Tuesday 22 February 2022

The Promise of Lent Devotional {Books 4 Lent}

Lent will commence on Wendesday 2nd of March this year.  A couple of years ago I discovered a beautiful new book for the season of Advent by the author Chris Tiegreen.  I was very pleased to discover that he had written a companion devotional for Lent.

The Promise of Lent Devotional

A 40-Day Journey Toward the Miracle of Easter
  • Format Hardback | 192 pages 
  • Dimensions 145 x 188 x 15mm | 318g 
  • Publication date 15 Jan 2018 
  • Publisher Tyndale Momentum 
  • Language English 
  • ISBN10 1496419138 
  • ISBN13 9781496419132 
Lent is a time of remembering Christ's sacrifice--and yet it is not meant to be depressing; it is meant to be reorienting. The 40-day holy season is one of transition when we turn our eyes away from fading disappointments and move ever closer to the radiance of Easter hope.This is the purpose of The Promise of Lent Devotional: to stir up the hope that God has given us in the midst of a fallen world. Each day you'll read of death and new life, temptation and the power to overcome it, the life and ministry of Jesus, and the transformative power of God. Because when we gaze at God's true nature--his sacrificial love and his glorious resurrection--everything changes. The past fades, the tomb's stone rolls away, and our hearts awaken to faith once again. Discover that to be true this year, through The Promise of Lent Devotional. - Book Depository

I'm really looking forward to using this devotional this year.  It will be the first time I will be doing a lent devotional.

 What are some of your favourite Lent resources?

Tuesday 2 November 2021

One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen

In a weeks time it will be Rememberance Day or sometimes locally known as Poppy Day in Australia and New Zealand.  Rememberance Day is observed on 11 November at 11 am through a minute of silence. This tradition was inaugurated by King George V in 1919.

Remembrance Day is observed to recall the end of First World War hostilities. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.)
The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day.  The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning. Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day
  • Format Hardback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions 228 x 282 x 10mm | 499.99g
  • Publication date 01 Nov 2014
  • Publisher MURDOCH BOOKS
  • Publication City/Country Millers Point, Australia
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 1743316240
  • ISBN13 9781743316245 

From Book Depository - "In one minute of silence you can imagine sprinting up the beach in Gallipoli in 1915 with the fierce fighting Diggers, but can you imagine standing beside the brave battling Turks as they defended their homeland from the cliffs above.

In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers felt. And if you try, you might be able to imagine the enemy, and see that he is not so different from you.

In One Minute's Silence, you are the story, and the story is yours - to imagine, remember and honour the brothers in arms on both sides of the conflict, heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives.

A moving and powerful reflection on the meaning of Remembrance Day." 


  • WINNER: 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award, 
  • Children's Fiction WINNER: CBCA Book of the Year, 
  • Crichton Award for New Illustrators, 
  • 2015 HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Picture Book of the Year, 2015

My Thoughts - This is one of those books that speak to the heart.  That will bring your children to grasp and appreciate the gravity of a minutes silence and what it honours. 

What books do you recommend for Rememberance Day?

Saturday 16 October 2021

Healthy Lemon Cheesecake (Trim Healthy Mama S)

I have been craving cheesecake!  I love the Trim Healthy Mama cheesecake recipe in their original book however I wanted something that used less cream cheese.  Long story short is that I have been experimenting and combining a few recipes together (Cottage Cheesecake, Basic Cheesecake THM book page 373) to come up with this recipe.  

Healthy Lemon Cheesecake 




  • 250 grams Low Fat Cream Cheese
  • 250 grams Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 200 grams Low Fat Sour Cream 
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 150 grams sweetener (I use xylitol which I grind to icing sugar consistency)
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml vanilla essence (or vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste)
  • Quarter teaspoon xantham gum



  • Preheat the oven to 180 c fan forced
  • Lightly grease an 8" by 8" pan
  • Mix the ingredients.
  • Press into a greased dish 
  • Bake for 8 min 
  • Set aside.


  • Using an immersion blender blend the cottage cheese and sour cream until smooth. 
  • Soften the cream cheese and add to mix and blend.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend.
  • Pour over the base and return to the oven.  
  • Bake for 40 min.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. 
  • Refrigerate to chill completely before cutting and serving.

  • *If you prefer a slightly firmer cheesecake add 1 teaspoon of gelatin to the recipe.  
  • To make a vanilla cheesecake omit the lemon juice. 
  • You can use full fat options to make this recipe if you prefer however it will raise the overall fat content which in turn will produce a higher calorie dessert.  This may not be beneficial to everyone. 

A huge shout out to Susan from Nourish & Flourish who encouraged me to experiment and try new things.  Be sure to pop on over and look at all her wonderful resources.  I so appreciate her support on my journey to wellness over on Facebook and in the Facebook Community.  

Happy Baking 


For those of you who are interested in the nutritional information here is the breakdown as calculated on My Fitness Pal.