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Author: skinnymixer's
Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10
Dry Rub Ingredients

20 g coconut sugar or brown sugar
15 g smoked paprika
15 g mild paprika
15 g cumin powder
10 g salt
½ tbsp mustard powder
½ tbsp onion powder
½ tbsp garlic powder
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 pinches of pimento or all spice
2.5 - 3kg beef short ribs or rindless pork belly cut into large chunks

Smokey BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

90 g water
30 g coconut sugar or brown sugar
30 g butter
120 g tomato sauce
10 g tamari or coconut aminos or worcestershire sauce
10 g apple cider vinegar
10 g lemon juice
1 tsp cacao powder or instant coffee
1 tsp smoked paprika


** Please note, this recipe requires overnight marinating**
Add all of the rub ingredients to the mixer bowl, blend for 10 sec/speed 9/MC on or combine in a bowl if you don't have a thermal cooker.
Put rub mixture and meat into a large container, coat meat with mixture thoroughly.
Refrigerate overnight, or a minimum of 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 150 degrees, fanforced.
Arrange meat on a deep roasting tray, cover with two layers of baking paper and then a final layer of alfoil.
Bake in the oven for 2.5-3 hours depending on thickness of meat. You want it to be tender and falling apart.
With 10 minutes remaining, prepare Smokey BBQ Sauce by putting all ingredients into the mixer bowl and cooking for 5 min/steaming temperature/speed 3/MC on. Bring to a gentle boil on the stove top if you don't have a thermal cooker.
Carefully drain off fat from the roasting tray and pour over bbq sauce. Turn oven up to 200 degrees, fan forced, and bake for 15 min or until sauce is just bubbling but not over reduced.
Serve immediately.

I used deboned short ribs. You can also use brisket etc... just adjust your cooking times appropriately, i.e. if your ribs arent very meaty or are small, check them at the 2 hour mark.

This recipe can easily be double or tripled depending on your ovens capacity.

Bellini Users
Use blunt blade for this recipe
At step 8 use ST temp if using an Intelli, use 120 degrees if using a Supercook.

3 Reasons Your Baby Will Benefit from a Nightlight

3 reasonms your child will benifit from sleeping with a nightlight

Sleep is just as important to your body as food. When it came to having my first child nothing prepared me for the lack of sleep due to night time feeds. As my baby grew into a toddler it was no longer that my child woke due to required night time feeds, but that they required comfort as they were scared of the dark! I am pleased to say that we are on a winning streak with the kids at the moment. They are all sleeping through the night with the help of their nightlight and the whole house hold was enjoying the benefits that come from a full night’s sleep.

There are many different sleep aids that can assist in helping your child to sleep soundly, nightlights are the most common, because it helps provide a continued calmness for the child throughout the night, creating longer sleep intervals.

In addition to the high likelihood of longer sleep intervals, here are 3 more reasons nightlights can be benificial.

  1. Doctors suggest night lights can boost a baby’s brain development

Today, the American Optometric Association recommends that parents leave a night light on in their baby's room to help boost visual development, particularly from birth to four months of age.

  1. It’s helpful for toddlers who begin to have nightmares

Often between the ages of 2-4 some children to develop a fear of the dark. Having a nightlight in their room has been proven to help them feel safer, ultimately making it easier for them to go to sleep and stay asleep.

  1. Parents and little tots can walk through a dark room more safely

Having a source of light can help you when it comes to checking on your little one. It is also essential for those early day when you need a small amount of light to see what you’re doing during night time feeds. Once your child is toilet trained a nigh light will help them find their way to the toilet.

In addition to vision development, night lights are practical for keeping light low during night-time feedings and diaper changes.

It is a good idea to spend a little bit more and get a light that does not require battery changes and is built with quality materials. If you have a good night light it may last forever. We recommend a custom made Mylight. Mylight specialises in creating beautiful night lights that are unique to your individual style and are built to last your child from the time they are a baby right into their teen years.


10 Comebacks for babies who don’t sleep.

We have all had the experience where we are completely exhausted by our babies lack of sleep. Lets face it, babies that done sleep well get a lot of bad press!

There is always that one mother at Mothers group who annoyingly has the best sleeper in the world. Just because our babies don’t sleep well, it does not make them bad babies. It is time to share the positive aspects of having a baby who does not sleep well.  These responses are brilliant.

1. PARENT: She is such a good baby. She goes to sleep as soon as I put her down in her cot.

YOU: My little one is such a good baby. She likes to sleep on me so I get a lot of cuddles. There is nothing nicer than feeling your baby’s heart beat in time with your own.


2. PARENT: We are so lucky with our baby boy. We can take him anywhere and he just sleeps in his pram the whole time.

YOU: We are lucky too! We can take our baby anywhere and she will stay awake the whole time gaining valuable stimulation and interaction. She

3. PARENT: We are blessed with our baby. She not only sleeps all night but takes regular naps during the day.

YOU: Our little one rarely sleeps during the day and wakes regularly during the night so we get all that extra time with her. We are so damn blessed.


4. PARENT: We can’t complain; our baby sleeps all day.

YOU: My baby doesn’t sleep during the day at all. But I didn’t go through ten months of pregnancy and childbirth just to look at a bundle in a Moses basket. So, I can’t complain.


5. PARENT: Oh baby still not sleeping? You look so tired. You poor thing!

YOU: She is still not sleeping but that isn’t why I am tired. It is all the activities you have to do with them! We have baby sensory games in the morning, followed by crafts and stories; then I cook an Annabel Karmel meal from scratch for lunch. In the afternoon we have singing, stimulating outdoor play and swimming lessons. Finally, I whip up an organic casserole for dinner, then it is on to a full body baby massage, more stories, bath and bedtime. This parenting game is rather exhausting isn’t it?

You look amazing by the way. Not tired at all!


6. PARENT: Oh dear is she still not sleeping? Maybe she is teething or hungry?

YOU: She is teething and hungry. In fact, that is the problem. She is so hungry she keeps eating her teeth. She is so clever.


7. PARENT: My baby is fantastic, she self-soothes herself to sleep.

YOU: My baby is fantastic. She likes me to sing and cuddle her to sleep. Which is great as one of the reasons I had a baby was to have something cute to cuddle.


8. PARENT: My baby is so considerate. She goes to bed really early giving me plenty of time to go to the gym and burn off that baby weight.

YOU: My baby is so considerate. She is helping me burn off the baby weight by letting me carry her around the house about 24 hours a day. In fact, I think I am fitter now than I was pre-pregnancy.


9. PARENT: Oh you let her sleep in your bed? You are making a rod for your own back there. She’ll never sleep on her own.

YOU: Never, really? NEVER? In that case I had better get a bigger bed. It is going to be a bit of a squeeze when she gets to 18.


10. PARENT: Have you tried putting her in her cot, turning out the light, shutting the door and leaving her to cry?

YOU: Err…no, because I quite like my baby.


These are some great ways to combat what can be a hard time. By thinking and responding positive you feel so much better.

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3 Signs that your baby is ready for solids.

It is important to know when the right time to start solids is. The world Health Organization recommends you exclusively breast feed your baby for the first six months. Their guidelines indicate that you should not start feeding your baby solids before 4 months of age and solids should be introduced no later than 6 months. Babies do develop at different rates; reaching readiness for this milestone will vary depending on your child and their makeup. Here are some signs that your baby is ready to start solids.

1. Takes an interest in food – If your little one is looking at you with interest as you are eating or trying to grab at your food, this is a good indicator that he may be ready to try his first solids.

2. Can sit upright – It is usually around the time this milestone is reached that your baby will be sitting independently. When your baby reaches this milestone it is a good time to start introducing solids.

3. Tongue thrust reflex – Your child is ready for solids when they have lost the tongue thrust reflex which pushes food out of their mouth. If your baby is still pushing most of the food out, he may not be quite ready.

If your little one is showing any of the above signs it may be time to start introducing solid foods.

Start simple: along with iron-fortified cereal, baby’s first solids can be single foods such as mashed banana or avocado, or cooked and pureed apple, pear, pumpkin or potato.

Good luck, we would love to hear your stories of when your baby started solids and what their favorites were.






Five amazing tips from a sleep specialist that will help get your little one back to sleep.

5 sleep tips


We were contacted just this week by Tara Mitchell from The Gentle Sleep Specialist. Tara's mission is to  restore harmony, sanity and happiness to families struggling with their little ones sleep.
As a certified sleep consultant, mother and paediatric nurse, Tara has comprehensive training to help you get your little one sleeping through the night. We thought this was a perfect opportunity for her to share with you all some of her most talked about discussion points and tips she might have for you all. Tara has a link to her facebook page and email adress at the end of this article should you want to find out any more information. She is more than happy to answer any questions or problems you might be having over on her facebook page also.

Hi all, Tara here from The Gentle Sleep Specialist. Here to help with one of the most talked about topics when it comes to baby's....Sleep! As a paediatric nurse, mother and qualified infant and toddler sleep consultant, I am giving you some of my top tips to get your little ones on the right track to healthy sleep habits.

  1. Create predictability and consistency around sleep.  Some examples of this may be, having a bedtime routine that includes using a night light to have a story before bed, having an early bedtime and allowing your baby opportunities to sleep in their own regular safe sleep space.
  2. Be aware of your toddler’s subtle ways to take control of bedtime and push boundaries around bed.
  3. Over tired babies are sometimes hard to spot.  They can present as wired, hyper and commonly fight sleep.
  4. Choose what role you wish to play in your baby's sleep and think ahead.  No matter which settling style you wish to use, whether it be patting, feeding, rocking, independent sleep or using a dummy to get your little one to sleep. Be mindful that after the newborn period, the role you choose or play can often become what they associate with sleep. 
  5. Keep bedtime positive!

Sleep plays a vital role in the physical and mental health of the entire family unit.  If you are experiencing issues with your infant or toddlers sleep, don't just resign yourself to the belief that he or she may be that type of baby or it must be ongoing teething. I am still yet to work with a baby or toddler who hasn't thrived off healthy sleep habits.

Sweet Dreams
Tara xx

Like Tara's page on facebook, The Gentle Sleep Specialist and contact her at info@gentlesleep.com.au if you would like more guidance, education and support to get sleep sorted she is more than happy to help out.

Always follow the SIDS safe guidelines.




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