Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Slow Living Essentials - July & August 2013

Connecting up with Christine at Slow Living Essentials to write about our "Slow Living" for the month of July & August.  You can see previous months of May and June  here.

NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch.

Rhonda's biscuits are now a regular in our household.  We made these tortilla's which were a great hit with the kids.  Also we made Butterscotch Sticky Date Muffins from Emma's recipe at She Sows Seeds.

PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve

I continue to make spaghetti bolognese in the slow cooker having a meal that night and freezing two more meals.  We have made and frozen Anzac Biscuits, Apple and Oat Muffins and Apricot Chicken.

REDUCE:  Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
I have started a little pile of things to go to the charity shops however am still working through this process.  I really need to set some time out to put other stuff on ebay.  Once the photos are taken it's just a matter of putting them on.  I like to put them on a Friday for 10 days as it covers two weekends when you get a lot of buyers.

GREEN:  Up our lives.  Start (or continue!) using homemade cleaners.

I have made up an orange cleaner from a recipe that I posted here about.  I haven't used it yet just need to put it into a bottle and add equal amounts of water and give it a go.

GROW :  Plant/Harvest.

The veggie garden needs a good replant now however these are a few things we have harvested lately.

CREATE: To fill a need or feed the soul.

I attended a one day photography workshop with Tim Coulsen which was very inspiring.  

I made myself a Terrarium as posted about here.

DISCOVER:  Feed the mind by reading relevant articles to current interests.

I have borrowed from the Library some River Cottage Cookbooks.  I have also purchased myself some "Wholefood Cook Books".

ENHANCE:  Community:

We participated in a 5km Fun Run to support Spina Bifida Foundation as seen in this post.

ENJOY:  Life!  Embrace moments with friends and family.  Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment.  Share a moment to be remembered from the month here.

A friends birthday with a special table set up in the park for lunch and the kids all played football on the grass.

Football Trophy and Presentation afternoon.


  1. Your veggies and baking look wonderful.

  2. I love the terrarium, it reminds me that I have an empty glass vase that I could do something similar with. And how lovely to be able to confidently set up an outdoor table like that without worrying about the potential of rain!

  3. Mmm, can I come and camp out in your kitchen for a while? Your month looks delicious. Loving your terrarium, too. Well done on the fun run! :)

  4. i love this list. slow living is the best kind of living. also love that terrarium.
    xx ashley

  5. That's a fun way to have lunch in the park.