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My Hot Trip to Queensland.

My Hot Trip to Queensland.

I have lived on the Gold Coast for 2 years and I got to know the place more intimately. It's not just the seedy Cavill Ave which only awakens at night and sleeps in the day; or the bikies causing havoc over their imported businesses (yeah right); but watching the place grow up from a small city into a modern, high rising city, catering for everyone from locals to travellers.

When I moved back to Sydney, I knew I would visit the Goldie regularly as my parents stayed on to retire. I didn't think I'd miss this place until my parents moved to Maryborough, 335 km or 4 hours drive north from the Goldie.
I was a little disappointed they moved (again! my parents have the 7-10 year moving itch) to a town further away. No more cheap flights tickets to GC throughout the year. So I'm being a little selfish because my parents moved into a an old Queenslander home with a big yard and walking distance to the shops, RSL and aquatic centre, compared to a little villa not close to the shops and having to pay $$ to body corp. I guess I will miss the last minute plans to jump in a plane and see my mum. Oh boo hoo me!

Now I have heard of the World Hertiage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island a place you can 4WD and camp or stay in a cottage or resort. An ideal place for everyone's budget. Hervey Bay is where you launch off to the beautiful island or go whale watching (mid-July to mid-November).
Because of the lack of time over Christmas and the summer heat (and the fact I'm pregnant and can't tolerate 30*c plus humidity), we didn't visit Hervey Bay or Fraser Island... yet! This is on our list to visit this year.

The best flights for a family is direct. With a 31/2-year-old in tow with very little patience, we didn't want to stop over in Brisbane. Perhaps with better planning and the silly season over, we will stop in Brisvegas to see friends and sights of this city for an overnight stay.
After 1 hour and 40 minutes, we arrived on Hervey Bay turf and it was hot! Like you can cook an egg on the tarmac hot or hot like watching Magic Mike hot. It took a 30 minutes to shuttle bus it to Maryborough. Ah bless the A/C. Driving through the town was really lovely. I never knew the town has so much history with old homes and buildings to match. More facts and info later.

Enjoying the inflight entertainment

Above: Miss Cheeky enjoying the inflight entertainment. How cold is it onboard!

Below: On the day of our arrival, my parents booked us on a Christmas lights bus tour. We got to meet some of the home owners who offered us food and treats. Great way to start our Christmas break.

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Below: We stopped by a Vintage Christmas exhibition showcasing these beauties. Mince pies and homemade lemon aid was served free!

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My dad still uses his 1 tonne sewing machine.

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Christmas morning with two of my favourite people. Sitting in the coolest part of the house. The heat was overwhelming, I waddled around with heavy, swollen feet with my mouth open like a bird. Elsa dolls were sold out so Cinderella saved Christmas. Phew!

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Christmas Day. Miss Cheeky working hard for a bit of water fun.

Below: Boxing Day at the Maryborough aquatic centre. Dad slip, slop and a slapping, no wonder she hates sunscreen on her face. For me passionfruit slurpies while sitting in the kiddy's pool was the best mix to cool down a pregnant gal.

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Our proudest moment, Miss Cheeky swimming underwater. Here she is commanding dad to go further back.

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Practicing her vertical diving or walking on water!

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One proud mama. I learned to swim alone when I was 8! My parents aren't strong swimmers and I never knew any of my friends back in the 80's who took swimming lessons.

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Below: Second last day of our holiday, we took a visit to the City Hall to see the Explore-a-saurus. We enjoyed it more than the Dino exhibition at Sydney museum.

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No queues and no big crowds here. We loved the camouflage photo set, maybe I enjoyed it more than everyone. As for the exhibition, we were very impressed, it's on until April 2105.

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Shhh! Where did they go?

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An activity room for kids and 3 year olds crafting out Dino masks.

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O.k my last camo shot. Born to be wild.

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Our last day amongst family. Miss Cheeky took this photo just as the shuttle bus arrived.

2 Facts and website info on Maryborough:

1) This is the best one, did you know Mary Poppins creator Pamela Lyndon Travers was born in an existing building in Maryborough in 1899? To get to know more on Pamela, you must watch Disney's Saving Mr Banks. I saw the movie in cinema last year and I loved it. You will see Mary Poppins in a different light.

2) Brisbane beat Maryborough to become capital city of Queensland. During the 1800's Maryborough was a port of entry to immigrants arriving as the city sits on the Mary River.

More info on where to stay, what to do (so much to do!) check it out here

To finish up on my trip : 6 days wasn't enough but I'm lucky to be able to go back and visit my parents. My hot trip to Queensland was worth it and I'm excited to discover more of this historical city in the near future and visit my lovely parents again; I'm hoping this is their last move.
Lastly, I want to send my thoughts out to people in South Adelaide who are going through such hardship from the bush fires. I will donate to help out those in need and who lost everything. If you like to donate please click here

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Christmas song list by Adore Re Mi

Christmas Song List by Adore Re Mi

As Christmas time gets closer, hearing the carols sounds sweeter. It's when department stores and supermarkets play the songs 2 months early! you want to sling shot the speakers. Let's not get us into a panic retailers!

So I decided to compile a christmas song list of the carols & songs we never get tired of. The classic crooners of Bing Cosby, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, mixed in Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and even latina star Celia Cruz! Don't worry Michael Bublé is on the list and some top Aussie singers.

I hope you enjoy listening my favourite Christmas songs with your family and reminisce the good times.

Christmas Song List by Adore Re Mi

Note: you may need to sign up with Spotify, it's straight forward and free. I promise it's worth it! 

 

To all my wonderful followers and future ones, Merry Christmas to all and have a safe journey if you are traveling. I will see you before New Year.

A todos mis seguidores maravillosos y los futuros, feliz Navidad a todos y tengan un buen viaje, si usted está viajando. Te veré antes de año nuevo.

Pour tous mes disciples merveilleux et celles à venir, Joyeux Noël à tous et ont un bon voyage si vous voyagez. Je vous verrai avant le Nouvel An. 

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Best Apple Crumble recipe

The best Apple Crumble recipe by Adore Re Mi

Why is it the BEST apple crumble recipe? It's because the crumble is easy and simply to make and oh so delicious! I had always made the crumble to the original recipe and by adding flour meant you had to cook it in the oven for an extra 30-40 minutes. Who has time to heat/cook it again when the apples are already hot and the crumble can be eaten at room temperature! Also I wanted to tweak it with new ingredients to add more taste and crunch.

What!? I hear the traditional cooks say. All the ingredients in the crumble can be eaten uncooked. I promise you will love the smell of the mixture when you combine it and it's so much better when you try it. Now, I'm not discouraging this dessert dish to not be cooked. In the cooler seasons eating the crumble cooked in the oven or under the grill is just as good, but in the cooler months you can eat it uncooked sprinkled on top. It's your choice!

So let's begin...

 

Use 4-6 green apples as it has a tartier taste to match the sweetness of the crumble. If you have only red apples, add extra lemon rind. Or not if you love extra sweetness. No apples? use pears. Run out of sugar? use honey or maple syrup.

The best Apple Crumble crumble by Adore Re Mi

In Australia we love our Weetbix and Nutri-grain, in America your Nutri-grain are oat bars. You can substitute this with Cheerios Honey  or use Cheerios without the sugar.

Best to have the butter at room temperature. Cut it in to small cubes to soften quicker.

The best Apple Crumble by Adore Re Mi

Mix  the dry ingredients with your fingertips,

  • 1 cup crushed cereal
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cup quick oats, not rolled
  • 1/4 cup choppped almonds
  • 1/2 t cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar to taste
  • 50g-80g  butter at room temperature (soften), add more/less until crumble sticks together.

All measurements can be altered according to personal taste.

The best Apple Crumble by Adore Re Mi

For the health conscious, you can alternate:

  • brown sugar to organic maple syrup, stevia or honey, even in the saucepan for the stewed apples.
  • add dates
  • along with the almonds, add walnuts, hazelnuts and/or LSA mix or almond meal.
  • gluten free recipe? click here
  • lessen the sugar quantity
  • substitute the sweeter cereal to a sugar-free or low in sugar such as Cheerios, I read on the site it contains 1g of sugar
  • serve it with yoghurt or coconut cream or ice-cream.

This is when we get excited, the eating! Serve it on it's own or with cream or ice-cream. For extra naughtiness, add pieces of good quality chocolate in the apples (not while in the saucepan, the ramekins).

The best Apple Crumble by Adore Re Mi. So easy to make and oh so delicious! www.adoreremi.com #applecrumble #dessert

I wish you can smell this delicious desert now. Enjoy my friends!

The BEST Apple Crumble recipe by Adore Re Mi. So easy and delicious and quicker to make too. www.adorere.com

Pin me to your Pinterest recipe board.

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Gift Wrapping Mood-board

When I peek through Pinterest, I go paper crazy with all the beautiful ways to wrap. So instead of showing you more gift wrapping ideas, I thought you can get the inspiration through the gift wrapping mood-boards I created.

I'm a traditional girl at heart and although red, green, gold and silver are the Christmas colours, I love seeing other colours used. So take a peek below...

apricot, aqua and black via Adore Re MiApricot, aqua blue and black.

mint, bronze and pink via Adore Re MiMint green, bronze and rose pink.

vintage bright via Adore Re MiRetro/vintage brights for male and female.

Nipon girlSoft pastels and neon brights.

soft pink, silver and mint green via Adore Re Mi

Pink, metallic and white or cream.

retro bright via Adore Re Mi

Retro pop.

colour me happy via Adore Re Mi

Colour me happy.

chroma city via Adore Re MiChroma city. Popping 80's.

Christmas BrightChristmas bright!

I always buy rolls of  brown/craft and plain white paper. Use a thicker paper, it's so much easier to wrap with. You can find ribbons from the $2 shop or the art/craft supply, wash/craft tape from the craft/paper supplies shop. Have fun!

Designed and photographed by Adore Re Mi.

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15 Stylish and Simple Christmas Ideas

15 Stylish & Simple Christmas Ideas via Adore Re Mi

We are already busy with family and work, and it's no wonder we stress so easily during the festive season having to buy presents, decorate the home and cook for the family! Ideally we would like to make everything look perfect and nice so I am giving you a heads start with 15 stylish and simple Christmas ideas you can use. Just remember the golden rule, keep it simple and easy!

I was trying to keep it to 12 ideas but there are so many I had to add another three.

I saw this simple idea and made it with neon coloured paper, grass green ribbon and wash tape. Kids will love to help out too!

Via Kickcan & Conkers

How easy is this! I did this for my wedding using ribbon and craft glue, I wish wash tape was available 8 years ago!

 via Trendenser.se

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You don't always have to buy Christmas themed wrapping paper. I always buy brown or white wrapping paper and dress it up with left over paper with ribbon or twine. Print out these cute labels via Tomfo

Christmas decoration found in Buzznet

gift wrapping via Boxwood Clippings

Beautifully wrapped and photo worthy. It would be ashamed to open them up.. Nah! You can use your signature colour to personalise it. via Boxwood Clippings

glitterpintoppersornament

Although it might be messy with the glitter, it sure looks cute to make. Decorate your tree or use it as a present/gift label. via Creature Comforts

Martha Stewart, Holiday jars

Martha extends her holiday jar idea to make it look more effective using wire lights to light it up. You can do without the lighting and use the salt as the snow and an ornament. via Martha Stewart

NordicElvesFeature by Nadine Reeves

Love being able to recycle/re-use. Buy felt & craft glue from your local craft supply shop and write a message for these cute Nordic feel advent calendar idea designed by Nadine Reeves

christmas-tree-napkin-fold-collage by Handimania

This is such a great idea. Make the napkins your main feature on your table, this emits so much clutter on the table. I know because I get carried away decorating mine! How to fold instructions via Handimania

ChristmasTableSetting_thumbYour napkins will look great on an uncluttered Christmas table. It's quick and simple especially when your time should be used hosting your guests or cooking! Vases and extras can be bought from your $2 shop. via Finding Home

Watermelon Christmas trees

Our national summer fruit is the watermelon (we love mangoes but it's a little tricky to make shapes.) Use a shaped cookie cutter. The kids, and big kids too will devour it. found in What About Watermelon

Sweet Scarlet

This Holly cupcakes don't look too hard to decorate, as long as you get to kiss a boy or girl. via Sweet Scarlet

Hot Mama's Cake via FB

You have the cupcake touch, maybe these cute cupcakes can inspire you to get creative. It's the trickiest to do but I had to put this cute designs on the list. Check out her FB page via Hot Mama's Cake

Better Home and Gardens

Another easy to do decoration on your cookie or cupcakes via Better Homes and Garden

Raspberry Limocello ProseccoAnd lastly, we can't have a festival season without a refreshing drink (perfect for the Southern hemisphere.) This easy to make drink  recipe is by Damn Delicious.  Non-alcoholic? Homemade raspberry/strawberry lemonade here

I hope I set your creative bug off with the 15 Christmas ideas,. The idea is to see something you like and interpret it your own way and to have fun. Have a good week and I see you on the next post- wrapping gifts inspiration mood board by me!

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