I'm all about pies at the moment. I reckon pies provide an easy source of deliciousness during this Springtime Hungry Gap. They also provide comfort during these days of never ending bushfire and big dry. They may just be the most perfect frugal hedonist food as they allow you to incorporate little bits of lots of things. Pie will accomodate your limitations with joy and excitement. This one was inspired by an Italian torte - lots of green leaves, leek, homemade ricotta, lemon, olives, potato and little bit of jersey feta encased in spelt olive oil pastry. I was worried it might be tough and weird because its baking was interrupted by approaching bushfire. But no, it forgave the interruption and was actually just pure yum.
Now that the yellowjackets are mostly gone, I can enjoy my cast iron tub--and the view!
Our nights are in the low 40s...I'm worried my wheat won't ripen before we freeze.
My tomatillos kept disappearing and I was blaming the wood rat. But apparently they were being stolen by a burrowing rodent. Arghhh
Earlier this week I worked on such a fun styling project on these built-ins and, for once, I remembered to take a before shot (swipe)! First, we shopped my client’s house for some personal accessories to add in. “Shopping the House” is one of my favorite (and budget-friendly) things to do with my clients to show them how to think and look differently at things they already own. After that, we added in some books, a few other accessories (a mix of brass and Chinoiserie 🙌), a basket for some texture and, of course (my personal favorite), some live plants. I love how layered, collected and lived-in the space feels now.
Healthier version of #chickenteriyaki
for the win!🙌🏼 This is what’s leftover from tonight’s dinner and it’ll also be Kyle’s lunch for tomorrow. I’ll be eating the last of our hamburger stew I made this weekend.😋 He rated this meal a 9.37 out of 10.. only because I wouldn’t let him eat more.🤣 hey, if I had let him eat it.. he wouldn’t have lunch for tomorrow. I feel like he’ll thank me later.🤓
• Sliced 1lb of chicken into bite-Size pieces.
• Seasoned with Himalayan pink salt and black pepper.
• Cooked the chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat. • Minced up one clove of garlic and sautéed with the chicken.
• Once the chicken was cooked through I added 1/3 of a cup of coconut aminos, 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, sesame seeds, and approx. 1tbs of tapioca starch.
• Stirred and simmered until the sauce was nice and thick. • Served over basmati rice and topped with extra sesame seeds.
Y’all, this only took me 30 minutes. I had no idea what I was making for dinner when I walked in the kitchen and came up with this.🙌🏼 We use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. Soy sauce is loaded with a ridiculous amount of sodium! I also used coconut sugar rather than brown sugar because it has a lower glycemic index because it contains a type of fiber called inulin. Inulin helps slow the rate at which your body absorbs sugar. It helps prevent blood sugar spikes.🤟🏼
It’s not the “healthiest” meal ever, but it’s made with healthier alternatives and I was in control of what went into it. I also prepped dinner for tomorrow night! Sheet-pan chicken fajitas.🤗 #pantrycleanout #usewhatyouvegot #mealplanning #healthyonabudget #foodismedicine #learnyourfood #takeoutfakeout
This is how I harvest those little seeds like chard, onion, carrot, and beet. My fall garden looks a mess!
Waves of clouds rolling south through the valley.
Happy Friday. There’s so much more to life than our momentary troubles. Be encouraged, you are loved and God is for you even when it seems the world is against you.
Materials: ▪️Jane Davenport Aquabrush pens (size B & F)
▫️Crayola Watercolor paint
▪️Sharpie thin marker
▫️Blank card (this is not watercolor paper, but I still like the way it turned out).
•ZERO WASTE SHOPPING•
How does zero waste shopping work you ask? As simple as it seems, for anyone who didn’t know/for the 2 of you that might be curious it works like this:
1️⃣Bring jars/ containers/ recently emptied ice cream tubs... whatever you have to the shop, weigh each tub and label it with its ‘tare’ this means once you've filled the jar its weight can be deducted. 2️⃣Fill your jar with whatever your heart desires ⚖️🍪
3️⃣Weigh your jar again and sticker with the weight of whatever you've filled it with ⚖️🍯🍇
4️⃣Take filled jars to the counter to be scanned and paid for 💷
Simple as that!
You can bring spice jars to be refilled, try out tiny amounts of new ingredients, or stock up like I’ve tried to do for moving back to Birmingham! I found most of these jars for a couple of quid after trawling the local charity shops, and used a recently emptied mayo jar for the veg stock I bought. After resisting the urge to buy a whole bunch of brand new aesthetically pleasing matching jar #usewhatyouvegot
and decided to use what I had/ the local charity shops could provide to shop at @zwastenotwantnotbridport
. Grateful my parents live down the road from such a great zero waste shop! If you’re unsure if you do there are sites online that will tell you the location of your nearest zero waste/bulk store 🍶🛒🚯 #zerowasteshopping
Healthy lunch!! "Spanish rice" (aka rice onions seasoning and salsa and chipotle peppers), quesadilla and ginger vinegerette dressing with apples and honey drizzle!!!! 😍 #usewhatyouvegot #behealthyandfit
Just like that - the holidays are over and it’s September! For lots of us this means back to school supplies. Maybe I’m just mean, lazy or disorganised - but raiding our stationary drawer can also save unnecessary plastic purchases! It seems that we already have most things needed. I bought these Staedtler highlighter pencils last year, to avoid the plastic ones - they work really well and come in a cardboard box! Am sending my youngest off with an old Vaseline tin for pencil sharpenings, will see how he gets on!! I haven’t managed to find a plastic free alternative to the glue stick yet - it would be great if these could be refilled.....#pencils #pencilcase #newyear #newterm #backtoschool #plasticfree #ish #staedtler #usewhatyouvegot
Didn't have to water today as we got .25" of rain last night! Daytime temps finally dropped. Bucked another load of wood to split into firewood. Moved straw bales to staging outside bunny hutches and chicken coop for the winter. Reasonably uneventful day integrating the chicks into the main flock. Baked low-carb cheese bread. G'nite from WilderNest!
Honey Cake- didn't have ground cloves so added black pepper, nutmeg, ground ginger. Baked in a 10" and 6" cast iron pan. #usewhatyouvegot
* Honey from my hive*
We had .25" of rain last night and the world here on the mountain is born anew. Flocks of birds visited this morning including this Hairy Woodpecker feasting on Mullein.
I love love love these #handmade #diy
cloth makeup-remover pads that, yes... My amazingly talented and creative mom made! 💞🌈
First, I wash my face with my #barsoap
Second, I use #coconutoil
as a #natural
makeup remover, and put it on the pad for the tougher #makeup
(mascara, eyeliner). Then, I rinse the makeup off the pad before I put them in a garment bag I keep under the sink. It is handy and easy to take off and just throw straight in the wash!
Why make things more complicated than they need to be, right?
Save money 💸with reusables🔄, and using products you already have - instead of buying single-use products🚮 or plastic products with chemicals nasties.🚫 Help the environment too!🌎 #ecofriendly #naturalproducts #reusable #reusablecottonrounds #avoidsingleuse #makeupremover #usewhatyouvegot
My meal plan for next week the beginning of my pantry challenge. In no order ill pick day of.
Chicken stir fry
Mongolian pork stir fry
Steak, prawns and salad
Roast pork meal with salad and potatoes
Bangers and mash (buy gravy)
Dim Sims and pork dumplings
Tuna pasta salad (my lunches)
Actually very happy i only need to buy gravy for my meal plan! Then some lunch stuff for soon to be hubby's work lunches. Bread milk and fresh fruit. I'm hoping to stay under $50 this week! We have a budget of $100 but we are good for nappies, wipes and household goods.