In the Den kitchen 2021

Going back to this series as one of my plans for this year is to try at least one or 2 new recipes a week, so expect more recipe sharing.

First for the year is Apricot chicken rissoles. The recipe came from Taste and you can find it here.


What we thought: Big thumbs up from 3. One isn’t eating much still but loved the potato. One day she’ll eat more *sigh*

What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–Sept to Dec)

Going back and counting I actually made our 12 new recipe in August. Well actually it’s the 11th cause I’ve made the Chocolate slice before, so September is recipe number 12 and the rest are bonuses.

You can check out the rest of the recipes…

January (Ham Mashed Potato Cakes)

February (Tuna pasta bake)

March, April, May (Focaccia, Banana Choc Chip biscuits, Naan bread, Green chicken curry)

June, July (Butter chicken, slow cooker lasagne, Mongolian chicken, One pot honey BBQ beef brisket, Chocolate slice)

August (Oven baked Thai chicken meatballs)

Some of the other new recipes we tried between September and December included

Creamy chicken and mushroom pancakes


As part of Wild University, we did a Charcuterie Class with Lea aka The Platter Girl. I made some mini boards using my gorgeous platters from Flat Out Bottles.


Another new recipe – Old school lemon chicken. Sooooo good. We’ve made this a few times and it’s pretty close to the restaurant version.


Finally, there’s this Chicken chow mien. Suoer quick & super easy for yummy school night meal.


Happy Holidays

15 days in and I’m only just changing my blog theme. Oh dear. Oh well it is 2020 Winking smile

What’s been happening here over the last few months? Lots.

Work has been busy. I’m busy planning to add some new services next year and do some New Year/Back to School specials.

The kiddos finish school for the summer break on Thursday. Today is their school pool picnic. I feel sorry for their teachers. Behaviour at home has been pretty shocking but they are tired and over the whole year. I know I am.

Mum’s first anniversary passed quietly. We spent the afternoon with Dad. Did some cleaning out in the garage (nearly all the craft stuff is boxed up and ready to come here – I’m getting a craft room again!). Had a BBQ. Dad & the kiddos played a bit of cricket. Mum would have loved it.

I’ve been doing lots of crafting but that will all be over at Nightwolf Scraps

We’re still fostering cats. We now own 4 cats after one has become a permanent foster due to her stressful nature. Slowly becoming the crazy cat lady, haha!

I’ve enrolled to do some study next year. Waiting to hear back more details after getting offered a place.

That’s about it really. Will be back later with our recipes for the last few months. Some really yum foods.

YouTubing it

My little channel on YouTube is slowly growing. I’ve now got three Planners Anon unboxings up as well as my first Chasing Planner Peace on. I have a new CPP one I’m editing and a couple of Planners Anon ones planned (when my parcels arrive). I may even do a voice over on one of the Planners Anon ones, who knows Winking smile

Anyway,  would love it if you popped over and checked out my vids, maybe Subbed to my channel and gave me a thumbs up

What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–August)

Welcome back to another post in my 12 recipes in 2020 series. I think we’re up to 11 recipes.



March, April, May 

June, July

This month we tried Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs from Bake Play Smile. So yummy and everyone ate them!


What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–June and July)

So we’re doing pretty well with trying a new recipe each month, sometimes we manage to try 3 or 4! What’s not happening is me blogging them each month. Upside, you get a post with a bunch of recipes.

I love butter chicken, usually it’s just the bottled stuff but after trying this recipe on Kidspot, we will never go back to the bottled stuff. So good!


A couple of recipes from Taste. The Slow cooker lasagne was lovely and made enough to add to a couple of foodie care packages for my Dad while he was in iso after coming back from Melbourne (before the second wave of Covid-19 there so we were lucky there). No photos but it was yum.

Another with no photo but we’ll be making this Mongolian chicken again. It’s good stuff.
Then we tried the One Pot Honey BBQ Beef brisket much better the next day, cold or hot, in a roll. *drool*

A little sweet treat you need to try if you love chocolate. The kids love it too which may or may not be a bonus. It’s a great lunchbox snack too. Maybe not the healthiest option but everyone needs a treat.
Check out Bake Play Smile’s easy chocolate slice


Unboxing–Chasing Planner Peace box

So the plan was  to do something new and going so far out of my comfort zone. Kara has been at me to start her own YouTube channel for ages but wasn’t sure what to do. She’s been watching planner unboxing videos with me and suggested we do one together. Well I guess that’s better than her doing those Minecraft videos she spends HOURS watching *eye roll*
Anyway I got all set up to do an unboxing of the Purrfect Kitty box  then broke my tripod and when I copied the video to my laptop – it’s corrupt. I hate technology. Grumble, grumble, grumble…

Anywho, roll on the new box – Winter Fairytale and we made a video! And it’s on YouTube!! You can watch it at

And I’ve ordered myself a new tripod and ring light so we can get into making more videos. Wish me luck!

What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–March, April & May)

During schooling from home (thank goodness that is over!!) I tried to get the kids into the kitchen and help make their own snacks and help make tea. We managed to get a few things made together.

I taught myself how to make focaccia. This is the best recipe I have tried. So good.


TRTLMT Banana Choc Chip biscuits from the kids cook a long were a huge hit and semi healthy. They also made an oat apple slice and ANZAC biscuits that day.

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The 2 ingredient homemade naan bread from Healthy Mummy are super easy and really yummy. We had ours the same night we made this delicious green chicken curry. So good and definitely making it into the recipe book.


What about you? What have you been cooking?

101 Things (2017-2020)

Well one didn’t predict the lockdown and not being able to do anything much when I shortened my 101 things to finish in January.

Here’s what I was going to do and what my results are…..

  1. new jumpers for me  DONE
  2. a set of oracle cards DONE
  3. buy a Linkin Park t-shirt (I regret never getting one in my 20s) NOT YET
  4. get our wedding scrapbook finished  UM NO
  5. Keep up to date with my ALP KIND OF
  6. Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes (at least get them cut) CUT UP
  7. Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts (as above) CUT UP
  8. create a spiritual journal/workbook NOPE
  9. celebrate the sabbats DONE
  10. aim for a weekly walk NOPE
  11. create a recipe book STARTED
  12. Have a BBQ (when we get the gazebo up!) NOPE
  13. complete one of my udemy courses HAVE ONE UNIT LEFT
  14. learn to crochet NOT YET
  15. Take the kids to Tazmazia NOPE
  16. Visit the tessellated pavement DONE
  17. Cradle Mountain NOPE
  18. answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind DONE (read it here)
  19. write my name in wet cement NOPE
  20. give my personal blog a makeover DONE
  21. sort our movie library STARTED
  22. Watch sunrise & sunset in the same day DONE
  23. Get that damn gazebo up NOPE
  24. take the kids 10 pin bowling NOPE
  25. make a brand new 101 in 1001 list! DONE Will be up on 1st May

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

List found here

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 30ish
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? Peer pressure, the need to keep up with everyone else
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?  I hope not.
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? Get rid of all forms of cancer
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Crafting
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? I’m not sure
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? I would have spent more time with family
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? Pretty much most of it.
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? Doing the right thing
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do? Speak up and defend them.
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? Be yourself.
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one? Most likely yes
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? Yes
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people? Can’t think of anything
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? Because everyone is different
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back? Travel. Money.
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? Yes
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? New Zealand or Canada.
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? Joyful simpleton
  22. Why are you, you? Because I am
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? I hope so
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? loosing touch with a good friend
  25. What are you most grateful for? Family & Friends
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? Never be able to make new ones
  27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first? Probably not
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true? Yup
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now? No. Obviously not
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special? Spending time with mum & dad. Mum’s not here now
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? Can’t think of one just now.
  32. If not now, then when? That is the question.
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? Nothing
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? Yes
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? Power and money
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? No
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? No
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? Depends on the day.
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? Sometimes
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? When we started our business
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? Mum if she was still here. Otherwise I’d spend it with hubby.
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? Hell no.
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Truly living is doing.
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? Not sure
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? Part of being human
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? More tattoos
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? Last night
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? Family. Yes
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that? Most likely not, unless I look back at my planners
  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? Mostly for myself. Some are out of my control.