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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 30 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

Today I am grateful for the smallish city we live in, yesterday I had four errands to run, I said to Lovely hubby that I would be back in an hour, and I was. The Redcliffe Peninsula is a compact city with everything we need just a short drive away.

I first had to go to one of the many Op shops to buy some new winter bedding for the little woofs, I found a quilt and 4 large flannelette pillow cases, they cost me all of $5 and I will make some warm, little quilts for them. Next I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up some items for Aunty Brenda, then it was on to Lincraft to buy a clothing pen (for Aunty Brenda's clothing as she in now in a care facility) and lastly I had to go to Aldi to return a Red Paw Paw that was very poor quality (it was going off before even ripening one bit).

There is mostly always an easy park at these places which cuts down the time considerably, I was back home within the hour, Sweet!

What are you grateful for today?

Have a lovely day,

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

What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 29 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

We have woken to another grey day with gentle rain falling, it has been like this most of the week. Just when you think the rain has gone, the clouds come over again. The rain has come at a good time, well and truly wetting the soil in our new front garden, it has been a blessing.

This week, I was told about a great place to buy plants at great prices, the Caboolture Country Markets, so tomorrow we will be heading up that way to check out the prices and quality of their citrus trees. Might as well compare before buying our orange, mandarin and lemon tree for this garden, I love a bargain and hate paying more than I have to on any item.

Today will be spent here, doing the usual weekend jobs of tidying, washing, a quick vac including the lounges (thanks to Ninja the little black cat who likes to share her fur throughout the house) and this afternoon will see me in the kitchen making a new recipe for a different kind of chicken soup. It is the perfect soup weather.

And tomorrow afternoon, my sister and I will also be popping over the bridge to visit our Aunty Brenda, who, this week has been placed into care, she is very frail and her son's feared she would injure herself if she fell. She has always been a very independent woman and of course she wasn't thrilled with the idea of going into a care facility. She still attends dialysis three times a week which is mostly an all day affair with travel time and actually being on the machine, this combined with being very unwell earlier in the year has really knocked the wind from her sails. I hope we find her in good spirits.

Last Saturday we went up to Simply Good to top up some bulk items and as has become routine we also popped into the Golden Circle Factory Outlet to see what was on offer. Lovely Hubby must have been hungry, as you'll see below, we came home with many packets of chips, he simply can't help himself! Along with the chips we did buy some other more practical items all at really good prices.

Now on with what was on our family table this week-

What we bought

The Aldi Shop

A few items from Coles

Fruit and Veg from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn

Treats from The Golden Circle Factory Outlet

Some more practical items from The Golden Circle Factory Outlet

Groceries from Simply Good Bulk Store

What we spent

Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$20.80
Golden Circle Factory Outlet-$37.00
Simply Good-$35.10

TOTAL-$157.67-Swings and Roundabouts!

What we ate

Friday-Our future Son in law was down for a few days last week so we cooked a fish dinner for him on Friday night instead of our normal "Beans on Toast" night. This was Pan Fried Pearl Perch with Warm Potato, Lemon and Parsley Salad and Nigella's Upmarket Mushy Peas

Saturday-One Pan, Pumpkin and Bacon, Pasta Bake with some left over Upmarket Mushy Peas

Sunday-Chicken in Spicy Yoghurt Sauce, steamed Basmati rice and homemade Roti

Monday-Just me for dinner so I made cheese and tomato French toast 

Tuesday-Pan Fried Red Emperor with Maple Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin and greens from our garden

Wednesday-Honey Prawns with steamed Basmati rice and greens from our garden 

Thursday-BBQ Rib Fillet with mushroom sauce, Roasted Squashed Potatoes and, you guessed it, greens from our garden

What's your weekend looking like? 

Have a lovely day,

Two Years Ago-Sultana and Spice Loaf
Three Years Ago-What we ate this week

This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 28 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

And hello frugal Friday, it's the day I round up all the frugal things I have been doing in and around my home. I know what I do on a daily basis, to save money, isn't anything amazing or new but it all adds up in the end. Little things done regularly really do make a difference.

I think, for me, the biggest thing I focus on is not wasting food, food is expensive, it is just not the end product itself, it is all the time, energy, fuel and water used to grow and transport it. Think of all the time it takes to grow one tomato, all the time and water that goes into growing just one, big, ripe, juicy tomato then multiply that by a gazillion for all the produce we buy week in, week out. Love your food, don't waste a thing. Be conscious of what you buy, how you store it and how you finally cook and eat it.

1. Kept the egg whites left over from making Curdy Lemon Slice on Wednesday. These four egg whites are destined to be a perfect pavlova some time in the future. I poured the egg whites into this silicone sealable bag called "The Stasher" that I received from "The Mighty Fix" years ago.

2. Ate fish and prawns the Lovely Hubby had caught, from the freezer for two dinners this week, almost free food!

3. Kept the seeds from our last home grown pumpkin, this was a whopper of a pumpkin, weighing in at 7KG's. I will keep some and give the rest away, sharing the love.

4. Made another batch of muesli, I adore this muesli and look forward to it so much for breakfast every day

5. Shredded the free local paper to add carbon content to my compost bin. 

And that's a wrap, over to you Dear Reader, how did you save money or time this week?

Have a lovely day,

Three Years Ago-Sorting the Seeds


Inspiration, Take 2

Thursday, 27 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

I love to read blogs that have a similar theme to mine, living simply while being kind to the environment, it brings me joy to see other people living a real, intentional, life. My blog list hasn't changed a lot in the last few years but I thought I would jot down the blogs that I love to read regularly.

Down to Earth
Rhonda's blog has been a long time favourite of mine and I love reading about her and her husbands lovely, simple life. Cooking from scratch, sewing and growing an abundant garden.

A Simple Living Journey
Emma and her family have achieved their dream of living in a Yurt in a rural area of Australia, off grid too. She has also become a published writer recently after taking a writers course run by Rhonda from Down to Earth.

Treading My Own Path
Lindsay is a zero waste champion and is also a wonderful writer, I bought, read and then gave away my copy of her book "Less Stuff". I find her advice to be very practical and she suggests small steps is the answer to reducing your environmental footprint.

Life After Money
I love Ilona for her matter of fact and no nonsense view of life. She lives very simply, buying mostly "yellow sticker" marked down food, the savings are amazing. She is also very arty and crafty, using recycled items to create lovely works of art. She has a great eye, turning things destined for the bin or actually already in a skip, into artwork.

The Prudent Homemaker
Brandy and her lovely blog, is an absolute favourite of mine, she has the most amazing abundant garden that feeds her family year round. She also happens to take the most beautiful photos, mostly of her homegrown produce and her family. I find her blog is a joy to read.

The Bluebirds are Nesting
Annabelle is the most productive lady I read about in blog land. She has always been busy and crafty but now that they are living on a farm, her days are filled to the brim. She has recently taken on raising an orphaned calf and I think at the last count, four baby lambs. Talk about cuteness overload.

The Daily Connoisseur 
I love this blog so much, Jennifer is an accomplished author of many books to do with style, poise, grace and how to look your best. She has four children, home schools and also runs a very popular Youtube channel. I don't know how she does it all. Jennifer writes about her ten item wardrobe, her beauty regime and cleaning her home with natural products.

The Frugal Girl
Again I just love this honest, down to earth blog. Kirsten writes about living within your means, delicious food, being grateful and insourcing your life. She has a sunshine-y, upbeat personality that shines through on her blog.

Your turn, Dear Reader, what are some of your favourite blogs that you love to read?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-Banana Walnut and Sultana Bread
Two Years Ago-Wonderful Quinoa, Roast Pumpkin and Broccoli Salad
Three Years Ago-The Best of Norfolk Island

Citrus Tree Shopping

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

As regular readers will know,

 we had our small front garden transformed by a local landscape company a week or so ago. It now looks so lovely and neat and we are planning on planting it out with citrus trees and a herb border. I went to our local garden centre and Bunnings on Sunday to compare the prices, quality and varieties of dwarf citrus available.

There was more variety at the local garden centre but their prices were more expensive by about $15 or so. I went home and researched all the varieties of orange and mandarin and the ones I have chosen are the Lanes Late for the orange and the Emperor for the mandarin. I have also discovered a dwarf variety of lemon called Lemonicious that sounds ideal for what we need.

So next Sunday we will go and purchase these citrus trees from our little local garden centre and get them in the ground. We will improve the soil with compost and add a couple of good scoops of Troforte as I believe this is the fertiliser that made all the difference in our raised garden beds out the back.

Along with the citrus trees, I want to plant a herb border to make it a totally edible garden, Lemon Thyme was recommended by a dear friend of mine, I checked it out while I was at Bunnings and she was right, it is the most beautifully scented herb and will be perfect with the citrus. I think I will also plant out some parsley in a thick border at the back of this garden, as I think you can't have too much parsley. I know citrus do not like competition so I will make sure I don't plant the herbs too close to the citrus trees.

Over to you, Dear Reader, do you grow citrus? What varieties work well for you?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-Banana, Date and Chocolate Loaf
Two Years Ago-Shepherdess Pie
Three Years Ago-Shopping for Food on Norfolk Island

Chicken in Spicy Yoghurt Sauce-Thermomix Style

Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

Today's recipe is a beauty, it looks beautiful because of it's golden colour, is so flavourful and very quick to make, an all round lovely dish, perfect for the cooler weather. I am determined to use my Thermomix more for main meals as I have been a little lax in that department, don't get me wrong, I do use it, daily,  just not to create meals as such.

I hosted a demonstration a few weeks ago and my Thermomix consultant, Lisa, is a wealth of information and inspired me to start really harnessing this machines potential. What I like most about cooking a meal in the Thermomix is that a lot of the time is hands off, allowing me to clean up the kitchen as I go or go off and do another job in the home while the TM is making dinner.

I also love this little recipe as the ingredient list is not too long and it uses common spices that most kitchen have these days. Now on with this beaut little recipe.

Ingredients for Chicken in Spicy Yoghurt Sauce-Thermomix Style, clockwise from top right-
500 grams of chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3 cm pieces, 1 medium onion, cut into eighths, 30 grams of tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 cloves of garlic, peeled, 2 red chillies of choice, halved, a thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and cut into thirds, one bunch of coriander, root and leaves separated, 2 teaspoons Garam Marsala, 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 200 grams of greek yoghurt 

Prepare the onion, garlic, ginger, chillies and coriander as instructed above

Add to the TM bowl

And blitz for 3 seconds on speed 5 and scrape down the sides of the TM bowl

Now add the tomato paste, salt and spices 

And cook for 5 minutes, 100 C, speed 1 

Add diced chicken and cook for 3 minutes, 100 C, reverse speed 1

Now add the yoghurt and cook again for 15 minutes, 100C, reverse speed 1 

After 15 minutes and dinner is done

Pour and scrape into a serving dish and garnish with the chopped leaves of the coriander. Serve with these Roti and steamed rice to mop up all the glorious, golden sauce

Over to you Dear Reader, what would you be doing if dinner was being cooked for you?

Have a lovely day,

Two Years Ago-Easy Beef Rendang
Three Years Ago-No Blog Post Today


Easy Roti, Thermomix Style

Monday, 24 June 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

I wanted a really quick and easy Roti to serve with a chicken curry last night, as usual I hit google and found a few interesting ones and then combined a few, messed with the method and wound up with some awesome, soft, foldable, delicious Roti's.

The ingredients are as simple as simple can be, but there is a bit of magic that happens when you add boiling water to plain flour, it becomes the very softest dough you'll ever have in your hands. It is a bit sticky but that is to be expected, just make sure your surface is dusted well with flour to reduce the amount of stickiness.

The other thing you must have is a very hot frypan to achieve the burnished bits that really make these Roti completely and utterly delicious. I use this frypan which is non stick with a light brush of oil on medium/high heat, you'll want it really hot BUT not too hot, if that makes sense, you will get a feel for it as you go along, if your pan is hot enough your Roti will start to puff up within the first minute, leave it on the first side for up to two minutes, flipping it over and giving it some more love for about another minute.

This next step is probably the most important, keep them covered with either foil or in a metal, lidded container to make sure they preserve their soft flexibility. They are the very best vessel for scooping gorgeous spicy curry into your mouth. True story.

Ingredients for Easy Roti, Thermomix Style, clockwise from centre top, 300 grams of plain flour, 250 grams of boiling water, 25 grams of oil of choice, 5 grams of salt

Add all ingredients to the TM bowl, knead for two minutes

Let cool for about 15 minutes until no longer hot but just warm to touch, then knead again for one minute 

Turn this very sticky (sorry) dough onto a well floured surface 

And gently knead for about one minute or until a smooth ball had been achieved 

If you want even-ish sized Roti, you can weigh your dough and divide by ten

Ten even balls ready for rolling

Roll as thin as possible the thinner they are they more likely they are puff up and get lovely burnished bits all over, so, go for gold.

To a really hot, but not too hot, oiled pan add one Roti at a time 

Your Roti should start to puff up within a minute but give it another minute before you flip it over 

Give the second side about 1 minute and your done. To keep them soft I kept mine in my Thermoserver but as long as you keep them covered and warm they will remain soft and flexible 

Soft, foldable, deliciously simply Roti-Thermomix Style

I am absolutely sure these are nothing like a traditional Roti, my apologies, but they are, however easy, yummy and quick. Just the thing to accompany a curry and stretch out a meal.

Tell me, Dear Reader, are these anything like a traditional Roti? And what would you serve them with?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-Sunny Side Up Sunday
Three Years Ago-No Blog Post Today