why hello there winter

Winter in Australia.  It doesn’t really exude ideas of snow capped mountains and rugging up in all the winter warmer fashion – especially for here in Queensland.

But it is my favourite time of the year in Queensland.  Mainly because its the only time it feels like its not Summer.  I swear I’m living in the wrong state though – Summer is my least favourite weather!

But Winter 2017 means that 5 months of the year is already gone.  Summer and Autumn gone!  And its been a wonderfully happy filled, busy, roller coaster of a time – that feels like its literally happened in only 2 months, not 5!

It’s been a time where I’ve learnt to really listen to my inner self and stop if I feel things are getting too much or too busy.  Things don’t have to be hectic and exhausting all the time – life is too short to not enjoy it.  This came in the form of taking a break from full time study.
I’ve recognised more than ever the importance of a God first life.  Where putting Him first makes everything else flow and so much easier.  The constant reminder of you are not your own strength, you have His strength, is an instant comfort.
I’ve been reminded about the importance of quality time with my husband and how easy it is to get into routine without making set, non distracted time with each other.  Our time has been in the way of board game time  (the game Splendor is a really fun game for two) or in walks to local coffee shops.
Finally, I’ve realised a lot of hard work goes into cooking a whole lamb. Even though I wasn’t the one cooking it, just being a part of my husband doing it was exhausting enough!

So bring on Winter.  Where the days are short, the skies so much more blue and the cuddles and sleep ins that much better!

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quinoa puff granola cereal

We are pretty obsessed with quinoa in our house.  Quinoa porridge, quinoa flakes, quinoa in our brown rice, salads, puddings – it goes on! But its super delicious and so versatile that how could you not be obsessed!

The same goes for Quinoa Puffs.  Little puffed up nutty quinoa that you can purchase quite cheaply from a health food store.  Perfect to top your morning yogurt or as a cereal on its own.  This little recipe has become one of our faves that tastes yum and disappears quickly!

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Quinoa Puff Granola Cereal (gluten free)

  • 2 cups quinoa puffs
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (we used almonds,  macadamias, brazil and cashews)
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (optional) such as apricots
  • 1/4 cup seeds (chia, pumpkin etc)
  • 1/4 maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Cover a flat baking tray with baking paper.

Roughly chop nut mix and dried fruit (if using).  Add to a mixing bowl the nuts, goji berries and seeds and stir well.  In a separate bowl mix the honey (or maple syrup) and coconut oil.  Add to the nut mix and stir well making sure dry ingredients are mostly covered with the wet ingredients .

Pour mix onto baking paper and bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until nice and golden brown.  Take out of the oven and let cool on the baking tray.  Once cooled, break it up into small pieces and add to a container

Add the 2 cups of quinoa to the container, give it a shake/stir and its ready to eat.

Note: We add the quinoa puffs after as we like their texture mixed through the granola mix.   Its more about the puffs being a cereal with the granola than just a granola. However you could add the puffs to the baking to make it more a granola if you prefer.

Enjoy!

 

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