Posts Tagged“homemade”

This year we have had a wonderful harvest of white peaches.  Unfortunately, I didn’t thin them out when they were young, so the result was that the peaches were numerous but small.  However, despite being small they are delicious, fresh and organic!  The harvest was around 6 kilos, plus some that fell off the tree and were fed to the chooks.  I decided to make a large batch of peach jam, which will just about supply us with jam for the year! Making jam is not as hard as it may sound and is worth giving it a go. Ingredients…

I used to make homemade yoghurt with a process which required heating the milk and straining the milk, which all became quite time consuming and created a lot of washing up.  I have since discovered a much easier way to make homemade yoghurt, the hands on prep time is about 5 minutes!  This process might not suit purists because it uses milk powder rather than fresh milk, but I find it an excellent process which yields excellent results.  Using this method you can provide fresh yoghurt for your family at a fraction of the cost of bought yoghurt.  The other…

Making homemade chicken stock is very simple and the stock you end up with is not only very economical but also very nutritious.  When I make stock it is a two in one activity, I end up with a cooked chicken as well as quite a bit of stock to freeze for future recipes.  I use some of the meat from the chicken to make chicken soup, plus have quite a bit of meat left over for another meal or for making sandwiches.  I usually start with a free range chicken from Aldi which costs around $10. Ingredients Free range…

This lovely moist chocolate cake is very easy to make and always turns out beautifully.  It can be made either gluten free or regular depending on what you need.  It makes quite a large cake, I usually make it in a  12 x 9 1/2 inch rectangular baking tin.   It is a great cake to make on the weekend for a treat and then to have plenty left over to wrap and freeze for lunch box snacks.  Home baking is a great way to reduce your grocery bill significantly, I just noticed that a cake a third of this…

This super easy slice came about on a bit of a whim.  As you know I have just cleaned out my pantry and I found a few bits and pieces that needed to be used up.  Making a slice with some of the odd bits of dried fruit was a good way to use them up and the slice turned out to be really yummy and moist!  Don’t be afraid to just substitute whatever spare dried fruit you have.  It is a really easy recipe, just throw all the ingredients in one bowl and give it a bit of a…

Nothing says autumn like a warming chicken soup.  I have been on a bit of a soup tangent lately, but that’s been good because I think I’ve developed my soup making skills.  This lovely chicken soup is hearty, creamy and yet very frugal.  For this particular soup I used a small chicken breast, and some chicken stock which I had in the freezer.  You can easily make your own chicken stock from scratch, it is quite easy, very healthy and very frugal.  I will do a separate post on my favourite technique for making stock later this week. But for…

I found myself in need of a doorstop recently and the thought came to me that I probably had everything I needed to make one on hand.  I went out to the garden shed and sure enough I found an old paver, I was looking for half a brick, but thought a whole paver would have to do.  I found a piece of old towel, which had recently been retired, after twenty years of service, a piece of left over fabric, pins, needle, thread and scissors and went to work.  Half an hour later, problem solved I had a lovely…

This is a fun and easy slice to make for a treat.  It can be easily converted to a gluten free recipe if you wish.  I made this on the weekend and it was a hit!  I substituted homemade plum jam because that is what I had on hand. I also used up some extra large marshmallows, which were in the cupboard.  I just cut the marshmallows into slices to make them work. The marshmallows I used were from Costco and were gluten free, but if you don’t need to eat gluten free then any marshmallow will be fine. Ingredients…

Knitting face cloths can be a simple and relaxing project for the beginner or seasoned homesteader. They are quick and easy to knit up, and make practical yet beautiful gifts.   Of course, they are very useful around your own home as well.  I like to use 100% Australian cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills in Victoria, Australia.   They have a great range of beautiful quality Australian cotton and wool, which is very reasonably priced. One 200g ball of cotton would make around 8 (or more) of my face cloths.  Pattern Using 4ply cotton and 4mm needles, cast on 46 stitches. Knit…

I guess simple living means different things to all of us, but for me there are some key ingredients. The top of my list would be slowing down long enough to examine your life and to think about why and how you do things. Is the urgent keeping you from ever thinking about the important? I would urge you to make yourself a cup of tea and sit down with a pen and paper and think about what will matter in 5 or 10 years time. Slowing down long enough to think about whether the latest purchase will buy peace…