Thursday, 25 May 2017

Deliciously Easy Chocolate Cake & the best ever chocolate icing. {Recipe}

Life is too short to say no to cake. 

A few days ago I posted a photo on my social media of a chocolate cake I baked with my daughter. I was instantly hit with comments & messages asking for the recipe. 
Now to be honest, I kind of fluked the recipe - I combined a few different recipes from some old cook books. 
Anyway, I winged it & it turned out amazingly! I am so in love with this chocolate cake & I think it will be my new go to recipe. 
The icing is a chocolate icing I've been using for ages, it's so easy & delicious! 

Now a few things about this recipe - I baked mine in a 9x13 pyrex dish - I don't recommend using a glass dish if you haven't done so before (or you don't have the time to carefully watch it, I checked mine regularly & also ended up covering with foil for the last 10 mins). 
I like the idea of using glass as it doubles as the storage tray, but it was very temperamental to bake with. (If you have any tips for baking with glass I would love to hear them!)
Using a rectangular baking tin would be the easiest. 
I, like the rest of the female population, really dislike this word, but it is needed in this post -this cake was super moist - it is incredible!! You have to try it!
My cake was baked on Monday & 2 days later from being on the bench it's still very soft & delicious. I just stored it on the kitchen bench in the pyrex dish with some tin foil covering it. 
Enjoy this delectable treat, we surely have & this will be my go to chocolate cake recipe from now on!

I would love to know if you try this recipe out and your thoughts. 
If you do any variations or improve it in anyway - please leave a comment below. Or share your cake with me on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Enjoy your cake!

Let's eat cake!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Series; encouragement for the discouraged.

Give God your weakness & He will give you strength.
Hello friends,
Happy Sunday!
Today's post is something that was just put on my heart & I felt I had to share - to be honest I have been struggling with what to write about this week & had chalked it up to as a missed week, but nothing like a last minute post! 
Well, I've just got my little man down for a nap & thought I would quickly write this up.
This post is for those of you that at this moment that feel discouraged. 
It maybe in life, yourself, your relationships, maybe you are in the trenches of Motherhood - whatever it is I am here to offer you encouragement.
I am going to be honest with you, lately I have been feeling VERY discouraged. 
My life is going through a rough patch - has been for awhile. It is a hurtful time for me & I am so over it. I am 110% done with the stress, nastiness & heartache.  
It's like we take 2 steps forward & 3 steps back sometimes. We know what we are feeling pulled towards & we are working on it but it feels like we have to go over 100 mountains &  down 100 valleys to get there. 
Our life has been chaos, pure chaos lately. Now a touch of chaos is alright - but constant chaos - I am not a fan! It's exhausting, frustrating & stressful. I like my life lived slow. And on top of all this I am sick - again! Nice job body, just what I need, my health condition to flare back up. 
Yesterday I made an effort for our day to be slow, I needed a day of nothing.
The kids & I did not much at all, our only focus was long cuddle sessions on the couch - this worked out wonderfully because Tommy decided to have a big cuddle nap on me so LuLu & I joined him. 
Last night I shared with some friends that I am feeling really discouraged & asked for those that don't mind doing so, to pray for me. Pray for my heart & our journey. 
This morning I woke up & I feel clearer & lighter. Our life hasn't miraculously changed over night - but I feel my mindset has.
Maybe it was our slow day yesterday, maybe it was the prayers, maybe it was both - either way I am feeling better.
So friends I want to say to you, if you are feeling stressed, tired, pushed to the end of your limits & discouraged - take a day off. 
Make nothing but slowness & love your priority for one day. I know as Mum's taking a day off isn't really plausible - but yesterday I still did basic jobs but I also focused mainly on playing & cuddles. So take a day & do something with your family that makes your heart happy. And if you are a faith believing person - pray, ask for prayers & just trust there is a plan.
We can only see the now - He knows the whole story and we have to trust Him.
A friend left a comment for me this morning that spoke right to me, she said something I say so often to my friends - but clearly I don't tell myself enough. 
Our trials make us, they are part of our story, they strengthen & define us. Take them as they come, grow from them & don't let them get you down. Focus on the joy - I tell everyone this! This is my message I try to imprint on people & I somehow was slipping with it. Find the little things & cherish & celebrate them. 
Life can be hard, hurtful, tough & down right stressful - but it is all apart of a greater plan, we just have to trust God (or whatever you believe in) with our journey & not be discouraged. 
So dear friends if you don't mind doing so, I ask you to lift us up in your prayers or send us some positivity & good vibes. 
And if you need the same done for you or want to share an encouraging testimony, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me on my social media... 
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 
Have a beautiful Sunday!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

What Mums really need/want for Mother's Day! {2017}

The highest & noblest work in this life, is that of a mother. - Russell M Nelson.

Hello friends!
I know it's been a little while between blog posts!
Life got busy! It's always busy, but it got a even more chaotic. We are in the midst of some pretty big life decisions & sometimes something has to give, so it is sadly normally my little blog. 
I always try to post regularly on my social media though, so make sure you check out those accounts! (Listed below)
But lets talk busyness - being a Mum is just naturally busy, some days I feel like I don't sit down at all or get a moment of silence until after bedtime. Trent works big shifts, so I am on my own, from wake up to bedtime. But that is our life we chose & normally it's great & works for us.
But add into the mix even more chaos & stress & well, it just all gets a bit darn overwhelming.
So this brings me to my point, what Mum's really want for Mother's Day, no not want - NEED!
Silence & to be alone.
That sounds awful - but hear me out.
Having a minute (moment, 1 hour, 5 hours - whole day - whatever!) alone (once off, once a month or even regularly) can be life changing for Mums (well, anyone really, Dads too!) 
It gives us the ability to decompress, to breath - to calm our minds & hearts. 
You can read, watch a movie, go shopping, just sit in silence & think, take a long bath, go exercise, journal, clean - whatever! 
Everyone has different ways they like to be alone - you have to find what works for you - but it is crucial. Everyone needs this, especially Mums!
Mums never stop, we are always doing something & our minds are constantly full of 1 million thoughts & we are usually multitasking countless things.
Think of a Mum (or yourself) like a computer with 50 tabs open at once, all trying to download something - your computer is going to crash. Well, Mums crash & burn too if we don't slow down.
So if you want to give a Mum in your life something meaningful and special for Mother's Day this year, put down the dressing gown & slippers, step away from the foot spa & forget about the new vacuum. Tell this women who would put her own needs above her kids/family every single time that she has the day off. 
Then pack the kids up & leave her alone. 
(Well, you don't have to desert her on Mother's Day unless of course she thinks this is a brilliant idea - but just make a time & make her relax!)
I say this because the other night I was tired, stressed & I'm just mentally exhausted - my husband told me I was to take a bath, he poured me a wine, bought me in a lit candle & then took the kids out to pick up take out for dinner. 
He saw I was burning out, he knows when I'm teetering on the edge of crashing & he jumped in and saved me. And I thank him for that.
But not everyone has a husband, or one that can read the signs - so tell them! Tell them you are tired, explain this - or if you are a husband/partner, offer your wife time out and if you are just a Mum with a best Mum friend - offer to do a trade. Watch your bestie's kids for the day & then she can watch your's next time - so you both get a break at some point! Or if you are a Mum/in-law of a Mumma with young kids - jump in! You know how hard this gig is! 
Offer it just as a once off or make it a regular thing, doing so can change a Mum & her life. 
And remember it doesn't have to be some grand scale of time out/relaxation, it can be as simple as letting Mumma go out for lunch on her own, or eat breakfast in silence or doing the groceries alone. (My grocery shopping time is usually my "kid free time")
Please never feel guilty for admitting you need a minute or help, in order to care for others we must first care for ourselves. You can be a better Mother when you learn to take care of yourself, you are also a priority. Your mental, emotional & general health is just as important as your family's - don't put yourself at the bottom of the pile. We Mums hold it all together, we need to stay strong so we can!
To my Mumma friends, I hope you get a time out this Mother's Day, even if it is just an hour to flip through a magazine & sip some tea (*wine) - I hope you get a chance just to unwind. 
Take care & remember motherhood is a life changing role, we are shaping the next generation & for us to do our best job we have to be our best selves.
Let me know how you like to relax below or on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30 

Happy Mother's Day.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Toowoomba Royal Show {2017}

Life is a beautiful ride. 
At the end of last month the 4 of us attended the Toowoomba Royal Show. 
We were undecided if we should attend as that was the week we had lots of rain from Cyclone Debbie.  But on the Friday afternoon we thought, what the heck let's go! 
We arrived around 5pm & left just before 9pm - which was late enough for us considering both kids are normally in bed by 6/7pm!
I love going to the show for many reasons - one of them being for the endless amount of colourful things to photograph & all the bright lights, at night it feels a bit magical. 
This was Tommy's first time & he was snuggled up in the baby carrier, LuLu & Trent had so much fun going on dodgem cars & playing sideshow games. (I made sure to buy a Bertie Beetle show bag!)
We enjoyed dinner in the members area of the pavilion - for $30 we were able to get 2 good sized roast beef meals with veggies & gravy and we shared with LuLu. (We found this a much better alternative than having a dinner of just carnie cuisine  That being said we still got a bucket of chips to share - because when in Rome! To access the members area, if you are not a member - you just make a donation.) *Perks of eating in this area was we could sit inside, watch the night time entertainment from our table and Trent & I could enjoy a drink. 
And now for the photos... Because the show is full of countless things to photograph...  
Standing in absolute awe of the show - LuLu was out of her mind excited!
2 tips for surviving the show - get a back pack Dad can carry instead of a nappy bag & offer shoulder rides when little feet get sore. 
Fireworks - after this we headed home to bed.
Do you like attending your local show/fair? What is your favourite part?
Let me know below or on my social media!
Snap Chat; Bindy_30
Have a good week!

Enjoy the ride. 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter 2017.

Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life.
Hello friends!
In celebration of Easter being days away I thought I would share some photos of my Easter decorations. 
The children have their Easter baskets set out ready for Mr. E. Bunny to stop by! 
These tiny bunnies were mine as a child. The original little pet shops - I wish they still looked this sweet.
Tommy's Easter basket is a miners helmet like what Daddy wears at work.
We haven't done a ton of Easter crafts as life has been so busy. But we have made some easter cards for our loved ones, did easter colouring ins & painted little bunny rabbits. 
We also made a delicious Easter cake! Oh my gosh, this cake is insanely good! It has been requested for Good Friday dinner with my best friend & also my husband has asked for 2 to take out to his work for his work mates to share on Easter Sunday as they will be working night shift. 

If you would love some ideas for easter crafts to do with your little loves, here are some we have done in previous years;
I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend & I pray you remember the true reason of Easter. 
I would love to see some of your Easter decorations, tag me or show me on my social media! 
Snap Chat; Bindy_30

 1 cross + 3 nails = 4given. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A week full of the good type of busy!

It was a good week, to have a good week.
Hello friends, 
Does your life ever feel like everything happens at once or nothing happens at all? I swear that is how our life goes sometimes, it can be so quiet & calm & then suddenly we have so much going on it is crazy. 
Well, this past week just gone was a bit like that - but good crazy! A splash of fun chaos into our normally quiet life. We enjoy & cultivate the calm the in our life, we like it. It allows more time for family, resting, spontaneous adventures & less stress - but the odd hint of busyness is ok too! It is all about balance!
Last week was a very busy one for us, it felt like for most of the week we had something to do!
On Wednesday the kids & I headed to the opening of some new stores in our local shopping centre. It was chaos, & not good chaos, people everywhere - like everywhere!! But it got us out of the house and we enjoyed a day out while Trent spent a day sleeping for night shift.
It was my first time going anywhere with the 2 kids - it was a big (slightly insane) decision to decide to brave crazy crowds on my own with them - especially for the first time out, but it went really well and they were really well behaved. We had a lovely time together.
A beautiful sunset. 
On Thursday Trent came off night shift and it was a rainy day so we spent the day snuggling & resting. The wet weather we were getting was caused by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie. It rained from very early in the morning until late at night. We are fortunate to live in an area that doesn't flood & we also didn't get the super bad storms that many people did, but unfortunately many people in our beautiful state have lost their homes, businesses or had them very badly damaged. We are praying for those people. I encourage you that once the towns that have been affected by Debbie get back on their feet that you pay them a visit, because many of the areas that Debbie first hit were beautiful tourist spots in North Queensland.
Bright cheery blooms on a grey day.
I love going for a walk outside after the rain & taking photos of all the wet plants. I think the rain droplets look a little magical!
While it was raining the dogs camped out in the garage, here is Daisy peering out!
The dogs having a run & a play once the rain eased!

On Friday morning we said hello to a lizard friend and then we spent the day doing jobs around the house. In the evening we headed to the Toowoomba Royal Show. (A post on that will be up next week!)
Our friend the lizard.

Saturday was a really fun & wonderful day! My best friend Kelsie came to town, her & I (& Tommy) headed to a Harry Potter event hosted by the local library & browsed through the markets. Then we went to the shopping centre so we could check out all the new shops! We had the most delicious lunch at a newly opened restaurant - Betty's Burgers. Oh my gosh - so good! And then shopped some more! It was a really fantastic day & just what I needed. 
Burgers & wine - my kind of lunch, perfect!

Sunday was church in the morning, then a birthday party around lunch time & then groceries.
Sundays are for church. (Tommy's little feet are so sweet in this photo!)
By the time Sunday evening came I was exhausted!! 
I love having lots of fun things to do, but I also just love our quiet weeks! Busy weeks for us are pretty rare, so that's why I thought I would document this one! I do really enjoy having a quiet life with not a lot happening at once - but I do enjoy on the odd occasion of having a busy & social week. 
How was your week? 
Let me know below or on my social media. 
Snap Chat; Bindy_30

And finally, in all of living have much fun & laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. - Gordon B. Hinckley.