There are just some things I don’t enjoy about being a Mum. I’ve often lamented I’m not a park Mum. I freely admit it – I freaking hate the park. I just don’t dig standing there watching kids play, whine, hurt themselves and then willingly go back for more the next day. What’s so fun about that?
I equally loathe getting down and playing with Lego or its big brother, Duplo. And I’m sorry, but I cannot feign even the slightest interest in imaginary role play. Ditto ball-sports.
But activities I do love sharing with my kids include going to the beach or the pool, reading books, playing board games and above all , baking. I really, really love baking. I’m talking sign me in and fire up the oven to 160 degrees for anything scone, cake, biscuit, icing or sprinkle related and let’s all drop it like it’s hot, my friend.
Having said this, baking with kids nowadays is a health minefield. What with ingredients including everything we are told to avoid at all costs for optimum wellbeing – think refined sugar, white flour, gluten, artificial colours and flavours – we’re talking pretty much serving up a mix of bakery treats that induce tantrums and all-nighters at best, cavities or diabetes at worst.
That’s is why we are loving Sugar free pioneer Carolyn Hartz. A pinch of Nigella meets a tablespoon of Sarah Wilson, her new book Sugar Free Baking allows you have your cake and eat it, too.
Carolyn was educating herself about sugar well before Sarah Wilson moved to Bondi and started drinking kale shakes after a pre-diabetic diagnosis over 28 years ago. Yet with even the healthiest of foodie bloggers succumbing to “hidden sugars” labelled as a healthy sugar alternative, Carolyn recognised the reality is that living a sugar-free life can harder than deciding which salad you want at About Life – ironically she craved, you guessed it, sugar. And so she penned “Sugar Free Baking” so your sweet tooth can be satisfied without sacrificing your kids, your own wellbeing or your thigh gap.
The recipes include such healthy (no, really!) treats as Chocolate Panna Cotta, Rich Chocolate Tart, Fig and Cashew Energy Balls, Marbled Bundt Cake and our all time favorite bakery treats – Butterfly Cupcakes.
The good news is the recipes are easy to make and all ingredients used you can easily find (without having to trek the Himalayas) in your local IGA. This book is no fuss and no sugar.
SUGAR FREE BAKING BY CAROLYN HARTZ CAN BE PURCHASED HERE: or for two lucky MotherDriven members we have a copy up for grabs.
Just tell us your ultimate sugar craving in the comment box to be in the running.
Don’t you just love a feel-good movie made especially for little girls? Move over Frozen, BALLERINA is in town and will pirouette into a theatre near you from January 12 – just in time for the last few weeks of the summer school holidays.
BALLERINA is one of those films that allows you to embrace your inner-child, pop on a tutu and just TWIRL. Félicie is a young orphan from Brittany with only one passion: to dance.
Along with bestie Victor, whose dream and passion is to become a great inventor, they devise a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris, the City of Lights where the Eiffel Tower is still being built!
But Félicie will have to fight like never before to surpass herself and to learn from her mistakes, to make her wildest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera…
A heartwarming film all about following your dreams, BALLERINA is voiced by all your favourite real-life celebs including Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8), Maddie Ziegler (known for Dance Moms and Sia’s music videos), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider Man 2) and Carly Rae Jepsen (singer of the hit single ‘Call Me Maybe’).
To win one of five double passes, tell us below why you’d love to see BALLERINA and who you will take along for the dance!
As they say, YOLO (aka You Only Live Once). Yet according to well-known clairvoyant Suzie Price, this simply isn’t true. And after a recent reading with Suzie, I tend to agree she may well be onto something.
Although I have a very open mind about the existence of an after-life, this didn’t stop me from being completely blown away by Suzie’s reading that provided more than a few OMG moments – this woman really knew her (and it seems my) sh*t.
I’m a summer girl through and through. Give me the sun (circa 30°C), a poolside, magazine and a cocktail (I’d love a Mai Tai, thanks for asking) and I’m happy as Kanye West with a mirror. Winter gives me the blues, and as for the scaly and itchy skin that comes hand in dry, wrinkly hand – what’s to like?
Every Mothers wish is a sleeping baby. Making that wish come true is the Gro-Hush, a portable device that puts baby the heck to sleep by delivering safe ‘white noise’ in the form of your chosen sound flavour including ocean waves, rain on a tin roof or just a regular old heartbeat just like the one heard when back in Mama’s tummy.