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Watermelon Salad

We went to a BBQ today and were asked to bring a salad. Now that I’m enjoying a wider range of meals again (after months of very bland food due to DDs intolerances) I thought I’d try something a little different. On a trip to the library yesterday I found a recipe for a watermelon salad. It was delicious. The watermelon makes a great substitute for lettuce and as I’m not a great fan of lettuce this was perfect.


  • half a watermelon, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 lebanese cucumber, chopped
  • handful of kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/3 red onion, finely diced
  • handful of basil leaves, torn
  • 1 block haloumi cheese (you could substitute feta)
  • half ciabatta
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 clove garlic, finely diced (or crushed)
  1. Cut ciabatta into slices and place on baking tray, grill in oven until slightly browned
  2. In a small jar combine 3 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar and add garlic. Fasten lid and shake to mix.
  3. Fry haloumi in a lightly oiled frypan over med-high heat until browned on either side
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and gently toss. Pour over dressing.

Feed a family of four for $30?

The Barebones Grocery challenge is an invention thought up by Cath Armstrong. The idea is that you use what is in your pantry along with a very very basic shopping list of key ingredients to feed your family of four for a week. I logged onto Coles online to get a cost estimate of the grocery list, for my suburb it came in at $34.32 and that’s leaving off 1kg of potatoes. So I guess it isn’t possible to feed a family of four for $30 in this area. However, the concept is a fantastic way of reducing your grocery shop every once in a while. If you have a well stocked pantry at home, like I do, there’s plenty of items that you don’t use on a regular basis that you could use up in a challenge like this. There’s more information on her site Debt Free Cashed Up and Laughing.


Dairy Free Vegie Muffins

Wowsers! It’s been over 6 months since my last blog post. What has brought me back? Today I really just wanted to share this recipe for vegie muffins. You see, my DD is dairy intolerant and so finding quick and easy foods for her to eat (apart from vegie and fruit purees) has been rather challenging. Many of the off-the-shelf products in the supermarket contain dairy so I’m left preparing much of her diet from fresh produce. This is NOT something I mind, in fact I rather prefer knowing that DD is getting nutritious and tasty foods prepared at home, but when you can’t use milk, cheese, butter or other dairy products, finding suitable recipes is not always easy.

Dairy Free Vegie Muffins

Vegetable Muffins


  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup rice milk (or soy or almond etc.)
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegies, defrosted
  1. Mix together flour and baking powder
  2. Combine beaten egg, milk and oil
  3. Add all at once to the flour stirring quickly until just mixed. (The mixture should be a little bumpy.)
  4. Fold in vegetables
  5. Divide mixture between 12 cupcake papers and bake in a hot oven (220 degrees celsius) for 18 to 20 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.
This makes a great finger food and DD enjoys being able to eat these all by herself without any help from mummy. And I don’t have to worry about any added preservatives, thickeners, colours or flavourings. 

February’s Theme is Character

It’s a new month and as such a new NaBloPoMo challenge. In January I managed to write 14 posts. This month I’m hoping to improve on that. So this month’s theme is Character but don’t count on me to follow the NaBloPoMo writing prompts.

The Morning Song

Light Walk in October

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Most morning I wake up with a song running through my head. There’s no way to predict what the song will be as sometimes they’re rock classics and other times they are Top 40 hits. Chances are I’ve probably heard the song recently but that’s not always a guarentee.

Today’s morning song was Happiness by Alexis Jordon. Two lines of the chorus kept repeating in my head:  “Through strength I found love/ In time I found myself in Happiness with you”

But the thing was, instead of hearing “Through strength I found love” I heard, “Through strength I found God.” 

I don’t believe in God but I think this is a powerful message. It takes a great deal of strength to believe in something that we cannot yet scientifically prove exists (or does not exist for that matter). It takes strength to believe that you are never alone and that someone is always watching over you. Most of all, it takes strength to believe that someone loves unconditionally even if you cannot love yourself.

‘No Poo’ Update

The ‘No Poo’ Challenge is over. No way am I going that long without shampooing my hair again. Gross! Hot water alone does not remove oily buildup. Not only was my hair solid with grease, I started getting an awful build up of dandruff on my scalp. Seriously.