Monday, October 3

It was the girls' first day back at school today.  This morning we all got up on time, motivated and ready to start a new term. I love that feeling of enthusiasm for getting things done I hope it hangs around for a while.

Last night I got back into the routine of making a menu and writing a shopping list for today. Over the holidays I didn't worry it was nice for me to have a bit of a break too.  This week we'll be eating...
● roast chicken
● tacos
● tomato and red lentil soup
● lamb pastitsio
● pumpkin and thyme risotto
● chicken and lychees

● carrot cake
● choc chip biscuits
● tricky chocolate truffles

This afternoon I made the truffles, another healthy recipe out of the Feeding Fussy Kids book.  They were easy to make and no cooking required.  Here's the recipe for you just in case you might like to give it a try.
½ cup pitted dates
1 cup sultanas
1 tablespoon boiling water
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup skim milk powder
½ cup desiccated coconut
extra coconut for rolling the logs

Place the dates and sultanas into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add the boiling water, blend, then leave the fruit to soak for 10 minutes.
Add the cocoa powder, skim milk powder and the coconut and blend until it forms a firm paste.  Add an extra tablespoon of water if required to bring the dough together.
Divide the mixture in half and roll into 2 long logs.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes until firm.
Remove from the fridge and roll in the extra coconut.
Using a wet knife, carefully cut the logs into 1 cm slices.
Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

Thanks for stopping by


  1. Yum!! Sounds like your place is the place to be for dinners this week :-)Hope the girls enjoyed being back at school.

  2. Any room for a family of seven to join you for dinner this week Catherine? :)
    Love the sound of those truffles, they are just the thing I need while going sugar free.


  3. All your wonderful gifty sewing has been rewarded- you are the winner of my Cath Kidston book! Have sent you an email. These truffles look scrumptious by the way. melx

  4. Thanks for saying hi Catherine. I'm having a go at Blogtoberfest as well. These truffles sound great and I have all the ingredients in my pantry so I'll be making them with the kids this week. Thanks for sharing:)

  5. Nothing beats that motivation that comes from being well rested.... except maybe truffle balls. YUM!

  6. i am definitely making these catherine. thanks for sharing. hope your first week back at school goes well. love your meal planning!!

  7. Those truffles look yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Enjoy your peace and quiet with the kids back at school! Mine returned yesterday and I'm feeling that I'm starting to get on top of things now!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. bliss balls...i have those planned for later this week.

  9. You have such a lovely blog Catherine! I see you mention the little church op shop in the side street in town. I like that one too. There is also a Lifeline at Raceview, which I only came across last week. It is tucked away where the Sausage King butcher is.

    The date truffles look so delicious, and I will be making them this week for sure.

    I was also so happy to come across Hopper's food colourings. I didn't know about them so thank you! My daughter horrifies me with the amount of food colouring she likes to add to icing.

    Have a lovely Sunday.



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