Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Say NO to Violence!

Today is White Ribbon Day - Australia's only national, male-led campaign to end violence against women. And it is such an important cause!

In just one year, on average one Australian women is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence! For me, this fact is horrendous! Life should be better than that, and an intimate partner should be someone who is there for you when life knocks you over, not someone who will make you fall deeper.

1 in 3 women in Australia has experienced some sort of violence since the age of 15 and 1 in 5 has been stalked! These facts are shocking and heartbreaking to say the least!

Women, girls, young ladies and everyone in between sometimes find themselves in abusive relationships - I don't know how difficult it would be, but I'm sure it's not easy. Thinking you aren't worth it, being scared, not knowing who to turn to, thinking you brought it upon yourself - as far as I am concerned violence is NOT on! Never! Not against women, not against men, not against anyone! Violence should never ever be an option, a "way of sorting things out" or anything along those lines. Talking is always an option. And getting out of an abusive relationship, because let's face it - everyone deserves to feel safe, happy and loved.

Kaz Cooke published an eBook called Escaping Control & Abuse: How to Get Out of a Bad Relationship & Recover from Assault and you can download it from here. Read it and think about it, especially if you are in a relationship that's not good for you.

Also consider contacting one of thee helplines if you find yourself in danger:

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Lifeline - (24 hours) 131 114

Police or Ambulance - 000 in an emergency for police or ambulance.

Mensline Australia - Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties
1300 78 99 78

Australian Childhood Foundation - Counselling for children and young people affected by abuse1800-176-453

Relationships Australia - Support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abusive and abused partners. 1300-364-277 or Vic (03) 9261-8700

Always remember to seek help and to remove yourself from people who don't treat you right - love yourself!

If you are fortunate enough to not be a part of these statistics, someone you know may not be as lucky, so lend a hand and let's break the silence and say NO to violence!

Ms Jelena xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Lest We Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget

Ms Jelena xx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

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Recently I turned 28 - not getting any younger now, am I :P

To be honest, I wasn't big on even numbers, give me 27 or 29 instead, but to tell you the truth, my day was wonderful and being 28 ain't so bad, you know! Age is just a number, after all!

I'm lucky (and very thankful) to be surrounded by the most wonderful people that I call family and friends. I've said it before and I will say it again - life is not about money, it's about experiences and all the things money can't buy.

Obviously, life does have its ups and downs, but I wouldn't have it any other way - if everything was always perfect, I'd lose the plot and wouldn't be grateful for what I have, so this way, I get a bit of balance :) I love that I've gotten stronger over the years and that I know how to handle a curveball or two! And that's what Scorpios are like!

So on that note, happy birthday to all Scorpios out there! Work hard, play harder and enjoy every minute of it!!!


Ms Jelena xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Chocolate & Coconut Slice Recipe!

Hi lovelies,

A little while back a posted this photo on instagram:

Lovely Loz asked for a recipe, so here it is :)
Originally I found the recipe here, but then after making it for a while, I added a few of my own twists to it.

Ingredients you will need for the Base:

  • 80g dark cooking chocolate
  • 80g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg (lightly whisked)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Ingredients you will need for the Filling:

  • 100g dessicated coconut
  • 130g shredded coconut
  • a dash of vanilla essence
  • 395g sweet condensed milk
  • 2 eggs (lightly whisked)
  • 20g white chocolate (melted)

Ingredients you will need for the Chocolate Topping:
  • 120g unsalted butter (chopped, room temperature)
  • 225g dark chocolate
  • 125g milk chocolate

What do do:

For the Base:

  • Preheat your oven to 170C (fan based) 
  • Prepare a tray (mine is 29cm x 22cm and the slices aren't thin) by greasing it (I don't) and lining it with baking paper
  • Place the chocolate (for the base) into a heatproof bowl over a saucepan filled with water1 and melt it stirring occasionally
  • Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl and then add melted chocolate2 and egg and stir until well combined
  • Sift the flour and cocoa over the mixture and stir until well combined
  • Press the mixture evenly into the lined tray3 and bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm to touch

For the Filling:

  • Combine the coconut with condensed milk, eggs, vanilla and melted white chocolate (if you are using it) in a bowl and stir until well combined
  • Spread the coconut mixture over the chocolate base and bake for 25 minutes or until light golden
  • Let cool completely before making the chocolate topping

For the Chocolate Topping:

  • Melt the butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan filled with water and then add add chocolate
  • Keep on melting and stirring until the mixture is smooth
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the coconut filling and let cool down completely4
  • Once cooled, cut5 into pieces (size of the pieces is completely up to you!) and enjoy!

1 Make sure the water doesn't touch the bowl
2 I let it cool down a bit first - I empty the saucepan that had hot water in it and fill it up with ice and water and then stir the chocolate until it cools down, but is still melted
3 The mixture might get a bit sticky and difficult to press into the tray. I spread tablespoons all over the tray and then even it by putting a baking paper over the top and smoothing it with a rolling pin. Once you remove the baking paper, some mixture will stick to it - remove it and place in back onto the tray and smooth it in places with a back of the spoon
4 I let it cool down on room temperature before putting it into the fridge
I use a Stanley knife as it cuts more precisely and it doesn't destroy the thick layer of chocolate topping by cracking it

It's a very quick and easy recipe and it's one of my favourite slices to make when I haven't got much time and need to know it will be delicious and look good! Hope you like it and let me know if you make it!

So tell me, what's your fool proof recipe? Feel free to share links, recipes and thoughts below!


Ms Jelena xx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

4 Benefits of Almond Milk

You might have read this article here, but in case you haven’t, I’m posting it on my blog with some slight changes and additions.

Just admit it, when someone says “almonds”, you think macarons. Well, me too.  I love almonds in any way, shape or form – macarons, or raw or roasted almonds as a snack (minus them being coated in sugar, salt or chocolate – but hey, I won’t say no those either)!
Some time ago, I discovered almond milk!  Almond milk is a great option for the unlucky folks that are lactose intolerant and it’s the best non-dairy option out there – it contains the most nutrients! Thankfully, I’m not lactose intolerant, so I use dairy as well – lots and lots in fact, but I like to make my fruit smoothies with almond milk now, as they are the easiest way for me to incorporate almond milk into my diet.
I’m not using almond milk just to be innovative, but because I discovered that almond milk has a few health benefits and smoothies are the best way for me to incorporate almond milk into my diet – I like my coffee with skinny milk and I’ll eat my cereals with any milk.


So here are some benefits of Almond Milk:

#1: It helps with weight Loss
Almond Milk is low in calories, so it’s perfect for those wanting to lose weight or maintain their current weight. With the low calories, we can bring down our daily calorie intake. Just remember to not load up your smoothie with sugar – that brings calories right back up. Keep it natural! You could also add some honey and cinnamon to your smoothies – I heard that they are quite good for weight loss too!

#2: It’s good for your skin
Almond Milk is packed with Vitamin E and Vitamin B2, which is great for fighting against aging and for keeping the skin hydrated and youthful looking. Almond milk is also known to help clear acne and blackheads (I can vouch that it got rid of my not horrible, but still visible, backne!).

#3: It’s good for your bones
Almond milk is rich in calcium, helping us have strong bones and healthy teeth. This one is particularly important for those that are lactose intolerant – almond milk will give you (around) the same amount of calcium as dairy milk – minus the pain and discomfort! So come on now, crack that smile!

#4: It’s not high maintenance
Almond milk is usually low in saturated fats and therefore doesn’t require refrigerating! You know when you’re getting ready for work and you’re running around like a headless chook and you forget to put the milk back in the fridge? Well, you won’t have to chuck almond milk out when you get home – it will be as good as new!

So tell me, lovelies, have you tried almond milk? Are you a fan? How do you like to drink your almond milk? I’ll usually blend it with some blueberries, bananas or strawberries – delicious!

Ms Jelena xx