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My hero

Published September 7, 2014 by itsachunglife

2014 one of the most challenging years to date.  It’s not over yet, but it’s only now I can reflect on it on a daily basis.  It was hard to see such a strong man broken it really changed me, knocked me down. He’d never let the family see this side of him before, and seeing him laying there on the bed helpless and heading in for a 12+ hour surgery with a heart condition too.  That scared and worried me beyond belief but I had to put on that brave face as I kept reminding myself the worst is yet to come.  I felt like  I had to keep it together for the whole family.

But visiting my home town this week and seeing how well dad is doing, I can’t help but soak up his bright and lively attitude towards life.  This has given me the reality check I needed to put everything into perspective.  Any other  issues I have are a mere blip compared to what he’s had to experience.  To witness his drive and motivation to rebuild his strength, and live a healthier life has really enriched my positivity bank.  Then there’s the softer side of you which you have let us into, this is hands down the best thing that has happened this year!  It has really brought our family closer.

Life doesn’t seem fair at times, and bottom line is it’s really the attitude you choose to take to pull through it that counts.  There is always something positive to take out of any experience.  Embrace and find the light in the situation, or ignore and it will eventually fester over and consume you.

 

Happy Fathers Day Dad i’m so happy that you are moving forward, you have lit the way for me to get back to being the joyful girl full of laughter once again.

Shine on!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Macadamias

Published August 27, 2014 by itsachunglife

 

 

This is what I like to call one of those transition meals…..like you know,  when you have those weeks that are jam packed full of dinners and drinks with fraaands followed by more food and dranks with fraanns and before you know it, you haven’t seen friend veggie in days!

Behold this little tasty green dish to ease that vege back into your life.  

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Ingredients:
1/4C macadamias
1T olive oil
100g bacon, chopped
500g brussels sprouts
10g butter

1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and cook macadamias for 2-3 mins or until toasted. Chop.

2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over a med-high heat. Cook bacon, stirring for 3 mins or until well browned.  Transfer to a    plate.

3. Cook brussels spouts in the pan, stirring for 4 mins or until starting to brown. Add 1/3 C water. Cover and reduce heat to    med. Cook for 4 mins or until brussels sprouts are just tender.

4. Add butter and toss until melted. Toss through bacon and macadamia and season.

Enjoy x

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