Saturday, January 14, 2012

Around here

Firstly I would like to give a big WELCOME to my new followers!

There has been
some pretty skies...

tinged with smoke...

from the recent bush fire that is out now thanks to the helpful rain...

Hazy, smoke covered moon

Getting some work done...
Gotta love his shoe laces lol!

Smiley happy Millie dog...
She has barely any teeth left now, she has worn them all down and her tongue now hangs out quite regularly, she looks funny sometimes :)

From the garden...
Beetroot, capsicum, carrots, zucchini, apple cucumbers...

Grating the surplus of Zucchini's...

Measuring into one cup bagfuls...

ready for the freezer to add to stews, quiches at a later date...

In the kitchen...

I visited ANGLESEY ALLSORTS blog today and was inspired after seeing the pictures and recipe of her drop scones.
So I went ahead and cooked up some good old fashioned drop scones too, I have not had these since my grandmother cooked them for me many moons ago.

I used a recipe from one of my grandmothers cooking books...
(Manual of Domestic Art 1953, cost one shilling and sixpence lol)

Drop Scones

1 heaped cup plain flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup of milk (small half)
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cream tartar
1 tsp. carb. soda (lumps crushed)
1 egg

Method ---Sift flour, salt, cream of tarter, and carbonate of soda. Make a well in the centre of flour and put in beaten egg, stir in a little flour (using wooden spoon). Add milk slowly, beating all the time. Beat 4 or 5 minutes. Grease the hot girdle (a frying pan may be used as a girdle), and put mixture on in dessertspoonsful (allow space between them). Turn the scones over and cook both sides evenly. Serve with butter or jam.

I have been a little absent from blogland lately.
This past week I have been helping a friend to clean out her ex husbands house after he passed away suddenly, sadly he was only 59 :(

Hopefully I can get back to regular blogging soon. Sorry I haven't had much of a chance to visit all my favourites and leave comments, I am getting there slowly though...I have a lot of catching up to do!



  1. Great post Tania. What a great bounty of fresh veg! Love, love, love drop scones mmmmm delish!

  2. Oh love a good scone recipe. I haven't made scones for ages but so handy to use up excess whipped cream (if such a thing exists) after a good cake or mousse making & eating session. Love Posie

  3. Tania, I too have oodles of zucchini...and am interested in your freezing. I cut mine in small pieces last year and froze but wasnt all that thrilled with the texture after the grated bits go watery, or do you squeeze excess juice out before freezing..? Thanks..seems a shame to waste when we have so much.

  4. Enchanted Moments, I haven't actually tried freezing zucchinis before, so not real sure how they will thaw. I got the idea from the internet somewhere, think I did a google search :) I would presume they would be watery when thawed. That is why I am going to add to stews etc just for flavour...

  5. We, too, have loads of bush fires at the moment - penalty of a wet winter and a hot summer. Always fraught with fear though...

    Stay safe.

  6. Sounds a lot like our drop biscuits. Mom has a recipe that calls for zucchini and a ripe tomato in this type of drop biscuit.We all love it, but most anything fried is wonderful.Especially if you're dieting and watching your fats.

  7. Hi, Tania, thank you for your comment on my blog. I shall be back to check that you are crocheting a granny a day! Shall we form a 'Granny a Day Club'?! What beautiful pictures in today's post and I shall have to have a go at drop scones. When we get our glut of courgettes I'll remember your freezing tip.
    Love from Mum

  8. Hi Tania. I enjoyed reading and seeing all your recent activities and the blog you mentioned! I like to see simple, basic recipes like your scones. Your veggies look nice! I am planning on what seeds I want to buy for our spring planting(which is at least 3 months away). love,andrea

  9. awww 59 is too young ((hugs to your friend)))
    Great crop from garden there!

  10. Sounds like you've been busy helping your friend. That's really sad to hear about her hubby.

    Lovely veggies, great to see you not wasting anything.

    Sft x

  11. Great idea about grating the zucchini's and freezing them. I use grated zucchini in my spaghetti bol, so keeping a stash in the freezer for when I've run out works well.


  12. Yes, busy as always. Ooh, don't tempt me with those drop scones! My Weight Watchers group starts back on Wednesday and I am a little bit frightened to hop on the scales. I have been in Adelaide since last Tuesday and have eaten out a lot! Time will tell tomorrow morning when I weigh myself here in bras and knickers before breakfast. If I am over 71.0 kgs then I am in trouble! He he!

    Lovely pictures in your post, I'd better try and get a post done too!

    Cheers - Joolz

  13. Am wondering if you're up near where my Nanna is. Unfortunately the fire isn't out yet for them and as I type, the recent update was the firebreaks were bulldozed and cars moved.

    Pleased to hear the skies have changed for you and the rain has bought relief.

    Off to read some more of your blog.

  14. Hello Kristy,

    Thank you for your inquiry. The fire I refer to was the one in the Flinders Ranges, near Wilmington in South Australia. So a different one to where your Nanna is. Hope your Nanna and her property prove to be safe from the fire threat.

  15. Dropping by to say Hi. Catching up with some reading.

  16. Hi You! sorry to hear of you friends loss .. how awful, good job she has you for support.
    Scones look yummy, and what a good idea with the corgettes, well always end up with far too many if wre grow they atr tasty in soups and stews.

    Vicky x

  17. My veg garden is growing very slowly due to the lack of warm weather. But I have noticed a heap of zucchini on their way, so anytime soon.

    Thanks for the update.

  18. Hi Tania,
    Just popped in to "catch up". Thanks for sharing glimpses of your life with us ... Always interesting and inspiring.

  19. thanks Tania, I'm always after a good scone recipe as I'm the world's worst scone maker LOL.

    Great idea for your zucchini, haven't thought of freezing it before.


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