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My First Smoothie

9 Feb

In 2012 I’ve turned over a new leaf, nutritionally speaking.

It’s funny how you think you’re eating well and doing the right thing – until you realise that you could be doing it all a whole lot better.

To be honest, I’ve always felt the whole organic thing was a bit of a crock. But I now understand that this was just due to my complete and utter ignorance on the subject!

I’ve been listening to the Jillian Michaels Podcast. She mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea but she definitely knows her stuff. (Note: I think she’s amazing!)

Based on Jillian’s advice I’ve switched a lot of what I take in (and put on) to healthier and safer alternatives.

One new Sunday ritual-in-the-making I’m particularly enjoying is buying all my produce locally – from the Mulgrave Farmers Market .

*** A totally unexpected bonus is what I’ve saved by not participating in time-wasting-money-sucking trips to the ‘stupermarkets’ every other day.***

This weekend just gone I noticed a new stall with the most incredible looking blueberries I’ve ever seen. The blueberry stall just happened to be right next door to a strawberry stall. Clever product placement if I ever saw it – I bought a punnet of both and headed on my merry way.

I’d already bought some flaxseed meal and whey protein powder at the health food store the other week. With my new found source of fresh berries I decided it was time to dabble – ignoring the fact that smoothie drinking was something everyone else got excited about roughly 10 years ago (when boost juice entered the market).

Does anyone else think that the inside of a blueberry oddly resembles eggplant?! Lucky it’s just a visual thing.

Ingredients (makes enough for two)

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries

200g organic yoghurt

500ml organic coconut milk

2 tablespoons whey powder

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

Chuck it all in a blender and whizz away until it’s a consistency you’re happy with.

Garnish with shredded coconut – adds a nice little crunch!


Love your Local

29 Oct

Ok, this might not be as much of a revelation to some as it will be to others – but it was definitely a revelation for me.

My local library is incredible. Seriously.

If this post results in one person getting out there and exploring their local library I will be a happy lady.

For me, the craft section alone is worth the trip. There’s a tonne of  books showcasing an amazing array of activities, all that I can delve into at my leisure without parting with a single coin.

(That is unless I return them late – but so far so good. Must be a grown up thing. Years ago there were times I couldn’t afford to go the library because I didn’t have the money to pay the overdue fines – thank goodness for the after hours “book chute of shame”!)

I’ve often driven past my local library and thought it was a tiny little place that surely couldn’t have much that would interest me. How wrong I was!

It turns out my local  is part of the Eastern Regional Libraries group. Might not sound like exciting stuff but it is.

It means  I can go online and have access to all the books, cds, and dvds that exist at 13 branches plus 3 mobile libraries!

That’s a lot of borrowable material.

You search for the books you want on the website, put them on hold and they then deliver them to the library of your choice – free of charge! Fantastic value.

Today’s haul included

  • a book on fruit trees for my fruit tree obsessed other half
  • a book on slow cooking for my 36 week pregnant sister who’s planning to slow cook then freeze her little heart out for the next few weeks.
  • a stand mixer cookbook – for me!
  • at least half a dozen craft related books – also for me!
  • season 4 of Mad Men
  • season 3 of Food Safari
  • and 5 audio CD’s

Pretty good for just half an hour of my saturday morning.

Not to mention the bonus rush that I used to get buying books – without the guilt!

It’s win/win all round.

On a serious note, with so much  day to day activity like shopping and socialising now occuring online it’s a wonder some people leave the house at all!

Despite this, the local library has obviously moved with the times – and is thriving! In addition to the convenience of being able to reserve and renew books online, the library also provides a great range of services in-house.  I already look forward to taking my soon to be born nephew to visit the childrens section of the library – it’s just gorgeous. With story time for the youngsters, book chat for the adults and even gardening and photography classes the library really does have something for everyone.

Love your local library – it’s a fantastic community resource that everyone can enjoy – and it costs nothing. Quite a rarity in this day and age.

Mulgrave Makers and Farmers Market

28 Aug

I have just found my new favourite place – The Mulgrave Makers/Farmers Market.

The ‘Farmers’ are there every Sunday, the ‘Makers’ on the 4th Sunday of the month.

Although there’s lots of great markets around these days, one thing  really stood out about this one. The people. Everyone was so friendly and relaxed. The unexpected spring-like weather may have had something to do with it but it wasn’t just that.  Most food stalls offered very generous tastings and were more than happy for people to try before they buy. Something my partner Scott was most pleased about. He’s much happier to help carry purchases when there’s snacks on offer.

It felt like there was something for everyone. Live music, tables to sit at and grab a coffee or a bite to eat – not to mention the Nemo bouncy castle complete with bouncy slide.

To top things off, the produce and craft alike was of a really high quality. And with great variety too. There were a lot of homemade crafts that I’d never seen before. At many stalls it was hard to decide which item I wanted to purchase most!

In the end we returned home with

  • a beautifully fragranced lemongrass handwash

  • A funny looking vegetable peeler (which hopefully performs as well as the demonstration – will have to report back on that once I’ve had time to take it for a test run)

  • Locally made spinach and fetta spring rolls

  • blue cheese that packs an extra salty punch – maybe not to everyone’s taste but I say yum!
  • home made pizzas to have for lunch
  • prawn dumplings from the ‘Pasta Ladies’

And finally some Orlo and Pearl approved Dog Biscuits – which at $2 were an absolute bargain. Plus the proceeds from this stall went to charity – good times all round.

The next Farmers/Makers combined market is Sunday the 25th of September.

Can’t wait!

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