I’m baaack… & starting NaBloPoMo a bit late

Well, my jaw is still sore and I’m not quite back to eating my normal diet (the only textures I know at the moment are soft and squishy), but I came accross an event while catching up on my blog reading that has spurred me to come back a little earlier than I planned to. As a lot of you know I’ve lost my blogging groove a little of late due mostly to university and its ever present pressures.

 

So when I saw NaBloPoMo on a couple of blogs I saw it as a great opportunity to get back on the blogging wagon. If you haven’t already heard, it stands for National Blog Posting Month and pretty much just involves posting EVERY day throughout November! Since I am starting a week late, my daily postings will go through the first week of December as well. The other good thing about this is that it will help me to get through the pile of recipes I have waiting to be posted. What a perfect event for me at this point in time!

 

The other thing I have jumped on lately is Facebook, so if you are on there too feel free to add me to your friends list. Just follow one of the photo album links below to find my profile.

 

I completed 2 exams last week (Health Data & Chemistry), but due to getting my wisdom teeth out I am doing the other 2 in February (Nutrition & Health Behaviour). Speaking of the wisdom teeth, the surgery went well and much to my delight I didn’t swell up like a balloon or bruise at all! My jaw is just very stiff and I’m still eating from teaspoons because I can’t open my mouth very far. My favourite food groups at the moment are icy poles and mashed potato… yum!!

 

The other thing that got me through the whole liquid/soft foods diet was banana smoothies. Them and fruit juice has been my only source of fruit for the last week, so I have been enjoying them heaps. The recipe is very similar to my Strawberry smoothie, but I’ll post it here anyway. Sorry, I’m not quite up to taking photos yet.

 

Banana Smoothie (Serves 1)

 

Blend together 1/2C skim milk, 1/2C low-fat natural yoghurt, 10g honey & 1 roughly chopped, medium (100g) banana with a stick blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with a sprinkling of mixed spice, if desired.

 

Why Should I Eat That?

 

This smoothie is low in fat and sodium and also contains almost half your daily calcium needs. A great way to start the day!

 

Nutritional Information: (per serve)

Energy 1047.5kJ, Protein 15.4g, Fat (Total) 0.6g (Saturated) 0.2g, Carbohydrates (Total) 44.3g (Sugars) 41.2g, Dietary Fibre 2.2g, Sodium 168.5mg, Calcium 485.8mg, 0.7 serves of fruit.

 

What else have I been up to?

 

 

Fundraising has finished up for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and the Diabettys managed to raise $2,496.40! It was a wonderful day for a walk around the lake, you can view the rest of the photos here.

 

 

My brother, Luke, turned 21 last month and we held a bit of a family gathering for him in my Aunty Dot’s beautiful garden. I catered for the event of course, with lots of finger food (savoury and sweet) and a big bowl of fruit punch. Inevitably I was too busy cooking the food to remember to take photos of it, but I will be sharing the recipes with you throughout this crazy 30 days of blogging. To see more photos of the gorgeous setting, go here.

 

 

Leanne and I held our annual Halloween party again this year, we are one of the very few people who actually celebrate it over here in Australia. Although we don’t go trick or treating (mainly because nobody has any candy and you just get a whole lot of weird looks!), we just hold a dress up party and go crazy on the decorations. We both get very into designing our costumes, but this year we were upstaged by my boyfriend Chris, who went in a blow-up chefs costume. For more photos, go here.

 

That’s all of my news for now, I’ll see you tomorrow with another recipe!

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