{Locally Found} Orange FOOD Week is here, must-find-elastic-waisted-pants..

Orange FOOD Week is nearly here! Kicking off on 4 April it continues through to Sunday 13 April 2014.

This is your opportunity to experience ‘The Food Basket” of NSW in Australia’s longest running food festival.

It is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their fine products, for chefs to show off their skills and for everyday food loving Australians to experience all that is delicious around Orange, NSW.

You should get some elastic waisted pants and head over to -> Orange FOOD Week‘s website for more information!

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Happy eating Nesters!

 

{My Story} 12 weeks body challenge – let’s go!

To be honest it hasn’t really been a problem to me. It isn’t something that has necessary effected my everyday life. Comfortable. Confident. Healthy. Happy.

I know it got worse when I was at uni. Drinking too many nights a week. Eating pizza because it was cheap. Sleeping all day, then working or partying til early hours of the next morning. The cycle continued. Over and over and over.

I think what made it harder to realise was there was never really a time when I wasn’t.  There is no photos after about the age of 12 where I was something else.

Pretty much my whole family fights the same battle. Ingrained in us since birth. Family culture. Not really knowing any different.

We play sport. A lot of sport. Netball, basketball, soccer. No one really believes us though.

It has taken a long time to get to this point. To this realisation that a change should be made. Under no circumstances do I want my girls to morph into overweight versions of themselves.

I see the way my daughter’s look at me. They don’t know any different. They think mummy is perfect. They don’t yet know how you should look or what you should weigh.

My history with healthy eating is varied. I lost 15 kilograms about four years ago. Then the plateau hit. Stronger than any wall of brick. Tougher than any promises of tomorrow. I got stuck. Stuck in a satisfaction rut.

Had a couple of babies. Fluctuated up and down before firmly landing back on plateau land: population me.

It is hard when you are caring for everyone else. Your husband and your babies. Forgetting about yourself.

In reality my history of dieting was committed for day one, then like a little weighty balloon went a little like this:

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Never really enjoying it. Never even really committing to it.

So now I have hollered at the team from Michelle Bridges 12WBT for a little help.This is the first step. Here is my chance to get some changes happening.

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As I have learnt you are not allowed to reward yourself with food (thank you Pinterest gods for setting me straight on that – see above) I shall instead reward myself with my second favourite vice – Fashion.

Here is my declaration to all my Nest family. If I manage to lose 10 kilograms while on the 12WBT I will reward myself with Ray Bans baby..ray ban2If by some absolute miracle I manage to lose more than that (say about 20) then I envisage this bad boy might be entering my wardrobe of love:

micahel korsI would love to hear from you if you have done the 12WBT program previously or if you are giving it a whirl this round. I would love some support from fellow Nesters who are claiming time for themselves.

If this is something you have even been thinking about why not jump on board and we can give it a go together -> 12WBT invite

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{Food} Snack on this, and no it’s not a soggy pear or ‘gourmet’ Vegemite sanga..

Some days I am very motivated and my children eat the proper serves of fruit and vegetables a day, drink copious amounts of water and spend the afternoon snacking on organic hummus and carrots. Then, more commonly are the other days where a Vegemite sandwich is turned gourmet because I slap on a slice of Kraft ‘plastic’ cheese and cut it into triangles. one handed

Preparing healthy, delicious and nutritious meals some days is tough but is made easier by the fabulous team at One Handed Cooks.

I can honestly say they have saved my kids from a future of honey on toast and a soggy pear cut into quarters.

They make meals that are easy, practical and completely possible whilst holding a sack of potatoes on your hip (read: unhelpful, teething 10 month old) at the same time as negotiating with toddler bird on the pros and cons of wrapping the cat in toilet paper.

Plus, you now have less of an excuse for baby bird (and the whole family) to eat poorly when out-&-about or snacking. One Handed Cooks have provided a generous list of healthy snacks you can make and take with you. Some of the fabulous choices are:

  1. Edible necklace
  2. Kale chips
  3. Fruit skewers
  4. Roast pumpkin loaf
  5. Quinoa balls
  6. Muesli bars
  7. Apricot coconut balls
  8. Vegetable sausage rolls
  9. Mini spelt pizza
  10. Roast veggie tarts
  11. Meatballs

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I really recommend putting One Handed Cooks into your favourites, for in time your little birdies will thank you for it.

Happy cooking nesters!

{Delicious} Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

Soooo, this probably, maybe, definitely isn’t likely to be the best help for any health new years resolutions you have made in the last few days but this was just too pretty/delicious/cute not to share.

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Buzzfeed has compiled 33 of the best cakes you are likely to see in a while. You can find the link here -> Buzzfeed – Cutest Cakes of 2013

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There is everything from cheesecakes to ombre to gummy bears.

As they say, “If you ever doubt that the world is a beautiful place, just remember: We’ll always have sugar, butter and flour”.

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Happy sugar loading Nesters!

{Cook this} Roll me in sprinkles and call me chocolate balls

Let me start by making a public service announcement. These are not good for you. AT ALL. Not even in your wildest ‘but chocolate comes from cocoa which comes from a tree that makes it a plant, therefore is pretty much the same as a salad‘ justifications will this ever be good for you.

BUT. THEY. ARE. EASY. POPULAR. DELICIOUS. LITTLE. TREATS

The chocolate balls are super simple (like even I can make them, okay admittedly the three year old little birdie did most of the work) but we made them for a party we had and they went quicker than Miley Cyrus’ Disney Contract.

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You can find the original recipe here at the fabulous -> The Organised Housewife blog.

Feel free to live dangerously and perhaps even roll them in coconut.. or honeycomb… or more cocoa…. or milo…. or really anything that you think will add another 40bazillion calories.

Just remember Nesters that these are simply a sometimes food… Like sometimes you just neeeeeeeed them.

Happy cooking Nesters!

{Prizeapolooza} Need some sweetening up this Christmas?

You are either a naturally gifted baker… or you are me. Katrina Tobin is a superstar of the first variety!christmas photoshop small copy

Katrina is a qualified chef who started her business while at home also looking after her three children! She has been making speciality cakes for all occasions for the people of the Central West since 2012.

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Cakes by Katrina are not only wonderful to look at, they also back up their appearance with a delicious taste. Your tastebuds will dance once you try one of her cakes (I can personally attend to that!)

Prior to Katrina’s entry into the marketplace, Bathurst did not have a wide variety of cake suppliers who were actually able to deliver awesome handmade-hand-decorated cakes at a reasonable price!

All products are individually designed and tailored specifically to your needs – and the best bit…the absolute magnitude of flavour choices to choose from!

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So whenever the need for cakes, cupcakes, biscuits or cake pops strikes (for example every Wednesday at 3.17pm in my office) Katrina is the person who should be on your speed dial!photo 1

You now have an answer for your wedding, engagement or christening cakes! She also offers novelty cakes, cake toppers and the best birthday cakes you have ever seen!

You can contact Cakes by Katrina as follows:

Phone: 0438 442 028

Email: cakesbykatrinatobin@hotmail.com

Website: Coming SOON!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cakesbykatrinatobin

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Cakes by Katrina are baking their way into your heart by offering one very special Nester the chance to take home their very own handmade, scrumptious chocolate mud Christmas cake this year (valued at approximately $70.00!) Imagine how much that would impress the in-laws (or out-laws as my hubby-bird calls them!) For your chance to win all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Cakes by Katrina’s Facebook page and be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest!

{Design} Frame it, cook it, love it

Some people are clever. Like not can-recite-the-full-version-of-Wannabe-by-the-Spice-Girls-16-years-after-its-release-date-clever but really actually clever.

Felicita Sala is one such person and she is Ah-mazing!

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She designs illustrated recipes which are pieces of art themselves. Great for framing and decorating. Great for actually cooking.

You can purchase her work from Society6.com or check out her personal website at http://felicitasala.blogspot.it/

Can’t beat the Sweet (Caramel)

Sweet Caramel in Bathurst is a delicious place to stop for coffee and a slice of cake. A little oasis in the centre of town.

From today they will be offering a member’s card which allows you to enjoy 5% discount each time you have coffee, cake and meal.

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Sweet Caramel is located at 185 George Street, Bathurst (opposite the duck park) and you can give them a call on 02 6331 0535.

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Sweet indeed.

Happy eating Nesters!

{Event} Gyspy Jazz at the Hub

The Hub Bathurst is taking last minute bookings for the Gypsy jazz night:

this Friday 15th November 2013.

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The night will feature live music from Sydney gypsy/world band ARABESK. There will also be a four course Spanish set menu.

What a great excuse to find a babysitter and escape for a night of adult conversation, good food and some live tunes!

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For a great night out give them a call on 02 6332 1565.

Enjoy Nesters!