Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Forty-Four

I can’t believe it’s been a full week since we were on holidays. I’m not finding it hard to be back into normal life though because every part of the holiday was perfect in its own crystalline quality and exists as a beautiful memory of experience and emotion. I can’t wait to share our photos with you in some future posts, but for now there was a lot to be grateful for in our week of returning to normal life. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Forty-Four:wk 44 saladMonday: Today we landed back in Brisbane! I was grateful to Mum and Jess for meeting us at the airport with big hugs and congratulations. When we got home we discovered that Mum had sewed me a beautiful Halloween apron and she and Dad had created cute and spooky Halloween decorations for us! I’m grateful that they were so thoughtful when they heard that we weren’t able to stay for Halloween in the USA.wk44 apronTuesday: Back to work today! I was grateful to catch-up with my workmates and congratulate our two new dads in the office. There is so much to celebrate in life when you remember that the ordinary is always extraordinary.

Wednesday: This afternoon I was grateful for pushing myself just a little and making it to the gym for a run. I’m trying to keep my holiday exercise streak alive and tonight’s 8km run was absolutely perfect. So was the aftermath of lying on the couch watching Ice Road Truckers and nibbling on some Hershey’s Kisses 😉wk 44 treesThursday: I had the most lovely surprise today when my friends at work Jess and Chris brought me back a huge and lovely arrangement of flowers to congratulate Chris and I on our engagement. I am so grateful and touched that they would give us such a lovely gift of well-wishing.wk 44 flowersFriday: Today Jess and I resumed our Friday lunch dates – I missed them while I was away and I was grateful to talk about holidays and weddings and all the good things. After work I went for a sweet and sweaty Friday night run before getting back to my kitchen for a serious baking session! I am so excited for all the wonderful holiday and summer foods coming up – and to create recipes inspired by my holidays to share with you all. wk 44 granolaSaturday: This morning Mum and Jess and I made our return to the farmer’s markets where we feasted on gluten free bagels and coffee and stocked up on lots of fresh fruit and vegetables for the week. I was grateful to spend a few hours with my ladies to start the weekend. Fuelled up on bagel I had a fast and brilliant 10km run and spent a few hours in my kitchen. Tonight Chris and I joined the family for some Halloween fun! We got dressed up (I make a very convincing witch apparently) and spent a few hours having spooky fun with kids of all ages with Dad’s exciting Halloween display. I’m so grateful to have a family who really gets into the spirit of celebrations of all kinds. It was so much fun on a Saturday night. wk 44 cupcakesSunday: Today I had a well-deserved sleep in before a short sunny walk and then – brunch! Caroline and I enjoyed a brunch date in the sun at our corner cafe before she had to get back to marking high school home economics assignments (no fun!). I was grateful for a few hours of talking and catching up. This afternoon I have an important date with my couch, and then perhaps a little more work in the kitchen 😉 wk 44 brunch

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Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Nine

Wow! We have been running on all cylinders this weekend! So many great things going on, so I am just getting a little time to sit down and reflect on all that there was to be grateful for this week. Here’s a sneak peak: only one week to go before we leave for our holidays, there was a lot of visiting with friends and family, and of course, a lot of food happening in the house. Here’s my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Nine:wk 39 meringueMonday: Chris and I have a Monday night ritual. We meet at home, head to the gym, and then come home and eat a healthy dinner while watching a few episodes of ‘Ice Road Truckers’. It’s daggy, but it’s our story and I am grateful for every day.

Tuesday:  Tonight I checked in with the Thoroughly Nourished Life Facebook page and discovered that 300 people had liked my page! I am grateful for each and every one of my readers and followers. You all keep me inspired to keep creating and sharing gluten free sweet treats and vegetarian meals. I am grateful for you gracing me with your presence, and it gives me a glow to see my little corner of the interwebs grow. Thank you.wk 39 followersWednesday: This week there were three full days of meetings. Not fun. But, awesome fuel for my running. Since my iron infusion over a fortnight ago my body has started to come back to life. When I am low in iron I find it really hard to get enough oxygen in and running feels like I am moving through molasses. Tonight when I jumped on the treadmill I could feel that the run was back in my blood and I flew through intervals for nearly 7km. A great midweek boost and I am grateful that my body is back on fire!

Thursday: Today was our last day of full-day meetings for the week. Despite the fact that we were bogged down at a meeting table all day, the team did manage to get in a few giggle and I was grateful when my boss expressed his gratitude for the work I put in to make sure we were prepared.wk 39 basilFriday: Tonight after work I treated myself to a hair cut and colour! I don’t make the time to get my hair done very often (seriously, about two to three times a year is all I manage) so I was grateful to catch up with my wonderful fairy godmother/hairdresser and I walked out feeling like I was on cloud nine. The feeling continued when I caught up with my best friend Caroline for dinner, dessert and a long night of talking. It still feels like we are those primary school girls lying on bunk beds and talking about life. I am grateful that 16 years later I still have her in my life.

Saturday: This morning I woke up super early and headed out for a run – 8.5km I finished feeling strong! Then I came home in a cleaning frenzy – I am grateful for this little cottage that is all ours and I love keeping it clean. Then my Mum, Mormor, Aunty Lone and cousin Grace came to visit. We visited my little local coffee shop and I enjoyed a delicious chai latte and then I headed back home for a day of recipe testing and photography (got some great treats coming up for you all in October!). I was grateful for a nourishing day from beginning to end.wk 39 saturdaySunday: I slept in a little today and it was so great to lie in bed and just feel my body relaxed. I fuelled up with some toast, jam, and tea and then headed out for a run. Today I powered through 10km! I haven’t managed that distance in months. This iron has got me runnin’ runnin and I am so grateful! Today was more recipe testing and some quality time with Chris while the rain poured down outside. A great end to the weekend.wk 39 cakeAlso this week:

  • My friend Lynn celebrated her 30th birthday this week so I made cake!
  • Spring is here and all the green things are calling so I made a hearty, spicy salad.
  • I rounded up 6 of my favourite gluten free, vegetarian salad recipes to get us all in the mood for the warmer weather.

What are you grateful for this week friends?

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Six

Sometimes when you think the world is rolling along and you are keeping your head down and just shuffling through the day you forget to look up and see the stars. The bright points of everyday wonderful that punctuate and remind us to keep looking up in wonder. This week was filled with brilliant points of everyday wonderful so bright they lit up my sky day and night. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Six:

Monday: Tonight when I got home from the gym Chris was waiting for me with a huge bunch of lilies. Just because. This man melts my hearts in the way he sprinkles ordinary moments with extraordinary love. I am grateful when he surprises me in such sweet ways. wk 36 flowersTuesday: Tonight Chris and I went for a great walk around our new neighbourhood and when I got home I found out that the new issue of Yum. Gluten Free Magazine was out! I contributed three recipes to this, their second birthday edition, and there’s even a one page profile about me written by the lovely Olivia Jackson. I am grateful to be part of the Yum team. Wk 36 yum gluten freeWednesday: Today Mum sent me photos of Dad’s Christmas preparations and I can safely say that this year, the Chatwin Christmas Extravaganza is going to be bigger and better than ever. I know it’s only September, but when you are creating awesome stuff like my Dad does, Christmas is a year-round obsession. I’m grateful for his love of Christmas, and keeping us all in the spirit of the season. wk 36 pineappleThursday: Tonight Chris joined me at the gym! It’s great to have him back working out with me and I am grateful that we can share an enjoyment of working out. Tonight we settled in after our gym session and started watching our new obsession: Ice Road Truckers. Yep, if a reality TV show has people fighting against a brutish environment to achieve a common goal we will watch it.

Friday: Today at work I was surprised with a gift of eggs from a co-workers chickens! There’s nothing like fresh eggs, and this was such a sweet gift from someone who knows I love to bake (and enjoys the cupcakes I bring into work). I was grateful for such a thoughtful and unexpected present. Tonight Chris and I drove up to Toowoomba to have dinner with Chris’s parents. Chris found the greatest Indian restaurant in a pokey little shopping centre. The man has a knack for finding great dining spots!wk 36 eggsSaturday: Today was awesome from beginning to end. This morning Mum, Jess, and I had a special visitor at the markets – Miss Casey! We spent a few hours sipping coffee, nibbling banana bread, and picking up beautiful spring produce. After the markets I went for a 9km run before doing some baking. Chris whisked me out of the kitchen for a lunch and movie date. We saw Southpaw and I highly, highly recommend it. Our day was rounded out by a barbecue and catch up session with friends and we talked late into the night. I was grateful for a day full of adventures and time with people I love.wk 36 dessertSunday: Today was Father’s Day. My Dad is my hero. A big-hearted, life-loving family man who can’t do enough for his family and those he draws into his life. I am grateful for all the sacrifices he has made over the years to give us a life that never wanted for anything. I am grateful for the lessons he has taught me, and continues to teach me, and for the way he makes life fun. I love you Dada and I am blessed to be your daughter.

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Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Five

We are back in our own home now. Mum and Dad returned safe and sound and full of wonderful stories from their two weeks in Singapore, so we have returned to Casa de Amy and Chris. Mum and Dad’s house will always be my family home, but returning to our own house has made me realise just how much this place has become home over the past two months. There really is, no place like home. Here’s my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Thirty-Five:wk 35 cupcakesMonday: Today we celebrated the wedding of one of our managers at work! I made chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and we surprised him after our morning meeting. I am grateful for these moments of celebration at work, and the happy occasions when we get to pause and share the great things happening in our lives.

Tuesday: Today I joined a group of workmates to celebrate the last day for one of our staff members. He is off to do great things and have adventures and I was grateful to share lunch with him one last time. Tonight after work Jess and I got our konga on and danced and cardio-boxed to to music. I think all the laughing counts as extra ab work!wk 35 breakfastWednesday: Tonight I headed to the gym for my run and ran into my brother in law while he was working out! It was nice to see a friendly face at the gym and I’m grateful that I live close enough to my family to have tiny moments of connection in my every day agenda.

Thursday: Today Molly and I were treated to the most beautiful sunrise on our walk. The sky was painted in vivid gold and pink and it was worth the early hour for such a gorgeous show. wk 35 sunriseFriday: Today I heard that one of my favourite authors loves my muffin recipes! What an honour to be fuelling the mind that brought me some of my favourite books! Tonight Jess and I had a big baking job on. We walked our respective dogs and then got into our work. I love watching Jess create beautiful fondant cakes. She is so talented at sculpting sugar into charming shapes and objects. Tonight’s project was for a dear friend’s daughter’s baby shower and we had a great time creating something marvelous for their special occasion. I’m grateful that I get to work with Jess on some of these cakes and create something special to help people celebrate. The stress is worth their smiles.

Saturday: This morning Molly and I headed out into the morning for our last walk together before Mum and Dad come home. Then Jess and I met up for a sister walk and talk (I think our mouths and legs move faster when we are together) and shared a cup of tea before we got on with our day. I was grateful to start the weekend with a sweat and natter session with Jess. Then I had a busy day of recipe testing and photography before indulging in an afternoon nap while the rain fell outside. wk 35 lunchSunday: A very special flight arrived this morning and Jess and I were there to pick up the precious cargo: Mum and Dad! We enjoyed a family breakfast together at home while they entertained us with stories from their travels. I am grateful they had a wonderful time. I love hearing all their tales and watching their faces light up as they relive the memories. I met up with my friends Caroline and Josie for lunch and we were joined by our dear friend Laura who is visiting from Canada! She hasn’t been home in two years, but just like it does with old friends it only felt like yesterday since we had sat across the table and shared our lives. I was grateful to get a moment with her while she is here. Come home soon Laura!wk 35 fruit market haul

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Tell me, dear readers. what are you grateful for this week? Share it in the comments below, or let me know on Facebook, or Twitter!

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Seven

This week has been full of blessings: a new life brought into the world, a good meeting at work, yoga, big runs, and lots of time with friends and family. Life is about to change in a big way with our new house, and I am waiting on the edge of this new adventure with excitement for the blessings ahead. I am grateful for the life Chris and I are building together. Now for my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 Week Twenty-Seven:wk 27 leavesMonday: Today one of my close school friends, Michelle, gave birth to her first child, a beautiful little girl named Belle. Congratulations Michelle and Mani, and welcome to the world beautiful little Belle. I am so grateful that everything went smoothly, and grateful that our ‘family’ can welcome another wonderful spirit to its folds.wk 27 bookTuesday:  A few months ago I talked about how much I learned from Gretchen Rubin’s first book ‘The  Happiness Project‘ and I have just started her latest book ‘Better Than Before‘. I am really enjoying the science behind her suggestions for habit creation and the personal stories she shows along the way. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about how to make my life better and improve the energy I can give to the people around me.

Wednesday: Today I was not at my best. I had some stress in my belly and I couldn’t figure out what it was about. I am grateful to Chris for hugging me and putting up with my stress storm. I am also grateful that I could just chill out in our lounge room, do some yoga, and just wind down and get my soul back in order.wk 27 bowl of dinnerThursday: Today we had a big meeting at work. Usually I get really stressed but today I was working with some of my favourite guys and although we did get serious work done, we had some fun along the way. I was grateful for a serious, but light-hearted full-on day of getting stuff done.

Friday: Tonight after work I had dinner with two of my oldest and best friends. Caroline, Josie, and I had a girls’ night dinner and spent the whole evening talking about everything happening around us at the moment. Caroline made delicious individual moussaka for dinner (seriously, so good) and Josie brought wine, and after dinner we dug into a gluten free version of Joy’s classic lemon bars. I was grateful to catch up with Josie and Caroline and to nourish my soul with their company. wk 27 dinnerSaturday: This morning I met up with Mum and Jess for breakfast at the markets. We enjoyed thick slices of orange hazelnut bread and cappuccinos for breakfast and filled our market bags with colourful midwinter produce. I was grateful to get back to the markets and stock up on healthy body food for the week. After the markets I headed to the gym for a nice long run. I set my mind and managed to accomplish my 12km goal! This is probably my favourite long weekend run distance and I was grateful that I made it happen. Tonight Chris and I joined Mum, Dad and Jess (Trent was at the football) to have a great family dinner (mushroom risotto for the win) and watch Minions! These little dudes (?) are so fun and they have become a common love for everyone in my family; plus, the cutest one’s name is Bob – the same as my Dad 🙂 I was grateful for a laughter-filled night of family fun. It’s the simple, non-complicated fun that nourishes the base part of our soul the most in this complicated world.wk 27 artichokesSunday: We only have a few weeks left in our bay cottage and so I made sure to head out for a long walk by the water this morning. I soaked up some rays and then Chris and I headed out to get more things for our house! We finally found our dining room table, which made me so grateful because I know we are going to make some great memories with our friends and family around our new table. wk 27 walk

Also this week:

  • I made a cake to celebrate….having some cake!
  • Let’s run, let’s earn points, and let’s reward ourselves with this new service!
  • Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays – they can be quick and healthy food all week long – try my latest chickpea filled favourite!

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Five

Good morning friends. This weekend has been a little hectic with nearly 600 kilometers travelled, a loved one remembered at the end of her life, family reconnected with, friends visited, and an important birthday celebrated. We have run the gamut of feelings and were left last night with just enough energy to crawl into bed and pass into sweet oblivion, which is why this is coming live from Monday morning. This week had some weight to it, but there was still so much to be grateful for, and even more reminders of the importance in finding the extraordinary in everyday, the gift in every moment. After all, it is those moments all linked together with breath that make up our lives. Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Five:wk 25 walkMonday: Today Chris and I received news that we had our final approval from the bank for our home loan! I have never been so excited to owe people a lot of money! We are so grateful that we are fortunate enough to be able to buy our own house, and start our own little (two person) family home. I cannot wait for the next stage of our adventure together to start.

Tuesday: We had meetings and reports all week this week. I was grateful for the help of my colleagues and the way we managed to keep the whole ship on course despite the extra work load. I was also grateful to come home for a run and climb into my PJs and snuggle in bed with Chris and a copy of Donna Hay magazine. wk 25 inspirationWednesday: Today I received news that a project I had worked on a few months ago has been published! I have worked with the team at be. Magazine on a few different little projects, but a few months ago they contacted me and asked if I would like to contribute to their Winter Warm-Up Recipe e-book – and of course I said yes! Today the book went live and they’ve even published hard copies to giveaway in-store at Medibank branches across Australia! There are five Thoroughly Nourished Life recipes in the book, and a stack of other winter recipes from other Aussie bloggers that I cannot wait to try out! Check it out here today, and let me know if you try any of the recipes! I was also grateful to my wonderful family for their support, encouragement and celebration when I told them it was being published – my Dad printed his copy straight away and sent it to everyone in his office!

Thursday: Today (work) Jess and I managed to sneak away for our weekly lunch date. We grabbed some food from the food court and sat out in the sunshine talking about life and everything in between. I am grateful to have someone to share laughter and life talk with at work.wk 25 soupFriday: Today we travelled to Toowoomba to farewell Nanny. The ceremony was touching and lovely. Afterwards the whole family gathered in her honour. I like to think that Nanny was looking down at all of us sharing stories, tears, and laughter (more laughter than tears) and smiling at the legacy she left behind in each one of her family members. I am grateful that I could be there with Chris’s family to celebrate Nanny’s life, and to meet the family she created.

Saturday: This morning we joined Chris’s family for a wonderful brunch at Chris’s Mum and Dad’s home. We sat in the sunshine and looked over the valley below while we enjoyed a delicious brunch feast. Chris and I returned home and I went for a really fast 10km run before we headed over to a friend’s place for a poker night. I played my first game and came third! Looks like watching Chris play is paying off. I was grateful for a night of laughter after an emotion-filled two days. wk 25 bowls girls wk 25 bowls boysSunday: Today we earned a go-slow in the sun Sunday. We slept in late, I went for a lazy walk and then filled our kitchen with the scent of a new quick bread recipe (coming this week) and then we moseyed down the coast to celebrate my friend Steph’s 21st birthday party with barefoot bowls! We had a laughter-filled afternoon of bowling, enjoying some beverages, and celebrating this lovely young lady. I was grateful to catch up with some friends, play the fool as ‘official photographer’, and watch Chris and Jess make it to the ‘semi-final’ and ‘final’ respectively. Jess made the most gorgeous Africa inspired cake for Steph too! She is so talented! wk 25 jess cake

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Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Four

This week has been both bitter and sweet. And that’s partly why this post is coming to you a day late. On Saturday morning Chris’s grandmother, Nanny, passed away. She had lived a long life full of love from her husband, three children, and multiple grand children, but still it’s hard to fathom that someone you knew, and held in a corner of your heart, is no longer here. My gratitude list this week is dedicated to her memory. Although I was only part of your life for a short time Nanny, I am grateful that you took me into your life, into your home, and allowed me to live with Chris in your house. I am grateful you shared with me stories about your life and lessons about love and soul mates. Thank you Nanny, we will miss you.

Here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Four:

sleepoverMonday: I love long-weekend Mondays. The exquisite feeling of waking up, realising it’s Monday, and then realising that you don’t have to go to work, cannot be underestimated. Today I was grateful for a long walk, some intense time in the kitchen baking dozens of gluten free cupcakes, and some time relaxing in my favourite sunny spot on the back verandah with a good book.

work in progressTuesday: Today we were all back in the office after a wonderful long weekend break and straight back into the thick of things with lots due out. I was grateful that I could put a smile on everyone’s face with a few batches of cupcakes, and I was grateful that the co-worker I was collaborating with today was super organised and ready to get things done. I appreciate efficiency.

Wednesday: Today I was not in a running mood. Although I love to run, there are days when I know I am just going to make myself cranky if I try to crank out the miles when I don’t feel like it. Instead I picked up my weights and sweated and lifted through a half hour session. Workout: done. Endorphins: achieved. I am grateful that I can celebrate moving my body in different ways and nourish it with different types of exercise.

desk lunchThursday: Tonight after work Chris and I enjoyed some dinner out (sushi train) before we headed to one of our local furniture stores to order some of the things for our house! I cannot wait to share with you what our house looks like when we eventually move in and all the boxes are unpacked. I am grateful that Chris compromised and agreed on the dining room chairs that I have been dreaming about for the last year. Furniture shopping was made easier by the help of a great sales assistant. I was seriously grateful for all of his help.

Friday: Tonight Jess and I had a sleepover! We were working on a baking job together (a baby shower for a little girl). It was so great to spend a whole night chatting to Jess as I piped buttercream roses and she made and decorated dozens of little bird cookies, melting moments, and chocolate caramel slice. I was grateful for the time with my sister to talk about everything and nothing while making pretty things.

buttercream roses 2buttercream rosesSaturday: This morning Jess and I started out with a walk (I seriously needed to burn off some of the buttercream I ‘tested’ last night) and then Chris and I headed out for some more furniture buying and to see Jurassic World. I must have had a seriously sheltered childhood because I don’t remember seeing any of the Jurassic Park movies. I loved this one! I’m going to have to revisit all of them now. I was grateful for a quiet rainy day of shopping for furniture and enjoyed a film with Chris. The house is so close now, and I am so grateful that we are planning and making this exciting next stage of our life together happen. sunday walkSunday: Sunday got off to a very slow start in our house this week. We were both a bit shocked after hearing the news about Chris’s Nanny and we needed the extra snuggles in bed. After that I tiptoed around the kitchen testing a few recipes and reading a book while the rain fell in a soft curtain over the bay. In a blue-skied break in the weather I went out for a walk and returned just as the rain was starting to fall again. I was grateful for a soothing Sunday and the blessing of a rainy afternoon.

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Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Three

I just need to talk about last week for a moment before I reflect on last week, okay?

Sunday was one of those perfectly awesome days. I spent the afternoon on a great date with one of my favourite men: my Dad! He picked me up and took me out for coffee (and surprised me with a delicious gluten free brownie) and then we laughed and giggled and maybe snorted (okay, yes we snorted) along to ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’. Afterwards we tried out a new (to us) Mexican restaurant. It was the perfect Sunday adventure and father-daughter date. Such an afternoon to be grateful for, thanks Dad!

Now, let’s look reflect on my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Three:

IMG_8182Monday: Today was my sweet best friend Casey’s birthday. From the first lunch we shared at university, to all these years later, I am grateful that she stepped into my life in a whirl of bright smiles, long talks, and always fabulous shoes. I’m grateful for you everyday Casey T.

Tuesday: Tonight I was exhausted, and when I walked through the front door Chris handed me my pyjamas and then bundled me into the car to pick up sushi for dinner. He then proceeded to tuck me into bed to read my book. I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to do anything else, just rest. I am grateful for this man.

wk 23 yum magWednesday: Today my copy of Lynn’s new cookbook arrived on my doorstep! This was a bright spot in a rather dark and long day, and I am grateful to have such a talented friend and that the interwebs brought us together in baking/blogging friendship! I cannot wait to make these again, and try out all the new recipes too!

Thursday: Today was my Mama’s birthday! I am grateful for this woman every single day, and more and more as the years go by I find my heart filled with gratitude for all the love, sacrifice, and happiness that she has gifted to the world, and especially to our family. Mama, you are my best friend, and I cannot wait to see what adventures this year brings you!

IMG_8192Friday: Tonight on the way home from work I stopped in at the gym to clear the cobwebs from the week and ended up surprising myself by running 10.5km. I am constantly filled with gratitude at what my body can do when I trust it, challenge it, rest it, and truly nourish it.

wk 23 cookieSaturday: This morning started with a trip to the farmer’s markets with Mum and Jess and some much needed warm coffee and important talk. Then I joined Chris and Dad and we spent a pleasant morning looking for some of the furniture for our house! I cannot believe we move in next month! I was grateful for a morning with two of my favourites, we had a great time. Then Dad and I spent a few hours washing, polishing, and taking care of my car before Chris and I enjoyed a relaxing evening at home. I was grateful for a day filled with special time with all of my people.

wk 23 smoothieSunday: The day dawned grey and striking over the bay and I joined my friend Jenny and her pup Ellie for a walk to welcome in the Sunday light. I was grateful to catch up with Jenny and get my heart started. I spent the day relaxing in the sunniest spot in our house in the company of a book. I was grateful for a lazy day to warm my bones, my heart, and just truly relax. Tonight Chris and I went on a triple date with Mum and Dad and Jess and Trent for Italian and to see ‘Spy’ (highly recommended movie). I was grateful to finish the week on such a high note. Now, off to bed in my new PJs.

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What are you most grateful for this week friends?

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-One

Today we have spent the morning celebrating my sister’s birthday. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed family and food for a few hours and now we are at home with some quiet space between our wonderfully busy weekend and the next week. I’m feeling full and sleepy and lazy, and I’ve just indulged in that greatest of all weekend treats (the Sunday afternoon nap) so I need to take a moment to reflect on all I am grateful for this week. Without further ado, here is my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-One:

24-05 winter morningMonday: Tonight Chris and I had an errand to run. Instead of taking the car we left our wheels behind and took a lovely long walk instead. It was a relaxing way to start the week and I was grateful for the conversation and the company on a Monday night.

Tuesday: Today my interview about gluten on my friend Matt’s podcast came out! I am grateful that Matt asked me to be a part of his podcast again and to talk about a topic that is important to me. I love talking food and health science and helping to clear up confusions that people may have over the sometimes conflicting messages people receive about health and food. I am so grateful Matt gave me the opportunity – and we had so much fun too!

24-05 reading lunchWednesday: Tonight Chris and I indulged in one of our favourite TV shows: Deadliest Catch. Although neither of us has the wish to actually become a deep sea crab fisherman (or fisherwoman) there is something romantic in the idea of harvesting from the depths of the ocean in such a time-honoured way. I’m grateful we had a night to just relax and binge on tales from the high sea.

Thursday: Today we celebrated my friend Lynn’s cookbook! I’m so grateful I met Lynn last year (online) and that we have become friends. She inspires me to push myself harder in blogging and chasing down my writing dreams, and come October we get to meet in real life too!

Friday: My legs were ready and rested for tonight. After work I hopped into the gym  and ended up surprising myself with a 10km run! What a great way to get into the mood for the weekend and shake off the cobwebs from the week. I was grateful to move my body and feel so great as the kilometres flew by. After my gym session I had a great time in the kitchen making Jessica’s cake!

24-05 morning walkSaturday: This morning I started off with a long walk by the bay and then Chris and I spent some time together doing errands. It’s in those moments of grocery shopping or waiting in line at the bank with him that I am grateful for our love and our true companionship, any time together is a great time. In the afternoon we headed to Jess and Trent’s home for her birthday party! There were so many of our favourite people there and I was grateful to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and so grateful that people made it out to celebrate Jessica’s birthday, she had a wonderful night.

Jess and Trent May 2015Sunday: In the morning hours Jess and I went out for a walk with Miss Storm. I love our morning walks together; I am so grateful for the time just the two of us and we talk about anything and everything. My heart is always lighter afterwards. The rest of our family turned up for brunch and we spent the morning hours talking and eating and just enjoying being together. I am grateful for this lazy Sunday and the deep sense of peace after time with my family.

Also this week:

  • We started off our week with warm, creamy, hearty pasta – a new healthy and delicious winter favourite.
  • I tried out one of Lynn’s puppy chow recipes to celebrate her new book!
  • I found so many interesting things on the internet this week – and I shared them with you!
  • I made this salad for Jessica’s party, and then promptly forgot it so now I have pasta salad for the rest of the week (and it’s delicious)

Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Nineteen

I cannot believe it’s Monday morning again already! Last week was so full of celebrations and amazing things that the days flew past. I was reflecting on something I read recently ‘the days are long, but the years are short’. I think that reflecting on what I am grateful for everyday helps me to see what I have achieved each day, or a special moment that has brought me pause among the busyness of life so that I really see the day before it goes zooming past. So if you can, take a moment during the day when you can sit quietly, commuting makes this easy sometimes, and just let yourself really remember something good or special that happened to you during the day. Here is what I have been reflecting on, and grateful for, this week in my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Nineteen:

sprinkle cupcakeMonday: Monday night power run tonight! I felt so well rested and ready to move that I got in 8km to start the week. I am always grateful for a run that leaves me sweaty, short of breath and smiling. I remember the days when running wasn’t high on my agenda and I am grateful for this body and the way it makes a celebration of movement now.

Tuesday: Today I had a big chat to Mum at lunch time while I was at work. I’m not always the best at picking up the telephone so I’m trying to make more of an effort. I was grateful to talk to her about this and that and all in between and just take a mental break from work.

big fat saladWednesday: Today was Chris’s birthday! Everyday I wake up next to this wonderful man and I am grateful for the day he came into my life, and all the days we have spent together since. He is my greatest adventure and best friend and I am grateful that his heart rests with mine.

Chris and Amy birthdayThursday:  Today I found out that a cinema in the city is playing Monty Python and The Holy Grail! My Dad and I love Monty Python so I booked us in for a Dad-Daughter date! I can’t wait to share some laughs with my wonderful Dad in a few weekend’s time. I’m grateful that I live so close to my parents so that we can spend moments like this together.

Friday:  Tonight Chris and I headed out the movies (Gold Class ooh la la) to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was so so good! We lay back and enjoyed our fancy date night and laughed and wondered at the movies. I was grateful we could treat ourselves and enjoy a night out together at the end of the week and to celebrate Chris’s birthday.

sconeSaturday: Today was packed with great things! The morning started with a market trip with my ladies, and then a heart-racing 9.5km run. When I got home Chris and I headed out to get his beard all fancied up for his birthday party tonight (he’s a hipster, but in a totally not-ironic way…). We got home and I entered a cupcake making frenzy; when the icing sugar settled I had two successful recipes and lots of cupcakes to share! Tonight we headed to our friend Nick’s place to enjoy Chris’s birthday celebration. Laughter, board games, and frosting smiles followed. I was grateful that my darling had a good time with his friends for his birthday.

Sunday: This morning was not my finest hour as a human. I stressed myself way out and I was grateful that Chris calmed me down. After some tears and snuggles (I was one tired lady) we headed over to celebrate my Mum (and aunty and grandmother) for Mother’s Day. I will never be able to show enough gratitude for all this wonderful lady has done for me, and my greatest tribute will be to strive to live a life worthy of the love that has nurtured me. After morning tea we headed out to Chris’s parents place for a surprise visit to Chris’s Mum. Because they live two hours away we don’t get to visit as often as we would like. We didn’t tell Ruth that we were coming, but the rest of the family knew. She was so surprised and delighted by our unexpected visit that it was well worth the travel. I am grateful to my (kind of) ‘mother-in-law’ for making me feel so welcomed into and part of their family. I was also grateful to Chris who did most of the long haul driving despite our late Saturday night. When we got home we fell into bed exhausted but grateful for a love-filled weekend.

Mother's DayAlso this week:

  • We celebrated Chris’s birthday with Sprinkle Birthday Cake Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream – there were none left over, which is always a good sign!
  • Mum and Jess and I enjoyed leftover scones for breakfast on Saturday morning. They made the perfect market fuel.
  • My amazing friend Lynn’s cookbook is available for pre-order! More than 20 recipes for puppy chow! I cannot wait to get my copy!