Cointreau Blush – delicious

If you have been looking for a new drink for summer then Cointreau has theblush answer.  They have come up with a delicious new way to use Cointreau and it is yum.  Ms FeetUp LOVES this drink.  It even matches her dress slippers!

The drink is a cocktail called Blush after the lovely pink colour.  It is refreshing and has just the right amount of alcohol to give the drink a nice kick.  It is perfect at the end of a long, hot day or even at the great Aussie BBQ.   It is great for the image.  Ms FeetUp says that it makes her look sophisticated and classy especially in the tall glass and topped with a slice of lime.

You don’t need an excuse to drink this but it would be great for a girls night, hens night or even a night on the couch in front of a chick flick.  It is a very feminine drink, not just for the colour but for the freshness of flavour, too.

It is simple to make.   Ms FeetUp suggests that you get your favourite male to mix it for you while you recline elegantly on the sofa.

  1. Put ice into a tall glass
  2. Add 30ml Cointreau
  3. Add 10ml Lime juice
  4. Top with 60ml Pink grapefruit
  5. Finish with 70ml Soda
  6. Stir well
  7. Add a lime wedge as a garnish

Go out and grab the ingredients and try it for yourself.  Then come back here and let us all know what you think of it.

December Puzzles

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BrianHolidays are looming and we are all feeling excited.  Sometimes, though, we just want something peaceful to do, don’t we?

Crosswords For Fun have generously given us some puzzles that will soothe the soul while it teases the mind.  A crossword, a sudoku and a mystery word puzzle will fill in a quiet hour or two for you.

You can download the puzzle here.

Download the solution here - but don’t do it until you have had a good go at completing the puzzle!

Merry Christmas!

1111081_santaOn behalf of everyone here at Cherry Mag I would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season.

We have come a long way this year and have bigger things ahead of us next year.  I think it will be quite exciting.

I want to thank all our talented contributors for your remarkable work throughout the year.  I hope you have enjoyed working with us and will be back again in the New Year.

There will be no page flip mag for this edition but we will being it back in the new year.

Take care, everyone.

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Ms FeetUp

Relax and Recharge Over Christmas

The Christmas holidays are a great time to treat yourself and your loved ones to the cinema. Deciding what to watch can often be difficult as the busy season offers a wide range of movies to view – some forgettable and others equally unforgettable. For your viewing pleasure, I have included some of my top picks for the holiday season below.

wildthingsWhere The Wild Things Are (PG)

I recall vividly the book written by Maurice Sendak from my childhood and therefore was very keen to see how the movie played out. Max (Max Records), as in the book version, likes to play out his fantasies and dress up as a monster. He is particularly frustrated at home and requires an outlet to let his imagination fly. After an especially traumatic day whereupon the frustration builds into extreme rage, he disobeys his mother and attempts to bite her. Embarrassed, confused and angry, Max runs off into the night with his mother (Catherine Keener) chasing after him.

Once he stops running, he finds himself cold and alone and enters an imaginary world in which he can set sail to an island in order to find peace and happiness. The island is inhabited by monsters and as is possible in a childhood dream, he convinces them that he is a Viking king and sets out to rule them promising to keep unhappiness and disappointment at bay. But even in the dreamlike world, he realises that making unrealistic promises can be difficult to keep and after much disappointment once again, he sets home to be comforted by his mum who is ready to offer her arms in a tight hug and a warm smile.

The monsters from the story transform well to the big screen and much of the cinematography is a joy to behold. The movie lapses slightly on the island in terms of the energy we are presented with at the start of the production but overall I found it kept my attention for the most part. I felt Spike Jonze did the book and story justice and I for one was glad to see the story brought to life visually.

Review: 3.5/5

Away We Go (MA 15+)

Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) and Burt Farlander (John Krasinski) are two thirty-somethings adjusting to an unexpected pregnancy. In terms of their lifestyle, they have not quite matured from the casual lifestyle of their student days. Now with the impending birth of their baby in a couple of months they realise that it is now time to make the leap from just surviving in a house to truly making a home for themselves and their family. Knowing that raising a child is a big responsibility they venture out on a road trip in search of a perfect place to raise their child.

The cast is well supported by Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels as parents to Burt and caring grandparents to their unborn grandchild. Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney all give wonderful supporting roles as friends of the couple with one or more issues that seems to clash with the ideas of Burt and Verona. One thing you find out when you are pregnant is that everyone seems to be an expert on all pregnancy related issues however Burt and Verona have enough sense to realise that do not need any outside assistance in order to raise their child.

Overall this is a refreshingly funny and honest film about two people entering the unknown world of parenthood. Directed by Sam Mendes, he once again shows that he knows his craft, especially when it comes to movies focusing directly on relationships.

Review: 3.5/5

cloudyCloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (G)

Sick of dining on sardines due to a sardine economic crisis, Flint Lockwood inventor extraordinaire comes up with a machine that can manufacture food from water – to order. His unveiling of the machine goes horribly wrong and not only does he manage to upset the entire population of Swallow Falls but his beloved machine is sent hurtling into the clouds. As his machine is lodged in the clouds, it does not rain water as one might expect but hamburgers as his machine was programmed to do.

Mayor Shelbourne, quick to capitalise on any scheme to save their poverty stricken town, realises that this is his chance to put Swallow Falls back on the map. He convinces Flint that he must make it rain 3 meals a day in preparation for the great unveiling of a new tourist town. Sam Sparks, aspiring TV meteorologist, sees this as her manna from heaven giving her a chance to shine and prove to the world that she is more then just a pretty face. Everyone is seemingly happy with the situation except for Flint’s dad Tim who owns a failing fishing tackle shop and would like to see Flint go into business with him.

Messing about with molecular structures day in and day out causes the machine to have a breakdown creating uncontrollable gastronomical weather issues. And it is up to Flint Lockwood, Sam Sparks and his pet monkey to save the day.

It has to be said that the graphics and colours used are very appealing especially for younger children and the movie works particularly well in 3D. Delicious fun and sweet to boot, Sony should be happy with the box-office results.

Review 3.5/5

The Brothers Bloom (M)

Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody are brothers – Stephen and Bloom. Passed from foster home to foster home, they discover that Stephen has a knack for knowing what people will do in a given set of situations and creating complicated cons to worm money and even love from unsuspecting victims.

25 years on and looking to create his own identity away from his brother’s scripted cons, Bloom finally makes the effort to leave. However his brother hunts him down and convinces him to return in order to do one final con. The mark in this case is Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a beautiful but seemingly very odd millionaire heiress who has a hobby of collecting other people’s hobbies. The con is to lure Penelope away from her lifestyle and con her out of some of her cash.

The duo is aided by Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), an explosive expert and silent partner, in all manners of the word. She (oddly enough) appeared one day and the Bloom brothers figure that she will stay and aid with the cons until she has had enough and decides to leave of her own accord.

There are moments of real skill shown by the director and writer Rian Johnson, and the actors work very effectively with the script. The delivery of many of the lines are flawless and the actors manage to add real meaning into the oddly situated scenes and characters. Overall I felt it was too stylised for my liking although I did get a few laughs out of it.

Review: 3/5

Colour Coordinate Your Office

kikkiI read a post at Business Mums Blog about a business woman who colour coordinated her office and accessories.  She had set up a system so that she knew which colour referred to which piece of work.  Inspired I raced off to check out Kikki K, one of my all time favourite home/office sites.

Did you know that Kikki K has an online mag?   What a great read it is if you are into organising spaces.  I especially loved the article called “Create Your Perfect Home Office

These pictures from the Kikki K site show just what can be achieved with a little thought, a little flair and a great site to buy your goodies from!

I love the clean and peaceful look of these images, don’t you?  I can imagine that they wouldn’t stay that way for long, though, in my world.  Chocolate spots, coffee drips….. you get the picture.

Just imagine your own space set up uding the colours and styles that you really love.  How inspiring would that place be as you arrive each day?  No more mess.  No more dull, sterile colours.

Wherever your space is take the time to make it truly your own.

Launching – Bad Mothers Club

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We recently conducted a survey on Mums and found (although we already knew!) that most Mums experience feelings of isolation, inadequacy and lack of support, and would really like a little bit of time out for themselves.

(Interestingly, all these issues are also the main contributing factors for postnatal depression)

Mums have expressed concerns that they feel like they’re doing a bad job at mothering, that they can’t do things “right”, that sometimes they yell or swear at their kids. And sometimes they don’t even like their kids!

They tell us they do things like finding finger painting, playing with trains/Barbie and listening to their kids really boring, they use the TV as a babysitter, and have messy houses. And they feel bad about it.

They tell us they want a break, to know that they’re not the only ones doing these sorts of things, and to feel “normal”. They tell us they need some non-judgemental, emotional support, tactics for dealing with kids that work in the REAL world, friendships and to feel less stressed and less guilty.

They tell us they want wine and chocolate.  They said lots of other things too.

And we listened!

We know that Mumming is hard, because we’re Mums, too. We also know that there’s far too much information out there, all focussed on how to deal with the kids, but nothing for us, and most of it is really hard to replicate in the real world without massive amounts of support. We know it’s hard to get out, catch up with friends, and connect in safe, supportive environments.

We know and understand what is missing … or is it? 

Not anymore!

Bad Mother’s Club is launching on November 6th in Ascot Vale, Melbourne.

The Club will address ALL of these issues and more – lots more. Come along and join us for a delicious 3-course meal, wine, tea and coffee, giveaways, guest speakers and be the first to find out about the Bad Mother’s Club. And there WILL be wine and chocolate!

So give yourself permission to be fantastic just the way you are, kick back, connect with other Mum’s, have a few drinks and just have fun. BECAUSE YOU CAN!!! 

You will also have the opportunity to become a member of this very unique, yet supportive, inclusive and empowering Club.

Tickets are $87 per person – or you can grab yours for $67 (all inclusive) by booking your tickets NOW at http://badmothersclub.eventbee.com and entering code madcow-bmcl. These tickets are         extremely limited, so be quick.

Bad Mother’s Club Launch -  7.30pm Friday November 6th at Prevale, 236 Union Road Ascot Vale

Bookings Are Essential … Book now http://badmothersclub.eventbee.com (or phone 0414 548 103)

Pass it on!

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Take the Work out of Cooking

Great family recipes by Monique of Your Cheeky Monkey.

BEST EVER ZUCCHINI SLICE

375g zucchini, grated (unpeeled)
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 rashers bacon, rind removed and chopped (omit for vegetarians)
1 cup grated tasty cheese
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup oil
5 eggs
pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper

1137651_genetically_unmodified_foodPlace all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

Spread into a greased 22cm pie plate or 20 x 26cm lamington tin. Bake in a moderate oven 190 deg C for 35-40 minutes, or until set and golden brown. Serve in wedges, either hot or cold with a salad.

 

 

 

 

MONIQUE’S HIDDEN VEG MEATLOAF

1 zucchini, grated (unpeeled)
1 carrot peeled and grated
3 eggs
500g good quality beef mince
1 teaspoon curry powder
¾ cup breadcrumbs (fresh or dried)
2 T Tomato paste
BBQ Sauce

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well with hands (I use disposable gloves so I don’t get meat all over my hands).

Press mixture into a loaf tin. Spread BBQ Sauce over the top and cook in a 180 deg C oven for about one hour or until browned on top.

Serve with your favourite sides – and the leftovers are fabulous on sandwiches the next day!

GOURMET RICE ON A BUDGET680440_rice_bowl

(This recipe is for a Rice Cooker – if you don’t have one consider getting one! Its one of the best investments I have ever made, they make it so easy to cook rice perfectly.)

Dissolve 2 chicken stock cubes with boiling water in a 1L jug then make up to 800ml with cold water.

Place the stock in your slow cooker along with:
600g uncooked rice (I love “Koala Brand”)
1 large chopped onion
50 – 100 g butter (depending on your taste and how much you are watching your waistline)
pinch salt

Shut the lid and press “Cook Rice”

Hey Presto!! You have a delicious Rice Dish ready to serve! ~ This recipe makes quite a large amount, enough for a big family or to freeze half for another meal.

Monique Nickalls JP (Qual) BSc (hons) Dip Prof Couns., is the Owner of Your Cheeky Monkey www.YourCheekyMonkey.com.au where you will find gorgeous handcrafted products for the whole family.

Chocolate and more chocolate….

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Over at EP Designs blog I saw a post full of little sayings about chocolate.  As you know, I am a chocaholic so this post caught my eye.   “I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?”

It also got me thinking about some of the wonderful chocolate things dotted throughout the pages of Cherry Mag so I thought I would list them here so that you can find them easily.

Recipes:

Malted Milk Ball Cookies

Chocolate Marquise

A new recipe for Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding from Simple or Sensational.

A great discovery – The Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream

Random Chocolate bits…..

Sayings about Chocolate

The Seven Wonders of my Chocolate World.

Yummy Chocolate Sites:

Rainbow Designs

Harry’s Rocky Road

Now go off and dream about chocolate.  You know you will have to buy some now, don’t you?

September Codeword.

Download this months Codeword Puzzle by Crosswords For Fun.

All done? Need the solution? Download it here.

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Get Physical like a Cat

653542_tash_the_catWe all know that exercise if good for us no matter how objectionable it might be.  The trick is to find a way of exercising that suits you.

Look at the cat.  What an agile and flexible creature it is.  It can fun, jump, fall on its feet and catch anything that it wants to.  The cat must be doing something right.

Perhaps I could  try a few cat tricks to help me get more physical.

What is the main thing that your cat does?  Yes, that is right.  He sleeps.  He lies around in warm, comfortable places and rests his body.  I think I could manage to do that.  Just think about the benefits to the body.  Your muscles are relaxed allowing tension to seep from the body.  The body itself is warm so the muscles are always ready to start moving.  None of this having to ‘warm up’ before exercise.

What else does your cat do?  He stretches and yawns often.  Stretching is especially good for muscles.   It helps the blood flow to the cells and increases muscle flexibility.  It is easier to stretch a muscle that is relaxed rather than tense so a good stretch once you wake up is essential.  Always remember to stretch before you get out of bed.  You don’t want to cause yourself an injury as you bend to reach your pink fluffies.

Cats get enough exercise walking from their food bowls to litter tray and 749816_kittens_restback to bed, unless they eat too much. If they start to gain weight the best way to get them moving is by playing games and making them work for their food.

I walk daily on my trek from the couch to the kitchen but sometimes it isn’t enough.  I will  introduce some little cat games into my life and watch the weight drop off.

Hunt the food could be a good one.  “Honey, where did you hide my chocolate?  OH!  Down there?  Well if I have to…..”  “Honey, where is my coffee?  What?  Follow my nose?  Damn, that scent is faint…….”

Finally I will copy my cat and the way he uses his body.  It takes a lot of work to position yourself seductively across the bed and maintain that pose while your special human enters the room.  In my case it could be the cause of a pulled muscle or two but anything is worth it in the quest for the body beautiful.

My campaign begins today.  Shove over, Whiskers.  We are sharing the bed!

(by Ms FeetUp)