The Happy Collection ~ Winter

Happy Spring and September! It’s been a little while since I’ve written a Happy Collection post, February to be exact. I’ve been a little more active on the blog again these last few months and so thought I’d do a collection of things that made me happy over the winter.

Getting Creative:

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At the beginning of August I made some happy little inspiration cards. One of my happy places is sitting cross legged in my room with craft supplies all around me feeling like I can completely let go and allow the creative magic to flow. I’m yet to find a purpose for the cute little cards I made but I loved the process of creating. This is something I want to include a little bit more of in my weeks.

Happy Eats:

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen in during Winter, more than I have the entire time I’ve lived in my flat. Baking in the kitchen for me has been a creative outlet and something I founds so much joy in. I have made many batches of muffins, choc chip biscuits and pancakes. None of which were particularly healthy but were tasty comfort food for winter. The muffins and biscuits I shared with family and friends which were greatly enjoyed. For someone who has never had much luck in the kitchen it was lovely to succeed at different recipes I made from scratch. There is something about baking from scratch, watching everything come together, making it with love while dancing to good music then getting to eat the results. If you’re after a tasty biscuit recipe check this one out.

Happy Reads:

I read two lovely novels over Winter

The Bee Keepers Secret by Josephine Moon and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The Bee Keepers Secret was set on the beautiful Sunshine Coast (somewhere I am very familiar with) at a gorgeous little retreat I would love to visit if it was real. The story features beautiful characters and reminds you how important family, telling the truth and bees are.

Truly Madly Guilty had me hooked from the start and is a story about life and it’s messiness at times. In terms of mystery novels Liane Moriarty’s are about as dramatic I get and really they aren’t even that dramatic.

Quotes To Inspire:

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Happy Watching:

If you are looking for a little inspiration any of Prince Ea’s videos are beautiful and powerful.

Happy Songs:

This one is for dancing in your lounge room…

This one I played many many times at work before opening…

Making Me Happy:

I am so grateful for many things this Winter of 2016 has bought. One being that we were blessed with such beautiful mild weather for most of winter. I am grateful for

~ The time I spent with my family ~ My Rainbow Umbrella (read about it here) ~ Lessons on how to be gentle with myself ~ Nights to chill on the couch watching a good show ~ Spending time in mother nature ~ A beautiful new laptop ~ Lessons in gratitude (read them here) ~ Simple Joys and sweet Days (read them here) ~ Teamwork and Leadership ~ Sister Circles ~ Manifesto writing ~ Home baking ~ Snapchat stories ~Melissa Ambrosini’s Goddess Group and Goddess Group on Demand ~ All the little adventures and stories that have made up the winter of 2016.

Final Thoughts:

In some ways I feel like I was just going through the motions a fair bit of the time in Winter. Now that Spring is here I’m ready to make a more conscious effort to set some intention for my days, get creative, spend time in nature, bake more but experiment with nourishing foods. Do more things that fill my cup up and take stock of the simple joys and little things in life. I feel a few more blog posts will be written in the coming month.

Wishing you a beautiful happy spring and September.

Love Caitlin xx

Banana Berry Muffins

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Who doesn’t love a good muffin? Yesterday I was in the mood for baking and felt like making blueberry muffins. The thing was that because I’ve just moved into my own little flat my little pantry doesn’t stock normal flour or sugar and I don’t really want to have these ingredients either. That’s when I turned to the Food Matters TV site and stumbled upon these super easy Raspberry, Coconut, Banana Muffins. OMG I think my whole baking philosophy has been changed because of these muffins. There’s no processed sugar, flour/gluten, milk/dairy or nasties and they are totally up for interpretation and experiment, and did I mention they were easy? The best part was that apart from the eggs I had all the ingredients already.

First step is setting the mood. My favourite way to bake is by creating a little kitchen dance party, so get the tunes playing and your grove on. Check out my favourite Spotify playlist at the moment here, then get baking.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (I used Almond and Chia Seed Butter)
  • 1 cup berries (I used blueberries but you can use raspberries too)
  • OPTIONAL: I added a nice shake of cinnamon and a few drops of Vanilla Extract, just because
  • TO SERVE: Vanilla yogurt or Coconut yogurt and fresh berries

METHOD:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl
  3. Add in all other ingredients (leaving berries) and mix well
  4. Fold in your berries (if you’re using frozen berries it’s best to let them defrost first)
  5. Line a muffin tray (the recipe says it makes 6 but I made 11 small muffins) and spoon in mixture
  6. Bake in oven for 35 mins or until nice and golden
  7. Allow to cool slightly and serve

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These smell and taste amazing, especially when still warm and great for sharing. The special ingredient of course is love, when I’m really feeling it I love pulling out my recipe book and having a good kitchen session. I want to try these muffins with other berries and maybe some cacao chips.

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A LITTLE DIY PROJECT:

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Why not make your own recipe book, as in a handwritten paper one. I found a cute notebook with dividers that I have been writing all my favourite and new found recipes into. Make sure you use colourful pens. At the bottom of each recipe I’ve been adding a little note, like when they were made for the first time, what the recipe means to me, who it’s from, it’s lovely to look back on. One of my most turned to pages is for my homemade muesli which I also made yesterday.


Let me know down below if you try these super yummy muffins.

Making April Happy

Hello Beautiful you! Welcome to May! April 1st feels like a long time ago, but at the same time how is it already May? I loved writing a little review about March and thought I’d gather some of my April favourites to share with you. April has been a month full of many beautiful experiences and lessons.

What I’m making:

Happy Little Wall Art: Earlier in the month I shared a post on how to create your very own piece of art to brighten your space. You can read about it here.

 

Food To Nourish:

I love having a supply of bliss balls in the fridge for when the munchies strike. My favourite recipe for bliss balls is from Angela Simpson’s (The Gratitude Project) cookbook Treat Your Tastebuds. It’s seriously worth the $9, I’ve made many of the recipes and like I said the bliss balls are my favourite. You can find the book here.

What I’m reading:

With an upcoming solo adventure this blog post on Four Reasons You Should Travel Solo really connected with me. It completely summed up how I feel about solo travel. 

Quotes I’m loving:

At the start of the month I really needed this reminder. 

 

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”

 

Happy Little Video:

When I first saw this video I thought how true it was, it really hit home about loving yourself and the power of choice. I hope to keep choosing the beautiful door.

Songs I’m loving:

I’ve had this song on repeat throughout the month.

I also really enjoy some of the message behind this song.

And one more, I think I like this song because to me it’s about enjoying simple things. 

 

A month in review:

Looking back on April I can see it had some pretty important themes for me. Self Care being one of them. The start of this year has been busy with working full time and I struggled to find balance between working and doing things I loved and looking after myself. Easter at work was especially full on and left me feeling run down in many ways. The next weekend though was the perfect reset. I spent a weekend with all my family on my Dads side (27 of us in total) in a little cabin in the mountains. It was a beautiful weekend of family time, unplugging, getting in touch with nature and laughter. I had some beautiful days off after that where I started some beautiful little morning and evening rituals. 

  • Morning journalling, meditation, unplugging and smoothies.
  • A lot more being gentle on myself
  • Evening gratitude journalling and meditation.

I think I’ve learnt that you have to find balance, time to enjoy little things that light you up and time for your family and friends. That you really need to be gentle on yourself, you’re doing the best you can, you don’t have to be it all or do it all. That sometimes getting sick is a message to slow it down and stop for a bit. And that you need to be present and trust things will fall into place.


So on this beautiful rainy day on the First of May, I say thank you April for your beautiful lessons and moments and Hello May for all the new adventures that are to come.

Love Caitlin xx