The time leading up to Christmas can be filled (sometimes overfilled) with lots of wonderful blessings. Christmas concerts, Christmas baking, Christmas shopping, Christmas “get togethers” seem to abound, and can be a wonderful blessing this time of year. However, sometimes all the “blessings” can squeeze out the “Blesser”, Almighty God who sent his Son to Earth to bring us back into relationship with Him, if we choose to accept His offer. This Christmas I encourage you to enjoy all the wonderful blessings that abound, but don’t pass over the One who has provided those blessings. If you have a relationship…

Making healthy and enjoyable meals for the family is a wonderful yet often undervalued skill.  You can save your family a fortune by making home made meals, not to mention the many other benefits of home cooking.  You don’t need to make a major production of cooking gourmet meals, just develop some good old fashioned skills which a couple of generations ago were common place and valued. By putting some thought into what your family will eat for the week, you can save all sorts of stress and money.  I find it good to have a quick look at my…

This slice makes a wonderful treat for special occasions, it is one of our family favourites for Christmas along with peanut butter balls and choc chip cookies.    It can be made a couple of days ahead and kept in the refrigerator, or alternatively keeps well in the freezer too.   This slice can easily be made  gluten free if you just use gluten free flour in place of ordinary flour, I find the Aldi brand of gluten free flour the best tasting and most economical.  All of these home made treats will cost a fraction of the price of…

It is early spring here on the New South Wales south coast and the weather has been perfect for gardening.  We’ve spent several lovely hours in the garden pottering and just soaking up our lovely surrounds.  I was only marveling yesterday that at last the vision I had for a productive back yard has come to fruition.  From the humble beginnings of a two metre square vegetable patch “trial” we now have a productive and beautiful large vegetable garden.  That was a lovely realization that with perseverance and steady work we have achieved our dream of having a productive garden.…

I had previously written about my attempt at gluten free pizza dough here but last night I had another go with even better results.  I basically used the same recipe as before but rolled the dough much thinner and it worked much better!  The other benefit is that now the pizza dough goes  twice as far, so I got four pizza bases from the one batch.  I rolled out all four bases on baking paper then wrapped three of them in cling wrap to freeze for future use.  I used a lid from a large Tupperware bowl as a support…

This recipe came about as a way to use up some left over apple sauce which was in the fridge. The apple sauce was actually from our last year’s crop of apples, which I had stewed and frozen in small quantities. This cake is gluten free, but you can use regular flour if you like.  I like the Aldi brand of gluten free flour, it not only tastes great but is the most economical.  This cake makes a delicious tea cake or desert and is especially lovely served warm. Ingredients 125 g butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs ¾ cup…

This slice is simple to make and really delicious!  You can either use the recipe for the caramel filing or substitute a can of ready-made caramel topping.  Aldi sells ready-made caramel for the same price as condensed milk. For the slice in the photo I used a can of ready-made caramel and some left over mixed nuts. Ingredients Base 1 c SR flour or gluten free SR flour ½ c sugar ½ c dessicated coconut 100 g butter, melted Filling 1 can condensed milk 3 tbsp brown sugar 30 g butter Topping 1 ½ c chopped nuts of your choice…

Home made foccacia bread is a great way to stretch a simple meal.  This was a regular addition to our table when we had two hungry teenage boys living at home!  It is basically a bread dough which you place into a baking dish and then top with pizza-like toppings.  You can make the topping as simple or as complex as you like.  I tend to keep it simple, with just crushed tomatoes, herbs, garlic and a little cheese usually.  This recipe will be super easy if you have a bread machine, but it can be made with a heavy…

In a world bursting with information … I have been reminded lately that while information may be helpful, nothing beats transformation. God has been gently letting me know that He doesn’t want me to be informed, but transformed. Of course, there is nothing wrong with information, the right information is wonderful and useful … but if I am looking for inner peace, information just isn’t going to do it!! It seems that in the information age everyone is running from here to there, following the latest craze to find fulfilment and peace. The latest craze grabs people’s attention for a…

This slice is a great low sugar treat which would make a great lunch box treat. It also happens to be dairy and gluten free. The best thing about this slice is that it is very easy to make, just mix it all up in the one bowl! Ingredients 4 eggs ¼ cup sugar ¾ cup dessicated coconut 1 cup almond meal 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup blueberries Method Beat eggs and sugar until they are a bit frothy. Add coconut, almond meal and baking powder, try to mix baking powder through dry ingredients a little. Fold together with…