Sunday, October 22, 2017

DIY coconut butter

A favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it’s really addicting! You can also use it in baking. It tastes delicious in cookies or vegan fudge. When coconut butter is in its liquid form, you can drizzle it over ice cream, granola, fruit, or cereal.

 Start by placing shredded and unsweetened coconut in a food processor and pulse. PS: This might work with sweetened but I haven’t tried it and not sure if I would like that sugary taste.

 After the first few minutes the shredded coconut will start clumping together (as seen above), keep pulsing…

 Several minutes later, you’ll see it turning into a smooth paste. You’ll have to scrape the side down several times at this stage. If you’re food processor starts heating up, give it a break. The coconut won’t go bad if you let it sit in the food processor for 5 minutes or 20 or an hour. Better to do this slowly than ending up with a broken food processor.

 Just when you think that there is no way this will turn into coconut butter, it becomes nice an smooth. Due to the heat from your food processor, you will have coconut butter in a nearly liquid form. This actually makes it easy to pour out of the food processor and into your container. Pop it in the fridge to firm it up or drizzle it right away over your favourite icecream

I like my coconut butter best when it has a frosting consistency. Now that it’s colder my coconut butter is almost always hard. So I heat it in a water bath and then whip it with a food processor. It looks nicer and then you can spread it smoothly on anything and everything.

 I like my coconut butter best when it has a frosting consistency. Now that it’s colder my coconut butter is almost always hard. So I heat it in a water bath and then whip it with a food processor. It looks nicer and then you can spread it smoothly on anything and everything.

Pan-Fried Bananas with Coconut Cream

Pan-Fried Bananas with Coconut Cream
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-3
  • 2 ripe, but firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp  vanilla

Coconut Cream:
Toppings: coconut flakes 

  1. Over medium heat, melt coconut oil and honey in skillet. Add cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract, and "swirl" to combine.
  2. Place sliced bananas in skillet and cook for 2-4 minutes
  3. each side. Be sure to watch bananas as they caramelize to ensure they don't brown.
  4. Remove from heat, and remove the bananas from pan.
  5. While bananas are cooling, remove can of coconut milk from fridge and open upside down. Gently pour out the coconut water that is separated and sitting on top of the coconut cream into a separate bowl.
  6. Place the thick cream that remains in a mixing bowl and whip until peaks form (about 2-3 minutes on high if using a mixer.) Add honey while whipping.
  7. If the separate cream is somewhat solid, add a tablespoon or two of the separate coconut water back to the cream while whipping to give it a creamy texture.
  8. Layer bananas, coconut cream, sliced almonds, and coconut flakes in a bowl. Take picture of your masterpiece for Instagram, and consume. Serves 2-3.

Nom nom nom 

Idiot proof icecream

cut your bananas up and freeze them, I a;ways have frozen bananas i my freezer and truth be told I have lots of frozen fruit so you can make this with any fruit

take you frozen bananas and pop them into your food processor  and process until smooth

you can bump it up by adding peanut butter or coco so give it a go

coconut milk icecream 3 ingredient

 this is easy and tastes fantastic

  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1¾ c. sugar (can substitute agave nectar too)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Shake up coconut milk cans, then open and pour into large bowl. Whisk in vanilla and sugar. Whisk until smooth and then pour into ice cream maker for 20-25 minutes.
  2. If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour into a freezer safe tupperware. Put in freezer and stir about every 25 minutes, until firm enough to eat.
  3. Before serving, especially if ice cream has been in the freezer for 8 or more hours, get it out to soften about 15 minutes before eating.

stretching mince

Making each meal go further is always handy and a great way to save money

There isn’t a strict recipe to follow. For every kilo of meat, I use about the same  of veggies.  I use a combination of carrots, onion and/or celery,  depending on what I have on hand.   This time, I had carrots and onions from our garden and some celery that was starting to get floppy in the fridge.

I really like the soup packs you get in the veg section of coles as they are around $4. and have some really good veg in the pack 

 Start by washing and peeling your veggies.  Then, using a food processor, puree the vegetables.

 The meat and vegetables go in the pan together and I brown them just as I would plain meat.  

It is a little more steamy since the veggies have lots of water in them.

This is a really good way to add vegetables to your diet and if you have kids then it is a great way to hide vegetable lol

please enjoy

Monday, October 16, 2017

Slow cooker deep dish pizza

This is amazing and everyone will love it

here is a no knead bread recipe I use as you can make it and leave it wrapped in the fridge for up to a week before you use it.

once you have your dough made , line your slow cooker  with grease proof paper and a tip for the beginners roll the dough thin as it does rise as its cooking however having said that I do not personally like thick pizza base

Press in your pizza base or dough into the slow cooker making sure you stretch it out and up the edges

add pizza sauce and toppings of your choice, I am a real meat eater so ground beef or mince is a must for me on a pizza especially a deep dish as you can keep adding layers of toppings and I love pizza sauce as well. I add cheese in between layers

make sure you have a paper towel or a teatowel under the lid to stop any liquid falling on your pizza and cook on high for about 2 hours

Please Enjoy

3 ingredient sultana squares

you will need 

  • 375g of sultanas
  • 400g tin of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1¼ cups of self-raising flour

  1. Combined all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and spread out as evenly as possible (mixture is quite sticky).
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown (you can also test it with a cake tester (or toothpick) and make sure it comes out clean).
  4. Allow to cool in tin before slicing.
I actually use a slow cooker to make this which I line with grease proof paper and cook for a couple of hours on high but remember to check as all slow cookers are different.

Anything you can cook in an oven you can make in a slow cooker

These are so easy to make and so lovely to eat.

Please enjoy


Sunday, October 15, 2017

summer shade

how wonderful is this idea for shade in the summer and it can be applied anywhere with most creeping plants

Paint brush holder

Pool noodles are such a great things and this is a great way to hold your brushes when you are painting

Vegetables you can regrow


You can regrow basil by putting the basil stems with leaf nodes in a glass of water and placing them in a sunny spot. Wait for the roots to grow about 2 inches long and then transfer them in pots.

Romaine Lettuce

 Cut end off store bought romaine, jam into dirt, water, and leave.  Doesn't get much faster than that.





  1. Select fresh carrots (not baby carrots) that sport a little green on the top.
  2. Cut off the top 2 inches from the crown of one or more carrots.
  3. Place the tops in a shallow saucer, cut side down.
  4. Add water so that half of the carrot top is submerged in the water.
  5. Place the saucer on a windowsill where it will get light.
  6. Add water to the saucer as needed to keep the tops from drying out.
The carrot tops will sprout in about 1-2 weeks. then plant in the ground



The technique is pretty simple. Take your green onions,  cut off the green stalks from the bulb leaving about an inch of the bulb. Put the bulbs in a small glass with just enough water to cover the bottom of the bulb. Leave somewhere sunny for about 10days, changing the water regularly. Cut off the green shoots and repeat.
VoilĂ ! free food. Obviously you will need a few glasses running at a time to ensure a plentiful supply for the kitchen.


Place the budding clove or whole bulb in a small cup or bowl.  Using a clear container really helps you see when the water needs to be changed and you can watch the roots grow.  Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the cup and touches just the bottom of the cloves.  Do not submerge the cloves or the water will become cloudy, smelly and the cloves will begin to rot.  Not good.
The garlic cloves will begin producing roots very quickly after a few days.  It's good practice to change out the little bit water in the cup or bowl when it begins to look slightly cloudy, which is every couple of days.  Soil is not required because the green shoots rising up are getting all their nutrients from the individual cloves.  Plenty of light and fresh water will do nicely.
You can begin harvesting garlic sprouts when the shoots are 3-inches tall; there could be 2 to 3 shoots growing out of each clove.  Try not to remove more than a third of the growing blades.  The green blades capture energy from the sun to grow taller.  Much like a green onion, garlic sprouts grow from within the a single sprout.  Cutting the main sprout back down to the clove will not produce more shoots.  sprouts will grow as tall as 10-inches if left alone.
Use sharp kitchen scissors to snip off just what you need for your recipe. Two-inches of a sprouts blade can roughly make 1 tablespoon of sprouts.
Ideally, their flavor is best appreciated eaten fresh.  Garlic sprouts are excellent on top of baked potatoes, green salads, vegetable salads, or stirred into egg salads, pasta salads, dips, and as a quick garnish over hummus or guacamole.


You can regrow celery by cutting off the base of the celery and placing it in a bowl of warm water in a sunny spot. The new leaves in the middle of the base will begin to grow and thicken in 5 to 7 days. Then you can transfer it to a pot with soil.


 You can regrow cilantro by placing the stems in a glass of water. When the roots are long enough, you can transfer them to a pot with soil in a sunny spot. It will take a few months for a harvest



Sweet Potato

 You can regrow sweet potato by placing it in a jar of water in direct sunlight and letting it sprout. Then plant the well-rooted sprouts in soil








Smittens Recycled sweaters

To make sweater mittens you will need the following items:
Sewing Machine / Needle and thread
Sewing Pin

 To get started turning your sweater into a pair of mittens we need to make a pattern of our hand (or the hands of the person that we’re making the mittens for) Trace around the hand shape in a larger mitten shape, leaving space between hand and edge of mitten shape because your hand needs some room in there AND we need some seam allowance for sewing the mitten together! and be sure to make the wrist even a little bit larger to make sure hands can fit into the mittens

 Now prepare the sweater that you will be cutting up!  Op shops are great places to find sweaters and even sweat shits work well. Matched up the bottom hem and smoothed it out flat…

 Once your sweater is laid out with a nice flat area lay on the pattern with the wrist lined up with the bottom of the sweater… the hem on the sweater will become the cuff of your mitten!… if the sweater has a long hem you could extend the mitten pattern down to accommodate the extra fabric that you could then fold up into a nice cuff!
 Once you’re happy with the mitten position on the sweater you have to trace the pattern onto the sweater with your marker!… don’t worry – the sweater is inside out so you are marking on the inside… and we still have to cut it out and sew the mitten together… the marker will not be viewable if there is some that didn’t get cut away…

 Cut out your mitten!… work slowly as you’ll be cutting through two layers of the sweater to make each mitten
 Once the mittens have been cut out pin around each mitten to hold the two layers of sweater together… this will help keep them from slipping apart while you are sewing

 Once you’re all pinned you can hand sew or machine sew around the mitten… don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end to ensure the stitches don’t come loose!…

 Machine or hand sew around the mittens 

Trim off any excess seam that may get bulky inside and then turn your mittens right side out… then of course take it for a test spin!.. you just worked hard at making the mitten… its time to test the fit!

These are so cute and make great gifts

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cheeseburger Casserole

  • kilo of mince
  •   garlic two cloves or a couple of teaspoons from a jar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 ounces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 or four cups of  grated cheddar cheese divided
  1. Brown ground beef with garlic and onion powder.
  2. Drain excess grease, then spread beef on bottom of slow cooker,
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Stir 8 ounces grated cheese into egg mixture.
  5. Pour egg mixture over beef and bacon.
  6. Top with remaining 4 ounces of grated cheese.
  7. Cook on high for  1 to two hours

Recipe Notes

If you want a less eggy casserole, reduce eggs and add more beef. Mushrooms, onions, and pickles are great add-ins!

This is hearty and inexpensive


Pizza casserole (slow cooker)

If you are anything like me you look for inexpensive meals you can cook and this is one of my favs. I cook this cut it into portions then freeze it but take my word for it  this is great for families and when people drop in.

We have a rule in our house that if its not on sale we can not buy it so mince or ground beef depending on where you are from is always on sale so is always there to be used and finding interesting ways to use it is what makes life interesting.

So here we go

Slow cooker

  • One packet  of pasta and I use anything other than spaghetti .
    mince or ground beef depending what you call it
  • and if you like add pork mince as well
  •  sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • two jars of pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  •  garlic two teaspoons and i use home brand crushed from coles
  • a couple of cups of cups of cheese .... I am not fond of mozzarella cheese so I tend to use  coles tasty cheese which I grate and I add parmesan cheese and often cream cheese. 
  • Aldi is good for all these cheeses and so is coles
amounts depends on numbers you are cooking for or if you are going to freeze it

You will need to cook your pasta and I use the whole packet or box

  Fry your cut up onion add garlic and any spices you want and then brown off the mince lightly

In your slow cooker place half cooked pasta

add one jar of pasta sauce

add some cheese

add half cooked mince 

add rest of pasta

add cheese

add mince

add other jar of pasta sauce

top with cheese and pepperoni

 cover with lid and cook on high for between one and two hours but check as each slow cooker is different.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

insulate your cooler or esky

This is so simple and actually very clever

You will need

Sun cover for car a couple of these


 Lay the insulated wrap around the cooler and figure out how you are going to cover it. The wrap we had came in sections, so we figured out the best way to section it together to cover the top and sides of the cooler.
We found it easiest to cover the sides of the cooler first, create a top, and then join them together.
Cut the insulated wrap as needed.

Tape the sections together using the foil-backed tape.
Smooth down the tape.

 Adjoin the top and bottom to form the cover.

Create a handle at the top or on the sides.
Slip it over your cooler

 It’s not the prettiest thing ever, but it sure is effective. It was really hot and humid this weekend and we returned from two days of camping with all our ice in the cooler. We do have one of those coolers that keep food cold longer, but this cover extends that out a few more days.


DIY coconut butter

A favorite way to use coconut butter is to spread it on toast or just eat a spoonful of it here and there. Careful, it’s really addicting!...