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365 Days of Fun and Chillaxation As I Raise My Son and Grow My Good News Website – Blog#14

Submitted by on April 29, 2010 – 7:53 pm 4 Comments

Right now, all I really want to talk about is food. I’ve got hot water boiling on the strove for rice vermicelli pasta, into which I’ll soon throw some fish and basil and tomatoes and salt and pepper and tamari (to strengthen), and perhaps a little garlic (to energise). And my son and I shall lunch. And when I ask myself what specifically Charlotte wants to do – of all the things I could do here in the majestic natural environment and super-loving community of Golden Bay: it’s bake. And perhaps cook meals. But mostly bake, I think. So very soon I’m heading once more to the organic shop and the supermarket to stock up on all the gluten free flours and special sugars (I’m going to experiment with ‘rapadura’ which is apparently far better for your teeth and body than the usual processed sugar), and for the dark chocolate chips, oil, eggs and anything else that seems worthy of a cooking session. And do you know what I’m going to do with my baking? I could tell you I’m going to sit here, this evening and scoff it all whilst watching the Simpsons movie for the 46th time (my son digs it), but I won’t. Oh no. Because it’s more the cooking part then the actual consumption of the baking that I’m relishing (pun unintended). So I’m going to head down to the local HANDS shop (which is open noon till six most days) and ask if they’d like to sell my goodies. I need to earn some HANDS, so that I can employ lovely, kind, fun people to play with my wondrous boy for the odd hour here and there. I’m interested to see what will tempt customers more: the oaty raisin cookies, or the decadent chocolaty ones.

Today’s rating: 9/10

PS all the while I’m tapping away at my goal of drastically increasing our subscription base.  I was in a small community paper today, talking about Happyzine. I had a meeting with the two (gorgeous, loving) owners of the GB Weekly today too, to talk ‘systems’.  Also I’m about to start contributing to www.voxy.co.nz with a regular good news round-up.  Oh there’s more, so much more, I shall tell you about it in due course (what a dignified turn of phrase!).

365 Days of Fun and Chillaxation (as I raise my gorgeous son and grow my good news website to a subscription base of 100,000 people).  The Low Down on this Blog.

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  • Katya says:

    Talking of using alternative sweetners in baking that have less detrimental effects on your health or teeth, you must try Xylitol. Used like sugar in the same proportions it has many fantastic attributes and can be bought in bulk which saves on packaging from Golden Bay Organics or check out http://www.annies.co.nz for more information:

    “Natural Sweet Xylitol is a natural sugar replacement, with 40% less calories. It looks and taste like refined white sugar but is teeth-friendly, and has a GI index of just 7.

    Xylitol is a ‘sugar alcohol’, and as such has a much lesser impact on blood glucose levels than regular table sugar (sucrose) as it is digested and absorbed much slower.

    This 100% Xylitol is found in small quantities in many plants and fruits and Annies Xylitol is extracted from corn husk.

    Use it where sugar is normally used and one for one sugar with your recipes. It dissolves and is heat stable for cooking and hot drinks.

    It can be used by all ages and is recommended for infants and pregnant mums. There is no recommended daily intake – simply use it as a sweetener, but note that excessive use may cause a laxative effect.

    Clinical studies show Xylitol:
    – protects the mouth from tooth decay
    – inhibits growth of bacteria in the middle ear
    – does not support the growth of candida
    – helps maintain bone density
    – is a natural insulin stabiliser
    – does not raise blood sugar levels”

    Stevia is also another option by the way but used in much smaller proportions than sugar in your recipes as it is many times more concentrated in flavour so don’t get caught out!

    Happy Baking Charlotte!

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  • Charlotte says:

    Thanks Kat! So what about the way sugar sort of ties everything together? Do these substances do this?

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  • Becky says:

    Hi Charlotte, it must be the weather, because I am in the same mindset.. today I have lovingly churned out green vege soup, spelt apple, cinnamon and walnut muffins, and feeding up my 4 year old son, and having friends over for aternoon tea. It’s the simple things in life …

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  • Charlotte says:

    Hi Becky, it sure is. I keep wanting to put the You Tube version of ‘it’s the little things’ by Trinity Roots up at the bottom of my blogs! And it’s such an amazing feeling feeding our tamariki good kai isn’t it? Teaching them to love and appreciate real food – made by us. lovely to hear from you.

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