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Hay fever!


A few weeks’ ago I was really excited at the prospect of writing this post about hay fever because I planned to proclaim that for the first time in my adult life, I don’t have it!  No sneezing, no itchy dry eyes, no fuzzy head, no runny nose… nothing!  Unfortunately, after three plus weeks of wind, wind, wind, and more unrelenting wind… and the chestnut trees outside our house deciding to…

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Good Health/ Good Living

Homemade sunscreen


When I was a kid, I don’t recall ever using sunscreen (although perhaps that’s just my flawed memory). What I do remember is lying out on the lawn as a young teenager with a bottle of Johnson&Johnson’s baby oil (shudder…) slathering it over my skin in the hope of getting a quick bronze tan.  I can’t recall why it was so important, but it was.  During my high school years,…

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Good Food/ Good Health

Fermented food – what’s the big deal?


If you’ve taken even the smallest interest in healthy eating over the past couple of years, you will have noticed that fermented foods are all the rage. Yoghurt as a source of probiotics is just so yesterday; now everyone’s talking about kombucha, kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut, and some of us are making them too.  But perhaps you’re new to the healthy food scene, and you’re wondering what all the fuss is…

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Good Thoughts

On giving myself a break


Hmm, the trouble with relaxing is it makes you realise how tired you are… and then it’s very difficult not to relax more! Last weekend I went on a little family holiday to Waiheke Island.  It was my first real holiday in over 2 years!  Consequently, I now realise it was far too short because even though I had an amazingly relaxing, enjoyable time, I’ve come back home feeling exhausted…

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Good Food/ Good Health/ Good Thoughts

Some thoughts on our attitude towards diet


When I was a teacher of design, I did a project with my senior students that encouraged them to learn a little bit about design history.  The two significant design eras I focussed on were Modernism and Post-modernism because I just loved to teach them all about the social, political, technological, and ideological changes that worked together to incite whole new ways of living and of experiencing life. No one…

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Good Food

Sourdough pancakes are good for you!


If you’ve had a go at sourdough or have taken an interest in it already, you will know that a sourdough starter, as a living, growing thing, needs to be used regularly, so that you have a reason to continue feeding it with fresh flour and water daily (or a little less frequently if you keep yours in the fridge).  We keep our sourdough starter out on the kitchen bench,…

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Good Food

Easy-peasy Sourdough Bread


I’m excited to share with you my recipe for easy-peasy homemade sourdough bread this week.  Just in case you weren’t waiting for it, this post follows on from my last, Why We Switched To Sourdough. Because we’d been baking fresh bread in our bread maker for a few years before I decided to try sourdough, I already knew that unless it was going to be super-simple, we wouldn’t be able…

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Good Food/ Good Health

Why we switched to sourdough


Before I start writing this post about how much I love baking and eating sourdough bread, I just want to make it really clear that I am not an expert on sourdough, bread making, or baking!  I’m just a really ordinary mum/homemaker who bakes enough bread to feed her family.  I’m new to sourdough, and I’ve actually baked only one kind of sourdough bread because it was the first one…

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Good News/ Good Thoughts

On taking time to make things happen


Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front lately, as I’ve been busy making preparations for a Mrs Goodness Shop!  I’m very excited at the prospect of being able to make and stock beautiful and practical homeware items that are really focussed on sustainable living and ethical consumerism, without sacrificing style and quality.  I hope that others will be able to embrace these ‘good’ values, and at the…

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Good Food

Coconut oil – why I love it and how I use it


Coconut oil is fast becoming about as much of a “super-oil” as olive oil did when I was a teen.  I remember when my mum started buying olive oil for cooking, because it was proclaimed to be the healthiest oil you could possibly cook with.  Mum used it for everything: stir-frying, baking, roasting, dressings… Everything. Well, of course, since then we’ve learned about this little catch called “smoke point” which means…

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