Pizzey Park Skate Session….

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Awesome Saturday morning at Pizzey Park with Skateboarding Australia. We got at least 1.5hrs in before the rain set in….

Upcoming dates….

Saturday 7th June – Mudgeeraba Skatepark

Saturday 21st June – Nerang Skatepark

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Beach bike rides with the ladies…

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Beach bike rides with the ladies! The group is getting bigger and the kms are getting longer. Kingy to Caba with a lovely bunch of ladies this morning.

Who would have thought 20kms would be so enjoyable!

New adventures every Friday morning for those who are free and local. And of course all the little people are always welcome.

Next weeks mission…..??

  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Kyaking
  • Mt Warning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Boxing
  • …………………………..
  • …………………………..

xx

 

 

Baked sweet potatoes…

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This idea never occurred to me until I saw a pic on instagram the other day. Whole baked sweet potatoes….

So simple and so much better than the standard baked potato on so many levels!

Brushed with olive oil and himilayan salt and slow roasted in alfoil for 2 hours  then one more hour out of foil, (ridiculously slow oven) they were finally ready! We topped the potatoes with cabbage, carrot, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, hummus, yoghurt and I had a craving for anchovies….weird…. so on they went! Basically anything that was in the fridge was fair game. And it was absolutely, amazingly delicious.

xx

Dirt pit no more….

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When we first moved in to our perfectly located home…. it wasn’t so perfect. We had a giant dirt pit for a front garden and everytime the wind blew (which was a lot in Caba in October) we would have a fine coating of sand and dirt float in through the windows and doors. Not much fun for this mama! So Jack and I lovingly weeded for two whole days and used a stash of bricks from the back yard to create a border. We found a lovely lady on Gumtree selling Moses in the Cradle for a dollar and ended up scoring about 50 for $20!! I think she felt sorry for us!

All the other plants were amazingly donated by our lovely neighbours. I think they felt sorry for us too…. And with Dan’s green thumb our garden is now flourishing. Gardens definitely have to be the best way to make a rental feel like a home.

xx

Quinoa and cinnamon bake…

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Some cinnamon goodness with a hit of protein… Perfect snack for a chilly Tuesday afternoon.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled (which is about 1 cup raw quinoa)
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 almond milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180º
  2. Place quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Line a baking pan or pyrex dish with baking paper and grease lightly
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Add maple syrup and whisk.
  4. Add egg mixture to cooked and cooled quinoa and stir to combine. Pour into dish evenly.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until set and golden.
  6. Using parchment, remove bake from pan as soon as possible so that it doesn’t steam.
  7. Cool completely and cut into squares.

Super delish straight from the oven plain or spread with nut butter. My boys even had some for dessert topped with some stewed apple and rhubarb. Mmmm think I might have some too….

xx

Recipe found on Popsugar

Cudgen Lake tree planting to boost koala habitat…

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On Wednesday we were lucky enough to spend the morning at Cudgen Lake, helping  plant over 500 trees in a bid to help create a link for koalas moving from the Round Mountain area to the south and Kings Forest and Forest Hill areas to the north. The planting day was part of Koala Connections  which is an initiative of the Tweed and Byron Shire Councils who are trying to secure the future of Koalas here on the NSW far north coast.

It was an absolutely lovely morning and was made even better as we were able to share it with the little fellas. They raced around handing out plants, playing in the dirt, eating all the morning tea goodies and generally just loving every minute!

Click on the link if you’d like more information or if you’d like to volunteer next time.

A x

 

 

 

 

Lovely moments…

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Biggest celebration of love over the weekend with one of my all time favourite couples getting married in Brisbane. It was a beautiful, beautiful evening.

And…  it also meant that Dan and I had a rare night away from the little fellas! Our hotel overlooked the Story Bridge which I’ve always absolutely adored. So after 5 years living there and then a move to Northern NSW… I finally got to enjoy the run from the Story to the Captain. Definitely a beautiful city…

Friday morning stand up paddleboarding…

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Definitely something special about paddling along Cudgen Creek in Kingscliff as the sun pokes out through the rain swelled clouds.  After an ominous start to the morning the weather worked for us in the end. Absolutely perfect way to start a Friday!! We hired boards from Tim @ Watersports Guru who met us down there and went through the basics so we could hit the water. Will definitely be doing again. Especially now the weather’s a bit cooler and sometimes you want to be on the water, not in….

$20 hire for 1 hour

Tuna and sweetpotato patties….

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So I’ve fallen in love with a magazine called Womens Fitness. It’s totally inspirational on every level (and only $6.50) but it’s the recipes that are by far the most amazing! Today’s lunch was Tuna and Sweet Potato Patties with green capsicum, cabbage and rice noodles. And the best bit is you can make a batch, (big ones for me and little ones for the boys)  freeze uncooked in ziplock bags, defrost, pop in the frypan and add to any fresh goodness you have in the fridge.

I made a few changes to the recipe (as you do). Mostly because I’d run out of eggs and my amazing sister who’s totally my go-to-girl for ingredient substitutes told me that when you’re using eggs to bind you can use 1tbs tahini or peanut butter for each egg it was replacing. I tried it and loved the flavour so much I have kept doing it.

Tuna and sweet potato patties

1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa

480g grated veg – carrot, zucchini, pumpkin etc

1/2 small onion grated

1 x 425g tuna in either olive oil or spring water

3 – 4 tbs tahini or natural peanut butter

1 x corn cob – kernels cut off

1 x sweet potato roasted and mashed

1 x garlic clove – finally chopped

3 tbs chia seeds

2 handfulls baby spinach/ english spinach or silverbeet finely chopped

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

coconut flour/ rice brown flour to thicken in needed (i didn’t)

2tbs coconut oil

Method

Squeeze out excess liquid from grated vegetables. Transfer to a bowl and add quinoa, tuna, tahini/ peanut butter, corn, sweet potato, garlic, chia seeds and spinach, season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Add coconut flour/ rice brown flour if needed. Roll into patties.

Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and fry the patties on each side till golden.

And enjoy

xx