Sunny Side Up Sunday

Hello Dear Reader,

Sunny Side Up Sunday is where I share just one photo (well, maybe two) that sums up what I am feeling grateful at that moment. Today I am grateful for my creative outlet of quilting.

What are you grateful for today?

Have a restful Sunday,

What we bought, spent and ate this week

Hello Dear Reader,

As I mentioned yesterday we have had a welcomed change in temperature and now have had some amazing rain, the plants are loving it, as am I. The seemingly unrelenting Summer has finally let go and we are enjoying some cooler weather. Bring it on, is all I can say.

With this coming weeks menu, I have already changed gears to more warming meals that will warm our hearts and bolster our bodies. Food is pivotal in my life, as you have probably already gathered, new recipes are always welcomed as are my tried and true recipes from that I have written about in this blog. Making and eating good food makes me happy, it's as simple as that.

Yes, I probably could trim the grocery budget but it is where I choose to invest money to make sure we are eating good food, every day. I don't spend money in other areas of my life, I rarely by new clothes, makeup, skincare, shoes, "stuff" and trinkets for our home, they just don't bring me joy, but good food, does. I know we are truly blessed to have this choice.

Now on with what we bought, spent and ate this week-

What we bought
Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn


Aldi, again

Chicken from Marjax Meats, they will fill containers I bring in from home, to save using single use plastic bags

What we spent
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$40.05
Marjax Meats-$19.85

TOTAL-$94.82, well under budget!!
What we ate
Saturday-an old favourite of ours, simply called "Mince and Egg" our son had bought 500 grams of mince during the week, that he hadn't used, so I used it in this dish

Monday-Tempura Whiting with steamed basmati rice and bok choy, we caught this whiting last week at Noosa North Shore, there is nothing like fresh fish

Wednesday-Prawn Stir fry

Thursday and Friday-Cheesy Chicken, Quinoa and Black Bean Bake with steamed broccoli

Over to you, Dear Reader, what do you choose to spend money on? What is important to you?

Have a lovely day

This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

Well, finally a much cooler change has breezed through and taken the stifling heat with it, I am hoping that is the end of our summer, I won't be sorry to see it go! We've even had a bit of rain which is a blessing. This past summer was particularly awful, with high temperatures and high humidity, although we are always a few degrees cooler, being on the coast, it was still the hottest summer I can remember for quite awhile.

With the heat settling down, I find myself feeling more motivated to get on with some big jobs that I have been putting off, such as clearing out, digging over and preparing the veggie pod for some new plantings and a really good tidy and clean up of outside. With two Aussie blokes in the house we seem to accumulate lots and lots of stuff, particularly fishing gear and storage for fishing gear. At the moment the outside looks like Tackle Land, in fact that's what I call the shed "Mark and Jake's Tackle Land". I am hoping that this weekend will see a big clean up and sort out.

Now on with what I have been up to on the frugal front-

1. Made the food stretch and used up all groceries before I went shopping again, we had a few items left over in the fridge and from camping and really wanted a clean slate before bringing in more food to the house. I get overwhelmed when there is too much food in the house, am I odd in feeling this way? I know plenty of people that feel completely the opposite.

2. Was gifted a big bag of magnificent passionfruit, it is the same variety as I grow, but mine isn't bearing at the moment, this variety of passionfruit is called Panama Gold and the pulp is super sweet.

3. Mixed the last of the worm castings into the veggie pod in preparation for new plantings, there must be heaps of seeds in the worm castings as there were lots of sprouted fruit and veggies seedlings in the mix, it will act as a green manure and improve the soil even more. The only remaining plants I have in the veggie pod now are 3 x Perennial Coriander or Mexican Coriander.

4. Packed my lunch every day

Yesterdays morning tea and lunch

5. Made sure all leftovers were eaten in a timely manner, I put any left overs front and centre in the fridge to make sure they are not overlooked. Love your leftovers

So that is my 5 frugal things, nothing amazing, just simple things that will save us money in the long and short term.

Has this cooler weather inspired you to have a bit of a tidy up? What is on your to-do list this weekend?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-Things I Have Learnt the Hard Way

The Start

Hello Dear Reader,

We have a mammoth job ahead of us, clearing out my Mother in laws home, next door to us. There is absolutely no hurry and, in fact, I find it so overwhelming that up until now, we have done very little. We had started to clear out her bedroom, but came to a full and complete stop when we realised just how much stuff there was.

With help from a lovely lady (a family friend that used to clean for my Mother in Law) the bedroom has been cleared of all her clothes and shoes, it was a huge undertaking with boxes and boxes and then more boxes of clothes and shoes given away. My late Mother in law was a fashionista and always dressed beautifully. I am quite sure there were clothes that she hadn't even worn which is such a shame. Both my In-Laws were consumers and shoppers, even in ill health they seemed to acquire things/stuff/clothes on a regular basis.

My darling sister has always loved wrought iron furniture and a while ago I delivered a lovely outdoor table and chairs that belonged to my late In-Laws and she just loves it. I also took a bird bath up to her, as she has wanted one and as she doesn't have a cat, she can enjoy the birds in her garden. I know she will love and cherish these items from my late Mother in law.

My Sister and I with our Aunty Brenda just after Christmas

The lovely wrought iron outdoor setting

Those two items are just the tip of the iceberg, there is just so much stuff to go through, so many pieces of furniture and debris from their lives. It is almost as if I am frozen and can't move forward with this project, it just seems so insurmountable. I don't feel attached to any items in their home, in fact quite the opposite. I have no nostalgic or emotional ties to anything, which, I guess will be easier when the time comes to really start to getting serious about clearing out their home.

The amount of stuff left over from their lives, reinforces my belief in living a small and simple life, you can't take anything with you, there is no need for 100's of pairs of shoes, 50 pairs of trousers or multiple dinner, glassware and cutlery settings. You only have one life to live, make it one of simplicity and not about buying stuff. 

Have you been through something similar to this? How did you go about this huge undertaking? I look forward to your thoughts.

Have a lovely day,

Roast Sweet Potato and Chorizo Frittata

Hello Dear Reader,

I really didn't feel like facing the shops last weekend, to do a grocery shop, having just arrived home from camping and as there was a few groceries to use up, this is one of the dinners I made with ingredients already in the house. I had taken the chorizo to use in a toasty or in an omelette while camping, well, neither of those occurred so those lovely chorizo came home with us, the other item that was left over from camping was the cubed sweet potato, I had take it to make a veggie curry that also didn't happen.

So I got those two stunning ingredients together along with 5 remaining eggs in the fridge and made a fabulous Sunday night dinner that was both delicious and easy. As always I roasted the Sweet Potato, it ramps up the flavour so much and doesn't take any more time or effort than steaming them.

-Firstly roast the Sweet Potato cubes in a little oil and salt and pepper until soft and just starting to turn golden.

Ingredients for Roast Sweet Potato and Chorizo Frittata, clockwise from top right-
350 grams of Sweet Potato roasted as above, 2 Chorizo, diced (I use the Aldi brand), 1 medium onion, finely diced, 5 eggs and 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander

Whisk the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water until frothy

Heat a large, non stick, heavy based fry pan on medium heat and add a little oil. Sauté onion until just starting to colour

Add the ground cumin and coriander

And sauté for another minute or until fragrant

Now add the diced chorizo and sauté until the gorgeous flavoured oil from the chorizo starts to render out into the pan

Add the roasted sweet potato and gently stir to coat in all that wonderful spicy flavour

Still on medium heat, add the whisked eggs and let cook for a couple of minutes or until the edged are just set, pop under a hot grill to finish cooking, it will puff up and be golden on top when done

So deliciously easy

So out of a few left over ingredients, Sunday night dinner never looked so good or was so easy and there was no waste. SWEET!

What have you made out of left over ingredients that was a smash hit?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-Easy Hummingbird Cake

Oven Baked Pita Crisps

Hello Dear Reader,

This, of course, is not a new idea, but one that I seem to do quite a bit. As you know by now, I hate waste of any sort and do my utmost to prevent wasted food in my home. I buy the Aldi brand of wholemeal Pita Breads (Lebanese Bread) to use as wraps, you know, like they wrap a falafel or kebab, well I do that to almost any sandwich filling. I find as they get close to their use by date, they get a little dry and start to crack, it's at this stage that I turn them into Pita Crisps.

-I simply cut them in half, so you now have two semi-circles, then cut each half into quarters, then each quarter into thirds, ending up with 12 wedges from each pita bread. I use a pair of kitchen scissors to do this. Then line a baking tray with baking paper

-I then spray each side of the pita bread wedges with cooking spray (Rice Bran Cooking Spray) and grind or sprinkle over any seasoning you have on hand. I use this quite a bit, but good old salt and pepper is more than fine.

-You then bake them in a preheated 150 C oven for 15 minutes, turning them over half way through

They are super crunchy and so morrish, great by themselves or with a dip, like this hummus or this baked ricotta

What do you make to prevent waste in your home?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-Soft and Light Pancakes
Two Years Ago-A Much Needed Break

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