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What’s Happening at Birdsong?

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Already, a year has passed since Birdsong slowed down. Several reasons were behind the changes. Initially, Rick was working on the design and manufacturing of a machine for an abattoir out west. That was six months’ worth of work. It was about time to give the soil a rest anyway, after 6 years of intense cropping. We also had a broken tractor, which we waited for months to receive parts from Europe for…and then when they finally came, we found out we were still missing one very important component. The tractor is essential for market gardening in our situation, otherwise the soil prep and maintenance would require more time than we have to give!

Then another six-month project came up, also far from home, which only really allowed Rick to be home on weekends. During that time, our eldest daughter got engaged (short engagement), and so there was a wedding to be planned (sorry, no wedding pics posted here, as I think the bride and groom would prefer not to have them posted online)…and on top of that, it was breeding season, so we were incubating duck eggs and our dog Fawn had a gorgeous litter of 8 puppies. I put a lot of time into house training pups, so this was a hugely busy season for us.

The original idea was to have a break from farming for a year, and then reassess what we’d like to do. The year is up, and although we are keen to get a veggie patch going again in our presently neglected greenhouse area, we are not so keen to go back to full-time market gardening. Especially for me, as I was homeschooling, running the harvesting/sales/ordering side of things, and managing the household, it was so refreshing to have a break and be able to focus more on the family. The children are growing up fast, and as parents, we only get one shot at raising them, so I would like to be more available for them.

For now, I’m happy to keep Birdsong open for the bulk certified organic products that we bring in, but we’re not expecting to be growing our own produce to sell, at this stage. We have learned so much during the 6 or so years of running Birdsong, and loved producing and supplying wholesome produce from mineral-enriched soil. We’re also thankful for all the support we had over the years πŸ™‚

If you are looking for an alternative source of organic local produce, the Saturday Farmer’s Markets at Cob and Co (Toowoomba) have quite a decent variety to choose from.

An Indefinite End to Birdsong Delivery Runs

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For those of you who receive Birdsong’s weekly updates, you have already read that we have changes on the horizon, and that Rick has been spending far more time engineering than farming over the last 5 months or so.

Now we’re at the point where we hardly have any of our own produce to sell, and it’s just not worth doing delivery runs which are primarily made up of items we have bought in and don’t put much of a mark-up on. I’m getting far fewer delivery orders than we’ve had in the past. We also expect to be making multiple trips to NSW this year and Rick has asked that I suspend delivery runs indefinitely.

I will still deliver this Friday 17th March, but after this we will be pick-ups only, until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

What to do With all that Zucchini: #2 Walnut and Zucchini Sourdough

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This one may be a huge learning curve if you don’t already have experience making sourdough…but if you do have a little history with sourdough, it’s not such a stretch to make a sourdough that incorporates zucchini.

We are in a zucchini glut right now, so I’m trialling some ideas/recipes that are new to us, and posting the link to the recipe if it was any good. The photos will always be taken here, of the recipe we trialled at home. Sometimes there’s wonderful looking lists of recipe ideas online which sound great, but then you make them and they’re a flop. The goal here is to make sure we’re only sharing recipes that actually worked for us at Birdsong.

I love sourdough, but haven’t really experimented with mix-ins before. The walnuts enhance this bread’s rustic texture, and the zucchini adds moisture content and some aesthetic charm. Thumbs-up for flavour too πŸ™‚

Check out HomesteadandChilli for the recipe.

What to do With all that Zucchini: #1 Zucchini Brownies

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Summer…there’s just about always a glut of something in summer. And right now it’s zucchini. As much as our poultry adore zucchini, I don’t really want to give them much yet…so its time to test-run some new zucchini recipes. I’ll post them if they’re any good πŸ™‚

I’d never tried zucchini brownies before. The results were great, but I made the mistake of icing them with dark chocolate (which many of my children don’t like), so they’re lasting longer than expected! I’d be tucking into them except I’m presently reducing my gluten and sugar intake. I’ve yet to try these on coconut sugar and wholemeal spelt (which would make them a little healthier).

And no, you don’t notice the zucchini.

Head over to CrazyforCrust for the recipe.

Getting Aquainted With Artichoke (Tea)

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Over the last year, Rick has planted two rows of artichoke. I had no idea how big those thistles become! Many of the plants are taller than I am, and after all this rain, we’re finding ourselves inundated with artichoke bulbs. Besides marinated artichoke hearts out of a jar from the supermarket, I’ve not really had any experience with this produce.

So, this past week Rick asked if I could learn to use them, so they don’t go to waste. They’re listed for sale of course, but it looks like we have more than we can sell, and I know there will be other people out there like me who have just not ever used fresh artichokes!

It turns out artichokes are great for your liver, may help with managing blood pressure, blood sugar…and many more benefits. I was impressed that they contain so many trace minerals, as mentioned in the nutrition facts below.

We’ve had a go at steaming them for 3 minutes and then eating them petal by petal, dipping them in aioli. That went down well. And then I also discovered artichoke tea. It’s earthy, with no bitterness (which some herbal teas are prone to), and it can be consumed hot or cold. I’ve tried both and will continue with artichoke tea every few days, for it’s health benefits.

It’s so simple to make, you just take about three artichokes, put them in an appropriate sized saucepan and barely cover them with water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes. I poured a cup of hot tea from the saucepan, and then tipped the rest of the liquid through a funnel into a glass bottle, to refrigerate and drink cold later on. I imagine other flavours could be infused into the tea, but I haven’t experimented with that yet. Maybe bubbling the chilled tea through a SodaKing would add an interesting twist?

You could eat the artichokes that were used to make the tea, but the texture isn’t the same as 3-minute artichokes. My 10 year-old, who loves them, said the 30-minutes artichokes had a funny texture.

According to the USDA’s info on artichoke nutrition data, one medium-sized, boiled artichoke (about 120 grams) contains approximately:

  • 63.6 calories
  • 14.3 grams carbohydrates
  • 3.5 grams protein
  • 0.4 grams fat
  • 10.3 grams fiber
  • 107 micrograms folate (27 percent DV)
  • 17.8 micrograms vitamin K (22 percent DV)
  • 8.9 milligrams vitamin C (15 percent DV)
  • 50.4 milligrams magnesium (13 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligrams manganese (13 percent DV)
  • 343 milligrams potassium (10 percent DV)
  • 87.6 milligrams phosphorus (9 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams copper (8 percent DV)
  • 1.3 milligrams niacin (7 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams riboflavin (6 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (5 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams thiamine (4 percent DV)
  • 0.7 milligrams iron (4 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligrams pantothenic acid (3 percent DV)
  • 25.2 milligrams calcium (3 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligrams zinc (3 percent DV)

If you have a favourite recipe using fresh artichokes, let us know in the comments πŸ™‚

Whelping Whippets

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Nala, Winston and Fawn’s soft grey brindle.

Beautiful aren’t they? The one thing you miss when you adopt a puppy into your home, is their first 8 weeks. You don’t get to see the birth, the newborn phase, see when their eyes first open, or when they first learn to walk. One of the sweetest things we watched, was when the pups first start playing with each other and trying to growl! It’s adorable, these soft little bundles trying to wrestle with each other!

As mentioned in another post, when we welcomed whippets into our home, we did so planning to breed them, in addition to having them as members of the family. We have bred sheep, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl and were keen to also learn about and experience breeding whippets. NOTE: we did this knowing that whippets are a more unusual breed to find in our state, and therefore were likely to be able to find loving homes for them. We also went into breeding whippets knowing that we can provide an ideal start to life for them…we have the space, can feed them quality food, there’s always plenty of family members home to help care for and train them etc. It’s not a great idea to breed dogs if you don’t have the time, patience and resources to do so.


Fawn has turned out to be a very maternal young lady. She had no trouble falling pregnant, an easy pregnancy and a straight forward birth, which I am thankful we were able to witness. She’s an incredibly affectionate girl, and welcomed our presence for the whelping. Her first litter consisted of four pups, in a variety of colours. Three females and one male. She hardly left their side, and wouldn’t let Winston near them!

I had found an excellent article about whelping whippets, which suggested that for these comfort hounds, an ideal whelping ‘box’ set-up, was to use a children’s frame pool, and line it with a blanket or towels. Whippets love their soft furnishings πŸ™‚ What a fabulous idea! The size is right, the price is great, the height is excellent for containing pups until they are a few weeks old, and it’s plastic, so can be easily cleaned. I bought the pool, cut a massive king size blanket we had been handed down into two, and erected the set-up in the boys room.

As it turned out, Fawn loved the whelping box. She didn’t actually whelp in it…she normally sleeps in my daughter’s bed with her, and so that bedroom is her safe place I guess…she birthed in there, right on the girl’s jute rug. And there ended the use of that rug in our home!

But once the pups were on the ground and cleaned up, Fawn was very happy to move into the whelping box with them. There she stayed for the next three weeks. Around this time, the little monkeys learned how to jump the walls. So from there we moved to a gated pen. Around the three week mark, is when it’s best to start toilet training the pups. This was important for us, because whippets are a very indoor-sy breed of dog, so to make life that much easier on the families who would adopt our pups, we started toilet training at three weeks, using the Misty Method. Of course it made life easier on us too, because those puppies first 8 weeks were spent mostly inside our home! And yes, this worked. The families our puppies went to mentioned that toilet training the pups in their new homes was simple, because the groundwork had been laid.

The first litter at 9 days old, safely contained in a children’s frame-pool.

As there were only four pups, and all uniquely marked/coloured, we didn’t need to worry about ID bands or anything like that. But I have since found a brilliant business,, which supplies ID bands and so many other useful whelping supplies, located on the Gold Coast. They also share free whelping charts for tracking puppies milestones, weight etc. This is very handy, especially if you have a larger litter and need to make sure all the pups are gaining enough weight.

Doggie Pile

With so many mouths to feed, a bitch who has whelped is at risk of calcium deficiency. For this reason, many people feed the new mum’s puppy food (which is higher in calcium) rather than adult dog food. We also find that organic eggs from our flock, raw beef bones, raw chicken necks and BARF from Pet Mince Direct, have been great. Our local Pet Mince Direct is managed by a very knowledgable woman (a dog breeder herself) who has given me a wealth of information on canine nutrition.

Summing it up, the first three weeks after the arrival of the pups, the dam does just about all the work. She cleans up her pups messes, feeds them, snuggles with them and it feels like all we’re doing is keeping the nutrition up to her, patting her and admiring her little bundles of joy. Their eyes open sometime around day 10-14. They start to crawl around their enclosure more. Then the dam steps back a little, starts to wean them, and we start toilet training, introducing solid food (at which point the dam isn’t so interested in cleaning up her pups messes!) and we start being able to play with them. We have six children, who all love animals, so our pups were spoiled for choice when it came to human companionship and playmates. It has been such a rewarding experience, and wonderful to be able to give our pups a great start to life that rewards both our family for being able to experience this, and the pup’s new families, who are blessed to take home a puppy who is well socialised, house-trained, healthy and emotionally balanced.

Puppies are ready to be adopted at 8 weeks of age. Any earlier than this and they miss valuable social skills that their mother teaches them.

There is a wealth of information online about whippets, if you are keen to investigate whether this breed would be compatible with your family/lifestyle. We are so grateful to have our pair, they’re delightful.

There will be future litters, and if you are interested in keeping posted regarding Birdsong Whippets, drop me a line at

Toowoomba Parkrun…or ParkWalk

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Have you heard of Parkrun? It’s a weekly, free, timed 5km run/walk/jog that takes place every Saturday morning, worldwide. Here in Toowoomba, we have a few branches, Queens Park being the largest.

This month ParkRun are wanting to promote the fact that you don’t have to be able to run to join in! The name can be a little misleading. I had never tried to run 5kms in my life when I started. You can walk the course with friends, or with your dog, or alone listening to music…whatever works for you. Or maybe you’d like to be able to improve your fitness and want to give something new a go and work up to being able to jog/run the course. It’s such an encouraging and diverse group of people with all ages and fitness levels.

Initially, I was kind of roped in by my son (pictured) who had friends that regularly attended Parkrun, and so he wanted to join in. Two of my girls wanted to come along, one of whom we thought had to have adult accompaniment. So I joined her. Well, I NEVER expected we would become regulars ourselves, or that I would willingly give up quiet Saturday mornings at home to go and run 5kms with 400 other people! But it was kind of addictive. Maybe it’s the fact that your times are tracked, so if you choose to, you can keep trying to improve and get new PB’s. Maybe it’s the great community spirit they’ve got going on there, and getting to catch up with friends who also participate.

You certainly don’t need to be an athlete to join in. To take part in Queens Park ParkRun, all you need to do is show up on the Lindsay St side of Queens Park, just before 7am (6:45am is ideal) any Saturday, and look for the group of people gathering (some will be in orange vests). The course consists of two laps around Queens Park, and it’s beautiful (especially right now while all the Carnival flowers are still in bloom).

Parkrun are always looking for volunteers, so if you want to take part without actually completing the course, you can sign up as a volley, and do anything from being a marshal along the course, to scanning barcodes as participants come through the finish line.

Kin Kin Naturals Now in Stock!

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“What’s behind our products?
If we don’t trust an ingredient with our own children’s skin or our own backyard, then we don’t use it. After all, we’re a family not a big company. We’re just fortunate to know how to formulate leading edge cleaning products, based on previous work experience. If you have any questions or suggestions, we would love toΒ hear from you.” Kin Kin Naturals

Find out more here.

“I’ve been using Kin Kin laundry and dishwashing liquids for about 3 years now. They are the first eco cleaning products that I’ve had constantly impressive results from. We don’t have town water on our property, so I needed products that are both able to cope with bore and rain water and are safe for the septic system. Kin Kin liquids have ticked all the boxes for us.” Racheal, Birdsong.

We will be stocking 2.5kg dishwasher powder, 5L dishwashing and laundry liquid, with 20L drums available for special order.

What to do With all That Pumpkin #9: Pumpkin Cobbler

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I must admit it sounded strange “pumpkin cobbler“?? But it’s not. In my search for more ways to utilise our abundance of pumpkin, and sourdough discard, I found this recipe from I baked and tested it on our family this week, and it went down well. There are an abundance of sourdough recipes on that blog, so head over and check them out, if you too are accumulating a lot of surplus sourdough starter!

Olive Leaf Oxymel

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Olive leaf extract (which this is NOT a recipe for) is something I’ve found very effective in the past. Sure, it tastes nasty, but anytime a cough/cold was coming on, I’d take some and feel the difference. I wondered if it could be made at home, as so many extracts are as simple as steeping herbs in vodka.

Last year Rick gave our olive tree a heavy pruning, and mentioned there was a substantial pile of organic olive leaves that were available to use. Sadly they ended up shrivelling up and being forgotten.

This week, while we’ve had sickness passing through our family, I stumbled across a recipe for an oxymel (‘oxy’=acid + ‘mel’ = honey). This is as simple as mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and raw honey, and infusing this with a herb/root of choice for about four weeks. Fantastic! It sounded like just the way to create a homemade remedy with olive leaf. Olive leaf is also great for reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and reducing arthritis symptoms.

To make:

Grab a clean glass jar with a lid. Make a label, so you don’t lose track of what you’re brewing in there!

Fill up to half the jar with olive leaves, chopped nice and small (the more surface area, the better).

Add equal parts of apple cider vinegar and raw honey.

Mix well and let steep for about 4 weeks, in a cool, dark place. If you can remember to pull the jar out and give it a shake every few days, this is helpful.

Strain out the leaves.

To use, pour a teaspoon-full and take as a preventative, or if you are ill, take up to three teaspoon-fulls a day.

*Note: if you are keen to try this with some other herb/root, please do your research first and make sure it’s safe to be taken internally.

Birdsong Whippets

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It all started with rabbits. Too many rabbits. They can up and decide to descend upon your freshly planted seedlings overnight, feasting sumptuously until hundreds of dollars (and weeks of growth) is wasted.

We considered the idea of introducing a predator to keep a check on the feral wildlife at Birdsong. Rick researched what type of dog would not only take care of the bunnies, but also be low maintenance, safe to have around customers (because there’s always people coming and going here, collecting orders) and hopefully minimally destructive! Enter the whippet.

We read about how they don’t eat too much, spend a great deal of time sleeping, are very affectionate, LOVE chasing rabbits (they’re a sight hound, so anything that moves is fair game for a chase!) and how they tend to be couch commandos.

We didn’t actually meet anyone who owned a whippet however, until we were on holidays in NSW and the neighbour had two beautiful, older hounds. It was enough to confirm that this was the breed for us.

Our primary concern was that a sight hound may be high risk to coexist with our chickens and ducks…the fowl are in a fenced paddock, but a dog that is hard-wired to chase, may not be easy to train to respect our other pets!


Rick and I have bred all sorts of animals at Birdsong…sheep, pigs, chicken, ducks, guinea fowl…but never dogs. And with six children to help love and care for our animals, having a go at breeding dogs, in addition to just having our own as pets, seemed like a very realistic endeavour.

From a nutritional perspective, I was very curious as to how diet plays a role in a dog’s health, reproduction and offspring. I started looking at what the whippets could and couldn’t eat and was convinced that although kibble (dog biscuits) are super convenient, that kibble alone is neither a natural nor optimal diet for hounds.

I decided there would be fresh meat, vegetables, bones and eggs in our hound’s diet.

We considered organic kibble, which we may still try at some point, but the local organic bulk supplier only had organic kibble that was grain based, rather than meat/veg based.

It took a long time before we actually were able to welcome whippets into our home. The covid lockdowns were in place while we were on the whippet-hunt.

I had contacted a local breeder of show-quality whippets, and was gobsmacked at how many questions they asked about us and our property before they would even consider selling us a whippet! How high was our fence? Would someone be home most of the time for the whippets companionship, what did we plan to feed the whippet? Did we plan to breed them in the future?

There was seriously about 20 questions the breeder wanted answers to! At the time I thought it was a bit invasive, but after talking to others who have bred dogs or bought puppies and heard stories from breeders, I saw the very good sense in questioning potential buyers. Some people just don’t have a lifestyle that is compatible with these hounds, and it’s terribly unfair and sometimes even harsh on the dogs. Some just are not at all prepared for the work, training and ongoing needs of a pet dog. It can sound like a fun idea to own a dog, but research needs to be undertaken first, to see if it’s a realistic prospect.

One of our customers, with a wealth of experience with dogs and breeders, said she would keep an ear-out for any upcoming whippet litters. Sure enough, months later a contact of hers was expecting a litter. We put a deposit down on a female pup.

In the meantime, Rick hunted for an unrelated male whippet. Eventually he found a beautiful blue/grey boy, who we named Winston. He was all the way down near Canberra, so we hired dog movers to collect and escort him up to us, here in Queensland. He arrived at 4am one morning, absolutely adorable (and fed up with driving, I’d say!).

For the first month, Winston was our only dog. Fawn, the female we waited for, is a month younger than Winston, and wasn’t ready to move to her new home yet.

Winston quickly settled into large family life. He decided our couch existed for his unconditional use. Whippets appear to just adore being involved with their human’s life. They’re not the type of dog that you keep out in the back yard and just visit occasionally. They really identify as family members!

Now, a month of being the much-loved sole pooch at our place, meant that when Fawn arrived, there was some pecking-order issues to be established for Winston! Winston is definitely the more emotional hound, while Fawn is quiet, affectionate, polite…and was raised with many brothers, so was totally capable of rough play and defending herself when needed! We had such an amusing time, watching these two learn to become friends. But as you can see in the photos, they have bonded beautifully, and I don’t have the experience to know the difference between introducing a new dog when your original dog is a pup, or fully mature…but I think it’s unfolded quite nicely. I like that we got the toilet training and destructive phase over all at once, rather than being done with one puppy, and then starting all over with another! I also get the feeling these whippet pups weren’t as destructive as they could have been, because they had each other to play with. Boredom is apparently reason number one for destructive behaviour. The fact that there’s someone home to keep them company almost all the time likely made a substantial contribution to this also.

Although whippets spend a great deal of their day sleeping, when they experience a burst of energy, there’s no stopping them! Oh my goodness, they can run. And bound. I’d never seen anything like it, when Winston excitedly ‘bounded’ over our onion crop. I had no idea a dog could jump so high vertically! Not just leaping forward, but leaping straight up over a mature onion crop!

Digging: We had heard whippets don’t dig. Ours do. Not often, but they do. You should be aware of that potential if you’re looking at owning a whippet. It’s primarily happened when they have a bone they want to hide for later.

Poultry: I mentioned earlier that we were somewhat concerned about how we’d go raising poultry and sight hounds…who may not be able to resist those plump, feathery morsels. For months, while the whippets were pups, yes, they would try to chase the chickens or ducks if they got out. They have never killed one, but have removed a few tail feathers. Now it’s not an issue. Fawn can even come in the poultry yard with us, and she won’t chase a bird. She and Winston will sometimes watch them, but they know not to chase. So it is possible to train whippets to respect your poultry. I think the fact that our dogs have enough to amuse them helps. A bored whippet may be a different story.

Safe off-leash?: We had also been told that due to the nature of sight-hounds, you can’t let them off leash, or you may not retrieve them…if they see a bird or a bunny they want to chase, that could be it. They’ll run like an Olympian sprinter and be difficult to catch. We are now able to walk the dogs off-leash along our service road, without any trouble. We had one evening, months ago when Winston did chase a bunny through a couple of neighbours yards and we didn’t see him for about an hour! I prayed he’d come back (we couldn’t see him anywhere!), and he did. Phew. But now it’s fine, both hounds love to come along for an off-leash walk. BUT, there’s virtually no traffic on the service road and I don’t advise trying this on roads where there’s traffic to contend with. It’s also going to be high-risk if you try it somewhere that you know there will be other animals to deal with…like neighbours cats, or feral rabbits.

Ever owned a whippet? Let us know your experiences in the comments πŸ™‚

October Storms

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First, the good news.

All the people, animals and vehicles here at Birdsong are unharmed.Β 

After Monday’s hail storm, however, I can’t say the same for our hail/shade netting!

I could feel this coming, and last week had asked Rick how he thought we should protect the cars if we had severe weather (our business is heavily reliant on them).

Just before the storm, we walked outside to view the skies and saw the tell-tale green tinge of impending hail.

India was running around frantically trying to make sure the chickens and ducks had enough shelter in case the hail was fatally-sized.

Chickens don’t happen to be the brightest of animals, and chose to stand about two meters away from the shelter, saturating their feathers in the heavy rain. Oh well, she tried!

Before long, hail was pelting down (very exciting for the little boys!) and thankfully it was only small.

Once the hail stopped and the rain slowed a little, I ran out to inspect the damage. Wow. We’ve had strong winds that have damaged the steel support poles of the hail netting before, but this was something else. Almost the entire acre of hail netting was down, and some of the steel posts were bent completely in half.Β 

Large piles of hail were caught in the netting- the netting did protect the crops, at least. Twenty-four hours later, there was still piles of hail that hadn’t melted yet!

Rick wasn’t phased at all. These things happen, and while they take time to repair/rebuild, it’s really no big deal in the scheme of things.Β 

So for the past few days, he has been out there in an excavator working at repairing the ruins. He says the shade net needed a remodelling anyway πŸ™‚

The crops appear to have survived unscathed, and we had harvested a lot of produce just the day before, so business goes on pretty much as usual!

Nutrient-Dense Nut Bars

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I love nut bars, but the commercial versions often contain undesirable ingredients. Here’s a recipe for a customisable homemade version that is tasty and nutritious.

1 1/2 Cups chopped Brazil nuts (or another nut, but I choose Brazil nuts because they are one of the highest known sources of dietary Selenium, and most my children don’t like eating them plain!)

1/3 C chopped walnuts (again, you can sub out for whatever nut you like, but walnuts are another one that I take the opportunity to hide in these bars so the children will get some in their diet)

1/3 C Pumpkin seeds

1/3 C Sunflower seeds

1/3 C Dark chocolate chunks (or cacao nibs if you want a lower-sugar alternative)

1/3 C Sultanas (or another chopped dried fruit)

1/3 C Honey ( I haven’t tried this, but I’m sure maple syrup would work, if you’d rather avoid honey)

1/2 C Hulled Tahini

1tsp Vanilla Extract (or vanilla paste)

Heat your oven to 180C

Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

The next step depends on the viscosity of your honey. If your honey is runny, then you are just going to mix it together with the vanilla and tahini until homogenised. If your honey is too thick, then gently heat it in a saucepan until runny, and then mix in your tahini and vanilla.

Bake at 180C for about 10 minutes…slightly longer if you prefer a browner, slightly crunchier bar.

Allow to cool. Then enjoy!

Made For Mum

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Interested in making some delicious (and nutritious) goodies for Mother’s Day? Check out WholefoodSimply. We’ve been making a variety of the slices (like Raspberry Ripe Slice), which happen to be GF, DF and often V (Honey is used in some, but can be substituted for maple syrup if needed).

They are heavy on the nuts and nut butters…just saying, in case nut allergies are an issue for you. If you’re after something wholesome and special, Wholefood Simply is definitely worth checking out.

What to do With all that Pumpkin: #8 Maple Pumpkin Bread

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I couldn’t do a series of pumpkin posts without mentioning this recipe. We LOVE pumpkin bread, and this is my favourite recipe so far, from the Prairie Homestead.

It’s sweetened with honey and maple syrup, loaded with fragrant spices and delicious any time of day πŸ™‚ It makes 2 loaves…enough to share or freeze.

It’s the kind of recipe you could add walnuts or pepita seeds too, though our children love it just as it is.