Saturday, October 26, 2019

Recipes

Blackberry vinegar and recipes
https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/blackberry-vinegar-three-recipes-in-which-to-use-it/

Ball mason jars
https://www.freshpreserving.com/ball-collection-elite-regular-mouth-pint-16-oz.-sharing-mason-jars-with-lids-and-bands-4-count-1037617.html

Homemade caesar dressing
https://www.liveeatlearn.com/vegetarian-caesar-salad/

HOW TO MAKE VEGETARIAN CAESAR DRESSING

We’ll start by making an easy homemade caesar salad dressing. To make the dressing, simply throw everything in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. To make Caesar salad dressing (without the usual anchovies) you’ll need:
  • Olive Oil: Caesar dressing is an emulsion, so oil is going to be our base! Use regular or extra virgin olive oil here.
  • Mayonnaise: Rather than thickening with raw eggs, we’re using mayonnaise for a foolproof Caesar dressing.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Parmesan adds a savory element to replace the anchovies that are usually found in Caesar.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best here! Bottled juice won’t have as much tasty lemon flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard: This emulsion is held together by mustard, which will keep the dressing creamy and delicious.
  • Garlic: Just a clove of garlic brings major flavor to this Caesar!
  • Dressing

    • ½ cup olive oil 120 mL
    • ¼ cup mayonnaise 60 g
    • ¼ cup shaved parmesan cheese 30 g
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice 30 mL
    • 1 ½ tsp dijon mustard 7 g
    • 1 clove garlic
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Salad

    • 5 heaping cups chopped romaine or mixed greens
    • 2 cups croutons
    • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese 60 g
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    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Make Dressing: Add all Dressing ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
    • Assemble: Roughly chop romaine or mixed greens. Toss together with croutons and parmesan. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat (you may not need all of the dressing).

    NUTRITION

    Serving: 1salad – Calories: 409kcal – Carbohydrates: 16.9g – Protein: 8.9g – Fat: 35.5g – Saturated Fat: 7.2g – Cholesterol: 15mg – Sodium: 516mg – Potassium: 259mg – Fiber: 1.7g – Sugar: 1.3g – Calcium: 19% – Iron: 10%

Granny Square Drawstring Bag - Crochet

Granny Square Drawstring Bag Free Crochet Pattern
I love small projects like this Granny Square Crochet Drawstring Bag.
Isn't it cute and super easy.
Here is the Video link, I need to watch something to really get it.
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Homemade Soap

I went to a soap making class some time ago. I have made soap 18 years ago and loved it. I was younger then and fumes getting up my nose was tolerable. At the class I was about 1.5 meters away and the fumes got up my nose worse.


This soap used the Cold Process and was so easy and took only about 30 mins to make. The white soap on the cutting board was a pure coconut soap she'd made a few days before. 
The yellow in the soap is the olive oil




At the class we were told about this online soap calculator I think its brilliant. You put in the amount of the ingredient you have and it calculates what you need and what quantities of the other ingredients.

Here are more links to help you out:

Simple Soap - Four ingredients

Christmas soap decorations

Melt and pour

How to make soap

An introduction to Cold Processed Soapmaking

Bramble Berry Soap Queen TV Video

Basic terms episode 2

Teachsoap

The everything soapmaking book by Alicia Grosso

The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavich

Using fragrance and essential oils

Labels for your soap, you'll need to pay a one time payment of $8
https://www.jamlabelizer.com/

How to make decorative soap tops

More texturing

Eczema Soap Video  Website
Humectant-draws oil to the skin, calming, soothing. carrot, turmeric, honey, olive oil, oats, carrot pure Vit A,-  2 oz to a 5lb loaf


This book was recommended to us, it had some beautiful recipes in there


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Origami Froebel Star

Origami Froebel Star

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5NplkRIwcw

1.5cm x 37.5cm cut 4, fold in half




Gardening without ploughing etc

Gardening without ploughing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNU8IJzRHZk&list=WL&index=3&t=0s

Deep mulch method
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/deep-hay-mulch.html

Found these wonderful you tube videos on gardening

How to make a compost with lasagna gardening

How to build an upside down tomato planter

Using banana stems for organic farming

I was given at tiny cucumelon plant that only had two miniature leaves on it. It is growing so well
after 2 months and producing many fruit. Found a video on growing it, pickling it

How to grow citrus

Preparing raised beds
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/05/prepare-raised-beds-spring.html

Having soil tested

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/04/test-garden-soil.html

How to poison your garden accidentally and not do it again

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/08/curled-tomato-leaves.html

Salt damaged plants


Found these wonderful you tube videos on gardening

How to make a compost with lasagna gardening

How to build an upside down tomato planter

Using banana stems for organic farming

I was given at tiny cucumelon plant that only had two miniature leaves on it. It is growing so well
after 2 months and producing many fruit. Found a video on growing it, pickling it

How to grow citrus

Preparing raised beds
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/05/prepare-raised-beds-spring.html

Having soil tested

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/04/test-garden-soil.html

How to poison your garden accidentally and not do it again

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/08/curled-tomato-leaves.html

Salt damaged plants

Deep mulch method
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/deep-hay-mulch.html

Preparing raised beds
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/05/prepare-raised-beds-spring.html

Having soil tested

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/04/test-garden-soil.html

How to poison your garden accidentally and not do it again

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/08/curled-tomato-leaves.html

Salt damaged plants

Deep mulch method
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/deep-hay-mulch.html


Found these wonderful you tube videos on gardening

How to make a compost with lasagna gardening

How to build an upside down tomato planter

Using banana stems for organic farming

I was given at tiny cucumelon plant that only had two miniature leaves on it. It is growing so well
after 2 months and producing many fruit. Found a video on growing it, pickling it

How to grow citrus

Preparing raised beds
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/05/prepare-raised-beds-spring.html

Having soil tested

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/04/test-garden-soil.html

How to poison your garden accidentally and not do it again

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/08/curled-tomato-leaves.html

Salt damaged plants

Deep mulch method
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/05/deep-hay-mulch.html

Weekly reading

Australia's most expensive homes for sale

https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/04/26/australias-most-luxurious-houses/

Beautiful 1960's home of a Designer Decorator

7 very brave ladies sharing a house together

Alison McDonald makes some awesome designs with recycled items we throw out

Canning red meat

Man builds a Hobbit home in the UK for 5000poounds

The Sandy Bus   Instagram  Podcast of a tiny home in a bus

I love watch the show "Escape to the Chateau" and I heard about this one on a podcast Somewhere Else
Restoration on a grand scale Chateau in France bought by an Australian Family, Karina Waters

Memories and how they mould us

Reusable paper towels for sustainable living, what a great idea

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

150 years of postcards being posted

This craze that we all have, posting postcards all over the world to random people and to people we know is now 150 years old.

The history of postcards can you imagine it cost 1 penny per envelope to send, now in 2019 it cost us in Australia $3.20 (went up today) to post a postcard to the Northern Hemisphere, $2.30 to Asia.

Postcrossing celebrates

Putting together the Postcard Exhibition

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