Before My Second Coffee

My life is busy. I am not perfect, and sometimes I succumb to an easy option for dinner…..takeaway. Yeah, I’m not happy about it but sometimes you need to do the thing that saves your sanity.

This week  I am trialing marleyspoons.

It’s a place that packs in the ingredients for whatever you need to create a meal, I selected the three dinner plan this week, and all I pretty much will need to do is add some more veggies from the garden, and from the markets, and chop and cook.

It’s not ideal but better than take away right. The meat is free range and the veggies are local apparently, so it’s not too bad.

I will let you know how it goes.

The box, being delivered at 2.38 am, set me off on my morning ( I did not get up then…it’s got ice blocks n there to keep it all cold, I actually got up after 7…yay)


I had to clean out the fridge and load the food packages.

I had toast and coffee.

I unloaded and loaded dishwasher.

I scrubbed the stove.

I tidied the back room.

I did a load of washing.

I loaded four lots of dried out seeds into bags ready for storing.


I cleaned the bench.

I watered the veggies.


I tended to the clipping I am trying to grow.


Received a parcel.

Texted a conversation to mr c.

Checked the recipes for the marleyspoons delivery.


And now just finished my second coffee.


What does your morning look like?

Until nxt time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Seeds

I have a bit of a passion at the moment. Well, I have always had it. I am a bit of a closet hippie. But what I really mean is, I love to do lots of arty crafty things, I am loving growing my own food and sharing it, and I am trying to lesson our family’s environmental impact and on our gorgeous planet. Trying to recycle as much as I can, preserve food and I have even started up an excess produce swap group. And to make me even more alternative, I homeschool.

And I absolutely love it all. 
Now, onto the seeds.
Yesterday I made pumpkin Soup for dinner, and decided to save the seeds and hopefully I will be able to plant some and also grow some seedlings to swap with others.
What you need to do is, wash the pulp away from the seeds, and spread out to dry. Leave them for about a week to dry out. I will store them in a brown paper bag and pop them with all my other seeds. They are due for planting in September, October, November and December. So I have a bit of a wait.

Here is the process in photos.




Still a few days before I can pop them into an envelope. 

Here are some other seeds i used the same process with.

Capsicum


And Eggplant


Here’s hoping they work.

Only had one swap this week, but it was for a lovely kiwi fruit cutting. 

It will pop it up onto the frames I made a month or so ago.

Always trying to make a difference. We throw out so many seeds each day. Maybe you could give it a try? Would love to hear of your successes and what you have learned from trying to grow from seeds.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Pumpkin Soup and Watering.

Ah. I love the cooler weather. Temperatures that don’t make you feel uncomfortable and sunshine that warms you just that right amount. It’s weather that makes me bring out the slow cooker and the slow cooker makes me feel like a domestic goddess. I feel like I’m on top of things when I have put dinner on by 9 am.

I started my day with a coffee, and then toast. I watered the Vegie patch and enjoyed the sun warming my back and listened to the soft sounds of the water hitting the leaves and plants  I have been nurturing. I set the sprinkler on to give the citrus a huge soak. I then chopped and diced and sautéed and put the pumpkin Soup on in the slow cooker.

Of course I did loads more, taught the kiddos and cleaned and , mulched the veggies. I taught miss m how to sew a very cute pillow case and master j was encouraged to cook some healthy banana muffins. Miss m also cooked a second dinner as she wasn’t feeling pumpkin Soup, so plenty of leftovers for tomorrow nights dinner. Too easy.

Bit as I did all of that, I took a different approach to it. Different to my usual hurried sprinklings, and getting impatient , and rushing through the chores. Today I saw everything that I did as nurturing. Looking after the plants that will feed my family, and  check to see how much they have grown. I really looked at all the different types of leaves I am growing, looked at the little patches of brown on the grass and wondered why ? I marvelled at the spider webs that were created and how they carried tiny little droplets of water that sparkled in the sunlight. I  wondered why there were bird feathers on the ground and tentatively looked about, worried that I would find a bird that had had a misfortune, which made me wish I had some chooks. There was no bird thankfully. Tiny water droplets tickled my skin which was refreshing, but cold because air had quite a nip in it. I got lost in my Watering, and wanted to take some photos of it. Weird right.

I hung clothes on the line and took the time to try and straighten the line . It’s a bit uneven and really annoying me as the lines droop, which makes it tricky to hang up cloths. But I slowly tried to fix it, and did it mindfully. Tugging and pulling the cord, slowly figuring out the lengths and the paths each was taking. It didn’t work, but is a little better. Lol.

It really enjoyed my time outside this morning and will try to make sure I look at all other things in my life just as thoughtfully.

Anyway. I made a so so simple pumpkin Soup. Not sure how to post it up, but  have made a little recipe page that eventually you can download and print off for your use.

I am a a mum to 6 kids, all adults or almost adults, and I have learnt a few little tricks along the way. We are not worldly travelers but love home and being at home, so as a result, we spend a lot of time there, cooking and basically doing homey sort of activities. Bit Of A Hippie blog will find me sharing recipes, craftyness, templates and ideas to help you or give you some ideas that may just make your life a little easier and possibly more fun. Budget saving ideas and sewing, artyness and a little educational stuff thrown in.

I am wanting to take life a little more slowly, mindfully.

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IMG_3419IMG_3416IMG_3417Lovely muffins cooks by mister j.

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And the lovely pillow case miss m made.

And the pumpkin Soup.

 

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until next time

lots of it

Mandy

xxx

More Preserving and THE Birthday Week

I am quite into preserving foods at the moment. Whilst I have lemons and limes growing on my tree, I figure it’s a good idea to preserve them for during periods where I haven’t any on the trees at all. I plan on doing some salt preserved lemons, as I tried last year, but thought I will invest in a food dehydrator and preserve some that way. I must admit I was a tad scared leaving it on 24/7 so I didn’t, but had it on for much of the time and it took 2 days. A lng time to listen to the whirring of it, but it was worth it. Lemons for the chickens and for tea when I’m feel g NFL draft for lean flavoured tea. And my, it looks so pretty.


I’ve been preserving a few other thing but I will write about them next time.

Th s week we have had a big birthday week. Cameron was 24 on Monday, Jessica was 27 on Thursday and the twins turned 16 on Thursday. A busy week filled with glorious bushwalk sin the gorgeous blue mountains w and lunch at the Grand View Hotel at Wentworth Falls. Out to dinner at the plaza n thursdanight after a wonderful afternoon party with all the family, and then finishing off a busy few days with a relaxing at the movies seeing Guardians of the Galaxy 2. A wonderful movie, which we have gone to see twice..big marvel fans here.

That’s it for now. I will leave you with some little snaps of the Charles Darwin bushwalk at Wentworth Falls.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Preserving and Boho

I have been busy lately…with nothing particular, but just busy with life.

The kids were back to homeschooling, and I found some wonderful novel units of work that they will be completing for English. Jacob has picked The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and for Madeleine I have picked A Wrinkle in Time, which I think she will love.

Their timetables have been set, and this term we are including some outside time and some reading time. In our busy lives it is far too easy to forget to do the simple things in life….fresh air, and beautiful words. 

I have also been busy with the produce swap group I have on Facebook. On Wednesday I did 4 swaps. I got some fantastic produce, and a beautiful snake plant. I swap my lovely organic lemons and my lovely meal, and sometimes herbs and some grape vines.


One of the swaps was a couple of kilos of olives….we love olives in our family and at the moment I am curing them, which basically involved a slit in each olive and now soaking them in water u til most of the bitterness goes, and then preserving in a brine for a bit.


A swap from last week was a fantastic lot of chokos. Chokos bring back memories of when I was little, and around the corner there was an old man who had a wonderful vegetable garden and he would often give my mum and dad vegies…. I actually wonder what sort of relationship my family had with him. We had no car, so we would walk past his house every time we went to the shops…maybe a quick chat on the way was the only relationship we had? But I remember chokos and rhubarb. With the wonderful batch of chokos I made some delicious chutney, and yep, I preserved them. I popped the jars in a water bath and sealed them…although I doubt they will last long enough in our household to test them to see if they preserved well.

That has created a monster, and now all I want to do is learn and make preserved foods….I bought a little set for preserving, but now I need more jars, and I really want a dehydrator too. On the wish list…lol…



I love going to the markets….whatever we don’t grow in the garden I generally buy at the markets. I go to many, to try and get organic or chemical free Vegies and fruit. Richmond Fine Food Markets is on every Saturday…it’s a great drive and a lovely little Markets….today I got a gorgeous side table to match one I got a few weeks back. They are lovely. I will post them nxt time.

While we were at the markets, hubby and I went for a little look to find Huck Finn. Couldn’t find it, but I found a trip down memory lane…two books that I use at school when I was 6, times learn how to read. At 25 cents each, I couldn’t pass them up.


I am forever changing my house around, the style and the furniture. Thanks to kmart and IKEA, I now have a home that looks a little boho…still a long way to go, but I am loving it so far.

Patchy Pants has been a little quiet…when I get a spare minute I will be creating some more jeans and tops. Will keep you posted…

Hope your time has been busy with lots of fun, positive busyness…❤️

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Happy Easter

I have been quite busy since my last post. Making our outside area a nicer place to be and better organise, receiving items to create some new jeans and even some t shirts.

And of course, all the everyday stuff that keeps you busy.

The little corner of our backyard was once a very ugly shed, and that was taken down and put into another more Hidden spot of the backyard.

A little corner garden was created with a variety of daisies, my crazy good lemon grass, and I made these trellises and there will be a passionfruit vine eventually covering these.


I got this little set from Kmart, and I have put some tea light lanterns in the trees…it looks very pretty at night, and it’s a lovely place to sit in the day.

And the kids are using it already.

We are moving our Vegie patches so we have room for our hammock there, and the patches will be in a sunnier position.
My Facebook group, Western Sydney Home Produce Swap Group is going well on Facebook. Currently at 77 and plenty of people are swapping their surplus produce. There’s lots of questions and interesting articles and good Vegie conversations happening.

Here is my latest swap I did.


I have been busy looking online for lovely things to put on jeans and tops and jackets. Can’t wait until I have more time to get going on my recycled jeans. look for   “Patchy_pants” on the etsy site. I will be getting more on there over the coming weeks.


This morning is Easter Sunday, said happy Easter to you, however you spend the day I hope it’s wonderful.

I usually buy my sisters some chocolate for Easter, but actually forgot, so this morn Ng I whipped up some bickies for them. It’s nearly Anzac biscuits however I used coconut syrup instead of golden syrup.

Made double batch and. Used margarine as we didn’t have butter…. must say, they are pretty delicious, of course Raymond’s me and I had the sample one each. The rest are in this little box, all prettied up for them.


Good Friday saw Maddie, Jess and I heading up to Katoomba to go for a bush walk at Minnie haha falls. Unfortunately, I had never seen traffic like it before, barely up the hill and there was so much traffic…we were almost walking up the hill. So once we eventually got to glenbrook we decided t turn around and give on a different adventure.

We got tickets for the Sydney Easter show. We hadn’t been for man years and I must admit I was pretty excited to go without the struggle of a double pram to navigate through the crowds…lol…

It was a great day….way too much junky food, and Jess and I even snuck in a margarita, and Maddie had a non alcoholic one….we saw animals, lots of people (140000 in fact) and Di lots of walking (12km).

We walked through the produce halls, and was in awe at all the wonderful skill that some people have. I actually got myself 4 showbags, and a kewpie doll. Never had one.

Here are some happy snaps from the day.


Well, that’s about it for now

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Busy Busy

My life is and probably always will be incredibly busy. That’s just the way it goes with 6 kids. Admittedly they are not little anymore , but that doesn’t mean that it all stops just because they are bigger.  I think it’s actually a different sort of busy.

I went to the markets over the weekend and purchased a few things that I would love t❤️ wear but don’t fit me…. figure someone would love them just like me somwill probably pop them on eBay, or on the etsy shop I have started. 

I purchased two gorgeous bunches of flowers and they look gorgeous in the vases, I also bought some cakes for the family and a few other bits and bobs….gotta love a good markets. 

I have also sewn a few of the Upcycled denim projects. And ver the past week I open d up the etsy shop..,here’s hoping other people like the Upcycled denim items and someone actually buys one…lol…

Not too much the update, so I will show you a few f the items I have  made.


Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx