Sunday, 30 December 2012


Sophie and I did a second picking of apricots I can't quite believe that not only did we plant this tree 2 years ago but last year we were so happy to get 10 apricots from it.   This year there are hundreds, we are in apricot heaven!

We quickly gifted some still warm jam to neighbours and then made up some more rhubarb jam with the stalks my sister gave me this week.

Last night I refreshed my memory on what I could do with the glut and today the dehydrator will come out for fruit leathers and dried apricots, I will also cook some apricot pulp to pop in the freezer for pies in winter.

I'm so happy to have such a thriving tree in our front yard.

(there are still heaps on the tree that should be ripe in another week or so).

Saturday, 29 December 2012


We spent the morning of Christmas Eve over at my parent's home.   We wouldn't be seeing them on Christmas day so we opened presents and spent time chatting and laughing.

That night for dinner we had our own little Christmas Eve tradition with a lovely meal, an opening of 1 present and of course our silly photos.

So that was our Christmas Eve, the day after was pretty good too.

Thursday, 27 December 2012


Some are a little green still but the birds were having a field day and if I didn't pick the ones up high soon, there wouldn't be any left.

In a few more days I will have a heap more.  Time for pies and jam, yummo!!!!

Sunday, 23 December 2012



1 kg chopped rhubarb
1 kg sugar
1 cap full of vanilla essence
Juice of one lemon.

Mix everything together and let sit covered for 5-6 hours.
Cook, stirring for 25-45 mins until setting point.
Pour into warm sterilised jars.

So easy and perfect for a quick Chrissy gift.

Saturday, 22 December 2012


It's been a long time coming but finally Mt Gambier has it's own weekly Farmer's Market.

Last week was the first one but due to birthday parties it was near to impossible for me to get down there.   After I dropped Dan off at work this morning, I headed straight down to get some yummy produce.

I came home with a cos lettuce, bunch of spring onions, leek and rhubarb.   Then how could I go past Kalangadoo Organics delicious apple juice and Nolan's Road chickpeas and olive oil.

The rhubarb has already being made into rhubarb jam as I type.   The leek is about to become leek and potato soup and the chickpeas are soaking for some delicious hommus.

If you live in Mt Gambier or the surrounding area, please come down and support this important market.  The stall holders are lovely, I came home with cooking and growing tips and it's just a lovely way to spend time on a Saturday morning.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


Pete is my new sparring partner and he's pretty damn cool.   I'm so happy to have him in my life and I've got to say that I'm more than happy to beat the crap out of him too LOL.

I've been missing my karate and kickboxing days and I think Pete might just cure me of that and the great thing, he doesn't hit back.

I'm off to beat up Pete.