My name is Amanda. I am married with 3 gorgeous kids, living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since becoming a mum I have reflected on the beautiful New Zealand that I was so blessed to grow up in. I look around and see how our country is changing over the years and realize that my children and my children’s children will not enjoy that same blessing if we collectively continue to treat the planet the way we do. That saddens me and I am committed to making environmentally-friendly changes in my life and to raise my kids to be mindful of the environment in their lifestyle choices. Hopefully I can be a good example.

The task of saving our earth seemed a little overwhelming to me. So instead of putting it in the ‘too hard’ basket and doing nothing, I decided to break the task down into more achievable ‘bits’. I’m committing to make small, achievable changes regularly (at least 4 per year), in a bid to ‘do my bit’.

This website is a diary of my journey. I hope it inspires you to consider how you can be more environmentally-friendly. There are others out there who are far more committed and inspiring than I, whom I greatly admire. I am just a regular consumer trying to make one small, positive change at a time - because I believe that if we all do a little, collectively it adds up to a lot.

I have called this site EcoMum because my children are my motivation to care for this earth our God has given us to be stewards over. The reality is that we probably won’t feel the effects of our mistreatment of this Earth, it is the future generations that will. Let’s ‘do our bit’ to ensure a bright future for them.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Baking vs Buying

I've been waiting for Feijoa season to roll around again so that I can try my friend Kim's Feijoa & White Chocolate Cake recipe (see below) that she so cleverly made up herself! So thanks to a delivery of feijoas from my mother-in-law, today we enjoyed this scrummy cake with a hot cuppa. Mmmm.....

Instead of buying a packet of biscuits, why not try baking this delicious cake and reduce the amount of packaging you send to the landfill.

Feijoa & White Chocolate Cake

150g butter, softened
1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c flour
2 t baking powder
1 c feijoas (removed from skins)
1 c white chocolate melts
Baileys (optional)

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and beat until combined.
  3. Add flour and baking powder and beat until combined.
  4. Fold in feijoas and white chocolate melts until just combined.
  5. Pour into a 23cm ring tin.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees for approx 40 minutes.


Tip: If you have more feijoas than you can use, freeze them in 1 cup portions (removed from skins). Then you won't get feijoa overload, you won't waste them, and you can still enjoy the taste when they're no longer in season.

1 comment:

  1. Yummo! I planted a couple of Fejoa trees this year... I'm hoping they'll grow heaps this winter ready for next year!