brown rice, summer vegetables, and rich soft-boiled eggs
  • BeMagazine featured my Shredded Vegetable Salad with Red Curry Coconut Dressing!

Tell me, friends, what are you grateful for this week? Any exciting happenings this weekend?

7 thoughts on “Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Two

  1. Congrats on another feature, Amy! How exciting! I have a friend who was asking me about GF recipes (specifically of the sweet variety) the other day, and I sent her your way. I’m sure she found some awesome goodies!
    I seriously get so excited every time I think about you coming here for your trip! Do you have any idea what time of year you think you’ll come? AHH! It’s going to be great! What have you learned about the US so far?? Haha.
    Lucky you that you had an extra week off… I’m jealous! I hope your Monday wasn’t too bad 😉
    What color is your mixer? I can’t remember if you told me… That plays a big part in picking the best name, you know!

    • Thanks for sending me another reader 🙂 I hope she found something to her taste!
      We will most probably be visiting in November! I can’t wait to see a real autumn with the leaves all amber and ochre! I’ve been reading a great book called ‘The Men Who United the States’ which focuses a lot on people who explored, constructed, and changed the landscape itself. Very interesting. Next up is a biography of Teddy Roosevelt 🙂
      My mixer is ‘Espresso’ – looks like chocolate to me! I love it 🙂

      • November! I think I remember you saying that before, if I recall. It will be the perfect time! I loveeee November (although I’m partial to September), even when it’s cold.
        And CLEARLY you need to name your mixer something coffee related! Are you a Friends fan? I can’t remember. If you are, and if I were you… I would name him Gunther.

    • Thanks Traci! Your comment on my salad made me smile so much 🙂
      Friendship is definitely something to be grateful for indeed, and mornings are my favourite time of day!

  2. My Kitchenaid is one of the most used pieces of kit in my kitchen. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t use it. Have fun with it Amy. Congrats on the feature. I’m not surprised it was chosen. It’s such a healthy and delicious looking dish.

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