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.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Making room in your recycle bin

Every fortnight, hubby makes a batch of beer...this uses two large cans of beer starter....these cans have been very useful over time, using them for utensils, storing food and even as baking tins for my Steamed Date and Nut Rolls....Lately hubby has been selecting brands that the can is lined. I have since learnt that the lined cans are probably not the best of choices; so these are being put in the recycle bin. 

After washing the cans (this is all my cans) I almost remove the base of the can with a can opener, fold it inside the can and also add the removed lid, then squish the can....this way the base and lid is stuck to the inside of the can....

I used to insert smaller cans into larger cans, but this idea is even better.

I've been extra busy today, putting down a batch of Rhubarb Champagne and also lots out in the garden....but you will have to wait a few days for my post on the Rhubarb Champagne...so come back, check in and have a go. It's a lovely fresh fizzy drink to serve friends and family when they come visiting.


  1. I did see your recipe for your steamed fruit loaf.. do you line these recycled tins and if so how do the ribs in the tin make for removing your loaf when cooked..

  2. Hi Wendy, the beer starter cans don't have ribs....but I spray them with canola spray and they are fine....I have also used the pineapple cans which have ribs and use the canola spray...and they work just as good...the cake comes away very easily.

  3. such a great idea to make space in your recycling bin. love this!!


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