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... what have i been doing lately? apart from trying to earn $4000 this summer for a wee holiday i'm planning next year, i've been relaxing and making meals that aren't visually pleasing but taste amazing. woop.

on one of my only days off work, we gathered a few friends and went road tripping down to hamilton to have lunch at the zealong tea estate! i was so excited for this being the tea lover that i am!
it took us just over two hours to get here from auckland, and we were all famished as we stepped through the doors of zealong. 

a waitress introduced us to the four different zealong teas they had available and explained them all to us -- pure, aromatic, dark and black. it worked out pretty well, because we all liked different types of teas and got to try all four! i'm a huge english breakfast fan, and the waitress told me black was similar -- hence my choice of black tea. each tea was able to be re-infused up to eight times so that was perfect! we were able to sit and just relax after our meals drinking cups of tea (we literally stayed there for like three hours and there was no complaint whatsoever!) 
also just a mini shoutout to joe who worked at zealong and came over to talk to us a few times during our visit! such a lovely guy who told us interesting stories!!!



this is episode three in my breakfast series. not that i had one but... chia pudding guys!!!!
i've been loving days where i actually manage to get up early and sit down with a book (or an e-book on my ipad) and just eat breakfast. so worth the early wake up!!!! well only when you're not sleep deprived from staying up watching episodes of the vampire diaries.

happy things:
1. appreciating food/home hacks more and more now - check these ones out.
2. omg baby animals
3. wishing i could make these clams for myself. i can't wait technology advances and we can start downloading food. (wishful thinking).
4. i'm on the hunt for yummy smoothie recipes. i don't get enough vegetables as it is, so i'll be having spinach in mine tonight. please comment down below any yum smoothie combinations?!?!?
5. i made dinner without a recipe last night. yes this is a huge deal!! i stuffed capsicums with chicken rice and it was surprisingly really good.
6. daniel radcliffe. rapping. that is all.
7. on the topic of celebrities making music, i'm still obsessed with this video of taylor swift and zac efron.
8. more life hacks!!!
9. before i get into the chia pudding, i'm on holiday in less than four days (!!!)
10. i was a bit hesitant to try this chia pudding thing because chia seeds don't really taste like anything?! but i looked at a few recipes and it was pretty simple and quick. also i'm super lazy so the faster i get breakfast made, the better. i mixed chia seeds into milk, with a splash of vanilla and sweetened with maple syrup and left it to soak overnight! topped it with frozen berries (did anyone see how fresh blueberries were $12 a punnet???!) and a bit of icing sugar in the morning! yum. i'm thinking of soaking the seeds with my fruit next time so it has a bit more flavour, but definitely a recipe you want to try out!

have a good week x

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