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. 

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