And We Are Off!

After 6 months of planning and one very hectic week packing, cleaning, cooking and tying up loose ends we are officially “on the road”!

To keep the kids happy we are trying to limit our driving days to 3 to 4 hours so our first stopover was in Albury.  A stop for lunch and a play in Benalla then a visit to the Ned Kelly homestead and museum broke up our drive.  It always makes me laugh that so much of our colonial history involves either convicts or bush rangers! Of course because we like to keep things interesting we decided to brave a showground rather than a caravan park for our first night.  Thankfully it paid off really nicely! Huge amount of space, power and really hot showers all for the bargain price of $20 a night. Needless to say we are showground fans now.  A last minute trip to bunnings for an electric fan heater kept us toasty warm and very grateful as the mercury dropped to 1 degree overnight.  It was a little frosty packing up the next morning.

Our second day was another driving day to get us to Canberra (thank god for iPads and portable dvd players – how did parents manage before these were invented?!?). We stopped off to pay a visit to the doggy on the tucker box and eat our own tucker.  On the menu was a selection of various fruit suited to each person’s intolerances, sandwiches for the kiddos (I’ll get to these in another post!) and egg, mayo and salad gf wraps for mum and dad.  Supplemented by a much needed coffee from Olivers.  I have found Olivers very handy for travelling on the highway.  They cater for gluten and dairy free! And have a large selection of quite healthy food choices… hello steamed green beans in chip box.  Scattered along the highway in Victoria and New South Wales, they have come in useful on those less organised car trips.  Plus they have almond milk for my coffee which is always a good thing!

So to celebrate our departure I thought I’d share one of my favourite snack recipes at the moment.  I call these raw carrot cake bliss balls.  Unfortunately the Jazzy Devil calls them poo balls.  I’ll let you decide on the name.  These are gluten free, dairy free, can be tree nut free if you sub the almond meal for ground sunflower seeds and pepitas as I do (note they still have peanuts) and can easily be low FODMAP by swapping the honey for pure maple syrup.  I love them because they taste naughty but are actually quite healthy.  With plenty of protein they make for a super simple, filling snack on the go.

Until next time, eat well and live happy



3/4 cup almond meal (or ground sunflower seeds & pepitas)

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup good quality crunchy peanut butter

1 lge carrot grated (then chopped smaller with a knife)

1 1/2 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp honey

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon or your hands.  Roll into balls.  Refrigerate for several hours before eating. (Store in the fridge in an airtight container)

7 thoughts on “And We Are Off!

  1. Glad to see you have started off well. Great organising skills Mel. Looking forward to your blog and where you are heading. Happy travels.

  2. A successful start sets you up for a successful adventure. Well done both of you for getting thistle up on the road. A no mean feat!! Xxx

  3. Hi Mel! wanted to wish you a wonderful trip…and we will be following your adventures!!!
    I love Oliver’s too!!!!
    I even had a bucket of crunchy steamed beans for Em š birthday….loved by all…..healthy and yum…..
    I am going to try and make your raw carrot cake bliss balls tonight!!!
    sending your warmth and love
    Amanda and crew.

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