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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Recipe: Fruit Nut and Chocolate Crunch Bars (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Healthy Fruit Nut and Chocolate Crunch Bars Recipe – no bake, gluten free, vegan, egg free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating recipe

Quick Note: We're currently in beautiful Hawaii soaking up the sunshine - but luckily I did plenty of cooking and baking before we left to share a few recipes with you! Keep up with our adventures while we're away by following us on Instagram or Facebook!

I'm a serious chocoholic. Always have been, always will be.

I don't discriminate when it comes to chocolate. If it's gluten free, I'll eat it.... but when I'm looking for a healthier chocolate treat, these are one of my favourites. 

These Fruit, Nut and Chocolate Crunch Bars are like a healthier candy bar. They have crunchy cereal, chewy fruit pieces and so much flavour... you'd never guess they were sugar free or vegan!

Healthy Fruit Nut and Chocolate Crunch Bars Recipe – no bake, gluten free, vegan, egg free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating recipe

They take just minutes to make and can be made in a huge batch to freeze and enjoy whenever you feel like it. 

You can use your favourite cereal or whatever you have on hand and add in any mix ins your heart desires. 

For this batch, I used a gluten free muesli with chopped dates, banana chips, sunflower seeds, pepitas, walnuts and almonds - but I've also made big batches with puffed rice cereal (like the CRUNCH chocolate bars) and whatever other cereals I've had in the pantry. 

So let me share the recipe with you! >> 

Monday, September 18, 2017

From Spare Bedroom to Home Office: The Prep Work

Complete Room Makeover - From Spare Bedroom to Home Office - Before Photos 4

Whilst we are currently on vacation in beautiful Hawaii, I wanted to give you a quick update on how our room makeover process is going. That way, when we get back you'll be all up to date and you can follow along as I work out the furniture and design side of things. 

The last time we spoke about this, I showed you the awful before photos and gave you a run down on how to choose the right person on Airtasker and since then a whole lot of work has been happening.

Complete Room Makeover - From Spare Bedroom to Home Office - Preparing the Room and Patching the Walls

The first step was to patch up the walls. Jesse and I had already sanded back all of the woodwork in the room so the patching was the last bit of prep work we needed to do before the undercoat could go on. 

Complete Room Makeover - From Spare Bedroom to Home Office - Preparing the Room and Patching the Walls

This is also where we learnt a valuable lesson: Don't trust people that work at Bunnings.

Actually, I should rephrase that. Just because a person looks like they know what they are talking about and says that they know what they are talking about, that doesn't mean that they actually know what they're talking about. 

Remember how I told you we'd been overwhelmed by the patchwork because we had no idea how to get started? That's because this guy at Bunnings sold us this big ol' bag of acrylic something-or-other that we had to mix up and use to patch the walls. That seemed totally overwhelming and we did nothing about it because we were convinced we'd mix it up wrong. 

Just as well we felt that way, because what we'd been sold was TOTALLY the wrong product. What we actually needed? A giant thing of spackfilla/filler... which we'd used to patch up all the other holes.  Umm, that would have been way easier and we totally could have done it... but nevertheless...

Complete Room Makeover - From Spare Bedroom to Home Office - Preparing the Room and Patching the Walls

The walls were patched and we bought the undercoat and paint, ready to start the undercoat. 

The room we're redecorating is 3 metres by 4 metres by 2.7 metres high and we bought; 
  • 4 litres of Ceiling Paint (which is both a primer and top coat in one) 
  • 4 litres of Dulux 1 Step Primer, Sealer and Undercoat 
  • 1 litre of Timber Paint (for the picture rails, skirting boards, door and window) 
  • 4 litres of Dulux Wash and Wear Low Sheen Paint (for the top coat) 

After the patching had a day to dry out, Gengiz came back to do the undercoat. 

It was just the undercoat so it was still streaky and all over the place - but the room looked totally different already. 

Complete Room Makeover - From Spare Bedroom to Home Office - Preparing the Room and the Undercoat

I'll admit, I was a little worried walking into it first as I wasn't sure if I'd chosen the right colour (to paint the room completely white) but even with just the undercoat, the room already looks so much bigger and brighter.

Complete Room Makeover - From Spare Bedroom to Home Office - Preparing the Room and the Undercoat

Notice the random bottle in front of the mirror? That's me googling "How to get rid of paint smell" and then placing random bowls of vinegar all over the room.

I'll save you the experiment; I don't think the vinegar did anything....

And speaking of that mirror, that's going to go. That's a built in wardrobe but we're thinking of taking the doors off (as they're too big for the wardrobe so you can't get to the middle) and doing a bit of an overhaul on that too so I'll have more storage. 

And there you have it, undercoat done. Next step; the final paint job!


FYI, Australian friends - if you want to use Airtasker for any future projects you can use this link for $25 off. Note: I will get $10 of Airtasker credit if you use the link - but you don't have to pay anything extra - and you can then use your link so your friends can save money and you can earn credit too. 

But tell me, what's one valuable lesson you've learnt lately? 
And have you got any tricks to get rid of paint smell?

    
   
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