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Apple, Date & Walnut Coleslaw

October 18, 2017

Not your typical coleslaw. With crunch from the walnuts and a touch of sweetness from the dates, this is an easy standby salad that would be a great accompaniment for any bbq this summer. 


handful each of dates and walnuts

one apple grated

half red cabbage & half normal cabbage sliced thin

two carrots grated

two sticks of celery sliced thin

1/4 onion sliced and diced thin

2 tablespoons of whole egg mayo (Woolworths has a great organic, no preservatives & additives version)

dash of good quality olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

(I use this mandolin to cut up all my apple & vegetables) 



  1. Place the walnuts and dates in a food processor. Blitz for just a few seconds to break up the dates an walnuts. (You want to be able to see them – the best bit is the crunch of the walnuts and the chewiness of the dates’0
  2. Mix nuts and dates with the apple, mayo, oil and salt & pepper. Combine well. 
  3. Mix the dressing in with the vegetables. Often I use clean hands to make sure the vegetables are coated with the dressing. 
  4. Serve. If you are having it the next day, or later in the day, drizzle some lemon juice over the coleslaw to keep the apple and carrot from browning. 



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My Vote

August 25, 2017


A friend asked me why I hadn’t written anything about the vote happening in Australia in a few weeks.

Thinking about it today, I guess I hadn’t written anything because it’s scary territory. Say you are voting yes or no and a barrage of name-calling and condemnation ensues. There are a lot of passionate views surrounding this vote.

I have written things in the past and it wasn’t pretty.  However, I’m not scared of the fall out, in fact I feel that I probably deserve anything I cop if I am willing to put my neck out there. 

I will be voting no.

I can’t vote yes as it would be against everything I believe in. You see, my faith is something that makes me who I am and determines how I act. This is one of those determining moments. 

If you don’t have the same beliefs as me, this is probably something difficult for you to understand. A friend once suggested to me that this situation is like two trains on two tracks going in opposite directions – you are never going to meet unless one person decides to hit the brakes, push that lever and go in the same direction as the other. My request would be for anyone on the other train, unwilling to hit the brakes and turn around, to be respectful of my views as much as I will be respectful of yours.

My no vote is not only based on my beliefs, but also unease of what the fall out will be in Australian society.

I believe that standard human rights and children’s rights are in jeopardy. 

And also religious liberty.

Our Australian Government has a lot of work to do in addressing these areas of concern and my prayers are actually for that right now.

Whether the yes or the no vote gets in, it won’t change who I am or in whom my trust is. I have a huge amount of comfort in what I believe and I have a blessed assurance of better things to come.

I’m not going to quote texts online and out of context, if you are curious, I’d rather have a cuppa face to face with you. I won’t be adding a frame to my Facebook profile picture as for me Facebook is not my personal political soapbox – shouldn’t your Facebook friends know what you stand for anyway? I won’t add my clicks to bean counter polls or share articles that I know will hurt the other side, even if I believe it speaks the truth.

I will be careful about what I post and what I say. I will try to be quick to listen and slow to speak.. or type.

Most of all, I’ll keep an eye on my letterbox, make sure I complete the ballot paper and send it in. I’m thankful for our democratic values and grateful for the opportunity to vote in freedom.

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A Bunch of Special Women

May 12, 2017


Sunday will be a day where mothers all over Australia are spoiled with handmade cards, store bought flowers and gifts. For some it is the only day that a cuppa arrives for them in bed, or if you are lucky, it will be accompanied with a piece of cold, under-toasted bread with Vegemite spread way too thickly. It’s a day of pampering, spoiling and hopefully a bit of a day off from the normal motherly duties.  It’s a hallmark day invented to honour the roll of mothers. 

But for some women, Sunday will be a tough day. It’s a tangible yearly reminder that they are not mothers.  

This post is for these women in my life. 

Thank you for the time you spend in my family. 

Thank you for the attention you pay to my children. 

Thank you for acknowledging their individuality. 

Thank you for mentoring them when they need it. 

Thank you for spoiling them.

Thank you for being there for me as a mum. 

Thank you for rejoicing with me when our family expanded.

Thank you for your time and your patience.

Thank you for the little things and know that these small things take up the most room in my heart.

You are worth more than a milky cup of tea, or another pair of bed socks. 


*A re-post and edit of an old Mother's Day post
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Lately: What I’m Reading, Listening to and Watching.

October 25, 2016


Oh, I have so many good things to share with you. 

What I am Reading..

One Christian Dad

Ryan is a blogger who was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. What sets him apart from other cancer stories you may read on the web is that he is a Christian Dad who has cancer and currently undergoing treatment!  Read his story here ->

The Better Mom

There was another post I was going to highlight from The Better Mom blog today,  but this morning I read this one as it came across my blog feed.  Six Ways to Recognize You Are Accepted – in the light of being a mum, and specifically in relation to how you deal with situations with your children. 

Grown & Gathered

If you like to think of yourself as someone who is, or wishes to become kinda self-sufficient by growing and gathering food from your backyard and neighbourhood, this book is for you. It is so delightful that I may have hugged it when I opened it for the first time. The photos are amazing, the written work is inspiring and well, it’s just lovely! Buy it at most good bookstores or department stores. Take a sneak peak here ->

What I am Listening to..

Keith & Kristin Getty

Celtic Thunder (Mock me if you will..)

I am N- The Voice of the Martyrs via Audible. These stories are not for the fainthearted, but a good reminder of how God is gathering, defending and preserving His Church in the Middle East. 

What I am watching..

Mary & Martha

A movie about two mother’s who lose their sons to Malaria. Their paths collide and together they learn to deal with their grief by helping others. Watch the preview here ->

Loving your Neighbours

Short and sweet little video about stepping out of your comfort zone to meet your neighbours and start developing meaningful relationships. 

What have you read, listened to or watched lately? 

Let me know in the comments! Inspire me!


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