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GO-TO GIFT GUIDE G O R G E O U S LO C A L F I N D S
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS
S U N F LOW E R S P R OV E T H E W I N N I N G F O R M U L A
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INSIDE 03. PALEO What is it and how can it help you? 04. TRAVELLING BEAUTY All the essentials for your holiday beauty needs 05. THE RIGHT SOLUTION Rural Marketing Solutions has hit the ground running 07. SWEAT LESS Cosmetic Elegance has the answer to a sweat-free Christmas 08. SEEDS FOR SUCCESS We meet the couple turning their passion for sunflowers into a profession 12. CAPTURING THE MOMENT Felix Boyd of Felix Photography has dedicated his life to beautiful imagery. 16. GO-TO GIFT GUIDE Great buys for the upcoming festive season 22. FESTIVE FUN The dos and don’t’s for upcoming Christmas parties 26. LOUNGING ABOUT Rework your living room with the help of a stunning sofa 27. CHRISTMAS HAM A tasty recipe for scrumptious xmas ham 28. CHEESECAKE Let this gin and tonic cheesecake steal the show this Christmas.
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THE PALEO LIFE A
lso known as the “Caveman Diet”, the Paleo diet takes the attitude that what our predecessors ate led to strong muscles, healthy bones and a great immune system, with lots of protein. In short, if it’s natural, you can eat it – think fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. That means that dairy, grains, processed foods, sugars, legumes, starches and alcohol are out. The benefits of the diet are that it has stood the test of time, and goes hand in hand with the rise of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit in recent years, as the diet is perfect for building muscle and giving you energy to burn. The Paleo diet has been around since the 1970s but has become popular again in the past few years thanks to several celebrities who swear by it. Of course, when you’re a movie star it’s easy to get someone to make your meals for you, but with a bit of planning, the Paleo diet can work for you. Books like The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson have caused a surge in the amount of attention paid to the Paleo diet and similar eating plans. These paleo books are widely regarded as the reasons for the Paleo diet’s new-found popularity. A SAMPLE DAY OF THE PALEO DIET MAY LOOK LIKE THIS: Breakfast: Two eggs and bacon Lunch: Chicken strips and asparagus Dinner: Grilled tuna with celery Snacks: Fruit salad, nuts, smoked salmon, beef jerky, salami www.dalbyherald.com.au
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SWEAT LESS THIS CHRISTMAS Enjoy and embrace the freedom Looking and feeling your best shouldn’t include the potential embarrassment caused by underarm sweat and odour. Imagine a lifetime of freedom from the worries of visible sweat stains, ruining your favourite clothes with deodorants or antiperspirants, or having that sweat breakout in personal or professional encounters. You can live a life of confidence, cleanliness and freedom with miraDry®! MiraDry is the only non-invasive, FDA cleared treatment to permanently eliminate sweat and odour glands in the underarm area. MiraDry is a new generation of technology that is only available in physician’s offices for the permanent elimination of sweat and odour glands on those people bothered by their underarm sweat. MiraDry uses microwave energy which is proven to be the
ideal method for treating the sweat and odour glands in the underarm. It creates targeted heat in the area where glands reside and safely eliminates them. It’s a quick in-office treatment providing immediate and permanent results with minimal to no downtime. Dr Eddie Roos, Medical Director of Cosmetic Elegance Clinic, is very excited about the new miraDry treatment offered at his clinic in Toowoomba. “It is a great treatment because you only need one or two treatments to stop underarm sweating and odour permanently”, he says. “This is a treatment that will change people’s lives and increase their self-esteem.” To book an appointment or for more information on the miraDry treatment call Cosmetic Elegance Clinic on 4638 2700 or visit our website www.cosmeticelegance.com.au
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UNCOVER THE SOLUTION Sophie Andrews of Rural Marketing Solutions can help your business thrive
hen it comes to living and working on the land, we are all lucky enough to know this reality and understand the challenges that come along with it. One such challenge facing many rural businesses today is the comprehension of the digital age and how this incredibly powerful tool can boost your brand and transmit your message. Thankfully, Sophie Andrews of Rural Marketing Solutions is here to bridge the gap and help country folk capitalise on this invaluable business opportunity. “Despite being raised in Brisbane, I have always been country at heart and involved with horses from a young age,” Sophie said. “ I love Dalby and our region and feel that it has so much potential to grow and would love to see all businesses thrive.” Sophie’s undeniable passion for her profession is evident through her commitment to not only her clients, but her own personal development. “I have been working in marketing in Brisbane for over 6 years. “ I am also studying my degree part time while I work full time to ensure that my knowledge is up to date and up to scratch!” It is thanks to this up-to-date knowledge that Sophie is able to
GREAT BUSINESS: Sophie Andrews of Rural Marketing Solutions.
offer her clients broad business solutions, particularly when it comes to the online space. “I really want to get as many businesses online as I can,” she said. “We are now able to target people very accurately using social media. We can identify exactly who your target audience is and talk to only them, instead of wasting time talking at the general public.” For Sophie, it seems the growth of other businesses far outweighs personal desires for her own, with affordability and strong client relationships the cornerstones of her operation. “I offer Facebook management from only $77 a month and clients are able to pay off website builds. “I want to help smaller businesses build and bigger businesses get bigger, which is why I am keeping it affordable and easy.” Contact Sophie of Rural Marketing Solutions today on 0450 479 134 to help realise your business’s true potential.
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BIG DREAMS: Zoe Nearhos and Ben Choice of Choice Urban Farms and their sunflower farm. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
FROM LITTLE DREAMS BIG DREAMS GROW Zoe Nearhos and Ben Choice are sprouting seeds for success... one sunflower at a time. BY CARMEN MILLER
here is no denying that in this day and age, true success takes innovation, passion and bucket-loads of perseverance. One couple who possess every necessary ingredient and more, such as invaluable youthful exuberance, is Zoe Nearhos and Ben Choice. Zoe, who hails from Dalby and was a graduate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross College in 2012, met Ben at a touch carnival in Townsville when both were representing the Darling Downs region. Fast forward 5 years and these inspirational go-getters have started their own sunflower farm, or side-hustle as they affectionately call it, selling to various farmers markets and cafes in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Dalby. The idea for Choice Urban Farms sprouted as quickly as their latest sunflower patch — with Ben’s agricultural passion and Zoe’s innovative ideas forging the perfect partnership. “Ben has recently finished a Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship and is nearly finished studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness through the University of Queensland in Gatton. He has a passion for agriculture and has been wanting to start a business of our own for some time now,” Zoe said. “One night we were discussing potential business ideas and I suggested that flower farming might be an interesting industry to dip our toes into. “Not long after this conversation, we started developing a plan of attack to start our own little flower farm. “Ben is currently working at Withcott Seeds, has previously
worked at Pioneer Seeds, and has worked on broadacre farms around Dalby and in Canada on and off since we finished school in 2012. “He is the brains of this operation, and there’s really no way that Choice Urban Farms would’ve come to fruition without him.” The flower patch which now houses the couples seeds to success was once a grassed paddock which Ben and his brothers would tear around on their motorbikes. The first seeds were planted in August of this year and the couple’s inaugural sales took place on Saturday, November 18. “To say we were excited is an understatement,” Zoe said. And while Zoe, Ben and the couple’s cockerspaniel Ellie make up the official Choice Urban Farms team, Zoe is quick to recognise the help they have had along the way. “We may only be a team of two for now but we do need to give our family a lot of credit for all of the help that they have given us to get to where we are today. “Ben’s family was generous enough to let us utilise 400 square metres of land to start our farm, and my family are making weekly trips to Toowoomba to pick up flowers to deliver to the Urban Paddock Café in Dalby.” From the ideas phase to Choice Urban Farms’s inception, Zoe and Ben have spent countless hours honing their craft and ensuring they have the right foundations for a successful business. Such attributes suggest maturity, dedication and business nous well beyond their years and its hard not to be excited for this young couple, their sunflowers and their undeniably bright future.
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ith 2017 almost behind us, now is the time to start setting goals for 2018! While the Christmas period is only just getting underway, now is a good time to start thinking of ways to help you begin the new year with a bang and a detox is a great place to start. Plus, knowing you have a detox planned can help you enjoy the Christmas indulgence without the usual guilt! 1. PREPARE YOUR MIND You’ve prepped your meals and cleared your social calendar, but have you mentally prepared for the cleansing period ahead? One of the biggest reasons people fail to finish a detox is that they aren’t mentally prepared for the changes ahead, leaving them vulnerable to failure. Use your cleanse as an exercise in mental detoxification as well as physically, planning meditation and yoga sessions, as well as using motivational techniques to help see you through. 2. GET READY TO DRINK UP Drinking at least two litres of water is paramount in successfully reducing your toxins, so if you’re not used to drinking lots of water, prepare yourself. Buy a large, glass water jug and fill it with lemon, mint and alkaline water, ensuring you’re constantly sipping - rather than gulping - throughout the day. Why alkaline water? It has a higher pH value than regular water, helping draw acidity out of the body. Complement your water intake with green juices, smoothies and coconut water for variety. 3. CUT THE CRACKERS By now you know the drill - processed food is kryptonite to a successful detox. Packaged foods like crackers, chips, white bread or fast food are laden with empty calories, leaving your system malnourished and likely hungry again in only a few hours. Switch the processed stuff for healthy, wholefoods, feel satisfied with healthy fats found in avocado, oily fish and coconut oil, and enjoy fresh, healthy salads laden with seasonal vegetables. Oh, and it goes without saying that sugar is out, too. 4. DARE TO GO DAIRY-FREE For many the thought of forgoing dairy in favour of nut, sheep
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AVOID A CHRISTMAS PARTY CATASTROPHE End of year festivities have the potential to go pear-shaped if you don’t plan ahead
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EMBRACE SUMMER Keep your home colourful this summer and experiment with mixed patterns
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HAM IT UP FOR GUESTS THIS CHRISTMAS GLAZING YOUR HAM Prepare your favourite glazerecipe. Visit www.pork.com.au for some ideas. Remove rind and use a sharp knife to score ham in a diamond pattern, then place ham scored side up in a large baking pan and brush over glaze. Put in a pre-heated oven or hooded BBQ at 180Â°C for 20 minutes per kilogram, basting occasionally, until ham is brown and warmed through. CUTTING A LEG OF HAM 1. Place ham skin side up, then run a small, sharp knife under the rind around the bottom (opposite end to hock) and each side of the ham to about halfway up. Peel the rind back. 2. Run the tip of the knife around the bone on the underside of the ham. Begin to slice on a slight angle down to the bone. 3. Run your knife lengthways along the bone to remove slices. Continue to slice towards the hock. 4. Continue slicing down to the bone, working your way around the ham. When youâ€™ve reached about a third of the way up, you can remove the bone by making a few short cuts at the joint. STORING YOUR HAM 28
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SPICE UP FESTIVITIES This gin and tonic cheesecake with juniper berry dust is sure to be a hit Christmas day RECIPE BY VICKI TAYLOR
in and tonic cheesecake with juniper berry dust Ingredients: Base: 400g of Marie biscuits 5 tbs caster sugar 200g butter Filling: 250g mascarpone cheese 7 tbs icing sugar 400ml double cream zest of 1 lime zest of 1 orange Jelly: 5 sheets leaf gelatine 100ml gin 100ml tonic water 200ml orange juice 50ml lime juice 2 tbs caster sugar Juniper dust: 2 tsp salt flakes 20 juniper berries zest of 2 limes 8 tsp brown sugar Method: Preheat the oven to 170C, fan-forced. Crush biscuits into a fine crumb in a plastic bag using a rolling pin. Add to a bowl with the caster sugar. Melt butter in a pot, add to the crushed biscuits, and combine with a wooden spoon until the mixture clumps together. Oil the base and sides of a 23cm spring form tin well, then spoon in the biscuit mixture. Using your fingers, press the mixture into the base and high up the sides of the tin, nearly all the way to the top. Cook in oven for 10 minutes, remove, cool slightly then place in the refrigerator. For the cheesecake filling add the mascarpone and icing sugar to a bowl and, using a fork, stir to loosen. Add in the double cream, 50ml of the orange juice, the orange 30
and lime zests and whisk until you have stiff peaks. Taste for sweetness. This recipe isnâ€™t supposed to be too sweet. Spoon the mixture into your biscuit case about 3â „4 of the way up and level out the cheesecake mixture by using the back of a wet spoon. Place back in the refrigerator. Add the leaf gelatine to a separate bowl of cold water and set aside. In another bowl add the gin, the remaining 200ml of orange juice, caster sugar and the tonic water and mix well. Pour 100ml of this mixture into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat. Strain the water from the leaf gelatine sheets using your fingers and add to the saucepan, stirring until the leaf gelatine has completely dissolved. Strain back into the remaining gin mixture using a sieve and leave to cool completely. Once cooled, slowly spoon the liquid over the cheesecake and then place in the fridge for about six hours to set. To make the juniper dust, grind juniper berries until fairly fine. Add in other ingredients, stir to combine and put in an airtight container. Lightly sprinkle on cheesecake prior to serving. Enjoy! www.chinchillanews.com.au
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