How to Freeze Meat without Plastic

How to Freeze Meat without Plastic

Going plastic free is a great aspiration. But there are so many, many challenges along the way. The biggest one I have come up against so far is being able to freeze meat without plastic. The first step to freezing meat without plastic was to get rid of the single-use...
DIY Aged Pine Coat Rack

DIY Aged Pine Coat Rack

My front entry NEEDED a coat rack. I really hate mess. I am a self confessed neat freak who has learned to let it go a little while I have kids in the house. But clutter drives me cray-cray. So as you can imagine the mess involved in moving into a half finished...
4 Ingredient Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup

4 Ingredient Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup

I have discovered the wonders of homemade cough syrup, especially for the girls as they are trying to settle off to sleep at night with a cold, and the tickley cough just won’t leave them alone. This time of year lemons are nice and affordable too which is...
4 Things I learned on my first day Shopping Plastic Free

4 Things I learned on my first day Shopping Plastic Free

This is the year of reducing our plastic consumption. I plan on asking our families to avoid giving us or the kids plastic for birthdays/Christmas too. Instead, we have asked the family to give them experiences – movie tickets, a trip to the beach, a picnic...
Make Your Own Aged Timber Shelves

Make Your Own Aged Timber Shelves

Our new kitchen is starting to come together on the Piwakawaka Valley Homestead. All it needs now are some aged timber shelves. I recon the heart of the home truly is the kitchen, and have I joked with my hubby that we have really built a kitchen with a table and...
How to pretty-up tins for storage.

How to pretty-up tins for storage.

Our new kitchen will have open shelves for much of the pantry storage. What a great opportunity for pretty tins and mason jars! I bought a bunch of tins at our local dump shop for $.50 each as well as collecting a few from my parents and friends. After Christmas is a...
DIY Recycled Wooden Countertop

DIY Recycled Wooden Countertop

To go with the rustic look of our house I decided to go with a DIY recycled wooden countertop. Here in New Zealand all of our old houses were built using beautiful native timber for the framing, flooring, and cupboards. These houses are often getting demolished these...
Preserving Lemons

Preserving Lemons

Preserved lemons are one of my favourite flavours. I use preserved lemon a lot in my cooking, and they are so pricey to buy and Preserving lemons is so easy to do! Winter is the time of year when lemons finally become affordable to frugal stingy bums like me. It is...

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