Friday Favourites! (Dec 4)

Hi all,

Another Friday and another week closer to Christmas! Update on the ‘Christmassy-ness’? Still not there yet, but I am super excited for Christmas as it means I get to see my parents!

You know I think it’s because we used to have an early Christmas (or Christmas number one) with David’s family each year around this time – so I would have to be prepped with gifts and goodies, would already have the wrapping paper out and festive jumpers would be worn. But this year, obviously, we are missing that. I think that’s why it’s maybe taking a bit longer to feel festive… the tree is going up tomorrow so that should do the trick!Friday Favourites - Chase the Red Grape

In the meantime, shall we check out some ‘Friday Favourites’!?


Moment – Rocking out to ACDCACDC - Chase the Red Grape

Ah that ringing in your ears, that feeling of whooping and singing so loudly you think you might lose your voice… gotta love a good gig! Doing it all in Australia with David as the sun goes down and suddenly it’s pitch black – priceless!

Feeling – Community

I think one of the pillars of happiness has to be having a sense of community around you. Moving to the other side of the world and knowing no one has been tough. But joining our CrossFit box has been amazing and it’s so brilliant to see everyone day in and out. It was particularly fantastic on Saturday when we all had a wee jaunt to the vineyards together – meeting more people that we don’t usually WOD with at 6am. Sometimes a sport can be so much more than just the fitness.

Purchase – Advent Calendarsadvent - chase the red grape

I had given up hope of finding a good advent calendar here. They are very hard to find and the ones I did find…well… let’s just say I would rather be without one than with one!

However on the 2nd I spotted these ones in Target! Yes they are vegan and in all honesty a small amount of dairy does me no harm, but they also had really good honest ingredients! Yay! And I tell you, don’t snub dairy free chocolate… it’s damn tasty!

(And yes this is David’s one… and it says ‘keep off’! Haha!)

Food/ drink – Artichokesartichokes - chase the red grape

Artichokes aren’t really a staple in the UK, and I don’t get the impression that they are here in Australia either, although at least you see the fresh ones in the supermarket! But for me, my favourite is having them all ready to rock in a jar! I love adding these little nuggets to salads but I would love to make a dip sometime… any ideas?

Recipe – Cotter Chili aka Sweet Potato Chipotle Chilicotter chili - chase the red grape

Another winner from Lindsay! It immediately jumped out at me when I read ‘slow cooker’! I subbed sweet potatoes for butternut squash and cauliflower for cabbage as that is what I had to be used up but the flavours worked so well, and it was even better the next day!

Next time I think I will just cut back a bit on the liquid… but I drained some of that out and now I have a tub of the most amazing flavoured broth in the freezer!

Workout- The WOD of deathCrossFit - Chase the red grape

Ok so this isn’t my favourite workout but definitely the most memorable… any CrossFitters out there will understand why. Oh and RX was 80kg for men and 60kg for women... yeah I know!

Every 2 minutes for 16 minutes

5 squat cleans

10 burpees over the bar

30 double unders

Weekend Plans – weekly shop and putting up the tree tomorrow then in the evening we have David’s works Christmas Party (at the yacht club!!). Sunday we are off to a Christmas market! It’s supposed to rain all weekend here but I am sticking to what everyone keeps telling me ‘Oh but it never rains in Perth’! Haha!

Are you going to a Christmas party this year? Looking forward to it?

Know any good artichoke dip recipes?

Do you feel that sense of community?

Linking up with Heather over @LifeinLeggings 🙂

8 thoughts on “Friday Favourites! (Dec 4)

    • Jen says:

      Oooh I am going to hunt out that garlic oil! Sounds fab. I love their sauerkraut too – good brand!
      Yeah we have been really lucky finding an awesome box where we love the programming, coaching and the community!

  1. Juli@1000lovelythings says:

    Artichoke dip sounds amazing. I’d really like to have one now 🙂 If you find a good recipe, please let me know!
    I can only imagine how hard it must be to find your Christmas spirit when it’s getting hotter and hotter. Not even Christmas music helps me right now. I really count on Narnia!

    This WOD is horrible! I’d probably be able to squat clean with 30 kg. But 60???
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    • Jen says:

      That sounds fantastic! What a good idea! I wish I had a ‘long live Christmas’ party to go to – sounds exactly what everyone needs in January!

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