Foodie Friday

I have to apologise for being such a bad blogger of late. I guess I’m still settling into the school routine and I’ve been making more of an effort to spend more time with the girls – like having our sit down afternoon tea. Plus as you will read soon, I’ve taken on a new food challenge this week – which has taken up some time with researching and planning and such. AND our internet has been mucking up. I’ve given up waiting to upload our weekend away video and will just share the photos (should be tomorrow).

Anyway, onto Foodie Friday.

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This week featured a fun weekend in Sydney with LOTS of food treats, starting with mushroom crepes at Pancakes at the Rocks.

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Then there was a delicious high tea enjoyed while cruising around Sydney harbour.

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Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Amy, Kevin and I shared potato skins and nachos.

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Breakfast at Gloria Jeans.

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And finally lunch at Wagamama’s.

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On Wednesday I started a 2 week challenge to eliminate processed sugar from my diet. I did film a video but it’s taking too long to upload. I will still have a couple pieces of fruit a day but no juices, added sugars, and for this two weeks no sugar substitutes like maple syrup or honey. And I still buy foods with little/no additives and preservatives. I’m doing this to help my imflammation/arthritis and to break the sugar habit. Kevin has joined me which is fantastic as I think he has more of a sugar addiction than I do.

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Obviously there was a big clean out of the pantry – look at all that space up on top where all our chocolate and dried fruit was.

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At this stage it has all been moved out to our garage pantry. Out of sight out of mind.

 

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I also filmed a grocery haul and luckily enough I took a couple of photos.

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This week I did muffin tin Monday for the girls – it’s been such a long time since I did one of these.

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Other meals this week included cruskits with cheese and tomato….

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Homemade falafels with hummus and some veggies….

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A very misshapen veggie patty (note : don’t cook them in the George Foreman Grill)…

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Overnight oats….

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and popcorn….

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I’m only 3 days into my no-sugar challenge but besides being hungry much of yesterday, things are going well. If anyone has gone or tried going sugar free I’d love to hear about your experience.

Muffin Tin Monday

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Well it’s been some time since we participated in Muffin Tin Monday but I thought it might be fun to get back to.

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Todays muffin tins (shared by the 3 of us after school) included rice crackers, boiled egg with mayo, crackers, corn relish dip, babybell cheese, carrot, banana coconut loaf, watermelon, some Aussie m&ms and some milky way stars (from the UK). The pickings were a little on the slim side as I only decided to this in the morning.

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This is definitely a fun way to have afternoon tea. And Christy even OFFERED to try some babybell cheese :-).

Belated Menu Plan & Muffin Tin Monday

Not too sure how this not menu planning is working out but we’ve not resorted to take-away so it must be going okay. Having said that last week was a very strange one with me being unwell for the whole week, so easy dinners were definitely on the cards.

MONDAY: New recipe : Macaroni Bake – was OKAY

Dinner

TUESDAY: TVP Wraps

Mexi-Bean Burrito

WEDNESDAY: Take-away pizza for my birthday

Birthday dinner

THURSDAY: Pasta & Veggies (from freezer) – was quite nice and certainly VERY easy

FRIDAY: Sweet Bean Burrios

Sweet Bean Burritos

SATURDAY: TVP Nachos

SUNDAY: Homemade Pizza at the Powells – similar to this one.

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And for Muffin Tin Monday this week, Amy was kind enough to make us dinner.

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Be sure to visit the Organising Junkie and Her Cup Overfloweth.

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Todays muffin tin theme was letters.

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I went with the very basic A-B-C-D-E-F. But as always the girls loved it.

Amy had apple, banana-choc muffin, chips/crisps, dip (& carrots), extra-large frog (souvenier from Melbourne) and freckles.

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Christy had apple, bear bikkies, chips, dipped biscuits, extra-large frog and freckles.

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Make sure you drop by her cup overfloweth to see more muffin tin meals.

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