Monday, October 23, 2017

Minty Kinrda Sauce

Monday is Recipe day.
There is so much delight in growing your own food. I love being able to just go out to the back yard and pick some greens and make a delicious sauce.
So excited as well as I splurged and bought this wonderful whiz bang food processor. It is so powerful and a joy to use.
To be honest, I can't tell you exactly what I put in but it was roughly as follows:
Couple of bunches of mint
Some Thai basil, not very much at all
A large green chilli (take out most of the seeds)
Squeeze of lemon juice, you could probably add a bit of zest too
2 cloves of garlic
And some olive oil
Salt and ground pepper
The beauty of this is, you could just about add anything to it, or take away from it.
It's just basic ingredients.
Take out the chilli if you like, add basil instead.
It's just green mushy, but the mint is oh so easy to grow and so refreshing.

Until next time
Lots of it

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Another Big Catchup

I have been busy. Drawing and painting mostly. Experimenting with different mediums and would you believe I have actually sold 3 little pieces I have done. So very exciting. I adored the pieces I did and s happy that the recipients loved them.

I am linking this to Paint Party Friday.
Will get back int my weekly blogging next week...

Until next time
Lots of it

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Huge Catchup

It has been a bit of a few weeks.our family as a whole, have been very busy.
We were lucky enough to have gone on an adventure to Bali, staying in a beautiful 5 star hotel, and attending the wedding of my lovely niece and her partner, Zoe  and Luke.
The whole family went, and so many of my extended was truly a magical experience, and one which we will all cherish for our whole life.

This took much planning, as it was our first holiday overseas, so we needed passport, luggage, travel insurance, immunisations, locks, money had the be exchanged into Indonesian rupiah, we had to get wedding outfits, and summer clothes, and all the medical organising was full on, with scripts needed and letters for every medication we all needed to take.

But we did it, and it is done.. including all our very first plane ride.

                                                        the beautiful bride and groom

                                                          the view from our hotel room

                                                   arghhhh...hoe do these things stay up??????

sunrise walks were stunning

                                           indeedy do, I sipped cat poo coffee...yuk!

visiting a temple. we all had to wear sarongs and cover our knees

                                                      a trip to one of the islands and i got a couple of little bracelets off this sweet little girl. she did the peace sign, which is what I do....

I cleaned out all of my food cupboards and decided to use up some of what I had n them.
I made three lots of muffins. They all pretty much had the same ingredients, except the fruit used.

2 cups of flour (I used wholemeal plain and added a spoonful of bi carb soda)
pinch of salt
Teaspoon of cinnamon

In another bowl
2 eggs mixed with fork
Spoonful of vanilla paste
1/3 cup vanilla yoghurt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup honey

For the banana muffins
3 mashed bananas
Walnuts sprinkled on top

For the Apple pie muffins
Jar of apple sauce with chunks
I left a little to add in and stir through the top of the muffin.

For the Blueberry muffins
2/3 cup extra of vanilla yoghurt
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup dehydrated blueberries soaked in water that just covers them
I drained the water before adding to the mixture.

They made 34 all up and provided a week's worth of snacks.
All of this was free, as I had everything in the cupboard and fridge.

Nothing today on the home schooling front. Will start that again nxt week.

Frugal living....look at the recipe above. All free....
My message is, use what you'd be surprised at what you can create.

Home and Garden.
This week, I planted about 20 potatoes. I dug up the raised garden bed with the help of the boys, and got all the roots out. There were so many. I removed the soil, place black plastic on the ground and added half of the soil back. I then placed a couple of bags of potting mix and compost and planted he potatoes.
I then can't very them with potting mix, compost and manure, up to about 20 cm, and then sugar cane mulch over the top.
Can't wait until they start to grow.

And finally, art.
I have been busy creating a piece weekly, in the 52 weeks Illustration challenge, and this week I was taught but he lovely Penelope, how to edit on snapseed. .

 Some produce from the garden yesterday
                           Final birthday money spent on these gorgeous peter Alexander harry potter pyjamas.

Well...that's it for now.
If you are visiting from Paint Party Friday....welcome....
And thank you all for popping can find ppf link to the right.
Until next time
Lots of it

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Busy Busy and Almond and Vanilla Cake

Seems I am busy...well....lots to do...and to make matters worse, everyone has been incredibly sick. We know at least the kids have had influenza A. It has been a snot and cough fest here, filled with bouts of nausea. Oh joy.

So, my one post for this week will have a bit of everything in it.

Here we go.

Recipe for this week was absolutely delicious.
It is an almond and vanilla cake...sooo good.

I made double recipe and tweaked it a little

I use
3.5 cups almond meal
1.75 cups dessicated  coconut
2 cups organic raw sugar 
Pinch salt

I melted 1.5 bars of butter(about 400 grams or just under) cooled
6 very large eggs
A huge gloop of a teaspoon of vanilla paste

Mixed the wet together.
Mixed the dry together
Mixed them together and placed it into a lined tray.
Sprinkle as much slivered almonds on top as you need to.

The oven was preheated to 180(fan forced)
I cooked it for just under 50 minutes.

I had a piece hot with sprinkled icing sugar. 

Original recipe is here

Also this week, I got. Ahead start on the next prompt word for the 52 Week Illustration challenge was "bucket list" . My immediate thought was to do a picture of me getting ready to travel. My first journey coming up soon, heading to Bali for my nieces wedding. My irrational fear of flying will have to be placed aside and I am actually heading off in a plane. 😱

I am also a firm believer of marriage equality. So a little #watercolour was done ...

I have nothing on the homeschool front...the twins have been so incredibly sick...

That's about it for the week. If you are visiting from ppf, I appreciate your lovely keep me inspired to paint and draw. Thank you.
And to anyone else who visits...thank you too....would love to hear from

Until next time
Lots of it

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Well....still no crafting. How I long to get a crochet hook out or some knitting needles, or even get the material and sewing machine out. But, at least I have been able to paint a little bit. I am really into illustrations at the moment.

I have a few to share with you.

The prompt word for this week on my 52 week Illustration challenge is "deep" . 

The first thing that came to my mind was me, in a very deep hole, looking up and hoping someone would come and rescue me.

But.....that would have been boring, so, I then decided that deep also meant to me, way below in the ocean. So, I thought, know I am very partial to my favourite painting I ever breast feeding mermaid with the little baby with its long hair.

So, here we have it.
It is painted in watercolour, then zentangled over the top with white posca pen. Then I drew and painted the rest, and collages them onto the background. I am quite happy with the result.

When You Wish Upon a Star

I then thought I would like to try something different, so, I got out my water colours and splashed on some bluey greens colours. They looked all lovely and oceany. They were left to dry overnight....

I then searched images of whales....these two are kind and baby ones, cross between a whole lot of whales, but I am thinking blue and sperm.

Such a fun process, and I am pretty happy with how these both turned out.

Feel like I have plans for some more....thinking killer whale and a sweet dolphin.

If you are visiting, thank you so much....would love for you to say hi. If you are from ppf, I am looking forward to visiting and checking out your work.

That's it for today....just so busy lately...need to spend time working with the kids...a little to catch up on...

Until next time
Lots of it

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Update on my $50 challenge.

I almost made it to two weeks only spending $50 dollars each week. But, I spent $170 on Monday. I had too. We needed some meat, and some snacks for the workers, and some vegetarian patties and some cheese, and, well, you know, these things add up.

It was a challenge, but I am sure I could do it again in a month. Two weeks with only $100 to spend.

It did save me lots of money, so I think it was definitely worth it. We still have sooooo much in the cupboards it's not funny.

I have 00 flour, so I can make some fresh pasta.

I have tins of chick peas and bags of lentils, so there are still plenty of vegetarian meals to be made in that lot.

Now, onto the next money saving item.

I am planting potatoes in the garden soon.

Potatoes are no good when you partake in the paleo way of eating, however, it's only me doing that, so planting them will be very useful in this house, and you can cook and enjoy them so many different ways.

I will be using some wire in a circle to hold the soil in, then add soil to it as the plant grow.
I will also try them in the ground and see how they go. I have one packet of seed potatoes. Hopefully that grows into many.

We have been lucky this season to have loads of mandarins, oranges and lemons. They are still on the tree, and this has been such a saving to us as we don't need to buy citrus at the supermarket. It's so good and easy. Potential savings there for sure.

I mentioned above that I spent $170 
I spent a little of that on snacks, and I am not too happy that I bought them. They cost a little bit but also, they are processed. I haven't bought processed foods like that for a while ....I am crazy not o make them myself, sorom now on I will be.

I am thinking muffins, popcorn, maybe a healthy paleo slice, which I always have ingredients for.

What are your go to recipes for snacks? Would love to hear about them, or show me a link to a recipe.

What are some of your favourite ways to save money?

Until next time
Lots of it

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Math Resources

I am forever on the look out for great resources.
Here are some that we use, and have used at home, and I have began tutoring so I will be using these resources for those children as well.

MAB blocks


3D shapes and volume

Versa tiles have a variety of booklets for most subjects and many hades.

Unifix cubes

Place value discs. not underestimate what you can do with these little gems

I am a firm believer that you also don't have to spend a whole lot of money on worksheets, in fact, many can be found free or really cheaply.

Here is the link to my MATHS HOMESCHOOL Pinterest page.  

Hope you find some useful links there.

We have also used many text book style books for maths as well.

These series of books have been one of the best.

The Understanding  Year __  Maths

If you have any questions about how we approach maths in our home schooling, how I have taught the children a particular concept, or any other maths related, program related question, I am happy for you to comment below.

Don't, forget, if you wish to follow me via email, just check the top right on my sidebar, and you won't miss a post.

Until next time
Lots of it

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This is the best recipe. No matter what I put into it, it always turn out delicious.

Last night, I was very lucky, and Miss Maddie cooked it.

It's the meal that really costs not a whole lot. We usually pop one whole chicken in.
It's always best when it is a free range, or free range organic. But it's up to you what you use.

It is the BEST way of cleaning out your fridge.
So the cost is more or less the chicken you buy.

You can use a whole chicken, like we do, or a couple of chicken breasts, although the bones tend to give it more flavour.

And here is the important part. You can throw in whatever vegies you have in the fridge and in the garden.

Last night Maddie used,

A soup pack which had a turnip and a swede
Celery, carrots, a potato and an onion
She added
Carrots, zucchini, a quarter of a cabbage,
And from the garden, some bok choy leaves

Some salt, and pepper, and a pinch of good quality curry powder, and a sprinkle of either vegetable or chicken stock powder.

Fill the large pot up with water until it covers the vegies and the chicken. Boil for a bout 1.5 hours
Before you serve, take the chicken out and take the meat off and pop it back into the soup.

To serve, a dash of soy sauce and a turn of cracked black pepper.

This made about 20 serves of the soup.

Until next time
Lots of it

Friday, August 11, 2017

52 Week Illustration Challenge

I will be linking this to Paint Party Friday...the Link is to the right sidebar on the image.

I am totally loving this 52 Wekk Illustration Challenge Facebook Page. The place is inspiring to say the least. I am pretty sure I have always been drawn to children's illustrations. They make my heart sing, and Picture books are just about one of my much can be said in a picture.

So, here are two that I have been working on for the Challenge.

The first one the prompt word was "secret".

This is watercolour and pigment ink pen. 

The next one is for the following weeks, and it has the prompt word "sadness".
I actually have wrecked it I think by adding the sky. 😥
Oh well, you live and learn.

I will be adding the "secret" painting to my etsy shop.
This was made specifically to fit into a small ribba ikea square frame.

You can find my etsy sales on the right hand sidebar link.

Thank you once again for joining me and popping by and saying hi, and every comment is greatly appreciated.

Until next time
Lots of it

Challenge For This Weeks Food for the Family

It’s been a while I know. Life happens, keeps us busy, and you even forget you have a blog let alone write in it. So here it is...a CHAL...