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These are my awesome finds from the internet this week. Have you found anything interesting on the interwebs? Please share below! Or on my Facebook page!

Thoroughly Nourished Finds.

Our internet has been non-existent at home (insert sad face) and for two people who live on the internet like Chris and I do, this has been tragic. We’ve actually had to watch free-to-air television (cue re-runs of M*A*S*H* and too many variations of COPS) and talk to each other, oh and get on with that unpacking thing…. So in the precious moments of data usage I allow myself on my phone every night (a girl has to have her Pinterest time y’all) these are the things that have caught my eye, heart, and imagination.

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And that’s all folks! What’s been capturing your interest on the interwebs lately?

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Okay my people, what interest pockets of the internet have you turned out this week?

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Your turn friends! What interesting or delicious things have you found around the web this week?

Thoroughly Nourished Finds – Reads for the Weekend

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  • If you only read one article from this list, please make it this one. Providing bad information and misleading people with sensationalist claims is never okay, and when they are facing life-threatening illness it is inexcusable. I respect everyone’s choice in their journey, but please be smart and safe, and listen to real science.
  • South Korea is the world’ capital of plastic surgery. The New Yorker took a closer look at going under the knife in the homeland of Psy.
  • ThankList sounds like an amazing way to show gratitude, and increase civility. I’m going to start thinking about my own ThankList, beyond the circle of amazing people I get to talk to everyday.
  • Is it wrong that I am super interested in prisons? Also, my biggest fear is going to prison. Must’ve been a convict in a former life. This look inside America’s toughest federal prison is a sad, but very interesting read. Lesson: the first step should always be true justice.
  • This story about Norway’s Halden Prison stands in stark contrast to the above story.
  • Make ravioli – it’s on my list, and it just got easier with this gorgeous recipe and video from Snixy Kitchen and Bojon Gourmet
  • You know I love chocolate chip cookies, now Cate has taken them to a whole new level. Say yes to salty-sweet!
  • Faring Well takes the most beautiful photographs, and writes from the heart. I love this latest pasta recipe and reflection on her last six months.
  • I’m really good at stress. Like A+ good. I’m hoping that incorporating these stress-relieving yoga poses from The Greatist into my bed time ritual will bring me some peace.
  • A new favourite podcast! These bite-size lessons in how to be Happier from Gretchen Rubin have me pondering my own life and the fostering of happiness. Perfect for listening to and reflecting on during my commute.

Have a wonderful weekend all! I hope it is filled with discussion, gratitude, and a chocolate chip cookie or three!

Top Ten Gluten Free Treats For Your Sweet This Valentine’s Day

Florists are hurriedly filling their shelves, rose petals dripping to the floor; chocolatiers present rows of gleaming handmade creations for lovers to gift to each other; and restaurant staff starch tablecloths, polish cutlery until it gleams, and cook plates of perfect aphrodisiacs. These are all beautiful ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day, but I’ve always been more of the homemade type. Something made with hand and heart for the one you love. The time is the gift, and love is a verb.

Here are my Top Ten Gluten Free Treats for Your Sweet this Valentine’s Day from Thoroughly Nourished Life:

Two forks and a plate with a massive slice of my Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting would be a sweet end to Valentine’s Day.

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeOr how about two spoons and a tub of my Irish Coffee Ice Cream? Chris and I bonded over our love of whisky, so this would be a perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

Irish Coffee Ice Cream | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNeed a vegan salty sweet treat for your beloved? Tahini and Peanut Butter Cookies would be welcomed by anyone – bonus points if you wrap them up in a cute little box with tissue paper!

Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies | Gluten Free | Vegan | Thoroughly Nourished LifeNeed a little spice in your life this Valentine’s Day? (Don’t worry, this isn’t about to turn into that kind of blog!) Try my Chai Spiced Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Chai Spiced Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeChocolate and Peanut Butter, not since Romeo and Juliet have there been two more meant for each other. Here in my Peanut Butter Doughnuts with Chocolate Peanut Glaze, rather more successfully than those teenage lovers, chocolate and peanut butter are united in heavenly doughnut form.

Peanut Butter Doughnuts | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeOh so you aren’t going away to a tropical island with your lover for Valentine’s Day? Neither am I, but I’m tempted to bring the tropical home with a batch of Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream. These gluten free cupcakes are also perfect for a Gal-entine’s Day celebration too! Perfect for that Sex and the City / Friends marathon!

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeHow about some pure, lustful, lush chocolate indulgence? My Frosted Peppermint Brownies are an aphrodisiac for sure….(leave out the mint and candy canes for pure chocolate sin…)

Frosted Peppermint Brownies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeIs your sweetheart a cookie monster? I’m lucky that I have found a fellow cookie monster to love, and my Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of our favourite indulgences. Best when paired with binge watching Parks and Recreation.

Even Better Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life | thoroughlynourishedlife.comBreakfast in bed, or maybe brunch in bed in your plans for this weekend? My Zucchini, Carrot and Walnut Pancakes (with plenty of maple syrup) are a sweet and wholesome start to the day.

Zucchini, Carrot, and Walnut Pancakes | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeAnd now, for the pull-out all stops, don’t bother going out for dinner, just grab a fork and your stretchy pants and let’s eat in bed, piece de resistance – Chocolate Brownie Cookie Dough Layer Cake. It’s over the top, it’s more than over the top. It’s magnums of champagne, 25 carat diamond, a thousand red roses strewn on white silk sheets over the top, but sometimes, that’s exactly what love needs to be.

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And a few more love-ly links from around our internet world:

  • Just in time for our Lady and the Tramp Valentine’s Day re-enactments, Not Quite Nigella gives us perfect Bean and Quinoa Vegetarian Meatballs. The call it bella notte….
  • Red Velvet is Chris’s current love language, and doughnuts, well of course, doughnuts are the ultimate symbol of love – they look like a hug after all. Lynn from Fresh April Flours combines the two in her delightful Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts.
  • If a jar of Nutella is one of your ultimate couple foods (just add two spoons for happiness) – this Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake from Urban Bakes is the perfect up-your-game treat for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And even if Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, I hope you have an extra sweet weekend too!

Thoroughly Nourished Finds – Cookies, Comedians, and Cartoons

I spend way too much time fooling around on the internet, to be sure, but I am never short of a funny, interesting, or thought-provoking link to send to a friend. Today I’m going to share with you the latest links that have made me laugh, inspired me, or helped me think about how to live a more nourished life. If you’ve found something funny or interesting to share, leave me a comment and a link below!

Blueberry Pumpkin Pancakes | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Make ’em laugh!

I think you all know by now that I like a laugh, and most of you have probably picked up that I am a feminist too. These comedians bring some humour to the fight for equality for both sexes. I especially love Amy Schumer and Tina Fey’s points. Tell your own story. Lift up your fellow ladies.

Think/inspire

Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe and all the trappings of life are pressing in on me. Becoming Minimalist has 12 simple ways to create more space every day.

Maybe Mickey (or one of his incarnations) wasn’t meant to be in love with Minnie, but Mike instead. Check out these illustrations for an updated and different gender view of the traditional mouse coupling.

30 isn’t all that far away, so I am keen to learn as much as I can in the next two and a bit years. This article on Thought Catalogue has 35 lessons to learn as you get closer to 30. I need to practice more of numbers 1, 8, 13, and 26.

I’m still learning about balance in my life and diet, but this article from The Greatist articulates perfectly the philosophy of balance that I admire in people like my sister. Who knows how to eat just one cookie and really enjoy it.

Get hungry

After seeing ‘Tex Mex from Scratch‘ featured on Jennifer’s ‘In My Kitchen‘ update I knew I needed to have it. This is ultimate Chris food and I can’t wait to cook him up some dry rub ribs and get my hands on a slice of chocolate meringue pie!

It must be the season for American food because I made this Buttermilk Fried Chicken for Chris tonight and I can tell it will be on heavy repeat all summer long. Perfect picnic food for omnivores.

You know I am all about the sweet, stackable breakfast food. A few years ago my grandmother entrusted her old waffle iron to me. After this all buckwheat waffle recipe came to light a few weeks ago I know exactly what I am going to christen it with once I dig it out of storage.

My copy of Joy the Baker‘s new cookbook is currently winging its way across the ocean to my eager hands. I can’t wait Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream to celebrate long summer afternoons, or a Mint Chocolate Chip Cake for my brother-in-law’s birthday. There is always room for some homemade decadence in the Thoroughly Nourished household.

That’s it for my list for now! Back to recipes on Wednesday. In the meantime, if you’ve found something you’d like to share, leave me a link below.

Thoroughly Nourished Finds – Inspiration and Escapism

Things in the world are getting really real at the moment, and because I don’t listen to the radio, or watch the news I find out about them on the internet, or through friends (and then end up trawling the internet for more information). Bad people, bad things, big decisions about the future of countries and people, all of these things are flooding the pages of this big wide web world. In these times we can only reach out to each other, give a kind word, a kind touch, try to spread a message of hope. Without the intention of belittling the problems of the world, perhaps we can all share in some good things on the internet, some support for our fellow humans. This month my Thoroughly Nourished Finds are about inspiration and escapism and just a little hope that the end of 2014 will find the world walking a more peaceful track.

Inspiration

After reading this article in The Atlantic about Afghan girls who live as boys for a few years I cannot wait to read the forthcoming book.

Somedays I feel like I am too old (I know, I’m only 27 Mum) to start something new and creative like writing that book I’ve always wanted too, but this Manifesto for the Late-Blooming Writer is consolation and inspiration.

I want to gather my friends together in the summer light for feasts where I can  wrap myself in the protection of their laughter and light. I would serve them Baked Almond Pancake, or perhaps Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Cream Cheese and Herbed Millet, or Veggie Chilli with a big pitcher of Fresh Honeydew Margaritas. Nourish them while nourishing my soul.

Thank you Ben and Jerry’s. Love does come in all flavours.

Escapism

Burning Man 2014 Artworks. I love ‘The Embrace’ although I don’t know where I’d put it in my tiny backyard, and the ‘Hayam Sun Temple’ is strikingly designed and perfect as a reflective space.

Wonder if they’d set up one of these mobile pools in my office car park this summer if I asked really nicely? I’ll bring the sangria.

The kick-butt princesses that Disney will probably never touch, but oh wouldn’t it be awesome to see some of these strong women on screen someday! (more here)

I dare you not to cry at this story and beautiful photo shoot for a single Mum with cancer.

Hope

Martin Luther King Jr once said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I wish to see light and love change this world, so I will practice light and love in my life. Perhaps it’s naive of me, but if we all practiced being the light and the love, each little corner of the world would have light up with a spark, and slowly that would become a fire of light and love, tolerance, peace, justice, hope, creativity, that would consume all of humanity. That is my hope.

Thoroughly Nourished Finds: Rainy Days Edition

I had an amazing zucchini and chocolate cake to share with you today. Had. Until I went to turn it out of the pan and my perfect cake became a pile of crumbs, chocolate chips, and devastation. So, I took this as a sign from the universe that I needed to step away from the cake (and the chocolate) for a little while and share something a little different with you all. Perhaps, what I have been wrapped up with on the internet for the past few weeks. Presenting Thoroughly Nourished Finds: Rainy Days Edition. After all, the weather is getting warmer and stormier here, and our rainy days of spring are just starting.

Indulgent Rainy Day Eats:

Let’s start the list with a little chocolate, because on a rainy weekend day I want to be wrapped up on the couch with a book and something indulgent to drink. This Chocolate Iced Coffee from Kare at Kitchen Treaty fits the bill perfectly.

Rainy days are perfect for Thai food in my mind. This Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad from Tasty Kitchen Blog looks perfect, and oh that sauce….

Do you remember the Cadbury Mint Patties that came in the gold foil? I do, fondly. These Irish Mint Patties from Clean Eating are like the (almost) guilt free version – and you can make them at home!

Searching for another sweet treat? My new blog friend Lynn at Fresh April Flours shared a recipe for Cinnamon Crunch Scones last week. Now, scones are my perfect rainy day food because they remind me of my Mum. Anyone for high tea?

I know this vegan crumble is supposed to be dessert, but with all those berries, surely it could pass for breakfast too? Can’t wait to make this Raw Berry and Pear Crumble with Vanilla Cashew Cream.

Where I’m Dreaming Of:

If you could choose anywhere to spend a rainy weekend, where would you go? I would choose a lighthouse, right on the edge of a cliff, with the storm howling around me and a fireplace keeping me toasty warm I would be in my own little version of heaven. These lighthouse hotels make that a possibility….

Chris and I both have Scotland on our ‘Must Travel To’ Lists and when we get there The Kelpies sculpture near Falkirk in Scotland are on my list of ‘Must See Architecture’.

Might Be Raining, But I’m Still Training

I have decided to take a break from training for races for a little while. I am still enjoying running, and getting my long runs above 6 miles again, but I just want to be able to enjoy and explore some different ways of moving at the moment. Since my surgery earlier this year I have found it really hard to get my abs firmed up again. I am thinking of trying out reformer-based Pilates to strengthen my extremely weak core. Any thoughts?

I’ve been enjoying some at-home workouts during the week to increase my strength without having to fight the crowds in the weights area at the gym. This Cardio Pilates workout from PopSugar Fitness was an amazing follow up to my run on Saturday. I was starving by the time I got to the dinner party I was going to as well – bonus!

These printed tights from Under Armour are calling my name! Perfect for running and so pretty! Saving up my pocket money for these.

Rainy Retail Therapy

These coral suede loafers are completely impractical for the rain, and I would probably end up carrying them more than wearing them to jump through puddles, but they’re so pretty. Perfect for spring farmer’s market mornings.

A little book retail therapy is always welcome on a rainy day, and these are the latest reads to catch my eye (might need to give our bank account a workout this weekend…): Dear Daughter: A Novel by Elizabeth Little; The Miniaturist: A Novel by Jessie Burton; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; and Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland. Also, I have a Books Worth Reading board on Pinterest and I’m on Good Reads as well if you want to see what I’m reading at the moment!

Okay, dear reader, what have you found around this big ole web recently? Anyone tried out reformer Pilates before? Help!

Thoroughly Nourished Finds: June Edition

Hello folks and happy Friday!

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It’s been a long while since I’ve shared the things that have kept me entertained, inspired, hungry, lusting-after. Let’s have a quick list for Friday, shall we?

  • Instead of their special day being ruined by a nearby bushfire this couple’s photographer captured perfect photos using the bruised sky as a backdrop. Stunning.
  • [You can look away now Mum] Chris and I are thinking of doing this on a holiday soon! We both had this on our bucket lists and are now seriously considering a trip down south and a cruise out into the Great Australian Bite so that we can share this experience.
  • I love this patterned platter and I can imagine using it to serve delicious tapas to my friends while we are all lounging on the deck of our new house
  • Sometimes I want to have something in the fridge for lunch that is easily assembled the night before. This beetroot salad recipe from Clementine Daily can be done while making dinner and then grabbed while I’m on my way out the door.
  • I listen to these ladies all day long at work to keep me mentally stimulated while I’m looking at spreadsheets and typing letters. Also, they’re funny feisty feminists and I like that.
  • Chris is a massive hot dog fan (I think most dudes are?) and I can only imagine his delight over homemade Soft Pretzel Hot Dog Rolls from Jennifer’s recipe.
  • On an Amy’s appetite note: I was interested to see this post from The Kitchn on how to make baked tofu. I see some tofu-featuring salads in my near future.
  • Added to my reading list lately: ‘Hard Choices‘ by Hillary Rodham Clinton; ‘The Conversations: 66 Reasons to Start Talking‘ by Olivia Fane; ‘The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories‘ by Marina Keegan; and ‘Blossoms and Shadows‘ by Lian Hearn (finally).
  • These Homemade Choco Tacos remind me of an ice cream that was available for a really short time at the school tuckshop when I was in high school. Need.Them.Back.
  • I love browsing maps, and these 40 maps of America that explain food culture are really interesting. I’d love to see an Aussie version.

Tell me, what have you been reading on the interwebs lately? Or, any book recommendations?