Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Rib-off Competition with Chef Leigh (Recipe included)

I have been waiting for this moment for well over a year. An opportunity to have a Rib-off with my friend and Chef, Leigh. I just needed to find a time that would suit Leigh's busy restaurant schedule and my cleaning schedule free time. In the end his partner (and my hair dresser) Leanne was the one who came through and matched a time for this huge event to happen.

Every great Rib-off competition should begin with some excellent trash talking.
First publicly on Facebook and then privately of course by text message.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Who I Appear To Be (Life with Chronic Illness)

I am so thrilled to introduce you to my guest blogger today - Rachel Cox from The Chronic-ills of Rach. She is a beautiful writer and human being with a great sense of humour.  Rachel shares stories on her blog about her life, and sometimes she writes about her chronic illness Dysautonomia. What that? Rachel explains on her blog what that is, but a quick sum up is this "It's an umbrella term used to describe various conditions that cause malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System."
As someone who struggles to live each day with chronic pain, I could really appreciate the way she articulates what it's like being a wife and mother living with a chronic condition. She's so honest and raw. I couldn't help but have tears in my eyes reading this post. Rachel will give you insight into what life is like when you look "normal" on the outside but feel awful on the inside. I wanted to share it with you for that reason and because I'll finally be sharing my own struggle here too
- Jess from Peachy Keen Mumma -

Who I Appear To Be

It’s a strange double life I am leading.  Like I’m a secret undercover agent.  Except I am not saving the world from crime, I’m just surviving, one day at a time.  There’s this magical spell that covers my words, so when I say “I’m not well”, people don’t hear it.  If I do manage to explain anything to them, they forget it and assume I am well the next time they see me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Impossible Market Newcastle

 Last night my friend Phoebe and I headed to the launch of The Impossible market. The market is located in the hip, industrial and laid back restaurant that is The Edwards. This bold and dynamic shopping experience is like no other seen in Newcastle. The venue is divided in two, with the markets on the warehouse side and the restaurant on the other, but there's an easy flow from one to the other.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Open Letter to My Son's Paediatrician

Two years ago I was going through one of the hardest times of my life. My newborn baby boy was breast feeding around the clock but still screaming in hunger. I had no idea as a new mum how long each breast feeding session was supposed to last but an hour and a half seemed way too long just to get up an hour or two later and do it all again. Something wasn't right. On day 10 I began mix feeding (breast/formula) Charlie after a midnight trip to the ER uncovered he was losing quite a bit of weight. When I wasn't feeding, pumping, making and cleaning bottles I was holding him; because every time I put him down he would wake up crying in pain. After a few weeks of detective work, I also discovered that my son had silent reflux. While he was struggling to feed and get enough milk,  I was struggling with prescription pills, herbal concoctions and pumping to make more milk. While he was waking from the pain of reflux I was doing everything I could to get us both a decent amount of sleep. Eventually the severe sleep deprivation resulted in severe anxiety which then resulted in even less sleep - a catch 22.

When my son was 10 months old I wrote an article for Birth Matters magazine telling my story of Post Natal Anxiety and what got me there, and how I pulled myself out of it. I read out the magazine article in this (free) 14 minute podcast , that you can listen to on your smart phones in your car or kitchen, but here's a very short run down of that:
When my son was 5 weeks I called his paediatrician here in Newcastle to ask about posterior tongue tie. He told me he had never heard of it and asked if I got the information I had from an "actual medical website." I felt belittled and dismissed. A couple days went by and we ran into him when we were at the hospital for another unrelated issue. I called out to him, explained who I was. He remembered the phone call and took a quick look in Charlie's mouth for me. He told me Charlie was not tongue tied. There was no reason to think that was the reason for his breastfeeding difficulties, and that my supply was the issue. By that point my supply probably had decreased because my son couldn't latch properly to keep it up. A simple case of supply and demand.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Zucchini Bread (It's Just Like Banana Bread)

I  got an awesome deal on zucchini at Aldi recently and thought I'd use the extra I don't use in meals to make an old family favourite - zucchini bread. This is another recipe from my childhood Betty Crocker recipe book, with my own tweaks.

A few years ago I thought I'd try and introduce a local cafe to the idea of selling it to their patrons. I bake - you sell. Even though I gave them an amazing taste test, they never got back to me. I just thought "maybe Australia isn't ready for zucchini bread."

All the Aussies I've ever talked to have this idea that it's a savoury loaf. It's not. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I Can't Even Dumpling

I was recently in Maroochydore Queensland, visiting two of our oldest and dearest friends, Luke and Rebekah. They decided they'd take us to their favourite taco stand for lunch in Mooloolaba. Only problem is the place decided to open an hour late that day. I know this because my husband contacted the place on FB to find out why they were closed during their opening hours. We clearly forgot to consider that a Mexican food stand may be running on Mexican time.