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25 January

Today is a soup kind of day. Not too cold, not exactly wet but damp and grey. I need something to cuddle me from the inside. I also do not want to have to go out or spend any money. Vegetable soup it is. An inventory of the vegetable rack, pantry and fridge has revealed ... Read More
 

15 January

couple of days ago we decided it was time to give the fridge and freezer a good post Christmas clearout. No food was to be purchased unless absolutely essential, we were going to eat down the eclectic mix of bits and bobs. One particular favourite of ours is sweet potato and stilton pie. I know ... Read More
 
upcycling the kitchen disaster

upcycling the kitchen disaster

One of the pitfalls I faced when I first began decluttering was the little economical eco-freak who sat on my shoulder and whispered little things in my ear like “you could keep that broken jug, break it up a bit more and use it for drainage in the bottom of your pot plants.”  Yes I ... Read More
 
from haybox to wonderbag

from haybox to wonderbag

Those of you old enough to remember the three day week and the oil crisis will remember sudden and unexpected power cuts and half cooked dinners.  My mother overcame this by making a haybox.  To be fair rather than using hay she used a sturdy wooden box and a selection of cushions.  The idea was ... Read More
 
raw chocolate

raw chocolate

In my determination to reduce our waste I am reducing what we buy and looking at ways to reproduce products at home.  So today I made chocolate.  Well, I might as well practice on something I eat a lot of! I  have a school friend Sarah Wheeler  who set up Pure Melt Chocolate in Mulumbimby.  ... Read More
 
where did all that cheese come from?

where did all that cheese come from?

I was going to title this post “leftovers”  but it sounded so uninspiring  I did think of “bits and bobs” (a phrase a friend uses when answering her children’s question “what’s for lunch?”) “endless little bowls and tupperware boxes” (which is what my mother’s fridge is often full of)  but as cheese is the decluttering ... Read More
 
the list

the list

Sunday is menu planning day.  It makes the rest of the week so much easier and I feel good as if I have ticked off a task but don’t feel as if I have actually done any work. Menu planning means: no more staring at the fridge or pantry wondering what to eat and serving ... Read More