School holidays: birthday, horses and granola madness

One week of school holidays has passed. Although it feels like we have spend most of our time in our pyjamas, taking a well needed break from the many responsibilities. Looking back on my photo’s from the last week, it’s telling a different story....
 My granola is now for sale at 2Be Nourished and GoVita in Grafton.
2Be Nourished has the full range: granola, nuts and tikka paste. Also using it in their kitchen.
At Govita, you’ll find me as a local and plastic free alternative. 

 The nights have been cold. But once the sun comes through, the days are gorgeous. Perfect for playing outside.
An interview and photo shoot with the local newspaper. 
A promotion for our soccer club, where I share the role of Treasurer and Registrar with Sally.
Time is ticking for the upcoming carnival, 3 more weeks and its all wrapped up. Just getting through the next couple of weeks.

My first ride on Chester, he was a total gentleman. 

Since he has come of his racing food, he has turned into a whole new horse, cruzely plodding along. Nothing fazes him, quite the “bomb-proof-pony”. And since he was so calm and well behaved, the kids got to have a little ride on him, with the lead rope.
He’s like this big, fluffy teddy bear, who loves his cuddles.
School holidays are perfect for sleeping-in, even when the kids didn’t get the memo.
Happily playing Lego together, on my bed.
 David turning 4, he was as surprised as we were...
He organised a party for his friends, which we found out when the parents started ringing!
So we made good on it. Crackers, cheese and wine for the parents, while the kids played outside, easy! And a walk trough our forest, where the kids decided it was time for a swim...

 I on the other hand, prefer to sit by the wood fire, with a book.
Home made crackers and pumpkin soup sweeten the deal...
Peach blossoms, hearing all the bees buzz is a wonderfull start to the day.
Lemons, limes and chillies are still growing like mad. Which is awesome, with the tikka paste so popular nothing is going to waste.
 Playing chess with Alex, our 5 year old.
He’s very competitive...
Rebranding my line of nuts.
“Going Nuts” is rather accurate and fits well alongside my “Nuts! Granola”.
These cinnamon roasted macadamias are totally addictive.
The first meeting for Clarence Valley Food Inc, a group set up to promote regional growers and producers. Held at the gallery in Ulmarra, we had a lovely evening with an enormous variety of food, producers, foodies and a very interesting guest speaker.
We are so lucky with the wide variety of food that we can grow in our beautiful valley: sea food, to prime beef, dairy, sugar, olives, nuts, fruit, including massive blueberry growers, native foods, edible flowers and vegetables. And then of course all those that create foods and drinks, sourdough bakers, ice-cream, granola, cheese, wine, beer and cured meats. Turns out that the Clarence Valley is one of the major national producers, but is hardly know as such. But that is about to change, it spotlight has been turned on...

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  1. Oh cracking up laughing at David organising his party!!!
    I had no idea about the CV being a major national producer either! Know we have a few organic beef options but that is about it! Most interested to know more

    1. These were represented on the evening, but the list of actual growers and producers is much, much longer: TASTE THE MAGIC of the Clarence Valley Grazing Table

      1. Ebor truffle butter – The Guy Fawkes Truffle Company

      2. Carrs Peninsular relish and chutney – Lanbruk Gunyah

      3. Yamba house made native dukkah – Cich & Co

      4. Yamba sprouted hemp bread – Pure Life Bakery

      5. Lawrence cured ham – Australian Pastured Pork

      6. Yamba oysters - Yamba Bay Oysters

      7. Iluka wild caught prawns – Hooked On Seafood

      8. Southgate house made prawn fusion sauce – Big River Milk

      9. Yamba house made duck and rabbit French pate – The French Pan Tree

      10. Ashby organic sourdough bread – Ashby Soughdough

      11. Clarence Coast sun kissed, roasted Kombu sprinkles – Kombu Cody

      12. Yamba peanut and almond butter – Wholefood Creations

      13. Carrs Peninsula organic olive oil – Lanbruk Gunyah

      14. Clarence Valley cheese – Norco

      15. Grafton roasted garlic buds – Grafton Garlic

      16. Maclean hand raised sunflower sprouts – Little Things Grown

      17. Grafton house made pastured pork chipolatas – Holiday Coast Meats

      18. Rushforth hand blended granola – Amongst Gum Trees

      19. Glenugie olives – Mary M Farm

      20. Elland pasture grazed, hand gathered eggs – Clarence Valley Eggs

      21. Clarence Valley pecans – Going Nuts Amongst Gum Trees

      22. Carrs Peninsular organic olives – Lanbruk Gunyah

      23. Ashby mushrooms and garlic– Yamba Farmers Market

      24. Palmers Island roasted macadamia’s – Julune Macadamia Farm

      25. Pillar Valley tomatoes with Yamba coriander drizzled with olive oil – Pillar Valley tomatoes

      26. Yamba hand blended native granola – Cich & Co

      27. Pillar Valley house made beef jerky – Conrad Park

      28. South Grafton house made organic beef strips – Fig Tree Organics

      29. Rushforth house made Tikka soup with Turkish bread – Amongst The Gum Trees

      30. Yamba spinach, shallots, lettuce, turmeric, ginger – Mother Nature

      31. Lawrence bacon hock, pea and vegetable soup – Australian Pastured Pork

      32. Pillar Valley house made beef stroganoff – Conrad Park

      33. South Grafton spiced organic tofu kebabs – Cooka Tofu

      34. Ulmarra house made baklava with Clarence River Gorge honey and Palmers Island macadamias

      35. Southgate house made whipped cream – Big River Milk

      36. Maclean petite blossoms – Little Things Grown

      37. Woombah house made gourmet jams – Woombah Jams

      38. Southgate milk – Big River Milk

      39. Harwood sugar - Sunshine Sugar

      40. Lawrence wild honey – Biddles Farm

      41. Yamba sunshine lemon sorbet – Latitude 26

      42. Wombah heritage coffee – Wombah Coffee

      43. Maclean coffee - Botero

      44. Maclean hand blended tea – Jilly’s Fine Leaf Tea

      45. Grafton hand blended herbal tea - Pauly & Co Loose Leaf Organic Hand Blended Tea

      46. Tucabia mandarins, bananas, eggplant and passionfruit – street stall

      47. Byron Bay Stone & Wood Beer

      48. Coffs Harbour Raleigh Wines


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