Real Pies

Its been a while since we have had a pie of any sorts so we thought it was time to make the very kiwi mince and cheese pie. Growing up I couldn’t stand meat pies mainly because the filling was usually of questionable quality. However, making one at home, made with beef mince seasoned and flavoured mindfully has created a new-found fondness for the humble pie.

A wee one was made for the kiddo which was very cute…

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Real Baby Food

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My baby is now onto solid food and to my delight is loving it! I make the mash with whatever we are eating and whiz it up with a bit of stock if needed.

Perhaps these baby food recipes may be a bit of inspiration to anyone thinking of making their own. A good idea is to freeze the food in ice cube trays then empty the cubes when frozen into labelled bags. Also use a coffee grinder to make rice meal, cook with water, this can be added to various concoctions.

And remember if you don’t think it’s delicious then baby probably won’t either!

Apple + Banana + Rice

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Pea + Rice + Carrot + Chicken Stock

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Pumpkin + Yam + Rice

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Real Forest Bathing

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The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku; breathing in the forest air which is likened to nature’s aroma therapy. We managed to get out of the city over the school holidays and did a bit of Shinrin-yoku in the bush in Whakapirau.

It made me think that I should  make an effort to connect with the earth at least once a day and do more forest bathing when possible. Whether it be getting my bare feet on the grass, hands in the garden or sit and take time to watch the sky, the calm and aura of the earth is humbling.

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Real Nappies

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I have finally made the switch to reusable nappies after going to the nappy lady workshop last month. It does take an extra load of washing per day but I’m not opposed to an extra 10 minutes of work per day putting the nappies onto wash and hanging them on the rack. The nappy lady workshop definitely gave me the push I needed to get me set up as well as being informative on a range of sustainable and invaluable advise for raising children. Now the only guilt that I have is that I didn’t use re-usable nappies for my first child, oh well better late than never right?!