Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lemon Curd Recipe

One of my dear readers asked me if I would share my Lemon Curd recipe. This one is so easy you could just about do it in your sleep! I love it - I think sterilising the jars probably takes longer than making this sticky sweet treat :)

You will need:

Juice and finely grated rind of 4 medium-sized lemons
250g butter
500g Castor sugar
5 eggs, beaten

*Mix all the ingredients in a food processor, then pour into a pan and cook over a medium heat. * Stir all the time until the mixture boils.
* Bottle in hot, sterilized jars.
* This curd has a shelf life of 2 weeks, but will keep for up to a month in a refrigerator.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Autumn Knitting, and Summer Harvests

We have been having the most amazing summer this year! Loving every single day that dawns, blue skies, warm days, big puffy white clouds.

 I am enjoying the season right where we are, I know that Autumn is not far off and that I will be equally happy and content when it arrives. It is after all my most favourite of seasons.

So looking ahead to Autumn, I am knitting up warm scarves, hats and gloves. Right now I am busy on a really pretty scarf pattern that I found of Ravelry called 'Best Friend Scarf'.

I am using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in Summer Sky Heather. Isn't that just such a pretty name? It is such a soft yarn, so lovely to work with. I'm loving the project!

Reading: I have been engrossed in a few Susan Hill books. I finished reading  'The Magic Apple Tree' on my Kindle - LOVED this book! It's one of those that I will read over and over again in my lifetime. Plenty of inspiring words that I have highlighted as she echo's my own sentiments on so many levels.

I'm just about done with Susan Hills 'Through The Kitchen Window'. Another 'LOVE' book that I am so glad I purchased. The illustrations are beautiful and Susan's seasonal observations charming and enduring.

And in MY kitchen :) ...

The summer harvest is being processed and stored for later months. Everything seems to be coming into it's own at once, really more than we can eat at the moment. In one day I harvested 4 heads of broccoli! So I cleaned, blanched and portioned out the vegetable for the freezer.

To the left you can see the broccoli and Stilton soup I made from broccoli harvested the previous week.

Peas received the same treatment :)

I also made some Lemon Curd - yum! This only has a shelf life of two weeks or 1 month refrigerated, but I thought that I would do a bit of baking and fill some cupcakes with a lovely lemon curd middle. I have not done this before but I cannot let this yellowy goodness go to waste :)

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Ginny of Small Things and creator of Yarn Along and her family on the tragic passing of her dear friend, Sarah, this week. Please pray for Sarah's family as they come to terms with the loss of mother, wife and unborn baby. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Updating The File Crate...

Oh I LOVE this time of the year. I get to create a brand new planner for the next homeschooling year, and I get to update my FCS (File Crate System). 

I first spotted this brilliant organising tool on Dawn's Blog - she is an organising and homemaking queen! It all made perfect sense when I first read about it. It was a place to store all sorts of clippings, accounts, appointments, bits of paper that seem to lie about the house getting lost and keep on top of my week!

So here we are, three years on and I am in love with my FC and really cannot see my weekly life happening without it playing a key part.

About a week ago I realised that I only had a few more file folders left and it was time to clean out and update the crate.

So I ordered some tabbed file folders - which did not turn out to be the colour I thought I had ordered :( - but they will do.

Next I sorted through all the past years folders, threw out what was not needed and kept aside things that will be refiled (usually seasonal things) for the next year.

The crate was very dusty and had accumulated a host of little dust bunnies, so once everything was out it got a good clean.

Next came a little cerebral work:

*What worked/didn't work?
*Anything missing that needed to be added this year
*Organisation - was I happy with the way I organised my files?

Generally the answer was yes - all fine, but I decided to organise and mark my hanging folders as Dawn does according to seasons. The reason for this is that we (I) am quite seasonally organised. My life seems to be comfortable being molded by the gentle changing, shifting, ebbing and flowing of the natural world. So I created some pretty pink labels for my suspension files.

Next I printed out seasonally themed cover pages for my years file folders - using my Moms Toolbelt forms.

I labelled each folder with the week and stapled a cover sheet onto the front. This is where I write down appointments from my diary, any 'To Do's', meal plans etc.

Inside each folder I will have a shopping list, any clippings of things I want to make/do for the week, and appointment slips, bills I need to attend to - that sort of thing.

I added a few more sections to my crate this year which are homeschooling related. I have a folder with the girls A.C.E test papers, one for completed tests and one for homeschooling reports, plans and college info.

So there we have it, my File Crate updated for another year :)

**Do visit Dawns blog, especially her File Crate posts where you she explains in much more detail on how the folders are utilised each week.**

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Little Home Blessing

I love blessing my family in various ways and lately it seems that I have been too busy rushing about to do much of that. But the summer holidays are now here! Whooohooo! and life slows down enough that I can bless those who matter most to me with little treats...

And something that will catch their eye and bring them a little reminder of God's goodness to us all...

And some remembrance poppies I planted a few months back...

The perfect reminder to our family of those who entered into a war 100 years ago to defend our freedom and our land, and paid the ultimate price.

'Lest we forget' - (may we never do so!)

Blessings in Christ to you all...