Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Monthly 9 - March 2015

Ok so this is really really late but we were away for a few weeks and have been busy since being back.

Anyway here is what we have been up to.

Nourish -Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
When I look back at the month I noticed that there are a lot of food posts so it is easy to feel confident in this category.  There were lots of tasty meals and I even made another batch of Haloumi.

Prepare - Stockpile and preserve. Freeze extra meals or excess garden/market produce. Bottle/can, dehydrate or pickle foods to enjoy when they are not in season.
Other than preparing for our camping trip there was not a lot of stockpiling going on during the month of March.

Reduce - Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
Every week or two another bag leaves our house destined for the op shop.  I now find myself looking around the house for items that can be added to that weeks bag.  Just when you think you have cleaned everything out you find a few more things that are no longer needed.

Green Start (or continue!) using homemade cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies. The options are endless, the savings huge and the health benefits enormous.
Not much to report in this area for March.

Grow plant/harvest. What's growing this month? What's being eaten from the garden?
The garden is producing hedges of basil and the latest round of cucumbers are producing well and I hope to make some lactofermented dill pickles in April. There are spring onions, capsicum, as well as lettuce and silverbeet.

Create - To fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
There was no creating in March which is a bit sad but that is what happens when you are busy.

Discover Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
March was a great month for reading and I got through a number of books and magazines including 'Inferno' by Dan Brown, the latest 'Grass Roots' magazine and a few 'North and South' magazines that I borrowed from a friend.

Enhance Community
Nothing happening on this front.

Enjoy - Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment.
We had an amazing trip away camping.  Were were staying on the 'Granite Belt' in Southern Queensland and along with all of the bush walking we did we visited wineries and artisan food producers.  It was a lovely break and I will tell you more about it in tomorrows post.

What have you been up to?


  1. I know that cheese is all the rage however I have never even tried it. Can't wait to see your camping photos and I too took two big bags to the Red Cross charity shop today which was sitting in my hallway. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

    1. Kathy you should give the haloumi a go. It makes a great addition to an autumn salad as it is fried and therefore is warm. I like it with grilled pear, rocket and red onion. It is so good to get rid of stuff it kind of gets addictive.

  2. You are really focused, these are exciting times. I find that de-cluttering is something that makes me feel so good. I made feta last weekend, I really enjoy making cheese, your haloumi looks good.

    1. AA yes it is very exciting and decluttering makes me feel great too.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed camping. You deserve the relaxation time. Reading about your decluttering has made me want to jump off here and go through my drawers! We've been gradually reducing the clutter around here (there was HEAPS) but there's still far to go.

    1. Linda I just keep opening cupboards and draws and going through looking for things to get rid of they just get added to the bag for the week and then every Monday I take what ever is in there to the Op Shop.


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