Just pottering about...

To the lovely readers who have left comments - I'm so sorry I did reply to them all, just not correctly but I have cut and pasted them to your actual comments now - sorry!  I'm very much still learning the program.  :)
xx 

Following on from yesterday - My friend loved her fresh cut garden herbs and greens and exclaimed "this is better then flowers!"  Win!! The boys had a nice play and we came home for lunch and an afternoon nap all round.
We never leave without full drink bottles of water, a peice of fruit each and usually some plain crackers.  These boys have bottomless pits of stomachs!  And a bit of preperation saves a lot of money buying stuff (usually crap) on the road.

The big boys got a hair cut at the local barber with Grant in the afternoon but I'm thinking I might invest in a pair of clippers for the sides and scissors to do the top then do it myself.  I cut their hair when they were very small but as they got bigger they have gone with their Dad to the barber.  Then we went for a lovely drive through the local country and checked out a property Grant has his eye on....Grant has the prize in his eye and has drastically picked up the speed of the work he is doing around this place.  He wants to finish this place quickly and get it on the market, so he can have a shot at the the small acreage he is eying off.  There is no stopping him when he gets an idea in his head.  He has been busy lining out the shed, it's nearly finished.  I'll do a post on that next week.  We are going to experiment with paper bag floors, sounds strange but it's cool I promise.  And most importantly affordable and hard wearing.

Today we are having a nice quiet day just pottering about.  I had a couple of loads of sheets/underlays/blankets to do as one of the boys wet through and then just a bit of baking, and maby some sewing.  Completely ordinary day but lovely.... Aside from the screaming, moody toddler who just woke up from his nap on the wrong side of the bed..... 😳

"Don't worry Ronnie, we are here"  there is a bit of thunder about today so Ronnie the boarder collie is seeking comfort inside.  ❤️💚💜💙💛

Gathering things fresh from the garden to cook with, Such a simple joy!

This morning we nipped to the local bake/brew shop where we picked up a few things I needed.  I have had a productive period in the kitchen this morning!  It always feels great to get an uninterrupted run to do things.  Doesn't happen often with young children but I LOVE it when it does!
Milk Keifer, sourdough starter and spinach and feta bread.  It's delicious! 

I started a sourdough starter today - way quicker then I thought.  I dont know why I  ever thought it would be complex??  Its literally a 3 minute job.  I really enjoy a good sourdough loaf and its meant to be good for you so that's a bonus.  Often its actually the idea of something which is more daunting then the actual task.  When will I ever learn??

I also started a milk keifer fermentation thingo.  I'm sure there is a more technical and accurate term for it but its over my head!  Basically milk keifer is a fermented milk.  Full of good bacteria and you can drink it, or use it anywhere you would normal milk.  Also good for the gut.  Its really simple so this is a little project I'm looking forward too!  Simple is right up my alley.  I'm a perfectly capable cook but I'm not into fancy or complicated.  Just good, tasty, healthy food.  

A plain loaf of bread is whirring away in the bread maker and I have a loaf of spinach and feta bread in the oven now which my eldest helped me with.  The spinach, spring onions and eggs are fresh from our garden and chooks.  It really does feel awesome to nip outside and grab what we need.  It was nice to spend a bit of time one on one with Will cooking in the kitchen.  He is getting so capable and big.  We used to cook all the time but with two little brothers now it gets trickier. He is a wise gentle soul that child.  Its funny how children from the same family can be so different!

Happy Friday!  Wishing you a lovely, relaxing weekend. 

Xx

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  1. Emma, where are you comments? :-) I meant to warn you that when Rhonda links to your blog the pageviews go ballistic. LOL! Did you get a fright and delete them all? I can't see any at all.

    To reply to comments just click on the ' Reply' that comes up underneath them.

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    1. lol!

      On other posts, there is not heaps of comments, just a few. I accidentally commented under them rather then 'reply' its all good I realized what I did and cut and pasted them onto their comment and fixed it all up so they got notification if they ticked it. :) I was mortified the people who took the time to comment on any of the posts might have thought I had ignored them, considering I have been only blogging for like a week!!

      To be honest Im surprised there is anyone reading at all, it has been lovely to get some kind comments. The web is such a huge place and there are so many beautiful blogs out there. I thought I would be chatting away to myself for months, if not ever and that was ok. :)

      Im more then happy to chat to others though! hahahahaha!

      xx

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  2. It is so nice when you can go pick some things from your own garden, even if it is just a few herbs, I think that often gives people courage to keep going and try a few more plants.I only have chillis, tomatoes, spinach and 2 tubs of herbs at the moment.... just have to find some more suitable space.
    Well done on the sourdough starter, I tried twice this past winter but it didn't work, I will have another go today and hope the warmer air does the trick.I never wanted a bread maker, but now it is too hot to have the oven on for baking I will borrow my brothers.

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    1. I agree, its all baby steps but if you do enough of them then they all add up to something amazing! We have tomatoes too, only a small patch compared to other years. I wasn't sure if I would be up to a big preserving run so we kept it small in case we were feeling tired and flat.

      Good luck with your sourdough, have you got a warmer spot to keep it in your kitchen? I'm new to it so have no advice I'm afraid.

      I love my bread maker, I'm in awe of it. Its like a little kitchen fairy! That and the dishwasher. Load them up and a little while later I have beautiful fresh bread and sparkling clean dishes - what a luxury!

      I know alot of people who are into simplifying don't like dishwashers but golly I do. I can cloth nappy, cook form scratch, green clean happily and the rest but at the end of the day to load up the dishwasher and turn it on is just a lovely treat! :)

      xx

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  3. I also make my own sour dough bread and have milk kefir fermenting on the bench. Kombucha is another ferment I have going, you should give it a go. Sadly my blog has been neglected fire to busyness but it is encouraging reading new blogs like yourself.

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    1. I have thought of kombacha - it is on my list of things to learn about. I need to master these two things first and work out what to do with them exactly and then I will venture on to the next step. :)

      Thankyou for reading and commenting, I hope you have a lovely weekend!
      xx

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  4. Enjoying reading your blog. Hope the toddler has come good.

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    1. Emma Christian10 January 2015 at 06:18
      Thankyou, he did.

      But neither of the big boys were right in them selves today, grant has a fever and chills tonight and I'm wondering if they are getting sick?..

      Thankyou for reading and I hope you have a lovely weekend!
      Xx

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  5. I'm baking a loaf of bread now although i cheat-i bought some pre-made bread mix-i 'm not sure why but i don't trust myself to make it from scratch & there's so many recipes to choose from. I use my breadmaker to do the kneading but i bake it in the oven-my breadmaker bakes it in a strange square block shape which i ddon't like. I love your blog already-i can't believe you've just started out!

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    1. Thankyou!!

      I know lots of people who use their bread machine for the same. I don't mind the shape of my loaf. Its a bit square but I'm a little bit forgetful so the convenience of it out weighs any oddness of the loaf at the end.

      I often find once I take the plunge into something I have been putting off that it easier in practice then I had in my mind and that my procrastination was all over nothing! There are some excellent pre-mixes out there with no additives in them. I buy one myself from my local bake/brew/cheese/fermenting shop. :) I figure its all baby steps in the right direction and I'm on the journey too. I'm sure you will ace it when you decide to try it!

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