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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.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Home


Life has been full up with everyday happenings, hence my blogging absence lately. Hubby is away for a couple of days, so I thought I would sneak in a blog post. 

The weather here at the moment is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful bright sunshine and gentle breezes, all the things I love about Autumn.  Life is good :)

In the kitchen I have been trying new recipes, some with an Asian touch....

Honey Prawn Stir-fry with rice... 


Black bean beef and fried rice... 


Plus looking for more ways to use up leftovers...
 A bit of pastry on top of leftover spaghetti...



 
Apple and Quandong (wild peach/bush tucker) Crumble...


Excitement as we picked our first little guava fruit...


Our boy turned 16 last week and this is the t shirt his sister gave him....love it!
He went on the day down to the registration office, paid his money and came away with his "L" licence.  
Now there will be lots of driving lessons happening, and lots of extra petrol consumed in the process...
Oh well :)


 A little bit of crafting going on....

Knitting cute little owls lately...
And I am on the home run with my crochet blanket with one more round to go :)


Witchetty grub found under a tree root we had removed...
These are bush tucker for the Aboriginal people but I could not bring myself to eat him or her...
Nice, big and fat...


A heavy down pour of rain and strong wind all while the sun was shining... 


A lovely sunset after rain... 


Lots of baby geckos getting around....cute! 

  
Our home...


Some more flowers for me, from him xx


And finally 
A big stash of fabric samples gifted to me by Heather...thank you so much!

150 pieces of bliss...


Now what do I make??


Bags?


Cushions?


 a patchwork quilt?


maybe a table runner?


place-mats?


All sizes from large to quite small...


Some lovely colours among them...


 and designs...


The ideas are endless... 

What would you do with them?

Wishing you all a truly beautiful day!

xTania

Monday, March 19, 2012

Satisfaction in...


 the making of something from food that is grown at home...


Carrot and zucchini slice...YUM!


 The recipe can be found here


Using some of the peaches that were given to us  I made

Peaches and Cream Dessert


This recipe can be found in the Women's Weekly Menu Planner series book 1


 60gm Butter
1/2 Sugar
1 egg
1 cup SR Flour
1/2 cup milk
425gms can sliced peaches, drained (I used my stewed ones)
300mls carton thickened cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten, extra
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Beat soft butter, sugar, egg, flour and milk in a small bowl with electric mixer for a few minutes or until smooth and changed in colour.  
Pour into greased, oven proof dish, top with peaches.  
Bake in moderate oven 40 minutes (microwave on HIGH 8 minutes). 
Pour combined cream and extra eggs over peaches, sprinkle with combined sugar and cinnamon, bake in a moderate oven further 15minutes or until set (or microwave on MEDIUM HIGH 5 minutes).

Enjoy!

xTania

Friday, March 9, 2012

Please do not disturb...



"The Book"


has arrived 
:)



If you haven't heard of this book,
take a visit to Rhonda's Down to Earth blog, you will be glad you did!


Wishing you all a wonderful fun filled day!


A bright Autumn sunshiny day here today, I just love this time of year...


xTania



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Catch up

A bit of mish mash from our corner of the world. I take lots of photos with the intention of putting on this blog but lately time has been slipping away from me, so I will just do this post for now...lots of photos, not necessary in order or around the right way lol!

I am still granny squaring...

A phone case with vintage buttons...


Daisy Square cushion like the pillow found here:


I was very pleased with how this turned out...


At long last I have finished off some crochet cushions that had been sitting in my cupboard for years and years...

They are the Adelaide Crows colours, blue, yellow and red, our favourite AFL team.


A cowl/scarfe I made, but am a bit disappointed with the colours but it still looks okay on.


This bag was made from a couple of granny squares that were left over from another project. I just added some more brighter colours and sewed a crocheted heart on one side and an owl on the other. Added a black border and strap and some pretty flowers...I also added a lining from vintage material but forgot to add the photo...



Our new lampshade


for the stand we were given...


Our son turns 16 this month, so along with that goes the dreaded driving bug...

This is the car we found for him...

As a mother it will be worrying times ahead for me :(

He is a sensible lad so hopefully he will respect the dangers of driving modern cars...


I have been trying to get myself a vintage soap saver, with no success so far. So I made myself a makeshift one out of recycled onion bag mesh. I crocheted one end and added and open end with a tie so the soap can be replaced. I use this when washing dishes, soaps up nicely...


A great photo of Millie, she is wanting her ball thrown for her, can you tell?
Come on Dad...please?


Collecting logs for winter, because the tree loppers are in town...they are chopping trees that are dangerous or touching power lines.


Still have some vegetables producing, apple cucumbers, carrots and capsicums...


pumpkins are coming along...


My new project, another blanket :)


We had a very wet day here yesterday...with 63mm (2.5inches) falling throughout the day.
Hurray for the gardens, as it was getting pretty dry after the last hot spell!


The view through my dirty window...we spent most of the day inside enjoying watching the rain fall.


And I want to apologise to my blogging friends who take time to leave me lovely comments. I have visited your blogs but am unable to leave comments on some of them...I have no problem with blogs that have the word verification, but the ones that ask to choose a profile I cant seem to comment on. Any ideas to fix this problem? I have signed out of blogger and signed back in but the problem is still there. I was thinking of deleting the cookies next but thought I would put it out there to see if anyone can help :)

Hope the world is treating you well where you are,

Keep smiling :)

xTania