Sadly i don’t have any recipes to recommend for the month of November. However there’s a pretty good reason why.
We had a baby!
On 30th October we welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Ava, into the world.
Like with Ethan, we won’t be posting any photos as we aren’t comfortable with photos of her floating around the Internet. This includes Facebook much to the shock and horror of many!
Anyway, i should be back to cooking and baking soon, and now we have two kitchen hands to help us!
These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of October. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).
Healthy Eating Banana Yoghurt Muffins
I had some yoghurt go past its use by date and to avoid it going to waste, i thought I’d cook with it. Ethan and i have started baking together and I’ve found muffins are by far the easiest thing to make with him. This was a FANTASTIC recipe as it is super healthy and super easy and they were a hit with both Ethan and Kel.
Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits
I have a large jar of rice flour that really needs using up so I’ve been on the hunt for recipes that use rice flour. I thought I’d give these a go as again, it’s a fairly easy recipe to make with Ethan. I didn’t have gluten free oats on hand so i just used regular oats, which obviously is okay unless you need the biscuits to be gluten free. I also just used white rice flour because that’s all i had as well as raw sugar instead of coconut sugar and golden syrup instead of maple syrup because i didn’t mind that they weren’t healthy – we made them specifically as a treat. This probably means that i altered the recipe a bit too much to really be able to recommend it however i have to say that making them with rice flour worked super well. They were really chewy, which we way prefer over the hard Anzac biscuits. They went down a treat, especially as Ethan and i packed some up fresh out of the oven and drove to the shop and had them with Kel for morning tea!
These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of September. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).
Apple Tea Cake
I spent HOURS trying to find a recipe for a low sugar/refined sugar free apple tea cake recipe and let me tell you there wasn’t much out there and what was looked a bit, well let’s put it this way – i wasn’t leaping at the chance to go and make them. So i found this recipe and basically reduced the sugar to only 1/2 cup, i substituted the white flour for half barley/half rye (that seems to be my standard at the moment) and i didn’t add the extra sugar on the top of the apples – i did however add the extra butter! I’m going for low sugar here, not low fat 😀 Anyway it was lovely. Everyone enjoyed it! And it was a great way to use up some apples that were getting a bit old and wrinkly…
These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of August. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).
So i FINALLY made a recipe from the cookbook i bought ages ago, Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes, and i can definitely recommend it! I only used half white flour, the other half being a mix of barley and rye flour, which added an even richer flavour. And they weren’t dry! I hear this is the most common complaint with rock cakes.
Coconut Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
I have a container of coconut flour that i need to use up and I’ve been on the hunt for good coconut flour recipes for ages. I’ve tried a fair few and they haven’t been that nice at all. The ones that do turn out nicely usually are half almond meal, half coconut flour however almond meal is expensive and the whole point is so that i can use up the coconut flour! Detoxinista posted these on her Facebook wall not that long ago and i knew i had to try them and i was SUPER happy with the result. I reduced the amount of maple syrup to make it healthier and added the equivalent in more lemon juice so the ratios of wet/dry weren’t out. She has a creamy lemon icing recipe that goes with the muffins if you so choose however again for a healthier alternative, we left these naked 😉
These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of July. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).
Pork & Bean Burritos
I have no idea why i have no photo for this dish except that it must have been so good we dived right into eating it after i had finished cooking and preparing. It was so easy and delicious and we’ve even made it again since. Definitely recommend!
In my previous post, Recipe Recommendation: June, i mentioned that we’ve moved house!
In reality, we’ve moved in with Kel’s parents. Haha. They have decided to sell the general store and post office that we manage.
We lived in the house behind the shop however just before the place was put on the market, we renovated parts of the house and gave it a coat of paint. Now it’s all shiny and new, which means the more you use it the less shiny and new it is. So we decided to move out. Plus we are SUPER interested in the tiny house movement so we thought what better way to help us start adjusting to living in a smaller space than to move into Kel’s parents’ large games room. So now we essentially live in a 50sqm room. There is no toilet, bathroom or kitchen so we have to use their facilities in the main house however we have a kettle, a toaster and a small fridge in our “space” so we are able to have light meals, snacks and hot drinks.
Although there are no walls, we arranged the room into sections so we have our bedroom, Ethan’s bedroom, a study, and a food prep/eating area. We didn’t use furniture to section off these “rooms” per se as we wanted to still keep the open plan living however we do have some furniture strategically placed so that we have some privacy 😉
So far I am LOVING our new living arrangements. Due to the way we’ve arranged the room, it feels so roomy and spacious yet keeping it clean and tidy is super easy. I’m also finding I have a lot more time for things that I didn’t before. Probably because I’m not trying to maintain a three bedroom house. I definitely feel I could live in an even smaller space however that means we’d probably have to “downsize” our possessions. We already sold and donated furniture, clothes and bits and bobs when we initially moved however now that we are actually living in a smaller space we know what we are and aren’t using and what we could potentially get rid of.
I do miss our wild garden however I’m definitely enjoying living on acreage with nothing much to look at but the cows and the hills and the trees. It’s a lot more peaceful than living behind the shop and a lot more private. Ethan LOVES that the “Moos” are right there and he’s enjoying helping Pop with his various building projects.
Sadly i don’t have any recipes to recommend for the month of June. However there’s a pretty good reason why.
We’ve moved house!
I’ll write a separate blog post for that news however you can all understand why now. When you’re moving house you don’t have much time for cooking/baking – you’re mainly eating what you can find!