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.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Getting organised & Note Paper


This has been on my mind for some time, it's been gnawing at me every time I use it.....
So; Lets get it organised!
This board is on the kitchen wall, next to the telephone.
What good is a receipt up there for 2 years ago...for bread n milk? 
Or a note for a school camp that's been and gone? 
.....and the list keeps going like that....
I am so glad that I took the time to get this board nice and neat....it is amazing how frustrated one can get when looking through the clutter for something that you know is there....

Now check this out....much better hey? 



sort out some more papers.....
While sorting out what needs to be filed in the filing cabinet, any papers that can be tossed, have the back checked to see if they are blank. Any with a blank backing, get quartered...and recycled for Note Paper.
I have piles of recycled papers in various areas throughout the house. Next to the phone, is the most obvious place...and I try to keep a check on the pens that are there too. (To make sure they are working). 
Another place to have these is next to the computer, and where I sit. 
The study/library/craftroom also has a pile of Note Paper as well. 

With the amount of papers that come into the house, 
I never need to buy note paper.

Here is the pile I collected today.

I often write quick recipes on these papers, and instead of rewriting them into my small recipe book, I just sticky tape them in....The yellow book gets my day to day recipes....some are cut from magazines, some are printed, and some handwritten. This is the recipe book I take with me when we go visiting family, and the one I take when helping friends with preserving. 
I suggested I give my DS19 a copy of this one when he moves out, and he reckons that he doesn't need it, because if he wants some of 'mum's good cooking', he is just going to come home for tea!
The bottom two folders speak for themselves...and are from everywhere and anywhere. I also have many recipe books in my library, but these folders are for one off recipes or pages.
I thought I had my recipes organised, until I visited Rose the other day...and she has folders like this, but with dividers for soups, baking, dessert etc...Way to go Rose...!!!
I think I will have to get dividers into my larger folders too.
I need to make a folder for my soaps and cleaners too, but for now, they are stored in my Recipes folder.

Are you organised with your recipes?
Tell me what ideas you have come up with.
I would love to hear what works for you.


  1. thats on my to do list if only i could find it

  2. Good for you Narelle! Enjoy.


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