Sunday, February 11, 2018

Succulents going gang busters!


The succulents that Annabel posted to me all seem to be doing okay.  No losses so far! 
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I purchased the two bigger succs in this pot and potted them up with babies that should grow on...
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This pot was given to me last July by my sister, Sue. It’s doing well with lots of bits and pieces in there.  It’s like the nursery...
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This one was from my sister Leanne.  I lost one the other day so planted that little one down the front...
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My 2016 Christmas “succulents in a sow” are still going strong...
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My chamber pot is going nuts!  
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Here’s how it started out...
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The one up the back in the Coke glass is also from Christmas 2018, from my sister Marilyn...
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The whole collection...
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...and on my front porch.

That probably bored you to tears but I just love them, especially in my blue and white pots.

Cheers - Joolz xx


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cranberry Muesli Loaf...

The current Who magazine had a recipe for a nice loaf so I thought I’d give it a go...
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A nice batter...
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It said to top it with muesli but next time I’d just do rolled oats and brown sugar...
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...as you can see, the fruit in the muesli burned a bit...
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But the inside was lovely and moist because of the sliced pears...
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It’s delicious - not overly sweet as it only had 1/2 a cup of brown sugar in it.  Very moreish and it says it can also be toasted...

Cheers - Joolz xx

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cockatoo Lake adventure...

Have a look at our yabbying weekend at Camping Adventures in Ruby and Pearl.  We had a great weekend!



I’m still trying to post about Australia Day, I’ve written the post several times and it fails to publish. Very frustrating...
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Cheers - Joolz xx

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Zucchini relish...

I have been trying to post about our lovely Australia Day weekend but am having trouble getting Blog Pro to publish the post....grrrr!  Stay tuned!
Yesterday, Gus was given a nice big zucchini and Sally at Jembella Farm had made some zucchini relish so that's what I set about doing this morning.
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I just chopped and diced the zucc with a knife rather than food processing.  I doubled the recipe and used 1 red chilli and 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes.  Everything else was doubled.

Ready for cooking...

Nearly cooked.  I boiled it for about 1 hour.

I sterilise my jars by pouring boiling water into each one, filling it to the brim.  I soak all the lids in boiling water also.  When I'm ready to bottle, I tip out the boiling water and upend the jars on a clean tea towel.  Filling the jars with hot goods is the best way to ensure that they will not spoil.  

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This recipe uses corn flour to thicken the relish.  This worked really well and made it just a bit thicker and nice and glossy.


Lids are quickly put on and tightened and jars wiped clean.  I upend the jars for a few minutes to heat the lids again then turn them back over.  Within about half an hour, you should hear the lid seals pop down.  This means the jars are sealed perfectly. 
Sally said to leave the relish for a couple of weeks to develop the flavour but I think I might try a bit this coming weekend.  I may have to put a jar of it in our local show, later in the year!

Cheers - Joolz xx

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Vegepod update 29/01


The pod is doing well.  Everything looks healthy and is definitely growing.  The cucumbers are flourishing.  I have also added a little tomato plant to see how that goes.  Usually, tomato plants need to be planted by early November in our area to get summer fruit.  Let’s wait and see!  We had a really hot weekend but the pod was still moist after all that.

Cheers - Joolz xx

Monday, January 22, 2018

Vegepod update...

Things are going well in the Vegepod.  I haven’t lost any plants although the peas lost a few leaves but they weren’t the greatest fresh seedlings either.

Same with the beetroot, they were pretty spindly but they’re all standing up and starting to thicken.  We are in for more hot weather from Friday onwards so they should get a grow on.
Cheers - Joolz xx

A quiet weekend...

I had a new oven installed last week...my Westinghouse blew another fan element which was going to cost around $200 to fix - I have had that replaced before in November 2016.  I remember saying then, that if anything else goes on the oven, we need to replace it not fix it as we’ve spent plenty on it over the past 5 years.
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So, we bought a Miele.  We have a Miele dishwasher that hasn’t missed a beat since we installed that in May, 2009 so we figured the quality must be good.
It did a brilliant job baking these dinner rolls.  Really even browning which my other oven wasn’t doing.
Next up, a lasagne and again, lovely browning.
Oh, yeah!
We had a rainbow appear at 8.15pm ...

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I know Mason jars have been around a while and everybody has been drinking juices and shakes out of them but I’ve noticed some US homesteaders drink their coffee out of them.  
I thought I’d give it a go with a Rose’s marmalade jar, enjoying a coffee with my poached googs...
I potted up these two teacups to gift to our visitors who are coming for Australia Day.  I think they’ll like them...
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I did a lot of pottering and tidying on the weekend.  I ‘tried’ to tidy the spare room as best I could.  We seem to have suitcases and ‘stuff’ that doesn’t have a home so it gets dumped in the spare room.  Ugh!  I also dusted and made up the beds in the girl’s room, ready for our guests.  Time to rehydrate with a lime mineral water, served in a champagne flute!

This morning, I converted 6 boxes of beer bottles...

...into a crispy $20 note!  Gotta love South Australian recycling - every stubby is worth .10c when taken to the recyclers.  Luckily, the recyclers is about 2 minutes down the road... 😊
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I have a busy few days coming up - working plus doing meal prep for our guests.  
I need to make...
Lemon slice (Tuesday, refrigerate)
Monte Carlo biscuits (Wednesday)
Butter cake for lamingtons (Wednesday, freeze for Friday am)
Flat breads (Thursday morning)
Raita (Thursday)
Kachumber salad to accompany curry (Thursday)
Chicken curry (pm Thursday)
Lamington preparation (Friday am)
Pasta salad (Friday am)
Tossed green salad (Friday am)

That should keep me busy!

Cheers - Joolz xx


 
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