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Sunny Side Up Sunday/One Second Every Day

Sunday, 30 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

It's here, another month of one second every day. I have been doing this since February this year and as I've mentioned before, I just love it. There are quite a few days when I forgot to take a video though, as you can clearly see by the amount of still photos amongst the one second snatches of my everyday life. Lots of blue sky, our dogs, Lulu and Pippa, food, tea, Ninja our black cat, the beach, ducks, seed saving, sticky date pudding, making scones and progress with the raised garden beds, all feature in this months 1SE. Enjoy.


Have a lovely day,
💗Fi

One Year Ago-What we bought, spent and ate this week
Two Years Ago-This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday
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What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 29 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

Well, that week went quickly, the weeks are zipping by lately. Do you find the weeks just fly by or do they grind slowly for you? I know the longest day of the week has to be Friday, and I am sure the shortest will be this coming Monday, which is a public holiday for Queen Elizabeths' Birthday. We have a lot to do over this long weekend as our Son and his beautiful Partner will be moving in next door, to move into my late MIL's home.

They have great plans to renovate the home to make it more modern and have already sourced a builder who will do the work for them. The home will look completely different when they have finished. It is very livable the way it is and they will just do a bit at a time. I am so excited for them both to start this new chapter of their lives.

I have hit the grocery shops, twice again, this past week looking for marked down produce, I found some great bargains and they will go towards next week menu. Every little bit is a saving.

What we bought

The Aldi Shop

Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn

Markdowns from Woolworths


Markdowns from Coles

What we spent
Aldi-$56.05
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$36.70
Woolworths-$17.15
Coles-7.92

TOTAL-$117.82-YESSS!
What we ate

  Friday-Leftover Tuscan Meatballs with egg noodles

Saturday-Spinach, Bacon and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Sunday and Wednesday-Slow Roasted BBQ Pork and Coleslaw burgers

Monday-Tempura Whiting with steamed Basmati rice and Choy Sum

Tuesday-Roast Chicken with roasted potato, pumpkin and steamed broccolini

Thursday-Stir Fried Kalettes with Chorizo and Mushrooms over Mashed Sweet Potato

With our son and partner now moving next door, I think you will see lots more "leftover" meals on our weekly menu. It will certainly be strange not to have to cook every single night. So a new chapter in our lives has begun. #emptynesters😉

Have a lovely day,
💗Fi

Two Years Ago-Sorrell Soup
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This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 28 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

We have had some welcomed rain during the week, it was perfect timing as lovely hubby finished the raised garden beds on Monday afternoon and that night it started to rain. It has also been quite cool in the mornings and evenings, a very cool start to spring. I am sure it won't be long though until we start having very warm days though.

I mentioned last week that I am struggling with my energy level, the good news is all blood tests have come back clear, no thyroid issues, iron level is good and my cholesterol is perfect. Also no markers for tumours which is always a relief. I just need to stop doing so much and take it a bit easier on myself. We have a long weekend coming up, thanks to Queen Lizzie's Birthday, it will be a welcomed 3 day break.

AND as the raised garden beds are finished, guess what we'll be doing this long weekend? That's right, we will be starting to plant them out. The first plants to go in will be our lemon and lime trees, the lemon tree is looking pretty healthy, it's the lime tree that will need some serious cutting back (gall wasp) and a good spray with white oil to control leaf curl. As we dig the big holes for the citrus to be planted in, we will be laying down fish frames in the bottom to enrich the soil and give the citrus lots of nutrients. We learnt this trick from a friend of my late FIL's who did this with all his fruit and veggies. Lovely hubby has been keeping the fish frames in the fish freezer as he has been filleting them.

This is what I got up to on the frugal front this past week-

1. Used 1/2 a bottle of thickened cream that was in the freezer to make some light as air scones to take to work for morning tea.


2. Made a few more cutlery wraps and gave them to work colleges as a little surprise gift, using fabric from my stash. I bought quite a few fat quarters from Spotlight a while ago when they were on a super special. One fat quarter makes 2 cutlery wraps. 

Ninja supervising as usual

3. Used all left overs up in a timely manner. I put everything that needs using up front and centre in the fridge so nothing goes to waste. Once a week I have been making a frittata out of any leftover veg, one egg, chopped spring onion and some grated cheese melted over the top to have for lunch. No waste and a delicious lunch, win, win!


4. Cleaned the house with homemade cleaners, I especially love this Miracle Spray, I use it on everything except mirrors.

5. Bought some marked down produce from a local supermarket, they will help to stretch the food dollar.

All of this for $5.75 from Woolworths, this produce is still in perfect condition.

       And $7.92 spent at Coles
                                                                                                                          
How did you save money this week?

Have a lovely day,
💕Fi

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Future Plans for the Garden, Part 2

Thursday, 27 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

Guess what? The garden transformation is just about done. Lovely Hubby has done a fantastic job and I just can't wait to start planning and planting out our new raised garden beds. I have saved so many youtube programs to my iPad, about 4 bed crop rotation and have been watching them non stop. And of course I have been watching Gardening Australia as well, it is the highlight of my week. I have so many ideas, I can't wait till it all comes to fruition.

We have bought some gabion baskets at a great price from a local landscaping supplier, they were 20% off for the month of September. We have a lot of rock to use up that was originally the garden edging, we also have a lot of rock from next door that our son doesn't want, so I am sure we will have enough rock to fill the gabion baskets, which will act as retaining walls and a long bench at the back of the garden as well.

Even though I am super excited to start planting out, I am going to just take my time and really plan it well. I have made so many garden mistakes over the years, this time I want to get it right. The first plants going in will be our long suffering citrus, a lemon and lime, which have been in pots all their lives and are not the healthiest specimens. The lime especially, which sits in the back "veggie" garden is full of gall wasp, citrus curl and is just plain neglected. It will get a good cut back and dose of home made white oil.

Over the years I have saved heaps of seeds that I will use up first, I have basil, red lantern chilli, jalapeño, bellini tomatoes, parsley, coriander, jap pumpkin, mustard green, bok choy, rosella, sugar snap peas and sage. As well as bought seed such as, carrot, kale, broccoli, fennel and NZ spinach. That should be enough to get me started and I want to stick to the mantra of only growing what we eat.




The finished garden beds 

Lovely hubby finished the raised garden beds on Monday afternoon and we were rewarded with some  rain every night since then, perfect timing. The rain will settle the soil and of course add some moisture to the soil as well. We have bought bales of sugar cane mulch and as we plant out will be adding a really thick layer of mulch to reduce moisture loss and deter weeds. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see our progress. 

Have a lovely day,
💕Fi

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Spinach, Bacon and Feta, Stuffed Mushrooms

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,


I love mushrooms, simply love them, especially the really big field ones or the portobellos. When I was young I remember going mushroom picking, bringing them home and Mum would simply fry them in butter. What a treat they were.

Last week, when I saw 2 trays of portobellos marked down, I knew stuffed mushrooms had to be on the menu. I googled quite a few different recipes and todays is a combination of them. Spinach, Bacon, Feta, Garlic Crumb and Lemon Zest are the stars of the show supported by some grated cheese which melts beautifully over the top, add a good grating of parmesan on serving and you have the most delicious mouthful ever.

Ingredients for Spinach, Bacon and Feta, Stuffed Mushrooms, clockwise from centre top-
12 large field or portobello mushrooms, brushed with moist paper towel, stalks removed (chop stalks finely, set aside till needed), a big bunch of spinach, washed, drained and sautéed with the finely chopped mushroom stalks, drained well, 200 grams of Danish feta, crumbled, a good handful of parsley, finely chopped, zest of one lemon, 3 bacon rashers, finely chopped, fried and drained well, 2 cups of breadcrumbs, sautéed for 5 minutes on medium heat with 30 grams of butter, a splash of oil and 2 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane, till golden 

Add all ingredients except mushrooms to a big bowl

Stir gently to combine well, make sure all the spinach had separated nicely 

Pile stuffing into mushrooms 

Sprinkle over cheese of choice, I used just a little grated vintage and then bake at 200 C for 20 minutes 

Grate over some parmesan just before eating. 

As I said, these mushrooms are the most delicious mouthful, that combination of salty bacon and feta, the crunchy garlic crumbs and the tender spinach and melted cheese is just fantastic. 

So tell me, do you have memories of mushroom picking? How do you like to cook your mushrooms?

Have a lovely day,
💗Fi

Two Years Ago-Happiness Is...
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Last Weeks Grocery Bargains

Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

Last weeks grocery bargains will definitely help reduce next weeks grocery budget, that is my theory anyway. When I go hunting markdowns I always look in the fresh fruit and veg section first, then the meat section, followed by the bakery then a browse through the fridge items such as yoghurt and cheese. It is basically just around the perimeter of the store, so it very quick to do, about 30 minutes from when I leave home till I drive back into the garage.

It is all the time I will allow for this hunting of marked down produce, I don't want to get sucked into wasting anymore time than necessary.

Here is what I found marked down this past week-

The grapes are absolutely lovely, however I normally try not to buy fruit from overseas, it wasn't until after I bought them that I noticed they were imported. This is the first time I will be trying Kalettes, a combination of kale and brussels sprouts. I saw them on Landline a few months ago. I have found a corker of a recipe and will post it if it tastes as good as it sounds. 

2 packs of flat buns, I used them on Sunday with roast BBQ pork and coleslaw

The chicken wings will be used at a late date. The yoghurt was lovely and was used up last week over our fruit salads for breakfast. The salmon will be used for lunches 

Although not an actual markdown the rolled pork shoulder was a very good price of $6 a kg and I thought $6.73 was an excellent price for a whole free range chicken. Both the pork and chicken were roasted in the BBQ. The mushrooms were baked with Spinach, Bacon and Feta stuffing, recipe also coming week.

A bunch of organic celery for $1.50 was cheaper (although wrapped in plastic) than the non-organic celery and cream always comes in handy and was reduced to $3.48. The celery went into the coleslaw  and some of the cream was whipped to go with strawberry jam and light as air scones

So all in all, some lovely meals from marked down produce.

Have a lovely day,
💕Fi

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Zesty Salmon and Herb Parcels

Monday, 24 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,


A little while ago we went up to the Golden Circle Factory Outlet at Morayfield and on this trip found some really spectacular specials. We bought a couple of cans of John West Red Salmon for only $2.50 a can, such a good quality salmon at such a great price. Now I love salmon in all its forms and I love anything in puff pastry so I fiddled with one of my old recipes, namely this Smoked Salmon Puff Pasty Parcels and made a brand spanking new recipe out of a $2.50 can of salmon.

These little parcels are divine, zesty, herby and just delicious and you must make the Horseradish, Lemon and Parsley Sauce to go with them, they are a match made in heaven.

Ingredients for Zesty Salmon and Herb Parcels, clockwise from centre top, a 210 gram can of salmon, zest and juice of one lemon, 1/2 cup of light sour cream, 2 teaspoons of finely chopped dill, a good handful of parsley, finely chopped, 2 spring onions, roughly chopped, 250 grams of philly cheese and 4 sheets of frozen puff pastry

Add all the filling ingredients to the bowl of a food processor

Blitz till smooth

Scrap and pour into a bowl and pop into the fridge to firm up and let the flavours mingle for a couple of hours

Take out 4 sheets of puff pastry (I use the Coles own brand) let thaw till pliable but still really cold, cut into quarters and brush 2 joining sides of each square with egg wash, add a dollop of zesty, herby salmon filling to the centre of each square 

And gently fold over to make a triangle, seal with a fork, brush with more egg wash and sprinkle over sesame seeds

And bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a 200 C till golden

For the Horseradish, Lemon and Parsley Sauce

I have simply cut and pasted this recipe from when I originally made it, for this particular recipe I have halved the quantities, so 1/4 cup each of light sour cream and horseradish cream, zest and juice of half a lemon, a small handful of parsley, finely chopped, 1 garlic clove and 1/2 a tablespoon of cream. It still makes ample. By the way this makes a fabulous dipping sauce for fish or prawns, so delicious. 

Ingredients for Horseradish, Lemon and Parsley Sauce, clockwise from top right-
1/2 cup sour light cream, zest of whole lemon and juice of half, a good handful of parsley, 2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane, 1/2 cup horseradish cream and 1 tablespoon cream. Salt and Pepper to taste 

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well 

Decant into a serving bowl

There you go, another amazing recipe that doesn't cost a fortune. 

What is your go to recipe for canned salmon?

Have a lovely day,
💕Fi

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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 23 September 2018
Hello Dear Reader,


Today I am grateful for clever companies like "Who Gives a Crap". Such a great idea, I get to support a marvellous company that build toilets in third world counties, simply by buying toilet paper, paper towel and tissues. Genius.

Here's the blurb from their website-

First of all, it's funny. Lots of room for toilet jokes, which we love.
But really, we love toilet paper because for us, it's our way of making a difference. We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
We thought that was pretty crap. So in July 2012, Simon, Jehan and Danny launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Simon sat on a toilet in our draughty warehouse and refused to move until we had raised enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, we'd raised over $50,000 (see the video here!)
We delivered our first product in March 2013 and have been thrilled to keep growing ever since. Not just because our toilet paper is gracing bathrooms across the country but also because we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

Their marketing and packaging is hilarious, every time I open a box, I smile a big goofy smile simply because it's plain funny.





The tops of the tissue box's

What's making you smile today?

Have a lovely day,
💗Fi

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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Hello Dear Reader,


Today I am grateful for clever companies like "Who Gives a Crap". Such a great idea, I get to support a marvellous company that build toilets in third world counties, simply by buying toilet paper, paper towel and tissues. Genius.

Here's the blurb from their website-

First of all, it's funny. Lots of room for toilet jokes, which we love.
But really, we love toilet paper because for us, it's our way of making a difference. We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
We thought that was pretty crap. So in July 2012, Simon, Jehan and Danny launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Simon sat on a toilet in our draughty warehouse and refused to move until we had raised enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, we'd raised over $50,000 (see the video here!)
We delivered our first product in March 2013 and have been thrilled to keep growing ever since. Not just because our toilet paper is gracing bathrooms across the country but also because we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

Their marketing and packaging is hilarious, every time I open a box, I smile a big goofy smile simply because it's plain funny.





The tops of the tissue box's

What's making you smile today?

Have a lovely day,
💗Fi

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