Saturday, 1 August 2009

If your been wondering...

For those interested in knowing my where abouts, I have a part time job at a school, as a web designer (8-3:30 3 days a week). I am also attending uni full time (translation: 5-9 same days I work at the school, 1-5 on an extra day). Also I am recovering from a recent bout of the Sydney Flu.

As you can tell I am al little flat chat atm, so not really finding time for anything except getting from day to day. So feel sorry for *SH as he has been a little neglegted, and my cooking has been backburned for now... (till I figure out a timetable anyway)

Will be back in the holidays I expect

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Smallish update

It has been pointed out to me that I need to post more. I have to admit it has started to mull around in the back of my mind that I should get back to it. I shall let you know what I have been up to in the last couple of months.

I was house hunting and then moving house.

I was excited about the prospect of moving house, but not of the actual moving part. We were living in a one bedroom flat. If there had been no furniture or any other possesions, this would have been fine. Unfortunatly I had been collecting items, for sometime before my marriage (mostly thinking I wasn't going to marry so I needed a start somehow). Bed, dinning suit (which includs a buffet), couch and arm chair, large quantity of kitchen utensils and appliences (though I am still finding I need more), towels, sheets etc. Then you would need to add the things my husband brought (ie. a beautiful hand made coffee table, spare bead, office chair and desk) and our ever growing pile of clothes (is growing as his mother keeps finding more (as she is moving now an emptying her house)). And our most precious of all 3 bookcases overflowing in books, I have lost count of the amount of books we now posses, but it is a very large quantity and there are only a couple of double ups. We also have a moderate collection of DVD's and a collection of board games.

If you can imagine this all squeezed in to our one bedroom flat, you can likely imagine the sort of space we had left. It was very frustrating for myself, as I never had somewhere to put things. Often I would read books or webpages, and they would say, if there is no where to put it through it out. If I had followed that rule I would have had space, but no arm chair, or coffee table!

Anyway I looked for a new house an visited a few, put our name down at several before finally finding the current house available for rent. The exciting thing about this house, was that I had often driven past an thought it looked lovely an how I would like to live there. As you can likely tell we visited and put our name down an got the house. We moved in almost instantly. This had some complications. For a start I forgot to get a trolley, so the fridge and washing machine had to be carried, an I had bought a big fridge. When fridge and bed were in our new home, we started sleeping there (*SH had set the rule, fridge and bed could not be in seperate places and he would stay where they both were). When we moved in there was no phone (or internet) and no electricity. We had the phone connected the following day. The electricity man came out then also, but he said there was a problem with the wiring of the lights and hot water. So he didn't connect those up, an said an electritian needed to be called. Good news, I could cook, wash clothes, and the fridge now worked. But there was no hot showers (we still had the old place an drove up there every day), and no lights.

We have a bath in the house, which I tried to have a hot bath in by boiling the water, but it didn't really work, unless encouraging the flu to take hold is a positive out come.

The electritian didn't come till Thursday, which was about a whole week. But it is all sorted now. We are quite happy in our 3 bedroom, attached large office, double glass door with lace curtian garage, water heater that dosen't quite keep up. I am still sort of unpacking, the house is functional but there are still a few things missing and lots of boxes we just didn't unpack from our first move.

In the main, we finally have space, it has been so much easier to keep tidy, (though the kitchen and myself still need to have a discussion), and though *SH dosn't seem to want to use his we both have an office each which will be wonderful when I am studing also. Also means guests, over night or just for tea. I was brought up to entertain, an finally I can put that training to use, though *SH is conserened I will make him use a knife or tell him there is a differnece between a dessart spoon and a soup spoon, an if I am really bad, I might bring out the fruit spoons and parfait spoons.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Jam - Door Jam - Toe Jam & other Lovely Jam

I finally got my new jars today. Usually I make my preserves on Sunday, but this week I was prepared anticipating my new jars.

In my fridge I had:

  • Dark Plums
  • Figs
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Plums
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples
All in anticipation of today. The parcel arrived at 8:40am. I tried very hard to put off opening the package, as I knew the moment I did that there would be no turning back. So I went downstairs and put on a wash, then I cliped my nails (as no one likes to find nail in their preserves). Then I opened the package. Joy's of joys, 12 beautiful quilted 'Jelly Jars' and 12 Wide mouthed 'Canning Jars'.

Of course I couldn't help myself out came the figs first, I peeled them deheaded them and added a little water and sugar an supervised till it melted down into a gell. put it in a jar and processed it.

I had barely put the fig jam into the water bath when I was hulling the strawberries. The quantity of useful strawberries I had was disappointing, but I managed to squeeze 2 jars of strawberry jam out of them.

Then I started on the plums. This was the first jam that required added pectin. I had about 1.5 kilo's of dark plums (minus the few that where eaten). I think I may have been a little impatient in the making of this jam, I think it is only lightly set, but it still tastes awesome. I made enough for 5 jars, plus with a little left over that I put in a dish in the fridge for instant consumption. Yummy Plum Jam. Toast with jam for the next few meals!

I was so chuffed by how easy it was that I thought I would tell you all about it, before I even go an rescue the clothes from the washing machine (3 hours later). An even before I have lunch, though I may have filled any cravings for food buy taste testing the jams.

I do have pictures to add, but I need to download them first. Will upload soon.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Banana round 2

Made more dried banana the other day. Still had loads of banana bread in the freezer, and was given at least 10 banana's from family whilst I was sick. These banana's were not as ripe as the others had been, so I cut them all up a and washed them in lemon juice an laid them out on the racks, filled 3 and a bit racks. One and a bit racks I covered in cinnamon and turned the dryer on to a medium heat.

I wasn't in a hurry this time, so I dried them for 16 hours. This time they didn't turn dark brown, and that made me super happy. I filled a whole jar full of the banana's when it was done.

We're keeping them on the table to hopefully dissuade us from eating potato chips and encourage us to eat healthy banana chips... SH* is hooked... I am taking a little more convincing. One day i should cook an mash up potato an make potat chips.... we'll see I don't think it will quite be the same

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Common Household Dieseases

There is a terribly dreadful disease in my home. One so terribly that people fear to utter it's name incase they become afflicted. My house has been so badly afflicted that I would scream it from the roof tops.

"Piles of Dirty Dishes!"

I must give SH* credit, whilst I have been ill, he has looked after me very well. And my sister-in-law visited whilst I was ill and vaccinated all the dirty dishes. But somehow that just wasn't enough.
I don't know how it happens, I am sure washed them only yesterday. Yesterday was Tuesday... Tuesday must of been a week ago.
Oh Well time to vaccinate again.

Big birds have little birds; Big fish have little fish; Why can't big sinks have little sinks, instead of Dirty Dishes?

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Wedding Day

Well I have finally got my act together, and posting some pictures of my wedding (it was only about 3 months 11 days ago...). Therefore, in order of appearance, I give you The Bridal Party.

The gentlemen actually came up from the front and walked us down the ailse (with the exception of the younger 3). In the little kids photo, there are actually 4 of them.
Not sure where the youngest absconded too, but he is around. Likely he is playing with the cars I put down the front to serve as a distraction.
As you can see, it was actually a rather large bridal party (apparently).
Some of the guests, well the ones who frequent my blog anyway. An lastly Some photo's that were kind fun.

Well that is about it. A little taste of this special day. If your wondering about the chicken, she made her first appearance at my hens night, and just kept turning up from there on. I didn't even know she was there as the mascot for our car. I suppose she makes a different mascot to pretty dolls, in dresses. I've still got her around here somewhere, just not to sure what to do with her.

Diary of a Devoted Wife - Entry Two

Outside my window... I can see lots of sunshine, and hear lots of birds twittering, it is beautiful.

I am thinking... About all the nice little presents I bought myself yesterday. Real bottling jars and a book on cheese making. Can't wait for them to arrive, please hurry Aus Post!

I am thankful for... That no one was badly hurt in the motorbike accident last night. Sheered his front wheel completely off, an only appeared to have got a grazed leg.

I am wearing... My orangey/red and purple Moroccan dress.

I am Reading... Ball's Blue Book of Preserving.

I am Creating... Food glorious food! Don't care what it looks like!

One of my favourite things... My huge stock pot that I process my bottling in

For education this week...That when I think Centrelink is taking forever to get through the line of people, there are at least 20 people that arrived after I did.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning Walking... pretty much got a handle on it though.
A spiritual lesson I’m learning

A godly character trait I plan to work on Idleness (the opposite of)

For the rest of the weekMust catch up on house work :(

Monday, 20 April 2009

Ba na na na na Na, Ba na na na Na...

On saturday night, I dehydrated some banana. Once I was back on my feet, it wasn't catching up on the 3-4 weeks house work that had me pottering around in the kitchen. It was finding a use for the aging banana's in the fridge. There wasn't enough banana for banana bread (Something SH* adores) an they were a little to ripe for it anyway. So I got out our dehydrator and sliced them semi finely, quickly soaked them in lemon juice and spread them out, finally I sprnkled them with cinamin and sugar (my cinamin comes with sugar mixed in).

I probably would have liked to dehydrate them for longer then I did (only did them for about 4 hours), but I was going to a wedding on Sunday, an knowing it was going to be an early start an not to sure when my SH* would get fed food, I packed them up and took them with us to tied him over (packed chips, crackers, baby apple pies and banna cake also (managed to forget to bring drink)).

It wasn't a long wait for food, but SH* did scoff down a few whilst he waited and took the rest for lunch today. He complained when he saw them dehydrating that there was cinamin on them, but didn't seem to mind so much when it actually came eating time.

It was a nice easy treat. I think I will try it again some time. Prehaps with not so ripe banana's and a little longer soak in lemon juice (as they got quite brown). Will take photo's next time.

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