Reading Log – May 2017

Reading Log May

May was a very slow month for me in terms of reading books.  I did manage to finish reading 1 book early in the month.  I was reading another couple of books on & off throughout the month but didn’t finish either of them.

I have however done lots of reading, learning and thinking in other ways as I attended a 4 day conference as well as attended part of an on-line conference which didn’t quite work due to time differences.  The content of these conferences has made me want to revisit some books I have previously read, as well as given me a whole list of other books I want to read.

This is the one book that I did finish reading in May:

The Good Life:  What makes a life worth living? by Hugh Mackay

Australian social researcher & Psychologist asks and answers the question “What makes a life worth living?”.  The answer according to him:  “A good life is determined by our capacity for selflessness and our willingness to connect with those around us in a meaningful and useful way.”  He talks a lot about The Golden Rule – “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”  This is a rule my mother very much talked about and lived by as we were growing up.  It was interesting to note that a version of this “rule” can be found in all of the major world religions.

We are made for connection with others and life is much better if we can follow the golden rule.

What do you think makes a life worth living?

This brings my year to date total to 25 books.

What books have you been reading lately?


Planting the Word of the Lord

We want to pass our faith onto our children.  This post by Sam Luce reminded me that I had started the following post but never published it.  When my daughter graduated from high school at the end of 2015 we presented her with a Bible. This was a journalling Bible that I had highlighted verses in and written messages & prayers for her over the year or so before we gave it to her.  My husband had also added to it a bit.  We also asked 7/8 women from church and a few other special people to highlight verses and write in it as well.

As you can see from the pictures above there is a mix of drawing and writing.  Some people wrote about the same verses as others or added to what was already highlighted, so whole sections became highlighted.

I’m not sure how many of the highlighted passages my daughter has found yet or how many she has read.  I figure that it is something that she will have to look back on, at the right time.  I do know that this is the Bible that she takes on camps with her now.

Why am I writing about this now?  We are doing the same for my son who graduates from High School in about 6 months time.  (Shh, don’t tell him.  Not that I think he reads my blog.)  He may have some idea that this is happening as he knows about his sister’s Bible.  We will get some of the men from church to highlight their favourite passages and write messages.

I wish I had started the process earlier but only came across the ideas less than 2 years before my daughter finished High School.

How have you celebrated your child’s graduation?  How are you attempting to pass on faith to your children?


Choc Fridge Slice

I found this Easter Fridge Slice recipe in the April Coles magazine.  I adapted the recipe to make it dairy & gluten free.  Mine didn’t have any easter eggs so I think you could make it any time of the year, for a special treat.  As it was a no bake slice it was a good thing to make when we were away at the beach, as the oven in the unit doesn’t work very well.IMAG0520

Choc Fridge Slice

  • Time: 20 mins plus 2 hours chilling time
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 395g coconut cream
  • 100g nuttelex
  • 150g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 175g Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears
  • 100g GF chocolate biscuits, chopped.
  • 1 cup chopped marshmallows
  • 3 candy rolls
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 100’s & 1000’s to decorate


  1. Line the base & sides of a slice pan, allowing the sides to overhang.
  2. Place the coconut cream, nuttelex & chocolate in a saucepan over low heat.  Cook, stirring, until the chocolate & nuttelex melt & mixture is smooth.  Set aside to cool slighlty.
  3. Meanwhile, reserve 12 Itsy Bitsy Bears.  Place remaining Itsy Bitsy Bears, chocolate biscuits, marshmallows & coconut into a bowl.  Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuit mixture & stir until combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan & smooth the surface.  Decorate with the reserved Itsy Bitsy Bears and the 100’s & 1000’s.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap.  Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm.  Cut into pieces and store in air tight container in the fridge.

You could use any sweet GF and dairy free biscuits.  I also had a few leftover lollies that I used to decorate the top with, as well.

What special treats did you make for Easter?




Tric’s Mince

Do you make recipes that are named after someone you know?  Growing up we often had Chicken Dorothea & Sandra’s Best Lasagna; both named after women who had shared their recipes with my mother.  My Mum also makes Merle’s Christmas Slice every Christmas.

I haven’t made Chicken Dorothea for years because of the ingredients, including some packet mix cream of chicken soup.  My brother still makes this regularly for his family and his girls are growing up with Chicken Dorothea as well.  My Creamy Tomato Chicken is probably about the closest we get to Chicken Dorothea now.

homemade lasagna

homemade lasagana

Sandra’s Best Lasagna was 1 of 2 meals that I would choose for a birthday dinner growing up. We don’t often have lasagna these days but my gluten, dairy & soy free Lasagna is based on Sandra’s Best Lasagna.  (Just went to link to the recipe & realised that I haven’t posted the recipe, so will have to do this.)

Anyhow, one of our go to recipes now is Tric’s Mince, which is named after my friend Tricia. Continue reading

Smartphone Prayers

smartphone-1281669__340Recently I tried a new spiritual practice with my family in our regular after dinner devotion time.  We read the Bible as per normal but then I asked everyone to get their phones.  Normally phones would not be at the table during dinner or devotion time.  As my children are both in their later teen years they both have smartphones.  After explaining that we were going to use different sections on the phone for a minute each to help with individual, silent prayer; I set the timer on my phone & we began.

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Converting Recipes

I often use recipes that are American.  As I’m in Australia with Australian measuring cups & spoons sometimes recipes don’t quite work out.  If the recipe is all cups or parts of a cup measurement as it’s the same ratios, it usually works out.  I have had no problems with this Gluten Free Apple Crumb Pie Recipe, though I have converted the butter to grams.  The problem tends to come when you use a few eggs or some ingredients are in cups & some by

I had an American recipe for Teff Brownies that I’d never made before and it had measurements in cups, ounces, teaspoons & eggs. Continue reading

Mystery Blogger Award

I would like to thank Joelle from Sulfite-Free Cooking for nominating me for this award.  I recently found her blog and was attracted to it because our husbands seem to have similar stories, with working out about being intolerant to sulfites and other foods.  Joelle shares a lot of gluten free, dairy free & additive free recipes so please check out her blog.

Here follows information copy & pasted about the award:

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things about myself:

  1. I live in beautiful Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with my husband & 2 teenage children.  I am a born & bred Queenslander, though I have Scottish (my father was born in Scotland but has been in Australia so long, he would call himself Australian), English & even Indian heritage.
  2. I love summer and even though we have been experiencing a particularly hot summer, I still say Queensland is the best place to live.  We are fortunate to live in a house that often gets beautiful breezes in the afternoon.  I would much rather be hot than cold.
  3. Another passion of mine, apart from food intolerances and recipes to go with that, is passing on faith at home and including children in worship.  Thus I enjoy my work as a Family Pastor and particularly helping resource households with materials or ideas to talk about faith.

The answers to Joelle’s Questions:

Do you have a motto?

Not really but something that has come through strongly from my mother and I have tried to pass onto my children is “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”

What makes your day?

The simple things like when we get to eat dinner together as a family.  This is happening less often as my children get older & become more independent so I am grateful when it happens.  It also makes my day when my children do something that makes me think we have done/are doing a good job in raising them.

What do you find hardest when blogging?

The thing I find hardest when blogging is getting the time to blog.  I have lots of ideas but way less than half would actually make it to blog posts.  Sometimes when I do get time to blog I second guess myself and don’t follow through with ideas that I have had.

The name of an unusual dish you would like to share ?

Puftaloons – basically fried scones made from flour & milk.  I haven’t tried these gluten & dairy free but may give this a go soon.  This is a recipe originally from my mother’s family that we only ever had occasionally growing up, as a treat.  My father doesn’t like them & he’s always called them Pordage’s (my mothers maiden name) Uneatable Food That All Loonies Savoured.  My children love them & my daughter has often requested this for breakfast when she has had friends over for a sleepover.

If you were a tour guide, what place would you show me?

The Carnarvon Gorge – A beautiful National Park in Central Queensland that I visited often as a teenager, when we lived much closer to it.  It would be about a 7 -8 hour drive from Brisbane.

The Inspiring Bloggers I am Happy to Nominate:

My 5 Questions for them:

  1. What is your favourite kitchen item?
  2. When are you happiest?
  3. What is your advice for fellow bloggers?
  4. Where in the world would you like to visit?
  5. What do you eat for breakfast?

My Best Posts:

One of my favourite ones is Letting Go

and my 2 most viewed  food posts are Pasta with Leftover Roast and Corn Thins Pizza