Tell us about your June. What did you get up to? Please join in with our friendly bunch of bloggers for our monthly linkup. All you need to do is post regarding each of the nine categories created by Christine from Slow Living Essentials. Christine's not posting as often these days but her blog is full of ideas and beauty!
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Soup! Soup has featured time and time again. Warming us up on the inside on those chilly winter days. Pumpkin soup and Italian meat and veg soup were the favourites. I varied the meat and veg soup depending on which green veggies I happened to have in the fridge or garden. Sometimes I added broccoli, other times silver beet. We also dispatched a couple of roosters for meals. We cooked them up on the same day. I now know for a fact that they need to rest for a couple of days. I've never eaten chewier or stringier meat!
I used Rhonda's easy orange cake recipe a couple of times in June. I substituted half a cup of the flour with polenta which gave it a different, but nice, texture. I've been busy with teaching the children and working on the farm so quick food like the cakes and soups were very handy. A double batch at a time gave me even more space to get other jobs done. We have, however, been taking our time at breakfast.
I exchanged some honey for a bag of limes recently. We made lime slice, lime cake and preserved some limes in the Middle Eastern style of salting and adding juice and herbs. I'm looking forward to trying them in about a month.
Old saucepans without handles are being used for chook's water. They have a good base that the chooks don't tip over.
We've tripped down to Savers (thrift shop) a couple of times in the last month in search of presents and also some clothing and shoes. We were all starting to look a bit scruffy with holes in the knees of our well worn pants! I even found time to darn a pair of socks in June.
I've started using the batch of soap that I told you about last month. I put it into moulds just a tad too early. The mix had not quite reached trace. It doesn't lather up as well and it's very brittle and breaks easily.
Hmmm! Yes, well... I'm not sure who's been eating from the garden but it wasn't us. Mum gave me some lettuce and silver beet seedlings which are GONE! Birds, ducks, chooks, snails?? I don't really know but I've since netted the bed.
Knitting has been the order of the month for both Belle and me. Belle and I both made fingerless mittens in desperation once our hands began stinging from the cold. I made a pair for myself and a pair for Buddy (which he's already lost) and Belle worked on knitting for Pumpkin and herself.
I'm in the process of knitting a small scarf now.
I've bought two books on pigs by Lee McCosker which I'm devouring at the moment. Well my version of devouring anyway which is really a matter of picking them up when I have a spare moment and reading a little more. The pigs are overdue to arrive but I'm nervous so don't want to have them here until I think we are ready. Sorry Jenna! Soon, I promise. Lucky my friends are so patient and understanding!
|Cheap hot chocolate thanks to Chris at Gully Grove!|
A lovely thing happened to me at the library a couple of weeks ago. We are regular library goers and, on this particular day, I was greeted with a book which was right up my alley! The staff had done a recent cull of books which they place on a sale table. They kept a book aside for me because they knew I would love it. It's so nice to know people are thinking of you!
I loved taking part in our local under ten's football. It's the first time I've been involved with a football club. My kids made me proud as I shivered and froze on the sidelines.
|Yes, you're seeing it right. Emus on the footy ground!!|
|Nothing like some selfie silliness to bring on an attack of the giggles!|