A Round-up of Summer Harvest & Preserving Posts

We are hitting our garden produce stride at the moment and when you have an abundance of something, whether it is homegrown or in season and available in the supermarkets, I believe in taking every opportunity to preserve the harvest. This is one of the great summer rituals that stretches into autumn. My preserving year usually starts with making Elderflower Cordial …

Frugal Friday :: Cooking From Scratch

So I’m a day late in posting this post, my apologies for that. This week I started my new part-time job and on the same day, I had an interview for a voluntary role I hope to take on next year after my contract ends. More on that another time but needless to say I was a little preoccupied. Today I …

Late August Harvest

It’s ‘that’ time of the year again, busy busy like a little squirrel, preserving the harvest to enjoy during those long, cold, dark months of winter. I picked loads of apples and plums on Saturday. I spent Saturday afternoon dealing with the apples. My plan for these apples was to make it all into apple sauce as I use it in various …

Storing Summer’s Bounty

Being a natural born home-keeper, I love the opportunity to potter about my home making it a haven and spending time in the kitchen creating delicious nourishing food for my family. These summer months are wonderful because I have the opportunity of preserving fruits in season and foraging the hedgerows. I love to do this so that we have a taste …

Revamping my Envelope Budgeting System

We’ve always had a budget and we have had varying degrees of success in sticking to it. However, recently, I have found that my system no longer seems to be working for me and that a bit of adjustment is necessary in order to maintain a healthy financial management system. As in our homeschool and my home keeping, I find that what …