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Ways to make Christmas shopping easier

9 Ways To Make Christmas Shopping Easier

I’ve written before about how we try to keep Christmas simple here on the farm. We try to focus on time with loved ones celebrating the birth of Jesus. No matter how simple we keep it though, one fact remains; in the lead up to Christmas, we have gifts we want to buy for our […]

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Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake

Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake

Last week it was one of my colleagues birthday.  She is one of those "lucky" people who can't eat lots of things, but gluten is her biggest no no, so I was on the hunt for a good gluten free cake

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Five Ways To Keep Life Simple

Living simply isn't something that just happens. It's something that is ongoing, and that you need to work on. While I would never have described our lifestyle as extravagant, over the last few years

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God’s Own Country

Country Boy is quite the photographer. We both love to take the camera out for a spin, but our styles are quite different. I can always immediately tell which of us took the photo, just by looking at

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How To Make A Clutter-Free Advent Calendar

Christmas is getting closer, and my social media feeds are filling up with ideas to make it Pinterest perfect. Elf on the shelf, Advent calendars and other Christmas countdowns are popping up

Taking Stock - November 2015

Taking Stock: November 2015

My goodness the year is winding up quickly. End of year reports are almost due for work, and of course, there is way too much to do, and not enough time to do it! Despite the busyness, I love this

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Home Made Fruit Leather

Last Saturday morning, Country Boy woke me to tell me that one of the freezers had accidentally been turned off on (probably on Tuesday) and we had a whole freezer of cold, but defrosted food. I had

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Four Favourites - Spring dinners

Four Favourites – Easy Spring Meals

It’s meant to be one of the warmest Springs on record in these parts, and I would certainly believe it. We are having warm days, and even the nights aren’t as cool as they used to be. The days are getting longer, and the six o’clock rush to get dinner on the table comes up […]

Last Light In The Orchard

Last Light In The Orchard

My goodness the farm looks pretty at this time of year. Particuarly in the early evening when the setting sun bathes the landscape in its golden light. Country Boy mentioned that some of the fruit trees in the orchard had a lot of small fruit on them, so we wandered down after dinner to take peek. […]

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My First Crochet Slippers

Well I did it! I crocheted something besides a ripple blanket. I had been wanting to have a go at making some slipper for a while, and I finally got around to doing it a few weekends back.  Don’t look too closely because they are far from perfect, but they are not bad at a […]

Plum Jam Drops With Orange And Cardamon-3

Plum Jam Drops With Cardamon And Orange

A few weeks ago, I talked about my jam glut. Yep there were (and still are) 17 jars of plum jam in the linen press (yes we keep our preserves in the linen press – it’s the only space we have). Several people suggested I needed to get on to some jam drops to use up said […]

Embossed Foil Christmas Stars-12

Embossed Foil Christmas Stars

A few years ago, when we went for a drive down to the coast, and we stopped at a “ye cutie olde town shoppe”, which I promptly dragged the family into. I love looking in those shops, mainly because I get ideas of things I might like to make. Hanging up were a whole lot of […]

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Heading Up The Mountain

To the east of our farm there are several mountains. Throughout Country Boy’s childhood, he occasionally went for a walk up to the top with his family to admire the view. I had gone up with him many years ago, but we had never taken the kids. One morning in the holidays, we grabbed some […]

Rhubarb Meringue Pie-3

Rhubarb Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue pie is my absolute favourite dessert. I’m super lucky too, because my mother in law makes the best lemon meringue pie in the world. She also makes a date meringue pie, which Country Boy loves even more than the lemon meringue. I have often thought about making rhubarb meringue pie, using  the same […]

5 pieces of kitchen equipment

5 Pieces Of Kitchen Equipment I Cannot Do Without

I’m not a big user of kitchen gadgets. I don’t have a rice cooker, or a juicer, or an icecream maker, or anything like that really. My mother lent me her slow cooker earlier this year, because I thought I might use it. It wasn’t useful enough for me to justify the space it took […]