Love making bags out of old materials. Bought this pair of denim shorts for 1 euro. Took a little while working out what I was going to do because I did not have a pattern, but did figure it out, very pleased with the result.
Today I made this reusable washable grocery bag. I got this free pattern from ShabbyFabrics.com which was on facebook.
Really pleased with the result, for a while I have been looking for a sturdy bag that you can roll up and put in your handbag, just in case you need to buy something and don’t want to buy a flimsy plastic bag.
Looking forward to trying it out, all seams are reinforced so should be able to hold all my fruit and veg from the organic farm.
The next thing I wanted to change was the way I eat, although at the moment I think I have a good healthy diet there is room for improvement. My task is to try and make my kitchen as eco friendly as possible. Firstly I would like to get rid of my plastic containers and use glass, I had some mason jars already , so I got rid of some plastic and used them for to store some of my cupboard ingredients, also used some smaller glass jars for my spices. I still have a long way to go, but hope to replace all the plastic with either glass or stainless steel eventually.
Now the task I am most excited about at the moment is I am trying to make everything from scratch I do make all meals from scratch, but I am now making my own stock, tahini, blend of spices,jams and potato waffles.
I recently bought a waffle machine still experimenting, but things looking good so far.
This morning I made date jam for the first time, and tahini.
Date Jam Recipe
50 g dates
120ml fresh apple juice (this was one apple juiced)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1. chop dates finely.
2.Put all ingredients into a pot , bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins. Stirring now and again.
3. Pour into sterile glass jar.
I only made a little to see how it was going to taste and how long it would last. Let you all know later.
Recently I have been thinking about changing things in my life, now that I am retired I have plenty time to tackle the issues that I would like to change. The first thing I tackled was my wardrobe, I had too many clothes and they were really unorganized, so I bought some staking boxes, assembled them and got on with the task of sorting out my clothes, at the end I had a few boxes for the charity shop, and a tidy wardrobe where I am able to find what I need. I used the same principle for my sewing machine, craft materials etc.
This recipe works really well, even people who can eat wheat like it. This is the recipe.
- 2 large eggs
- 60 g sugar
- 110 ml vegetable oil
- 130 g rice flour
- 10 g baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 large carrots grated
- pinch salt
- Put eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and oil in a bowl, beat well.
- Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and fold into egg mixture.
- Add carrots and salt.
- Bake at 180c for 40 to 45 mins.
The containers I used were what my frozen curry came in, an ideal free loaf tin.
Lately my blood pressure has been a little higher than normal, so I did some research and decided that I would try to make some hibiscus tea, as the hibiscus flower has many health benefits , helps to lower blood pressure,helps to lower cholesterol, speeds up metabolism and boosts your immune system.
Worth a try I thought, as I have many bushes around me.
Step 1.So this is how I made my tea. First I dead headed the bush, then separated the stigma from the petals.
Then I separated the five petals and put them in the sun to dry.
Once dry I put them in a kilner jar.
I put a handful in my 700ml teapot and topped up with boiling water.
Let the petals soak for about 5 mins, then you can pour into a cup , or you can let it cool and pour in a glass. I usually use a little honey to sweeten it a little.
Well I have only being doing this for a week and my blood pressure has reduced from 145/95 to 128/85 much better.