Thursday
Apr072011

My Favourite Things ... for this week

Each week, I am going to share with you a few of 'My Favourite Things' from the past week. I don't have any plans for a set structure for these posts, or a firm idea of what I will write about each week, but they will be things that have brought some salt and sparkle to my life, over the past week, and I hope they will bring some to yours too ... enjoy

This photograph I took during an engagement photoshoot earlier this year makes me feel peaceful, when I look at it.  My eyes find rest in the shades of blue, and I am reminded of the sound of the sea.  I have just ordered it as my latest postcard.  If you want to order any postcards, or photographic prints from the photographs on this site, please email me at hello@saltandsparkle.com for further details.

My sister got me to watch this DVD, and I was blown away, by the remarkable story I felt inspired, my heart was uplifted and I know I want to listen, not to miss out.  Let me know if you enjoyed it when you watch it.

"Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind… in the air… in the light. It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do … is listen." August Rush

This piece of music brings me hope.  Sit back, close your eyes, and listen, let the music take you to the place of your dreams, and remember that reality begins in our dreams.  

Dream BIG.

That's it for today...

Nics

salt and sparkle = life remarkable

Wednesday
Apr062011

Priorities 

Today, I had lunch with a good friends. It was good. I loved seeing the girls.  

Just to hang out, laugh, eat some yummy food, and listen to each other.  Connect, and just spend some time with each other.  My friend's bring colour to my life.

As we chatted, we talked about organising, and sorting our stuff.  How easy it was to let things pile up, to be dealt with at another time.  I have some stuff right now that needs to be dealt with - clean laundry that needs put away.

The laundry has moved several times in this past week from the laundry to my room.  But its never quite made it into my closet, instead its hung out, on my dressing table, my bed, and right now its resting on my easy chair.

As I told the girls about this, Jen said to me 'Well, it just hasn't been a priority for you to put away.'  I laughed and agreed with her.

As I walked back to my car I pondered that thought, that idea of priorities.  Why we do things, and why we do them in a certain order, why some things we do immediately, and others can wait days, even weeks before we tackle them.  Why do we do things in the order we do...

It really does come down to priorities.  We make choices every hour of everyday, some things we deal with instantly, others we put on the back burner.  

As I thought about this idea of priorities, I realised that having lunch with the girls was a priority to me.  Just hanging out with them, hearing what was happening with them, sharing food, sharing time, sharing life.  It was wonderful, it was important, it was essential.

And, I am so thankful for the opportunity.  I am so thankful for my friends, what a joy it was to spend time with them.  Thank you girls for a great lunch, I'm already looking forward to our next one.

Spending time with our friends is just fantastic, and I really want to encourage you that no matter what's going on in life, no matter how busy, make time for friends, make your friends your priority.  You will never regret it.  Go on give a pal a call and make plans to have lunch, it will be the best phonecall you made all day. Go on, let your friends bring colour to your life..

That's it for now

Nics

Salt and Sparkle =  Life Remarkable

 

Tuesday
Apr052011

Yellow...

Flat light.  There's nothing that makes me feel quite as low as flat light.  

 

I opened the curtains this morning, and the hills were shrouded with grey.

That dull all encompassing grey that chills to the bone.  Everything looks one dimensional, and pretty dismal. Shape and form somehow morph into one another.   This is the sort of light that makes me want to sink into a comfy chair, beside a warm fire, dog at my feet and just bask in the radiant glow of the flickering flames.

But as I drove across the hills today in the gloom, an intense fire seemed to spread out across the landscape in front of me

Gorse ...

 

The gorse has come out in all its yellow glory.  And for me it instantly tossed the grey onto the sidelines, and took centre stage, like the fullback, who runs the length of a rugby field to score a try, with a stream of other players in his wake.  

The sight before my eyes, brought a big smile to my face.  The flat light was forgotten as the gorse in all its yellow majesty, stretching as far as my eye could see, reminded me that Easter was nearly here, Spring had sprung, and we are on are way to a period of new life, new light, new dreams, and new wonders.  We have a new beginning ... what a wonderful world we live in, and sometimes we need to see the grey, to allow the yellow to dance.

What new beginnings do you hope that Spring brings for you?  I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope that the future brings the gold yellow light like the gorse.

That's it for today.

Nics

Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable

 

Sunday
Apr032011

Breathe

 

 

Each week I am going to post an image to allow you to breathe, and give your soul a rest from reading endless words. Let the photograph take you were it takes you, and BREATHE

Saturday
Apr022011

Coffee Cake for Mother's Day

All the girls in my family are off chocolate for lent.  Hard to believe for a group of ladies that are such confirmed choco-holics!  Surprisingly we are doing well, and there have been no major choco cravings or lent lapses.  

Not eating chocolate has sent me in the kitchen and back to the books, to create new recipes, that don't involve this ever so yummy ingredient.  

It is exciting creating new recipes, trying things out, discovering what works well and what doesn't.  My family are a happy nation of baking tasters, and believe me they are a hard lot to please.  I also like to get every guest who comes to visit to try my latest creation, notes are taken on their comments, and eventually a recipe is written, that I can share with you.

One huge hit has been my coffee bunt cake made with wholemeal flour, and frosted with a light cream cheese icing.  Coffee Cake there really is nothing that can beat it, a little hit of caffeine with intense coffee flavour, the nutty bite from the wholemeal flour, the rich moist crumb and a smooth frosting, that just melts in the mouth. Delicious.

It is the simplest of recipes, you literally bung everything into the food mixer, and a few minutes later the batter is ready, pop it into the oven, and  hey presto, the perfect cake emerges  less than half an hour later. Within an hour, you can have the cake baked, iced and placed on the table.

 I really hope you will enjoy it, please do let me know.  I am looking forward to hearing from you.

I'll tell you more about why I bake with wholemeal flour next time ... 

 

That's it for today...

 

Nics

Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable

Thursday
Mar312011

Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable

  

Life can get pretty humdrum. And, it is not even a case of us letting it become that way; it sorta just slips up on us without point or notice.  We get swept away in the suds of a pile of laundry, or a rack of dirty dishes, and before we know it our lives seem flat. Routine. Colourless. They have lost their flavour and shine. And we wonder, will we ever get them back?


In essence when life gets like that all it really needs is a touch of seasoning - a little salt, and a pinch of sparkle to bring back colour, depth and joy.  It never fails to amaze me how the smallest amount of seasoning can change our perspectives from grey to Technicolor. The tiniest tweaks often have the greatest effect.  A little bit of seasoning, a little bit of shine … and things don't look so bad.  

And, the wonderful thing is that all life is extraordinary – whether we are all feelin’ it or not.  Life is full of surprises, and wonders that if we stop for a moment and let them, will literally take our breath away.   These moments for me are the 'salt and sparkle', the flavour, the seasoning, and the colour - the moments that we carry as memories.

With Spring dancing in front of our eyes; the world a light with new life and colour - I don't think could there be a better time to introduce you to Salt and Sparkle?

I hope my thoughts in words, pictures and recipes noted in this brand new blog will bring both salt and sparkle to your life.


There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to bring a hint of sparkle to anyone’s day, so in this my first ever blog post, I feel it is only fitting that I share my favourite cookie recipe with you.  A recipe that yields perfect cookies every time – crunchy and chewy, and oh so chocolately all at once - Hope you enjoy them.

What a great day Saltandsparkle  has become a reality, no longer a dream!  I am excited and I hope you are too.  So let me welcome you here, to my new blog, thank you for stopping by, and tell you that, I really can't wait to get to know you.

That’s it for today, looking forward to hearing from you ... 

Nics

Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable

 

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