Month: February 2013

folksylife inspiration: How to find and do work that you love

This has some great thoughts about how to start the process, and what to examine if you’re looking for a more satisfying job or career.
The thing is, there are so many things you could do, and even if you can’t find one that you love, you could invent it yourself!

Chocolate cashew brownies – paleo & sugar free style!

I always need to have something sweet in the fridge. Life is no fun without treats! I am growing less fond of traditional sweetness, and rather enjoying the healthier ways of sugar free.

This is a bit experimental, surprise surprise, but I based this one around my other recipe for date, banana and almond slice. Again, quick and easy is my key in the kitchen at the moment, this definitely fits that category!

Paleo chocolate cashew brownies


2 c almond meal
1/2 c desiccated coconut
3/4 c sultanas
3/4 c chopped cashews
1/2 c cocoa
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
3/4 c coconut oil

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

All wet ingredients go in a different bowl and mix with a beater until combined and a little fluffy.

Pour wet into dry, mix until just combined, pour in a tray and cook for about 20mins at 180degrees. Or 350 F for you folk in other lands.

They did come out a little bit crumbly, and I think that some yummy frosting would go on them very nicely. They are much better in the fridge, cold.

I’d also like to try putting fresh berries in..yummmmm! That might be more of a pudding…hmm stay tuned on that one!

Here’s a couple of recipes for frosting if you’d like to try 🙂 let me know!

choc coconut frosting from elanaspantry

avocado mocha frosting from food lovers kitchen

Folksylife inspiration: Stay hungry, stay foolish

Cancellation of a class today has given me a blissful opportunity to enjoy the library. I am sitting alone, surrounded by resources, books and knowledge, drawing and sketching (best homework ever!), and enjoying the quiet.

I decided to find a TED talk to listen to, and came across the famous Steve Jobs speech. You know, I’ve never actually listened to it. But with the language I use, the philosophy I believe, and attitude I try to take with life, you’d think I’d watched this video 25 times!

It’s amazing, inspiring, simple and devastating all at once. I cried, and am refreshed in my mission to enjoy every moment, encourage others to do what they love, and pursue doing great things for myself but most importantly my family.

What a legacy this man has left. Fearless and motivated, he has driven an everlasting change in the technology we know. Whether you’re a lover or a hater of the apple brand, this is undeniable.

Sent from my iPhone.

Steve Jobs Stanford speech

Parmesan & ham baked cauliflower…Lazy lady’s paleo dinner.

I’ve got so much happening right now but still gotta eat! Starting study combined with paleo style eating has proved to be a good weight loss tool. I only take a few things like nuts, a boiled egg, salad to coffee is probably actually sustaining me. Please note…I do not profess to be a purist paleo. I’m giving it my best shot, which at the moment, is a hard line on no grains. Coffee will probably stay, chocolate sometimes sneaks in, and my husband brews beer…so…

Anyway..We are also moving house and I should be packing right now. So here’s a quick one…

Parmesan & ham baked cauliflower

Par boil quarter of a cauliflower. Chuck it in a tray with some chopped ham, a knob of butter, a sprinkle of Parmesan and dried herbs. Bake for 10 minutes to crisp the ham slightly and crunchify the Parmesan, voila! Dinner in 11 minutes!

Next time I’m going to try and find something that will make it more creamy…maybe a coconut & chicken version. Mmm.


The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This article is so good. It is applicable in lots of areas of life, but I’m on the bandwagon of career motivation at the moment, so I found it great for that. It’s very business-y.

THE SUMMARY (in case you don’t want to read it) Capable people always take on too many things. Cull cull cull!