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 purΓ©e 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 🌿

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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 🌿🌹

A life of intention bound by love and maybe coffee


I’ve sipped the last drop of my bullet proof coffee.

John Coltrane Melodies dance in the sunlight as I read a little of the book ‘Organizing for the spirit’ which is by internationally recognised professional organiser Sunny Schlenger.

How can we Organise better the ‘stuff’ in our lives?

We need to shift our perspective.

Do you wish to be Martha or Mary? 

Sure, we need to clean and organise, run the kids around, live in this busy world but not of it.  

What do I mean by not being of the world? I mean not attached to it, our things, our life, our people.

 Like Christ,  we are just passing by.  This walk of life is the beginning of a journey, one that lives intentionally with God’s will in mind, dying to ourself, so that when we pass we can actually start to live!  

God does not say, “In exchange for your own heart, I will give you a will of pure spirit”.  No, He gives us a heart, a human heart, like Christ’s.  I don’t have one heart for loving God and another for loving people.  I love Christ and the father, the Holy Spirit and our Lady with the same heart with which I love my family, my friends. I shall never tire of repeating this.  We must be very human, for otherwise we cannot be divine’. Josemaria Escriva, Christ is passing by.

Living a life of intention where we are not bound by ‘our own stuff’.  

Where we are not bound by anything.  

Where we can be family because of our love not our blood.

Where we can love each other as brother and sister.  Because the same people who we live with on earth are going to be the same people we will live with forever in heaven!

Where we say we’re going to do something, we are men of our word, we follow through, we do it!

We’re we have no regrets.  Like not seeing your dear friend who has now passed.  Where we say goodbye to another moving on because we said we would. Where we hurt as we let people go because we need to.  Where we learn from our mistakes, ask for forgiveness, forgive others and move on.

It’s good to let our food ferment because it’s better for our bodies.  

I made cream cheese by hanging it in a tea towel and letting the whey drain away to be used in mayonnaises later on.

The jam is sugar free by slow cooking organic berries with chia seeds on the stove.

The sour dough toast which is from the shop, is a rare, once in a blue moon treat for me and because I forgot to make myself a protein batter bowl last night. 

Preparing good food is important. Working in my kitchen is good. But listening to God is better.

So let it not be said that we didn’t listen to God and put our love into action.
‘It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do’ Jane Austen.

The melodies have stopped, the sun has risen and it’s time to get on with the day. But more coffee first. 

I intend on getting some things done this week that I said I would do, you pray for me and I’ll pray for you!

Blessings this Sunday,
Leah πŸŒΏβ˜•οΈπŸŒΉ

Β  bloom where you are planted


For some ridiculous reason, I’ve never tried this before.

It’s so simple.  

For celery- 

1. Put butt in shallow water and place in warm spot of sun on kitchen bunch or near a window.  Keep topping up water each day.  2.  When you see the centre piece has started to re-grow, place in soil.  The whole plant should grow again.  

For shallots-

1. Place cut roots in glass of water, watch them shoot up and plant as above.

I’m going to try these in pots.

Good for little kids or the green thumb that isn’t! πŸ˜‰

I hope we all grow closer to God in a small way today.  Maybe by smiling at someone who has caused us pain, because Friday is a day where our Lord knows only too well what it’s like to suffer.  

May we bloom where we are planted and sow love today.

Happy floral Friday!

 Leah ❀️🌹

Fermented blessings


(Previously shrineon.me.)

So starting from scratch and to cut a long flower story short, on this blog, you’ll read simple little stories of our life.  Because years ago, when I realised the importance of simple things.  The healing began.  God heals  my soul through frequent confession and my gut through gluten & sugar free living.

I’ll be posting about these lifestyle changes and other blessings in my life.  How I embrace grey hair, Catholicism and homeschooling.  What it’s like to be a mum of a toddler who wrecks our house, but has blessed our lives.  Not to mention, living with kids in university.   I’m trying to live the little things.  

Though my grandmother died when she was a young mum.  She has always been present in my life.  I’ve out lived her, as has my favourite father, his sister and her grandchildren.  Her stomach and bowel issues claimed her life.  However, I have prayed to her forever and I believe that God has helped me through her intercession.  Grandmothers know best!

Apart from getting married and having children, the next best thing I did in life was going gluten free and cutting out refined sugar. I recently purchased the book by Sarah Wilson ‘simplicious’ from target.  This is what inspired me to start a fresh blog on all my musings.  Thanks Sarah! 

Some of the content I knew, however, I love how it felt like home to me.  I was familiar with certain aspects through my qualifications in business catering.  Also because my favourite mother, brought us up with a very mindful manner not just in faith, but with an alternative and wholelistic point of view when it came to health. (You will spot my parents who shall be named Darby & Joan commenting from time to time on this little blog of my musings, because they are my greatest supporters 😊😘) However, the greatest thing I love about this book is the fact that it inspired me not to waste.  Don’t waste time, don’t waste money, don’t waste good food!  

So this is where it begins, with all things that matter to me.  God first! Bullet proof coffee second! πŸ˜‰ My marriage second, my children, their souls and their education, what we eat, my friends, my garden, my books and all the kombucha & coffee we can make together.

You can follow me on Instagram @leahshouse where I love snapping at my kids, I mean photos of what I’ve had for breakfast and the only two spells I like, ones of a floral kind and teaching my kids how to.  I also love to ramble about my book finds @leahslittlewords.  

I like to pray for my friends including you and ask if you could spare one in return.  For now I hope you can catch this batch of fermented blessings I’m throwing your way from my little house to yours.

Remember,

God loves ya!

Leah πŸŒΏπŸŒΉβ˜•οΈ