Arroz Caldo

This recipe uses leftover roasted chicken and only contains 4 ingredients.

Ingredients:

Minced Garlic – 3 teaspoons

Glutinous Rice – 2 cups

Chicken Stock – 2 Litres

Shredded Roasted Chicken

Method:

  • Fry the minced garlic
  • Add the chicken stock and rice.
  • Bring the pot to boil.
  • After the rice is cooked, add the shredded roasted chicken.

Serves 4

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Cleaning the Rangehood

My secret weapon to cleaning the rangehood is dishwashing liquid.

I tried using the All Purpose Cleaner but it didn’t do a good job.

You need to clean the rangehood and filters every 3 months to prevent a fire starting in the kitchen.

Your Daily Routine and Your Future

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Today, write down what you do as part of your daily routine.  After you have finished that task, write down what you would like to do on a daily basis.

Now have a look at your two lists and compare them.

If they are the same – WELL DONE!

If the lists do not match up together, you need to look at your daily routine and see what needs to change either what you do, if you can find more time or outsource and delegate what you do not like doing.

This provides motivation for your future.

These are my thoughts for today.

Setting Goals

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I noticed that I didn’t have much time for the things that I really wanted to do in my life.

I was really just spending my spare time watching videos on YouTube and browsing Pinterest.

I wasn’t spending much time doing the items that I wanted to work on.

I decided to switch my priorities.

The way that I did this was through goal setting.

I used a free app called coach.me to help me discover what I actually wanted to do during my lifetime. This also helps me to remain accountable and keeps a record of my actions.

It’s an awesome feeling when you have achieved your goals set.

I even surprised myself how much I accomplished once I set my mind on my goals.

I have now prioritised what I really want to do including meditation, learning phrases in a different language, studying and writing.

Now I make time for the things that matter most to me.

 

Homemade Eggless Banana Bread

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Today, I made my own banana bread for the first time from scratch without a box.

I was going to use a different recipe for my banana bread, however when I was about to make it, I realised I no longer had anymore eggs available in the fridge.

So I substituted an egg for a banana.

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and how tasty it really was.

My sister wants me to make another loaf, that’s how much she liked it.

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cup  Plain Flour

3 teaspoons Baking Powder

3/4 tablespoon Salt

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

1  cup Milk

2 tablespoons Butter

1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

3 mashed Bananas

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together until combined.
  3. Pour the ingredients into greased loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.

Notes:

  • Instead of Plain Flour, Baking Powder and Salt, you can substitute these ingredients for Self Raising Flour.  I didn’t have self raising flour on hand so I made my own.
  • Oven cooking times can vary. Skewer test periodically your banana bread especially in the middle, if it comes out clean then it is cooked.  If not, keep adding an extra 10 minutes in the oven until the skewer comes out clean.

Let me know your thoughts on this recipe.

Oz Bargain

I enjoy checking out the Oz Bargain website for the latest deals and freebies that happen at any time.

Today, I received a 2 for 1 Adult Admission at Sea Life Aquariums.

I check this website on a regular basis.  You never know what you can get for free and/or discounted items.

The website address is: http://www.ozbargain.com.au

Let me know your thoughts on this website.

How to Pipe a Cupcake

I have finally learned how to pipe a cupcake.  It’s so much easier than spooning the icing on to the cooled cupcake.

Instructions:

  1. Snip a 2cm hole from the end of the piping bag if it doesn’t already have a hole.  You can also use a sandwich or a plastic bag.
  2. Place the pipe connector inside the bag.
  3. Place the piping tip that you are going to use onto the end of the bag, connecting with the pipe connector.
  4. Then you are ready to pipe your cupcake.
  5. My favourite at the moment is starting from the end and working towards the middle of the cupcake.

Funfetti Cupcakes

As of today, this is my sister’s favourite vanilla cupcake with sprinkles and buttercream icing.  It looks so colourful and tastes really delicious.  If I can make these cupcakes, anyone can.

The below recipe makes 12 cupcakes or 24 mini cupcakes.

INGREDIENTS:

CUPCAKES

  • 1 and 2/3 cups of Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Butter (melted)
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/4 cup of Sour Cream
  • 3/4 cup of Milk
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup of Sprinkles (If you buy Rainbow Jimmies online – these sprinkles won’t bleed as much into the batter but is expensive to put into a Vanilla Cupcake however it’s worth it if you can get it).

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING

  • 3/4 cup of Butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 3 cups of Icing Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Thickened Cream
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

METHOD:

CUPCAKES

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  2. In another large microwave safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave.  I use short bursts of time in the microwave.  Mix in the sugar with a fork or a whisk if you have one.  I used a fork as I don’t have a whisk.  Place in the fridge for 1 minute.  Then stir in the egg, sour cream, milk and vanilla extract until well combined.  Slowly mix the ingredients from this bowl into the previous mixing bowl with the dry ingredients that you have previously set aside earlier in this recipe.
  3. Continue to mix the bowl until no lumps remain.
  4. Slowly stir in sprinkles and do not over mix as the colour of the sprinkles will bleed.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  6.  While you are preheating the oven, place cupcake liners into your cupcake or muffin tray.
  7. Divide the batter among 12 cupcake liners or 24 mini cupcake liners.
  8. I always grease the surroundings of my cupcake or muffin tray with cooking oil or melted butter.
  9. If you are making 12 cupcakes, place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. If you are making 24 mini cupcakes, place in the oven for 9 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool down.

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Turn the electric mixer off and add the icing sugar, thickened cream and vanilla extract.
  3. Then mix on medium speed until all the ingredients are mixed well together.
  4. Add the frosting to the cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles.

These cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the fridge up to 5 days.

If you are short on time to make these particular cupcakes, a shortcut is just to use packet mix of vanilla cupcakes and add sprinkles to the batter before going into the oven.

If you make these cupcakes, please let me know how you went with this recipe.

Free Stuff

I love free stuff – who doesn’t.

When I was trying to find free stuff, I came across these sites for free items:

You would be surprised that there are alot of free items that you may need.

Happy Hunting!!!

Let me know if you know any other legitimate websites where you can obtain free items.

You can also check out my resources page on this website for free resources.  I will continue to update this website as I continue to learn throughout my life.

Pinterest

I’m obsessed with Pinterest.  It’s an app where you can pin things to put into your own library.

This is the reason why I created this blog and website. I got my inspiration from Pinterest.

You can make crafts; it features inspirational and motivational quotes; handy tips for life in general.

Today, I have pinned over 4,000 posts.

I’m absolutely addicted!!!

Let me know what you most enjoy from Pinterest.