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, April 7, 2011

Echidna's, Wild LillyPilly fruit & Packed Lunches to go

These last few weeks I have been wondering about the wild apple trees up the mountain...Have I left them too late?..Usually the start of March is when I go picking apples...I'm sure it's too late....But you know, when things get stuck in your head, sometimes you just have to pack the car with containers, and go for a drive and see for yourself.

Yep! I had left it too late...But not to go home empty handed, I had a hot tip, where some Lilly Pilly trees are out in full fruit at the moment....Thanks Darren from GreenChange

I took mum for a drive too, it was a lovely day for a drive...and when the two of us get in the car on these adventures...anything can happen...if something interests us on the side of the road, well; we will stop and check it out....Like farm fresh eggs for sale....Check.     Picked up two dozen...Yummm.

We went past a sign saying "Jamberoo Lookout".......never checked that out before...Oh.why not...so I turned the car around....

Now if the lady at the farm took a few moments longer to answer the door......If we didn't have trouble finding change for the eggs....If I hadn't had to wait for that car to pass us, before turning back..........

we wouldn't have seen this little guy....

An Australian Echidna

Look closely to see the ants all over him,
he was so busy with the ants nest, he didn't even notice me.
I even took a video of him pigging out in the ants nest, 
I was so close I could hear his little tongue flappin' like crazy. He was so cute.

If the little guy had taken in the beautiful scenery
on that Jamberoo mountain lookout.....
he would have seen this.....

Well it's the best I could do with my little camera...
I actually made this panoramic view out of 5 photos.
Truly breathtaking!!!


I reckon I was there for just under half an hour picking fruit...
Many of the locals gave me strange looks.
Five people approached me and asked what I was going to do with the berries.
I convinced them to try one...
They never knew you could eat them....
Let alone make them into Jam.
Surprise, Surprise...

Here is my bounty for the day...and all of it free.
Now all I need to do is research recipes for them.

Frozen LillyPilly berries, 
otherwise known as Riberries
go for AU$30 per kilo.....WOW!!!

Riberry tree
Here is a photo of the berries on the tree, compliments of the ANFIL website.

Just letting you know....I'm slowly winning the war on the little bugs....
Although I did upgrade my traps...added 5 more and made them bigger. 

Bait: Apple Cider Vinegar, 
a teaspoon of yeast, 
and two slices of dried banana.


I see a lot of people saving their crusts to make bread crumbs. Great idea too, I hate waste!
Tonight it dawned on me why I never have any crusts to save.....
It's because I use them when making sandwiches....

You can see in this photo....that I butter the outside of the crust...
it then gets flipped over when joining the sandwich.....
No crust to be seen.

See the top sandwich......... I used a crust for the top of that sandwich, 
and you can see how I did it, in the one below....
 All the sandwiches get put in the kitchen freezer above the fridge. Every morning, each person just grabs their own lunch directly out of the freezer.....they defrost by the time lunch comes around...and I don't have to stay up late making sandwiches. I always use cold meat from the deli and Colby or Edam sliced cheese..When I get enough stock of My Cheese, I will use that....

I have tried different fillings in the past, and these work well for defrosting.  Every weekend I make enough lunches for both boys, hubby and even Nanna on her bingo days. 
A is for hubby, because he likes to be different.
Top row of freezer: LtoR: Cubed banana, Cooked chicken meat, Pumpkin mash, BananaScones...and Ice cube container.
Bottom row of freezer: Always two rows of lunches, another Grab n Go 

Before you ask....I tried this system with home baked bread...it just doesn't work, and well I have to keep my men happy...so this is what they get for lunch....Fresh sandwiches each day....Neither has the facilities to take anything else really....and yes, I do recycle the plastic press seal bags.

I wonder if you could use this same routine.....
I'd love to hear how you deal with packed lunches. 


  1. Sooooooo, if I understand the sandwich correctly it is a meat,a cheese and butter?
    Love the berries never hear of them but will be looking them up as I live in zone 9 almost 10!
    Thanks for all the pictures, I love to see things while reading.

  2. I enjoy your posts especially about things I've never heard of like the LillyPilly berries!

  3. Interesting tip about the sandwiches! I make lunch sandwiches after supper (with leftover meat from supper if I can), and refrigerate them for the morning.

    Mommy5 from DTE

  4. The boys have a bread roll for breakfast I usually freeze the rolls already sliced in the bag they came with so the sandwich stays cold for a while longer Aled has tuna and cottage cheese and Daniel has cream cheese and olives so I can't really freeze them but I love your idea

  5. Sorry Melissa, I never realised I forgot to mention what was on the sandwhich...lol....Yes, it is Ham, cheese and Margerine....

    I love learning about new plants too...especially when I can use them in some way.

    Mommy5, I like to use leftover meat for lunch the next day for mum and me....but if we have plenty, I like to make it into a meal in some way.

    Thanks Cathy, I don't think I will be able to freeze any of these, as they get eaten up on the same day....Cathy do you make your own cheeses for the boys sandwiches?


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