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Rainy Days

15 Aug

So it’s a rainy Sunday and the man of the house is out with his buddies playing paint ball.  As girls are stuck at home as one of our kiddie car seats is sitting in the bath after getting wee scrubbed out of it yesterday :S  So what do you do….?  We got out the ‘crafting box’…a box filled with all the girls clue, sparkles, paints etc and they are making a magnificent mess and some beautiful creations.

I’m in the kitchen trying to create a tasty and healthy ‘snack bar’, otherwise know as a Muesli Bar for snack time & lunches.  I have adjusted a recipe that I pinched out of a magazine somewhere…and when I saw adjusted I mean butchered.  I have only half the ingredients needed so I have thrown in whatever I had in the pantry.  I wont be able to finish the job…because I haven’t got a substitute for the honey.

3 hours later….

Well, it tastes good, the toasted Muesli that is.  As far as making the bars…I’m still waiting on the honey.

The girls like it so far.  For lunch I sprinkled some on their yogurt.  We also decided that it would be good for the school lunch box.  I will have to make a special mix for the school as I have put Macadamia Nuts in this mix and they might not be so ‘peanut free zone’ friendly.

If it works, I will share the recipe with you tomorrow.  Who knows, I may even post a photo too.

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Delivery Food

13 Aug

The easiest thing I would like to share with you is a link to my produce supplier.  They are Organic Angels and they will deliver Australian grown, seasonal produce right to your door.  You can order many things, from Organic Milk, Chocolates and Fruit and Veggie Boxes.  Check them out this month as its Juicing Month, there is a great blog to go with it called Juicing Blog

I will always order a mixed Veggie box.  This has had a great impact on our family, not just because we are eating organic food, but because it has given my children the opportunity to try new fruit and vegetables.  I’m not a great fan of winter or cook veggies, I’m more of a salad person, so I’m not the best at bringing home new veggies.  Last night my 5-year-old ate the left over bowl of steamed Silverbeet which was prepared with dinner!! I just couldn’t believe it!  She didn’t eat the lot (I don’t really blame her) as the taste was too strong, but she has put it on the top of her new favourites list.  I never would have bought Silverbeet by choice…turns out it’s always been one of hubby’s favourites too.  This morning they had fresh juice with spinach, apple, celery and orange…I’m not sure what they like best, the straw or the juice…doesn’t matter!  They got the goodies in them and that was the goal.

I find the cost is equal to what I would have spent at the supermarket, which is perfect, but I don’t even have to go to the shops and I know it’s taken care of.  It also means if I put off the shopping, I am still guaranteed to have my fresh foods in the house.  It’s been good this winter when I have been stuck at home with sick kids etc, I have not run out of fresh fruit and veges.

I should also comment too on the customer service from this company…it is outstanding!

If you would like to try this, see if any of these companies deliver to your house…

Victoria

Organic Angels

Organic Food

Miss Organics

Organic Oz

Garden Organics

N.S.W

The Organic Grocery

Organic Food

Lettuce Deliver

Abundant Organics

Queensland

Home Fresh Organics

If you have an organic business and would like to be on the list, please let me know.  There is only so long a woman can sit on Google when there is work to be done!

Cinnamon Almonds

11 Aug

I have been recently researching food that are good for helping the symptoms and prevention of Asthma.  With the winter season being long, cold and wet this year, the cold and flu season is also thriving.  I have also been focusing on the Immune System, and trying to make my children’s stronger.

Zinc is an immune-enhancer and is found in Almonds, Cinnamon is loaded with Calcium and is also an anti-inflammatory.

I tried giving the children plain almonds, but they weren’t very excited about it.  I did a google search for Cinnamon coated Almonds and made a few adjustments for make it friendlier…I then told the kids I have healthy lollies and would they like to try some.  They loooveed them and love the thought that I was allowing them to have ‘lollies’ with their lunch.

Cinnomon Almond ‘Lollies’

1 Egg White
1 tsp Cold  Water
4 Cups Whole Almonds
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (more for extra sprinkling, to taste)

Pre-heat your oven to 120°c

Lightly grease a baking tray (large enough to lay out all the almonds)

Lightly beat the egg white until thick, add the cold water and combine.  Gently fold in the Almonds, add the Sugar, Salt and Cinnamon.

Spread evenly onto a baking tray.   They now need to be baked for 1 hour, be sure to turn them over occasionally.  Each time you do, sprinkle more Cinnamon over the top, make sure to do it again when they have just finished roasting.  The more Cinnamon for the kids, the better.

I also found this great page, http://sites.google.com/site/cureremedies/home it has some great information on the uses of Cinnamon and Honey