Homemade Baked Beans? YES, PLEASE!!



These home-made baked beans are delicious! We can’t get enough of them in this house and I’m sharing the recipes left right and centre! Thank you, Rebecca Weller from Vegansparkles!

I’m not vegan so I’ve gone as far as adding an extra can of diced tomatoes and cracking a couple of eggs into wells and letting them cook sunny side up for a little Middle-Eastern breakfast twist. If I have some left over red capsicum I also add that in there, too. Yum!

Oh, and I use a can of 4-bean mix instead of the borlotti beans.

Her recipe is here! Otherwise I’ve modified it to mine below.

  • Splash of olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 400g can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes of choice
  • ¼ cup semi-dried tomatoes (or more tomatoes)
  • 400g/14oz can Borlotti beans (or your favourite beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • cracked black pepper

Add oil and onion, cook until onion translucent. Add all tomatoes and cook until heated through. Add beans and spices, cook until heated through. Serve.


eBook Wishlist

I’m really good at forgetting ebooks I would like to read so I’m just going to go ahead and document them on this blog. You never know I might inspire someone to read them, too! I’m going to tick them off as I read them, but I don’t think I will go as far as reviewing them…


Image Source: Amazon.com

Do Less. I saw this on The Minimalist Mom’s blog. It may be a beneficial read since we are living in a world where everyone is doing more.


Image Source: Amazon.com

The life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever – Just because of the may reviews and raves it has been getting and I’m into minimalism approach to everything!

An Idea That Inspires

The other night I found myself guilty of forgetting to read a bed time story to my son, yet again. So with that in mind I started brainstorming about ways to remind myself to read him a story each night before bed. That’s when I came up with the idea of ‘A-Book-A-Day’. A book a day means that I have 7 books pre-chosen – one for every night of the week stored in an over the door book holder. I was going to make one because I didn’t think they existed, but they do! And I still might make my own book holder but here’s a link to exactly what I had in mind!


Source: Apartment Therapy

DIY Laundry Powder

********************************I no longer use this laundry powder recipe as I found my clothes started to smell! An update on the DIY laundry powder I now use will feature in a future post 🙂 *****************************


In my quest to become more money conscious I have decided to try SAHM’s recipe for laundry powder. What’s great is that there are no fillers added and you only need a teaspoon for each load. Please bear in mind that I own a 5kg top loader and 1 teaspoon seems to be enough to do the job.


SAHM laundry powder



I made only half the amount for a little under $2, and will last for a few months…if I stop giving it away! Of course, if you have stains you’ll still need a stain remover. I don’t know any washing powder good enough to remove stains, do you?




Fashionable Habits



Today I share my habits I have learned when it comes to purchasing and wearing clothes. I’m not saying I always get it right, but I get it right more often than not these days.

1. I only wear what fits! Anything that doesn’t gets thrown/given away. If it doesn’t fit people will know and you’ll be and feel uncomfortable and continuously adjust yourself.

2. I think about cost per wear. Basically the more I wear it the cheaper the cost per wear. This rule basically gives me the right to splurge on something I really love and know I’m going to wear. It justifies the cost, ladies!

3. I only wear it if I feel good in it! If I don’t feel good in it then my posture will be wrong and my disappointment will be written all over my face. The cost per wear will also go up because I won’t wear the outfit often enough.

4.  I don’t buy orphans. This rule basically means I don’t buy something that doesn’t go with anything else in my wardrobe because if I do and it doesn’t match anything then most likely I have to buy something else to go with it.

5. I don’t buy into trends – I mostly buy and wear classic pieces. They last longer and I can wear any time of the year, day, night. they wont go out of fashion and I can wear them again and again thus keeping my cost per wear down.

6. I know the colours I look good in – black, white and navy blue. These colours are my go-to and most of the clothes in my wardrobe are these colours.

7. I’m becoming a minimalist, this way I know what I own and can easily and quickly throw something on I know is going to look good especially when I’ve followed what I’ve learned above.





Free Time Fix


1. Watching Orange is the New Black (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njy0dFFlpAc)


girl on the train
2. Reading Girl on the Train (http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-Train-Paula-Hawkins/dp/1594633665)


3. Flipping through the Elle magazine for July (http://www.elle.com.au/)
3. Flipping through the Elle magazine for July 2015 (http://www.elle.com.au/)


4. Wondering whether or not to update my hairstyle (http://newhairstyleidea.net/best-new-hairstyles-for-fine-straight-hair/taylor-swift-medium-hair-style-straight-medium-haircuts-with-bangs/)


5. Using the Bellini Intelli Kitchen as a glorified mixer for baking (and mashed potato!)