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Wednesday Roundup

Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

And welcome to another edition of Wednesday Roundup, where I do a brain dump of random things that have happened over the past week. But, I've had more than a week though, haven't I? Hello four weeks of silence, thanks to me being belligerent and having no patience at all for the new Blogger interface (I promise that is the last time I will mention it, okay?) In all honestly though, I don't think it would matter if I left it 6 months before I posted again, not much has changed in my life or will change for the foreseeable future.

My life is pretty basic and simple, sleep (well, kinda) work, eat, repeat, we are all on some kind of treadmill, some are more exciting than others while some, like mine are on automatic without so much as a change of gear or incline, and I am okay with that. What's that saying-It is okay, to be okay with a simple life, or something like that.

On My Mind-

Trying to make up my mind if I can or want to reduce my work hour to just 20 hours a week, at the moment I am doing more like 34 hours in between my new position and my old one. I really must bite the bullet and contact HR to find out what my actual take home pay would be if I dropped to just 20 hours a week.

On the Breakfast Plate-


Yes, your guessed it...Muesli, fruit and yoghurt and a cup of green tea. I never tire of this combination of yummy food to get me going for the day. We were gifted the sweetest red papaya last week and have been waiting impatiently for it to be ready to eat. It is just delicious!

What's Growing Well in the Garden-

The winners at the moment are the lime tree and the snow peas-







I think I left it too late to plant the broccoli, the plants themselves are big and healthy but there is no sign of them forming heads...


What Project Have I Been Working On-

After getting home from camping a couple of weeks ago, I set to work organising our bedding and towels that we use exclusively for camping so that they would be easy just to grab and pack. I originally thought that a plastic see through container would be the way to go but then they take up too much room, so I settled on these wonderfully compact and functional packing cubes from Kmart. They are light weight, very flexible and stack away so neatly. While I was at it I re-packed some treasured baby knits and crochet blankets.


On the Menu This Week-

We had fish burgers on Monday night, using the bream and flathead that we caught while away camping, I also made these rolls, they just make the best burgers.


From the Camera-


This was taken last Friday on my early morning dog walk, I love the rays of sunlight through the trees

Looking Around the House-

Thinking it is time to start de-cluttering again, it is not that I have bought anything recently (except for some basic work clothes from Kmart for my new position) it is just that I don't use so many things in the house.

Housework I'm Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week-




The shutters really need to be done again, the ones in our bathroom are in a really bad way, covered in dust and little tufts of black cat hair. I guess it doesn't help that Ninja sleeps all day, everyday underneath them and she loses so much hair.

How has your week been? I would love you to join in the fun, simply cut and paste the following, fill in the blanks and post them in the comments section

On My Mind
On the Breakfast Plate
What's Growing Well in the Garden
What Project Have I Been Working On
On the Menu This Week
From the Camera
Looking Around the House
Housework I'm Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week

Have a lovely day,
💚Fi

One Year Ago-Light and Fluffy, Sour Cream Pancakes
Two Years Ago-Sunny Side Up Sunday
Three Years Ago-No Blog Post Today-still away in Alaska
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Oh, Hello There

Monday, 10 August 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


I hope you've all been well since I last posted. At that stage, which was nearly a month ago, I had had enough of Blogger and all their BS with the "New Improved" interface, which is just not user friendly at all and, with feelings of total frustration, I really did proceed to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I have had a good look and fiddle around at Word Press and at this stage I really just don't have the brain space to set up a new blog, so for the moment, I'm back using the "Legacy" version of Blogger, I don't know how long Blogger will keep the old version available, but for now, it will do.


I so missed blogging everyday and I missed all of my lovely readers and regular contributors who would often leave a comment about a post and my ramblings. I missed being down in the office early in the morning typing away, I missed the structure, the conscience thought processes and regiment of blogging everyday, my days just haven't felt the same, like there was something missing.


In saying that, my work hours have changed, with very early starts (next week I have 7am starts) and long days, you see, I accepted and have started the new position but at the interview I stated I still needed X amount of hours as I didn't want to take a pay cut, so as well as long days (5 per fortnight) on the Eat Walk Engage program I have still been working in Rehab on the other work days, making up the extra hours I needed. We also had a week away camping up at Noosa North Shore, so in hindsight I really wouldn't have had the time or the headspace to blog the way I wanted to anyway.


At some point I will need to make a decision about whether working part time (only for the Eat Walk Engage Program) is feasible and just deal with the loss of income, I know it will take some adjustment to the budget but I feel it is do-able. I will basically be taking home half of what I earn now and that will be a huge change, of course we still have the same bills that need to be paid so we will have to sit down soon and sort out a strategy and a way forward.

I am loving my new role so far, it is so very different to what I had been doing for the last ten years and I know it will take some time for it to feel normal, for me to find my feet and to build the business and make it my own, but it feels good to be involved in such a wonderful program that helps patients when they are at their most vulnerable. I don't have a uniform as yet but I bought some navy and black basic tops and pants from Kmart as an in-between uniform until the new shirts arrive. I love having a uniform as I don't need to think of what to wear that day, they are usually very easy care and always look smart and professional.

I hope you have been well too in my absence and that you will continue to read my daily ramblings for as long as I can keep them going. As regular readers know, I write about my normal everyday life, I share some easy recipes, how I try to be kind to the environment all while keeping a tight hold of the purse strings, I also strive for simplicity and a calm home and lifestyle. If that appeals to you, pop in everyday and I should have something to share with you.

Have a lovely day,
💚Fi

One year Ago-Sunny Side Up Sunday
Two Year Ago-What we bought, spent and ate this week
Three Years Ago-No Blog Post Today
Four Years Ago-Divine Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies

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Goodbye Blogger

Monday, 13 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


Now I wouldn't normally throw the baby out with the bathwater BUT, I have lost all faith in the new interface Blogger has decided to adopt, I haven't the patience or the time for this nonsense. As my time is very limited as are my computer skills I can't waste anymore of my precious time mucking around with this very difficult to navigate, new interface that has been forced on me.


It was either adopt the new format or waste so much time and lose followers using the old format which I was adept at using, even uploading long videos was easy. Not now, the new interface won't let me use Vimeo or insert any video over 1 minute, what a crying shame. Even uploading photos is a chore, taking much longer than it normally did. 


I have been researching Wordpress and I think that is the way to go, but I hate leaving nearly 5 years worth of writing almost every day here at Blogger. I will let you know when the new blog is up and running and I want to say a very big thank you to you, Dear Reader, without you I would be talking to myself and where is the fun in that? 


See you on the flip side.

Have a lovely evening,
💙Fi

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What’s Happening in the Garden, July 2020

Hello Dear Reader,

Today's post is all about what is currently happening in our little backyard garden here at Stay Home Instead. As you will see, the garden is finally starting to get on its feet, albeit a little too late this season. The reason for the lateness of the crops is because I let the pumpkin vines have another flourish of pumpkins in February, that is usually when we remove the mature pumpkins and the spent pumpkin vines. Then we prepare for our main growing season by adding heaps of compost and new mulch to the now bare raised garden beds. So, because of making the wrong decision to let the pumpkins do their thing, I didn't make a start in planting out until May. 

The other thing that has contributed to late growing and cropping is that this year, I used seeds instead of seedlings, effectively putting me behind another month or so. Gardening is all about learning what grows well in your area and, for me at least, it is also all about learning from your mistakes. Next year we are going to give butternut squash a go instead of the JAP pumpkin we have grown the last two years. Last year my pumpkin vines played host to a little green caterpillar that spread rampantly throughout the vine, so I am hoping to stop that from happening next year by planting a different crop.

Unfortunately this new Blogger interface doesn't like Vimeo, which is the App I use to create and unload my little videos to pop up on the blog, so I have taken photos instead of my usual little walk around video of our garden. Also this new version of Blogger will only let you insert very short videos, less than two minutes worth from what I can see. Not Happy Blogger! Time for a change I think.

Now let me show you what is finally growing well in our garden-

Rocket, Dill, Coriander and a French Provincial Seed Mix from Bunnings that funnily enough has turned out to be more Rocket and a tiny bit of chervil

Beetroot, English Spinach and Silverbeet 

Broccoli, Bok Choy, Choy Sum and Mustard Green 

Snow Peas

Garlic Chives, Potato Onions, Red Onions and Spring Onions, the Spring Onions were grown from saved seed from last year

The Lemon and Lime Tree plus the Comfrey in the corner 

This year I have done the right thing and have started succession planting so that we will have continuous picking for many months ahead, here's hoping anyway.

How is your garden growing this year?

Have a lovely day,
💚Fi

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Sunny Side Up Sunday

Sunday, 12 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


Today I am grateful for my trusty slow cooker. It is many years old now and the digital read out hasn't worked for ages but it does still work perfectly, so, I guess that is the main thing. I just need to take note of the time I press play. This morning I have started out a Slow Cooker, Chicken Pot Pie Soup to have for dinner tonight, here is the link to the recipe if you're interested. 

What are you grateful for today?

Have a lovely Sunday, you lovely people,
💛Fi

Two Year Ago-Day 3
Four Years Ago-Pea and Ham Soup
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What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 11 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

And just like that another whirlwind of a week has flown by, I truly don't know where the time goes. I may have mentioned this before but I remember when our kids were young and I wasn't working outside the home, my darling sister and I would quite often spend the day together, getting our kids together, spending time with Mum and Dad when they were still with us, we'd get some housework done and the shopping done often while the other looked after the kids and have some lunch together, back then, there seemed to be plenty of time to do all of that in a day. Times have certainly changed, not really for the better I feel.

Everyone seems to be time poor, especially the next generation, I truly wish we could all slow down and get together more often and make it a natural, easy thing to do instead of an entry in our crowded diary where we must put in a lot of work to bring the get together, together. I'm probably just a bit emotional as I'm bone deep tired, every morning I feel as if I could sleep till noon, but then I remember the little woofs waiting patiently (read...not patiently at all, there is whimpering and scratching involved at exactly 6.30 am, every morning and 5 pm every afternoon) They keep me going and also keep me to an exact schedule.

On another subject I have been using the new version of Blogger since yesterday morning, I hope that it has solved the delay in the time it take my blog to load for my readers, I understand the frustration as it takes me an age to unload photos and to link old links from years gone by even with the new version. I think it is time to move over to Wordpress.

Now on with the food of last week-

What we bought

Combined shopping from Coles and Aldi

F & V from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn

What we spent
Coles-$7.50
Aldi-$84.70
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$19.30

TOTAL-$111.50-I'm happy with that

What we ate

Friday and Sunday-Salmon and Sweet Corn Chowder

Saturday-Prawn Stir Fry 

Monday and Tuesday-Veggie Chilli 

Wednesday-Honey Prawns and mixed Stir Fried Asian Greens from the garden 

Thursday-Thai Inspired Peanut, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup 

Join in the fun, tell me what you cooked for your family this week.

Have a splendid Saturday,
💞Fi





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This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 10 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

I'm running so late this morning after sleeping in way past the alarm...again, I'm just so tired at the moment and can't wait for a slow weekend. So I'll just leap right into how I saved money this week, sorry to be so monotonous but as usual it's all about food-

1. Picked more herbs and veggies from the garden, this lot went to work to share the love with my co-workers 


2. Made 2 veggie based meals this week, this veggie chilli 


And this lovely soup


3. My yoghurt failed this week, like completely failed, the only thing I did differently was I didn't pre-heat my Thermoserver with boiling water. It was late at night by the time I had finished making the yoghurt and I was so tired I couldn't even wait until the kettle boiled. So I just poured the, yet to be yoghurt, mixture into the cold Thermoserver thinking it would be alright. Lesson learnt, it was far from alright, it looked exactly the same 12 hours later as when I poured the mixture in, it hadn't set at all. So I made pancakes last night and we are having them for breakfast with fruit, butter and maple syrup this morning.


I have frozen the other 2 cups of the failed yoghurt for next time we feel like pancakes


4. LH made honey prawns for dinner on Tuesday which we shared with our Son and his lovely Partner, we have run out of all the prawns that LH had caught so these prawns were bartered for from a friend.


5. Made another batch of muesli, I can only imagine how much a bag of this kind of gourmet muesli would sell for. 


Your turn, how did you save money this week?

Have a lovely day,
💓Fi

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Wednesday Roundup

Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

Firstly, I want to say I am having lots of issues with Blogger which is the blog platform I am using at the moment. There is a new version of blogger which is not as easy to navigate as the original version, I find it very difficult to insert photos and at this stage am unable to insert a video that has been processed by Vimeo. As I am still using the original version it is taking forever to load a page and I have heard from quite a few readers via Instagram PM that they too are having issues with the length of time each page is taking to load. That is probably why readership is down to 600 per day as it used to be over 1000 a day up until very recently. It may be time to switch to another platform...Are there any other bloggers out there reading this? If so, what platform do you use and if using Blogger are you having lots of issues?

And also thank you for sticking with me despite all the wait time issues with my blog, I am truly grateful to everyone that pops by and reads my ramblings, without readers, I would just be sending unwanted words out into the blog-a-sphere.

Now on with today's actual post-

On My Mind
I am trying to settle the icky feeling of choosing to eat meat again. It wasn't my decision to buy meat but it was my decision to eat it. I have to stop pushing the blame onto LH and take ownership of it. I mentioned last week that LH had had enough of having no meat on the menu so he went and stocked up at our butcher who specialises in free range meat. So far we have had and enjoyed sausages, ginger and pineapple chicken, some Peking chicken wraps and a pasta bake using beef mince. It feels wrong but I also enjoyed the meals, how on earth can I reconcile those two?

On the Breakfast Plate
But wait there is more to the great meat debate. We also had bacon with our breakfast on Sunday morning and it was delicious...


What's Growing Well in the Garden
The mustard green, dill and rocket are the superstars of the garden at the moment, I picked big bunches to take into work to share the love. You can't even see where I have picked from


What Project Have I Been Working On
I finished the little woofs new winter dog coats. They look so cute


I had some treats in my hand the whole time, that is why they sat still for so long!

On the Menu This Week
My favourite meal this past week was this delicious Salmon and Sweet Corn Chowder


From the Camera
I made "cake in a mug" for the first time on Saturday night, holy chocolate, they were so good. As with a lot of things I am very late to this whole "cake in a mug" thing, but now there is no stopping me. It takes about 5 minutes from start to finish to make one of these amazingly simple desserts. This was a double chocolate variety, who want the recipe?


Looking Around the House
Unfortunately there are many spots around the house that have become clutter magnets, like this bench outside of our bedroom. Once one thing is put here it then becomes a magnet for other things. What is that saying "Don't put it down, put it away"




Housework I'm Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week
It is time to dust again

Would you like to join in? Simply cut and paste the titles below, fill in the details and post them in the comments.

On My Mind
On the Breakfast Plate
What's Growing Well in the Garden
What Project Have I Been Working On
On the Menu This Week
From the Camera
Looking Around the House
Housework I'm Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week

Have a lovely day,
💖Fi

One Year Ago-See You Tomorrow
Two Years Ago-Sunny Side Up Sunday
ThreeYears Ago-What we bought, spent and ate this week
Four Years Ago-This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday
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Tuesday Tip

Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


Todays Tuesday Tip is bought to you by my love of pineapples. As I mention in the little video, taken by me, hence the terrible cinematography, I have always loved pineapples, from when I was very young I adored pineapple sandwiches with plenty of butter. But there were two conditions, it had to be fresh wholemeal bread from the bakery AND the pineapple had to be fresh, non of the tinned stuff would do for my sandwich, oh, and the butter layer had to be substantial! 

I learnt from my Nan to use a bread knife when cutting up a pineapple, it just does a better job than even the sharpest of chefs knives, there is less waste as you can sculpt out the flesh easier with a serrated knife and the long blade makes easy work of even the biggest of pineapples. 

I know many of you have been lying awake at night, wondering what is the very best knife to cut up your pineapple with, well, wonder no more...You're welcome.😜

Have a lovely day,
🍍

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

It is so funny to look back on these videos I take, I made so many bloopers, like pointing to the base of the pineapple instead of the top when talking about where the spiky top would be...I don't understand what is taking Hollywood so long to ring me....
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Ricotta Hotcakes

Monday, 6 July 2020
Hello Dear Reader,


I had a little bit of ricotta left over from a recipe a little while ago and didn't want to waste it so I went looking for a recipe, to use it up. I stumbled upon Queen Nigella's recipe for Ricotta Hotcakes and I knew immediately, it was the one I'd been looking for. As I didn't have enough ricotta for the full recipe, I simply halved the original recipe, it made five lovely fluffy hotcakes which we had for afternoon tea one cold Sunday afternoon. I served them with butter, mixed berries and maple syrup.

The ricotta adds a wonderful texture to these hotcakes, think sturdier that a pancake but still light and lovely with an unusual but still delicious blandness to them, they are a yummy blank canvas of goodness ready to take on whatever flavours you throw at them.

Ingredients fro Ricotta Hotcakes, clockwise from right-125 grams ricotta, 65 mls of milk, 1 egg, separated, the white of the egg whisked until foamy, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 50 grams of plain flour and a pinch of salt

Add the ricotta, egg yolk and milk to a medium sized bowl and whisk well

Now add the flour and pinch of salt and whisk again until flour is incorporated 

Now gently whisk in the foamy egg white and the batter is ready. Cook in the usual way 

And serve with whatever your heart desires

Have a lovely day,
💛Fi

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