Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happiness is...

from simple pleasures. Really, they just found this out? It should not be rocket science. It's always going back to the basic and the old age way of life.

According to the survey, these are the top 30 boosters - finding things that you value in your pockets (like dodger stadium cufflinks) that you didn't expect is always a big pleasure .
TOP 30 HAPPINESS BOOSTERS
1. Finding a $10 note in an old pair of jeans
2. Going on holiday
3. Getting into bed with freshly washed sheets
4. Swimming in the sea
5. Waking up on a sunny day
6. Sitting in the sun
7. Being surprised with a gift or flowers
8. Getting a nice message from a loved one
9. Cuddles
10. Receiving a thank-you card in the post
11. Seeing an elderly couple holding hands
12. Driving a car with the window down on a sunny day
13. Winning a $10 prize on the lottery
14. Booking a holiday
15. Hearing your favourite song
16. Finding a bargain
17. Seeing an old friend
18. A picnic in the park
19. Getting a promotion
20. A romantic night out
21. A song that reminds you of your past
22. Looking at old photos
23. Making a new friend
24. Having a quiet moment to yourself
25. Walks in the country
26. Hearing a baby laugh
27. A girls'/boys' night out
28. Waking up on a Saturday morning and realising it's the weekend
29. Chocolate
30. Eating cake

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/simple-ways-to-get-the-good-life-in-2012/story-e6frfkp9-1226233341745#ixzz1i7PcfVQr


I reckon, not centering ones life in material things can give one instant boost.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Stress Free Christmas

It's not like everyone would be stressed. Like me, I can't be bothered with all the commercialism of this season. I buy gift when I see things that I'm sure people that I know will like or appreciate them, no need for the occasion as a reason.

Anyway, if you're stressed juggling work, shopping, party, family... take some time to meditate. Five minutes of it will do wonders. I'm not one to meditate, as a matter of fact, I remember doing it when I was in retreat. But it doesn't seem to be that hard. I might just to do it. Twice daily is attainable, just less time watching download from YouTube.

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Food Glorious Food

That's what most people love in Christmas. On top of being with family and friends of course. In the news today, some people consider it their most important meal of the year not to mention the most expensive, the Christmas lunch. It's also the time when people splurge and binge intentionally. Food is actually tastier when shared around, I reckon.

Oh, the pressies are in between here and there of course. Some would get zamberlan boots, jewellery, electronic gadgets, etc. We as a family get a lot. That I am thankful for. The whole year has been just full of blessings, I couldn't ask for anything.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

All I Want for Christmas...

..is none. I already have what my heart wished for. But then, those coupons for walmart are big help if you haven't done your Christmas shopping and if there's Walmart in your area. Sadly, there's none in Down Under. I'm familiar with coupons as I have used some and saved. So now is the right time to use these coupons to the max and enjoy the opportunities. Though from the b+s list of pressies, this caught my attention. I wouldn't mind some pampering products. Really.



b+s loves…

This set of beauty goodies is spiked with peppercorn oil, pink pepper extract and spicy cardamom and ginger, which is said to reenergise sluggish skin. Either way, it’s a gorgeous way to perk up our bathroom and our senses!

Molton Brown Refraction gift set, $99. Available from selected David Jones stores or phone (02) 9150 0590 for stockists.


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The Banana is Back

at its cheapest. I noticed for almost a month now, the prices of bananas have been down to less than 2 bucks a kilo. A big fall from 12 bucks a few months ago - more so after the floods. So it's time to catch-up on those bananas you missed for almost half a year. It's rich in potassium and yummy too.

Thinking of concocting something with bananas, here's an inspiration.

Cooking Time

35 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)

4 bananas, peeled, thickly sliced
1/3 cup sultanas
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 orange, rind finely grated, juiced
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 sheets filo pastry
olive oil cooking spray
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2/3 cup low-fat vanilla custard, to serve

Method

Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place banana, sultanas, coconut, brown sugar, orange rind, 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl. Stir to combine.

Place 1 pastry sheet on a workbench. Top with another pastry sheet. Spray with oil. Repeat twice with remaining pastry sheets and oil to make 6 layers.

Spoon banana mixture along 1 long edge of pastry, leaving a 5cm border on both short ends. Fold short ends in and roll up to enclose filling. Place strudel, seam side down, on prepared tray.

Spray top of strudel with oil. Combine caster sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle over strudel. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until pastry is crisp and golden. Stand strudel on tray for 5 minutes. Slice and serve with custard.



I'm putting gift ideas for Christmas in your head. Oh, I was curious of apple strudel from The Sound of Music movie.
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