Like most Australians these days I one day dream of being self sufficient in many ways - We grow fruit and vegetables in our home garden, I bake from scratch and I do my best to feed my family good wholesome meals and healthy food. Little did I know that the expensive "Pure Orange Juice" that I buy for my family is not what it is made out to be...... Did you see Today Tonight's article on so called Australian Juice ??? If not you can see it HERE.
I feel very ripped off - Even the 2 litre bottle of Orange Juice that is made by a local company here in Tasmania is from "Imported and Local Products" If you believe the local growers they say that the only local component is the bottle and the water. Well they have lost me !! I am disgusted that yet another food product that we feed our children is not all it is cracked up to be. !!
So off I went and bought myself an electric citrus juicer. - I cannot seem to get all of the juice out with my manual version so for an investment of $29 I now have a machine which gets all of the juice out.
And it is delicious !! For just a little bit of effort every second day we now have "fresh" juice and I know exactly what's in it and where it came from.
In January of this year I promised myself that I would eat healthy, lose weight and excercise - You know one of those new year's resolutions that went haywire after the second week. Instead I have comfort ate my way through the year. I have had a very emotional year with sickness, my son's amputation and illness and much much more ... so much so that my motivation levels hit rock bottom and my wardrobe become increasingly boring as I grew out of clothes. Last week I decided to give it another go. So far so good - But I am not promising anything just trying extra hard.
I am a huge fan of Annette Sym's books - Symply Too Good To Be True. The recipes are delicious and you really don't think that you are dieting - Just making a few better choices and baking from scratch all of the time - This of course takes time and effort but I am determined to try harder this time. This is a Semi Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Loaf. Very tasty and very nice.
Her latest Book - No 6 is full of diet tips along with a 28 menu plan which is fantastic - It is real food for real women cooking for a family.
Her books are at most newsagents - Next time you are there pick one up and have a browse - You will see how lovely her recipes are and how simple they are to cook.
On the sewing front I have been working on a few different projects and recently finished this little baby quilt - This one is for new niece. I also have to make a similar one by Saturday night for a charity quiz night I am going to - I offered to donate one to auction off.
The Go Baby makes the applique super easy.
Luckily tomorrow is a public holiday in Southern Tasmania so I will be able to work on the second one.
I have a bit of reading to do too and then I will be back to show you something special that a friend of mine has written - Believe me you are going to love it.
Love and Hugs - Fee XX