Back HERE I shared about 'walking the room' and offered a free download sheet you could use to walk your own rooms...
If you used that sheet have you found it helpful?
Knowing it's a year long project helps me stay on track.
This week I'm autumn-cleaning our bedroom, and I've taken time to 'walk the room' and make notes about what I'd like to achieve - like de-cluttering drawers, sorting through the wardrobe and donating what's not being worn or used, planning projects to create that will add a sense of 'us' to the room, adding indoor plants to help filter the air, and making a new bed for Bob-the-dog because he sleeps there as well.
Overall the plan is to give our bedroom an air of sanctuary and rest...
I also printed up my mission statement for 2015 and framed it because I need to read this daily as a reminder and an inspiration. It's too easy to succumb to busyness and forget the importance of 'living life' and looking after self.
As soon as my bedroom is re-organised this will be displayed on my bedside table. For now it's in my sewing room...
If you haven't yet read about my Year of Gentle Domesticity you can find it HERE.
Part of choosing to bake more in 2015 has been finding recipes that suit our gluten-free and 80% paleo diet.
I love to be in the kitchen but when I succumb to busyness with work our meals can tend to become rather repetitive because that's the easiest option - making what I already know.
So in keeping with my framed mission statement (above) recently I've purchased a few new cook books. Some of them are e-books which are stored on my Ipad, but a few have been too good to not own the hardcopy, like this one by Australian cook Irena Macri.
I browse through it every time we have a meal or smoothie at the Paleo Cafe, and finally decided we should own it.
Yesterday I baked Irena's Banana Bread and seriously, it was simple, delicious, and mouth-wateringly addictive...
You can eat it as a cake, or toast it.
I added dried apricots and peaches to my mix and scattered walnuts across the top...
Irena has a blog HERE filled with wonderful recipes so if you're gluten free, Paleo minded, or just want to freshen your menu planning it might have some ideas to inspire you.
You'll find her free recipe for the Banana Bread HERE.
I also made Irena's Lemony Harissa (recipe in the cookbook) and used it to marinate chicken breasts for a few hours before grilling.
Another winner. Repeat performance tonight, but with lamb this time.
Another great place for recipe ideas is your local library.
Why not go for a wander down the cooking aisle and borrow a few books that catch your eye?
Have a great day!
I'm back to that bedroom and some drawer de-cluttering...