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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day 49 - Use What You've Got

A little slow to get today's post up - I'm in Sunday mode!!

I've just been picking things from our garden. The tomato plants all needed trimmed back - so I picked the last of the tomatoes (mostly green ones). Also a few peppers - a purple capsicum, green capsicum 2 jalapenos and a few chillis. Then finally a very colourful carrot crop!

Now to put them to good use! Some will go in salads to make them nice and colourful - but the green tomatoes I need some inspiration for!

I remember last year my mum telling me she found a recipe for green tomato cake that turned out very tasty!  I'm not sure I'm convinced I want to make a cake out of them though! I shall have to Google what to do with green tomatoes!

Any suggestions very welcome!

Are you harvesting anything tasty from your garden just now!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Spotlight - Day 48 Use What You've Got

Today I'll be at the Grand Final with my daughter's hockey team.

It's all very exciting, and we've everything crossed for a win. The teams are so closely matched, it's going to be a great game!

So, while I'm there, here, I'm sharing some of the fabulous links to this week's Round Tuit Party.

First some very tasty looking cakes....

And, some cool things for the home..

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Extra Moist Banana and Raisin Muffins - Day 47 Use What You've Got

A few years ago, I used to have a market stall at the local shopping centre once a month, selling things I'd made. There, I met a lovely lady called Mary, who made and sold beautiful baby and kids clothes.  We used to chat at the markets, and occasionally I'd visit her at home.  A couple of years ago, she sold up and moved down South to a retirement village to be nearer her family.  When she left she gave me piles of fabric and crafting books that she no longer had space for.  I miss seeing her around and our chats about sewing.

So what has all this to do with muffins?  Well this recipe is one she gave me. It was her favourite and she always had some made up and frozen ready to warm in the microwave and serve up with a cup of tea if anyone came calling. I had many a 'Banana and Raisin' muffin with Mary, and they will always make me think of her!

 Mary's Extra Moist Banana and Raisin Muffin Recipe

3/4 cup boiling water
1teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup other dried fruit you like - eg. dates or currents
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate or caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour

Combine the boiling water, bicarb and dried fruit in a bowl. Leave to stand for 10 mins

Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease the muffin tray.

In another bowl, combine the banana, oil, apple juice concentrate and eggs. Beat.

Stir the dried fruit and their liquid into the banana mixture.
Sift the flours into the mixture and stir to combine.

Spoon into the muffin tray.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy with a cuppa and a friend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Notebook and pen folder from upcycled shorts - Day 46 Use What You've Got

Last week I made some mini backpacks with some old shorts I had in my stash. 

I still have some of the fabric from the shorts left, so yesterday I made a matching notebook folder:

I adapted this tutorial for the folder.

I think they make a cute little matching set.

With the all important seal of approval from my two girls, I think I'll make matching folders for the other backpacks too!

For heaps more clothes upcycling ideas - and to add any of your own - check out the ongoing linky:

And you can always follow me on Pinterest too, where I'm always adding plenty of new upcycling ideas as I find them.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day 45 Use What You've Got - my 'other' blog!

Yesterday, I shared a video on my Facebook page relating to the ALS ice-bucket challenge.  This video really made me think about peer pressure, and standing up for what you believe in - not just following the crowd.

It inspired me to write a post about it - on my other blog, 
which is about how we're educating our kids to become the best people they can be.

I haven't kept this blog up regularly - and thought this was a good opportunity to 'use what I've got',  in order to express my opinion.

You can read my post here:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to make a personalised fabric bookmark - Day 44 Use What You've Got

I've been sorting through and clearing my computer files recently. In my tutorials folder I found some that I made a couple of years ago for my girls to follow when they were learning so sew some basic things.  I thought I may as well make use of these tutorials and share them on the blog.

Here's one for making a personalised fabric bookmark like this:

It's a very simple and straightforward sewing projects - great for kids to get started on learning to sew!

The full tutorial is available as a free PDF download - to get it, 

Can your kids sew? Did you teach them? Do you think it's important for them to learn to follow instructions for sewing and creating things, or is it better to let them learn by experimenting and playing around with the fabric and supplies?

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Round Tuit 220, Day 43 Use What You've Got

Happy Monday from Cairns!
We had a busy weekend - with hockey matches for our girls - our eldest now through to the finals next weekend which is very exciting! Then we had extra kids at our house over the weekend for sleepovers - more excitement for our girls!
It's all calm again now - back to the working week.

Here's my wrap up of last week with my #100happydays pictures:

Now let's see what you've all been up to!

Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
First of all, this cute 
Pinky Lamb Amigurumi pattern from JennyandTeddy Craft Blog:

Next, Pie Cupcakes from Moola Saving Mom - simple and cute!

For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
Creating my way to Success
Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post next week.
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