Chocolate pumpkin brownies and this week’s meal plan

Pumpkin is a vegetable that my kids and husband are a bit resistant to. They only tolerate it in very small quantities (if at all), so I am always looking for ways to integrate (read:hide) it in different things I cook.  There’s only so many vegful meatballs they’ll eat, so this week I turned to chocolate to help me out 🙂

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Today, I am sharing a chocolate brownie recipe, which is loaded with pumpkin and the kids gobbled it up! It’s low in fat too (if you’re worried about that type of thing 😉 ).

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Meal Planning for the week ahead

I’ve decided to start up a regular meal planning post on Sunday night. It will usually be a late post, as I don’t normally meal plan until kids are in bed and I’ve done what I need to do for the day. So, you know, probably 11pm 😉 .

I feel bad about my last sooky-la-la post . I have been thinking a lot about how I’ve been feeling, and what I need to do to turn this all around. Admittedly, 3 days away from the house, routine and the kids helped me relax, take some deep breaths, and get into the headspace I needed to be. Adelaide was fantastic, and I loved just walking around all day on my own, ducking into shops, stopping to look at buskers, and having a coffee whenever I wanted, without having to be here, there and everywhere all at once. I’m trying hard to stay in this positive headspace, and part of this is re-establising some sort of organisation around meal planning. Continue reading

Leftover oatmeal muffins and life’s little detours

Thanks to the chilly Melbourne weather, we have been enjoying hot porridge (oatmeal) in the mornings for breakfast. Unfortunately, more often than not, we have leftovers, and until tonight, my chickens have been enjoying eating organic rolled oats, cooked in organic milk. Initially it didn’t bother me too much, but day after day, it felt far too wasteful.

So tonight, I decided to try making muffins using the leftovers, and it worked beautifully! I’ll pop the recipe below.

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The perfect chewy choc chip cookie

I have been trialling a few different chocolate chip cookie recipes. Some are a more crumbly, some are too sweet, and some are, well, rocks.

I have so much easter egg chocolate still in my cupboards, and I have been trying to find chocolate recipes to use it up. I think, finally, I have done it. These are slightly crispy on the outside, slightly chewy inside. Sweet, but not sickly sweet. They aren’t healthy in any way, they have white caster sugar and brown sugar. Don’t replace it with one or the other, as this combination is what gives them their chewiness.

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3 minute crackers – gf, vegan

I know I have been absent a lot lately, I have just been soaking up life. Its good times and its crappy times.

Miss 2 is at that stage where everything she does is hilarious and cute, and I just want to enjoy it. Having said that, the last few months have also been very trying as my older two are now pre-teen, and we have entered the attitude era. Any energy I have left at the end of the day is spent hauling my butt into bed and staring blankly at a screen of some sort. Sad, I know.

Cooking makes me happy though. So I’ve been cooking heaps of different things lately, and so many things I want to share with you over the coming weeks!

I love crackers. I could eat an entire packet of them in a sitting, which is the reason why I have always wanted to make my own. It just seemed like I was taking things to a whole new level though. Making my own crackers? Really? Now that I have made them once though, I have realised how quick and easy they are. Well worth making a few batches at a time so that you have them on hand when you want something tasty and crunchy 🙂 Continue reading