Month: March 2016

Monday Ramble

I’m afraid there’s no Harvest Monday for me today, everything’s started to slow down in my garden since the cool change came in. As much as I miss finding new things ready to eat on a daily basis, I haven’t missed the heat – I’ve been able to wear a jumper and had to go hunting for a heavier weight sleeping bag for Olivia this morning! The cold could explain why she didn’t sleep well last night, but she’s five months old, who knows why these things happen.

Our Easter weekend has been pretty low key; we celebrated a friends birthday at a boardgame cafe in the city on Thursday, had a barbecue at my sister’s on Friday and dinner with Pete’s family on Sunday night for his and his father’s birthdays.

Now I’m nestled on our couch with Olivia asleep snuggled up to me, and Pete re-arranging the living room around us. We’re hoping the new set up will be more baby-friendly since she’ll start crawling at some point soon and after that, it’s a steep learning curve through walking, climbing and securing furniture to walls.

Dinner is on the stove and I’m looking forward to a nice warming bowl of chilli, hopefully with enough leftovers for tomorrow.

Last week for me was a bit of a flurry of activity and I’m looking forward to a bit of downtime this week – I might get another one of these guys made!


Easter Week


I have a friend who works as a Catholic school teacher; we used to work together elsewhere and every year I’d bake buns at Easter time. I’ve never liked the taste of the mix used for the cross, so I’ve never gone to the extra effort of applying them to the buns I make; but every year my friend would decline to eat the buns as he felt it was wrong to partake prior to Good Friday. This was in stark contrast to everything else I’d bake! The rest of the team finished them off with me, and another co-worker was pretty pleased the year I added Lindt orange chocolate to the mix.

This year I still baked buns without a cross, this time for Pete since I’m not at work at the moment. He likes the chocolate chip kind better than the fruit ones, so that’s what he got.

I did make them in a rush because a certain four month old was feeling a bit grizzly and unsettled, so the ones with lots of chocolate chips are a bit less bun-like than normal, but they all taste pretty good! I did remember to put in my favourite extra ingredient (a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, so getting them all done was a win for a tough day.


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We’re going to dinner at my sister’s on Friday, so I might make another batch to take along with us, since I hate turning up to people’s houses empty-handed. Do you have any go-to recipes for special occasions?


Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to create things a bit more. It makes me feel infinitely better at the end of the day to be able to tell Pete what I did, having done something constructive; rather than the days I have no energy and curl up on the couch with Olivia, salivating over the Food Network shows or surfing Netflix (though those two were life-savers when Olivia was tiny and I was still recovering from surgery). Since we’re coming into winter I won’t be venturing into the garden as much, so I might pick up some craft time there.

So I’ve been making Olivia bibs because she’s hit the drooly stage (bandana bibs are my favourite), I’ve finished a little pair of leggings that I started months ago, and I cut out the pieces for a fox toy that she might like to play with. It’s all possible because she’s calming down a bit, the gap between her fourth and fifth leap returning her to her agreeable self.

I’m also trying to make a little brooch for my friend’s birthday – we’ve got some plants I want to give her as I know how much she wants a garden and can’t have a permanent one yet. I hit on the idea because of this brooch on Etsy, which I’d love to buy her but don’t have the funds for. I’m hoping to make a little Jiji felt brooch BUT since this is the first time I’m trying something like this, I might not do a very good job (and I’m a bit of a perfectionist about this kind of thing!).

Wish me luck!

Harvest Monday

Not a lot to report this week I’m afraid; while there’s pictures of the patch a-plenty and the bees are out and about doing their business, the weather changes have come through and I’m wearing track pants in the morning rather than shorts.

This morning I made chilli for dinner tonight – it’s a bit different to how I normally make it as it’s vegetarian. Amazing that Pete, the dedicated omnivore, agreed when I said I’d try it! But that’s what happens when some of your friends become vegetarian, and they’re the ones you pot luck with. This capsicum was one I grabbed from the garden at the last minute when I realised there were none in the fridge.

This is a planter that used to sit in front of my cubby house when I was small. I put my leftover thyme seedlings in it last year and this group has out lived the seedlings planted elsewhere. I need to grab some for drying this afternoon.

My poor sad strawberry bed. Too much heat and direct sunlight, too little remembering to water, the poor loves have moved on. I think I’ll move my rhubarb and asparagus over here this week.

More okra pods – I gave my last ones to Sarah but I might see what I can do with these ones myself.

My wicking bed peppers; jalapeno, long banana and cayenne in this bed. I lost count of how many green cayenne peppers are there while I impatiently wait for them to ripen.

Capsicums in the foreground with my monster malabar spinach lurking behind. It’s really taking over this garden bed so it’s about time I figure out the best way to cook with it.

Possibly the last flush of my late planted zucchini seedlings, hopefully we get some from this lot. The bees are very busy with the nearby basil so we might be lucky!

The volunteer greens bed; this bed was empty and left to its own devices, so the seeds that were dropped by the greens last year have sprouted just in time for the cooler weather.

Konrad has been helping out in the yard for once (instead of stealing things and digging). He’s caught two small rats recently, after honing his hunting skills as a puppy, towing the chickens around the yard by their tailfeathers and chasing pigeons.

Chief shadecloth stealer and sooky wombat Sasha has been a bit chatty lately (possibly because Konrad’s hunting skills are improving and she’s a bit too lazy for that kind of action).

So that’s what’s up for me – not a lot being produced this week other than a few eggs from the broody and moulting ladies and a few more eggplants. Hopefully I can get a couple more tomatoes out of my plants before I start pruning them back and settling in for a (hopefully) rainy Adelaide winter!


Harvest Monday

This weekend was a long weekend, and Pete’s birthday, so we spent some time in the garden – accidentally, of course! I went out to get some eggs from the coop and realised there were some ripe eggplants, saw some zucchini, Pete picked the tomatoes and I grabbed the okra, capsicum and all of those ripe jalapenos. We’ve got some cooking to do, that’s for sure, and I’ve really got to keep a closer eye on the garden.
We also went out for dinner with Pete’s brother, sister in law, sister and some friends last night – Pete was given some alpaca steak for his birthday so we ate well tonight too!

Okra pods that got too big for eating, so they’re staying on the plants to provide seed for next season.

Basil going to flower for the bees (who’re loving it), a tomato tendril coming back over the basil, and eggplants ripening up.

My little avocado! I didn’t plan on growing an avocado tree, but I found this guy growing in a garden bed from some compost late last year. It had been growing for about eighteen months and Pete dug it out for me when I realised what it was, but as you can see by the dead leaves at the top, it didn’t really like the transplant process. I watered it and babied it, and it came back!

As much as I should be planning for the cooler months, the climate in SA means that the warmer weather plants keep producing for quite a while, so I’m loathe to take them out just yet..what’s up in your garden?

500 Things – Update Three

This hasn’t been a great time for my 500 Things purge – it’s been two weeks since I updated my list last, and in that time I’ve only gotten rid of 20 things, including the CD racks from my last update. In the last two weeks the little daily timeline that Olivia and I had has gone out the window completely! She’s been teething, going through her fourth Wonder Week (the name is a lie, this one goes for about five weeks) and cluster feeding because she’s decided she doesn’t need a shield anymore! A very tiring time, but amazing (since she’s gone from an 80g weight gain in a fortnight to 400g!).

Fortunately one of the things that we’ve managed to get rid of is a large cargo barrier that Pete bought and never used – it went on Gumtree for $100 and we got $75 for it, so it didn’t cost us anything. I also went through one of the kitchen cupboards and decided I won’t go back to using an old kitchen scale I’ve kept around for four years, and some plastic containers I forgot I even had – so I clearly don’t need them anymore.

Onwards and upwards, this week I’ll try getting rid of more than 20 things!

Previous Total: 323
This Week: 20
New Total: 343