Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our Emme

23/12/2014. Emme Grace Andrew. Born sleeping. 
Forever loved and cherished and remembered. 

Xx Her story to come. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

(Paleo) Savoury Muffins

Paleo Savoury Muffins
(Gluten, dairy, nut, soy, corn... Free )
6 eggs
2 tbs melted Nuttlex (butter substitution)
3 tbs rice milk

Whisk those together in the bowl first 

Ingredients cont
1/2 cup or more diced up bacon 
1 grated zucchini 
1/4 cup shallots
Handful of well chopped baby spinach leaves 

Mix all together in the bowl. 

Spoon into patty pans in a muffin tray. 

Cook in a preheated 170degC (fan forced) oven for about 15-20 mins. Keep a smell out for them when they smell cooked and look delicious. 

Allow to cool a bit, if you can show restraint. 

Allergy stuff:
Contains: Egg 
Free from: Gluten, grains, dairy, soy, corn, nuts, sugar...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten free/Dairy free)

Gluten Free/ Dairy free/ Refined white sugar free. 

        Banana Nut Muffins. 
Dry ingredients: 

Equal parts to measure about 1 and a half cups total: GF SR. Flour/almond meal/walnut meal. 

Wet ingredients puréed together:

Handful of dates (boiled and strained to soften a touch)
2 medium ripe bananas
1tsp Manuka Honey
3 tbs Coconut oil 
2 eggs 

Mix the puréed wet ingredients into the dry bowl. 

Spoon into patty pans 

Cook for 15mins-ish in a preheated  170*degrees C oven. Till it smells cooked and looks good. 

Allow to cool. 

*Adjust the measurements as you desire. I just throw it all in, so I don't have exact measurements, until it's a nice wet batter
Good luck!

Allergy stuff:
Contains: Nuts, eggs. 
Avoids: Refined sugar, Gluten, Dairy. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Name Game

I have loved this pregnancy, it has absolutely flown by. I'm 30 weeks now, did you know that! Crazy right! 

We have been given practically everything we need for this little bubs arrival and even more than that she has clothes to last her till she's at least 5! Her wardrobe is busting at the seams, I've had to shrink bag all the different sizes just to fit it into her room. Which, for a nesting mumma is actually quite fun! Touching and folding all those little items... Cue lots of oohhh's and ahhh's and I can't believe she'll fit this one day's. 

There's just one thing that's been challenging. 

Her name. 

Finding the perfect name is hard! For months the thought of looking at names lists just made me want to puke. Meh! Don't even want to. So now that I've reached 30 weeks and I could have anything from 7 to 12 weeks left I figure I better bite the bullet and start writing a list. 

But where do you start??!!! 
Vintage and hipster names seems to be all the rage at the moment. From Florence, Amoret, Maybel and Vivian. To Apple, Wyatte, Willow, Haven, Shiloh, and Blue. 

Then there's all the questions regarding each name... 
What are the nicknames?
What are the bad nicknames? 
What's it's meaning? 
Does it flow with our last name? 
Does hubby and I agree on it? 
Will the kids be sad we didn't decide on Elsa or Ana? 

Yeah we are no where close. 

Oh geesh. I have decision fatigue. 

I'll try again tomorrow. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dairy free Custard

We have dairy allergies/intolerances in our family so I've adapted a normal thermomix custard recipe to suit our dietary needs.

I've used my thermomix, but a simple pot on heat, and a hand held electric mixer will probably do that same (tho I cannot tell you how long etc as I haven't tried it personally.) 

90g sugar 
50g cornflour 
3 eggs 
500g/ml Rice Milk 
1 drop of vanilla essence 


Place sugar and cornflour in Thermie bowl, mill. 10sec/speed 9. Scrape down sides. (If not using a thermomix, use Pure Icing Sugar) 

Add all other ingredients and cook for 7 mins/90 degC/speed 4. (Non-thermie: beat everything all together over a medium/high heat, stirring continuously for however long it takes to transform to custard.) 

Serve straight away or cool and store in the fridge for when ever. 

Allergy stuff: 
Recipe is free from
Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Nuts. 
(Choose your cornflour wisely some are not gluten free) 

Allergens in recipe: 
Egg, Corn. 
(I'm still experimenting to get a corn free version!) 


Friday, September 12, 2014

21.6 - Here we go!


Now I know those numbers don't mean too much to you... yet. But they will, cause you'll be hearing about it a bit.

I've made it to 21weeks 6 days... weeks of what?  Pregnancy! Wholly heck! What! Yup it's true.

21 weeks and 6 days

Top 5 questions answered:

1. Was Baby planned?: Yes, very much so. We felt like someone was missing from our family. That little someone is now on it's way. Baby was planned right down to the month that we wanted it's birthday to be in. Thankfully we are able to plan that kind of detail, some people can't and we would never take it for granted.  

2. How far along when you found out?: I knew we were pregnant back in April, at 3.5 weeks. Before I'd even skipped a period.

3. How did you tell Hubby?: I went everywhere to find a funny card... I didn't even write in the card just put the test in it. I actually kept it a secret for 3 days cause I almost didn't believe it, when I gave it to David he was ecstatic. Couldn't have dreamed for a better reaction.

4. How did we tell family?: Like this...

Photo taken at 5 weeks pregnant.

5.   How did we announce on social media?: Like this.....

Updated photo taken at 12 weeks pregnant

I still fit into my regular jeans... when you're over half way pregnant with your third baby. This is a feet unto itself and I'm pretty proud as punch. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dairy Free Easter

Easter is just around the corner, a mere "fwee" sleeps away according to my 3 year old. But I'm sure it's more than that, actually I know it's more than that, but lets be honest, it's not worth trying to explain that sometimes. Easter is lots of sleeps buddy-boy, lots of sleeps. And he's fine with that answer.

This week at school Milla and her friends are making easter hats from 2lt ice cream containers. This year I sent plastic easter eggs hot glued onto cardboard shapes to make it easier to stick to the container. I'll show you soon! Everyone having the same container makes it less of a competition and more of a craft activity. I like that.

Plus, if I had to make it with her, I would probably take over and make something rather extravagant in an attempt to display my awesome crafty blogger extraordinaire  mummy skills- not the point at all.
er, ok, back to Easter.

With Easter many sleeps away, I have had to start thinking of what we are going to do. Dairy allergy and lactose intolerance means the good-ol Chocolate easter egg hunt is on the back bench and something fun and exciting is in it's place....

Dairy Free Easter Egg Hunt

via Lil' Luna

Thanks Lil' Luna for the idea (via Pinterest) 

This is how we are going to do our Easter egg hunt! Glow strings (bracelets) in plastic eggs!! No food treats inside just the glow strings to play with.  How fun is that!

Dairy Free Easter Eggs

There has to be some Chocolate running about on Easter, this is the one we get:

I like the Moo Free Brand because it's also gluten free, soy free, egg free, etc, etc... Just because we have allergies doesn't mean we cant have Easter Eggs!

Dairy Free Easter: Non-Chocolate ideas.

My son doesn't like chocolate! I know, he's super weird, he's more of a sweets/lolly fan. So here are some ideas of what you (and I) can put into an easter basket or even into those plastic easter eggs.

For inside Plastic Eggs:
  • Craft items, with the intention of using them straight away on an Easter craft 
  • Pom Poms 
  • Sequins
  • glitter glue 
  • stickers 
  • baby chickens
  • cotton balls (for bunny masks)
  • Toy Cars
  • Little notes (with bunny foot prints on it)
  • Polly pocket
  • little dress jewellery
  • Breakfast Cereal 
  • lollies/sweets 
  • Coins

For inside an Easter Basket:

  • Easter books
  • Larger craft projects (eg. a Bunny Face mask that requires the supplies from inside the eggs)
  • Puzzles
  • Cookies
  • Easter DVD's
  • Stuffed Animal (I personally wouldn't)
  • Anything Bunny/Chick themed. 
  • Board Games (Something everyone can enjoy together)

We will be leaving a note for the Easter Bunny, making sure he knows we can't have Gluten/Dairy etc. I'm sure he will understand, because he is a very smart bunny!