Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Creamy Coconut Ice

Good Evening friends! I hope this finds you well and having a great week so far. 

All is well here … the Summer weather has really hit here on the Coast, our Christmas Tree and decorations have gone up and the countdown is on until school is finished. I am sure I am not alone in saying how fast this year has flown and how crazy busy this months calendar is looking!

I have a gorgeous new Christmassy (is that a word?!) recipe for you all to enjoy …. can’t wait to hear from you when you make it! 

creamy coconut ice

Creamy Coconut Ice 

3 ½ cups desiccated coconut

270ml coconut cream

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup maple syrup

6 drops pink food colour

Line a 20cm x 20cm square cake tin with baking paper and set aside.

Place the desiccated coconut into a large bowl and set aside.

Place the coconut cream, coconut oil and maple syrup into a small saucepan. Stir over a medium – low heat for 1-2 minutes or until the coconut oil is melted.

Pour the melted coconut oil mixture over the desiccated coconut and mix thoroughly.

Pour half of the mixture into the prepared tin and push down evenly and firmly to form a bottom layer.

Add the food colour to the rest of the mixture left in the bowl and combine thoroughly.

Place the coloured layer on top of the bottom layer and spread evenly and firmly.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before cutting into squares and serving.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • This is a beautiful and creamy coconut ice and IS NOT overly sweet. You can increase the sweetness to suit your taste buds (just taste it before putting it into the cake tin).

  • I use ‘hopper’ food colours as they are additive free. These can be bought in 7 different colours through my online store.

  • If maple syrup is not the sweetener of your choice – please feel free to swap it!

  • Perfect for a Christmas gift idea! 

Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week, stay cool and make sure you drink plenty of water and try to get plenty of sleep! 

Take Care of You, 
Collette x 

PS  I am doing post office deliveries every 1-2 days up until Christmas to ensure everyone gets their Christmas coloured 100′s and 1000′s in time for baking and that you get your books in time for gift giving! Please don’t leave it too late and miss out! 


Creamy Coconut Ice

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Chicken Lettuce Cups

Good Afternoon friends! I hope this find you all well and that you have had a lovely week.

All is really well here. Last Sunday my eldest daughter competed in the Nationals Physie Competition and was thrilled to achieve her goal of top 18 – 2nd year in a row! I have had a good week, reasonably low key (well as much as possible with 4 kids and a business!) … I am hoping to get sorted for Christmas and the twins Birthday (23rd Dec!) next week … can’t really believe Christmas is less than a month away! Are you sorted?

Here is a scrumptious recipe I have been meaning to blog for quite a few weeks now … it is a regular dish in our home and I have a few friends who love it and make it regularly too …as for  the kids, well they LOVE  it cause really, what kids don’t like to eat using their hands! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 

chicken lettuce cups

Chicken Lettuce Cups

1 tspn oil

1 kg chicken mince

½ cauliflower (approx. 400g) – grated

2 brown onions (approx. 160g) – finely diced

2 stalks celery – finely diced

2 zucchini (300g) – grated

2 carrots (approx. 290g) – grated

1 large red capsicum (approx. 270g) – finely diced

4 tblspns nutritional yeast

2 tblspns dried coriander

2 tblspns cumin

2 tspns dried sage

½ tspn herbamare

Lettuce leaves, Sour Cream and Sweet Chilli Relish to serve.

In a large wok place the chicken mince and cook on medium – high or until ¾ cooked.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Cook (stirring continuously) until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Serve as is – or serve in lettuce leaves with a dollop of sour cream and sweet chilli relish on top.

Serves 6-8 

Freezes well. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend .. full of love, laughter and great food! 

Take Care of You, 

Collette x 


Chicken Lettuce Cups

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Nectarine Jam

Good Afternoon friends! I hope this finds you well and having a lovely week so far. 

I just made some jam using gorgeous Nectarines I picked up cheap the other day and realised I haven’t shared my recipe with you … so here it is! Super easy, limited ingredients, delicious and of course the best bit is that you know what’s in it! Hope you love it as much as we do! 

Nectarine Jam

Nectarine Jam 

700-800gms Nectarines – seeds removed

4 tblspns chia seeds (45g)

2 tblspns maple syrup (35g)

1 tspn vanilla

Place all the ingredients for the jam into a food processor and blitz on medium –high until pureed to your liking.

(TMX Speed 5 – 20 seconds)

Place jam in sterilized jars with lids and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to cool and set.



  • You can use fruit of choice depending what is in season

  • You can swap the Maple Syrup for sweetener of choice AND you can increase the amount or leave it out all together, depending on your taste buds

  • Store in the fridge (mine has lasted 3-4 weeks well – but normally gets eaten before that) 

Why not make some for a perfect gift to give to teachers, family and friends for Christmas with a ribbon around it!? It’s what I will be doing! 

Wishing you a great rest of the week, 

Take Care of You, 

Collette x 


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Our annual holiday …

Good Afternoon friends! I hope this finds you well!

Every year we count down the weeks until our annual family 2 week relaxing holiday … we have been back over a month now and I have been meaning to do my little update on it and share some photos but I am only just getting to it now as the days have been pretty busy with the orders for my new ‘Lunchbox Solutions Mini Cookbook’ … here I am though … better late than never hey!? I hope you enjoy …

beach 2

Love watching my family play on the beach … every day!


beach 6

Holidays … the time to occasionally look the other way … Master ‘almost’ 4 enjoying a rare ice-cream! Clearly loving it!

beach 7

My youngest … Miss ‘almost 4′ … looking gorgeous!

beach 4

Teaching my Mother-in-Law to take selfless ;-)

beach 3

I normally brave the water ONCE in the 2 weeks holiday … and would be lucky to go up to my knees the other days … just not a fan of everything about the ocean … I braved it this day and had a go of the boogy board … I got over my fear (well almost) and loved every moment!

beach 9

Hubby and Miss 10 can never get enough of the water …. love watching them have a blast!

beach 1

How easy it is to stop, sit and relax on holidays … very grateful for the sunshine and lazy days spending quality time with the family …. must remember to do this every day … stop, relax, breathe and be grateful x

Wishing you a lovely week … talk again soon …

Take Care of You,
Collette x



Our annual holiday …

Thursday, 20 November 2014


Good Afternoon friends! HAPPY FRIDAY! I hope this finds you all well and that you had a lovely week!

I have had a lovely week. I have managed to have some nice quality time playing with the kids, enjoying the sunshine, having a few (not many but better than none!) lazy moments and I even had quite a few hours in kitchen doing some creating … it really is my happy place!

MANY months ago I bought some Great Lakes Gelatin as I heard quite a few times that it was really good for you but I have to be honest and tell you that I was a little freaked out by using it as I was worried it was going to have a strange taste! I finally worked up the courage and I am glad I did … these little ‘jellies’ are so easy to make and really yummy – 3 of my 4 kids LOVED them … Miss ‘almost 4′ wasn’t fussed and said she didn’t like them wobbling! ha ha!

I have only tried them with the ingredients below but I look forward to having a play with other flavours and I will update here as I do …. I hope to hear from you when you make them …enjoy :-)



½ cup boiling water

4 tblspns gelatin

2 tblspns honey

1 cup coconut water

1 cup orange juice

In a glass jug place the boiling water, gelatin and honey and stir well until it is all combined.

Add the coconut water and orange juice and mix well.

 Pour mixture into moulds and ‘set’ in the fridge for at least 2 hours before enjoying. 


  • I use ‘Great Lakes Gelatin’

  • If you don’t have shaped moulds you could use ice cube trays or pour the mixture into a lined large container and once it is set, cut into squares

  • These ‘jelies’ aren’t overly sweet so you can increase the honey to taste

  • Have fun experimenting with your favourite juice flavours

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge


Wishing you a beautiful weekend friends … I don’t know about the area you live in but here on the Central Coast I have heard it is meant to reach 41 degrees on Sunday … mind you, as I am typing this it is 40 degrees! Stay cool … drink LOADS of water and please remember your pets and eldery neighbours! 

Talk again soon,

Take Care of You, 
Collette x 



Monday, 17 November 2014

Bread Bag - Sparrow

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Size 34 cm W x 40 cm L – size is a rough guide and may vary slightly either side of this measurement.

  • 100% Cotton/Canvas fabric

  • PVC free

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  • heavy metal free

  • phthalate free

  • BPA free

  • coating decomposes without harm to environment- unlike PUL or Nylon which is not biodegradable

  •  Zipper for easy open and close.

  •  Bags can be put in freezer.

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  •  Hand,  machine or dishwasher safe.

Ethically made in India


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