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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.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Around Home


 An old stand.
  Not sure what to do with this yet. 
Any ideas?

 Made in 1923 by the writing scribbled in pencil on the bottom


Australia day


The front entrance
following Becci's zone challenge over at the Down to Earth Forum

Come on over and join in the fun :)


from orange juice, yoghurt  banana, pineapple and mango...

using my vintage blender.


One thousand gifts by Ann Voskamp
You can see here beautiful blog here


 Keeping hubby busy.

Putting wooden flooring in the pantry...

Making a plant box for an old wheelbarrow...

 Adding legs to an old bath ready for the garden,
we are going to plant potatoes in there...


 I have planted out some new zucchini plants. 


Nectarines, eggplant, potatoes, capsicum, apple cucumbers, green cucumber and rhubarb, and the tiniest tomato.

The garden is loving this cooler weather. 


Anzac Biscuits 

These ones are the chewy kind.


1 cup (150g) plain flour

1 cup (90g) rolled oats

1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut

3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar

125g butter

2 tbs golden syrup

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbs water


Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two

baking trays with non-stick baking 

paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. 

Stir in the oats, coconut and brown 


Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 

tbs water in a small saucepan. Stir 

over a medium heat until melted. Stir 

in the bicarbonate of soda.

Pour the butter mixture into the flour 

mixture and stir until combined.

Roll level tablespoons of mixture into 

balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm 


Press with a fork to flatten slightly.  Bake for 

10 minutes or until golden brown.

Set aside on trays for 5 minutes, then transfer 

to a wire rack so they cool completely.

Welcome to my new followers, I am so glad to 

have you here.  

Three hundred followers, WOW!

What have you been doing? And what is the 

weather like where you live?



  1. COngratulations on 300 followers. It's easy to see why you have a popular blog Tania. Thanks for the reminder to head over to the forum. With the school holidays, I haven't been online as much and I have missed visiting the forum.

  2. I've been reading your blog for a while & just realised i'm not a follower. So now you have 301. :) Certainly lots happening with you. Love the stand & your wheelbarrow. Hugs,xx.

  3. All looks wonderful, Tania. I love your wooden stand ,so special having furniture that has been loved by others - they say you never own an antique you are just a custodian waiting to hand it on to the next person.

  4. Everything is looking great Tania :D The bath look great and absolutely love the wheelbarrow...I want one, I want it now! :D

  5. Congratulations Tania! Isn't the cooler weather wonderful...I can't even complain about the abundance of water.

  6. You sure have been busy and congrats on 300 followers.
    Anne xx

  7. Love the stand, I see a big maiden hair fern on it....and the produce, gotta love that....this cooler weather is making such a difference to the garden.

  8. Love that stand Tania!! Congrats on the 300 followers!

  9. Congratulations on reaching 300. Now, don't laugh, but could that stand have been made for a big old family Bible. I've seen some Bible stands about that heavy, though a flat top and a continuous rim aren't normal.

  10. Well done, Tania on 300 followers! This post was lovely, a real snapshot of what's going on at your place and wow, there has been lots! I think the wooden stand would look nice with a lush, trailing pot plant in a nice pot on it. Ooh, snd i think I must make some Anzac's too, I will try your chewy recipe! We've been having a lovely Australia Day here, the weather has been fantastic.

  11. Gorges, That is a great idea re the family bible. After all I believe the stand came from a church :)

    Suzanne and Joolz, I would like to put a plant on the stand but I am a bit worried about water and timber should they come in contact...I might look at getting an artificial plant for it though.


  12. Hi Tania,
    Wow, I felt a bit tired after reading your post - you've done so much.
    Thanks for mentioning the zone challenge thing at down to earth, I think that could really work for me at the mo'.
    The stand could be used in the hall to put your keys on when you come in and out, perhaps?

    Interested to see how your potatoes go. We live in 'spud' country here in the Southern Highlands.
    Plenty of rain over the last few days.


  13. You're a busy little beaver. Love the stand. Our weather has been kinder to us in the last week but we never know what the next day will be like. lol.
    Cheers, Anita.

  14. WOW! Those are some very lovely things.
    I love the stand. My mom has one very similar to that and she keeps a potted plant on it.
    Have a lovely day!
    - Kristin

  15. you sure have been busy!!!
    have a nice week,
    love regina

  16. Love your stand Tania. In my house I have a little table that I put different displays on through out the year. Maybe an idea for you.

    Atm. it has my Australia Day display next I will be putting my Valentine display on it which includes a beautiful photo of my partner & I.
    Through out the year it will have Easter, Sports, Family, Birthdays, births, death tributes & my favourite an Anzac day display where I like to keep a candle burning for most of the time.
    These displays are only limited by your imagination & what you have on hand. I never spend a lot on them just what I have plus what I pick up at the op shop & $2 shops. This year just for an extra bit of fun I will be adding a St Patrick's day theme.
    Anyway just a suggestion & something I have a lot of fun doing on a limited budget.

  17. Oh! You have been busy. I would definitely put a fern on the stand, it's wonderful. Potatoes in a bathtub? Why not. I think you are quite clever and I long to be readying the gardens. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  18. Your post is so full of busy, busy. Love it!

  19. This sounds amazing; definitely, love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing & I look forward to future posts! :)

  20. This sounds amazing; definitely, love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing & I look forward to future posts! :)

  21. You have been busy. I wish my garden grew as much veggies as yours, my zucchini got powdery mildrew and that was the end of them which was rather sad. Well done on 300.


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