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Coconut Pancakes + 29 Life Lessons

Another year has passed, and Iโ€™m apparently a year older according to the universe. Am I any wiser than this time last year? Who knows; letโ€™s take a stab in the dark and say, yes. I decided to make a stack of pancakes to celebrate, because why have cake when you can have pancakes?!


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Coconut Pancakes + 29 Life Lessons
April 20, 2014

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Coconut Pancakes + 29 Life Lessons

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Another year has passed, and I’m apparently a year older according to the universe. Am I any wiser than this time last year? Who knows; let’s take a stab in the dark and say, yes. 

Every year I look forward to my birthday. I count down the days as soon as it hits the 1st of April, and start planning ways to celebrate. This year however; I couldn’t give a crap. There, I said it. I didn’t care that they days were whooshing by, and the day to celebrate my arrival on this planet was approaching. I cancelled the plans I had made, and just opted to do stuff that was low key. 

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I’ve put it down to living my dream, enjoying life, and having a lot of giggles along the way. That, and I’m probably trying to recharge my batteries before the next wave of excitement hits. I’ve been packing my bags and going on adventures LOTS lately; been helping friends’ make their weddings special by making cakes, pushing my own boundaries with personal endeavours and trying to not letting anyone rain on my parade. 

Age is of no importance as to how I feel. I don’t like when age is the focus of things which I feel many of my friends put too much pressure on. It’s just a number at the end of the day. Get over it. Stop thinking about it and go out and live your life. 

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I decided to make Linda Lomelino‘s coconut pancakes as my cake for myself this year. Just like last year, I decided to be apart of the shoot and photobomb the food. Setting up for the shoot looked like I was filming a terrorist video with the backdrop set, the camera on the tripod and fire and sparklers and lots of smoke. It took quite a few takes and lots of sparklers, but I think I managed to get some good selfies ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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You can get the recipe for them by clicking here. I found the batter to be a bit thick so I added some water after resting the mixture to thin it down slightly. I used figs instead of raspberries due to the seasonal fruit available ๐Ÿ™‚

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29 things I’ve learnt during my 29 years on this gas ball of a planet, hurling it’s way through space

1. Pop-rocks can make just about any dessert better.

2.  Laugh. Every single day. More importantly, learn to laugh at yourself. 



5. Learn to accept compliments.

6. Learn to believe the compliments you receive. (This is something I’m still struggling with!)


9. Failure is an option. 

10. Chocolate coated confit garlic is not an option. It’s disgusting, and I hate you (you know who you are!!) for making me try it! ๐Ÿ˜›

11. Reach out to people, but don’t expect a reply. Sometimes just letting someone know you are there for them is enough.


13. It’s okay to ask for help. It doesn’t make you any less of a person.

14. Go to bed early…. sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰


 16. Do something everyday that scares you.

17. Do things for others without expectations.

18. Never stop learning. 


20. If it’s doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

21. The scariest moment is always the one just before you start. 

22. There are some people on this planet that need a high five, in the face…with a chair. 


24. Yes, my name is in a song. No, you don’t need to start singing it to me. 

25. Over-thinking ruins you. Ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and just makes everything much worse than it really is.


27. Do more of what makes you happy.

28. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and think about what could go right. 


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PS; Happy Easter xo


39 comments on “Coconut Pancakes + 29 Life Lessons
  1. Katie

    Best post ever!! Love how positive you are. Such an inspiration to me in everything you do. Happy birthday!!! I can’t wait to celebrate with you soon. Ps – My name is in a song too. The only person who could get away with it was my nana. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    April 20, 2014 at 7:58 am
  2. GourmetGetaways

    Happy Birthday!!
    What a beautiful story and life lessons, thanks for sharing.

    “The do more of what you love” motto is one of mine too ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 20, 2014 at 9:38 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks Julie ๐Ÿ™‚ I must re-read this post and it’s lessons from time to time to remind myself to do more of what I love!

      April 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm
  3. Michelle @ The Bakeanista

    If I could, I would double, triple tap this post to like it! This has gotta be my fav post!!! Love your positivity!! <3

    Happy birthday again, girlfriend! xx

    April 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Love this Shelly especially 25. happy Birthday to you

    April 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm
  5. Katherine

    Happy birthday and yeah you are right about eat well travel often

    April 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  6. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    What a gorgeous post. I love this!!! Happy birthday, sister. Your words are so right on. These photos are simply stunning. You’re amazing xxx

    April 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm
  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Happy Birthday and Happy Easter and #12 does it for me!

    April 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm
  8. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    One of the best posts I’ve read ๐Ÿ™‚ Love all 29 points but the last is the one I truly believe in! Screw the number, haters and all those people who judge!

    Wishing you my dear a very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! xx

    April 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm
  9. Hannah

    Happy Easter, lovely! You’re a star. #30 should be “celebrate every birthday with sparklers”, I think. Add for next year? xo

    April 21, 2014 at 3:10 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I’ll be sure to add it for next year ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks Hannah xx

      April 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm
  10. Mez

    Happy birthday gorgeous girl. Just catching up on this post now, loving your life philosophies and I’ve taken a few on board.

    Big hugs, thanks so much for your support and love. Can’t wait to see what this next year of your life brings you!!!


    April 21, 2014 at 9:24 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thank you lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also looking forward to see what life brings me, or shall i say, what I can get out of it! x

      April 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm
  11. msihua

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEEE!! And 30 (for next year) There will always be bananas ๐Ÿ˜›

    April 21, 2014 at 9:30 am
  12. Maureen

    Happy birthday dear, love how you photobomb the pancakes and the positive lessons you have. Eat well and travel often! ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      hehe thanks Maureen ๐Ÿ˜€ I must come travel and visit you and EAT ALL THE THINGS!! x

      April 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm
  13. Yasmeen | Wandering Spice

    Just dropping by to share my wishes once more! As always you have shared a beautiful recipe, and your thoughts on your self and your direction from here are inspiring. I’ve had something holding me back for a while now – too long – and I’ve decided that this is the year to let it go and really fight for my goals. Reading this really gave me the final nudge to get off my butt!

    It sounds like you had a great day which is just what you deserve. Keep being your awesome self x

    April 22, 2014 at 8:07 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      This makes me so happy to hear Yasmeen <3 I'm glad I could give that nudge to just one person ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

      April 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm
  14. Thanh

    Beautiful photos and the pancakes look awesome too (please accept my sincere compliments).

    As for the life lessons, some really great ones. But I totally have to disagree with number 10. Chocolate coated confit garlic are delicious. You just got a bad one I say ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’ll thank me years later when everyone is walking down the streets eating them and you can say you tried them yearsssssssssss ago and they’re so old skool.

    April 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thank you Taz ๐Ÿ™‚ but nooooo… nooooo to chocolate coated confit garlic!!

      April 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm
  15. Winston

    Shellie… This is by far my favourite blog post of yours to date. Such a happy and heartwarming post to read. And talk about the stellar recipe and photos. That’s a great list you’ve got there I’m glad that you took time to reflect and share. Can definitely resonate with a lot of things you’ve shared whilst picking up new nuggets of wisdom from it. Especially agree with #2 (I tease myself ALL the time too — it’s so much fun people should try it). #5 & #6 are definitely still difficult for me, must be the inherent asian modesty “paiseh”. I think so highly of many ppl but can’t believe a word if it’s about me. So much gold in this post. You seriously ROCK, Shellie!!!

    April 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  16. Sneh | Cook Republic

    What a beautiful beautiful post! What lovely words and what gorgeous photos! Hope you had a lovely day becayse you are awesome and you deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 27, 2014 at 8:52 am
  17. cynthia

    Happy happy birthday to you! These photos are GORGEOUS and that pancake-cake looks perfect — this is my first time on your blog but I’m already so glad I’ve found you. (And love your list… so many of those are things I need to work on!) Hope you had a wonderful birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 27, 2014 at 10:42 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thank you Cynthia, I’m glad you found me as that means I also found you and your gorgeous site! xo

      April 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm
  18. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    Happy birthday! Only 29 – that means it’s a big one next year! Exciting…

    April 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm
  19. Krys

    The coconut pancakes look delicious! Such great life lessons to keep in mind, I need to try to remember no. 9 + 11! Thanks for these and a very happy birthday to you…

    May 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm
  20. Linda Herd

    Love this!

    January 12, 2015 at 6:24 pm

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