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.


Friday, July 8, 2011

On my mind...steamed puddings I am making today

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Yesterday I posted a lot of information on how to make my Nan's steamed puddings...they are called Fruit & Nut Rolls, you may even know them as Date Loaves or Fruit & Nut logs. We even know them as KB Rolls in the family..because Nan once had the old steel cans from KB Beer...Now that is going back a while...lol

Many years ago..they were baked in those old Willow Log tins...they are very pricey though...so click on here to see my hints and suggestions on how to make these lovely steamed puddings. Come back later in the day to see the step by step photos.

Gathering the tins to make Steamed Puddings in bulk.


  1. Just want to say hello :) Discovered your blog a couple of days ago and immediately subscribed - so much to see and so many wonderful projects!

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  3. Hi Nelly Mary. Thanks so much for stopping by. I've still got a few of my Nanna's old tins. She used them for scone cutters and the old fashioned date rolls. I'm running late to get to our picnic so I better run.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  4. I remember doing something similar to this in girl guides..we cooked up steam puddings (just plain, with jam, not fruit mix) and ate them hot, straight from the tin! Yum! Will be coming back to see how you seal and cook yours :)

  5. I've been dying to make some self saucing puddings in the slow cooker soon, just sourcing out some tins first.The types of tins you're using, I've only recently seen those on that show, 'Big Love', before that,I'd never seen it done that way

  6. Good luck making the puddings. That looks like some serious pudding-making equipment!

    I love the purpose of your blog - good luck working towards your goals.

    Visiting you from the 'Down to Earth' link-up :)

    This Good Life

  7. I found your blog after Googling "Date Nut Bread", as I was finishing my last can (tin) of the one that Crosse and Blackwell used to make. I can't wait to try your recipe; it sounds wonderful.
    I am visiting you from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and sadly have never had the opportunity to visit your fascinating country - although I still have hope. I do sometimes find some of the words/terms that you use a bit puzzling, and I wonder if I might occasionally ask for a translation? For example, is an "op-shop" a thrift (second-hand) store? I love your blog - and admire your lifestyle!


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