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Coconut Cocoa Truffles (Sugar-Free)

November 23, 2014

Leah Boden

20141120_092735These sweet morsels have been a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea in our home this week; I’ve shared them with friends as well as keeping a secret stash in the fridge for moi!

There are lots of these ball/bar type of recipes going around but I find they are full of dates and dried fruit which makes them SO high in fructose – so here’s a great alternative!

Here’s what you need:

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup oats (gluten free oats would make it, well, gluten free!)

1/3 cup of dessicated coconut

2 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa (raw, organic if you can)

2 tablespoons natural nut butter

1/3 cup of rice malt syrup (maple syrup or local/raw honey will work fine too but then they won’t be fructose free)

1/4 cup of whatever you’d like to add to them; raisins, chocolate chips, chopped nuts etc. I’ve been…

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The Struggle for Sound

November 20, 2014

Leah Boden


“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul”

Kate Chopin

Everyone has a voice; whether quiet or loud, whether it’s through speech or sculpture, singing or sketching, cooking or caring – everyone has a voice. We’re lead to believe that he who shouts the loudest is heard; is powerful – has influence. I’m not sure I agree; it’s sound that shapes us. Just this morning I was playing (on YouTube, not for real – now that would be awesome!), Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ from his violin concertos. I closed my eyes and allowed the silvery notes to cascade over me; my children looked on and asked “are you OK Mum?”, I answer with a smile “Yes, just allowing the sound to connect with my soul”, they’ve laugh lovingly and knowingly. That’s what sound does – it connects, it moves, it changes & it challenges us.

Our voice, influence and impact is…

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Your life is SO much bigger than today – Eternal Perspective Part 1

November 14, 2014

Leah Boden


Afternoon light fading in the school room

I have a friend; a beautiful arty friend (I really admire ‘arty’ people), who lived in a small house in the early years of her married life. She and her husband set up a cute little studio in their small cellar. She’s the kind of crafty/creative type who can cut up bits of old books and pretty papers and make a master piece out of it .

One day I popped in to see my friend; she was working in her studio and had lots of little pretty pieces of paper all over her desk; they were arranged in a particular way that was important to her work. Whist I was down there her husband came down, and at this point I can’t quite remember what he did, or why he did it but he either blew, or set something big down on…

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Why it’s OK to have a hero (and be one)

November 7, 2014

Leah Boden


“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve

The problem with ‘superheroes’ is that they’re all capes and disguise; they’re driven by hate or hurt or hardship – but we love them! We love it when they fight baddies overcome their obstacles and take over the world!

I have a 6 year old son who is pretty much superhero obsessed. He talks about them, draws them, writes their names over and over (and over) again; he acts out superhero scenarios and of course dresses up as them. He often tries to educate me in the world of superheroes; you know, facts like the importance of knowing the difference between DC and Marvel. Dave and I sat down to watch a Marvel super hero film a few weeks ago; as the movie started I happened to ask…

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Under Construction

November 5, 2014

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Yep – I’ve jumped back in feet first; I’m sat here waiting for my ‘real foods’ package to arrive (in serious need of rice malt syrup), the table is covered in papers I’m working on, big kids are out Geocaching and my little ones are wiping blue chalk off my living room coffee table…as they got it on there but in this ‘imperfect’ moment I’m popping on to tap our some words.

If you’re new here a big hello to you *waves* and if you’re an golden oldie Home Grown Babies follower then thanks for coming back. I was tinkering about with this blog for a few years when my children were younger…and I was younger; but lots has changed but some things have stayed the same. So I’ll endeavour to update the pics and bio; give you a little peak into our home-schooling, whole-food eating, church leading, spirit filled life and hope you’ll visit from time to time.

My package has arrived – my little ones are trying to open it; so before they squeeze out my fluoride free toothpaste and throw the raw cacoa powder around the living room I’ll bid you adieu!


Passing up perfection…

November 4, 2014


“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

Leo Tolstoy, Ann Karenina

I’m on a continued journey to discover who I am, what I’m about and how I ‘tick’; aren’t we all? I love doing personality tests; I often don’t agree with them but when I do, boy do they get me!

Apparently I’m a perfectionist – not one of those that obsessively cleans their home (I wish) or irons tea-towels, no; I’m the kind of perfectionist who won’t attempt a task unless I can put 100% into it and do it ‘properly’. Take my dirty kitchen floor for instance, I walk across it a million times a day and tell myself it needs cleaning…and when that ‘perfect moment’ occurs (kids in bed, drank my tea, house is quiet – you know!) it takes me 5 minutes to complete the task, which I could have done at ANY time of the day!

I’m the same about most things. I’m done with it. But I’m not done; I’m a perfect work of grace in progress and I’m glad that God doesn’t look for that ‘perfect moment’ (when I am ‘perfect’) to work on me, as He really wouldn’t find it.

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”
Brene Brown

Perfection is His peace, alive in me, guarding my heart and mind. Perfection is His grace washing over me, everyday. Perfection is knowing His gifts in my life are the everyday blessings of husband, home, children, food on my table and life in my bones.

Perfection is reading back on this blog and seeing God’s amazing grace and love in my life.

There’s never a perfect moment in a busy mothers life to sit, and write words that feed souls; especially mine

So, I’m going to try and find awkward, busy, loud, full, peaceful, real, quiet and wrong moments – not ‘perfect’ moments to write on this blog.

Here I am

That’s all I’ve got!

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”

2 Corinthians 5:21

See you soon…


We’re still standing!

August 17, 2013


I guess I left without an explanation – apologies for that!

I’m enjoying a blogging-free year…and do feel I won’t be returning to ‘Home Grown Babies’ – we’re growing a little round here!

I’ll be journalling our home schooling days a couple of times a month over at ‘Charlotte Mason Conversations’ linking up with the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival.

Thanks to all those who pop by now and again – and thank you for your recent comments checking up on us; we’re doing great! Loving Jesus and each other – enjoying life in all its simplicity and adventure.

Blessings from our home to yours!


P.S I’m still busy tweeting @leahboden and am an avid IG user – leahvboden – come over and say hi!