Pop Up Blog Zone

Recently I attended a Pop Up Blog Zone.  It was led by Janet from Middle Aged Mama who I first met years ago when she was the editor of Footprints magazine & she spoke at our MOPS group.  The topic was “Blogging for Money” which I have never really thought that I would do.  I mainly attended to meet with other bloggers in real life.

I’m so glad that I went & have realised that I should attend more real life blog events.

Janet shared how it is possible to make some money from blogging, potential income streams & what you need to do to start blogging for money.  We then shared an awesome afternoon tea.  I was very grateful that Janet had especially provided gluten & dairy free food for me.  (Would you believe I’m a food blogger & I didn’t take a photo of the yummy food!)  After this we had a Mastermind session where anyone could ask about any blogging issue & get advice/help from everyone else.

Here are some things that I learnt from the event:

  • that it is possible to make some money from blogging (not sure if I ever will)
  • I will probably need to move to a self hosted blog so that I can do more with my blog (whether or not I ever look at things like affiliate marketing or selling products).
  • I may need to treat my blog like work & have set times for working on my blog
  • I should attend more real life blogging events
  • I can probably add more to my existing blog & don’t need to start a 2nd blog

In regards to that last point I have been considering blogging about some of the things that I do in my role as Faith Formation Pastor but feeling like I couldn’t manage another blog.  During the mastermind session I was reassured that this blog “Feed My Family” with the tag line “body, mind, heart & soul” would fit with posts about passing on faith & intergenerational events we run at church.

So watch this space you may see some changes to this blog in the coming months.

If you’re a blogger do you attend many real life blogging events?



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


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?

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?

Something to Remember

I have been doing the Zero to Hero blogging challenge and todays challenge was to publish in a different format.  I nearly didn’t do this challenge but then remembered this Quote I read just after I started this blog.  I was doubting myself, especially as there are so many blogs for food intolerances out there.  However after reading this post and particularly the quote below I decided that I had something unique to add to the blogging world.

No human being who has ever lived (or will) can absorb, process and respond to life and experience the way you do.

What is it that you are called to do in your own unique way?

Come Join Me on Facebook

Ever since I have started this blog I have wanted to have a Facebook page to go with it as well.  I have now started a Facebook page for this blog and it will be an extension of this blog.  Just click here to like Feed My Family Facebook page.

On my Facebook page I will let you know when I have added a new post.  I would also like to share more about what I have been cooking and also what other blogs or posts I am learning from.

I hope that connecting a Facebook page with this blog will enable me to make more of a community.

Come and join me on Facebook.