All or nothing.

That pretty much sums me up at times.  I’d like to think I’m more ALL than nothing, but then again maybe slipping into a timeless chasm is where we gain our inspiration to be bigger and better in all that we do.

I love starting new projects.  In fact, I get so damn excited about them that you’d think I was an expert in whatever I happen to be doing at the time!! I’ll scour the internet googling every possible link known to mankind on whatever subject I’m after.  Take gardening for an example.  A few months ago we decided to take the plunge and finally get a retaining wall built in our yard so the kids can actually use it.  I learned about composting, native plants, soil preparation, types of grass. You name it!!  WELL!  I had the best of intentions…….that yard was going to be ready by Christmas with a lush green lawn and organic veggies to pluck from my own fabulous garden.  Of course there was that speed hump where the guys who were supposed to deliver my topsoil still haven’t turned up or finished the retaining wall that they started building 10 weeks ago!!  And so I wait….















Hmmmm, doesn’t appear to be anyone operating this fine piece of machinery??

My herb garden without the herbs!

A blank canvas…..

Waiting to be filled with all my googled research!!

I lost my inspiration but for some reason the timing is just not right and so I’ve let it go and slid back into a space of nothingness.  Searching for middle ground.  As a true Sagittarian, the happy medium does not easily find it’s place in my life.  Passion? YES!!! Procrastination? Absolutely!!!

Over the past few months I have been speaking with an intuitive naturopath named Victoria Hamilton.  She has been helping me with restoring my energy levels and healing my thyroid (I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).  Victoria has the amazing ability to intuitively heal through light and sound channeling.  She also talks about your past life history and how it relates to your life now (ok, I know, I’m getting all hocus pocus on you but sometimes if you open your mind just a little, you might just be amazed!).  My energy has improved immensely since speaking with Victoria and I have also realized how much I need that middle ground in my life.  To just accept and learn when things don’t quite go my way.

So, the garden sits for a bit longer….and in the meantime there are so many things to enjoy!!

Wish I could have a snooze in the car too…lol!















It’s always nice to see Daddy after a long trip away!!















Homemade fish and chips…















Shake what your Momma gave ya!!!















Evening picnics at the beach (no mess at home……now how’s that for finding a happy place!)















Doing the splits just cause’ you can!!  Special Olympics Gymnastics future gold medal winner….oh yeah!















Finding wonder in the simplest things….

Oh, to be a kid again!

It just wouldn’t be right not to post a recipe seeing that I have been slack (what was that about all or nothing??) in the last few posts so here goes……a wicked, indulgent marble cheesecake brownie just in time for the witching hour….

Cheesecake Swirl Chocolate Brownies

Donna Hay magazine

200g dark chocolate, chopped

250 g butter, chopped

1 3/4 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

1 1/3 cups plain all purpose flour, sifted

1/4 teaspoon baking powder, sifted

1/3 cup cocoa, sifted

Cheesecake swirl ingredients

250 g cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat (double boiler) and stir until smooth.  Allow to cool slightly before adding sugar and eggs. Whisk to combine.

Add the flour, baking powder and cocoa and whisk until smooth.  Pour into lightly greased 22cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper.  Set aside.

To make the cheesecake swirl, place the cream cheese, sugar and eggs in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.  Place large spoonfuls of the cheesecake mixture on top of the chocolate mixture and, using a butter knife, swirl to partially combine.  Bake for 5o minutes or until set.















“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught”-Winston Churchill.








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  1. jojoninja Reply //

    Steph, either you have to stop posting pictures of delicious cakey treats, or I shall have to stop reading your blog. God, my mouth waters for your baking every time! Thanks for sharing another great recipe <3

    • stephammo Reply //

      Or you’ll have to swing by and have a treat with me!! Don’t worry, you can overhead press my kids, thruster my car and do 100 burpees for time when you’ve finished your indulgence…..:)

  2. Sara Reply //

    sweet! i forgot you’re a saggitarian too – what did we do before Google? run around the house checking out every book we had!? aaaahhhh well – lets have a glass of bubbles and talk about saving the world & other such stuff.

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