Friday, November 28, 2008

Zero Footprint Week

more on that when i get home :o)

so zero foot print week for me was all about trying harder

walking to & from the station
the train to & from work
didnt use the oven, only the gas cook top
fruit & veg from work
blanket on the couch when it got cool, instead of the fire
every thing turned off at the power point
only 1 bucket of rubbish
everything else either recycled or eaten by the chickies

Quick Tip Recipe
Shaving Cream
1/2 cup Lux Flakes
300ml boiling Water
1 dessertspoon Olive Oil {i used sunflower oil}
a few drops of Lavender or Rose Oil

in a screw top jar shake soap & water until soap is dissolved
add oil & rose oil
shake to a thick & creamy consistency

add more or less of the soap & water to get the right consistency for you

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chook pics

this was taken on Nov 1st

& this on Nov 20th
only 3 of them have names, first up is Brown Betty the smallest of the Rhode Island Reds, she is always the last to go to bed, just keeps wondering around {drives me nuts}
next is Suzie Silver the Silver Laced Wyandotte she is the head of the coop, on their first day together she made the pecking order very clear.
then the Blue Laced Wyandotte, Big Bertha she is the biggest of all the birds & not just in height also the size of her feet & comb. i have a funny feeling she may turn out to be a rooster.
the other 3 havent gotten names yet, i will need to spend some more time in the yard watching them .

Big Bertha
they are quite funny to watch, when i let them out in the mornings a couple of them have taken to launching themselves out the door. they stand on the roost & just kind of dive fly out the door & down the run. always makes me smile. will need to clip their wings soon, mind you it will be a fun day, i have not been able to catch any of them since the first week they really are very fast.
one of the other funny things they all seem to do is they will just be standing there then all of a sudden they will run at full speed down the other end of the pen & then just stop.

on My Fridge

see this is what happens when after 3 days of work i lounge around all day, & blog surf

so whats on my fridge, well not a lot
magnets mostly

& this spider list. it has been on the side of my fridge for quite a while, dont even know where i got it from.
dont you just lov the headers

Tagged - Green Meme #2

Deb over at tagged me for a Green Meme
number 1 was quite long so i decided to do number 2 {hope you dont mind Deb}

Green Meme #2


1) Link to
2) Link back to whoever tagged you. (no need to wait to be tagged!)
3) Include meme number
4) Include these guidelines in your post
5) Tag 3 other green bloggers.

Green Meme #2

1. Do you use baking soda toothpaste or baking soda shampoo? If not, would you consider it?
i have thought about using these, i would like to try the shampoo, not too sure about the toothpaste tho

2. Do you make any home cleaning products?
yes- Vinegar, Bi- Carb & Tea Tree Oil are awesome products & can be used in a number of ways to clean pretty much everything

3. What is your top green issue at the moment?
mm probably my veggie garden & water saving {i am obsessed}

4. Given unlimited cash, what is on your fantasy green wishlist?
a Green Home on acres with wind turbine's, solar panels & water tanks
a big veggie garden to feed family, friends & neighbours
meat animals
to run basic workshops from home, teaching how to
sew, cook, garden, shop, basic home repairs, the list is endless

5. Have you implemented any new green act/behaviour/product this month?
the only new thing is i now get all our fruit from work & for those who dont know i work at an organic internet supermarket. all the fruit & veg except kiwi fruit {New Zealand} is grown in Australia & as anyone who knows me, knows i only buy Australia products.

i would like to tag but only if they want to do it

Emily over at
Jacqui over at
Mandy over at

Deb also sent me a
"Prize to the Personal effort" award
thanks Deb you are a sweety, i think i am all tagged out so i wont send this on even tho there are many i would like to link it to. so i will instead leave it open to all who are on my Green Life Blogs List on the side bar :o)
Write 6 of your most important values and 6 negative points you condemn

i dont know if i can do 6 but ill give it a go, think ill stay away from the negative tho.

1* family is everything
2* being the best person that i can be
3* teaching others, passing on ones knowledge is very important, weather its a skill or a way of life
4* do the things you want to do, that you know are right, never be afraid of what people may think.

Tagged 6 random things

i was tagged by Country Wife for 6 random things
i will not pass this on but if anyone wants to do it leave me a comment :o) & ill pop on over

mmm 6 random things or not so random
my collections

1* old rusty stuff {lov barbed wire}
2* old Jugs & Mixing Bowls
3* old Kitchen Utensils
4* old Honey Pots in the shape of Bee Hives
5* Bird Houses {old & new}
6* old Glass Milk, Cream & Juice/Cordial Bottles
this is just 6 of my many & ever expanding collections
what do you collect?

Honey Pots, i have a few more but these are my favs

i made all of these bird houses except for the pine one at the end, son #1 made me that one at school
i have a few more scattered around the house, i move them around all the time.

i also built & painted this, its a CD cupboard

every thing is still packed up from the painting & carpet & will stay that way until after Christmas, so maybe some more collection photos when it all goes back.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Card Class

i am teaching a card class on Sunday 30 November 1pm
cost of the class is $20. if there is anyone in the mountains or surrounds interested send me an email by thursday 27th Nov
i will also be having a sale, i have a stack of new & some used scrapbooking/card making supplies.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

On My Desk Thursday

wow i am getting really behind.
new things on my desk, i know i have a lot of old things on my desk but decided to do something different this week.

something new for my wall

2 new pages for my Go Green Book

a B'Day Gift, the bag has Ferrero Rocher in side

these are for my Great Niece who is 1 next month

idiot painters

the painting started on monday the guy has done about 6 hours of work all week, i have paint more than him. the boys rooms are finished, well finished as there gonna get {the guy is an idiot}
waited at home all day on friday for him to show up & nothing was a huge waste of a day. if had had all the supplies here i would have painted the rest myself this weekend. as all the rooms were emptied, all the furniture went on the front veranda & every thing else went up into my craft room. last night was the first time i could even get to my desk. the carpet will be layed this week so will have to move all the furniture again. the boys rooms on thursday & the rest on friday. so that idiot had better be finish by wednesday. i was pretty pissed all friday & saturday, im a bit calmer now but will see how much he gets done tomorrow.
& the new colour that the owner picked Grrrrrrrrr why are people so afraid of colour
it is a mint green that has been lightened 5 times, its not even a colour. so both the boys rooms, the hall, the kitchen, lounge & dinning room are all this colour. i really HATE it. makes me want to go & paint something RED.
photos at the end of the week

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Baking Sunday

well Baking Sunday has rolled around again

Chip Cookies

Rock Cakes

Lemon Fingers

Lasagna with homemade pasta for tomorrow nights tea

on the Pear front
Pear & Cinnamon Cake
Crumble {thanks to Jo over at Sparklygreenknickers}

Ice Cream

Puree Pears for the freezer

an afternoon Cocktail, Raspberry & Apple quencher

On the Pear Recipe List
Pear & Almond Smoothie
Vanilla & Pear Smoothie
Orange & Pear Shake
& Ginger Upside Down Cake

Pear Tart

i am down to 1/2 a box so if anyone has any other Pear recipes let me know.
i will be passing on the Poached Pears in Red Wine {not keen on those}

Saturday we went to the Small Farm Show out at Richmond
saw lots of different cows, goats, alpacas, sheep, pigs, working dogs, retired grey hounds, ducks, chooks mmm sure i have missed something, well never mind
tractors, water tanks, solar panels, animal fencing, wood splitter, log saws
all of these things make me smile, we really need to own a farm
picked up a Jockey wheel for our trailer {no we dont drive but we do own a trailer}
& 4 bars of Lemon Myrtle goats milk soap mmm lov this soap

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Mandy over at The Old Dairy gave me an award, never gotten one before & it was a nice surprise
thank you Mandy :o)

This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literacy and personal values every-day.

I will pass this award on to.......

Pass an award on to another five people who you would like to encourage with an award.

i also just got an award from Anne from over at Loopity Lou
thank you Anne :o)

“This blog invests and believes in ‘proximity’
[meaning that blogging makes us 'close' - being close through proxy].”

Now, I am to pass on the award to 8 other bloggers and they in turn pass the lovin' on to 8 others

I will pass this award on to.......

Friday, November 07, 2008


on Wednesday i brought home a box of Organic Pears from work
now i need all your Pear recipes

i have just made Pear Ice Cream
& have a recipe for Pear & Cinnamon Muffins that i will make on sunday
also a Chocolate Pear tart

so if you have a great recipe or one you havent tried yet, send it to me & ill give it a go
either email it to me or put it in the comments

has anyone ever dried Pears in the oven? if so i could use your hints & tips

i had one for morning tea, they are oh so sweet & smell devinne :o)

Thursday Quick Tips on a friday

it seems im a day late all this week :o)

today's quick tips are all about Glass Wear
as we are coming into the "silly Season" with partys & get togethers
i thought it was fitting to do today's on cleaning glass

* when washing glass wear always line the bottom of the sink with a towel to stop chips & cracks
* put lemon skins in the rinse water for added shine
* a few drops of ammonia in the rinse water will also give shine
* to separate glasses, fill the top one with cold water & place the other in warm water
* to clean decanters or thin necked bottles, dry rice with a bit of soapy water & swirl around to clean
* to clean vases, dissolve 1 steradent tablet {the ones you use for dentures} in hot water, leave over night. you can also use this for wine decanters
* a flat head on a beer is caused by a not well rinsed glass. wash beer glasses in hot water with 1 tab spoon bi-carb, rinse in water with a few drops of vinegar. do not wipe glasses leave to drain & then store in the fridge.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

On My Desk Thursday

i know it is on my desk Wednesday but from now on im doing on my desk Thursday. im just too tired on Wednesday after work & i have no time in the morning before i go.
so whats on my desk? well lets just take a look

a container of seeds, most planted but still have a couple more to do
a pair of socks that needs darning
red spotty PJ pants that need to be sown together
single bed quilt, still working on the top stitching
on the section you cant see are still the patterns from last week
& skirt that has been cut out & pinned weeks ago & needs to be sewed
there are a few other bits & pieces like new sewing items that need to be put away
garden catalogues that need to be filed

so this weekend i am going to try & finish off a few items
& get started on my Christmas list
& today i am off to the dentist......

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Garden & Sunday Baking

8.30 till 3pm i spent out in the yard. it has been a cool overcast day, just perfect for garden work.

Planted Out List
Carrots* Littlefinger & Chantenay
Capsicum* Californian & Golden Wonder
Cucumber* Lemon & Lebanese
Butternut Pumpkin
Sweet Corn
Zucchini* Black & Golden
Tomato* Hardy Tom, Sweetie, Yellow Pear, Break-O-Day & Roma
Hilled the 4 lots of potato cages & made 3 new ones

all this pretty much finished of the dirt pile, all that is left is a dead patch on the grass

this is the Lebanese cucumber

this was a drink holder then a fire pit & now it has Roma Tomatos in it

Sunday Baking
Honey Jumbles
Choc Chip
Orange & White Choc Cookies
Banana Muffins

Saturday nights tea was a roast beef with veggies & dessert was this weeks new recipe, Bread & Butter Orange Pudding {got the thumbs up}

Bread & Butter Orange Pudding

My Mothers day Rose, the perfume is

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Christmas on My Mind

well today is the 1st of November here & every other year on the first weekend in November i am dragging out all the christmas decorations, but not this year, why not you might ask, well i hadn’t even thought about it until this morning.

We have someone coming to paint the lounge, dinning, kitchen & the 2 boys bedrooms, but no idea when this is going to happen & as soon as that is done all those rooms are having new carpet put down well except the kitchen , could you imagine carpet in the kitchen Yuck. So i guess i have put Christmas out of my mind, just the thought of moving every thing i have in those rooms for these 2 things to happen is enough without adding Christmas decorations to the equation.

It makes me a little sad that i had put it out of my mind, So to make me feel better ‘A’ put on my most favourite movie of all time.......

Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase & Randy Quaid are hilarious & ‘A’ thinks im hilarious because i know all the lines, i usually watch this movie a dozen times over November/ December every year.

there are soo many great lines in this movie & no matter how many times i see it i always laugh.

there is nothing better than a good laugh

I'm gonna catch it in the coat... And smack it with the hammer.

& it has only just hit me that i am a working mum, its still does not seem real. Well the tiredness is certainly real, spent all Thursday morning in my Pj’s {when i say all morning i mean i didn’t get a shower until 1.30} & pretty much lounged around all day.