Thursday, 28 April 2016

Banana Pancakes For Breakfast!

On the 26th of April 2016, I ate too much bread.  I love bread, don't get me wrong but I don't really want to look at it right now.  So when it came to deciding what to have for breakfast the next day, I was struggling with what to have because toast is a breakfast norm with me!

After procrastinating for a while, I decided to make some banana pancakes which I'd made myself for dinner a few weeks ago.  The recipe I went off is from Chocolate Covered Katie and I'll leave a link to her blog here so you can check it out!  I was drooling looking through all the recipes she has and I can't wait to try more out!

The recipe was super easy and simple to follow and you can tailor to ingredients to suit your dietary requirements!  You can make them thin so they're like pancakes and also thicker so they're like pikelets and they both taste delicious!

  • 1/3 cup of flour - I used plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 a mashed banana - I used 2 small bananas
  • 1/4 cup of milk - I used almond milk
  • Pinch/dash of salt
  • Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Mash the banana in another bowl and add your other liquids.
  • Combine this with your dry ingredients.
  • Spoon out the mixture into a pan and flip when bubbles on the surface have popped.
  • EAT!!
I blitzed the mixture a bit further with a hand mixer so there were no banana lumps, but this is completely optional - banana chunks won't hurt anyone!  I topped my pancakes with some maple syrup but the options are endless!  Fruit, lemon, cream, nutella, sugar - anything!  I wouldn't mind seeing what they would be like if you put some coconut or even cocoa in the mixture, think it would be delicious!

I was honestly so proud that I had made these successfully!  It's been really hit and miss for me with pancakes so this was definitely a hit!  I did burn one, that was completely my fault!  Lesson for today:  when you're cooking, make that your number one priority!

So if you're looking for a super easy banana pancake recipe, try this one!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Primary School Nostalgia & Memories (Part 2)

So my last post on Primary School Nostalgia and Memories was going on forever and I didn't want to end up writing an essay for you all so I decided to split this into two posts!

Ok I had to google this because I was going to call it "that massive sheet thing in pe"!!  Basically it was really a colourful circular sheet with little handles around the edge and you'd stand in a circle and count to a certain number and lift it up in the hair then let it come back down to the ground.  Sometimes when you'd have it up in the hair kids would run underneath it and swap places with another student and I am still upset that I never was able to do this. *sad face*!  I just love the joy we had lifting essentially a rainbow sheet up and down in the hair!

So at lunch time, depending on the weather we'd go and sit outside and eat our lunch.  And if you wanted to go and play you had to finish your lunch.  Teachers would stand by the rubbish bins so you couldn't go and throw it away and they'd even check to see if you had stashed your lunch under your hat!  Whenever I bought my lunch from the canteen, I'd always finish it because hello potato pie!  But there would be times where I'd just not want to eat and I'd be sitting there looking at my sandwich while my friends were having fun on the play equipment!  I went through a phase where I'd only eat the crust of the bread and I thought that would be enough to let me go and play but sadly no!

I can't remember what grade exactly it was that we got our own drawer but I think it was from grade 1 onwards.  In grade 1, it was literally just a plastic tub in a draw and you got to make your name plate for it all fancy and then you had your own drawer where you would store your books and pencil caseWhen you got to grade 3 you would have your own individual desk and underneath the desk would be storage of some type.  Some people would have a plastic tub where you would pull it out and other would have a desk where you had to lift up with top bit and you'd have space underneath to store all your books and supplies.  When I first got my drawer, I thought it was the coolest thing ever!  Until the teachers started doing desk inspections and if you had a messy drawer you'd have to stay back in either recess or lunch time to make it tidy!

Oh the joy of photo day..  Sensing any sarcasm from me?  Wasn't my favourite day.  I have one absolutely terrible school photo and I really don't know why the photographer let me go!  I think I started talking or pulled a face but my photo is just hilarious!  I hope no one ever finds it because it that photo ever surfaces I will be mortified!  But moving on from that terrible photo exerience, I just found the whole thing awkward!  You'd have the photographer telling you how to compose yourself and then they'd go "BOYFRIENDS" or "CHEESE" or just something ridiculous and my immediate reaction would always be to frown!  I bet you anything the reason why I pulled the weird face in the disastrous face was because of what the photographer said!!  Yep I'm going to blame the photographer ahahahah

So fun fact here for you.  I can't wink.  I can screw up the right hand side of my face and close my right eye like that but just blinking with one eyelid - nope, can't do that.  So you can imagine how upset I'd be when the teacher would tell us we'd be playing wink murder and I knew I'd never get picked because I couldn't wink!  The game itself is THRILLING!  You sit in a circle on the carpet, look down and hide our eyes and our teacher would walk around and whoever they tapped on the shoulder would be the 'murderer', and when she was back at her spot, we would be told to open our eyes and the game would begin.  The 'murderer' would wink at you and if you were winked at you'd dramatically fall to the ground because you had been killed.  The aim was not to get found out by one of the three detectives, if you were caught you would have to be a detective in the next round and if the detectives didn't catch the 'murdered' they'd have to continue being a detective!  I have to thank one of my teachers who realised I couldn't wink; we would sometimes play Double Wink Murder and I'd always get chosen to to the double winking.  I never understood at the time until I asked my parents about it but still, better than just having to sit there and dramatically fall to the ground!

I loved reading and I still do!  So I'd always look forward to after lunch when we'd get to do some reading!  Our teacher would read to us for a bit and then we'd go and do some silent reading by ourselves.  When I was in grade 6, we made these book markers so on the inside you'd be able to write down all the books you read.  It became a competition to see who read the most books but then how many pages you read became part of it so we'd start loaning massive books from the library to get their page count up!  I did that once, picked a truly boring book which wasn't suited for for a 12 year old so I ended up picking books which I enjoyed! 

I'd like to think that learning the recorder helped me with my clarinet playing if I'm honest!  You either love them or hate them, there is no in-between!  I personally loved them and I've still got the recorder I bought in primary school.  I really loved music so I also got a book on how to play the recorder and I think I was one of the few people who took the recorder seriously!  The same can't be said now though I'm afraid...  I'll get my recorder and sneak up behind unsuspecting family members and break out in a delightful tune!  Just a flurry of toots and high pitched notes and then I bolt!  I'm such a lovely daughter eheheheh

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Primary School Nostalgia & Memories (Part 1)

There is a page on Facebook called Australian Millennials and it is probably one of my favourite pages.  They share videos of kids tv programs which were shown back in the day and I just love it!  Some of the shows I remember watching as a little girl and some of them have been when my parents were kids.  The other day they shared a video of The Ning Nang Nong, and I highly suggest you YouTube that because that was a TUNE back in the day and whenever they sung that on Play School is was a good day!

So I've been feeling pretty nostalgic so thought I'd share some bits which I remember about primary school.  I also have the Ning Nang Nong and a few other theme tunes for some 90s kids shows stuck in my head now hahah but enjoy!!

You'd be stuck with them for the rest of the year so picking out the right bag, shoes and pencil case was extremely important!  And sport shoes, you had to get the ones which would make you run faster!  I also took a long time deciding what drink bottle and lunch box I'd have, because you needed your recess and lunch accessories to be just perfect!  I think I was in prep and I had this Bananas in Pjyamas drink bottle and it had a strap so you could have it around your neck and it was so practical!

You'd be in your uniform, shoes would be polished, hair would be up nice and you'd take a photo before you left the house.  Ah the memories and then off into the car and to school you went!  Meeting your new teacher was both exciting and a little scary but when you'd see your friends in class, you'd just go and sit with them and everything would be better!  And when you would be shown to your hook where you'd have your bag, that was a big moment!  There were spots which were better than others and getting a good bag hook was a pretty big deal.

Your first friend or friends is always a memorable event.  I met my two first friends in kindergarten and we were close friends for years until they moved state or transferred to a different school!  Playing make up games at recess and lunch, building castles and homes out of the wooden block and playing families, they're some of my favourite memories.  Seeing your friends before school started and then if you were lucky enough you got to sit next to the in class and when the school day was over, it was the worst having to say good bye!

I can't remember how often this would happen but I used to love it!  I remember we'd sit in a circle on the floor and I always try to see what other people had brought along.  I used to bring teddy bears along the most, from what I can remember and I used to take great pleasure in telling everyone about the adventures my teddy bears and I would have at home.  I've always been quite a nosey person, so I'd love to see and hear what everyone else had brought along

This was either in grade 1 or 2 and when you were picked as student of the week you'd lie down on this massive sheet of paper and the teacher would trace around you and then you'd get back up and colour yourself it.  It was a big deal.  The paper would then be stuck up on the wall and this great honor was just because you'd been a good student the week before.

As much as I loved the vegemite sandwiches my mum would pack for me, I did love when I got to get food from the canteen.  When you'd arrive at school in the morning there would be a sheet of paper and you'd write your name down, tick what you wanted for lunch, write down how much it would cost, put the money in a yellow envelope and the until lunchtime your mind would be revolving around lunch.  I used to love getting lasagna or spaghetti bolognese but every night I'd get sick (waaaaaaah) so would end up having a potato pie which was equally delicious!  You'd also be able to get these flavoured milks which came in a cardboard container and for a while they'd come with trading cards - pretty sure we've still got all the cards my brother and I collected in primary school.

These were my favourite.  I can't remember how many times I term or year this would happen but basically catalogues would be handed out depending on what grade you were in and you'd have a week or so to look through and see what you wanted.  There was an abundance of books to choose from and one year I remember there was a set all about calligraphy and I have to laugh because I tried to tell mum that calligraphy was something I was really into and it was a serious hobby of mine and that she wouldn't be wasting her money if I got it.....  Long story short, didn't get the calligraphy set - good decision mum!

This was a huge deal.  A HUGE deal.  Graduating from writing with a pencil to a pen was a milestone.  I got my pen licence in grade 3 and normally you'd get them in grade 4 so I was very proud of myself.  You'd have to show your teacher that your writing skills were up to scratch and then if they thought you had what it took to write in a pen, you'd get a certificate and bam pen licence and bragging rights were yours!  I was one of the first in my class out of the grade 3 students to get theirs and I was so proud of myself!  I sometimes think now that I don't deserve my licence because sometimes my handwriting is just terrible!!

If it wasn't for the fact that one year I won Crazy Hair Day for not only my class and grade I don't think I would have included this!  I think I was in grade 3 and the night before mum had put my hair in rags and so the next morning when we took them out my hair was super crazy curly!  We put hair green and purple hair colour through my hair, but soon stopped because the wand which you used to apply it fell off and got stuck in the bottle!  We had sparkles and glitter and everything in my hair and finished it off with a headband which had spirally wire going up with tiny streamers coming off it!  I really wish I had a photo of this because #hairgoals!  I should say that at home, I was like yes I look awesome, I won't get nervous or embarrassed when I have to get out of the car.  Was another story when we actually got to school.  I didn't want to get out of the car!  Glad I did though because pretty sure I won an icy pole for my hair and I also got to stand up at the front in assembly and I got a round of applause!  Really I shouldn't take the credit for the hair because without mum, it wouldn't have happened, so thank you mum!!!

Especially in summer and the warmer months, if you didn't have your hat you wouldn't be able to go out and play.  I don't know what you'd do if you didn't bring your hat, maybe hang out in the library but I think this was such an important thing to have in primary schools.  It gets hot in Australia and with climate and there being a thin ozone layer here (I think, not up with all the scientific stuff), sun safety was and should always be something we are taught about from a young age.  Yes the hats were annoying sometimes and if you had your hair up in a ponytail it would look weird with that little bump, or when it wasn't cool to have the chord on your hat, but in reality wearing hats were for our own good!

I think I'll stop going down memory lane here hahah because I could easily carry on for a very long time and then I'd really be writing a thesis for a blog post!  There will be a part 2 for this coming up very soon!!

Now that I'm not at primary school, I do really miss it.  I always liked school and I'd never really dread waking up and thinking ugh have to go to school and learn :/ I miss not being stressed at primary school!!

Hope you liked this post!  Little trip for us all down memory lane!  What was primary school like for you?  Feel free to share down in the comments!!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Why Shaming Of Any Kind Needs To STOP!

It's 2016.  Why is shaming of any kind still a thing?

Since when is it acceptable for people to be called "basic" for wearing minimal or no makeup?  And on the flip side, why do people think it's alright calling someone who wears a lot of makeup "cake face"?

If someone wants to wear no makeup or minimal makeup doesn't mean they're better than you and if someone chooses to wear a full face or makeup doesn't make them better than those who don't wear makeup.  You're not basic and shouldn't feel ashamed if you don't wear all that much makeup and you shouldn't feel like you're committing a crime for wearing makeup.  Also shaming people into wearing makeup!  If someone feels comfortable and happy with how they look makeup free why do you feel you have the right to tell them that they have to cover up their blemishes or make their eyebrows look more presentable or on fleek?  Your face belongs to you and you can do whatever you want to do with it.

Reading magazines and seeing how some writers completely pull apart someones outfit is something I really dislike seeing.  Yes I understand that everyone has a right to their own opinion but to the point where you are bullying someone is completely unacceptable!!  Saying they won't get a date, or "that's why they're single" if they contour for example, is just wrong.  Girls being told that because they like to rock a messy bun is really off putting to prospective partners - what exactly are they trying to achieve?

Why are women bringing other women down?  What are you achieving by doing that exactly?  We should be supporting the choices other choose to make, not knocking them down and making them feel inferior.

Why is body shaming still a thing?  Why do people still get shamed for the job they have, the car they drive, the music they listen to?  Why?  I just don't understand.  Why if someone chooses to not drink alcohol do people think it's alright to call them boring and make them feel like absolute crap because they'd rather spend their Friday night in as opposed to out on the town?  And then again on the flip side, why are people who drink alcohol labeled as alcoholics?  Why do people feel they have the right to shame other people's lifestyle choices?  Their diet choices, their music preferences, what movies they enjoy watching?  Shaming someone on their sexuality?  I am just at a loss to be honest.

The internet is an amazing thing but it's also one of the worst.  Before if you wanted to say something to another person you had to go up to them personally and say it to their face.  Now you can just type and press enter.  You can hide behind a computer screen and say whatever you want.  And I really don't like that.  If you can't say something to someones face, don't say it at all.  Simple as that.

I feel like many people forget the "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all" and it's so sad to see.  Think before you speak and think before you type.

I just truly can't wait for the day when shaming isn't a thing.  We don't need it in the world.  There are far more pressing problems to focus on. 

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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