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. 

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Blogging through the Alphabet from A to Z - 2021

That's a wrap folks. I have so enjoyed ticking this off my bucket list. Blogging Through the Alphabet is one of those things I've always wanted to do since I started this blog. Now I have and it's all with grateful appreciation to my co-host Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook who has been sharing her
families Lego Adventure Through the Alphabet!

  1. A is for Art Lessons at Home
  2. B is for Books Where do You Purchase Yours? 
  3. Charlotte Mason a Round Up of Posts 
  4. Delight Directed Education
  5. Encouragement for Weary Homeschooling Mothers
  6. For the Children's Sake
  7. G is for Geography
  8. Homeschool Bloggers
  9. Instagramers to follow who are homeschooling
  10. Joy in Your Homeschool Journey
  11. Know Yourself - Stop the Comparison Game
  12. Life Skills in Your Homeschool
  13. Math Resource for Home Education
  14. Netflix in Your Homeschool
  15. Olympics 2021
  16. P is for Podcasts
  17. Quintessentially Homeschool
  18. Read-A-Loud in Your Homeschool
  19. Science in Your Homeschool
  20. Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie 
  21. Ubiquitous Homeschooler 
  22. Value Added Learning
  23. Writing Cursive
  24. X-Factor in Your Homeschool
  25. YouTube Homeschooling 
  26. Zoos for Science in Your Homeschool
I hope you've enjoyed this series as much as I have enjoyed participating in it. 


Featured from last week the letter Y...

This Week over at Our Homeschool Notebook the topic is And That's A Wrap!


Please link up your posts starting with the series for this weeks ABC Blogging

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Zoo Visits for Science

 Better late than never!  I'm so sorry this post is late.  Today we are on the final letter for this years Blogging Through The Alphabet!  Wow the letter Z.  My co-host Desiree is sharing the Z is for Zone!  

The topic today is Zoo Visits for Science!  A visit to the zoo is so good no matter what age you are.  I'm so grateful for zoo's around the world.  They contribute to so much of the knowledge that we have and allow us to experience different biomes and animals from across the globe.  They are places that protect and preserve life and contribute to the wellness of so many people through having access to being able to see and experience the beauty that is out there in our world. 

One of the mistakes we make is thinking we need to spend ALL day at the zoo.  Our local government zoo has a membership program making it much cheaper to be able to go to the zoo multiple times throughout the year.   By planning our day and choosing which animals we wanted to see that day made a HUGE difference to us enjoying the zoo together.  We would pack morning tea.  Take ourselves to the zoo and look at those sections we had chosen and come home.  Everyone enjoyed this approach so much more than long protracted days at the zoo.  

Wild Nights Zoo After Dark 2015

Keep an eye on your local zoo what's on page.  We discovered that our Zoo ran a week long night program in winter allowing us to see the zoo after dark.  We have such wonderful memories of toasting marshmallows, seeing possums up trees and meeting the serval. 

We attended this event for a few years,  you can see some of our adventures along with video's in these posts:

Taking our children both young and old to the zoo is a great way to incorporate hands on science with your children.  The interpretive signs at the zoo are full of scientific and geographic information.  You will cover subjects like history, geography, science, biology, maths and literacy. 
Members of the MSO tuning up and preparing for the conductor and performance.

We also covered music at Melbourne Zoo!  A few years ago they ran a program with white Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Carnival of the Animals.  It was so much fun to see the animals, meet members of the orchestra and enjoy this particular event and meet Noni Hazelhurst.  It was a day full of culture at the Zoo!

Over the years as a family we have some of the most amazing adventures and builds some wonderful memories at the zoo. 

Different States in Australia have different rules about meeting Australian animals.  When we went to Queensland in 2012 we were blessed with being able to hold and meet koala.  It was a super special time for us all. 

Paul and Sir N released number four of the Bandicoots.

This is one of the most special memories I have of Paul and Nathaniel!  They released bandicoots into the new breeding area at Werribee Open Range Zoo.  This breeding program has become one of the success stories for Zoo's Victoria as Bandicoots are no longer endangered.

This post has come at the perfect time because this week Zoo's around the world celebrated International Zoo Keeper Day!  I'm so proud of all the wonderful work that Paul does at Werribee Open Range Zoo alongside his colleagues.  You can follow some of his adventures on Instagram @servalpaul or on Facebook at Serval Paul Photography

What is your favourite thing to do at the zoo?



Featured from last week the letter Y...

This Week over at Our Homeschool Notebook the topic is Z is for Zone!


Please link up your posts starting with the letter Z for this weeks ABC Blogging