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

It is my knit-versary!

I can’t believe that I have been knitting for a year today!
Thanks to Meg for inspiring, enabling, encouraging me to give it a go. Without your kindness, generosity and patience it would not have been possible.

Thanks to Marty for understanding my need to have a hobby, encouraging me every step of the way, putting up with me playing youtube clips over and over again and for not getting openly frustrated with my special kind of crazy.

Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement along the way.

As crazy and ‘old Nanna’ as it sounds I certainly enjoy my hobby. This is what my year of knitting looks like.

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This was my first project, a Milo.

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My second: Aviatrix

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My third: Garden City Scarf

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My fourth: Paula’s Scarfette

CassiaMy Fifth: Cassia (tunic)

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My sixth: A Ziggy Beanie for Marty

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My seventh: Ziggy Beanie for Jake

And the following are (still) work in progress shots

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My Hoodie (Coastal Hoodie) This one has been EPIC but is going to be a beautiful hoodie when it is finally finished. Halfway through the button band and still have the long sleeves to go.

blanketLastly, a blanket I am working on for my gorgeous sister. I am not following a pattern for this one. Just knitting like crazy trying to get through the first ball.

Sadly I don’t get much time to knit so it takes quite a while to get through each project. I look forward to many more.
xx

Vegetable Delivery Day

We love getting our vegetables and free range eggs delivered. Not only do we get to support a local business (Village Vegies) we can trust that our produce is fresh and mostly sourced from either local farmers and Australian farmers (sometimes, but not often, from NZ too).

For $35 we get pretty much all the fresh fruit and veg that we need in a week.

Thursday is our delivery day which makes it our favourite week day. I never grow tired of seeing the excitement on our boys faces. They love helping me unpack the box, telling me what each item is called and learning the names of what they haven’t seen before.

Each delivery is a new challenge. I base my meal plan around the contents of the box. It encourages us to eat more fresh fruit and Vegies. The most amazing benefit is our children have started eating more vegetables. Previously they were really fussy and refused to eat quite a few vegetables but now that they are learning more about the food they eat they are more willing to try everything.

In today’s delivery we got a wonderful bunch of celery. It is now chopped up in snack sized pieces just waiting to be crunched and munched on.

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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

Feeling blessed

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to a PartyLite candle party at my friends place. It was such a tempting party to attend full of lovely women and indulgent food. There were so many beautiful candles and accessories. I stayed strong and only ordered 2 melt packs. 🙂 I can’t wait for them to arrive. I was even lucky enough to win the lucky door prize! It is a pity I left early so didn’t get to bring my prize home.

I haven’t been using my candles lately so today when I woke I looked through my stash and chose one that a gorgeous friend of mine gave me. It is currently filling my house with its beautiful scent.

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While I knit some more of my beautiful hoodie.

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I hope where ever you are today something lovely brightens your day.
Xxx