Taking Stock – October

Taking stock October 2017

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun we’ve been back on Aussie terra firma for one month already! Our big trip seems like forever ago. I think we need another holiday! October has been action packed but in all the best ways so let’s take stock, shall we?!

Settling: Back in to real life after an epic trip.

Enjoying: Being home. There’s no place like it.

Sleeping: In my own bed. Bliss!

Peeking: Behind the scenes at hubby’s office. Check out the view from the balcony in the title pic!

Eating: Salad for days. This Fabulous Felafel Salad has been on high rotation.

Fabulous Felafel Salad

Snacking: On carrot sticks and hummus.

Packing: Lunch boxes like a boss.

Upcycling: Left overs for lunch boxes. Waste not, want not!

Surprising: My Italian neighbour with this Thermomix risotto. She gave it her Italian seal of approval!

Thermomix Pumpkin and Spinach Risotto 4

Deciding: On Christmas recipes for the blog. Any requests?

Making:  Zucchini Lasagne. It’s so easy and so delicious, especially with homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce.

Baking: This Banana Slice with Muesli Topping. It’s covered in muesli so I figure it’s almost a health food!

Banana Slice With Muesli Topping 2

Testing: Out lots of new recipes on my colleagues. They’re come from the Keen Bean school of taste testers!

Admiring: Amanda. She’s so inspiring.

Buying: Amanda’s new cookbook – Cooker and a Looker.

Amanda Smyth - she's so inspiring 3

Wondering: Why The Minimalists and James Blunt planned shows on the same day. Wah!

Wishing: I could clone myself and go to both.

Hoping: That The Minimalists add an extra Sydney date. A girl can dream can’t she?

Dressing: Up for Halloween. So much fun!

Halloween Dress Ups

Getting: Into the Halloween spirit, or should I say Halloween wine. Check out those wine labels!

Sending: Thank you cards to people I appreciate – it’s part of this month’s #makelifegood challenge

Receiving: This beautiful box of gifted Aussie goodness from I Still Call Australia Home.

I still call Australia Home gift box

Marvelling: At all the goodies that are inside.

Loving: The chocolate covered licorice – not pictured –  it’s hiding under the Minties!

Thinking: What a great gift idea this would be for friends near and far.

Remembering: All the amazing ice creams I ate in San Francisco!

The Baked Bear - Ice Cream Sandwich 2

Joining: The FMS Gift Exchange. It’s my favourite Christmas tradition.

Needing: To squeeze myself into my one cocktail dress or  buy a new one for the BUPA Blog Awards.

Knowing: That holiday food stayed mere minutes on my lips but will likely spend a lifetime on my hips.

Trying: The new Spring/Summer seasonal menu at The Greens North SydneyThe Beef Carpaccio was a big hit!

Taking Stock - tasting menu at The Greens

Running: Rings around Sydney.

Lamenting: The end of running events at Disneyland, for the next few years anyway. Boo to construction!

Planning: Our next runcation – the 10k at the Cadbury Marathon.

Visiting: The dentist. Argh!

Staying: At Q station for a staycation.

Checking: Out the view from Quarantine Wharf! So pretty!

Taking stock - Quarantine Wharf

Missing: My dishwasher. It’s been out of action for nearly 2 months.

Buying: A new dishwasher if we can’t resurrect the old one.

Coveting: A keep cup for my coffee. Any recommendations?

Learning: How to make sushi – my mum sent me a sushi making kit. Any tips for me?

Opening: The final box of my A Box Of Stationery Club subscription. I can’t wait to join next year!

Taking Stock - A Box Of

Planting:  Flowers in my balcony garden. If they die, I’m giving up gardening for life.

Liking: Longer, lighter evenings.

Disliking: All the construction work in my hood. The whole suburb feels like a building site.

Wearing: My new Care Bears slippers. I will never be too old for anything Care Bears.

Taking stock - Care Bears

Feeling: A tad tired.

Voting: YES!

Walking: The 7 Bridges. Finally!

7 Bridges Walk

Ticking: Another thing off my 101 things in 1001 Days List.

Seeing: Thor in Gold Class. There’s no such thing as too much Chris Hemsworth, amirite or amirite?

Celebrating: My 6th cancerversary with a baby bottle of bubbles.

Drinking: To bubbles, not troubles!

6 year cancerversary - taking stock

Writing: A long overdue and open letter to my thyroid.

Feeling: A bit bereft after finishing my last book, The Woman Who Stole My Life * It was just so good.

Reading: Everything That Remainsby The Minimalists. It’s might fine.

Coveting: The rest of The Minimalists’ books… From the library of course!

Bookmarking: All the things in Nigella Christmas.*

Watching: A combo of all the Offspring we missed, the last season of The Fall and Ozark – the TV trifecta.

Meeting: Rachel from A Nesting Nomad but we were too busy chinwagging for photos.

Catching: Up with all our friends we’ve missed.

Looking forward to: Going to Melbourne for the BUPA Blog Awards. Squee!

So tell me, have you celebrated anything this month? Are you a licorice lover too? What’s cooking in your kitchen?

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

  • That cocktail definitely has a good view.

  • LydiaCLee

    Good luck for the BUPA awards, and jello on the Q Station. I look at that from time to time (but the dog is a hassle). Love your halloween costume!

    • Thanks so much! Q Station was a lot of fun – the accommodation is really well priced for Sydney. We had a few glitches but we’d probably still stay again, it’s such a beautiful spot and it felt like we were a million miles away from the city.

  • Have a fab time in Melbourne! Give Miss Chardy a squeeze for me! xx

  • I’ll never understand the criticism of thermo risotto- its the bomb! You’ve been busy as always- live those Care Bears!

    • HOT WET RICE 🙂

    • My Italian neighbour was VERY dubious but she couldn’t believe how amazing it tasted. She was totes blown away! I’m so in love with my Care Bears slippers – it’s impossible not to be happy while wearing them!

  • Ohhh Looking forward to which Christmas recipes you post! I’m ready to get into some Christmas spirit right now that Halloween will be over tonight!


  • Sarah Norman

    great blog as always, i got excited when i saw your slippers, i have them too. i dont wear them though, as i dont want them to get worn out!! instead they sit on the feet of by giant bedtime bear, yes i am some what crazy!
    oh and hurry up an buy a new dishwasher, two months of washing up hands is not good, think of your skin and hurry down to the nearest goodguys and get one!

    • Thanks lovely! Aren’t the slippers fab?! Since I got ill, I don’t save anything “for best” and use/eat/wear it right away because every day is a “best” day. That said, I did say to David I should have got 2 pairs, so I could look forward to more happy feet when these slippers wear out! They had slinky dog ones (from Toy Story) too, I wish I’d got a pair of those also! We did buy a new dishwasher finally, we have this tiny half sink and no draining board and it’s been driving me cray cray! It can’t be installed quickly enough! And yes, we love the Good Guys too!

  • merilyn

    you are such a delight sammie!
    I say yes!
    love that felafel salad and all things ice cream!
    good luck with the garden and sushi making! … omg I did it once for a party and well let’s say my daughter took over! … she’s clever with cooking!
    you look good as a doctor! … doctor “good fun”!
    best of luck with the awards and enjoy hun!
    much love m:)X

    • My mum keeps telling me sushi making is really easy – I think I’m going to wait until Christmas when David is off work so we can do it together! Maybe I missed my vocation as a doctor – LOL! Actually I am very queasy around blood and wounds, I nearly passed out looking at my tiny cut after my thyroid surgery! Thanks for all your support, you so lovely! xx

  • The I still call Australia home boxes are going to play a big part in our Christmas this year. Best tip by far!! Another super busy month for you. xx

    • The quality of the boxes is amazing – I love how you can cutomize them too. I think they’d make great gifts for Aussies near and far (and postage in Australia is FREE!) This month has been action packed for you too – hope you’re going to get a bit of a breather in November!

  • Oh it’d be so cool to be at the blog awards for the catch ups 🙂 I found my keep cup was kind of annoying to clean, then I read a thing on Choice that they don’t actually retain heat that well compared to other brands – so I’d look that up if I were you. And carrots. I like them but it’s so much effort to peel and chop them before work when I’m half asleep lol. I guess I could do it the night before…

    • I do peel and chop the carrots the night before because I love mornings too much to chop carrots! I must do more research on the keep cups – I nearly got a Frank Green one at the weekend but bottled out (excuse the pun!) Can’t wait to go to Melbs – it’s worth it just for the catch ups!

  • Your San Franciscan ice cream sandwich and your Sydney Beef Carpacchio are making my tummy rumble in the uni library haha. your life sounds like it has been, and continues to be so exciting! I must buy Amanda’s cook book too x
    Dani @ sand has no home

    • Ha! It’s not that exciting but I do like to pack it with good stuff! I can’t wait to get my mits on Amanda’s cookbook!

  • I did feel the pace reading this Sammie and hope, that you are getting well-rested too. You definitely pack a lot into life for all the right reasons. Sending love, Denyse x

    • You know me life is all about balance – so as much as I’ve been living it large, I’ve been having sojourns on the sofa too. I can’t help but pack it all in!

  • I always love your taking stocks. Those slippers are so sweet. All the very best at the BUPA awards.

  • We didn’t celebrate anything this month, just recovered from being away and slowly got back in to the swing of every day life. It’s been hard! et’s just say Punky only did her homework for the first time this term last week, lol! We have birthdays coming up this month and in December though so there will be lots of celebrating then! Oh, and those wine bottle labels are AWESOME!!!

    • It did take us a while to get back into the vibe of being back at home but we hit the ground running! Looks like you have lots to look forward to with the Birthdays Festival and Christmas – enjoy! Those wine bottle labels were fabulous, you just peel off the original label and slap the self adhesive spooky label on!

  • The biggest congratulations to you, sweet friend, for the Bupa win! Woohoo!!

  • It was great to catch up! Far too much to say for photos. I’m back so let’s do something soon! I had no idea The Minimalists were going to Sydney. I pick them over James Blunt (sorry). Going to investigate tickets now…

    • Looking forward to catching up soon. I hate having to choose between James vs Josh and Ryan. But we had bought the tickets to see James first so it seemed rude to drop him like a hot potato. But I mean seriously what are the chances of two acts travelling so far and scheduling events on the same day! If you go please give the Minimalists a hug on my behalf!