Halloween is just as exciting in our house as Christmas, which is kind of bizarre since it's Australia and generally not a huge deal here. However, this is certainly changing. Maybe it's about the treats (candy as those of you in the Northern Hemisphere like to call it), but I don't think it's all about that.
My kids absolutely love that they can make their own costumes and the uglier, more gruesome the better. I guess it's that one time where kids get to go against the grain and bend some rules and they love it! Their creativity has really come out and they have all had fun together getting their outfits together. No mean feat when you have 4 kids that are usually bickering with each other.
They are also super excited getting to go out at night with their friends, again something only adults ever get to do right? Hopefully the weather gets better here in Melbourne. It's truly creepy cold and winter like.
To add to the scare factor I've been tv bingeing which I don't normally do. Stranger Things 2 is out (funnily enough set around Halloween!) and Mindhunters. Strictly adults only, but scaring the pants off me! Happy Halloween everyone!
Bad Melbourne weather + Sunday mornings means a hot breakfast and my kids just love it when we make pancakes. I have a super easy way of making pancakes that is my go to recipe, but I was getting a little bored of this so I tried a new recipe that I got from my new cookbook 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous.
These pancakes are called "Applesauce and Oatmeal Pancakes". Oatmeal in the USA is just plain oats, the ones you buy in the cereal aisle that you cook in the pan with milk to make porridge.
I think they are delicious and quite filling. My boys wipe me out with my usual pancake recipe - even when I make double!
Here is the recipe:
Applesauce and oatmeal Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1.2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce (store bought ok)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons honey
Mix all together until just combined and as per normal pancakes cook in a pan over a medium heat until bubbles form and then flip. Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit and cream!
Who else loves berries? They are so good for us but so damn expensive! Especially when it comes to organic, pesticide and herbicide free berries! Blueberries are currently in season and a little cheaper at the moment, plus Aussie grown, but what do you do for the rest of the year when they aren't in season?
Berries are full of antioxidants and help so much in improving your mental sharpness, can help manage diabetes, can assist in weight control, they are nutrient dense, can help fight inflammation and so much more.
If you have trouble consuming enough organic berries each week I might have the perfect solution. I Would love to help you get started on your health journey today!
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Below is my favourite Blueberry Muffin recipe. This is a staple in my house. A funny story, when my 5 year old started Prep this year we found he was raiding his money box to go to the school canteen. Rather than buying icy poles or chips, he was buying their hand baked muffins as he was missing my Blueberry Muffins that I hadn't made since I started back at work full-time (insert awww sad face here!)Talk about a guilty working mum moment! Your 5 year old will love them too!
Blueberry Muffin Recipe
I've been thinking a lot about trying to get more veggies into the kids, but until the veggie Patch is up and running I'm learning about alternatives. Veggies are important because of all the micronutrients they have.
Micronutrients are those that our body needs in 'micro' doses. But don't let that mislead you into thinking their roll is small. You may have heard of vitamins and minerals. But have you heard of phytochemicals? When you bite into an apple, there are approximately 400 key nutrients and over 10,000 phytochemicals (science doesn't quite know how to count them yet).
So back to that bite, while you chomp, there are hundreds of chemical reactions occurring to create the magic that we all choose to call 'health benefits'. This is the magic. Every little phytochemical, every vitamin, every trace element, every mineral is working in synergy with your own enzymes to perfectly fuel each different cell in your body!! You know, that thing you throw around and expect the world from all these amazing explosions and collisions occurring in our bodies without us even feeling a twitch! All this can't happen without those mighty micronutrients. So I've got 2 words for you, eatya veggies!
Bec Taylor is a lover of all things quick, convenient and tasty. Her favorite foods are sloppy, cheesy and hopefully cooked in one pot as she hates doing the dishes!