Sultana, Date and Banana Cakes

Yum yum star cake… (With a touch of gold glitter sprinkle and icing sugar)

Hello world again! So, I had a bunch of leftovers from a week holidaying with friends (which was awesome fun btw!). Proportions are rough cause recipes? Pah?.. :P

Ingredients (Makes about 16 small muffin sized cakes)

  • 2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour blend (I used White Wings brand)
  • 2 cups cornflour
  • 250ml milk
  • 100g clotted cream
  • 2.5 cups almond meal
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 very ripe bananas, chopped
  • 1.5 cups sultanas
  • 5 dates, pitted and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Mix all ingredients using a whisk.
  3. Spoon into muffin tins (only half way, it’ll rise a lot!)
  4. Wait about 20 minutes, then eat :)

Optional: Decorate with a touch of gold glitter sprinkles and icing (icing sugar + hot water), and/or cut in half and spread some raspberry jam in the middle :-) You can also make a loaf instead of cakes as below – just cook for longer, say 30 minutes.

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Trains, buses and eating out with a 18 month old ^_^

At 18 months old now, Alexander is a fantastic trooper when it comes to food. We won the lottery in that way!

I often get told that Alex is awesome on outings in restaurants, etc. I was worried about getting out and about post baby, but my advice is to just give it a go. Alexander is now a seasoned traveller, and adores eating with us in a high chair or pram. He also loves buses and trains. No, I really mean LOVES. That and pretending to be a dogue like our two princess dogues :P

The doooogggues :D

As for independently feeding themselves? It’s going to be messy. But it’s worth persisting because it frees you up to do other things. Alex is great with finger food, and learning to use a spoon. Here’s a messy yogurt adventure outside on our new stenciled concrete out back :)

Oh, hi there!… I’m totally NOT feeding Bonnie. :P

Misty-a-like for funsies :P

Until next time, Mum cadet signing off xo :-)

Something I’m proud of (and baby food related I guess… lol!)

Something I want to share. Something I’m proud of. I still bf my 13mo son Alexander. He had formula by necessity in special care in his first week of life because my milk hadn’t come in yet; he was born 5 weeks early (and quite healthy luckily all things considered!). But from then on he was exclusively BF.

I know that when I was a baby, breastfeeding in public was unfortunately far more frowned upon And I feel for older generations big time. Some people are morons What would you rather random public member, crying baby or sedated boobed baby? Just saying :P

Unfortunately though even now, I was told me numerous times to just “give up”, including by a formerly trusted Dr (to his credit he’s now on board, he was just concerned about my health – read on), because I had a very hard time with horrible migraines related to my milk let-down, over supply and asthma which lead to two emergency room stays (maybe related to heartburn, I went from an A cup to an E!!! Poor chest TMI? ). When I say migraines I mean I was house bound for weeks in dark rooms (photosensitivity) unable to function… Yeah, that bad. That and serious sleep deprivation, and some serious mood swings throw into the mix. Fun times.

Luckily my husband, MIL, supermummas Ela, Emma, Gemma and other mummas (too many to name!) have been super supportive. We’re down to two feeds a day now, and thankfully the migraines are way less frequent and intense (yay Panadol Osteo combined with coffee – yay a medical excuse for my cuppa ).

Why did I persist? I love the bonding, and allergies run in the family on both sides. I’m severely allergic to dustmites myself, James to cats, and there is evidence longer bfing can be a protective factor against the development of both allergies/asthma xo But who knows… no judgement at all if you formula/comp feed! Every family is different.

And a huge plus, feeding to sleep on the boob still occasionally works :D WIN.

<3 Julieanne

PS: Baby spam below :D


13mo, fed to sleep

29 weeks pregnant

1 day old, kangaroo care time in special care :)

Baby Mum Mums

Hello world! I’d like to introduce the newest member of my family, Alexander. He’s cute, and is helping me lose weight as if I’m eating, he demands to eat too! Portion control! Win win. He is really chomping down on solids now, and something I started making for him a while back are homemade baby mum-mum like biscuits. Whilst as far as biscuits go these are low on the sugar/salt end, I wanted to give making my own a try. They’ve been sampled by friend’s babies with success too. They may look like something you’d find in.. an unpleasant home appliance… but they’re yummy I promise, hehe. I’ve eaten a few myself.
Homemade Baby Bikkie

Alexander at 6mo with Homemade “Mum Mum” lite

Recipe TBC. Nappy change imminent :P
Update 20/01/2019 Unfortunately this went on the way side, but it was super simple to make. See here -> — Ingredients (Makes about 10 small biscuits)
  • 1 cup puffed brown rice
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 6-8 dates (depends on taste)
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Mix peanut butter and dates together using a food processor.
  2. Spoon into small biscuits.
  3. Refrigerate, wait about 20 minutes, then eat :) You can also eat them straight away, but they may be a bit more crumbly is all.

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Birthday Cake…

Hello all!

I have one cooking photo to share, a mini pudding for James’s 29th birthday :) No recipe but, it was mostly from a packet. I did substitute xanthan gum for egg though, a first! Worked fine :)

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Regards, Julieanne