Saturday, 30 May 2015

I'll be as quick as I can!

This afternoon on a drive through town I made an unscheduled stop.  I was on my way to the beach to drop Bell off at a sleepover.  There is an Op Shop I often drive by but never seem to stop at.  I pulled over and said to Bell "I will be as quick as I can", to which she replied "Why mum, you don't need anymore Crown Lynn"!  Little did she know, but I had Pyrex on my mind.

I wandered around and found 3 pieces.  THREE!  Was not expecting that.  So here they are.  A yellow snowflake divided dish ($8), a medium sized Carnaby casserole dish ($5) and my favourite one, the blue patterned (unsure of the name) oval dish ($4).

I hurried back to the car with my box of treasures, to Bell and her eye rolling.  Ha!

It's also a long weekend, and this Autumn weather at the moment is beautiful.  Happy Days.

Happy Treasure Hunting.  xo

Sunday, 17 May 2015


We have been in hibernation mode this weekend.  It has been cold!  We stayed indoors for most of it.  The novelty of the change of season is still here.  No climbing of walls or cabin fever ....... yet.


This weekend has been all about...................
Pikelets and cups of tea for lunch
Homemade vegetable soup
Weekend papers
Keeping warm - roaring fires and heaters on in the bedrooms
Toys everywhere, from one end of the house to the other
Winter jackets
Exploring faraway places from the comfort of our couch
Cold drizzly days
Autumn leaves
and unmade beds.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Still here



This has been my longest break from blogging since I started, it wasn't intentional.  I guess life just gets in the way sometimes.  My camera hasn't been to hand, as much and when  it has been I have just wanted to take in every moment as it unfolds in front of me instead of witnessing it behind the lens.
But I miss this space when I am not here and the wonderful blogs I follow.
So I'm creeping back in, and am hoping you are still here.  How are you by the way?  Autumn is unfolding in our neck of the woods and it is beautiful.  How are things in your patch?
Elaina xo

Thursday, 16 April 2015

In the kitchen.........chilli garlic sauce and marrow chutney

"A great way to use up marrows or courgettes when they have grown too big for their boots"



Out of the kitchen this week.....chilli garlic sauce and marrow chutney.

The jalapeno chilli's are from the garden and the garlic from a friends crop - blitzed in the food processor with salt and pepper added.  Bottled and topped with vinegar and ready to use.

And for the chutney - I was pleased to be able to make use of our very first marrow

Marrow chutney

You will need:

1.35kg marrow
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3 shallots, chopped
225g sultanas
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
450g dark brown soft sugar
375ml vinegar
1 ½ Tbsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ Tsp crushed chillies (less if desired)
Place the peeled, seeded and cubed marrow into a non-reactive bowl and sprinkle generously with salt. Cover and let sit overnight.
Drain marrow, rinse thoroughly and place into a large pot. Add remaining ingredients and slowly bring to the boil.
Lower the heat and gently simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until thick, stirring occasionally.
Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal immediately.
What's cooking in your kitchen?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

In the kitchen..........easy lemonade scones

The easiest scone recipe ever!
Lemonade Scones
4 cups of self raising flour
300ml of thickened cream
300ml of lemonade
Combine the ingredients and mix until a dough is formed.
Flour your surface and roll out.  I used a cookie cutter to make into rounds
Bake until golden on 180 degrees.
They pull easily apart and are light and fluffy.  My previous scones are usually rock hard on the outside, so this recipe will be a firm favourite.
Top with  jam and cream and enjoy!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The giant marrow

Tom and I were out in the garden late this afternoon, harvesting the last of the summer vegetables.  The winter plantings will be put in this week.
We found this giant marrow in our overgrown vegetable garden!
Also harvested were lots of jalapeno chilli's, a few green peppers and one lonely courgette.
The celery is still going strong.
So lovely readers, do you have any great recipes using the humble marrow?  I don't want it to go to waste.
I'm thinking of using the jalapeno chilli's for a hot hot sauce or maybe a chutney.
Any ideas or great recipes for using up our marrow and jalapeno chilli's would be greatly appreciated.  Am off to see what Uncle Google has to say.
Hope your weekend has been a good one xo
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