Connection Challenge & Vegan Flapjacks


From March 2020 ……

We are into our second week of lock-down here in New Zealand though many here have decided to use a Māori reference of rāhui instead.  I kind of like that term so may begin adopting it … rather than using a term of imprisonment! I have to be honest though and say that not much has actually changed for our whānau aside from Himself working from home and the few activities we partook in being cancelled.  We are now adjusting to online keyboard lessons, judo via YouTube and Rangers (Girl Guides) on Zoom 🙂


It has given me a bit more time to do some other work, hence the time to blog and bake 🙂  It has also inspired me to create a bit of a challenge for people – a connection challenge.  With the mail stopped (well for us anyway) and all these businesses bombarding my inbox with their updates I thought it would be great to receive some real mail from friends and family.  I have begun with an email to a friend, themselves have done likewise.

The best thing is that it made me feel great that I may be putting a smile on someone’s face and that there may just be an email coming back to put a smile on mine!  I know that everyone has gone on social media more but there is nothing like a personal letter/email to really make you feel that you are connected.  All the more important at the moment when you can’t physically connect. It could be to a loved one, a friend or even someone you have admired for a while.  Copy the photo below and share as much as you want on Social media …. just get writing as well 🙂

Connection challenge with border
Give it a go … it will make you feel great!

So I thought I should give you a bit of nourishment to see you through all those letters/emails of connection that you’ll be writing 🙂  This is a flapjack recipe which I have adapted to make it vegan.  I only discovered these delicious morals when we lived in Ireland and then I couldn’t get enough of them!  Those of you in Ireland and the UK will know them well with the name flapjack.  Those of you in NZ may know them as porridge biscuits … so I have been informed.  Either way they are a quick, easy and delicious treat.

Vegan Flapjacks

300gm rolled oats (the smaller ones are better)

50gm desiccated coconut

75gm coconut sugar

125gm coconut oil

40ml maple syrup

  • Melt oil and stir in sugar and maple syrup until well mixed.
  • Add to rolled oats and coconut mixture and mix well again.
  • Place in a baking paper lined tin (I used 23cm x 20 cm size tin).  Pressing it down flat as much as possible.
  • Bake at 180C for 20-25 mins or until you can see that the oats are golden. 160 C if you have a fan oven
  • Take out of the oven and score into squares while it is warm.
  • Allow to cool fully in the tin before removing.   Storing them in the fridge to really set them is good as the coconut oil does soften quickly
  • ENJOY!
Warm out of the oven

Until the next blog … whenever that fancy grabs me …. kia ora, kia kaha ā kia manawanui (Be well, be strong and be patient)



Thanks a Million


So as you read this I am away on holiday enjoying my family.  Having written and scheduled this in I’m also free to enjoy the fact that I am one year older and wiser without having to ‘work’ on a Monday night 😉 So without further ado here are a few things from the past month which I am grateful for.  As always I invite you to join along and write, post, blog or share with the world in some way all the wonderful things you have in your life which you are grateful for 😉

A Mama Weka and her chicks remind me that Spring is on its way

A Mama Weka and her chicks remind me that Spring is on its way

Many thank yous for:  a schedule button on wordpress, a schedule button on Facebook too, family, my health, being alive in a country which is free from war, catching up with friends, having the ability to home educate our kids, The Food Renegade site for educating me on Kombucha, the local Play Centre for hosting my talk on ‘Creating a Stress-Less Life’, Bach Flower Remedies (Man, where would I be without those), living in a country where I can legally home educate our kids, our local library, living in a country where I can (as a woman) go out for runs and enjoy the freedoms of life, hot pools, Resonate Emag for including me again in their subscription, EFT, Scouts and Brownies groups, yummy home grown veg, himself ;), living in New Zealand full stop!, being able to holiday with my family mid week, friends who write, flat traveller exchanges, meals over at friends, Native Bush and birds which I can enjoy right on my doorstep, tourists who bring a smile to our faces and remind me how awesome the West Coast is, being part of a community running, Hokitika SPCA, having enough food in our cupboards (a recent trip to the local food bank with a scout group reminded me of what a luxury that actually is for some people), local toy library,  the support of like minded women, soap making with the kids, Night classes and courses, Glaciers which are still there to be seen, a warm cottage thanks to the hard work of himself and the promise of Spring which the recent sight of budding daffodils, Weka chicks and new born lambs brings.

There are many more people and things I could add on here, which I’m sure will come to mind as soon as I publish, so for those people/places/things, just know that I am so grateful to have you in my life 😉