Ep. 23 2018 - Annabel Cornfoot
In todays episode I speak with Annabel Cornfoot of Mile Stone Press.
Tell me about yourself.
My name is Annabel Cornfoot, along with my husband Scott I am a mum of 3 beautiful girls, 14, 12 & 10. I am the designer and publisher of The Master Plan Family Diary, A Book About Me, My School Days and the Master Wall Calendar.
Describe for us, a day in the life of you. Do you have any tips or life hacks?
My days start very early! Several days a week the girls need to be at school at 7am. I normally take our labradoodle Marco for a long walk and play in the park. Then it is time to start work. I have a home office, separate from the house which allows me to have distinct ‘work time’. At this time of year I am very busy fulfilling orders, particularly for the Master Plan diary. Many customers are taking the opportunity to have their monogram which looks great and personalises the diary. When things are busy I may need to drive to the storage warehouse for stock. Outside of ‘diary season’ I tend to focus more on business strategy and designing products for next year. I also engage with my printer and fabric supplier who is in Milan (this requires a site visit later in the year too!).
My best life hack is keep the Family Diary close and up to date! There is lots of activity in our house. One other thing I like to do is to be organised for breakfast, school lunches and dinner. During the week I cook in the evenings and on weekends my husband enthusiastically takes over! He is a fantastic cook.
What was the best advice you have received?
My parents always encouraged me to find things I love to do and focus your energy on them. My business is all about maintaining beautiful memories and supporting a ‘sort of’ organised life! I love the products and have always used them for myself, starting with the baby book (A Book About Me) from when I had babies and needed a great memory keeper!
What books are you currently reading or do you have a fave Netflix or Stan show?
I have recently enjoyed Money Heist on Netflix and of course Younger on Stan.
If you cook, what recipes can you share or meal prep tips?
A few favourites of ours are Zucchini Soup, Salmon Poke Bowls, Taco Bowl, and Tuna Pizza, The chocolate brownie mix from Costco is awesome and I have this great rice bar recipe.
Irresistible spicy sockeye salmon poke bowls are a breeze to make! Healthy protein infused with Japanese inspired flavors for a delicious gourmet meal. Customize with your favourite toppings!
Sockeye Salmon Poke
· 500 grams of fresh sashimi quality salmon , cut into 1cm cubes
· 1/4 cup soy sauce , low sodium, or tamari
· 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar , or apple cider vinegar
· 1 teaspoon sriracha , or chili paste
· 1 teaspoon sesame oil
· 1 continental cucumber, thin slices
· 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/3 cup honey
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes , dried
· 2 tablespoons sriracha
· 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt , or light mayonnaise
Sockeye Salmon Poke
1. In a medium-sized bowl combine diced salmon, soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha and sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate.
1. Combine vinegar, water, honey, salt and chili flakes in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Once boiling turn off heat, add cucumber slices and stir.
3. Let rest 10 minutes, then transfer cucumber to a container, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
1. In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons sriracha and 2 tablespoons yogurt or mayonnaise.
Build Poke Bowl- Add any additional desired ingredients to the bowl (like rice or salad) for the base. Top with ½ cup salmon poke, pickled cucumbers, and other toppings. Drizzle poke with sriracha sauce.
What one area of your life would you like to improve?
I would love a new wardrobe and to have my clothing / wardrobe organised. Last year we moved to Melbourne after four years in London and our new house needs one crucial improvement!
Do you have a daily hack to make your days smooth?
Apart from my diary! I could say sit down with my husband with a glass of wine after dinner and talk through our days.
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails.
None but I did create a new email address, feels amazing only having emails that I want going to that one.
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self.
Live life to the fullest. Go to the movies, dinner, leave the house with a clutch. Plan your next holiday!
What’s the most useful / useless baby item you have?
Baby nappy wrapping bin and we rarely used the pram!