an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Weekends are made for gluten free, sugar free graham crackers.  These were so yum!

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^^ Our neighbourhood beach was way to bright for Carl.

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^^ The sand was so difficult to walk on, but so worth it.

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^^ Pretty mountains and such a blue ocean.  Wow.

 

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^^ Pretty flowers on our evening walk.

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^^ I love this little neighbourhood, it gives me such an old school European feel.  All the kids playing on the streets, people constantly walking around and just a wonderful sense of community, and the cutest little houses you’ve ever seen.

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^^ A bit of a commotion on the beach thanks to a dog running after this train trying to bite at it.  I’ve never actually seen a train slow down for a dog before.  The dog survived the ordeal.

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^^ Magical.

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^^ Pretty flowers on the beach.

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^^ A pretty sky right in front of our little house.

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? We had a completely overwhelming weekend filled with all the house things we are still trying to get done.  I’ve painted baby A’s room, but have been confused about painting the wooden ceiling or not, I really think the roof needs to be painted white to open up and brighten up this space, but at the same time I’m wondering if the wooden ceiling will go more with the woodland theme we’ve got going on in there.   So far I’m 95% in favour of painting it white.  What do you think? Should I paint it?

We’ve had glorious cooler weather here, that we’ve just been loving!  It would have been even better if we had our couch by now.  Ordering stuff online in South Africa is such a pain, in America you’ve got drone deliveries here we have to wait an unnaturally long time for anything to arrive!  We’ve also been trying to get a telephone line installed for internet, but wow its turned into the biggest deal! We apparently have to wait 5 – 21 days.   What kind of timeline is that? It doesn’t even make sense to me! Oh well! Everything is a lesson, and right now I’m learning how to have patience.

Here’s to another week! I hope this one is just as great.

Immunity Boosting Vitamin C Tonic – No Juicer required

No matter where you are on this beautiful planet right now the seasons are changing! and with the changing seasons a whole bunch of the sniffles seem to be right behind it.  I pride myself on getting sick as little as possible and being able to jump back really fast when I do get sick, I like a good one day of wondering if I’m getting sick or not and waking up feeling as good as new.  I also try not to take a lot of medication, not just because I’m pregnant at the moment, but in general, so when I really, really need to use medication my body will probably have some sort of freak out wondering what this foreign stuff is all about.  I’ve always just tried to prevent sickness, by following a good diet (with minimum gluten), exercise, practice good hygiene and drinking immunity boosting tonics.  When I feel my throat starting to hurt I make an amazingly delicious, super lickable healing paste, that takes away any throat tickles in a jiffy, but enough about the paste this blog post is about my immunity boosting tonic!

This tonic doesn’t require a juicer, but if you’re lucky enough to have a juicer, by all means use it! Filled with good for you ingredients that will give you’re body the extra fighting strength it needs to kick the sniffles right to the curb.

BENEFITS OF ORANGES

  1. Oranges fight against viral infections.
  2. Immune booster: with all that vitamin c, it gives you immune system the boost it needs.
  3. Fights inflammation
  4. Slows ageing: just an added bonus of oranges that’s got nothing to do with boosting your immunity, but everything to do with vanity!

Benefits Of Lemons

  1. Excellent source of Vitamin C; an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies.
  2. Balances the PH levels in your body.
  3. Flushes out toxins in your body.
  4. Its a great source of citric acid, magnesium, calcium and potassium.

Benefits of Carrots

  1. Helps boost immune system;When it comes to strengthening your immune system vitamin A plays a vital part (along with vitamin D) and carrots are filled with good old vitamin A
  2. Helps prevent infection.
  3. Cleanses the body; Vitamin A assists the body in flushing out toxins and reduces bile from forming in the liver.

Benefits of Ginger

  1. Anti Inflammatory – Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance that’s a powerful anti inflammatory and filled with antioxidants.
  2. Prevents Nausea.
  3. Reduces muscle pain and soreness.
  4. Helps fight infections.

Benefits of Turmeric

  1. Anti inflammatory.
  2. Manages Pain.
  3. Boost Immunity.

Now with all those benefits don’t you just want to take a sip of this tonic!  I grated my carrot before hand as I don’t have a great blender at the moment, and used a little strainer over my glass to strain out the pulp and control how much pulp I wanted in my tonic.  Its all up to you, like I said if you have a juicer feel free to use it you will probably have a way more juicy tonic than mine, if using a juicer I would suggest to go easier on the water.

IMMUNITY BOOSTING VITAMIN C TONICserves 2 small glasses or 1 and a bit bigger glasses

Immunity Boosting Tonic no juicer required

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1/2 large lemon, washed well I blend it with the rind.
  • 1 large carrot, washed and grated
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cup of water or add a little more if using the strainer method.

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a blender a blend until smooth.

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Place a strainer over your glass or a bowl and pour the liquid in.  I used a spoon to push through as much of the liquid as I could.  Give it a stir, add ice and enjoy.  Feel free to sweeten it with honey or maple syrup if you want, I drank it just as is.

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Iron Rich Gingerbread Overnight Oats – Breakfast of champions

I’ve got a confession to make…. I hated overnight oats the first couple of times I made it, but I’ve never actually been much of an oatmeal fan.   The texture of overnight oats just made me hate it so much, its just so chewy, like eating raw oats, but I really wanted to create a quick breakfast I could just throw together in a jar and forget about until morning.  So in came my trusty stick blender,  I decided to try roughly blending up the oats to create more of a smooth porridge instead of the chewy cold mess.  To my surprise it turned out amazingly,  definitely one of my favourite breakfasts that I’ve ever made, even Carl loves it and he’s not much of a breakfast guy.

I’ve been trying to get my nutrients from food instead of just supplementing the whole time, my blood work Iron levels actually came back great so obviously I’m doing something right.   Iron plays an important role in the body and helps carry oxygen around in the body.  During pregnancy you need twice the amount of Iron you would normally need, the reason Iron is so important for you during pregnancy, is because your body has to make twice the amount of blood for you to support your growing baby.   Helping you feel less tired during pregnancy and preventing your baby from being born to small or too early.

This oatmeal is nutrients powerhouse filled with black strap molasses that contains nutrients, b vitamins and is filled with Iron.  Oats, which controls your blood pressure and releases energy slower, keeping you fuller for longer.  Chia seeds which contains omega 3’s, protein, fibre and calcium.  Ginger that will keep your nausea at bay.  Remember to eat this with vitamin c rich fruit so your body will absorb the iron better.

GINGERBREAD OVERNIGHT OATSserves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats, blended with a stick blender
  • 3/4 cup milk ( any milk you like)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp black strap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 dates chopped

For serving

  • Sunflower seeds, flax seeds, yogurt and a vitamin c rich fruit

Directions

In a seal-able jar add the oats, milk chia seeds, black strap molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and dates.   Shake well or stir until everything is combined.  Seal the jar and refrigerate overnight.

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The next morning open your jar to the wonderfulness that’s inside, if its a little bit thick add more milk.  I usually don’t sweeten it, but if you like a sweeter taste add sweetener of choice.  Scoop into bowl, add fruit, seeds, yogurt and enjoy! Easy as can be!

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