Week in Review

Hi all,

The week just gone went by in a flash. Yeah I know it’s a huge cliché to say that, but it did. After David being off for the Super Bowl on Monday, the week just zoomed by. Maybe it’s because it’s summer, it always tends to do that in the summer… do you find that?

Either way, I will finish my rambling and get down to what I came here to do, share my ‘Week in Review’ with you all!chase the red grape

Favourite Moments

Coffee timesCTRG

We have 4 great coffee moments out during the week. Wednesday morning 6.30am (our day off from training) where David and I take a slow walk to one of our favourite coffee shops and start the morning. Friday where we have a coffee post workout to celebrate Friday. Then on Saturday and Sunday, David and I take a stroll mid morning for a coffee. Sometimes somewhere new, sometimes an old favourite. They are 4 times of the week where I know I can just breathe and be in that moment. That makes them very special.

Dad update

My Dad is now home from hospital! Thank you all so much for the well wishes. It will be a long recovery at home but he is committed and so is everyone around him so he will get there! On Wednesday I was able to skype him and my mum and it was a lovely time talking and laughing. Just so good to see his face!

High 5’s and brownie points

Big clean

We had to do the ‘rental inspection’ big clean. Nothing was particularly dirty or messy but it’s always a big thought. But it’s done and now we have everything pristine again!

IkeaCTRG

Saturday morning we went to Ikea. We got pretty much all of the things we needed and a couple more that, well, we did actually need but I needed David there to actually encourage me to buy them. I am such a weirdo. High 5 for Ikea and the purchases, 10 brownie points for wearing a band t-shirt to Ikea. BTW The Faim… you are going to hear BIG things!

I didn’t force a post

I was going to write on Thursday… but I didn’t know what about. Previously I would have hurried through my notes for inspiration, but I didn’t. Write when you feel inspired Jen. 10 points to 2018 Jen.

Meal prep

CTRG

Who wants some breakfast sausage patties??

Another meal plan, more tweaks, no stress. Followed by a meal prep sesh on Saturday afternoon that was easy and relaxing. The way it should be!

 

Jen EatsCTRG

Winners this week include 2 seasonal fruits, figs and big bum plums – so juicy and perfect right now.CTRG

Updates

Episode 58 of the Chase the Red Grape PodcastCrossFit Open

CrossFit Open season is away to begin. You’ve signed up, now what? One for all Crossfitters out there! Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and here on the website.

The week ahead

One thing I want to do this week is watch more of the Winter Olympic coverage. We are only one hour behind South Korea time zone wise so I should make the most of the live events, right!?

Have a fab week folks!

Do you have regular coffee moments in your week?

Ikea, love or hate?

Are you watching the Winter Olympics?

You’ve signed up for the CrossFit Open, now what? Episode 58

Hi all,

If you are a CrossFitter who is Open mad, trying to figure out whether or not to sign up or are a seasoned veteran, you need to listen to episode 58 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast! CrossFit Open

What do you do once you have signed up for the Open?

How do you get your mind in check now and for the weeks ahead?

What can you take personal responsibility for to make sure your body is ready?

And as always, remember to calm the fuck down!

Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website!  

Let Open season commence! 

The Whole30

Hi all,

If you have read the title, then there is really no shock in me telling you that David and I have started a Whole30!

We have recorded a podcast on the subject which went live yesterday all about why we are doing it and what we hope to achieve from it. (Find now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website) But I thought it deserved it’s own blog post too!

From reading my posts over the past few weeks it is pretty evident that I am trying to change up my routine. From writing when I feel inspired to write, posting on random days and just having a general overhaul of things, I knew what was next.CTRG

David and I had been speaking about doing a Whole30 since the end of December, No, not because we ate too much over the season. No, not because we feel we don’t support our bodies through food. No, not because we have bad habits with alcohol, chocolate or other treat. Simply because we wanted to shake things up.

The Whole30 for us is not about saying no. It’s about saying yes more.

Yes to change.

Yes to new things.

Yes to growing.

Yes to more, not less.

Yes to listening to what my BODY tells me it needs, not my HEAD.

We have had the same weekly meal plan for well over a year. Same shop, same food prep and even though we never got tired of the food we ate, I was getting bored of making it all…Well if I’m changing everything else up we might as well change up our eats too!

This way of eating (check out Whole30.com for all the information) is not uncharted territory for us. Some of you may remember that David and I ate Paleo for almost 3 years. It was awesome, it helped so much in my recovery and we really enjoyed it. And talk about being able to listen to your body and what it needs! So we know how to cook this way, what flavours we like, what can be done quick, easy and fast – it really seemed an ideal way to get back to basics, figure out what we craved and didn’t crave, what we needed and didn’t need and most importantly, get the ability to listen to our bodies back.

In the podcast we talk more about the aftermath of counting macros, how it affected our weekly meals and mind set and getting out of our comfort zone. We needed to start from scratch again. It’s a great episode even if you never ever have any intention of doing a Whole30.

It’s just 30 days. We are only on day 4 and I already feel excited again about what I am eating. Every new recipe I try has always been followed by ‘oh my this is so good!’. (I made tostones for crying out loud!!) And as for when it’s over, well, we will see if there is anything we have felt we missed, try bringing it back in and see how we feel. Simple.

I want you to follow along with us! From today until the end of the Whole30 I will be putting on Instagram and Instagram stories pictures and videos of what we are eating, what recipes we are making, what food we are prepping and generally how we are feeling. So come on over and check it out, even if it just gives you some inspo on what to make for dinner tonight! (chasetheredgrape).

Would you ever want to do a Whole30?

Do you tend to eat the same foods week in and out?

Is food a part of your routine?

Linking up for Thinking Out Loud

Week in Review

Hi all,

The past few days have been the hardest we have experienced since moving over to Australia.

As we have mentioned before, the most difficult part of being on the other side of the world is being apart from your friends and family. But this becomes unbearable when one of them take ill.

This weekend my Dad was rushed into hospital when a nasty kidney infection actually turned out to be renal failure.

As you can imagine, going into the details is quite upsetting and right now so full of uncertainty, but I knew I couldn’t do a Week in Review without mentioning the biggest, most impactful part of my week.chase the red grape

I can’t do much from here. I wish I could be there to support my Dad, Mum and family. But thank goodness for Skype, Face Time and WhatsApp – I can stay in touch and we can all support each other the best we can.

The week just gone however was full of lots of happiness too, and in true Week in Review style, we must take joy in highlighting them!

Favourite moments

I won a competition! A local coffee roaster here had a Instagram competition to win some beans and an Aeropress. I had bought David an Aeropress for Christmas (which he uses at work) and knew it made amazing coffee so entered with glee! And I won! These guys know their beans too.CTRG

Friday was a public holiday here for Australia Day. We spent the evening with friends on their wonderful rooftop overlooking the entire city. The view became even more magical when the fireworks began (a 30 minute display Perth pride themselves on). It felt like we had front row seats to the biggest show in town!CTRG

High 5’s and Brownie points

We trained, including an insanely difficult hero WOD on Friday for Australia Day. We do Gallagher and McDonald each year and it never gets any easier.

Meal planning and food prepping was crazy this week. Our routine is changing big style… more details on that in this weeks podcast (out Wednesday). In the mean time, check out our food prep fridge.CTRG

I have taken a nap (a huge nap) every day for the past 4 days including today. I might have picked up a bug, it might be the stress but whatever it is my body is tired and I am listening to it!

Jen Eats

We made bone broth from our Christmas turkey bones (they had been put in the freezer, don’t worry) and made pesto and mayo from scratch. Look at the colour on that mayo… #eattheyolksCTRG

Acai bowls for Saturday lunch. These are all I want to eat when it’s hot!CTRG

Updates

Scotland to Australia – Breaking the bond with your belongings. This post looked the journey of looking at all of our belongings and working out what to take and not to take with us to Australia. Decisions that needed to be made very quickly. Read here. CTRG

Episode 56 of the podcast looked at defining success. What does the word success mean to you and what role does it play in your life both positively and negatively? And, most importantly, why you shouldn’t measure your worth in the world by your successes. Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website. success

The week ahead

To be honest I think this week is going to be a quiet one. I feel exhausted. We are, however, going to see American Idiot at the theatre on Sunday which I have been looking forward to for months! And then of course there is the Super Bowl (Monday here) which we always enjoy over breakfast!

Do you like fireworks?

What does success mean to you?

Are you watching the Super Bowl?

Week in Review

Hi all,

Ok so I am changing things up! Mostly because I wanted a change but also because I needed a change!

You may have noticed I am posting on different days. Trying to write when I feel inspired and excited by a subject rather than forcing a post. So that may mean 2 posts a week, 3 or even 1. It makes me laugh because it really isn’t like me at all! I feel like I am breaking the rules… but when they are rules you have set yourself then where’s the problem?

One of the more exciting aspects of this switch up is changing my Friday Favourites to a Week In Review post. Something fun to look forward to on a Monday but also awesome to be able to link up with one of my favourite people Meg!chase the red grape

So let’s kick off the new week with a bang, recapping the week just gone, Jen style!

Favourite moments of the week

Gyroscope gig – damn I love live music. Even better when you know someone in the band. Even better when it’s a small intimate gig. Even better when you are standing near the front, feeling like you are 18 all over again.chase the red grape

Also watching the supporting act and your jaw dropping to the floor because it was literally love at first sound!

Any time I walked into a room with air con…

Biting into a local peach…. I adore this season!

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So good grilled!

High fives and Brownie points

What I love about Week In Review is that everyone always shares both the small and large achievements of the week. So what have I given myself points and high fives for this week?

Training whilst keeping what is best for my body at any given moment, in mind

Cooking up a storm, meal planning and prepping – aka making life easier on ourselves

Buying new headphones when I said I would – and then getting a second pair from my parents!

Breaking routines, writing on Thursdays, podcast edits on Tuesday, hell I even took a nap!

Starting as I mean to go on this year – had my monthly massage

Jen eats

Steak dinner on Saturday night. David grilled whilst I whipped up some veggies. It was melt in your mouth good.chase the red grape

Finding a coconut water that tastes good not chilled (our supermarket doesn’t chill them…). I honestly didn’t think I would ever find one!chase the red grape

Updates

What makes you ‘cool’?chase the RG

Looking at the word and what it means to me… but also why we still care about being cool even as an adult. Check it out here. 

Want. Need. Do. Read

Episode 55 of the podcast looked at the year ahead in 4 different areas. A fun way to look at goals for 2018. Find now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website.

The week ahead

As mentioned above, I am treating this week as a blank canvas. I am excited but also nervous about the prospect! Lets see how I get on! One thing is for certain though, episode 56 of the podcast will be ready and waiting for you on Wednesday! Also Friday is a public holiday – wahoo! 

Have a great week folks!

What was the last gig you went to?

Are you a coconut water fan?

Do you have a want, need, do or read for 2018?

Chase the Red Grape Podcast – Episode 55

Hi all,

The first 2018 episode of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast is up and ready to download! 

You can find us on iTunes and Stitcher by simply searching for the podcast… but did you know that you don’t need either to listen? Simply click HERE and it will take you to the podcast page of the website. From there you will find the link to listen to every single podcast we have done right on your computer, tablet or whatever method you want to use!

55 episodes on a variety of topics are ready and waiting for you… and there is something for everyone!

This weeks episode looks at the year ahead in 4 differnt areas – what do we WANT to do, what do we NEED to do, what is something we are actively are going to DO and what is something we want to READ

Like what you hear? Please subscribe to the podcast, leave a review or simply share with friends, family and colleagues. 

This year is going to be so good! Get in on the action! 

Festive Friday Favourites + Episode 54 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Well it’s finally here, we are only a few days away from Christmas!

I know you are all incredibly busy right now but I am so pleased you stopped by, today, yesterday, last week, all year! Thank you folks!

As this is my last post of the year I just wanted to say a big Merry Christmas to you all along with the biggest of best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. 2018 here we come!

David and I will be taking a much needed two week break from everything – work, stress, CrossFit, routine… you name it. And I can’t wait! So expect another post from me in early January!Friday - chase the red grape

So to let you get back to your present wrapping, Christmas movie watching, cookie decorating, festive tipple drinking, I will keep today’s Friday Favourites short but definitely sweet.

Favourite…Moment – Party time!chase the red grape

We had both David’s work Christmas party and our CrossFit Christmas party at the weekend and they were both really good fun. Sometimes you just need to have a glass of bubbles with friends and get dressed up!

Favourite…Feeling – Making cookies!chase the red grape

I always make a sweet treat for David’s co-workers and a few friends each year. This year I made the espresso cookies from Cook and Savor and they were delicious (I swapped out espresso for choc chips). But I don’t stop there. I always dress them up! Here is one all packaged up ready for an individual eat!

Favourite…Purchase – Wrapping presentschase the red grape

In my opinion, the best purchase is always the one for someone else. Here are David’s pressies, all wrapped up and now under the tree. He is the easiest person to buy for, the hardest part is actually picking the select few to buy! Oh and I adore wrapping gifts so this was pure heaven for me.

Favourite…Food/Drink – Saturday brekkie with Davidchase the red grape

We needed a good feed before the CrossFit Christmas party so we headed out for breakfast to Red Chair who do the best omelette! Filled with veggies, ham, Swiss cheese… it was perfect and all could ever ask from breakfast!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 54 of the Chase the Red Grape PodcastChase the Red Grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at Christmas conversation starters. These are tried and tested by me, the girl who detests small talk. Honestly they will be pure gold for your holiday party/ the day itself.chase the red grape

Episode 54 of the podcast went all festive and we talked about our favourite holiday tips along with what we are most looking forward to over the next few days. Hint… it’s mostly food! A nice short sweet podcast, ideal for a car journey on your way to your Christmas destination! Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

Plans…. Rest. Restore. Eat. Drink. And simply be merry!

A toast to you and all your family!

Are you taking a festive break?

What are you up to over Christmas?

What are you most looking forward to?

Friday Favourites + Episode 53 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Are we all having fun? Are you getting excited for Christmas?

This year David and I continued our Christmas tradition of trying to watch as many Christmas movies as possible between the 1st and 24th of December. Oh and we are doing very well indeed!

So far, we have watched 16 movies. Everything from Love Actually, Christmas with the Kranks, the first two Santa Clause movies (still to watch the last), Home Alone, Four Christmases, Muppet Christmas Carol and of course many more. We have still to watch Christmas Vacation and Scrooged, two of my favourites that I am leaving until last and we have so many still to watch… will we fit them all in?

It’s such a fun tradition and something that we enjoy doing every year. That, along with our 24 days of togetherness. We each write 12 ‘to do’s’ and put them in a box. Then, like an advent calendar, we pick out one each day. Today we had to send 3 Christmas gifs to one and other. Another day we had to send a Christmas picture with a twist, make snowflakes, tell a Christmas story… another small thing that makes every day in December that wee bit more special.

Gosh we really love the season don’t we! Ha!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now, let’s check out Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Festive Rushchase the red grape

We went Christmas shopping at the weekend and David and I separated off to get each others gifts. I actually loved people watching this year. Seeing folks light up when they spot the perfect gift for their loved ones. Everyone chatting whilst queuing to pay. And, of course, finding those things I know David will love. I don’t mind that it’s busy. The mall is the one place over here that really feels so festive.

Favourite… Feeling – Advent Calendarschase the red grape

Ok so we each have a chocolate advent calendar. Then we have our 24 days of togetherness which we take a turn picking every other day and we have 2 paper advent calendars… too much? Nah! We always open them before David goes to work each day and it’s such a nice part of my morning. Makes me feel all cosy and warm inside.

Favourite… Purchase – My favourite chocolates and a new board game!chase the red grape

When I spotted our favourite chocolates (dark chocs with spirit liqueur centres) for an amazing price (and size) we knew we had to pick them up for Christmas. So we did! We also bought a new board game as we do every year. Trivial Pursuit has a love/hate relationship in every British family but this one, the 2000’s edition, I knew would be a good one. No excuse for not knowing the answer! Ha! Will report back after the holidays and let you know how we got on.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Mince Pies!chase the red grape

A British tradition and one I am glad to say has very much made it’s way over to be a part of Aussie life too. Mince pies are small sweet pies filled with ‘mincemeat’ aka spiced and sweetened mix of dried fruit, mixed peel and of course, marinated in brandy or other such delights. We simply had to try our local bakery’s offering and they were just fantastic.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 53 of the Chase the Red Grape PodcastChristmas

This weeks 5 top tips looked at the gifts you can give yourself this year. It won’t cost you anything but the impact it will have on your holiday season and new year will be huge. Take heed!chase the red grape

Episode 53 of the podcast was the final episode of our series on how travel has impacted our lives. This week we looked at how and why we came to be expats here in Perth Australia, what we have learned from that and what the future will hold travel wise. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen on the website here.

Recipe – Gingerbread Banana Bread

This banana bread from Juli over at PaleOMG is outstanding. A bread that you can make from throwing everything in the food processor, mixing and popping straight into a loaf tin… who doesn’t have time for that? I made it into a loaf but I also made a few mini muffins from the mixture which worked perfectly. Keep it in the fridge and even a week later it is perfectly moist and so damn good. Oh and I will add that no one will know this is paleo… or even gluten free. This is one of the best loaf cakes I have ever tasted. Period!

Weekend Plans – Tonight – David’s works Christmas party. Saturday – Our CrossFit Christmas Party. Sunday – Recovering from said Christmas parties! And hopefully recording a podcast!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

What Christmas movie have you watched this year?

Have you baked any Christmas goodies?

What board game do you and your family play over Christmas?

Friday Favourites + Episode 52 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Have you ever heard of the festive period being referred to as ‘the silly season’?

I never have, until this year. Now I see it on adverts and read it in the media… where did it come from and why are we now calling our favourite time of year silly?

Fun, busy, flamboyant, jolly, all yes. Even stressful and chaotic, I get that. But silly?

To me silly means doing something stupid or something you shouldn’t. Something to potentially be a bit embarrassed about. I don’t really like my favourite time of year being referred to in this way.

But I have had my rant now and you sure as can be won’t be hearing me talk about the ‘silly season’. Never feel like you are being silly at this time of year if you want to do something different, wear a big bright jumper or decorate your house from top to toe with lights. Do it because it’s fun and makes you smile. There’s the Christmas spirit.Friday - chase the red grape

Now time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Crown dinner, cocktails and smileschase the red grape

We went out for the night and had a wonderful time. A dinner of clam risotto with radicchio was had followed by cocktails and my love as seen below. It was just nice to relax in a swanky place with my favourite person.

Favourite… Feeling – O’ Christmas tree!chase the red grape

On Saturday we put up our tree and it’s always a special time for me. Every decoration we have has a story – bought from places we have travelled to, given as gifts by ones we love or are from my childhood. The living room in our apartment has never looked so beautiful.

Favourite… Purchase – Santa and Bobchase the red grape

Meet Santa… and his inflatable flamingo Bob. He sings and dances to ‘Stop. Christmas time’. I saw it in the shop and had to have it, it’s our Australian Santa! Click here for a link to David’s Instagram where you will see him sing and dance. It’s hilarious!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Laphroaig Whiskychase the red grape

Be still my beating heart. I adore Whisky, a true Scot. And when I saw they had my absolute favourite on the menu at The Waiting Room in Crown Towers I had to have it. I sipped. I savoured, I fell in love over again. A smoky, peaty Islay malt is where it’s at.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 52 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at evaluating the traditions in your life, especially at Christmas. Why do you do what you do? And most importantly, does it make you happy?chase the red grape

For the podcast this week we brought you part two of ‘How our lives changed through travel’ – focussing on our time spent in the Middle East. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

What I am loving – Christmas FM

I know I tell you about Christmas FM every year but it is just the best! You can listen online for free, 24 hours a day and it’s full of all your favourite festive hits. Old, new, crooners, pop classics, you are in for a fab time. It’s all I listen to every day!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Christmas shopping, food prep and more festive movies! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, off to see The Man Who Invented Christmas and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

Do you think the holidays are a silly time?

What is your tipple of choice?

Is your tree up yet?

Friday Favourites + Episode 51 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

So it’s the 1st of December aka the first day of summer and I am feeling all the feels.

Longing for Christmas at home, yes (and I think it will always be this way) but mostly just a change of perspective. It’s Christmas time, and I can be happy and celebrate or be sad and suffer… I choose happiness!

So David and I have a long list of things we have planned to do over the next few weeks, festivals, parties, carols (which are rare here), shopping trips, movies and of course, decorating our home. Christmas is an amazing time to feel the embrace from tradition, but it can also open your eyes to many other methods of happiness we have never even explored.

So what if it’s summer here? So what if that is different? If Santa can adapt and bring out his festive Hawaiian shirt and board shorts when he arrives here then so can we. And I think I will leave out some cold brew for him this year… think he would appreciate it!Friday - chase the red grape

Let’s begin December with some good old Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Black and white pictureschase the red grape

My Auntie challenged me on Facebook to do one of the 7 day black and white picture projects. Photos to be taken on the day, with no people (or no one you know), simplicity at its finest. I didn’t think I would get so much pleasure from it. It has been wonderful to see certain things in another perspective.

Favourite… Feeling – The glow

Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s recent Christmas special, I have been feeling all the festive glowy feels. Christmas specials on the TV are really big back home in the UK and they feel like such a part of the season. Aussie TV couldn’t be more different, but they love Jamie here so they broadcast it… and I am so thankful. Oh and hungry… those recipes looked amazing!

Favourite… Purchase – Advent Calendarschase the red grape

Advent Calendars are so hard to find here but I was so happy to find these in one of our local shops (shipped in from Europe!). They are simple but they are perfect. And the chocolate inside transported me back to the chocolate of my childhood… it was such a dejavu moment!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Turkey. Get your Christmas turkey…

Name that movie!

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Our turkey haul from last year… enough for 2 right?

Yes we ordered our free range raw Christmas turkey this week from a local butcher and it makes me so happy. I adore turkey and all the trimmings and yes David and I still cook a whole bird for just the two of us, we have leftovers for days and it’s the best! The past 2 years we have ordered locally (Mondos) and it’s perfect. Pick up on the 22nd!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 51 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was a post for you guys to get to know a little bit more about me and my why when it comes to 5 top tips. I want you to help yourselves, after all the only person who knows what’s best for you is you! But if I can help by asking the right questions then I’m where I need to be.chase the red grape

Episode 51 was the first part of our series on travel and how exploring has shaped David and I into who we are today, making the choices we make. A reflective episode but also one filled with great stories! Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

Weekend Plans – Saturday– Putting up the Christmas tree, food prep and then off to Crown Resort for an evening of fine dining and cocktails! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, coffee and a local Christmas street festival.

Have a fab weekend folks!

What snack do you think Santa would appreciate?

Do you put in a food order before Christmas?

What do you watch that gives you the Christmas glow?