• KJ's Kitchen,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Eating in or eating out

    What is your favourite thing to do – eating in or eating out? When I eat out it is not only about the food but about the ambience. In the winter I enjoy sitting near a fireplace and eating a meal. There are not many cafe’s or restaurants that have a fireplace. I do know of two in Toowoomba and when possible I like to dine near the fireplace. That is why so often in the winter I find we eat at home, near our fireplace. Eating out is popular with all age groups but there is an increase in the number of Millennials (those reaching young adulthood early in…

  • My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    Seed to Feed

    Last weekend my “One & Only” (O&O) and I went to a “Seed to Feed” Workshop. The workshop is part of the Toowoomba Regional Council Healthy Living, Change Project. The aim, through a series of free and low-cost activities, is to get people active and healthy. The “Seed to Feed” workshops have been very popular. We were on a waiting list and only attended due to a cancellation. We have been gardening for decades. My O&O is a great gardener. He has the happy knack of getting things to grow. Therefore, why would we go to a workshop that was mostly about plant propagation for the home garden. We went…

  • My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    Rotten Tomatoes

    Have you seen any rotten tomatoes lately? Really, nobody wants to see or smell rotten tomatoes. I only want the fresh, plump and juicy variety on my kitchen bench. A few weeks ago, there was an overabundance of tomatoes in the supermarket. I was buying these for $3kg. Yesterday, they were $7.90kg. In between, what happened? Were there that many tomatoes that they perished on the vine, while the next crop was still ripening? Whatever the price, tomatoes are regularly in our daily diet. As we consume so many tomatoes I will be pleased when we are growing our own. This will happen once the vegetable garden patch is sorted. Our…

  • Life Day By Day,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    The Versatility of Straw

    There are many things we can do with straw – it has so much versatility. One of these is to make a straw scarecrow. Years ago, when I lived in Maleny there was the annual scarecrow competition. It was the 1990’s and the Maleny Scarecrow Festival was one of Australia’s first and best scarecrow festivals. The Maleny festival ceased and the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival took over. It is held every October (October 7 – November 11, 2017). This could be a great way to spend a weekend, soaking up the sights, tastes and smell of the Mary Valley (between Gympie and Imbil, Queensland). But there is much more you…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live,  Self-Sufficiency

    Frugal Frieda does the washing

    Washing tips from Frugal Frieda could make all the difference to your washing day! As regular reader’s of my blog will know it was my aim this year to write a “Frugal Frieda” post every month. This month it is about Frieda doing the washing. Why Frugal Frieda? Because Frieda is sensible with her money and likes to live simply. In an earlier “Frugal Frieda” post I did talk about her possibly being my alter ego and whether she is or she isn’t I will leave completely up to the reader to decide. Frugal Frieda is always busy doing the washing. A friend many years ago said about Frieda “you…

  • Health Matters,  My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    It’s a lemon

    It’s a lemon is a common saying when something you buy is defective, particularly when buying a second-hand car. However, what I am writing about is not a lemon in that context but how magnificent the lemon tree is, the one that produces lemons. In our previous garden we had an amazing lemon tree. It was a Meyer Lemon and it was a prolific producer of lemon. It did not get too much attention or fertilising but season after season it produced great fruit. Lemon trees like the sunshine and not too much wind but our Meyer Lemon we planted in Maleny managed wind and rain with no trouble at…

  • Life Matters,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Decluttering the mind…

    Everyone these days seems to be talking about decluttering our home but what about decluttering our mind? This got me thinking about whether or not I was doing a good job of mind decluttering. Am I filling up my mind with mindless thoughts? What am I allowing into my mind? What stays in my mind and what should I be getting rid of? I came to the realisation that the first step in decluttering my mind is to STOP negative emotions and events of the past dominating my thoughts. While there have been circumstances in my life in the past that have caused disappointment and disillusionment there is nothing I…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live

    Live Simply

    We all go through the different seasons of life. It is winter now in my part of the world and given recent events surrounding my life it is fitting that I should contemplate what is important in life. The seasons of life shape who we are, our behaviour, our attributes and how we treat others. But then, we cannot blame how we behave and treat others on the seasons of our life. It is my responsibility, as it is all of us, to rise above the circumstances, to discover what matters and then to place the important things foremost in our life. My motto for some time has been to: live simply,…

  • Living with Chickens,  Self-Sufficiency

    Chicken Talk

    There is a lot of chicken talk going on at our place. Chicken talk is when we talk to the chickens and also when they talk to us. Yes, it is a two way situation. You have to listen carefully to what they are saying. After a while you come to understand, happy and not so happy talk. The not so happy talk happens when they hear my voice or even the roller door as I return from a trip to the supermarket and they do not get any attention. I became more aware of chicken talk this week when I bought hay for the chickens i.e. their Palace (aka…

  • Life Matters,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Bigger, Brighter, Better

    It is my observation that people seem to want things that are “bigger, brighter, better”. Years ago we would call it “keeping up with the Joneses”, our neighbours. It is an idiom that measured our social class and success in life. Success is often measured by the goods we are able to accumulate. The word for it is consumerism. There is a relentless advertising blitz all around us which says buy, buy, buy! The Australian Retailers Association reported that last year in the lead up to Christmas we spent $45 Billion.  We are told that if we spend and accumulate things/goods it will benefit the economy and it is good for the country.…