Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


It has come to my attention, that canola oil is not as healthy as I thought. There are many pesticides and growth hormones being introduced to the plant to provide better production.

I am slowly working towards a healthier future by eliminating as many chemicals out of our diet as I can.

I have seen that people are turning to the old traditions and rendering their own animal fat. I thought I would give it a try.

From 3 1/2 kg Pork Belly Fat I got this amount, although I haven't weighed it yet, I plan to use this lot for making soap.

This is once it has set, I will store this in the freezer until such time as I make my soap.
I am gathering some more animal fat on Friday from two more butchers. So I guess more rendering is in store for me on the weekend.

 In the future I will experiment with using it for frying foods as well.

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