Sunday, September 20, 2015


Life has been a little upside down lately.  A bout of the flu has just passed through our house, leaving me feeling frustrated, house bound and generally unwell.  Finally, this weekend good health is starting to return and I am back out enjoying the sunshine.  Hallelujah. 
Shearing is in full swing and when the mustering crew pull up for smoko in the paddock this is how it rolls.  Motorbikes, dogs and the invaluable Savannah

Lemon and olive oil muffins with a touch of orange zest, because this recipe is always a winner when you have spare citrus.  

With some changes and shuffling occurring in our horse family our horse routine has also changed.  Instead of feeding the horses at random times of the day I have tried to structure our day so we can take care of this job in the late evenings.  At this time of the day it feels like a welcome break from the house and the horse paddock is calm and quiet as the sun starts to set.  

When the weather gets too warm for porridge I switch my breakfast routine to homemade muesli.  This batch featured organic rolled oats, South Australian almonds, local honey, shredded coconut and the usual seeds.  To top it off I am considering an online order of some good quality dried fruit from Tabletop Grapes.  Although they are not local to us, they are as close as we can get to local.  

Not too far from our horse paddock is this patch of yellow flowers.  I am not really sure if they are wildflowers or weeds but they are very cheerful.

I hope you are healthy and enjoying the sunshine.

Happy Sunday friends x

Friday, September 11, 2015

Shack love

Whenever we travel we tend to gravitate towards the ocean.

Recently we spent some time on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.  For five days we collected shells, walked on the beach, tried our hand at fishing and did a little sightseeing.

I may have also stalked a few old beach shacks.  The winter months are quiet in these parts of the world so maybe nobody noticed me with my camera as I admired the well-worn exteriors of these lovely old buildings.  

Can you imagine the salty, family memories that might be within these walls and around the barbecues and outdoor showers, built long before outdoor showers even became trendy?

Some of these shacks have been in the same families for generations, good luck to them I say.  I am happy to admit that I am rather envious of their slice of sandy paradise.   For every old shack there was also a generic, swanky housing estate lined with mansions around every corner.  We saw row upon row of double story houses featuring cold facades, instant palm trees and enormous dark windows.  

I couldn’t help but feeling the people in the old shacks might be having more fun.

Do you love an old shack with a fish filleting sink and comfy, old furniture?

Happy Friday, friends x

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In My Kitchen, September 2015

Welcome to my kitchen for another month.  Can it really be September?  I have been secretly hoping that winter might last forever but the slow blow flies are buzzing and the days are getting longer and warmer.  Spring is almost here, whether I am ready or not.

When life gets busy I fall back on my repertoire of basic, reliable recipes to nourish my family.  No fancy ingredients or time consuming cooking techniques, just solid food that can be made without too much thought. 

White sourdough, cooked in the wood oven is always a good place to start.

Chocolate brownie from one of Donna Hay's earliest recipe books.  I can almost make this with my eyes closed.  It freezes well and being a little sturdier than cake, it travels well if necessary.  My wonky squares may not make the grade in Donna's test kitchen though.  

Basic, four ingredient biscuits coated generously with pretty sprinkles.  Sprinkles just make everything better don't they? 

In non cooking news, Sophie recently sent me this sweet little basket.  Sophie crafted this with her own hands from hemp thread and paper twine and chose the colours especially to reflect the landscape around our home. Such a perfectly thoughtful gift.  

Years ago, if we travelled to the city or other faraway places I would always be quick to visit the shiny, bright shops that I couldn't access at home.  Times have changed and now if we are on holidays I generally avoid the shops.  I do make an exception for any shops selling quality local produce.  

On a brisk Barossa Valley morning we found ourselves in Angaston, South Australia where I discovered a community shop selling local dried apricots and seconds lemons, among other things.  A few doors down we visited the Barossa Valley Cheese Co. and I was in shopping heaven.  Not a glitzy chain store in site.  

When we are travelling I also love discovering op-shops and second hand shops.  In Moonta I found this cute ice-cream tin.  Who could resist a flavour named Lime Crinkle, not to mention that cheeky Eskimo. In Wallaroo I found a tiny plate with a sailing boat on it, sold to me for $4.00 in an op-shop run to support the local hospital.  For me, this is happy shopping at its best.  

Are you baking the basics or trying new things?
Have you made any exciting discoveries lately?

As always I am linking up with my friend Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  

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