Archive for August 2012
Whilst these pictures are from many months ago I thought I would share a fun craft activity to do with kids for once the weather starts to dry up….not long now until Spring….and around here we just can’t wait!
We did these sand pictures a few times last Summer. There are a few techniques out there if you google it but I just went with this method which works well for me.
Seperate some cups of sand into zip lock bags. Tip in enough water to make the sand only just wet. Then add a few drops of food colouring to the damp sand, seal up the zip lock bags and rub the bags of sand between your hands to spread it. (the girls love this bit) Once all the sand is coloured, tip it out onto something flat like tray and let it dry in the sun or overnight. Once you have dry sand (this bit takes a while so we usually colour the sand the day before), draw a picutre or use a colouring in sheet, cover in glue then sprinkle on the sand. It is a good idea to store any left over in containers as the fact that the sand takes a while to dry is hard for little impatient people so if you keep it coloured and ready to go you can do it on a whim.
Last year I let my vegie patch fall by the wayside a bit, the summer had been hot, and there was just so much to do to get the soil ready, I lost interest. I tend to loose interest over summer, as with our hot dry winds, it is hard working keeping a lot alive aside from the rogue pumpkins or watermellons that appear out the compost patch.
Thankfully I attended a free seminar on gardening held by the Better Gardening Team and it gave me all the inspiration I needed to get right back into it and also change the way I garden. I have been heading towards a no dig vegie patch. A bit of a slow process for me as I do things one step at a time over a long period of time, but it has already meant we have started to enjoy a better patch this year, which also means we get to enjoy it in the kitchen as well.
There is nothing quite like using homegrown vegies and herbs in your cooking.
Today we have made tabouli and hommus almost completely from home grown vegetables and herbs (burghul, chickpeas and oil not homegrown) for our dinner tonight, and it really is lovely being able to walk down the back yard, grab what you need and head to the kitchen and start making. We were short on mint and a lovely person in our suburb came to the rescue turning this morning with a large bag of mint.
On Tuesday I also made my favourite rice dish, full of healthy vegetables, herbs, seeds and nuts, with a good portion from our garden.
I cannot wait for some of our other crops to be ready – carrotts particularly, there really is nothing as good as getting a carrott straight from the ground, washing it and eating it then and there.
Yippee we reached 3,000 likers on our facebook page! To celebrate we want to reward you (well one of you) for liking our page and supporting Ollie Rose like you do. So we are giving away one of our beautiful Keep Leaf Lunch Bag Packs.
These really are gorgeous, and we love them so much – imagine a pretty insulated lunch bag AND matching re-useable duo set? They are so great that well, Mum can borrow them as well, or if you prefer don’t even let the kids near them. For another bonus they are made from organic materials.
To enter the giveaway all you need to do is head below and enter via Rafflecopter. The winner is able to choose the pattern they like best from our matching sets.
Giveway ends midnight Monday 13th August 2012.