Friday, 24 May 2019

Recipe of the Week: Dark Roasted Peanut Butter Pancakes

Pancakes are one of the ultimate weekend breakfast indulgences. They are also super versatile, as you can top them with whatever you like: fruit, or maple syrup and icecream for the kids! This delicious recipe makes pancakes accessible for everyone as it it gluten free, dairy free and vegan. 

Ingredients:
Serves: 2-3

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Mayvers dark roasted peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 ripe mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil (for pan)



Method:
1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
2. Heat a pan over medium heat and add coconut oil, spoon batter in the pan, cook for 2 minutes either side.
3. Top with your favourite toppings

This recipe was provided by April’s Taste Tester Emerson McMaster from @emerson_cooks

More about Mayver’s:

Mayver’s creates the tastiest, healthiest 100% natural nut spreads that kids can’t get enough of. Available at Coles, Woolworths and health food stores. For recipe inspiration head to Mayvers Recipe Book.

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Trina Folse: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

"The biggest thing I've learned since becoming a mum is to expect the unexpected. Children, like life, with never do what you think but the results can sometimes be more amazing than we ever thought!" - Trina Folse


Trina Folse is the author of The Uterus' Guide to Raising a Baby, a picture book for moms about the love and struggles that come with motherhood. Connect with Trina on Facebook and Instagram



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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Katie Clayton: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"


"The biggest thing I've learnt since becoming a mum is I would do absolutely anything to protect her. I don't care what I need to do it will be done if it means that she is safe and happy." Katie Clayton



Katie Clayton is the proudest mum of one, and Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant, spreading love and creating memories that will last a lifetime.Learn more at www.happilyeveraftercelebrantservices.com.au




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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

The best advice my mum gave me...

We threw the question out to our Facebook community: 


"The best advice my mum gave me was..."


We were astounded by the response - these guys certainly have some wise mummas! The answer that came up the most frequently was "treat others the way you want to be treated", which is one of our favs. However, there are so many other gems here that are too good not to share, so here's the list! 

Challenge: Pick and follow a different piece of advice from the below list everyday this week and see what happens:-)
  1. This too will pass
  2. Treat others the way you wanted to be treated.
  3. Don’t rely on a man
  4. To not sit back and wait for adventure to come to you. Make it, seek it out and treasure every moment of it.
  5. To be grateful for the good things in your life because there are so many less fortunate.
  6. Love the skin ur in - embrace each day and dance like no one is watching. 
  7. You should treat others how you want to be treated. 
  8. What energy you put it is what you will receive back, be positive. 
  9. Never look a gift horse in the mouth : always be grateful. 
  10. Nothing stays the same, be it good or bad xo
  11. Aon’t judge a book by its cover, it’s been good advice and helped me through life
  12. Always do your best whatever you’re doing.
  13. Always wear clean knickers :D
  14. Always tell the truth, be true to yourself, don’t dwell on the past and work hard for what you want.  
  15. Be yourself & don't care what other say u need to love yourself before other can love u
  16. Smile at people it makes them feel nice and you feel nice
  17. Never take anything for granted because we only live once
  18. Watch the world through my sons eyes. Life is so much more fun when you do that.
  19. Never to judge another mother - especially before you have your own kids.
  20. Don't spend your money, spend someone else's.
  21. Always listen to her advice! 
  22. Never marry someone you can't live without, marry someone you can move with". Best advice ever! And so true! Lucky I followed it 
  23. What others think of you is none of our business. 
  24. Nobody is better than me, and I'm not better than anyone else. 
  25. Let my belief in myself be bigger than my fears. (it's always been wonderful to know she believes in me too).
  26. Learn how to cook, she would say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
  27. Trust your instincts
  28. It’s ok to cry, its ok to be scared. It’s ok to ask for help. And to smile, laugh, love and BREATHE. 
  29. If you are going to do a job then do it well. 
  30. Be kind to everyone
  31. Love yourself before you can love someone else
  32. Soap is cheap. There's no excuse for being dirty.
  33. I’ve learnt to have personal pride while always adhering to my ethics and morals
  34. Never judge a book by it's cover and always treat people as you want to be treated. 
  35. Never bully but always stand up for people are being bullied. 
  36. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all!
  37. Never give up, and keep trying for what you want in life. 
  38. Treat EVERYONE with respect because they may be fighting a battle you know nothing about. 
  39. You can't get respect until you give it first
  40. Never go to bed angry, you wont be able to sleep and you'll be even crankier the next day
  41. Go anywhere but always take your brains with you
  42. When life gives you lemons it's upto to make them sweet
  43. Be strong and confident and follow your heart if you have to stop and think you are on the wrong path.
  44. Always make sure you have money on you to get yourself home safely!
  45. Study hard and relax later.
  46. If something ain’t broke don’t try to fix it
  47. Always wear clean knickers
  48. Every cent counts, make sure your compare before purchase...thus making me the bargain queen today
  49. Treat elders with respect
  50. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
  51. Think before I speak. It’s served me well
  52. Be yourself. Life is too short to spend time trying to be someone you’re not.
  53. Cook from the heart! - I am now a chef:-)
  54. To always be right and yourself
  55. Always stay true to yourself
  56. Live each day to its fullest for tomorrow is not promised 
  57. Live my best life
  58. Never get a credit card
  59. Not to smoke
  60. Always rely on God
  61. To not hold onto the past
  62. Everyone has a story
  63. Always eat you're veggies
  64. Learn from my mistakes
  65. Take one day at a time
  66. Learn how to cook
  67. Enjoy the peace and quiet while you can
  68. Theres only one of me. Be you.
  69. Walk tall, be kind and also be fearless
  70. Just be myself
  71. A cup of tea and chat makes things always seem a little better
  72. Never spend money that I don’t have, if you don’t have the money then don’t buy it. 
  73. Be kind to others 
  74. Know what you want and stay true to that. 
  75. 'Leave that f**kwit!'. Thanks Mum xx

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Anna Hamp: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

"The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is that whatever approach I take to parenting, whatever traditions I establish in my family, whatever way I decide to handle things - is going to be THE normal way for my kids. They don't compare what I do to the "ideal" mother; in their minds, a "good mother" looks exactly like me." - Anna Hamp



Anna Hamp is an American small business owner. Her company, EU Flight Delay, helps passengers get compensated for delayed and cancelled flights to or from Europe. 


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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Mother's Day Recipe: San Telmo Rudderfish Ceviche

San Telmo is an Argentinian fine dining institution based in Melbourne, and its Rudderfish Ceviche is a crowd-pleaser. Lemon cured rudderfish is the key ingredient in this recipe, prepared with chilli, sweet potato and onion. The dish is easy to prepare and plate at home - perfect for those who would like to prepare a fabulous lunch for their mum's for Mother's Day.

Ingredients:
Serves five

Juice
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 250ml lemon juice

Ceviche
- 20 leaves coriander or micro coriander leaves
- 10ml extra virgin olive oil
- 25g red chilli finely sliced
- 300g Rudderfish or any white fish
- 100g sweet potato peeled and cut into tiny cubes.


Method:
1. Place the salt and thinly sliced onion in a bowl and mix
2. Leave to rest for 10 minutes then add grated ginger and lemon juice and
refrigerate overnight.
3. The next day, strain the juice from onion and store both separately for use
when plating up. The onion should look vibrantly pink
4. In a pot, boil or steam the cubed sweet potato for about four to five minutes
or until cooked through and allow to cool completely
5. Slice the Rudderfish into thin pieces, no thicker than 5mm

Plating up:
6. Place the sliced fish down on a plate (something with a small lip to ensure
the liquid won’t spill) followed by the chilli and sweet potato then top with
the remaining ceviche juice
7. The fish will begin to cure and turn opaque. Garnish with the marinated
pink onions and fresh coriander
8. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Melanie Johnson: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

"The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is that there's more than one right or wrong way to be a mum. Ever since I was pregnant, people kept throwing all kinds of advice my way, most of which sounded ridiculous. After the baby was born, I also heard all kinds of opinions, some of the things even made me feel guilty and a failure. So, my advice is to stop listening to all the noise, there are many ways to do motherhood right, you don't have to stick to some other people's priorities, find your own instead."Melanie Johnson


Melanie Johnson is a manager at Fantastic Services Group, which is one of the leading home improvement companies in Australia. Fantastic Services provide a range of handyman, cleaning, pest control, gardening and rubbish removal services. 

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Mother's Day Recipe: Berry Nice Waffles

Who doesn't love breaky in bed? Indulge mum with a sensational breakfast-in-bed with these delicious berry waffles. Aimee Clark, food and cooking coach from Primal Influence has shared this favourite waffle recipe with us, and explains: "This is a recipe I came up with when I was gifted a waffle maker and wanted to put my favourite healthy cooking ingredient to the test... green banana flour! Which is now available in supermarkets so it's easy for the kids to source and use in this recipe to treat mum on this special occasion.

Berry Nice Waffles that are free from grains, gluten, dairy, refined sugars, legumes but full of flavour and deliciousness
 - so everyone can enjoy them!


Ingredients:

  • 3 pastured eggs, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup pure coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, liquefied
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups green banana flour 
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp each baking powder and bicarb soda (look for aluminium/gluten/rice-free)
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen and thawed organic berries of choice
  • Smidge of extra oil for the waffle maker


Optional: extra honey, berries and coconut milk to pour over before serving, slices of banana to garnish, maple syrup to drizzle on, desiccated coconut, thick coconut cream, paleo ice cream to top with...the options are endless!


Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Waffle maker
  • Silicon spatula or tongs
  • Mixing bowl and spoon


Method:
1. Follow waffle maker instructions to heat up the plates 
2. Whisk eggs, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, oil and honey together to form a runny mixture
3. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and blueberries then pour the egg mixture in and stir well
4. Place some mixture onto the waffle iron to make the size you like (you may want to make mini waffles by placing a small amount of batter in the centre, or spread the batter evenly across to make full-size waffles)
5. Cook waffles as per the instruction booklet for your maker, remove each waffle once cooked through and starting to become golden brown with some crisp edges
6. Serve and enjoy!

Aimee Clark is Food + Cooking Coach for Primal Influence

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Raeleen Kaesehagen: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"


 “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is it is seriously the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. It is not until you are mum that you truly appreciate and understand this. It's all emotions elevated a thousand fold. Before kids, you have no clue about how hard it is. I've coached kids in sport, founded companies with employees of all ages - nothing compares to being a mum. Hat's off to all mums. They are truly doing an amazing job." - Raeleen Kaesehagen



Raeleen Kaesehagen is the founder of mudputty helping you fuel your interests and find your tribe by making it easy to find and book classes and activities in your local area.


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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Mother's Day Recipe: The Perfect Lamb Shoulder Recipe by Vintaged Bar + Grill’s Head Chef, Matthew Wood

Roast lamb is a staple Sunday meal that many people would be familiar with. This version is a tender and fragrant preparation that is best accompanied by something fresh, acidic, and vibrant. 

A classic Greek salad would be ideal, but so would some steamed green beans and baby chat potatoes with lemon and olive oil, so it really is up to you. 

Whole spices are the preference here and everywhere. They keep much longer, so they are less likely to have gone completely stale since the last time you used them. Plus cracked whole spices work particularly well on roast meats, think of the crust on a good pastrami. No need to pre-toast them though, the oven will do that work. 

Cooking time including preparation is roughly seven hours so get started before lunch. 




Roast Lamb Shoulder Serves 4 - 5 

• 1 ½ tablespoons whole coriander seeds 
• 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds 
• 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 
• 1 tablespoon fine sea salt 
• ½ teaspoon paprika 
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme 
• 2 tablespoons olive oil 
• 1 whole bone in lamb shoulder 
• 1 whole head of garlic 
• 2 whole onions 
• 2 bay leaves 
• 3 tablespoon olive oil
• 750ml chicken stock 
• ¼ lemon 

1. Take the lamb out of the fridge at least an hour before you’re going to cook it and score the flesh lightly with a knife by making shallow cuts across the top of the meat, two or three millimetres deep. 

2. To make the spice rub, we need to first crack the whole spices. A mortar and pestle is perfect for this but failing that you can use a high speed blender. Just be sure not to leave it running, instead pulse it on and off until the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and peppercorns are roughly crushed in three quarter sized pieces. 

3. Once you have cracked the whole spices, put them into a small bowl and mix in the salt, paprika, oregano, thyme, and olive oil. Rub this mixture all over the lamb shoulder and set aside at room temperature for one hour to marinate. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 220°C. 

4. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a deep heavy roasting pan. Cut the two onions in half through the root so that they stay together, remove the skins, and place the four halves cut side down in the roasting pan. Cut the garlic head in half through the middle to expose the cloves and place it cut side down in the pan and group the onions and garlic together to form a platform in the middle of the pan. 

5. Sit the seasoned lamb shoulder on top of the onion-garlic plinth and roast in the oven for thirty minutes. 

6. Take the lamb out of the oven and turn the temperature down to 150°C. 

7. Add the bay leaves and chicken stock to the roasting pan, and then cover the whole thing with a lid of aluminium foil pinched down at the edges to stay attached to the pan. This will keep the shoulder of lamb moist but allow some of the steam to escape so it doesn’t sweat too much. 

8. Place the pan back in the oven for five hours, checking halfway through and toping up with a bit more stock or water if the pan appears dry. 

9. When the time is up, remove the pan from the oven and transfer the lamb to a serving platter. Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and strain the remaining liquid through a sieve into a bowl. 

10. Squeeze the head of garlic gently to remove a few cloves and discard the skin. Place these cloves on a chopping board with the onion halves and roughly chop into a coarse paste. Stir the onion mix through the strained pan juices with a small squeeze of lemon juice to make your sauce. 

11. Serve the lamb in the middle of the table with a small bowl of the onion gravy and the salad or vegetables on the side.

Since becoming a chef, Matt has worked in some top-flight kitchens including stints at ARIA and Stokehouse Q. Now Matt has taken on the role of executive chef at Hilton Brisbane, which includes overseeing the menu at Vintaged Bar + Grill

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Sveti Williams: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

"The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is how quickly everything else can disappear, how fast you learn fears that didn’t exist, your strength that you didn’t see, 
and unconditional love that you knew nothing about." 
Sveti Williams 


Sveti Williams is a sleep scientist and sleep coach. She practices natural medicine to assist with insomnia for children and adults. Schedule your free sleep assessment consultation here.  


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Friday, 26 April 2019

Sarah Walkerden: "The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…"

Nothing prepares you for being a parent. You can read all the books, and get advice from who ever you like, but the reality of parenthood is always quite different from your expectation. 

In the lead-up to Mother's Day, we caught up with some friends on the biggest lessons they have learnt since becoming a mum. I'm sure their answers will fascinate and inspire you as much as they have me. We hope you enjoy the first post in our series, “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…” 

"The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is the importance of looking after yourself and taking time out to pursue your own passions, away from your children that allows you time to reconnect with yourself (for me it's horse riding!). When you prioritise yourself (without guilt) you end up being a much happier, healthier mother!"



Sarah Walkerden is a professional copywriter and editor, has published a book, run multiple businesses and is a keen horse enthusiast who loves nothing more than getting covered in horse hair and mud! Learn more about Sarah at www.horseymumscollective.com


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Thursday, 25 April 2019

ANZAC Day 2019

Reflecting on the sacrifice of those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. 
Lest we forget. 


Thursday thought...

Do something today that your future self will thank you for:-)



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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Gifts for Magic Mums

Mother's Day Gifts
Gifts for Magic Mums

Mums are magic. Otherwise how would they've known when we were playing up behind their back? Or when we were lying? My mum used to claim that she had eyes in the back of her head...but I never saw an extra pair of eyes, so I concluded that she was just magic. As we get older, mums become magic in other ways, even if it's just knowing when we (or their grandchildren) need a cuddle.

To celebrate the magical mums in our lives, we have put together ten of our favourite Mother's Day Gift ideas below, with plenty more ideas on our website, www.mrgift.com.au


We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Sunday 12/5/19.  
Use Discount Code MUM in the Discount Code field when you place your order.

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:-)
Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day 2019,
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team
Mums are Magic mug
1. Mums Are Magic mug $24.95
Because they really are.
Prosecco Bath Bombs
2. Prosecco Bath Bombs $19.95 or 2 for $35
Everyone loves bubbles - especially in a drink or in a bath.
Prosecco Bath Bombs combine the best of both - Prosecco scented bath bombs that create beautiful bubbles in your bath. These gold glitter bath bombs combine a dynamic mix of sodium bicarbonate and a delightful fragrance for a magical bathing experience.

Fitkick Folding Cap
3. Fitkick Folding Cap $29.95
This genius cap features a peak that folds into thirds so the cap folds down to nothing and can be stashed in small spaces. Just imagine a cap that will fit into your pocket, handbag, backpack or suitcase!
Bell Art Boronia Berry Bloq
4. Bell Art Boronia Berry Bloq $12.95
If you love the smell of ripe berries and flowers, you'll love the Boronia Berry Bloq. Whilst this scent is floral and sweet, it is by no means overpowering. The aroma is still fresh and delicate, and is made of all-Australian ingredients. Tuck it anywhere in your house - wardrobes, cupboards, draws, or even under your bin liner to freshen your surroundings.


Sunnylife Cooler Bottle Tote
5. Sunny Life Cooler Bottle Tote $24.95
No picnic is complete without a cold drink, and there's no better way to keep your drink cold than with a Sunnylife Cooler Bottle Tote. This is also the perfect way to gift mum her favourite bottle of wine.
Sow-n-sow Seeds
6. Sow-n-sow Seeds $9.95
Seasoned gardeners and novice garden enthusiasts will love these gorgeous packs of seeds. There's also a variety to suit every garden and every taste.
Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella
7. Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella $69.95
Rainy days don’t need to be grey and dreary. This Colour Changing Umbrella from Suck UK is guaranteed to help brighten mum's day! Suck UK have printed this umbrella with special ink: it’s white when dry, but comes to life when it gets wet and transforms into a colourful rainbow of raindrops. A boring black umbrella will never cut it again once you’ve experienced this fun, vibrant umbrella!
Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit
8. Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit $12.95
Crafty mums will love the Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit, which allows you to capture silhouettes on this cool light sensitive photographic paper using just the sun and water. The resulting images make incredible framed artworks, or can be used for greeting cards, scrapbooks, and more. 
Mother's Day Mug
9. Life Doesn't Come with Manual if Comes with a Mother mug $24.95
Ain't that the truth!
Bell Art Olive Oil Soap Set
10. Bell Art Olive Oil Soap Set $24.95
This beautifully illustrated box features a luxurious collection of handmade olive oil soaps, fragranced with four different essential oil blends: Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Mint & Myrtle, Aniseed & Cinnamon and Rose Geranium. Soaps are all natural and palm oil free.

TIP: This set would also present beautifully as a special gift for overseas friends and family.
More Mother's Day Gifts

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

COOL CAKES: Pressed Flower Cake

This cake makes me want to start pressing flowers! 
Such a simple idea, but so amazingly effective!

Source: Pinterest

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Monday, 22 April 2019

HANDMADE GIFT IDEA: Picture Board

This handmade picture board would be a fun addition to any home, with lots of space to add special momentos and trinkets that can be completely customised for the recipient...

Source: https://www.hercampus.com/school/pitt/21-gifts-your-bestie-s-21st

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