Author: almondberry

caravan

ultimate camping set up

After a series of tent breakages and a year of deliberation and research about the ultimate camping set up we picked up a second hand 2007 Jayco Hawk. After a quick weekend camp we wrote an extensive list of modifications to make while keeping it a simple as possible to set up. The aim was it should only take us 40mins to set up a full campsite. It turned out great and being self sufficient with luxuries has  opened up so many more camping sites to us…..especially with two small kids in tow. Storage Added drawers in the poky cupboards inside and large drawers to the outdoor cupboard to create an outdoor kitchen. We bought Ikea wire drawers that fit on the floor when the caravan is packed down. When we arrive at destination they fit on the bench secured with small wing nuts to store our clothes. I recommend Kathmandu tanker cargo bags as they compress small bags when you have unpacked. More gas and gas points Added an extra 5kg bottle and got …

propel y culture grants - ru cercle

Panel Member – Arts Grants

It was an honour to sit on the assessment panel for theDrug Aware YCulture grants. Administered by Propel Youth Arts these $3k grants offer young people funding to get their arts idea off the ground.  It was fantastic to see the process that young people are going through to develop their arts practice and the quality of the projects funded is impressive.  Here is a clip from one of my favourite projects Ru (//) Cercle Image credit: Ru (//) Cercle via Propel youth arts

Curious program

Curious

Curious was a major project for the community development unit. This project united all the learning programs under one umbrella. Previously the library, meeting place, youth, positive aging, aboriginal engagement and sport created and marketed their own programs individually. This encompassed developing a new name, brand, enrolment, evaluation and workflow management systems……..all meeting accessibility design requirements. It was a fantastic project working with an amazing team of people. Keep up to date with the latest program at fremantle.wa.gov.au/curious or book tickets via Eventbrite.

Cook-a-thon

We’ve been doing the bulk cook strategy for a couple of months now. It’s saving me! Saturday nights we put the toddler and the baby to bed crack out the wine, cheese and spotify while we prep food for the week. (we make bigger serves so we can add to our collection of frozen meals). Hardest thing I found was finding vegetarian recipes and selecting a variety of flavours and textures that would freeze well. So here are my favourite picks so far! Dinner recipes that freeze well: http://hostthetoast.com/thai-cashew-coconut-rice-ginger-peanut-sauce/ http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-kung-pao-cauliflower-243625 http://www.chefdehome.com/Recipes/717/laksa-soup http://www.aberdeenskitchen.com/2015/07/vegetarian-black-bean-enchilada-casserole/ pasta shell lasagne https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/527484175098340555/ https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/easy-mushroom-risotto risotto and paella freezes well just add more stock before freezing. Soups http://thewanderlustkitchen.com/easy-tuscan-bean-soup/ https://www.acedarspoon.com/moroccan-carrot-red-lentil-soup/ Sauces Pasta sauce Serve with goats cheese and cashews. http://bbritnell.com/butternut-squash-pasta-sauce/ http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/linguine-porcini-vegetable-bolognese/6de6cad3-a997-4052-864f-a272d6f7183b Serve with ravoli http://www.primaverakitchen.com/how-to-make-basic-tomato-sauce/ Yellow curry paste bulk make the paste or make curry with coconut milk, sweet potato, broccoli, red capsicum and fried paneer. It freezes great! sever with naan or rice. https://pinchofyum.com/easy-homemade-yellow-curry-paste Dinner recipes to cook fresh  These require minimal attention but I’d probably still make this earlier in the day…..  anything can happen …

hospital

Hospital Life

I lived in hospital for 5 weeks. I wasn’t confined to bed but I mostly hung out in my room, I was allowed to walk to the downstairs café each day and could go on outings if someone took me in a wheelchair. After a week I realised I was in for the long haul so I came up with a plan to embrace my new life. Follow the links below for more details. Fashion and style for hospital life Interior decorating for the hospital room Masterchef with a cheese knife and a hospital menu Supplies from the outside In the end, I was extremely lucky and in an amazing turn of events I was home earlier than I expected. It was actually hard to leave…… so here’s to you Ward 4. Dear Ward 4 Well this is it …..the last night. I feel weird packing my room up. I think I’m going to miss the quiet nights and the city lights. I don’t really know how to say thank you. You’ve seen me desperately …

Gift bags

Supplies from the outside

Gifts and visits. What do you really want when you’re stuck in a micro environment for months? How much do your friends really like you? I rated them, introduced requested tasks and graphed the outcome. After all the energy to collect this stuff and when I had to move out I made up gift bags to share with the other inmates.            

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Masterchef with a cheese knife and a hospital menu

Surviving the food for 5 weeks!  I’m vegetarian and I love cooking. It was so hard to eat hospital food all the time. After praying Jamie Oliver was going to come and save me, I got a fridge, knife and chopping board. Soon I was ordering off the menu, requesting essentials from friends and creating a revised menu. But thank god for uber eats! Here’s a sample of the delicacies offered on the hospital menu.

bathroom styling

Interior decorating for the hospital room

You can style anything. Double J was playing 90’s music all month so hanging out in my room, decorating it and listening to 90’s music was a bizarre flashback to my teenage years. But I didn’t have my dad to help me move the furniture around. I was learning Canva and found a real estate flyer template so it was time for a photoshoot and a fake ad.

make up collection

Fashion and style for hospital life

Mission was to learn new hair and make up techniques and try not to walk around in pyjamas for the rest of my life. I watched many a video, created a Pinterest board, spent an hour or two every day getting ready and taking selfies of my progress. Now I’ve been released into the outside world people are impressed how good I look. That’s what a month of intensive study does!