4 Years On!

Today is the 4th Anniversary of starting my blog!

My family has certainly grown & changed since then & so has the blog.  I originally started it to blog about the challenge of feeding my family with multiple food intolerances.  More recently I have blogged not only about physically feeding my family but also about feeding their mind, heart & soul as well.  As I almost have 2 adult children I am finding that I’m blogging less about them & more about me.  While recipes are still important to me and I certainly have lots more I could share, I’m finding I’m blogging about other things more.

My son has outgrown his food intolerances to some extent.  Though nose bleeds & headaches are still a sign of him having too much of the wrong foods.  As he gets older he will need to make his own decisions as regards to food & health.  My husband will be continuing to avoid certain foods for life.  My diet has also changed but I still think some foods are affecting me.  I’m still working out whether I’ll have the same test they’ve had or try a GAPS diet or similar.  As I write this I’m feeling quite achy.  I have had some dairy in the form of ice-cream & cream in the last few days & am wondering if that or too much of another food is the cause or if I’m fighting off/coming down with something.  I do know that in the past I often gotten achy if I’ve gone away & not worried about what I’ve been eating.  We certainly have learnt a lot about how food affects our bodies since being on this journey.

My top 5 viewed posts since the blog began (not counting the About page) have been:

  1. Walking My Way to Fitness (mainly because it was shared on a WordPress round-up post about this topic)
  2. Corn Thins Pizza
  3. Pasta with Leftover Roast Meat
  4. GF, DF, egg free Chocolate Cake (this is probably the recipe I would share most on facebook food groups, especially if someone is looking for an allergy friendly cake).
  5. Letting Go

As you can see 3 of my top 5 posts contain recipes but other topics also made the top 5.

As I was finishing off this post my daughter suddenly asked when dinner was, as she was going out in less than half an hour.  Fortunately I had rice cooked & with some help was very quickly able to make fried rice, also using up some leftover meatballs.

My blog will probably continue to have a variety of posts on different issues.

Is there anything you would like me to blog about?  I’d love to hear from you.

Salsa Mince

Last night I had mince out ready to cook but hadn’t decided exactly what I was going to make with the mince.  At 5 o’clock with my daughter leaving the house about 6pm I had to decide what to cook.  I was thinking some sort of savoury mince but we had eaten a few rice dishes lately & my daughter really doesn’t like pasta, so I wasn’t sure what to serve it with.  I looked in the cupboard & saw the kidney beans & a jar of salsa, so made a dish with those & served it with wraps or corn chips.  It was an kind of an easier version of my Quick Chilli Beef.

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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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Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  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?