Carlie’s 8th Birthday {A Lavendar High Tea} | Personal Blog Post

My 3rd Child Carlie turned 8 on December 17 and this year we planned a high tea to celebrate.  Carlie’s favourite colour is purple so this is the theme colour we chose.  I have been working on this all year!!!  Buying bits and pieces throughout the year.  But her cake was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.  Pure work of art!!

Carlie invited 10 of her school friends and her cousin as the table setting we hired only seated 12 and we also had Carlie and my youngest daughter Sabrinah who is almost 4 seated at the table. But went perfectly well with the high tea theme.  I made traditional cucumber sandwiches (cream cheese and dill mixed together and spread on bread covered by cucumber slices) also had roast chicken and ham sandwiches, fairy bread with purple glitter ofcourse, cute mini quiches and mini hot dogs, well it it a kids party after all!! 🙂

As the girls arrived I had a table set up to decorate tea cup and tea pot cookies  I made the night before, they are sugar cookie recipes with rolled fondant on top,  they had edible glitter to use and also edible flowerd and edible textas.  Other games we played were pass the parcel, each layer had a little gift or treat.  Then I drew a huge tea pot on card and stuck it on the wall and used their named place card for the girls to stick onto the tea pot to see who could get closest to a circle I drew on the tea pot.

We had vintage style jazz music that  I downloaded from itunes onto my ipad and we had that playing in the background and used that music for pass the parcel for that authentic high tea experience.  Overall, I was very pleased with how the party theme turned out.  I hope you all enjoy the  photos…..after the images is a list of links to where I purchased everything.

Some photos I have taken of Carlie…

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Invites

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Party bags, filled with a block of lindt chocolate with a custom wrapper and a special glass jar necklace thats full of glitter

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The most amazing birthday cake ever!!!  The yummiest mud cake. 2 tiers in one….a pure work of art!

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A quick example of her birthday dress, I am looking forward to taking her out for some professional photos in this dress

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The table and chairs setting was hired from Groovy Chicks and Pirate Ships www.groovychicksandpirateships.com.au/

The smaller vases, printables and cupcake stands were from Fairydyst Stylish Stationary https://www.facebook.com/Fairydust.Stylish.Stationery?ref=ts&fref=ts

The gorgeous cake was from The Cupcake Lady www.thecupcakelady.com.au/

The delicious macarons which were a mix of white chocolate and vanilla with straberry filling made into a lavendar and cream colour to suit the theme were from The Amond Tree http://www.thealmondtree.com.au/ they also made me salted caramel macarons for xmas day!

The invites were from Etsy shop – Too Chic & Little Shab  http://www.etsy.com/shop/toochiclittleshab?ref=pr_shop_more

The adorable ballerina style party bags were from Etsy shop – Whitney Boutique http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhitneyBoutique?ref=pr_shop_more

The little glass jar necklaces that each guest got in their party bag were from Etsy shop – These Tiny Treasures http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesetinytreasures

Glass drinking bottles and purple stripe straws were from Little Big Company www.tlbc.com.au/

Crepe paper decorations on bottles were from Etsy store – JeanKnee http://www.etsy.com/shop/JeanKnee?ref=pr_shop_more

The jars with wooden spoons that I had the jelly in were from Tout Mon Amor www.toutmonamour.com.au/store/pc/home.asp

And Carlie’s adorable vintage style dress and head band was lovingly hand made by http://taylahmade.com.au/blog/ otherwise known as Chicoco (more pro pics coming soon of Carlie in this outfit)

Everything else, cake pops, cupcakes, tea pot/tea cup cookies were all made by me!

So there you have it, a girls birthday high tea!!

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Christmas at My Clean Plate (Personal blog post)

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and New Years.  We stayed home to celebrate this year and once again, Santa spoiled the kids!!  As you can imagine with 5 kids under the christmas is chocka’s…well this year was even worse with the delivery of some huge gifts!!

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Our poor Christmas tree looks so tiny!!  LOL This year was a rainbow theme, so the decorations were multi coloured and I colour coded their wrapping too.  Jordan had red, Sabrinah –  pink, Tayla – Blue, Carlie – purple and Dylan – green.  Made things alot easier!!

Then you are left with a massive mess!!! And hounded to have toys opened and gosh how frustrating are some of those toys to get out of the boxes, my younger 2 girls got alot of lalaloopsy dolls and playsets which is annoying to get out the boxes!! Check out Dylan’s ride on hummer too!!  That could a disaster there lol.

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It was a quiet christmas with my sisters and brother visiting inlaws so it was just us and my parents for lunch and dinner and the kids and I made from scratch our own gingerbread house and decorated it,  I just traced around a dvd cover on paper to get a size and then layed the paper on the rolled out gingerbread and cut around it.  Looked more like a bird house lol

They had fun demolishing it though….

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A gift they got from their Nana and Poppy was a little swimming pool,  I am in Australia so xmas is during summer here.  A pool is a perfect gift.

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And heres a funny one of Sabrinah the day after xmas (boxing day) at my sisters place for some more xmas celebrations….

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It was her 2nd and last time she did it….she didnt like it much!

So thats a quick view on what our xmas was like!!!

Soon I will share some photos from Carlie’s 8th Birthday Vintage High Tea that was a week before Christmas,  you wont believe her cake!!!!!

RESULTS ARE IN!! Bio-Compatibility Hair Analysis Test

Today I got my results back from last weeks bio-compatibility hair analysis test, this is a special test for food sensitivites that may be causing my body harm (like my IBS and constant headaches).    Healing any disease is to get the diet right for you. Bio-compatibility hair analysis testing is therefore benificial to regaining your health. This testing is a form of modern bio-energetic science that will assess your sensitivity to over 400 common foods and household products using a sample of your hair. Like me,  if you have tried elimination diets in the past you will know how hard it is to pinpoint the reactive foods. Bio-Compatibility testing does the hard work for you. Your test results will alert you to exactly what foods are causing your symptoms and making you ill.    But to be clear this is not about medical allergy testing, Quite interesting isnt it!  At first I was a little concerned that was $165 down the drain but I am getting desperate to get this under control so thought if this works its the best thing ever!  Only time will tell.  Anyway I am guessing you are keen to hear my list of results.   Basically I got given the list of over 400 foods and products and those in red are what I am sensitive too.  If you have tried elimination diets in the past you will know how hard it is to pinpoint the reactive foods. Bio-Compatibility testing is meant to do the hard work for you. So my test results should tell me exactly what foods are causing my symptoms and making me  ill. (And I say should as I wont know until the coming weeks if this will really work I guess).  Food sensitivities cause the immune system to become overactive and produce excessive amounts of inflammatory mediators like histamine. Most medical practitioners do not understand that these inflammatory mediators can migrate to any area of the body causing inflammation in glands, joints, muscles, tendons, mucous membranes and skin and are the cause of many health problems. Once this inflammation accumulates in a certain area, we give that inflamed area a name. In the joints it can cause or aggravate arthritic pains. In the respiratory tract it can cause or aggravate sinus, asthma and excess mucous. In the nervous system it can cause or aggravate headaches, migraine, depression, tiredness and add to ADHD. In the skin it can cause or aggravate rashes, eczema, psoriasis and hives.  Well, I wont keep you waiting any longer,  there arent too many foods on the list that I was sensitive too conidering there were over 400 but a couple I was like DAMMIT I eat every single almost, might explain why I still get what I thought was unexplained bloating from time to time.

My food sensitivies

Plums

Beer

Vodka

Ribena

Rooiboos Tea

Fennel seeds

Refined table salt

Vanilla (nooooooooo!  I bake with it all the time!)

Praise Mayo

Worcester sauce

Beef & Pork (bugger, I have been loving my homemade sausages rolls with beef mince)

Butter

A2 Milk

Full cream and skim milk

EGGS (what the?!?!   I eat them almost daily, if not in baking, in omlettes, devastated about that one)

Baked Beans

Tomato

Macadamias (my fave nut, typical)

White bread

Nutella

Fantastic Chicken Gluten Free noodles

Go natural fruit and nut bars

Crunchy Nut cornflakes

Special K

Manuka Honey

Sensitivities to products

Bleach

Nappisan

Wool Mix

Head & Shoulders (I used this a few times and was itching so bad I thought I had lice lol so that made sense)

Nivea shaving gel

Morning fresh dishwashing liquid

Aluminium

Metho

Arnica (in the cream/ointment section, no idea what it is though)

 

So the big shockers for me there were eggs and vanilla!  Now I completely have to rethink my baking concept and bake with no eggs or trial egg replacers.  So watch this space for egg free recipes lol  I am still going to follow the low fodmap and slowly introduce some foods back in but I wanted to eliminate those foods in red above first for the 4 weeks and see how I go.

But wait theres more and it really makes things tricky for me and it was another one of those NOOOOOOOOOOOO! moments lol   My naturapath said she will be able to help me with my headaches that i suffer from but for a while all was ok but lately they have been coming back frequently and I can have it for 2-3 days mild then it gets really bad in the night, like thismorning I was up at 3.30am battling a bad headache and I cant lay down as it makes it worse and will turn into a migraine so I sit up in bed.  But the answers she gave me do make sense and coincide with what I had been eating.

The answer is Food Amines!   Whats that you say……Amines have been associated with headaches and other food intolerance symptoms like IBS, eczema and depression.  Amines arise as a result of protein breaking down.  Like aged and over processed meats are high in amines.  Browning/grilling and charring will increase amine level so its recommended using a microwave or steaming  for better results.  Amines also increase in ripening fruit that go soft  such as bananas and avocados. Amines  will increase in leftover foods too, if you are amine sensitive you cannot reheat food especially when its been kept in the fridge longer than 24 hours.   Also its best to buy meats from a butchre than a supermarket as all meat at the supermarket is vacuum packed, repacked and sold as fresh but it can be up to 10 weeks old when we eat it!  The problem is the vacuum packing as it can inhibit the grown of bacteria but doesnt do anything to stop the development of amines.

Where do you find Amines?

Fruits high in Amines: Avocado, Banana, Fig, Grapes, Lemon, Mandarin, Plum, Raspberry (I have been cooking with lemon alot lately around the time of my last headache that hit)

Vegetables in in Amines: Eggplant, mushroom, tomato, Sauerkraut, Spinach (I eat loads of spinach)

Nuts and Snacks high in Amines: Coconut, Peanut, Pecan, black walnut, butternut, cheese flavoured or spicy snack foods.

Sweets high in Amines: Dark Chocolate (extremely high), cocoa, milk and white chocolate (I have been cooking with cocoa and coconut too)

Condiments high in Amines: Marmite, Bonox, Meat Extracts, Soy Sauce, Vegemite, Vinegar, worcestershire sauce

Drinks high in Amines: Chocolate flavoured, Cocoa, Cola, Orange Juice, Tomato Juice, Vegetable Juice, Beer, Chianti, Claret, Fruit Wines, Port, Red Wines, Sherry, White wine.  (Champagne is moderate)

Meats, Poultry high in Amines: Anchovies, Beef Liver, Brains, Kidney, Tripe, Canned Tuna, Devon, Dried, smoked or pickeled fish, Fish Roe, Meat Pies, Pate, Salami, Sausages, Smoked meat or chicken

With meat, buy fresh and eat within 2 days is recommended.

Dairy and Soy high in Amines:  Brie, Camembert, Cheddar, Cheshire, Cracker Barrel, Danish Blue, Edam, Gouda, Gruyere, Jaalsberg, Liederkratz, Leicester, Limberger, Mozarella, Provoione, Roquefort, Parmesan, Munster, Romano, Stilton, Swiss, Wensleydale, Miso, Tempeh

(things like cottage cheese and ricotta, soy milk and tofu are fine)

 

So, my conculsion to all that is alot of what I eat on the amines list is high, like coconut, cocoa, bananas, spinach and explains why I have constant headaches!  I also was told to stay away from yeast as its a reactive substance so I also have taken out yeast from my diet and will look at making yeast free breads.  My naturapath said to slow down using grain flours like brown rice flour and millet too and go for quinoa & amaranth  This is what I need to stick to for 6 months, then we can start to reintroduce things back and see how I go.  I’ll keep you all posted on my progress!  Whch is a pain as I just made the most amazing gluten free bread tonight and the entire loaf went before it got to cool down and was absolutely delicious…..even better warm with dairy free spread on it!!

 

My Shepherd Works Dietitian Appointment

Yesterday afternoon I had a phone appointment with Shepherd Works dietitian Kate Lambe. I was really looking forward to this appointment as I didn’t get much help from the gastroenterologist about low fodmap diet just to go to their website,everything else I learnt was from many hours googling. But I think did well using google as my friend as I really did learn a lot. Although the past week my symptoms hadslightly flared up and was trying to pin point why Kate seems to think as I feel lost when it comes to snacking some days, too nervous to eat fruit for rear of symptoms flaring, that I have been snacking on too many mixed nuts! I discovered that I really do love cashews and brazil nuts so bought lots from charlesworth nuts and would snack on them throughout the day so now I have to cut back on them.

I also was told to have an attempt to bring in lactose to my low fodmap diet and see how that affects me. Just a cup of milk which I have just had with a little decaf coffee thismorning about an hour and a half ago and so far so good. I will keep you updated.

As far as snacks go now I am to try to eat a little more fruit but 1 serve at a time 2-3 hours apart. I love bananas but find it has to be a tiny size banana or I have half of a banana but I enjoy strawberries and blueberries too, it’s a shame they are so darn expensive. $7.99 for a punnet of blueberries is ridiculous so might not be getting them often.  I think I might find a nice GF cracker recipe and use that as a snack with a little dairy free spread or butter and the veggie spread.  Might look into that thisarvo and give it ago.

Also stress and anxiety has been playing a part in the symptoms too. Being a single mum of  5 kids and they day to day life and finances that goes with it.   Losing so much weight and fear of gaining it and freaking out over the slightest weight gain although I am managing better with this as IBS and the low fodmap diet has taken my mind off it a little but still always in the back of my mind, I think my weight will be something on my mind always and forever sadly.  Issues with our car fighting  the insurance company over the past 8 months to fix my car, so I have been driving a car that doesn’t fit all my kids relying on my 11yr old daughters friend to pick her up and take just her too school and drop her back home again after school, I can’t thank them enough for their generosity.  Not doing much family outings as we all didn’t fit in the car but I am excited today as I finally get my big 8 seater car back today,   so this weekend I am taking my kids and my 11yr old daughters friend to see Ice Age 4 in 3D and there is a reason why I dont take my kids to the movies very often over $130!!  I think I will be sneaking my own snacks in lol

Anyway thats a bit of a catch up from yesterday’s appointment.  My kids one by one are waking up so time to get them their breakfast and get ready to get our car, we are so excited!