Tuesday, November 29, 2011


First tomatoes of the season

 More beets

 lots an lots of seeds these are bok choy on the right and on the left is mizuna.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Late afternoon rides, we did have plans to get home an mow the lawn, some how that just didn't happen.

 Ninny the nosey beak..... I think she was more day dreaming about attacking the fruit trees AGAIN!!! she has learnt how to open the gate and has gotten to them twice in the last week.

 I don't know that photographing Lincoln as he did this was a good thing...........I didn't want to encourage him

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Do you do this... Whats your reason?
In the last year I have started slowly building up a stockpile. My reason for starting was that hubby had hurt his back and while he was covered under work cover the pay he got of them was close to half of what his usual pay was. It made me realise if i had had a well stocked cupboard we would of been fine at least food wise. How I have built up my stockpile is every time I go shopping I buy something extra that we don't need  and slowly what we have has built up I also rotate it all regularly. 
Today I decided to give my cupboards a tidy up an it got me thinking about the reasons people keep a stock pile. I do also have a small container of emergency stuff I have stocked pile, such as wind-up torches, heavy duty tape, zip ties, water, candles, matches etc.

 I also have two 20 ltr buckets, one with white flour and the other with wholemeal.
I have found that since I started stockpiling, I have also started buying more things in bulk and this has helped me save more money, overall I spend around $300 less a month then I was a yr ago.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Bargins

It rained last night and today, so Rob got they day of work. Yay for me, we went op shopping.

A pair of curtains $2

how cute are these the two of them cost me $3

$1 for the two

$1ea, First thing I want to make is the bonnet

Sheets and a table cloth for camping $2ea

I love this I plan to use it for storage $4

I have been looking for some large jars like this for ages to store flour in so as soon as I saw them I just knew I was going to buy them- $3 ea.

Lucky last is this beautiful blanket it was the dearest at $10 but its new and even though its acrylic wool it would of cost more for me to buy the wool to make one.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pom Poms

 Tissue pom poms  larger then life and super easy to make.


Who doesn't love a good bargain. My mum scored the figurine's and plates at my neighbours garage sale for the grand total of $5. We had left early to go to the pool, so didn't go over till when we got back which was after 2 o'clock so we missed out on lots. But I did get all the books at another garage sale for $4. And all the awesome fruit I got at my local fruit and veg shop, the dearest was the cherry's at $4.99 KG, the nectarines were $1.99kg the watermelons were$2 ea and the peaches were $12.99 for a tray (4 kg). I got 3 kg of the nectarines an I have already turned a kg into fruit roll ups.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On Friday we went to the Newcastle Museum. We all had a great time and I am already planning to take the kids back again.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Feeling inspired

To try new flour in bread I used a high protein flour an added around 30% spelt flour

Beets inspired by here an wow are they yummy I normally just roast beets and eat in salad but this way would have to be Alyras favourite shes nearly finished of one jar already. I didn't really go of a recipe i baked the beets the peeled and then chopped then. Then I in a pot i added two cups of vinegar 1 cup of sugar, spoon of mustard seeds, spoon of five spice and simmered for 5 Min's then I poured over the beets. It is sweet kinda like canned beetroot, I think that's why Alyra loves it so much.

Shopping at Bibina I got lots of flours, spelt, wholemeal and high protein. I also got some bulk baking powered, a new cocoa powder to try, couscous, quinoa and feta made from sheep's milk oh a bit too many teas.

 Finding giggling kids under the mulberry tree I couldn't help but take a photo but I wasn't too impressed as Lincoln was in his school cloths and it was cold and raining so of to the bath they were sent.