Thursday, May 26, 2016

Making 'Jun Tea'

I just love adding new health products to our families diet.
I have wanted to make 'Jun Tea' for so long.
I wan't sure how I would get an authentic Jun scoby though and so I waited and waited and waited......
Finally I was able to purchase one and we have really enjoyed this lovely probiotic drink.

How do I make it?
First I put 4 green tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water and let brew for a few minutes.
Then I add 1/2 cup of raw honey to the tea and then add 6 more cups of filtered water.
Next is to put the jun scoby and it's at least 1/2 cup of 'tea' from the last batch in too.

Let sit for three days and then take out the scoby and some of the tea for the next batch.
You can then leave another three days as is or add a second ferment.
We love to add a herbal tea of strawberry, Raspberry and Loganberry and leave for another three days.

Now we are all ready to enjoy another probiotic drink through out the day.

Blessings to you and your homes,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's Just a Kettle!!

Do you have anything in your home that represent a part of your life that seems to fulfill a longing in your soul?
A longing doesn't seem to represent it really but a completion of your life expressed in outward possessions.
The kettle is such  humble representation of what I am talking about but it truly is a significant part of HOME and what this means to me.

"Would you like a cuppa?" is a term used often in our home.
It's the pretty much the first thing we say when guests arrive in our home as we welcome them in.

Having a  cup of tea or coffee for that matter is a way of spending time tgettting to know new friends and relaxing and 'chilling out' with old ones and family too.

It's the relaxing time at the end of a day that we can wind down with  a cuppa and just be at peace in the sanctuary of our own home.

I so love a kettle on the stove and it was one of my most treasured daily practices to have it on the go always on our wood stove in Tassie.
Since moving though and not having my wonderful stove I found that my favourite kettle had been relegated to a back corner in the cupboard and we started using an electric kettle Frankly though it just doesn't hold the level of 'homeyness' that the kettle on the stove has.

So while rummaging around I found the old kettle and put it on this gas stove top.
Sadly I'm not sure we will be able to use it often though as there just isnt the large available cooking space that wood stove had so..........

While I wait to have the same stove again I guess I will jus thave to take comfort in the fact that even without the wood stove and kettle atmosphere we can still enjoy the contentment of sharing a 'a cuppa' with family and friends with an electric kettle

Blessings to you and your homes,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Round up .......again!!

What can I say? I guess it's the result of having a full life!
Here is another catch up post on what is happening, well happened in our lives lately.
You do know that a picture is worth a thousand words right?
So here are a thousand pictures, well not really, but it surely will have lots of images in this post.
It's only just been cool enough lately to really enjoy the outdoors again.
In the summer of which we have had a very long dry spell of, we certainly do enjoy the swimming but it really gets to a point where we are hanging out for the Autumn season.
It's really lovely when the younger ones are so keen to cook and Vellvin and Trahaearn made a beautiful Wedding Anniversary cake for us earlier this month.
 Like I said the Autumn weather means lots more outdoor activity. So its time to fix up the bikes- we get lots of punctures in the tires. Naturally Daddy and I had to have a turn checking them out.
 Autumn foliage is a beautiful addition to our beauty inside.
 The Mud kitchen is always popular but again in ccoler weather it really gets a lot of use.
The children prepared a beautiful Anniversary Dinner for us. We had to stay away for this and they surprised us with the decorated room and a lovely dinner.
They asked if we wanted to go out for dinner but frankly I always love to celebrate at home with the blessings that are our children.
I have started a new ferment for our family - Jun Tea. It is prepared almost the same as Kombucha, I need to update how we do this.
Jun is made from green tea and honey.
It has a lovely gentle flavour slightly less sharp.
 Second ferment on the right with a fruit flavoured tea. It is really quite nece without the second ferment unlike Kombucha in my opinion
 We attended the Anzac Day parade as we do each year
 We have been doing a fair bit of weeding, of the non productive gardens that are here on this rental property. The fact it is unproductive means we really don't bother much with this garden at all.
 Mothers Day naturally brought Breakfast in Bed for Mummy along with some beautiful home made cards and presents that I have been eyeing off for a while
 At dinner time that night the center piece was made by Rogan who used Mother Earth and some of the Root Children and Flower girls to represent each of my children.
I have been wanting to try Soap Nuts for some time now and a friend ordered some for herself so naturally I begged her for some to try.
First impressions are that it is highly effective. Now I just need to work out the cost comparisons between this and home made detergent
I have been waiting for some time to add some different herbs to my collection of herbs. I have especially been looking for some herbs for Asthma and lung problems. These are not available locally so I have been researching the best price from various on line providers.
Again with the cooler weather we have been doing our reading outside for learning.
These are some of the books we have been reading lately :)
Another great spot for reading too
Our Autumn has a new cat that now lives in side. I have never been that fond of inside cats but this one is quite cute inside.
A major part of our time over the last couple of months has been preparing Vellvin for her Debutane Ball.
It was a very beautiful ball and the pre organisation was amazing. They did dance practise every week that they had to travel 1 1/2 hours to and were very dedicated.
Saxon was partner to one of Vellvin's friends and so the four of them spent some lovely times together.
I finally made Vellvin's dress in less than two weeks before the event. I was very blessed to have help from a very dear friend as we had to alter the pattern to achieve the look we needed.
Naturally Vellvin was so very beautiful!!
We have had a couple of sleep over visits lately with our grand dumpling and after we did a major tidy up of the garage the piano was accessible again.
Saxon had a lovely time getting the little one to play with him.
Arwen and I made a pumpkin cake with Emmer flour. I had found this on line when I was looking for Einkorn flour which seems impossible to find in Australia. So if you know anyone who sells it here I would love to know.
I did get this beautiful sourdough starter sponge from the Emmer Flour too. It made lovely textured and tasty sourdough bread the children 'gobbled' up very quickly.
So one day there was a fire across the road and these two ran out the front to see the fire truck at work. I love kids in trees. Don't you?
It's not often that I get to have a little cuddle in the morning with this precious girl. We had a lovely time one morning just the two of us chatting for a while beofre the other children woke and found us.
So......... the birthday season has started!!
That means I get to stay up late and make felt birthday crowns and Saint Peg dolls.
We struggled for a few weeks with a lot of hay fever in the family as the weather seemed to be all over the place. Time for Home Made remedies that actually alleviate symptoms and don't harm the body in the process
The joy and learning that is expressed by our children as they dress up and create whole new worlds is always so rewarding to see.
A little help from his sister and he has played with this outfit for many days. He especially loved the feather in his helmet.
Daddy and Trahaearn on the swings for some special time together.
I loved making these water colour painted butterflies for Easter baskets this year too I really delightful and quick craft project
My companion in the morning after he gets up and makes his way down stairs to his 'kitten bed'. He snuggles up here until he is ready to completely face the day.
What do you do with the left over gingerbread cookie dough you made at Christmas time? You freeze it and bring it out on days when little ones need a distraction, and then they can bake cookies on their own. Then they can proudly distribute them to every one at home and save some special for those at work.

Finally we are at the end of this pictorial tour :)
Really it is just a taste of every thing that is happening but still a taste is better than nothing right?

Blessings to you and your homes,

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Home and Hearth

"Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.  It is the place of confidence.  It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts.  It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule."
-          Frederick W. Robertson  
"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
-          Henry Van Dyke 
Home -
It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,
A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam
Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,
An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.
It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’ be,
How much yer chairs an’ tables cost, how great yer luxury;
It ain’t home t’ ye, though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow yer soul is sort o’ wrapped round everything.

Home ain’t a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;
Afore it’s home there’s got t’ be a heap o’ livin’ in it;
Within the walls there’s got t’ be some babies born, and then
Right there ye’ve got t’ bring ‘em up t’ women good, an’ men;
And gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn’t part
With anything they ever used—they’ve grown into yer heart:
The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore
Ye hoard; an’ if ye could ye’d keep the thumbmarks on the door.

Ye’ve got t’ weep t’ make it home, ye’ve got t’ sit an’ sigh
An’ watch beside a loved one’s bed, an’ know that Death is nigh;
An’ in the stillness o’ the night t’ see Death’s angel come,
An’ close the eyes o’ her that smiled, an’ leave her sweet voice dumb.
Fer these are scenes that grip the heart, an’ when yer tears are dried,
Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an’ sanctified;
An’ tuggin’ at ye always are the pleasant memories
O’ her that was an’ is no more—ye can’t escape from these.

Ye’ve got t’ sing an’ dance fer years, ye’ve got t’ romp an’ play,
An’ learn t’ love the things ye have by usin’ ’em each day;
Even the roses ’round the porch must blossom year by year
Afore they ’come a part o’ ye, suggestin’ someone dear
Who used t’ love ’em long ago, an’ trained ’em jes’ t’ run
The way they do, so’s they would get the early mornin’ sun;
Ye’ve got t’ love each brick an’ stone from cellar up t’ dome:
It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home
- Edgar Albert Guest

(artist- Myles Birket Foster)
Blessings to you and your homes,
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