Homemade CADA served with Coconut Yoghurt


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. 🙂




Have I mentioned how much I love CADA? I seriously adore it.Image
CADA stands for Coconut, Almonds, Dates and Apples. It is so tasty, filling and good for you.

This is how I make it:

Shredded Coconut
Raw almonds
3 medjool Dates
1 apple

Cut, quarter and core the apple. Add to food processor.
Deseed the dates and add them to the food processor along with a small handful of almonds and shredded coconut.
Whiz them up.

I serve my CADA with natural yoghurt (I buy natural unsweetened and sweeten it myself with honey and cinnamon).

Homemade Beef Burgers


On Friday after my food processor arrived I was itching to make something for dinner using it. I had roughly 500 grams of beef mince in the fridge, fresh young garlic and fresh parsley in the garden. After searching beef mince recipes ideas online I decided that homemade burgers with quick bake fries would be perfect.

I have never made beef burgers before so I really needed a recipe. After quite a bit of searching I found two recipes; one by Jamie Oliver and one by Donna Hay. I couldn’t decide between them so I mixed it up and did a bit of both and this is what I came up with.

500 grams Mince beef
Handful parsley
Garlic clove
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 slice of bread crusts removed
1 egg
Olive oil

Hamburger rolls
Chilli Jam

1. Put garlic and parsley in the food processor and whizz it together.
2. Add the slice of bread and whizz it up.
3. Add pepper, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, egg and a splash of olive oil. Whizz them together.
4. Place mix in a bowl with the mince and mix it together.
5. Divide into 4 portions and shape into patties.

*please excuse the poor quality photographs.
6. Fry up bacon and transfer to a bowl.
7. Slice up cheese and tomato.
8. Use the pan to fry up the patties, resist the urge to squash them flat. 
9. Prepare the buns and spread chilli jam (or your preferred sauce) onto the bun and assemble the burger. 
10. Serve with fries and enjoy 🙂

I don’t love breastfeeding | The Leaky B@@b

I don’t love breastfeeding | The Leaky B@@b.

Love this post. My friend shared it with me today and I felt the need to share it with you. It is a very honest post and if you are planning a family, have one on the way or are struggling with breastfeeding please read it. 🙂 You always hear stories of how wonderful breastfeeding is and some even say how it feels wonderful… Well that is not the case for everyone. Everyone is different and it is okay to feel indifferent towards it. We all have different feelings towards breastfeeding. That is our right as human beings and as parents. Some might struggle with it  and others don’t. Some, like I did with my first, might feel that there is something wrong with them for not loving it. I certainly felt so many mixed feelings in the early days of feeding my first. It was not easy. I was overly critical of myself and wondered if their was something wrong with me.

For me breastfeeding is what I thought and felt was best for my babies so I just did it. I focused on the positives. It really helped to focus on how beneficial it was for my baby and how it made my baby feel. There have been some wonderful bonding moments along the way. While it may not feel natural it really is the most natural way to feed a baby. It worked for us.

What I am getting at is, if you don’t LOVE breastfeeding that is okay. If you do love it, that is just great.

I am not telling you to breastfeed and I’m not judging you if you choose/chose not to. Everyone has different life experiences, thoughts and feelings. At the end of the day you just have to make a educated choice on what you want to do and just do it.
Cheers, Danni

When working out doesn’t really feel like working out.

Today I tried a different approach to working out and it definitely worked for me. Previously I watched like crazy at all those figures that flashed across the little cross trainer screen. I found myself struggling, wishing that that count down timer would go quicker. It became a huge mental hurdle.

Not today. Today I set the cross trainer to my desired setting then picked up my ipad, opened Kindle and started reading. Between Jake saying “watch this Mumma” over and over again and reading it wasn’t long before that timer went off and guess what! I kept powering away until I couldn’t go any further. I have no idea how long I stayed on that cross trainer but I did it. I overcame that mental hurdle and pushed through that tired feeling. 

It was an awesome feeling so I will definitely try this technique again. 🙂
Would love to hear your tips for pushing yourself.

Cheers Danni


Day 2 – My fitness challenge


I am unfit. Very, very unfit but I look forward to changing that.
Almost forgot to workout today. I can honestly say that I am running on an empty sleep bank and my mind isn’t very clear.

Like normal, I popped Charlie down for his nap, grabbed my bottle of water, my knitting and sat on my comfortable couch. Oh and how comfortable my couch felt! Looked up and saw the cross trainer.Thankfully we have it set up in the corner of our lounge-room, opposite my favourite couch. It seems to be a great place to have it because it is a nice reminder. I know 2 days does not make a habit but it is a step in the right direction.

Tonight I was thinking of trying this easy budget paleo chicken and spinach dish (served with rice for the boys). It looks super yummy.


Smashed it and I’m feeling great!

Today is the first day of my new healthy living challenge.
So like all good challenges last night my littlest munchkin woke frequently. Thankfully with some friendly motivation I gave it my everything and now feel great.

I’m going to chalk day one up to a success on the exercise front. On the healthy eating front I have ignored the temptation to reach for those carb filled snacks and managed to drink 3 litres of water already. Hopefully I can keep this up.

Our Village Vegie delivery arrived today so that means tonight I will write up this weeks healthy meal plan. I think writing a meal plan will help keep me on track and full of clean, fresh fruit and vegetables. 

If you have any great food or exercise tips I would love to hear them 🙂

Cheers Danni

P.s. This was me today 😉