Saturday, April 5, 2014

Slow Living Essentials March, 2014

Linking up with Christine at Slow Living Essentials to do a recap of our slow living.  It does seem anything but slow but thoroughly enjoyable at the same time.

{NOURISH & PREPARE}
I have made some new to me recipes lately including Swedish Meatballs and Apple & Cinnamon Cake.




{REDUCE}
I have finally gone through the kids clothing drawers and sorted out clothes that no longer fit them.  Some shorts in James drawers were size 6 and he is 10 now.  In my defense he's not a huge child so can still fit size 8 shorts however size 6 definitely had to go into the bag for charity.  I have two large bags at my front door which I will take to the Red Cross store on Monday.

{GREEN}
I continue to sweep the floors with the broom only bringing the vaccum out once in a while.  I hardly use the dryer still as we have a clothesline that's indoors/outdoors because it's under our back entertainment area.

{GROW}
We loved growing our little corn crop for the very first time and our cucumbers grew very well this season.  Lots of schallots, tomatoes and coriander.  







{CREATE}
After more than 10 years away from the sewing machine I made a Rag Quilt for Sienna's 8th birthday which I wrote about here and James loved it so much I made him one as well which you can read about here.





I also made Sienna a little Sausage Doggie which I wrote about here.  Both the Rag Quilts and the Sausage Doggie gave me a great deal of joy and satisfaction in both making them and seeing how delighted the kids were with them.



{DISCOVER}
Reading about a family who moved from a big house into a tiny cottage they built as a family of 5 when times got tough.  They discovered it has been one of the best things that happened to their family.  The blog is called The Assortment.

{ENHANCE}
We attending the fairly newly formed local Residents Association Meeting to discuss opportunities for our suburb like Farmers Markets etc. which was attended by over 100 people.   I also attended James Grade 5 School Excursion to St Helena Island as one of the parent helpers and photographer for the day which you can read about below. 

{ENJOY}
We celebrated Sienna's 8th Birthday with family gathering and home made pizza's.  We attended the School Bush Dance and the sneak preview of the Lego Movie which was a school fund raiser.

I went along a Class Excursion with James to St Helena Island which is a place I have always wanted to visit.  We caught a bus from school to Hamilton, then on the Lady of Brisbane Boat to the Island and back again.








9 comments:

  1. I love your rag quilts they are wonderful!

    Your sweet corn looks amazing too, I bet it tastes go rogues too picked and eaten straight away :)

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    1. That should be gorgeous not go rogues!

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  2. The rag quilts are gorgeous!Would love to know the recipe to the swedish meatballs.Looks like a lovely month at your house.

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    1. Hi Kim if you click on the Swedish Meatballs link (above the photo of the cake) it takes you to my link where I posted the recipe instructions. They are so yummy. Thanks for stopping by. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  3. Those quilts are a great idea!! I've made a couple of similar ones but using squares instead of stripes. I think I prefer the look of stripes though and may borrow your idea for a quick quilt for the granddaughter.
    Beautiful photos of the island, really lovely.

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  4. I love the way that your children are a part of so many of the photos and involved and enthusiastic. Their quilts are beautiful.

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  5. I love the photos of the kids involved with your fresh garden produce. I will have a look at the links for the quilts and dog. I hope there are instructions. I'd like to make both. As for the drawer clean-out, my eight year old still wears a pair of size four shorts because he insists they are his favourite!!

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  6. Wonderful pictures. Your veggies look delicious and your sewing is amazing!!
    Swedish meet balls are a firm favorite here too, and we always have ours with spinach pasta.
    Have a great april.

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  7. Great photos! I am envious of that luscious looking cucumber! Like the quilts as well, I have thought of trying on but never got around to it - may have to think again! Thanks for sharing - have a great month!

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