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16 January 2015

Weekend reading

 Tomato relish for the stockpile and lemon juice for the freezer.

I haven't done my pantry work yet but I have taken the "before" photos. I hope everyone who joined in on this challenge are progressing well with it.  If you're not sure what I'm talking about, the info is in last Monday's post and it's not too late to join if you want to. I hope you all have a great weekend. I'll be busy writing over the next few days but I'll see you all, with my pantry spick and span on Monday.  Take care. ♥︎

30 everyday products you can make instead of buying at Walmart
How to freeze eggs
Healthy Dinner Recipes for under $1 a serve
34 ways to waste less food
Knitted baby bloomers
Sewn baby bloomers
Look at these little booties. They are the same as the ones I made in felt.  I'm going to make a couple of pairs of these,
I just love this blog - this is the post that brought me to it
Five things to purge from your bathroom today
The potential of porridge
Redefining the decades  New words for "old"?
I forget how I found Debby's blog, Cooking up a Storm in a Teacup, but I'm glad I did. I really like her mix of knitting, tea, open fires and ordinary life.

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reading list Rhonda, I always look forward to Friday morning and discovering new information and people/places to visit. Is that a photo or painting of your two dogs?...they look beautiful. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Nanette. It's a print of two Airedales that I love. It reminds me of our Rosie and Alice.

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  2. So much information, so little time! Really great information Rhonda, so useful and helpful. Thank you. The booties are very cute. New words for old? I was attracted to this article as I turn 50 in less than 18 months. My hair has grown back salt and pepper and I like it (hey its hair!) but I do worry that at work people will see me as old because of it. Not the younger people at work because they would see me as old anyway, (I know when I was 20 I thought people in their 40’s were old) but the people 40 and up. - So a new word for old? – How about venerable? : - )

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    1. I'm much older (more venerable) than you, Sherri, and my hair is still salt and pepper. I wish it would go white-grey like my sister's hair. And I like the word 'elder' but I'm fine with 'old' too. It has no bad connotations for me.

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  3. The weekend is here already! I always get a little shock when I see your Weekend Reading posts :)

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  4. I was going to do the pantry challenge but then the man of the house ripped it out! Ha ha it was so funny but not so funny trying to relocate my stockpile!

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  5. just went to 'cooking up a storm in a teacup', love her blog & her style, will be reading more of her later

    love your weekend readings

    have a great weekend rhonda & hanno! xxx

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  6. I love the Weekend Reading posts. The photos of your tomato relish and lemon juice are delicious.
    Northwest Edible is a great blog and very helpful when it comes to gardening. Have a terrific weekend.

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  7. Rhonda, I am venerable like you :-) So far the front section of my hair is white and the rest is on its way. Both my sister and mum have/had white hair which I like although it can be a bit of a shock after colouring it for a number of years. I also have taken the 'before' photo of the pantry but haven't done the rest as yet. Hopefully that will happen today. I hope you and Hanno have a relaxing weekend.

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  8. Thanks for the list, I'll be busy for a while :-)

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  9. I love your weekend reading list too. Always something of interest and I can take my time and go back to the list when I want. Now I must check Monday's post for what you are all up to!

    Cheers - Joolz xx

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  10. Looks like some fun reading this week! I love your reading lists.

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  11. Thank you so much for including my booties in your wonderful round-up. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do!

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  12. Hi Rhonda do you have the recipe for the loaf of bread in your banner. It looks really soft inside and I'm looking for a loaf that's not heavy. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. Kathy, the secret to a soft loaf and a good crumb is good kneading. If you're hand kneading, you'll need to do it for at least 10 minutes to get the gluten stretch of that loaf. I use virtually the same recipe for all my bread, I just change the type of flour I use. My recipe is here: http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com.au/2010/01/simple-living-series-making-bread.html

      If you still can't get the softness you want, try a natural bread improver, something like this: http://www.snk.com.au/html/s13_shopping/view_product.asp?id=65

      Good luck.

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  13. Lóve the knitted baby boomers!! Gonna try these as quick as I can. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Do you do anything special with the lemon juice before you freeze? And does juice refers to sugary drink or just pure juice of the fruit for preserving and using later on?

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    1. nihna, it's pure juice and I only put it into a plastic bottle, not quite to the top to allow for expansion. I use it during the year when there aren't so many lemons on the tree.

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