We have had two days of heat. It was far from the worst heat we will have but a glimpse of farm life in the hot weather. Yesterday I covered all my garden veggies with old sheets and net curtains. Still some things I missed were burned. But it is mostly doing ok. It is so hot doing the watering morning and night. I always knew that in the heat I will need to stay inside mostly during the day and having loads of projects to work on will be good. I have a lot lined up... craft time will finally get some attention!
Early in the week I made two batches of shortbread. This is so good. It is very fast and easy since you do not have to cut out shapes, I just press it into a deep dish pizza pan. It needs a side so you get a neat edge... I always do it with baking paper underneath. This recipe is not crumbly... in fact you probably need to add flour until it is not sticky but it is silky smooth. The recipe is here.
I made a second bach using gluten free flour. Well it tasted beautiful but it was so crumbly. So I broke it all up, put it into snap lock bags and belted it senseless with a rolling pin. I have re named it "crumble topping" and "cheesecake base." It will be beautiful for both of these things!
Early in the week we had some rain. I could see rain in the distance and soon it poured here.
I baked a ham with honey over the top. This gave us cold meat for this weather and I don't have to use the oven at all on hot days. I do a heap of salads and it is so easy and we love it.
My roses from last week were past their best so I salvaged some buds and hung them up to dry.
I have quite a supply of dried roses. They are lovely on parcels, soaps and food packaging. A bag of dried roses or petals is a gift in itself to somehow who loves making beauty products etc.
I took up two pairs of jeans.
I made a big lot of honey gingerbread. This is so nice. The whole family lines up for this. Chloe has a post box at the end of her driveway like I do. I put a tin in there for her to find.
I took a tin up to the girls. This recipe is very easy and cuts into shapes nicely. The recipe is here.
We still have never turned on the tv although we do have one. We sit outside most nights and eat our dinner and these guys and their antics entertain us...
They nest in the hollows of our big gums.
I worked a crochet edge around more kitchen towels. Also I tried a new stitch to start a heap of wash cloths. I am hoping to learn one new stitch a week and make a wash cloth. I need to write down the names and where to find how to do each stitch as I will lose track of which is which and how to go back to a previous one. Mainly I get them from you tube as I am no good at following patterns but I can watch and copy.
I thought patterns were difficult until I found out almost all patterns are only chain, single and double crochet.. in different orders.
Every night I check the fruit trees. Dad came today and said I should plant a Quince tree and I agree.
The mystery fruit now looks like this...
I am amazed how fast they are growing.
I have to tell you that Maria's daughter had her baby boy safely today and Maria sent me photos!! He is gorgeous with so much dark hair!! So a very happy day.
My chickens will be ready to pick up next week. And we are going to look at some geese next weekend!
I hope you had a good week. How did you build up your home, save or get ahead?
How are you managing in this busy season?
When I get some spare moments I wrap a parcel. Little moments add up!
All day today the internet did not work. Tonight finally I can post and I am really glad to look over the week... and doing so I forgot to mention the biggest thing...
Andy changed the van over to a ute. In US you would say truck I think. The van could not even get to Mum and Dads farmhouse, this is how rough the roads are. So it had to be done. Andy is pretty happy with it. I think of this as a big investment and part of our preparedness and setting up a homestead. So this was a big thing for us this week.
Have a wonderful weekend.xxx