Make a Sourdough Starter which James and I did today. (We are following instructions on CityHippyFarmgirl's blog from Sydney)
Make Sourdough Bread using the above starter. Again this is on CityHippyFarmGirl blog.
Find the best recipe for "daily bread". I'm wanting a light fluffy loaf I can make for the school lunches as most bread we make tends to be heavy bread. If anyone has a super light white loaf recipe leave me a comment I would love to hear from you.
Make the 5 minute Artisan Bread via Rhonda's blog from Down to Earth. I made this about 4 years ago and haven't made it since but it was great when I first made it.
Make and use more "green" cleaners around the home.
Make Yoghurt once a week. Depending upon how much the kids consume this might be fortnightly.
Learn to make Mozzarella Cheese. Mum got me a Cheese Making Kit for Christmas.
Make Pizza Dough on Thursday night for "Friday Night Pizza Night". The recipe is from Alana's "Home Made Pantry" book which is an amazing book if you want to make anything from scratch. This dough is one you mix together in 5 minutes and leave for 24 hrs. The dough is great and not heavy or yeasty so am keen to make it again. This one requires forward thinking so my goal is for Thursday to make the dough so Friday we have the pizza.
Pantry Make Over. Go through everything on the shelves, clean out, organize and throw away any expired items. I am wanting to do some lovely labels on my glass jars like this and this which Kristine at The Painted Hive has kindly made into a free download. This goal also includes a monthly 30 minute tidy up because we all know that one minute the pantry looks great and as the weeks go by and somehow ends up looking like a mess again.
Take the kids on a monthly bike ride. The kids wanted this more often however I said to them that this is a goal and if we want to go more than once a month we can but this is a guideline afterall once back at school homework, footy and other things have to be fitted in as well as down time doing nothing.
Set up either a compost or a worm farm to eat our scraps instead of throwing them in the bin.
Waste less food. I am guilty of leaving veggies in the crisper and having to throw them out so I am going to make a bigger effort to make sure this doesn't happen.
Investigate the energy rating on the fridge in the garage and perhaps swap/trade for a newer model without outlaying any cash. The 2nd fridge stores frozen meals, bread, flours, cold drinks etc. that won't fit in our main fridge. The fridge is 9 years old so I'm sure it's using up the electricity.
Connect with the seasons. This is more to do with nature and the kids and my photography.
Declutter entire house from top to bottom. I only make little attempts at this from time to time but this year I need to get serious to make some extra cash and free up some space.
Homegrown and Homemade. I want this to be a bit of a theme for 2014 and I would like to do sewing of some description and start a little crochet blanket from the wonderful book I won just before Christmas. I'm also thinking I want to make Sienna a little stuffed toy so will be searching on Pinterest for something suitable as her birthday is at the end of February.
Here's a few photos of what's been happening at our place lately.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.
New Year's Day Breakfast on the BBQ. Not after a late night....but an early morning 5.30 am trip to the airport to drop my sister and mother off as they were headed to Melbourne for a few days. James made home made hash browns (or mock fish was the name when we grew up). Grated potatoes, egg and a touch of milk.
The Spring Onions are growing nicely.
Sienna with her beloved Rosie.
Sienna sitting in the tree with Rosie.
Our cucumbers we planted 5 weeks ago when Pop was here.
The kids cooling off on the trampoline with the sprinkler.