Friday, September 19, 2014

School Holidays are upon us again.

I always begin the holidays thinking life is good. The kids are home. The rushing has stopped. The pace is slower...and then...after about 2 weeks.....

I struggle!!! I know there are some human personalities that can home school, these people have skills that seem to create a peaceful, tranquil, environment, one where everyone is at one with one another. Me......NOT SO MUCH!

Happy holidays to you all, may you enjoy your elf's, even when you are hiding in a dark corner where they can't find you!! Love to you and yours. Leonie xx

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Strike a Pose

This year I did it. I cut a heap of cuttings and had a go. AND IT WORKED!!!!

Not only are the gaps all filled in my garden but my bank balance is a lot healthier.

Heres to give you a bit of an idea.

I struck 80 Plants (cuttings from neighbours, relies, friends, my own garden) into 6 Inch pots.

Cost at Nursery : $11 per pot

Lost about 20 plants.....just didn't survive, I don't know why and I'm not really worried about it.

60 x $11.00 = $660.00 Saving.

MY TIPS.

Pinch the good dirt out of the veggie patch and you will have more chance for success.

Oh...and if you think I fluffed around with root starter and all that other stuff think again. I simply cut the cutting and shoved it in the pot.

Add water when looking a little dry.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Can I say this out loud?

When I'm sick......I HATE chirpy people.

This........is so much better.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekending

Love to you and yours. Leonie xx

Monday, August 25, 2014

Diagnosis - Pneumonia

I'll catch up with you all, when I am back up to my regular speedy self.

Take care, Leonie xx

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekending

Love to you and yours. Leonie xx

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Please Leonie..........

Can you take my silkie, she needs a urgent home and if I give her to you I can come and visit?

Right O, bring the fluff ball out.

Welcome little one, welcome to the mad house zoo!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The land of e & bay.....

Oh....how we love her!

Available Here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Always ask the chick with dirt under her fingernails!

As most of you are aware, I have been having a frustrating Pumpkin Issue. So I sent the mayday call out to one of our very own (local) gardening gurus Kylie @ The Place of Wonder. She has kindly informed me that I have been waiting too long to pick my gems. I need to pick them when the "stem becomes corky, just before the vine leaf starts to turn". HALLELUJAH!!

So to celebrate my new found wisdom, I feel we should all dine upon some PUMPKIN SOUP!

There's a tale to tell about this recipe...........

A few years back, I was at our local store picking up my mail. One of the older members of our community was there and she very kindly placed her hand on my arm, when she overheard me saying, I was making Pumpkin Soup and said.......

"Leonie, Pumpkin Soup must always taste like Pumpkins.........All you need is onion and chicken stock. Nothing more, nothing less."

So to celebrate the country living of my locals, who just recently sold the last of their 150 farming acres "because its become a little much now" (they are in their 80's!!!!) I'll share this recipe.

Take One Pumpkin (I use Jap or QLD Blue)

2 Onions (you can add more if you want)

2 Cubes off Chicken Stock. (again...add more if you wish)

Serve with Sour Cream and some Chives from the garden if you want it look a little posh.

DONE!! Pumpkin soup that tastes like PUMPKINS!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekending

Love to you and yours. Leonie xx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What does one do....

When one spends hours on a funky quilt top and ones elf decides that the underside is more to her liking?

I guess one has to...well......SUCK IT UP!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HELP - My pumpkins have got the rots!!

I have waxed them, left them in the yard still on the vine, sat them on their side, sat them on top of a wire cut brick, swung them from net bags in the shed roof, stored them in the roof next to the chimney, stored them ON the roof, I have done EVERYTHING....they are still rotting!!

This year.....I'm trying straw. I've lost one already and I'm not happy.

If anyone has any suggestions...please feel free to hand them on. I'm not in a position to purchase cold storage or to build a cellar.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bugger

So, I have this little sis that sends me super cool stuff. This time she found a total gem. It's an unfinished quilt top that needed a bit of love and a few hours attention. I was "over the moon happy" because it's a queen, just perfect for my bed.

Into the wash it went.....it fell apart....big time....beyond repair....destroyed!

BUGGER!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hearty Jam Drops for Hungry Farmers (Gluten Free Options)

Being a part of a little bush town you tend to get lassoed into helping out. As a member of the local Hall Committee (Why? Because Country Halls are super important to us), I've been roped into cooking for some hungry farmers, while they learn all about...well....farming stuff.

Alas, no time like the present to bring out the trusty "Jam Drops" recipe.

NOTE : Feel free to double this recipe if your catering for a crowd. The below measurements should make around 25 biscuits.

JAM DROPS

125g Butter

3/4 Cup Sugar (I use raw)

2 eggs (I use Duck for some extra puff!)

2 Cups Self Raising Flour (I use wholemeal, so it sticks to their ribs a bit more. GF Flour can also be used)

Jam (I make my own Jam using Fowlers Jam Setter which is GF)

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and beat well. Mix in sifted flour. Roll into stiff balls the size of a walnut. Place on greased/papered oven trays. Stick your finger into the dough to make a little well and fill with a dollop of Jam. Like so.........

Bake in moderate oven for 10 - 15 or until they have a nice little sun tan.

Hot cuppa just perfect for dunking and your done. Enjoy.

Handsome Devil

Isn't he a spunk! What more would you want in a man!