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

 

 

 

 

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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

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Saturday skates…

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Saturday morning skate sessions with Jack! This kid can seriously skate! He’s picked up some extra skills through Skateboarding Australia who run free Saturday morning training sessions with kids of all ages and skill levels all over Australia. Equipment supplied or BYO in you prefer. They also run after school programs through some OSHC facilities as well. It’s run by some amazing people who the kids really respond to and they all have an absolute blast!

 

 

Dehydrated Sweet Potato chips and Tomatoes…

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Dan picked up a cheap dehydrator for $55 and it’s amazing!!

He’s clearly focused on the beef jerky possibilities whilst I’ve been getting into the mango fruit straps, dried peaches, tomatoes and veggie chips…..

Tomatoes

10 x tomatoes – skinned and quartered

drizzle with olive oil

flavour with fresh thyme, salt and garlic granules

place in dehydrator for 12 hours at 70degrees

 

Sweet Potato Chips

1 x large round sweet potato

thinly slice with mandolin

soak in water for an hour, rinsing halfway to remove starch

drain and place on paper towel to remove excess water from both sides

drizzle with coconut oil

season with salt

place in dehydrator for six hours at 70degrees

 

xx

 

 

Buckwheat pancakes with banana and avocado chocolate mousse…

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Buckwheat pancakes with banana and avocado chocolate mousse…

Whether it’s a quick pancake rolled around a banana on the way to school drop off…. or a mid morning snack of decadent yet beautifully healthy chocolate mousse topped goodness… There’s nothing better than buckwheat pancakes!!

Buckwheat pancakes..

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 cup almond milk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 tablespoon chia seeds – optional

Method..

Mix together ingredients and cook just like a normal pancake

 

Banana and avocado chocolate mousse..

1 banana

1 avocado

4 dates – or 2 medjool dates if you have them (but if you’re anything like me they don’t last even an afternoon in the house) so I generally use standard dates and soak in hot water for a few minutes to soften

1 table spoon cacao powder

Method..

Using a stick blender blend ingredients until well combined

Spread over and between pancakes and top with frozen berries and shredded coconut

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To make it easy I’ll usually have a pancake making session while I’m cooking breakfast/ dinner or doing the dishes and will freeze a few ziplock bags with a couple of serves of pancakes in each. Then when I’m hungry all I have to do is defrost and enjoy.

xx