Currently December

Love from Lisa Currently December

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This new series replaces Head and Heart, as a way to reflect on where I’m currently at in life.

It’s a shortened list from Taking Stock, written by From Lucy with Love.

Cooking: Spaghetti. Aside from stir-fry and schnitzel it’s the only meal I can cook without a recipe, and is the meal I always crave when overseas.

Buying: A sleeve for my Mac, which was only $15 on eBay. A steal, considering others  I saw were over $70.

Enjoying: That it’s still light outside at 8pm, it makes the day feel so much longer.

Feeling: Annoyed that I have to start my last unit of a Diploma of Digital Marketing course, which uses up way more of my time than I thought it would.

Going: To Gosford for Christmas with Nick’s family for 5 days of sleeping, eating, and doing not much.

Organising: My cupboards finally!! One by one, bit by bit.

Pinning: Lunch ideas, I need some new food inspiration.

Planning: On blogging again, which until I’ve finished my course will consist of one post a week.

Reading: I’m currently in between books but am going through a series of samples, so stay tuned.

Watching: Grey’s Anatomy season 11 so I’m nearly up to date. I’ve been watching this since May. I also started Fargo last night and love it already.

Wanting: To plan another overseas trip. Last month I did London, Paris and Scotland and I’m itching to go back already.

Looking: Forward to starting a new year with new goals, as my one little word for this year took a back seat.

Deciding: On whether or not to continue with my Filofax decoration.

Wishing: I could work part time.

Needing: Muffin to stop her screaming and clinginess before Nick gets really angry.

 

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Changing my blog name

Love from Lisa Changing my blog name

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Hi all,

Firstly thank you so much for your patience whilst I’ve been offline.

Heaps has been happening behind the scenes with this little blog, from small tweaks, page updates and most importantly a brand new name.

Previously known as The Creative Canvass, this blog is now more personally named – Love from Lisa.

My aim is for this blog to be a space that captures my life’s moments, and inspires you to share similar stories.

I promise you that I will have some exciting content soon.

In the meantime please follow my social media accounts to get a sneak peak of what’s to come:

Facebook:    Love from Lisa
Twitter:        @lovefromlisa_
Pinterest:     lovefromlisa_
Instagram:   lovefromlisablog
Bloglovin:    Love from Lisa
Email:          contact@lovefromlisa.com

Speak soon!

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May action plan a review

Love from Lisa action plan - a review

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This year I’ve started to set two types of goals, yearly goals using one little word, and monthly goals using a monthly action plan.

The first step in the process of setting my monthly goals is to identify an area of my life that I want to work on for the month. I then set objectives for the identified area, then review if the objectives were met, hence determining whether or not my monthly goal was achieved.

In May my goal was to establish routines. Here’s the action plan I set in place to achieve this.

May goal – Establish routines

Objective 1
Blog more during the week.

How
Get up at 6am weekdays and work on post content.

Achieved?
Half achieved. I only did this for two weeks, but quickly discovered that I really enjoyed getting up early. Not only was it beneficial in getting posts completed, but it was a great way to ease into the day. Once I start my new job next month, this will be something that I actually do every day.

Objective 2
Exercise 4 times a week.

How
Go to the gym three times a week, and do a yoga dvd at home once a week.

Achieved?
Half achieved. I joined a gym and bought a yoga DVD. I went to the gym only twice a week, and have yet to use the yoga DVD. This is work in progress.

Objective 3
Establish a grocery shopping night.

How
Dedicate Thursdays to grocery shopping.

Achieved?
Half achieved. I only go grocery shopping once a week, but the day has varied. This is another work in progress.

Was my May action plan achieved?
No, I feel like May was a very bad goal achievement month for me. I’m not sure if it was because I was lacking motivation for life in May, or because once I set these goals I never looked at them again.

If you’d like inspiration on goal setting, or would like to see my past action plans, then please visit my Goal setting Pinterest board.

If you’d like to learn more about one little word please visit my One little word – olw Pinterest board.

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Three Milks Cake

Love from Lisa Three Milks Cake

I’m torn on whether this recipe rose to the challenge or was a flop.

What rose to the challenge was the taste. It had the same sponginess as a pudding, and I love puddings! However the flop portion was that it sunk in the middle and it didn’t rise very high.

If you’d like to view recipes I’m thinking of baking, or already have, then please visit my Baking Recipes Pinterest page.

Ingredients

3 eggs, separated
1 tbs vanilla extract
200g caster sugar
1 cup self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup evaporated milk
½ cup condensed milk
½ cup full cream milk
200ml thickened cream whisked to soft peaks, to serve
Seasonal berries, to serve

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 150°C. Grease and line base and sides of a 20cm spring form cake pan.

Step 2
Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites on low speed for 1 minute or until frothy. Add egg yolks and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add vanilla and sugar, and beat for 1 minute.

Step 3
Add flour and baking powder and beat for a further 1 minute, or until just combined. Transfer batter to cake pan, gently smoothing surface, and then bake for 35-40 minutes until golden.

Step 4
Cool cake in pan for 15-20 minutes, then turn out onto a serving plate with a rim. Meanwhile, combine the three milks in a jug then slowly pour milk mixture over the cake, allowing it to soak in.

Step 5
Serve cake topped with a dollop of whipped cream and seasonal berries.

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Head and Heart #11 May 2015

Love from Lisa Head and Heart #11 May 2015

Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings in the raw.” It’s where I share a more personal side of myself on this blog.

So here’s my Head and Heart for May 2015.

Grateful for

Quiet time
This month Nick was in the UK for two weeks, so I had a lot of quiet time. Time spent eating leftovers, going to bed early, and waking up early to get things done as part of my May action plan.

Thinking about

Creating a work wardrobe
This month I decluttered and organised my wardrobe. I’m now thinking about extending this organisation to other areas of my home.

Excited for

Additional training
This month I enrolled into a Diploma of Digital Marketing, which starts in September. I’m really excited, but also nervous as I remember what it’s like to study part time and work full time.

South Korea
In November I’m going to South Korea with my sister. I’m really looking forward to this trip, as it’s a destination I’ve never thought of visiting.

Things done

Gym
I finally joined a 24/7 gym to combat the many hours I spend sitting at a desk. I just need to establish a routine and really get into it.

Books reading

The Third Wife – Lisa Jewell
This is another chick lit novel, which is a genre I swore I’d stop reading. However, this wasn’t so chick litty, if that makes sense. This is a good book with a little mystery, but also a predictable ending. If you’re looking for an easy read, then give this a go.

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Lazy Sunday Eatery #9 Beef and Chorizo Fajitas with Mashed Avocado

The Creative Canvass Lazy Sunday Eatery #9 Beef and Chorizo Fajitas with Smashed Avocado

Cooking and eating are two of my biggest loves. So no matter what, I always make time to incorporate them into my life.

This monthly Lazy Sunday Eatery series is the perfect way for me to do this. It’s a series dedicated to cooking and eating finger food, the perfect food for a lazy Sunday.

If you’d like to view past and future Lazy Sunday Eatery series recipes then please visit my finger food recipes Pinterest page.

On the menu for this month’s Lazy Sunday Eatery series is Beef and Chorizo Fajitas with Mashed Avocado.

I love Mexican, so much so that it’s already featured in this series in the form of Chicken Tostadas and Cheddar Quesadillas. In fact, the Chicken Tostadas were the first recipe to ever feature in this series.

To view the recipe for these Fajitas please keep reading, or alternatively you can view it online at Taste.

Prep 10 minutes
Cooking 10 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tbs of olive oil
500g of thinly sliced beef rump steak
2 thinly sliced chorizos
1 thinly sliced red capsicum
1 thinly sliced yellow capsicum
2 tsp of smoked paprika
2 tsp of dried oregano
1 avocado stone removed peeled
1 tbs of lime juice
1/4 cup of coriander
12 mini tortillas
Coriander leaves, extra to serve
Sour cream to serve
Lime wedges to serve

Step 1
Heat half of the olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add half of the beef. Stirfry for 2 minutes or until brown. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining beef.

Step 2
Add the chorizo and cook stirring for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate.

Step 3
Heat the remaining olive oil in the pan. Add the combined capsicum. Cook stirring for 3 minutes or until just tender. Add the smoked paprika and oregano. Cook stirring for 1 minute or until fragrant. Return the beef and chorizo to the pan and toss to combine.

Step 4
Place the avocado and lime juice in a bowl and mash until almost smooth. Stir in the chopped coriander. Heat the tortillas following packet directions.

Step 5
Serve the beef mixture with the tortillas, avocado mixture, extra coriander, sour cream and lime wedges.

What’s my verdict?
The best part of these Fajitas is the chorizo. I love chorizo! These Fajitas are also messy, juicy and meaty – the best combination you can have for any Lazy Sunday Eatery recipe.

A recommended change to the recipe
I would suggest adding some beans or rice to this recipe as I felt like it was missing something.

(This blog’s previous name was The Creative Canvass, hence why the image in this post is labelled www.thecreativecanvass.com)

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How to be more decisive

Love from Lisa how to be more decisive

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Just like the image above, many times I have one thing in front of me, but I want something else.

I’m the worst at making decisions. I go over and over them in my head, and annoy the heck out of my sister constantly asking her what I should do.

This applies to anything from what to eat, what to buy, and how to spend my time.

Being more decisive is a big goal of mine this year. The best way I can think of to help me make decisions better is to list things to think about whenever a decision making opportunity arises.

So, here goes:

Make a pros and cons list
Writing what the results of a decision may be could help minimise post decision making anxiety. Making a list like this means that you’ve thought about all elements of a certain decision, and you really can’t do more than that.

Go with your gut
I preach this constantly, but really need to practice it. I think you should always go with your gut on anything, as sometimes you know the best way to go, even if you aren’t consciously thinking about it.

Set deadlines
I’ve never done this but I’m definitely going to start. Giving decisions a deadline means that the decision has a time limit and you can’t spend too much time going back and forth, which is my biggest problem.

Visualise the outcome
Visualising the outcome of a decision is a great way to think about the long term effects of your choice, and not just the short term. I’m going to give this a go as well.

Once your decision is made, get over it
I constantly tell myself this. In reality, once a decision’s been made you can’t do anything about it so stop thinking about it. Stop going over the what ifs, it’s too late! It’s hard to do this, but practice makes perfect.

This is a great start. I’m definitely going to use these to help me stop my decision deliberation!

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April action plan a review

Love from Lisa action plan - a review

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Goal setting is a great way to prioritise time for the things in life that truly matter to you.

I set two types of goals, which are yearly goals using one little word, and monthly goals using a monthly action plan.

My monthly action plan outlines my goal for the month, and what objectives I would like to achieve for the goal.

Last month my goal was on my health, this month my goal is focusing on this very blog.

Here’s my monthly action plan outlining what my objectives were to do this, and if they were achieved.

April focus – The Creative Canvass

Objective 1 – write a three month post schedule

Achieved! I now have a three month post schedule with two posts planned per week until the end of July. I achieved by scheduling current monthly series, then filling the gaps with ideas I’ve already started, and then new series ideas, which will make their appearances very soon.

Objective 2 – pick a fight

Achieved! Picking a fight for your blog is something I learnt at a ProBlogger event I attended in March. Effectively this means giving your blog a purpose, something to fight for, something to get others to rally around.

After much thought I’ve decided that my fight is:

“to provide you with inspiration on how lists, plans, goals, and organisational tools can help you make time for the things in life that truly matter to you”

Objective 3 – update the about page

Achieved! Once my fight was chosen my about page was updated to reflect it.

Objective 4 – work on standard keywords

Achieved! I have a list of standard keywords that I use for all of my posts. I then add post specific keywords to the end of this list. Once my blog’s mission was established I added mission specific keywords to my standard list. I’m now in the process of updating past posts with these new keywords.

Was my April action plan put into place?

I feel like it was. Each objective that I had for April was achieved. I feel like I’ve given this blog some much needed love and attention, but it still needs a bit more.

If you’d like some inspiration on goal setting, or what my past action plans have been, then please visit my goal setting Pinterest board.

If you’d like to learn more about one little word please visit my one little word – olw Pinterest board.

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Head and Heart #10 April 2015

Love from Lisa Head and Heart #10 April 2015

Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings in the raw.” It’s where I share a more personal side of myself on this blog.

So here’s my Head and Heart for April 2015.

What I’ve been grateful for

Catch ups
This month was for catching up with old colleagues who I haven’t seen in ages, and who reminded me how much I miss not having great colleagues to work with. It’s amazing when you haven’t seen people for years, but it feels like you just saw them yesterday.

German food
I’ve been trying a lot of German restaurants lately. Last month it was Hop Haus and The Hop Downtown. This month I finally tried Munich Brauhaus and it was worth the wait. If you’re ever in Melbourne, I recommend all of these restaurants.

What I’ve been thinking about

Commute time
I have a huge commute to work these days, and it’s driving me insane. I’m trying all I can to stay sane but I’m starting to think, is it worth it?

What I’m excited for

Routines
May is the month for routines and I’m excited about it. I need to be more productive outside of work hours. I’ll be writing more about this soon.

Improved Edible Experiments and Lazy Sunday recipes
Cooking and eating are one of my biggest loves. So no matter what, I always make time to incorporate them into my life. To do this I have created a monthly cooking and baking series. I’m excited to start trying more challenging recipes for this series, so stayed tuned.

What I’ve been doing

Reminiscing about Japan
I’ve finally finished posting about my Japan adventure, which included tours of Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, and some fun facts. Writing about my adventures has made me appreciate them so much more.

Blog refocus
In March I attended a Problogger event, and this month I finally went through the notes I took. As a result, I’ve made mission changes to this blog.

What I’ve been reading

A Death in the Family My Struggle – Karl Ove Knausgaard
This is more of a case of what I attempted to read. I really tried to read this but just couldn’t get into it (sorry Kremena).

The Third Wife – Lisa Jewell
This is another chick lit novel, which I swore I’d stop reading for awhile, but this isn’t so chick litty, if that makes sense. It’s about trying to work out why Maya, the third wife of Adrian, died by falling in front of a bus. There’s a bit of a mystery to solve at the moment, and it’s keeping me entertained.

What I’ve been spending money on

Clothes
I haven’t bought clothes for ages but did so this month in an effort to build more of a work wardrobe. More about this soon…

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Macadamia, Chia, and Raspberry Muesli Bars

Love from Lisa Macadamia, Chia, and Raspberry Muesli Bars

Whilst these tasted delicious due to the tang of the raspberries, they were super, super crumbly. So much so that a lot of the muesli fell off when taking them out of the tray.

For this reason, these unfortunately were a flop, and I won’t make them again. As they’re too messy to fully enjoy.

If you’d like to view recipes I’m thinking of baking, or already have, then please visit my Baking Recipes Pinterest page.

Ingredients

2 cups of raspberries
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/2 cup of white chia seeds
2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1/3 cup of pepitas
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
2/3 cup of maple syrup
1/3 cup of macadamia oil

Step 1
Place raspberries and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and stir through chia seeds. Set aside to cool.

Step 2
Preheat oven to 140°C or 120°C fan forced. Grease and line base and sides of a 20cm square cake pan.

Step 3
Combine oats, coconut, chopped macadamia nuts, pepitas, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Place maple syrup and macadamia oil in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat for 3 minutes or until runny and combined. Add to oat mixture and stir until well coated. Spoon half into prepared pan. With wet hands press down evenly. Dollop over raspberry mixture and spread evenly with a spatula. Spoon over remaining oat mixture. With wet hands, press down evenly. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Chill for 1 hour before cutting into 16 squares.

 

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