I want more fish

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As I type, I can still taste the smoked flavour of the salmon topped, fried egg on gluten free toast which I made for a delicious breakfast this morning.  Ok so I may have added avocado, salt, pepper and sour cream.  I’m feeling hot, tired, and energy depleted.  As much as I love Carman’s deluxe gluten free muesli with Aussie honey, I wasn’t satisfied. I simply wanted more. 

In a world full of materialism, we constantly ask ourselves do we have enough?

Do we want the latest clothes, even though our wardrobes are abundantly full?

Do we desire an updated kitchen every few years?

Are we seeking for more, all which is better and bigger?

Are we competing with what others have?

Will we ever be satisfied?

Is our vision blurred of what we want rather than what we need?

Are our wants holding us back from living with our needs and being ok with that?

For most, our needs are met. For others this is not the case.  I believe, it is a myth that the world is over populated.  It’s seems to me, it’s possibly a problem that there is uneven distribution in our world.  Their is corruption and there is greed. It’s obviously more complicated than that and we do have a serious problem with poverty.  We also have a serious problem with spiritual poverty.  

Could we become minimalists in our own right? I’ve seen the documentary and it was good. I feel however they were missing something. Who is to say what each needs? Some people need more books than others for instance.  A single man will simply not need as much to live by in comparison to a family of five.  A family of five in one country will have different needs than one in another.  Now there’s nothing essentially wrong with updating your material objects per say, but I believe in a balance.  We live in a world with people obsessed and addicted to buying.  We have an unhealthy attachment to our things. We are slaves to consumerism.  We are constantly acquiring more and more items  which we do not need.  Does this mean we give away everything? Maybe not, but wouldn’t we have more freedom, if we were able to walk away from our material possessions because we are not attached to them? Does that mean we don’t respect what we own, of course not.   We can become minimalists, and we will still yearn for more because we are yearning for something else.  Their is a void and it needs to be filled. 

When are your happiest memories? It’s been said children who have more are unhappier than those who have less, wouldn’t this apply to adults as well? 

Apart from food, shelter and clothing,  we each have a another need in common which is food for our soul.  God’s love. Now for me as a Catholic, this I why I frequent the sacraments.  The human desire for God which we can ignore or try to  fill up by purchases is supernatural, a void which only God alone can fill.   His love is a love which will satisfy our souls, if we let it: ‘Come Holy Spirit’. He gave us His only son, He denied Himself so that we have a chance to live forever and be happy with Him in heaven, not here. Let us not be confused that we must live a life of sorrow.  How can we imitate and permeate this love in our own lives? By focusing on loving others rather than objects. 

We are all searching or hungry for more.  It is a natural desire, one which we were all born with, because God wants us to yearn for Him.   We don’t have to be rich or famous, have a better house then the neighbours, nor a poorer one for that matter.  We do need to continually look at our selves and die to our wants because they bind us here and one day we will physically die and we can not store these treasures in heaven.   If we’ve spent our time acquiring earthly goods, have we spent it wisely?

 We can sometimes feel that even we do not have enough to give.  Give yourself and all you have because it counts. Do not believe the lies told to us by the devil that we do not have enough or we ourselves are not enough.  As we journey through Lent, we look at the miracles performed by Our Lord to teach us something. We remember  the story where Jesus fed the five thousand from all of what the little boy had to offer. He did this because He knew it didn’t matter how much the little boy had, it only mattered that he was willing to give everything he had and that God would make it enough, more than enough.  
We trust in the God who wants us and made all the fish in the ocean in the very beginning, to make something out of nothing,  how hard could it be for someone like that?

Confessions of a jam addict

I have confession today, down the road with an authorised priest for the purpose of obtaining forgiveness.  It’s where I confess my actual sin.  There are two types of actual sin, venial and mortal. 

 Venial – a less serious offence against the law of God.  Some venial sins are deliberate.  They displease God.  Some are not deliberate.  They are committed through fear or without thinking. If we do our best to improve, Our Lord is pleased.  A sin can be venial in two ways.  Firstly, when the evil done is not seriously wrong.  Secondly, when the evil done is seriously wrong; the sinner sincerely believes it is only slightly wrong, or does not give full consent.  

 Mortal – a grevious offence against The law of God.  Three things are necessary  to make sins mortal.  Firstly, the thought, desire, action, word or omission, must be seriously wrong or considered seriously wrong.  Secondly, the sinner must know it is seriously wrong. Thirdly, the sinner must consent to it.  

To Make a good confession, I must admit to my sins, tell the truth and leave nothing out.  These are the chief qualities of a good confession.   It’s freeing to know ones sins.  It does not get me down.  I am human, I am bound to commit them, yet I will not let them bind my life.  I don’t like the way they make me feel.  The same with sugar. I don’t feel good after eating it. I feel sick.

Why do I go to confession frequently? Because I know it’s good for me.  Do I think I’m holier than anyone? No, not at all. In fact, it helps me when I’m feeling depressed.  It cleanses my soul.  It helps with my struggles. It helps me know myself.  I may never get rid of some of my addictions, but I won’t give up fighting against them. Confession is a sacrament.  What’s a sacrament?  A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace.  

One eats good food for our bodies right? Well the sacarament of communion where a catholic receives the body and blood soul and divinity of our lord Jesus Christ is food for ones soul.  We drink kombucha for vitamins and probiotics.  Well consider the sacrament of confession medicine for ones soul.  I was addicted to sugar.  Addictions keep us from Really living.  I used to be addicted to sugar. I love jam! However, there is so much sugar in jam! I wanted to make a decision which changed my life.  I wanted to cut out the bad things. So, I cut out sugar. When I cut out the sugar, I seriously had more control over other failings.  

Make sense?

Make sugar-free jam?

Recipe for organic berry and chia jam (organic berries don’t have pesticides. If you are trying to change to organic, start with berries.  Non organic have a tonne of spray, I was told by a farmer, you can’t ever get rid of it.  Not even by washing them through a dishwasher! Yikes. 

1 cup of organic berries, fresh or frozen.

1-2 tablespoons of rice malt.

2 tablespoons of chia seeds.

Place all ingredients into a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water, and blend with a stick blender, or leave as is. Heat pan over a medium heat until he mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat and stir until thickened.   Store in an airtight container for a week or freeze for up to a few months. 

I confess, this jam doesn’t last long in our house.


Go easy on yourself if you desire to give up sugar. It takes time, if you fall off the wagon,  forgive yourself and get back.  Don’t be disheartened.  It’s a journey.  You might feel a little nervous about admitting any addictions.  Can you talk to someone you trust about it? This post is not about judgement, no human can judge another.  But our struggles or habits with food, can have a domino affect with our struggle in our souls.  For me, I know the two were linked.  Do I still struggle? Absolutely, but I’m aware of my struggles and that’s the difference.   

You may wonder, if I  ever get nervous about confession? Yes, I do Sometimes.  Only because Old hairy legs doesn’t want me to go.  Who’s that? Me in the winter yes, but old hairy legs is another name I call satan. He knows there’s grace involved.  He doesn’t want me to receive it.  He wants me to forget that it’s totally private, it’s Jesus himself not just a man.  When I leave the confessional, I leave all my sins behind. I feel so relieved after it.  I say my penance and make reparation.  I say sorry to who ever I need to.  Is it humbling? Absolutely. Freedom is in forgiveness.  Asking for forgiveness is humbling.  Without humility, we can not be like little children who need their loving Heavenly Father.  A child needs to be able to trust they can tell their parent anything. I confess I’m sometimes afraid in life, but trust He is with me in everything.  As an adult, I don’t fear God, I fear living without Him and because of that I desire to please him and do my utmost best not to sin again and eat sugar-free jam forever with Him in heaven.

Love Leah🌿

Feathered girls and a soup for days

Picked up the girls yesterday, the feathery kind. So far we have had Iggy tell us his is ‘chicken bok bok’,  Cece has called hers ‘Miss Rose Mary’ & Olivepip has called hers ‘Miss Anne Shelley’ 🐓.  We went with Isa Browns because they tend to be more like pets, and they are, they are so lovely.  We’ve carefully clipped a few wings, done properly, your chickens should not even notice.  The feathers will be sent to our penpals


It’s finally Spring here in Australia, so I’ve cleared the gutters, topped off the compost bins, mulched the existing plants and spotted the worms.  PIanted poppies to make poppy maidens, Rosemary, nasturtiums and rocket to make tea, to eat and for the chickens. The raspberry & strawberry plants are in the fairy gardens where we will picnic around ready for the warmer days ahead.  If you live in western Australia, we have found great fairy garden pieces from the shop ‘Rave Discounts’. They make sweet gifts too. 


I’m not a great gardener by any means. But I like the idea of keeping costs down and doing things organically where I can. Plus the children have always used nature as their playground no matter how big our land is. We don’t live on acreage. I wanted to move to a farm but that was not God’s plan for us. We have a block next to the city. We are trying to live off our land as much as we can, the land where God wants us. I love living where we do. We have a friendly, kind community. Our dear neighbour was sweet enough to give the children a box full of gardening gloves for their little hands all the way from England. We don’t have many toys and so books and the garden are our thing.

 The book, ‘Sunflower houses’ by Sharon Lovejoy is an oldie but a goodie. It Helps kids make things out of what they grow. Though we don’t have fireflies sadly where I live, we are able to do most things suggested.  


Today the weather has turned from glorious to nasty.


Some of us are not feeling well.   Though gifts from friends, lift their spirits.  


This Chinese style corn soup in the tastiest, easiest soup to make for when you or your loved ones don’t feel well or even when you all feel excellent but need an easy meal. With a bit of supervision and practise, responsible kids can make this. 

Sweat on the stove – one can of creamed corn with one onion chopped up and a knob of butter or about a tablespoon of oil. Add as much chicken stock as you desire per the size of your family. Bring to boil and stir in a few egg whites, cooked when they turn white. Add shredded chicken for a more heartier soup. Serve with sour dough bread or whatever bread you have. ( for larger families double the other ingredients

There are discussions about oxygen, carbon dioxide and why we need trees.  Reading and thinking skills are being worked on, lactose free food planned by a twelve year old foodie who is designing a website for a free computer class which is provided by our local council.   There’s the demands for sharing of blankets in the patio lounge room whilst eating roasted zucchini sprinkled with Himilayan salt and left over kale salad, topped off with Nature’s Way Cacao Pepitas (a favourite snack which has 5 times more antioxidants than almonds).  Off the iPad, ‘The Green Ember’ and classical music stream from audible.  Nomenclature cards have been pinned to Pinterest for printing later on whilst leaves and rain can be heard playing tag on the roof as the girls look on.  My girls, the ones that fill my days with noise, joy and laughter. 
Love Leah 🌿

Making cream cheese is whey too easy

God morning, 

As promised to a few of my lovely friends, here’s a quick post on how to make cream cheese-

Buy 1 litre organic full cream (I use unhomogenised) yoghurt.

Place a tea towel or muslin cloth over a large bowl and pour or spoon contents into middle.  

Gather up and clip or tie.  

Hang it up somewhere safe in your kitchen and let the whey drip into a bowl.  No fancy contraptions in my kitchen, see above, wooden hanger used.

Drain for 12-24 hours.

Store cream cheese in fridge for up to a month.

Freeze the whey in an ice cube tray.  

When frozen, then transfer to an airtight container.

  This can be used for making mayonnaise and in your fermented produce. 


With dairy issues have you ever tried cumin, cloves, nutmeg or cardamom?

Apparently they are great digestive aids and assiste with mucus forming foods.

Hope your Sunday is blessed,

Leigh 🌿

Get into the habit of blooming gut gummies


We can all get off track with our lifestyles.

Do we eat too much sugar? 

Are we addicted to sugar?

Are our children?

Could they benefit from more prayer from us for their habits?

Pray to St Monica who was a saint not in a habit, she was a wife to a man who abused her verbally, a mother and her feast day is tomorrow the 27th August.    (Prayer below) Her once wayward son was St Augustine who lived a colourful life. Through his mother’s prayers, it is believed he came back to the truth.

Speaking of the truth – 

Are we suffering from our own hands and grabbing too many sweat things made with refined sugar?

Chances are we’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions.

Well it’s time to take small steps to do something about it.  We can start by doing away with those sugary lollies which will do nothing but rot your teeth, kill your gut and leave you feeling guilty.  

Come back to wholesome treats.  

Are your kids addicted to sugar? This may help wean them off.  

These little babies will help your liver, provide you with amino acid glycine which assist the liver ridding toxins.

It’s great for injury ( are you an athlete?)

Do you suffer from insomnia? Eat one of these before bed I me. Research shows eating glycine before bed can enhance sleep.

It boosts metabolism, reduces heart burn to name a few health benefits.

(It’s important you use powdered gelatine from pasture fed cows) can be bought online or from a health/organic food store. Vegans can use agar.

For boosting immunity try these –  (using fermented fruit and adding gelatine when cooled helps even more with probiotic help, thanks for the tip Katie!)

Dissolve 3 1/2 tablespoons of gelatin in 1/3 cup of water, it will expand and become rubbery, (this process is called blooming) Let this sit for 5 mins.

Peel and Chop 4 ripe kiwi fruit, 1/2 cup of lemon juice (I also used orange) in saucepan on low hea until almost boiled.  Turn off heat and allow to cool, stir in crumbled gelatine with a fork until dissolved.  

1/2 tablespoons of vitamin c powder (optional and added after the liquid has cooled)

Add 1/2 tablespoon of rice malt.

You can use a stick blender but not on high to purée it at this stage. I omitted this part.

Pour into square lunch box, allow to set in fridge for 1 hour.

Cut into bite sized squares.

These store up to a week in an air tight container in fridge. (Recipe from Sarah Wilson’s Simplicious recipe book)
For bulletproof coffee squares – replace all ingredients except gelatine with 1/2 cup organic black coffee, 1/2 cup almond milk 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, ( I made my own if anyone wants to know how, please write in comments)  follow the same procedure above.   For bubble tea, add small cut up pieces to your favourite glass of milk, while praying this prayer,

‘St Monica,

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine,
you perseveringly pursued your wayward son

not with wild threats

but with prayerful cries to heaven.

Intercede for all mothers in our day

so that they may learn to draw their children to God.

Teach them how to remain close to their children,

even the prodigal sons and daughters

who have sadly gone astray’ 


Happy floral Friday my friends, 

Leah 🌿

Berry good gluten-free cake in a mug

This week, we celebrated the queenship of a sweet Lady, where because she is the perfect example of a devoted mother, she was crowned queen of heaven.  Oh the benefits of having this heavenly help!  Mother Mary guides me to loving her son more and helping me with my own children.  

This week,   The kids have been off their food because they have colds and sore throats.  The toddler is asking for cake.  Sugary cakes will bring down their immunity further, not these cakes!

Have you ever tried Mug cakes?  

You need a microwave for this recipe.  I rarely use the microwave (husband bought) unless I’m heating up the heat bag.

Try Sarah Wilson’s recipe for strawberry cheesecake muggin-

1/4 cup almond meal or gluten-free plain flour

2 tablespoons organic desiccated coconut (if it’s not organic,dried fruit will have Sulfur dioxide to stop it from turning black due to oxidisation, this preservative isn’t good for asthmatics)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon pistachios, chopped, plus extra to serve

1 tablespoon of berry chia jam or 2-3 strawberries (organic is best, too many pesticides otherwise) chopped, plus extra for serving.  (The only sweetener in this recipe is a small about of rice malt in the jam.)

1/4 cup milk of any kind.

1 tablespoon full-fat ricotta, plus extra to serve (Or homemade cream cheese which is so easy to make, anyone interested in a post on how I do this? Please say in comments) 

Please all of the ingredients into a massive microwave-safe mug and mix with a spoon. (My darling sister gave me the massive mug featured, however they sell them for a few dollars in Target)

I placed them in for 1 min 20 secs, although the recipe stated 2 minutes, the cake overflowed, you may have to adapt this, depending on the power of your microwave.

Serve with dollop of ricotta and the extra pistachios and jam or berries. 

 Omit dairy or add dairy free for vegan.

Come back tomorrow to see a post on boosting immunity gummies instead of lollies that will kill your guts! 

Happy sweet Thursday friends, 

Leah 🌿

The heavens opened


Today we celebrated an important feast day, a holy day of obligation.  Which is to be treated like a Sunday mass, where a catholic must attend.  The littlest boy insisted on wearing his basketball singlet over his dinosaur shirt as he does daily.

The ‘assumption or falling asleep’ of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Where at the end of her earthly life, she ascended into heaven, body & soul.  This dogma was defined since 1950 by Pope Pius XII.   

Many assume that Catholics worship Mary.  This is far from the truth.

We love her like a child loves his mother.

We wish to imitate her because she served the Lord completely, never straying from her son’s side when others abandoned Him.

We have statues of her not because they are idols, but because they are tangible reminders of her and because cameras were not invented. 

We call her our mother because at the cross, Jesus told St. John she was and I believe in His word.

I pray for her intercession, to help me in my motherhood to love Jesus and my children like she does.

We celebrated by eating egg smash bowls (slow cooked root plants, from last nights left overs mashed with butter) and kombucha for brunch.  We planned that after piano lessons, for the afternoon we would then headed off to fossick amongst the rocks, splash in the salt water with friends who couldn’t gather up at our usual homeschooling day.  The heavens opened as we shared a gluten free, organic dark chocolate slice (biscuit dough pushed down and baked in a tray instead of rolled into balls and pushed down as a biscuit.  It turns out like a brownie) which our 12 year old baked.  For a short but sweet time, a mere few mumma friends in the hood and I sipped warm drinks under the shelter of some peppermint trees.

Heading home, we thanked God for 7 things that we were grateful for.  Something that struck me from a recent post over at Thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com as our 5 year old seemed to be intent on seeing all the things she did not have, rather than the things she did.  Tomorrow, I am looking forward to hearing all of the things my girls and Boy are grateful for.  Our 2 year old even piped in and clearly said “Thank you God for dinosaurs and basketballs”  


Amen to that and happy feast day!

Leah 🌿🌹