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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.

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Thoroughly Nourished Finds.

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

Thoroughly Nourished Finds.

Love. Cancer. And Love. Just Love through it all.

And now Professor Jeff Sharlet showing us all how Instagram should be used.

Just. Look. At. All. The. SPRINKLES!

I love cupcakes, and y’all know I’m one of those feminist types, but a Cupcake Feminist? Equality through food does sound tasty.

Joy, you made my heart go thumpa-thump with your Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

I cannot wait to read this anthropological memoir about the wives of Park Avenue.

I’m so excited for the release of Kavin Kwan’s new book! I loved Crazy Rich Asians so much!

I was on my friend Matt’s Podcast this week! We talked about gluten and whether going gluten free is the best thing for everyone!

Any weather is ice cream weather. Snixy Kitchen has me swooning over her Chamomiles Honeycomb creation.

I love lamp. Specifically this lamp. Time to start saving my pennies!

Oh Kate, you must stop on by sometime and sip Frozen Blueberry Margaritas with me!

What interesting or delicious things have you found around the web this week?

Nourished Finds – Midweek Conversation Starters

There are so many fascinating points of view out there, and everyone has a story to tell or an opinion to share. Let’s get deep, let’s talk about everything. Here are some links that have been conversation starters for me lately.

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Get the conversation flowing:

Chris, babe, you know I love you, and you just have to accept that Stanley Tucci will always have a special little piece of my heart. (Who would you choose as your celebrity boyfriend? Obviously Stanley is already taken.)

Read this article about Wild and Cheryl Strayed. The best review/deconstruction I have come across. I can’t believe I have just started reading Wild!

I am so fortunate that I have found the one I am head-over-heels for, but this study has some interesting points on what makes love happen when you deliberately choose to fall in love with someone. And, here are the questions that they asked each other. Dinner discussion points indeed!

National Geographic explores the evolution of our diets, and the fact that eating ‘like a caveman’ can mean so many different things depending on where you make your home. Fascinating stuff. (Also, that paleo doughnut probably isn’t anything like what our ancestors ate…)

It’s not about what you look like in the mirror – an appearance-driven diet can be dangerous, and distract us from our own inner cues for hunger and satiety, which may have long-term effects.

Notorious RBG for Chanel, Mo’Ne Davis for Céline. – yes please fashion industry!

Hacks for better homemade fries a.k.a. ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People 2.0’

22 inspiring Australian women! Politicians, atheletes, movie stars – extraordinary ladies from Down Under!

And some yums from around the internet kitchen:

What have you been talking about lately? Any interesting finds to share?

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: Merry and Bright

I’ve held back as long as I could dear reader, and I just can’t hold back anymore. I am ready for Christmas. Ready for the baking, the shopping, the shipping, the card making, the wrapping, the dinner partying, the summer running, the carols, the tree, the time with family. Thinking about Christmas, for me, starts before Halloween. I just can’t help myself. As soon as the days start to grow longer and the temperature starts rising to ‘get in the pool now’ levels I am ready to wind down on the work, dial back on the responsibility, increase the merriment, and get into festive mode.

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Let’s start with something very merry, and by that I mean a cocktail. Kate from Cookie and Kate created the perfect seasonal sip for by the pool – Spiced Apple Margarita anyone!

Starring stunningly in-season watermelon these Watermelon, Strawberry, and Vodka Slushies from Emma at A Splash of Vanilla would be very welcome among my girlfriends – perfect for a pool date!

Katie from What Katie Ate takes the most beautiful photos (her second book is on my Christmas wish list) and creates the most tantalising desserts. Katie created this delicious Chocolate Pavlova for Christmas – I can tell it’s going to be popular at our house!

Lizzy from Your Cup of Cake created the cutest Reindeer Cupcakes last year, and I’m going to treat my colleagues with these for sure!

I’m hoping to DIY some of our presents this year, and after we received a delicious ‘Cookie in a Jar’ mix last year I am hoping to gift some ‘In a Jar’ presents of my own! BuzzFeed has 24 ideas for jars full of happiness.

We are approaching deep ice cream eating territory very quickly, and my ice cream maker is already sitting on the bench waiting for its next job. I think Chris deserves a big bowl of this Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Cookie Pieces after our next run along the water.

Do you get easily overwhelmed? I certainly do! This article from The Chalkboard gives us permission (and the steps) to Break Out of Overwhelm.

My parent’s mango tree has baby mangoes all over and I need more than ice cream and cupcakes to power me through my summer workout plans – this Mango Coconut Green Smoothie from Kitchen Treaty brings homegrown mangoes and healthy eating together in one delicious glass.

I am enjoying strength training at the moment (Jess and I have been taking Body Pump together and it hurts so good).  This Holiday Rev-Up Workout from Women’s Health Magazine sounds perfect to pump up my metabolism when I can’t make it to a class.

Before Chris and I see the Stephen Hawking biopic ‘The Theory of Everything‘ I will be sure to read the book by his first wife Jane. You can also be sure that we will be re-reading this family favourite while putting up Mum and Dad’s Christmas tree – you are never too old for ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman‘.

Okay, there you have my first post for the Holiday 2014 season. Let this one be merry and bright, and full of nourishing moments.

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?

Thoroughly Nourished Finds – A Quick List

Let’s have a list this week! I’m in the mood for a streamlined download of the interesting and awesome things I have found around the web. So, here’s a quick edition of Thoroughly Nourished Finds:

The poster above (which is a free download) will be going somewhere in our new house for sure.

I love taking photos (anyone who follows my Instagram, I apologise for the stream of consciousness frequency) and this chipboard album from the genius ladies at A Beautiful Mess would be a perfect way to display some of my favourites.

Because I love tacos and Chris loves tacos, and, and just look at the cheese stretch in motion.

I have loved Pimms since a birthday high tea many years ago and now Joy has brought a perfect Pimms cocktail into my life. Thank you Ms. The Baker.

These photos of Chocolate Macarons with Blackberry Filling just destroyed me. Prediction: they are in my very near future.

I am in a non-fiction mood at the moment and after hearing many interviews with author Jung Chang, this biography of the powerful Empress Dowager Cixi is on my reading list.

A lazy Sunday morning calls for a huge stack of these Hazelnut Pancakes with Chocolate Coconut Cream.

And then I would go for a run and do this awesome leg work out that give Carrie Underwood her enviable pins, because it’s all about balance.

Finally, a new place to fantasise about visiting – The Magic Mountain Hotel in Chile – like something from a fairy tale, and I’ve already got my prince charming!

P.S. It’s my birthday this weekend, and I think a gluten free version of this cake is going to feature on my dinner table for the occasion!

Your turn readers!  The quick list of what’s been fascinating you!