The Perfect Cereal Bowl

17 01 2012

070. Find the perfect cereal bowl [more info]

Success! This was a goal I was close to revising (note: removing) from my list a little while back because I thought it silly and with the number of bowls we already have, do we really need another one?! And then I found this at my local supermarket yesterday:

cereal bowl

I broke one of my two (identical) cereal bowls a couple of weeks ago and was disappointed because it was one I used to use a lot when I lived at home (I moved out in… 2004, I think?) and reminded me of those times. This one is made from melamine, meaning that if dropped it will bounce, not shatter! And given we have a baby who will be graduating to using his own bowls/utensils in the next year or so, melamine is never a bad choice.

Besides, the polka dots are so cheery. And that never goes astray either. 😉

Goal complete – 40/101!

New Recipe: Pumpkin & Chickpea Burgers

10 01 2012

Tonight I made this recipe.

It was very yummy but the burgers were very soft and didn’t hold together all that well (I’d try making them with breadcrumbs added, or less egg to bind them; as it was I squeezed the water out of the zucchini). So they ended up more as a soft, sweet layer on Turkish pide with sour cream, cheese and tomato relish.

The finished product:


The Last of the Boxes

5 01 2011

077. Unpack all moving boxes [more info]


Those pesky possessions that I haven't yet parted with...

These are the last of the boxes leftover from our move in December 2009. They’ve been conveniently shoved under the spare room bed for many months now, and occasionally delved into when something was needed.

But on the whole, not much of their contents are being used to the first great clean-up of 2011 begins!

I’ve also put the boxes in my loungeroom so that I’m forced to sort through them to get the room looking tidy again (kind of like compulsary motivation!). Wish me luck, as we need the space to dissamble the spare room’s bed and create our baby’s nursery.

Hurrah for IKEA!

18 10 2010

098. Assemble something completely on my own [more info]

Sure, I may love french toast (see previous post) but I also have a not-so-small crush on IKEA furniture and furnishings. Hubby and I are in the process of updating some of our cheaper furniture (which after six years of being knocked about is not looking the best) and we decided on a coffee table and entertainment unit.

Part of the unit arrived yesterday, with the rest being home-delivered in lovely little flat-packed boxes today. Last night hubby reminded me that one of my goals was to assemble something on my own, so I nervously attempted one of the three shelving units that makes up the entertainment unit (sans door; it hadn’t arrived yet).

Short of needing a little extra wrist strength with putting screws in, I surprised myself with putting it together in about 30 minutes! The angles are square, unit is sturdy and it’s going to look great with the other two pieces and the glass doors on. Hurrah for IKEA! 😀

Planting Complete

18 09 2010

065. Plant a herb garden [more info]

The new plants are officially in (as of a couple of days ago, but hadn’t gotten around to blogging until now), which means I can cross this goal off my list. Looking forward to cultivating the plants, adding more and eating yummy homegrown produce in the coming months. 🙂



The Start of a Garden

14 09 2010

065. Plant a herb garden [more info]

I’ve been working on some of my September goals this month, also now that the weather’s warming up it’s time for the vegetable/herb garden I’ve wanted!

Since I live in an apartment and have only a balcony to use, I’ve had to think creatively with my use of space. Pots are my friend and, as there is lots of construction going on in my street, there are ample free resources (which have been discarded) that are ripe for the picking. Think wooden pallets, bricks, clumps of wood etc. Perhaps for drainage, creating trellises and more.

After lugging my new (and reclaimed) garden upstairs, it was time for the arrangement to begin. So far I have:

– 2 kinds of tomato seedlings (mini roma and truss)
– beetroot seedlings
– parsley
– Vietnamese mint

I’ve also bought some seed packets (lettuce, sugarsnap peas, red capsicum [peppers]), which will be a work in progress. I’m surprised at how much space I actually have on this balcony, and look forward to researching more produce for planting. 🙂

The beginning stages of my garden, ready for planting in the morning. 🙂

078. Throw away all of the old make-up I’ve amassed over the years

26 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have thrown away all of the decades-old make-up that I’ve collected over the years.

Why did I choose this goal? I have a box full of old make-up that I packed in a box before moving last year, most of which was from my teenage years…even a few eyeshadows belonged to my Mum in the 1970s and 80s! The colours are so pretty and vivid that I haven’t been able to THINK about throwing them out…but now it’s time. Will I be able to summon the courage?

077. Unpack all moving boxes

26 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When ALL boxes in my house are either unpacked or given away to charity. 

Why did I choose this goal? I moved into a new home in December 2009. The sooner these boxes are unpacked, the less cluttered and packed-up my house will feel (even though there’s a chance we’ll move again during the course of this project!)

076. Minimise cleaning products in my home

24 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have reduced the amount of cleaning products in my home to less than a third of what we use now.

Why did I choose this goal? My laundry cupboard contains a myriad of cleaning products, a lot of which were found in cupboards when we moved house and add up to quite a bit of money. I’d like to minimise what we use for cleaning to only a few generalised products (and as natural as possible; since I have a bird who flies around the house at least one needs to have antibacterial properties).

075. Turn the second bedroom into a functioning spare room/study

24 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When the second bedroom of our apartment contains a functional bed, desk and room to move. 

Why did I choose this goal? The second bedroom is a work-in-progress after moving into this apartment in December 2009. It’s also where all of the boxes and clutter has ended up…this is a big goal!