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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Friday, July 29, 2011

On My Mind

A collection of simple living books...


On my mind today has been concern for
the upcoming recession/depression that may be coming soon, and I want to be prepared if it were to happen.

We have no debt other than a small mortgage.
We have never been believers in credit cards so have not incurred debt with those.
We pay cash for all our purchases, if we dont have the money we go without, it is that simple.

So,
on with the stockpile...
I have a large cupboard to clean out this weekend to store some necessities in.

My list is ready...

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On My Mind

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Winter Wednesday

Joining with Hazel's Winter Wednesday today...

Warm Bellies and Winter Sunshine

Winter time
is when citrus fruits abound.

I love homemade juice.
I just squeeze them, add some water, some flax seed oil, and psyllium husks for extra fibre.
Give a good stir and drink.



And nice steaming hot porridge.

I like mine like this...

1/3 cup rolled oats,
3/4 cup water/milk,
some sultanas,
1 tspn manuka honey,
1 tspn LSA (linseed, sunflower & almonds crushed)
sprinkle of cinnamon
Cook gently altogether on the stove and serve.


Early Winter sunshine coming in through the window...


I have included some pictures of the leftover vapour of a plane that passed overhead while I was hanging out the washing.
It left an unusual pattern in the sky...
The sun shining on it produced a bit of a rainbow effect...
Don't know if you can see it that well in the pics...


21C here today, building up to 24C on Friday.
I can feel Spring, even though the nights are still frosty...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Easy Peasy Citrus Cleaner

A new Trend?

Over at the Down To Earth Forum there is a lot of this going on.

3/4 fill a jar with vinegar,
and add citrus peel.
Leave to brew for 2 - 3 weeks,
bottle and
clean until your hearts content!

What you get is a vinegar cleaner with a lovely citrus smell...

This is my citrus brewing in the laundry window,
(please excuse the dirty window).
I have bottled orange, mandarine, grapefruit and lemon peel.


And put back into bottles when done.
I add some to a squirty bottle and top up with water or vinegar.

I had saved the recipe for doing this a while back from Penniless Parenting, but never tried it until nellymary over at Just like my Nan made posted about it.

Turns out that this is a really good cleaner, I have used it all over my house with great success.
It is very good when used on stainless steel and bathroom tiles, leaves them lovely and shiny.

If you have some citrus fruit, why not give it a try...


Friday, July 22, 2011

On My Mind - Wishful Thinking

Wishing we were hitting the road
in our newly purchased caravan...




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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thank You Everyone

for all your kind comments.
I want you to know that you have lifted my spirits...

I have been feeling "blah" for a while, something to do with old age I think...

My continuing shoulder problem will be operated on the 16 August 2011, and hopefully that will be a lot better.
Ongoing problems that come with being a woman are driving me crazy, so hoping that will get sorted soon, maybe an operation there too!

I guess there is nothing too serious to worry about, so for now I will try to keep smiling...there are plenty of people worse off than me!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Time For A Break


I am taking a blogging break for a little while due to some health issues that are weighing me down at the moment.

I will still be here in the background looking at my favourite blogs and leaving comments.

Hubby has started his own blog, titled Out Back Trains if you want to take a look. Mostly about trains....what else?

xTania

Friday, July 1, 2011

Rhonda Jean's Orange Cake

I baked this today...


The recipe for this easy, yummy cake can be found here