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100 Days Happy – 14.29 Weeks of Photo Dedication

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I’m never really one for challenges. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I am an unmotivated sloth or anything. I am quite driven and determined but I don’t like the restraint a challenge brings and the wording associated with it when you accept one; “MUST”, “HAVE TO”, “BETTER DO THIS”, “EATING THAT ENTIRE ICE-CREAM CAKE IS NOT HELPFUL”… You know, those kind of things. I am more of a passive breed of species that thinks, “If I just say I want something, I will focus on the fact that I want it and not think about how to get it”. Call it positive mental attitude, cockiness or just blind, jammy luck but for some reason, this method has always worked for me. (Bets are on that it is just sheer luck. I am the human bunny foot).

However, I am now about to jump on the challenge band wagon and do something called “100 Days Happy”. Basically, I just take a picture of one thing that makes me happy on a daily basis, tweet the positive entity in question and do this for 100 days. Simple right? Eh no. Seriously, I’ve had socks that barely made it past the second wear before they were binned.

Must. Dedicate. Myself.

Why am I doing this? I guess because I am always looking at what I want rather than what I have right then, in a moment and I would like to remind myself that every day, something big, medium or little makes me happy. I am grateful for this life thing with all its ickle, bickle quirks.

Happy me; happy life.

So here I go. Let’s do this. Let’s devote myself to a 100, snap-happy photo’s over the next 14.29 weeks! (Yo b*tch, I did the math).

Should you be interested in this absolute candied, rainbow fest of positivity, you can follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/MonicaMiniMon or just click the Twitter button on the right of this page. Pretty easy stuff.

P.S. I really hope this doesn’t turn into a “100-Days-Of-Making-Stuff-Make-Me-Happy” kind of scenario. That just sounds plain tiring.

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“I know that grin… Well hello Monica! We’ve missed you. It’s so nice to see you again”!

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So I am officially in the bad books with my foodie friends and fellow bloggers. I have not blogged or posted new recipes in months… The hate mail is adding up.

Ok, maybe “hate mail” is a bit dramatic. Shall we say, “disgruntled, unimpressed messages”? Yeah, we’ll go with that. 

But seriously, I am terrible (hangs head in shame). I warrant a smack (slaps back of hand) and I don’t deserve my faithful, back-whipping followers (puts hands in praying position hoping you will stay a motivational devotee)…

I DO have a legitimate excuse though. These past few months, heck, this entire year has been so beyond hectic.

Stormy hectic.
No. Gale force hectic.
Actually screw that; TORNADO hectic.
 

My life has changed in so many ways and majority for the even better. I have a new, fantastic job which has me travelling in all different directions every month. This career advancement is my 2013 delight which not only means I am working with my love of marketing and travel, but my boss is also fantastic and this global company I am a part of is so morally sound, I walk into work every day with pride. It’s a dream.

Life is sunny.

 

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The mushy aspect of my existence has been…well… worthy of note! Plenty of positive changes, ups and downs, a bit of lingo and a bit of ringo (“left” and “right” to those not in the know) and it has been interesting! There have been unforgettable moments and I had to make myself paramount for the first time in years and remove what was a destructive restriction in order to experience them. And since this positive change, I have met a few interesting characters, most have made me smile even more! Yes, I have had tough times since this change but they just kicked me in the gut to wake me up to the good I wasn’t paying attention to.

I refuse to dwell on anything that was negative, past or recent.

And so, I entered the final quarter of this year with such positivity and gratitude for all my lessons learned over this circus themed 2013, no matter how emotionally draining they may have been. It’s simply amazing how, when you have the strength to change and remove the poison, life just shines back through your veins… It also helps to consistently have the same loyal, fantastic and loving friends known to mankind. (Always keep those close to you that are good and who you would most want to be like because you will be a better person for it). 

And most importantly, for the first time in a long time, I look and feel like myself. As a friend recently said to me;

“I know that grin… Well hello Monica! We’ve missed you. It’s so nice to see you again”!

 What a dynamic year.

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So, back to recipes! Jeez, I’m so self-involved. I was only meant to type a brief explanation for my absence and then this came out! Two words… Blog vomit.

Well, I am currently in my labratory cooking up a yummy Kerry Lamb Pie (the smell from the kitchen has me in a food coma with little ability to wipe the drool from the corners of my mouth as I type) and I am putting together a blog for a chicken and chorizo stew which I will post this weekend.

So that’s it! Ciao or “chow”! (Ok that’s terrible. I’m hanging my head in shame, beating the back of my hand and praying I haven’t lost you all over again).  

Right. Now I’ve got to run because I am smelling something burning in my kitchen laboratory and I’m pretty certain creating  a carcinogenic meal was not my intention.

 See you later!

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Hello World!

Well here I am! This is my very first blog but it has been a long time coming. You know those ideas that start to develop into an itch until they become so annoying they just simply MUST be scratched?? Well this blog is just that for me.

I have never blogged before but I have always wanted to involve myself in it and for me there are no better topics to blog about then food, wine and some bits on life! So that’s what this blog is all about. Its 60% food related and the rest is on thoughts, loves, wine/other alcoholic beverages, music and everything that life throws in between!

So…..ME! I am from the seaside suburb of Dalkey in Co. Dublin, Ireland and I love food! I love cooking! I love the quality of our Irish produce! I love eating out and I love wine! On some days off, I literally sit, sip some vino and read recipes while watching a cookery programme, all just after I have finished putting together some newly inspired dish that is cooking in the oven. My love for good food came from an early age where I was lucky to have parents who brought me and my sisters around the globe, opening us up to the world and all its culinary delights. As I grew older my love of food expanded to wine as well. My father is a huge wine lover and collector where my mother is an amazing self-taught cook who has a natural understanding of food. She is German and French in origin and her cooking reflects all the pleasures and splendours of these produce rich countries while utilising an Irish flair. We are a family of foodies and wine buffs who can spend hours getting lost in food markets and wine cellars.

For me cooking and making a dish is a romance between yourself, the produce and your kitchen! When I cook, I am happy, inspired and relaxed. I listen to music, drink wine and melt away as I stir in the flavours and sample the smells. I put ‘amore’ into my food and there is nothing I like more than cooking a meal for loved ones while I hear them laughing in my living room, proclaiming their immense hunger with ‘mmmmmmmm’s and ‘ahhhhhhhhh’s and listen to the musical sounds of wine glasses as they clink together to toast the evening of gastronomy delights!

All the photos I have taken are real and not photo-shopped! I create food that is what it is; honest and beautiful in its natural form. Please read, practice mine and other’s recipes, let me know your thoughts or do all of the above! Enjoy.

Lets eat, drink and be merry!!

Monica x

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