THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN beside me is my little sister sister, Rebekah, and she is about to become a Mumma for the first time. Oh my goodness, we would fight as teenagers.. She had longer legs.. Her hair was blonder. She was way cooler than me and was excellent at athletics. I was merely the bossy older sister. I may still try to be bossy but what I do know these days is that she is also a best friend. Good luck Sis. We love you. KR x
There's a good chance you lost a hero this week, I did, two of them.
One a Pop God who I spent countless hours singing along to and even got to see live a few years ago, and the other was the first Princess I ever wanted to be. Both of them activists and advocates for their communities and role models for those struggling with their mental health and/or sexuality.
I haven't been sure how to best manage my feelings about George Michael and Carrie Fisher, so I decided to just be still for a bit. Listen to Ladies and Gentleman, rewatch The Blues Brothers, reflect on the things they helped me with, and at times, through. Because that's what amazing artists do, they allow you to put thoughts and feelings to the overwhelming moments in your life.
Good and bad.
They provide soundtracks and characters that are able to evoke and articulate the parts of yourself that perhaps you can't. They give you something tangible to hold on to via their art.
They're often also tied to great memories, one of the best moments of my childhood was going to the Coburg drive-in with my Dad Vincie and seeing Return Of The Jedi. We got a bucket of popcorn the size of my head, a watered down coke (which I was never allowed to drink), and I sat there in the dark next to my favourite person in the world waaaay past my bedtime. Leia was there for that important memory, she's forever tied to it.
The grief police may try and make you feel foolish for mourning the passing of a person you've never met, but it's just that perhaps they were never touched or influenced by that person in the same way you were. Ignore them, do whatever you need to process this information. I finished reading Carrie's most recent book last night, my best pal Michael Lucas texted me with the news this morning, it was an eerie moment - he'd given me her book for Christmas. It was her diary from the first Star Wars movie, she was hilarious, witty, intelligent, flawed, self aware and a hot mess. I can't quite believe death was able to sneak up on her.
George is on high rotation, Careless Whisper has been belted in the car 56 times today alone. I can't begin to tell you the fun I had to his music, in my lounge room in a "Choose Life" t-shirt and really big hair. My coolest Aunty had his posters on her wall, whenever I wanted to engage her I'd bring him up. He too was tied to memories I hold so dear.
Vale George and Carrie, what you did mattered to me and so many others. Gone but never, ever forgotten.
"Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell" - Carrie Fisher.
It's a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll...............so may as well make your own :*
Easy Chicken Sausage Rolls - Gluten free & Herb it up tips below!
* 2 sheets Puff Pastry (gluten free puff pastry if required) * 500g or 1 Pound Chicken Mince (ground chicken) * Qtr cup of honey (Honey/Agave or Rice Malt Syrup if you prefer) * 1 grated Carrot
Preheat the oven to 200c/400F. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. Cut your first sheet of puff pastry in half, place the filling down the edge of the pastry about 2 inches thick all the way down to the end. Then roll and seal the ends with a fork, then cut into bite sized sausage rolls. Repeat the process until all the pastry is used. Place on a baking/paper lined baking tray seamed side down so they don't split when they bake. Bake for 30mins or until golden.
Herb it up Tip:
We used the Gourmet Garden lightly dried range parsley for a little oomph.
If you have any veggies you need to use up, simply grate and add to the mince mixture. Zucchini & beetroot work perfectly as does corn, herb it up with any parsley or fresh herbs you have in your fridge or garden to add oomph to the flavour and the vitamins!
Gluten Free Tip:
There are so many great gluten free pastries on the market now, thank-goodness and most available from supermarkets like IGA, Woolies and Coles and of course from Independent Health Food Stores.
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After frequent alcohol-fuelled violence and suicide had cast a shadow over Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, June Oscar lobbied tirelessly to find a solution, transforming her community in the process. Meet WA’s Local Hero for 2017 and see how she’s helped rebuild a safe and healthy community at http://bit.ly/2iOmQfE. To find out who the 2017 Australians of the Year will be tune in to the live announcement on ABC TV, January 25th from 7:30pm.
Reminiscing with Kyal earlier and realised that 10 years ago today he proposed... the evening before New Years - on the deck of a beautiful home his dad had built. It was a complete surprise but I knew something was about to happen when he hugged me and I could feel his heart racing a million miles per hour 💕
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Lucky enough to catch the opening night on Broadway of Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of "The Present". Now the 2nd most booked-out show on Broadway after the record-breaking Hamilton. Both were beyond brilliant. Even managed to catch up with them at the after-party. Typically humble, generous, chatty and thrilled/grateful for their many standing ovations. So deserved.
We have a pretty special feature to welcome in the New Year :)
What better way to start than last night’s fireworks from the Hobart waterfront. We also take you to the Sentinel Ranges, along Penguin coast road, the Edge of the World, Beer Barrel Beach and fishing at Bridport.
Oh and did we mention we go climbing the Organ Pipes and get up close and personal with a gorgeous pelican… check it out! There are of course plenty more places to also include in your next Tassie adventure.
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