Hi Guys :)
How is your week going?
Mine has been ok, not a chance of getting into the garden until today, when it was nice and sunny, and i ended up being too busy!
I got a rather lovely present from The Bearded Wonder... Some shelves for my pantry!
(A glorified broom cupboard)
I panicked for a while as it looked like it wasn't going to fit!
Well.... i made it fit, through sheer force of will i think! ;)
Until it took umbrage at my shoving and flaming slammed down on my big toe! And i was wearing sandals to add insult to injury!
And this rather adorable little porcelain egg basket in the shape of a chicken!!
It's our 5 year anniversary tomorrow! Where did that go?
I was tidying and organizing my pantry/broom cupboard, so i figured i might as well show you my favourite "homestead" tools
Why you'd be interested i have no idea, but i'm telling you anyway ;)
It isn't a term i use lightly, homesteading, but i could't think of another word for what me and The Bearded Wonder are trying to do
It sums it up pretty well. We don't live in a commune, and technically we don't live in a village, it is a "Township" according to Wikipedia but i don't really like that word. lol.
Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. Pursued in different ways around the world — and in different historical eras — homesteading is generally differentiated from rural village or commune living by isolation (either socially or physically) of the homestead
So, what do i use most?
It is my best friend in the kitchen, it mixes, it churns (for butter when i remember to make it), It grates, slices, dices, juliennes, squeezes and sieves.
And best of all, it only cost me £1 with all of the attachments and doesn't cost me a penny in electricity! My biceps look great!
Another bargain, for the grand price of £1.50, my "tool shelf" well made, they have lasted me years.
From left to right- A Zester (Okay, i'll admit i don't use it often, but that's what i use it for!) An apple corer, a melon baller, peeler, pastry wheel and a tin/bottle opener
My favourite shelf in the pantry, holding all of my spices, herbs and baking things (and a rogue tin of tuna)
My "go to" book for hints and tips, from cooking and baking, removing stains, making your own polishes, to gardening and decorating it is my bible for household things
My other "new" bible, it is pretty well read and scuffed, and some of the info may well be out of date now, but it serves its purpose , for the most part. Found in a charity shop for 50p 2 yrs ago
And two more, How To Grow Herbs and Herbs And Health
Again my favourite books, i have had both for years, and i have used many of the recipes from the book below with great results for all sorts of ailments.
Would anyone be interested if i put up a few recipes?
Let me know :)