Although my chest infection has definitely cleared up, I'm still feeling very tired on most days and struggling to have much energy for anything. Yesterday I felt like doing a bit of sweet baking though and did an old favourite (Freckle slice) and followed it with a new recipe for Snicker brownie.
As promised I'm back to share a second recipe today - easy shortbread cream biscuits. This recipe came from my Mum and it's one of those goodies that have been hand recorded in a book and baked many times over the years. These biscuits freeze well, so make a double batch and pop half in the freezer for another day.
I was only just recently introduced the big wide world of green smoothies - I know....where have I been hiding, right?! I love that I can whizz them up quickly in the Thermomix and this particular recipe I make often because I can have it for lunch and then I stay nice and full until dinner. No snacking is a win/win!
It's an adaption of several recipes that I've found online and we've been using fresh silverbeet from the garden to make them - yes, Mr Goodsell loves (okay, likes!) these too. Here you go:
1 cup firmly packed silverbeet
1 cup water
roughly 1/2 cup pineapple
Chop up the banana, pineapple and mango into smallish pieces and freeze. I buy a heap of fruit at once and then make up individual bags (zip-lock bags) so they're all ready to go in the freezer.
Pop the silverbeet and water into your Thermomix - speed 10 for 30 seconds.
Add your frozen ingredients - gradually increase to speed 10 over 10 seconds, then speed 10 for 50 seconds.
Pour into a glass and enjoy. This makes enough for one serve, but it's a VERY big serve. I pour it all into a large glass and then top up with the remaining liquid as I can. As I said, I like the big serve because it keeps me full all afternoon.
Of course the possibilities are endless - you can switch the fruit or use a different green for the smoothie, but this is the perfect combination for my taste buds.
My James loves muesli bars. Loves! I've been on a quest over the last couple of months to find an alternative for him, something I can make at home without all of the additives, preservatives and goodness knows what (that I can't even pronounce) that's listed as an ingredient on the back of a box of muesli bars.
Weekends are pretty lazy around here - a sleep in that's usually followed by several cups of tea with a slow breakfast. Yesterday I sipped my tea and ate warm pumpkin bread on the back deck. It was warm and sunshiny and I was feeling grateful that spring is just around the corner - so many more warm days to follow.
The rest of the family waited for their egg and bacon muffins to cook in the oven - a new weekend favourite. But, while I devoured my own breakfast I started thinking about my September Sort It list and all the other things I hope to achieve around the home before Christmas. Sometimes there don't seem to be enough hours in the day for everything, you know? Another thing that popped into my head was that there are just under 4 months until Christmas? Eeek!
I. Must. Get. Organised.
So, I ate breakfast and pondered over my list. I decided to try and kick over my September Sort It list as soon as possible - I'm thinking mid month if possible. I'll keep you posted.
Back to breakfast. Do you enjoy something special for breakfast on weekends? Do you like to sit in the sunshine and sip tea or snuggle indoors with the weekend paper? Do you make big plans while you eat?
Lately it seems to have become my kind of thing to make up a big batch of roast vegetable soup on the weekend and enjoy it for lunch from Monday to Friday.
Last weekend's soup was roast pumpkin and capsicum - a new favourite with a splash of curry powder and a dash of real cream to taste. So good.
One bowl of soup for me to enjoy (once it's ready) and 5 tupperware containers full, ready for lunch time week meals.
Home made soup equals a happy Mama.
How about you - do you whip up soup in advance for weekday meals or devour it all on the weekend?
P.S. Thank you for all the lovely comments on my paleo post - I'll share an average day of my meals very soon.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.