Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A Cup of Tea with Me

As I have mentioned in previous posts I recently completed an online blogging course, Blog with Pip, run by the lovely Pip Lincolne. If any of you out there are thinking about starting a blog or need some motivation or tips to get yours off to cracking start in 2014 I can't recommend the course highly enough. Pip is super supportive, you will learn heaps and meet some other lovely participants too!

Anyhoo, Pip has asked the students of her first course to join in with a linky entitled "Cup of Tea with Me" with all of us answering the same questions below and linking up with her blog. Make sure you visit Meet me at Mike's if you'd like to read some of my other classmate's answers!


I actually find these kinds of questions, that seem so simple, the hardest to answer, so let's see how it goes...
 
1. Who am I and what do I do. My name is Nicole, I reside in marvelous Melbourne, Victoria and at the moment I am on extended maternity leave looking after my two little ones Miss M, 2.5 years and Master Q, 15 months. Every spare moment I get (oh yeah there are tonnes of these!!) I can be found writing about the adventures of being a Mum, creating new recipes or baking some sugar-free treats- all of which appear here on my blog!
 
2. Favourite things to do. Apart from the abovementioned I love to read books and magazines, relish the excitement of finding a new cookbook to devour and spending time with my little family.
 

 
3. My favourite place to be is simply at home with the bubbas and husband. The rare moments when husband and I aren't rushing around trying to get things done and we are all just enjoying each other is what it's all about.
 
4. Whoa, favourite things to eat and drink- that's a toughie! At the moment I would say favourite drink is sparkling water with lime (very summery) and coffee of course. Favourite thing to eat...oh geez I'm struggling with this one, maybe my homemade pizza with proscuitto, mozzarella and basil?!
 
5. Favourite inspirations...anyone who has taken a leap from the safety of their regular jobs or lives to follow their passion. People who are striving to enrich their own lives and the lives of those around them despite the risks. I think a lot of us dream of being able to do something they love or to downshift their lifestyle to spend more time with their family, to feel more connected to their own world. These are the stories I feel inspired by. Hoping I am on a journey that will one day will inspire others too!
 
6. Not sure if I can narrow it down to just one thing I want to know more about, but at the top of my list is photography, I love taking photos for my blog and of the kids and am champing at the bit to learn everything I can to improve my skills.
 

7. Favourite blogs. I have to say that completing the Blog with Pip course has opened by blog reading world right up, to the point where I can't keep up with them all now! My favourite blogs to read are some well known ones like Sarah Wilson, Retro Mummy, Meet me at Mike's, Coal Valley View, Foxs Lane, Whole Larder Love, What Katie Ate. But I have also recently become enamored with some new finds such as 13acres, Cityhippyfarmgirl, Miss and Misters, Gourmet Girlfriend, Grow.Cook.Sew, I heart Tuesdays, Yellow Dandy Dreams, Indigo and Quince, Madame Clochette, oh my, the list could go on forever!!  
 
So there it is, wasn't as hard as I thought!

15 comments:

  1. Cookbooks are addictive!! And cooking magazines. And recipes on Pinterest. I felt I could go on forever with the blogs I love, too! And guilty about all the fabulous blogs I didn't include for brevitys sake! Loved reading more about you. X

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    1. Thanks Bridie, I try to stop buying all the cooking magazines out there, but they always get me in! I've never looked on Pinterest for recipes- might be dangerous for me to start!

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  2. I love the photos in your header. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura, I was actually just thinking they need updating! I haven't had any time to do anything crafty in over 6 months!! Sad!

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  3. great to share a cuppa with you! Photography is on my must learn (more) list too.

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    1. Thanks Ambah, there is so much to learn with photography isn't there? Sometimes it does my head in!

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  4. I'm seeing a running theme of homebodies and homemade pizza through these cups of tea. Great read and such a pretty blog. Well done!

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    1. Lol Julie! I was thinking the same thing! Must be a pre-requisite for being a blogger- "Must be a homebody and like pizza!"

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  5. So nice to read other at home types! Love your mug too, it's adorable!

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  6. Love the photo of the bookshelf - aren't bookshelves just SO revealing. What people have, what they like and how they put them together. I've put them together by colour in the past and while I loved looking at it, if you actually use the books on a regular basis, it's a bloody nuisance. So now i'm back to categories. Love Bill Granger - his everyday asian is the last cookbook I bought. Look forward to seeing what other tasty treats you cook up in 2014.

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  7. Oh Rachel I am so jealous of people who keep their bookcase colour coded! I wouldn't be able to keep so disciplined! I love looking at people's bookshelves too! Such an insight into their personalities! Bill Granger was my first 'celebrity' chef crushes actually! Must have a look at his new Asian one!

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    1. OMG! Must cut back on my exclamation point use! Argghh

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  8. Hi Nicole!
    I couldn't agree more with what you said about those people who take the risk and follow there passions! So inspiring!
    There is nothing like being home surrounded by the simple things in life :)



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