Reading Log – April 2017

Reading Log AprilEaster & school holidays were during April.  I managed to get away for 2 long weekends so managed to read a number of novels this month.  I think that keeping this reading log has made me read a wider variety of books. 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


I’m Nuts About You

I was giving a few gift cards for Christmas and looking for ways to present them that was a bit more exciting than the gift card in a Christmas card.  I saw this teacher gift  idea with a gift card presented in a jar of M&M’s with a poem.  However as it wasn’t a teacher gift and both my dad & brother enjoy savoury more than sweet, I kept looking.  I didn’t find anything else totally appealing & easy so I decided to put the gift cards in a jar of nuts.

I labelled the jars “We’re nuts about you!  So this jar contains a sweet gift.”  The jars contained a layer of Cashew nuts, followed by Brazil nuts and some Ancient Grain Twists. I added the gift card after a small layer of nuts on the bottom and then put the other nuts & twists around the gift card.   The Ancient Grain Twists were hot & spicy so I knew my father and brother would enjoy them.  As my other gift cards were going with other gifts I just wrapped them with the other gift.

What different ways have you presented a gift card?

What’s for Dinner?

“What’s for Dinner?” has been the catch cry of my children since they could talk.  Often this would be one of the first things my daughter would ask in the morning when she was little.

I startmenu-1197653__180ed menu planning a few years ago and have found that it helps.  I usually plan and shop for a weeks worth of meals at a time.  So on Monday I normally sit down with my calendar and add what we are going to have for dinner for each day of the week.  It can be easy to have the same meals every week.  To help me remember all the different dishes I can make I decided to write a list of all the meals we like to eat.  I decided to add this as a new “Menu Ideas” page on my blog.  This way it is easy for me to find and it might inspire someone else as well.  As I try new recipes or remember things that aren’t on the list I’ll keep updating it.

Do you menu plan and do you have a list of go to meals?

Mouth full of ulcers

Rather than sharing my full menu from last week I will be sharing what I attempted to feed my son.

Last week he had some sort of virus which included having lots of ulcers in his mouth.  As his mouth was really sore and his throat was quite sore as well he struggled to eat.  He was that hungry but when he did try and eat it was painful.  We did get something from the chemist to paint on his mouth every 3 hrs as needed.

There were a few days were he would paint this stuff on his mouth at the 3 hr mark and have a few mouthfuls of something before it just got to painful.

So what did I feed him:

  • cashew custard
  • scrambled eggs made with 2 beaten eggs and about 1tbs whole egg mayo.
  • jelly
  • soup – I had some sweet potato soup in the freezer
  • sushi
  • cookie dough – normally  I would never feed my children a whole batch of uncooked cookie dough but he ate a whole batch of cookie dough over about 3 few days.
  • fish & chips

I also offered him:

  • dairy free milk shakes (he wanted strawberry milk but I didn’t want him to have any dairy so offered to make him a drink made on some sort of nut milk)
  • chia pudding
  • green shake


I knew he was getting better when he ate a whole steak on Sunday & then proceeded to eat the rest of his sisters.

What other soft foods would you recommend for when someone has a sore mouth?

Walking My Way to Fitness

Until just over a month ago I had really let me fitness slide this year.  I need to be fit not only to stay healthy but to look after my family.  Just over 5 weeks ago when it was school holidays and we were staying on the Sunshine Coast

Taken by son a few weeks ago when he came on a walk with his camera.

Taken by son a few weeks ago when he came on a walk with his camera.

I started walking again.  It was lovely to walk the path along the beach each day.  Since we’ve been home I have managed to exercise most days.  Many days it has been a walk from home.  On days when I haven’t had much time I’ve done a shorter period of skipping.  When I saw the challenge for the Worldwide WordPress 5k for any day this week, I thought I could give it ago since I’ve been walking anyhow.

When I checked out how long my normal route was on google maps I was disappointed to realise that it was only 2.5k.  I needed to walk double that for this challenge. Continue reading

It’s more than Physical Nourishment

While this blog has been mainly about trying to feed my family whilst dealing with multiple food intolerance’s, I would like it to be more than that.grow

Over the years that I have been a mother (16+), I have not only been conscious of what I have physically been feeding my family but also what we do that affects their mind, heart and soul.  In other words what sort of adults do I want my children to become.  On this blog I will now also be sharing some of the things we have done to feed our family, not only in body but mind, heart and soul as well.  Just like with our diet we have not always got it right and some things we have tried have not been right for us.

I hope you stay with me as I share not only how I feed my family in body but sometimes how we nourish their mind, heart and soul as well.

If you have children what are you doing to raise them to be the adults you would like them to become?