Stock made from scraps!

Over the last week rather than composting all of our vegetable scraps, I have been keeping some of it in the freezer.

I then roasted an organic chook and some chicken drumsticks and kept all the bones and leftover meaty bits we didn’t want to eat.

Now, this will often go into our compost but I have given it one more life and turned it into

Chicken Stock!

Now we can add extra flavour to our meals throughout the weeks and months without it costing a single cent!

Recipe taken from
I Quit Sugar: Simplicious

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Down the drain

I’m talking the talk so I’d better walk the walk.

I’ve read and blogged about many books that inspire us to take better care of our rivers, lakes and oceans and the creatures within.

So here is a recipe to make your own toilet bombs.

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Simply pop them in the bowl, scrub whilst they fizz and your bowl will not only be clean but will also smell lovely!

  •  1 cup of bicarbonate soda
  •   1/4 cup of citric acid
  •  3 tablespoons of castile soap.
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil. (feel free to change these oils around as you please)

Mix dry ingredients then add wet ingredients.

Push into ice cube moulds and let set for 3 hours.

The mixture may fizz and rise a bit in the moulds so just press down until it settles down.

Enjoy the smell!!

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Reading snacks: Chocolate and popcorn? Who knew?

 

We all read reading snacks and if the snacks are healthy then we can eat more and read for longer…right?

Here is a wonderful recipe that is homemade, nut free and mostly Australian grown. They are also packaging free which is not only great for the environment but great for you as it means one less trip to the bin!

1 1/2 cups of cooked popcorn.

1 cup of coconut – desiccated works better but shredded is fine.

1 cup of melted coconut oil.

1/4 cup of cacao powder.

1 cup of sultanas

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of pepitas.

Method.

  1. Whizz up the sultanas – they are tricky to whiz so at least make them as mushy as possible!
  2. Whizz up the sunflower seeds and pepitas.
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add the coconut oil.
  4. Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours before eating.

 (excuse my poor food photography!)

Home made Advent Calendars

Temptation abounds in supermarkets with the chocolate advent calendars in store!

BUT – you can avoid these additive fuelled, sugar infused and terrible tasting calendars for your own, homemade thoughtful one!

The one pictured above was made by my 5 year old. She copied the numbers down onto each envelope and clipped them to a piece of string.

We then wrote one activity down on a piece of scrap paper and placed it into each envelope.

These included:

  •  Go for a bushwalk
  • Made a seed bell for the backyard chooks
  • Have a dance off
  • donate a present to a giving tree
  • Plant some summer seeds
  • Write someone a letter and post it.
  • Bake a cake
  • Go and visit your next door neighbours with a Christmas card.
  • Create a new game to play outside.

There are so many options here – so have fun creating your own!

We also created our own chocolates which will be kept in the fridge and eaten each day!

Simple ingredients

  •  One block of dark chocolate
  • One bowl of Sprinkles
  1. Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method.
  2. Spoon the chocolate into moulds
  3. Place sprinkles over the top!
  4. Place in fridge over night.


 

Banana flour pancakes! 

I’ve posted some books recently on the topic of bees and honey AND I have many more to come. However, today’s blog post is on the best way you can use honey and that is on pancakes!

We love pancakes and I especially love homemade, waste free and gluten free pancakes!

Today we made Banana flour pancakes.

My Banana flour is made in Australia by some ingenious banana farmers who needed to use up some green bananas rather than letting them go to waste. Banana flour is a great prebiotic and is fantastic to bake with. It is a great alternative to flour and is nut free so great for lunch boxes.

Banana flour is great for the environment as it reduces the waste of the green bananas just ending up in the compost, it lessens the reliance on wheat flour and is better for your health!

Here is a great recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

1 cup of Banana Flour

3 tablespoons honey

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

150 ml coconut milk. You could also use almond milk – or a combination!