I'm joining in with Christine at Slow Living Essentials for a look at what we have achieved (or not) over the month just gone.
So here goes...........
Nourish - In September I managed to bake most of our bread. It has been my best month so far in this regard. It's been made possible because I have started cheating with my sour dough. I make the sponge (usually in the evening) and then the next day I make up the dough and chuck it straight in the tins. No second lot of kneading or rising! It seems to work.
I've been making lemon cordial and lemon meringue pie. I tried a lemon delicious pudding but it didn't work. I actually think the recipe was wrong so I've asked Mum for her recipe and intend to make a lemon delicious pudding for dessert tonight. I bet you can tell our lemon tree is doing well.
I've been making pasta, quiches, scrambled eggs, vegetable slices. Yes, we also have an abundance of eggs.
And asparagus is beginning to feature a lot in my recipes.
Prepare - I've been freezing pastry to have on hand and, for the first time ever, I managed to freeze two loaves of bread before they were devoured.
Reduce - Well, bread bags of course. Home-made bread doesn't come in a plastic bag : ) Up until now we've used plastic bags hanging on a door handle to put our rubbish in. I have finally bought a little bucket to use. I want our rubbish containers to be small because it's easier to keep track of how much rubbish we're producing.
|I've scrunched the rubbish to show you how much we've produced in a day.|
Green - I've been using citrus cleaner undiluted to clean the shower. It works well. We've been enjoying using our own soap after many years of buying home-made or shop bought. We've also been using a shampoo bar that I bought at the farmer's market. What value! We've had it for two months and there's still heaps left. (And no packaging)
Grow - Lots of seedlings went into the cold frame half way through August. I think my tomato seeds must have been too old though. They haven't germinated.
We have been picking lettuce, rocket, chard, mustard leaves, perpetual spinach and peas. We also started harvesting asparagus. As the weather warms up we are getting more and more spears.
Every year I try to grow brussel sprouts because Hubby loves them (yuk) but they keep flowering before they develop. I'm trying to work out the right time of year to put them in for success. Please let me know if you know the right time in Victoria, because I would love to grow him some. It's very frustrating to grow them for months and months to have them fail at the crucial stage!
Our broad beans have developed enough for picking but I haven't used them yet. I might google today and see if I can find a recipe for broad beans that I can use with the pasta I'm going to make for dinner tonight. I've never heard of broad bean pasta sauce but who knows?!
All of our fruit trees look amazing this year. I am excitedly crossing my fingers and hoping for actual fruit. I know there will be a lot more hurdles to overcome before we sit eating our own organic juiciness (a hot summer, birds, insects etc) but they are all happily setting fruit by the dozen!
Create - IT'S DONE!!! Finally I have finished Belle's dress! I made her a matching headband as well.
And look what Belle made......... ! Her first ever finished item of knitting.
And Hubby skinned a rabbit.... What a month for the category of create! It must be the sunshine waking us all up after winter.
Discover - I discovered that curiosity killed the cat. I couldn't resist buying THAT book that everyone is talking about. Well! I certainly haven't got to any juicy bits yet because it is the worst written book I have ever picked up in my life! I read a few pages, then picked up another book in disgust at the immature writing style and haven't gone back yet. I'm not sure if I'll even read it. I'll let you know next month.
Enhance - This month I completed the training to become a volunteer mentor to young mums. I'm looking forward to being paired with someone. There are a lot of teenage mums nearby and I'm sure they could do with some adult friends sometimes.
I started doing a lunchtime knitting club at the primary school. It was an absolute hit! So many children turned up that I couldn't get around to them all so I have been busily begging everyone I know to come and help next term. I don't want the kids to lose interest just because I take too long to show them what to do next.
Enjoy - The sunshine! The garden! And all of the above!