DIY: How to revamp an old cabinet

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Before and after - Cabinet Revamp.
Before and after – Cabinet Revamp.

I was looking for a small cabinet to put next to my entrance door (to keep shoes away) but I couldn’t find anything the way I was imagining.
You know those times when you have a picture in mind and nothing else can convince you otherwise.

Then, just another day goofing around the town centre, I decided to check Salvos (opportunity store in Australia) and I found this beauty for $30 bucks!
It would need just a few fixes and tweaks, but would be perfect for what I needed. I liked so much the result that I decided to share with you how simple it was to revamp this cabinet. Shall we start?

Things you will need:

  • A cabinet
  • Window film
  • 4 furniture legs + 8 screws

Tools:

  • Retractable knife
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: apply window film.

First, we cleaned the surface properly before applying the window film. It helps if applied little by little, removing the paper layer a bit at a time. The window film pattern makes a huge difference at the end, so make sure to pick a nice one. This was hubby’s choice and we loved!

Applying window film.
Applying window film.
One door done, ready to start the second one.
One door done, ready to start the second one.
Window film done!
Window film done!

Step 2: install legs.

Finally, we just installed these 4 legs using a screwdriver and 2 screws per leg. Simple and super easy to do.
Ah, by the way, we bought these legs from eBay. In case you want to buy the same ones, here is the listing.

New legs installed.
New legs installed.

It’s done!

Yeah, my photography skills could be a bit better, I know, but I think you can see clearly the final result.
It was an amazing transformation for pretty much just more than an hour of work. I loved it! ❤️

Cabinet revamped!
Cabinet revamped and ready to be used!

Cauliflower bread | Low Carb Bread #9

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In case you are like me and LOVE cauliflower (and bread), this cauliflower bread is made for us! 🤗

It’s super delicate, light and fluffy, with only 3 grams of net carbs per slice, an awesome low carb bread option!

As I said above, this is a delicate bread, so I highly recommend you to toast it before serving or using as sandwich bread. Toasting will help to keep its shape.

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (575 grams) of cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and cover it with a baking sheet. I’m using a 20 cm one here.
  3. Next, add in the batter making the surface even.
  4. We will bake it in two stages, first bake it for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 190C (374F). ⏰
  5. Then reduce the temperature to 180C (356F) and bake for more 50 minutes ⏰, or until risen, golden and cooked through.
  6. It’s DONE! 🎉 This is a very delicate bread so let it cool in the pan before removing from it.
    I also suggest toasting your slice before eating for the best taste and texture.

Loved this recipe? I have also published several other recipes of bread and many other recipes using cauliflower as the main ingredient.
And if you like video recipes, there is almost 100 of them available on my YouTube channel – Yum Nibbles!

Southern Pies | Kangaroo Valley

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Southern Pies - entrance
Southern Pies – entrance

A couple of weeks ago, on a lovely winter weekend, hubby and I decided to get the car and spend the day in the Kangaroo Valley (south of Sydney). Our idea was to have a relaxing day walking around the area, spending time around the charming town they have and of course eat some pies.

Maybe you don’t know, but Kangaroo Valley is well-known for their pie shops. There is even a pie trail with more than 24 shops listed!
This time we decided to try only one in their list, and the chosen one was this place called Southern Pies.

My order

This place has been awarded over the years for many of their pies flavours. A highly recommended option is their cheeseburger pie, but that day we decided to play safe and try the classics first. So we got:

  • Mine: Classic beef.
  • Hubby: Steak, bacon, and cheese.
  • Both topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
Classic beef + Steak, Bacon, and Cheese pies topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
Classic beef + steak, bacon, and cheese pies topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
A sneak peak inside the classic beef pie.
In case you weren’t mouth-watering just yet, an inside look of the classic beef pie.

I loved it! ❤️ The pie has a good size, and the extra toppings make it a real meal. Everything was super tasty and yum! The pastry in kinda puffy but not flaky, ideal for a non-messy experience. 😀

We had it for lunch and it was enough to keep us up and running. I reckon it was something around A$11 for each pie + all the toppings. They also sell family size pies, coffee, and a few dessert options.

They also have frozen pies you can take home and prepare yourself at a later occasion, or maybe just to have for dinner on the same day. 🙂

Southern Pies - shop
Southern Pies – shop

Southern Pies
Shop 1/146 Moss Vale Road
Kangaroo Valley, NSW 2577
More information: www.southernpies.com.au

Want to see everything we have published about Kangaroo Valley?
Here you can find what do to do and eat in the Kangaroo Valley.

Peanut slices (Brazilian Paçoca) | Healthy treats #1

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Peanut slices are a popular treat in Brazil 🇧🇷, where in the local language they are called Paçoca (pronunciation here).

It is traditionally made of crushed (or ground) peanuts and tons of sugar.
But of course, I would not be publishing the recipe here on my blog if it was just the regular recipe, right?

Which means I managed to create sugar-free peanut slices!
So now you can have it as a super healthy treat, much lower in carbs and equally delicious!

Brazilians out there wondering if this is as good as the sugary thing we have there, I can totally say this is MUCH BETTER. 😋

Words from a former paçoca junkie. 🙈

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of peanut butter, unsweetened
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or any sweetener you like, this is also optional)
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together coconut butter, peanut butter, salt and honey (like I said above, honey is optional, depending on your taste).
  2. In case your coconut butter is too hard to mix, just microwave it for a few seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Spread mixture on a baking sheet, creating a rectangular shape and making it 1cm tall. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. ⏰
  4. Then, slice it into small square shapes to serve.
  5. It’s done!

Trivia time! The word paçoca is originated from a local indigenous language and its closest meaning is “to crumble” or “to grind”.

There is no direct translation of the term to English, but commonly acceptable variations for the name of this treat are: Brazilian peanut slices, Brazilian peanut candy squares, Brazilian paçoca, or Brazilian paçoquita (a famous brand).

Day trip to Nara from Kyoto – Japan

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Nara is just a bit more than one hour away from Kyoto and totally deserves a visit. In case you are short on time, everything I did can be done in pretty much half a day. You can get here my shared Google maps with what to do/see in Nara – the map has the precise location of all great places we visited in Kyoto and Nara.

Shall we start a tour through Nara?

Places to go

Kofukuji
As I said above, we’re originally staying in Kyoto and then decided to take a day trip to Nara. To start we did a short walk to Kofukuji to see the second tallest pagoda in Japan. There is no photo because it was under restoration!

Bummer, can you believe that?
So this post is just a heads up to check things online before going there. 😛

Kofukuji temple
Kofukuji temple

Nara Park
This charming park is right in front of another temple we wanted to visit (see below) and is full of deers! Aw, they are so cute, you can even pet them! If you’re keen to make the deers happy, there are stands selling a special biscuit to feed them.

Curiosly enough, I’ve also seen many tourists trapped in a circle of hungry deers.
So, in case you have kids, watch out for them! Not that the deers would eat them or anything … but 😜

Nara park
Nara park

Todaiji
This is one of the most outstanding temples I’ve visited there. You can’t really see how big this place is from the photo below (downsides of a two-dimensional media), it’s unbelievable.
Inside of it you will find a huge Buddha statue that is impressive from every single angle.

Todaiji temple
Todaiji temple

Where to it

Sakura Burger
In case you want a break from the Japanese cuisine, this place makes delicious burgers.
By the way, American style burgers!

If that wasn’t exciting enough, they also make their own bacon!!! We had a beef burger, with homemade bacon, avocado, cheese, salad, and chips.
They are located a stone’s throw away from the train station, so you can stop there either on your way back or to Nara Park.

Sakura Burger entrance
Sakura Burger entrance
Beef burger, with homemade bacon, avocado, cheese, salad, and chips.
Beef burger, with homemade bacon, avocado, cheese, salad, and chips.

Specific location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lp4US4mrac92

There are so many things to do in Japan, we simply loved the country and their culture.
Here is everything I’ve published about our trip to Japan
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