Sunday, February 19, 2017

Joolz's Moosli...

...well Clare's Muesli really. I have just made a second batch of this delicious roasted muesli (or granola, depending where you're from).

This stuff is seriously good! You can swap in or out any of the ingredients. I don't like walnuts so I added a few more pepitas and sunflower seeds. I also added dried blueberries and cranberries. You could add dried apricots. You could omit all fruit to lower the sugar content.

In todays batch, I have used 'new to me' Rice Malt Syrup. It's an alternative to honey and 100% fructose free (327 calories in 100gm compared to Honey 304 calories - I just googled this so maybe its no better than honey afterall as a sweetner...) but it is slighly less sweet. I'm so scientific!

Anyway, I have been enjoying it with yoghurt and grated apple - yum!

Clare's Muesli
1 cup cashews, roughly chopped
2/3 cups walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup pepitas
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup dates, chopped (I used medjool)
1 cup oats
1 cup flaked almonds
1 cup dessicated coconut (I used shredded)
1 tspn cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey (or rice malt syrup)

Preheat oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with gladbake.
In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Melt the honey and oil
together and pour over dry ingredients. Mix really well. Spread evenly onto
the oven trays. Bake 8 minutes, then stir and turn it. Bake another 4 minutes
until golden and toasty.
.... depending on your oven, you may need to do it a bit longer. Do not let it burn!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Today I ... out and dead-headed roses...

...enjoyed a nice cup of tea (sent to me via snail mail from Tracy at Sunny Corner Farm) and a piece of my Christmas cake...

I re-potted some of my tired indoor plants...

...this is a newie...

Hmmm, front porch area needs some attention. I need new plants for the planters and the pavers need pressure washing...

These pics are of the garden and pots a few weeks ago, its gone off a bit since then. Still enjoyable, though.
It was lovely and cool this morning. I've swept and tidied outside and have sprayed some surface spray around the doors.

This critter greeted me as I put up the blind. Lucky he was in between the screen and the window. Man, did I scream and holler!

I'm off out for dinner with a bunch of school friends tonight so that should be fun!

And yay! I have found the (misplaced, by me) paddle for my icecream maker bowl so I will make vanilla icecream tomorrow as my MIL is coming for roast dinner tomorrow night. Icecream and blueberry coulis for dessert....

Cheers - Joolz xx

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spare room clean out...

Do you have a spare room that magnetically attracts all the 'stuff' you don't have a place for? We do!
I got in there this morning and just methodically put stuff away or tossed it in the bin. I advertised some things on our local Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell site and got rid of them straight away. It didn't take long as I advertised them as FREE! Goodbye 5 cushions, a carpet rug and a timber corner display cabinet from our family room that we want to replace with a low-line TV unit.  Gone!
Yesterday, I cleaned out under our ensuite vanity and the main bathroom vanities too. Toss, into the bin! I purged my make-up drawer, tossing old eye shadows, powder puffs, hand creams, lip glosses etc. Binned it! It felt so good!
Anyone else spring cleaning in summer?

Cheers - Joolz xx

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


We're in for a hot 38C here today! It's been the weirdest summer - lots of rain, not many hot days like today and we're already getting the feels of autumn in the mornings. We haven't had three hot days strung together although we've had some sticky, humid days. Totally whacky!

The garden has been doused and I'm going to turn the air con on in a minute and close the house up so the house stays cool.

I am experiencing trouble with Blogo now, that's why I haven't posted recently. I'm not sure what the problem is - but its related to my pictures as words post but not my pictures. This is a test to see if only one picture will publish. Fingers crossed!

Stay cool, friends!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tomato Relish ...

Our local Foodland store had some locally grown tomatoes for sale so I snapped these ones up then went back and bought another 6 kgs to make relish.

I love tomatoes on crackers or!

Last night I skinned and chopped up 12 lbs tomatoes and food processored 4 kgs of onions. I was a crying mess after that! Last year I didn't even cry, this year I had tears streaming and it took a good two hours for my eyes to settle down...

This is my Mum's stock pot that she used to make her jams and relish in...

Here is the relish - almost done...

Getting it into jars is a messy business!

I followed the 12lb recipe but it is a bit obscure...I boiled it for a good 30 minutes after it had come to the boil for 5 minutes...

This is the South Australian book I used...

26 lovely jars of relish, nice and sweet and spicy!

Cheers - Joolz xx


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