Shock and Anzac Biscuits

This week has been a big one. I was away with 3 of my 4 sisters for a sports competition, which was wonderful fun in a really beautiful spot of NSW, Shellharbour. We went very well, two out of the three days of the comps we were the winning team. Lawn bowls is a fun game to play for young and old, and just about everyone you meet has a smile and a tale to tell. I thoroughly recommend giving it a go.


The shock came On Tuesday morning with the terrible events in Manchester. Heartbroken. As we all will be. And that is enough said about that.

The Anzac biscuits came about after eating a delicious dinner cooked by me, and thinking a sweet little nibble and a cup of tea would be perfect, so Anzac biscuits are quick and easy to whip up, and I seem to always have a variation of the ingredients in the cupboard.


I use

One cup of oats

One cup of wholemeal plain flour

One cup of shredded coconut

One cup of very losely packed brown sugar

Mix

125 g unsalted butter melted

Three big dessert spoons full of coconut syrup(mix into the melted butter)

About 60 mls of boiling water and then stir one teaspoon of bicarbonate soda into it and then mix all the wet ingredients up well.

Plonk that into the dry stuff, mix well and dollop spoonfuls onto a lined baking tray.( I used 4)

I cooked at 175 for about 12 minutes.

I may have over cooked  them.

There are loads of variations of these and I really think you can never go wrong with them.


And now I relax. It’s been a hugely emotional week, I am sure we have all felt it…innocence lost. My comfy Mother’s Day socks are  on, heater going, watching a movie and enjoying my Anzac biscuits and a cup of tea, I think I will turn off social media for a day or two after I finish this post.


Hope your weekend is grand.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

Stretching Your Dollar Further

I just thought I would update you on our Marleyspoons dinner.

It was the Beef enchiladas, and with a vegetarian and one that only eats chicken breast, it was going to prove tricky.

Here is the run down

I bought three dinners, using a discount voucher of $30, the three meals, for two adults and two kids, came to $84. So, $28 per meal. But, I am very good at stretching meals and changing them up for a family of 8.

Here’s what came with the pack


Here is a list of what I added

4 whole grain large wraps cut into quarters

One tin of kidney beans

One tin of tomatoes

Grated cheese

2 shallots

2 cloves of garlic

So, it feels 8 of us with actual leftovers. Though not much.

I ended up making a vegetarian lot of it too….and it was all so very tasty and got a big tick of approval from the kids.

Here’s what is left, except the vegetarian one has lots…it went!


So, yep, I think good value.

I hope I can stretch out the next two meals like this one.

How do you make your dollar go further when you are cooking dinner?

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

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

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

My Home

It certainly isn’t this perfectly clean at the moment, with the sewing machine out, dishes in the sink, piles of books and schoolwork in various spots and punnets of seedlings  on the bench ready for planting tomorrow, but it’s underneath all of that mess…lol….

Building a home is a process. I have literally painted the main living areas every 1 to 2 years, and we have been in this house for almost 18 years. Yep, that’s many coats of paint. I get bored with colour easily, so now white is the prominent colour, as it’s easy to change the decorator items as opposed to changing the wall colour…plus, I am getting older and I ache so much after a days painting. White is easy.

We don’t have expensive furniture in our home. Infact, most of it is IKEA stuff, which I love because with six kids , it doesn’t  really matter how much you pay for stuff, it all falls apart and do ant last that long anyway. Even our kitchen is IKEA. It’s been in for three years and it’s still not finished. One day we will get there.

We still have no skirting boards in most of the living area too. All this takes time, especially if you are not that handy, and in our family’s world, these problems aren’t the biggies. In our lives, life happens. Tough years have been had by our family, and dealing with health, and death, and life, always comes before putting on skirting boards, or painting the ceiling.

So, here is our home, when it’s looking it’s best even if it is unfinished…I do have big plans though….


Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy xxx

I have taken the plunge.

I have finally taken the plunge and trying out WordPress….I have been a blog spot user for quite some time but been very silent for quite a while. My interest in all things good for you has become quite a theme in my life of late, for myself and my family. So, here is the beginnings of a little blog to share ideas and hopefully inspire you to give things a go yourself. 

 

Today is just a little about me. Mum to 6, with 3 grown up now. Love my arts and crafts and providing my family with healthy food to eat. I homeschool my last three and spend my days teaching them, and try and fit in all my other loves throughout the day. I wish there were more hours in the day so I could squeeze in more of my loves.

I love all things Harry Potter.

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I love David Bowie.

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I love wool and pretty material.

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I love picking food from my garden and using it in my cooking.

 

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I love the smell of books and opening up new ones to read.

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I love to get paint on my hands.

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I love sipping tea and watching movies with my family.

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I love seeing my kids achieve something they thought up they couldn’t.

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I love to look at pictures that make me happy.

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I love to shop at local markets.

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Yep….I am a tad daggy…lol…well, maybe I’d like to think of myself as a bit of a hippie…

until next time

Mandy xxx