Homemade herb and garlic infused butter

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Our beautiful herb garden has really taken off which means we have more herbs than we need right now. After some research I decided to harvest some of the coriander and some of the parsley to make our own infused oil and butter.

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Garden fresh Coriander.

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Garden fresh Parsley.

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I whizzed the coriander up by itself and added it to half a batch of homemade butter. I then whizzed some Australian garlic up with the parsley.

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I put some in an old baby food freezer tray with some quality olive oil.

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The rest went into the remaining butter. I placed it on some plastic wrap and wrapped it up nice and tight to make a butter log.
It was delicious on fresh coriander.

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Homemade Jersey Caramels

I found this recipe on Wholefood Simply. Please check out the Wholefood Simply blog for more awesome recipes, it is one of my favourite food blogs.

My kids love sweet treats but I am not keen on giving them lollies so when I found this Jersey Caramel recipe I had to try it.

Here is what you need:
2 cups of desiccated coconut
12 Medjool dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of salt

Deseed the dates and put everything in your food processor. Turn on high and watch. After a while the dates and coconut will combine.

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Once they are combined put them in a lined loaf pan (I used half of a brownie pan). Press down firmly on the mixture.

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Place tray in the fridge until it is set. Cut into small, toddler bite sized pieces.

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Enjoy 🙂

Homemade CADA served with Coconut Yoghurt

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Ever since I first tried CADA I have been obsessed by it. When my Mum gave me my food processor it was one of the first things I made.

Lately I have been obsessed by Coyo. Coyo is the most beautiful, creamy coconut yoghurt. If you love coconut, like me, then you really should indulge in some. It is quite expensive so it is definitely something I classify as an indulgence. Since I do not have a money tree, I have challenged myself to make the perfect, homemade alternative.

My first attempt was a massive fail. My second attempt (as pictured above) was just lovely. It really complemented my CADA. I look forward to tweaking it a little more because it isn’t far off. 🙂

Cheers

Small brag

Every now and then my boys say something beautiful and it just inspires me. It encourages me to keep on parenting the way Marty and I are.

I am in the kitchen preparing to cook and Jake just yelled out “Mum is there anything I can do to help? Do you need help?”

He is such a beautiful soul just like his Dad. Always happy to help when he can.

I am blessed and obviously doing something right =D

Chicken stir fry with Cauliflower Rice

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Tried my hand at Paleo inspired cooking tonight. I was going to make a spinach chicken dish but I had some super fresh baby bok choy in the fridge. It inspired me to try cauliflower rice and an Asian style stir fry with fresh garlic, ginger and a small amount of soy.

My little man was pinching the cauliflower rice before dinner was even on the plate. Massive success for my little family. 🙂

I think I will have to research the paleo diet more and learn more about what foods are paleo as well as what the portion size should be. 🙂

Look what I made – Artisian No-Knead Bread

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This is seriously the easiest to make and tastiest homemade bread!

It is a lovely soft bread with an awesome crunchy crust. When my friend shared this no-knead bread recipe I was very curious so I clicked on the link and was delighted to see how easy it looked. It is seriously as simple as it looks and has no nasties in it. I seriously suggest trying it. Don’t be put off by the amount of time you wait before baking it; it is worth it. 🙂
If you do make it or have made it before, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Winning.

Three Ring Circus

Please try and imagine that you have 7 hungry kids to feed… I certainly can’t.
Imagine that when you are feeding those 7 kids you have to consider that they have special dietary needs. Doesn’t sound easy does it!

Now please add their stories into the picture…

Three Ring Circus.

I’m thinking all of this is far from a walk in the park!

Bare with me…

By now most of you would know that I am totally obsessed with the idea/dream of owning a thermomix. You might also know that I love a good cause; a way I can help others have a better quality of life. Well today one of my lovely friends posted a link on her facebook page with this message

“For Facebook friends who know Tiff – so far we have raised $830 – nearly half way towards the purchase of the Thermomix for Tiff and her family.

Your donation can be made securely following the link bellow. We will give you regular updates on how we are going reaching our goal of $2000 ( cost of thermomix is $1939 , plus PayPal fees ). Thank you.”

I saw the post and wondered what her post was about so I sent her a message asking her if the post was for a good cause. My lovely friend took the time to send me some links and share Tiff’s story, and what a story to share.

Tiff is an amazing woman who has so much on her plate. She is much more than ‘just a stay at home mum’ to 7. Please if you haven’t clicked on the previous link click on this one and read her story.

Her friends are raising money to buy her a thermomix because Tiff definitely could do with one. It would save her so much time, money and truly make everyday life much easier for her and her family.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could please help by either donating to the cause or sharing this post.

Donations can be safely made here.

Every cent counts,
Cheers
xxx

Quick toddler meal tip

Have you ever gotten to the afternoon and thought, oh no what will I feed the kids tonight?
Normally we eat as a family, after Marty gets home, but some days the kids are really tired and I don’t have everything I need for dinner that night. On these nights I prefer to make quick meals that are healthy and just for the little ones. Last night was one of these nights.

Thankfully I always have pasta, some vegies and a jar of organic baby purée in our house. Last night we used this one, the boys love it.

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(for more info click here -link to picture)

Last night I just cooked up some carrot and pasta, stirred the puree through and added some grated cheese. There is no need to heat the baby food before stirring it in.

It is a quick, cheap and healthy meal option that is far better for the little ones than fast food.
Xxx

Depresso

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Feeling rather depresso lately.
We have been having trouble with our MAP coffee machine. It has basically been worn out (just out of warranty). So it has been a long time between decent coffee.
Those that know Marty and I would know that this is just NOT an option we can live with.

This time last week, after three of the coffee capsules exploded and I still didn’t get myself a coffee! We decided enough was enough. Popped down to our local Harvey Norman to find coffee machines on sale. After spying an awesome machine, with a to good to be true price tag we bought it. They didn’t have one out back but promised it would be in on Friday.

It wasn’t.

So on Sunday we found ourselves staring at a full bag of beans lustfully. For those interested you can brew coffee in a teapot.

Yes, in a true despresso moment I made coffee in my teapot and it was AMAZING! Haha.

Another trick for Capsule machine lovers is to put a small hole in the back of the capsules before using them. I don’t think the coffee tastes awesome that way but you do get coffee. 😉

Crossing fingers our machine arrives soon because I’m feeling despresso today and this instant isn’t cutting it. I dislike instant but when a tired mum needs a caffeine kick it is desperate times. 🙂