Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Seed Day

i spent most of today in the garden, planted out the sugar snap peas, snow peas, spring onions & english spinach. also planted some flower seedlings that i have been growing in trays {fingers Xed that the snails & slugs dont eat them all}.
found a mouse living in the vacuum cleaner hose on the front veranda, its an old vacuum that i use to clean up all the bird seed from my cockateils, wasnt too happy about that jumping out at me i can tell ya.
spaghetti & meat balls for tea to night , just have to go & find the recipe.
tomorrow i will be writing up my second shopping list.
over the last couple of weeks i have priced every item that i buy from all the supermarkets, using my master list, i also go online to check out this weeks specials. so now i just have to write my list for each place & then i get the best price & im saving money, it just takes a little bit more leg work, but i can use the exercise.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Baking Day

Sunday has become baking day, i make all the biscuits, cakes & slices we need for the week.
i try to make at least one new thing a week,
this week it was 2 Orange & raisin slice & melting moments cookies, i have not made either of these before.
the slice was amazing i got the recipe from 'the sweet grass ranch' a working ranch in Montana where you can go & stay.
i also got their recipe for their
spinach-mushroom egg bake, just like a quiche with no pastry base, i made it for tea on Saturday & everyone loved it {& leftovers on Sunday}.

  • Anzac biscuits
  • Coconut cookies
  • Choc Chip biscuits
  • Melting Moments
  • Orange & raisin slice

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Garden Day Monday

spent the day in the garden with J. moving hay bails {huge rat living in them}, trimming the jasmine on the fence, moved the trailer, made a veggie garden, cut back the lavender that was getting out of control, pruned the jacaranda so we can walk under it with out leaves in your face, mowed the lawn, raked the grass {our mulchie mower is out of service},sowed flower seeds into egg cartons & made a compost heap.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Going Green

i think that i have always been a little bit Green, have always been a country girl, even when the country was far away.
i have felt my life changing over the last year or so.

i feel i am turning into the woman i new that one day i would become.

i lov my new Green spotty apron. the fabric was $3 at Vinnies, i think Linen is my favorite fabric for aprons it falls so nice.

My Better Life List

1. living a better life is at the top of my list.

2. saving water- with my front load washer {only washing 2 days a week}, a bucket in the shower to water my plants, only washing up once a day, rain water barrel.

3. buying eco cleaning products-washing up liquid, washing powder.

4. cloth shopping bags- always.

5. recycling everything possible.

6. Saving electricity- changing to energy saving light bulbs, turning off the lights when we leave the room, turning off appliances at the power point.

7. Only buying Australian fruit & veggies, this also goes for dried fruit & nuts, bread, dairy products & meat.

8. Australian food stuffs- i have spent quite a lot of time in the supermarkets reading labels, now i pretty much only buy products made in Australia.

9. Changed from an electric kettle with a stand by light to a gas kettle.

10. Bucket as our garbage bin- have never purchased garbage bags, i use to use the plastic shopping bags but i cut those out in 1998 when i sewed my first calico cloth bags.

11. Baking from scratch- have always done this- cakes, biscuits, pies sweet/savory, slices, bars, chocolates, pizza, pasta- plus 100 other from scratch meals.

12. i will be trying out cloth pads instead of disposable ones, as well as cloth wipes.

13. we are building a hen house & i will keep 6 to 8 hens for their beautiful eggs & meat & in return they will eat up all our kitchen scraps.

14. Line drying our washing- i have always liked hanging out the washing & love the smell of fresh clean clothes straight off the line.

15. Freecycling items we no longer need.

16. Fruit Trees- these are something i have wanted for a very long time & now i have a few in really big pots, i cant wait till my lemon tree gets its first crop.

17. pots of herbs- nothing like fresh herbs to cook with.

18. Growing flowers from seed- i never new how rewarding it would be, seeing their sunny faces smiling at me.

19. Planing my first Veggie Garden- i have grown veggies in pots before but making a garden is much more exciting.

20. Composting- having a go at a compost heap.

21. Sewing- i have always sown things but i have stepped it up giving new uses to old towels, clothing & sheets.

22. thinking about what i spend money on- do i really need it, can i do with out it, do i have something else that can do the same job.

i am very passionate about all these things & i find my self thinking about other things i can do.

Changing your life for the better takes time, but it all starts with the first step.

Friday, May 02, 2008

now its May

looks like i missed all of April & now its May :O)
finally have my desks set up in my craft room, i love, love, love them.

A also up graded my computer because my hard drives failed, he was able to save all my stuff so that was Awesome, {i love him so much}