Saturday, November 8, 2014

Chili Con Carne and Bread Bowls


The Fix-it-and-Forget-it workout continues!

The next yummy meal was Chilli Con Carne :)

I combined it with some bread bowls (the recipe I used for them is HERE)

Chilli Con Carne Crockpot

What is your favourite meal from this Recipe collection?

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lentil and Squash Soup

Lentil and Squash Soup

The next recipe in the Fix-It-And-Forget-It work through was Lentil and Squash Soup.


Luckily there were some rests so they have been put in the freezer for later this month.

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Freeze Dried Emergency Food
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sausage Bean Quickie

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

I received my copy of Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook a couple of weeks ago and I have decided to dust my Crockpot off and start to recreate some of these amazing sounding recipes each month.
I have chosen 7 recipes for this month and will slowly work my way through them and make notes along the way.

fix-it and forget-it

This month I will be making:

Sausage Sauerkraut Supper pg 154
Smothered Lentils pg 158
Wild Rice Hot Dish pg 170
Lemon Garlic Chicken pg 185
Sausage Bean Quickie pg 208
Four-Bean Medley pg 212
Vegetable Curry pg 229

My idea is to, once I find the recipes that suit us, to make a dehydrated version of these recipes for storage, or to make sure that I have all the tinned goods I need permanently in my cupboard.

How good does this recipe look?
This is the Sausage Bean Quickie which I served with couscous.

I love the fact that I can literally drop the ingredients into the crockpot, and come home to a hearty, healthy meal.

This meal could definitely be made out of your storage - all you would need is a couple of tins, namely:

Baked Beans (I used these with the sauce)
Pineapples in juice
Kidney Beans drained
Pork sausages (I used pork viennas, but you could use tinned or canned sausages)

Added to this you need a couple of tablespoons of flour, some teaspoons of sugar and vinegar and you are good to go!

Bon app├ętit!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our Bees at 5 Weeks

bee progress

Our bees progressed really nicely.
In one week the difference was very noticeable!


first time beekeeping


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Our Bees 4 Weeks In

Our bees

After 4 weeks our bees had settled in wonderfully.
We obviously had managed to get hold of the queen when we got the swarm as there are new larva everywhere :)


swarm of bees

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Our Wild Garden

St. John's Wort
Yellow Echinacea

The bees love our garden this way - especially the St. John's Wort.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet our New Bees


I can't believe it has almost been a full year since we last posted.
Not too much has happened on the homesteading front in that time due to the fact that we both have had rather busy work schedules and not much time at all to spend in the garden.
I thought I would start (as I have a little more time on my hands now again) to introduce you to our new bee colony. If nothing else I will try and update you on the goings on of this fabulous hobby!

 I have been studying beekeeping over the last year and a half and have been attending a local beekeeping course.
We weren't planning on keeping bees this year, but I was offered two old, handmade hives that had already been kitted out with wax plates and were ready to use.
We placed them in the garden and decided that if we happen to come across a colony/swarm then we will start in earnest.

At the beginning of last month exactly that happened.
I noticed a swarm in one of my neighbours gardens and she was more than happy for me to come by and fetch the swarm from them.

Stefan and I managed to get over 3/4 of the colony into one of the hives and they have since been growing from strength to strength.

swarm of bees

Meet them for yourselves:

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