30 December 2013

Veggie madness

With the madness of christmas over and a few sunny days we are starting to harvest more and more from our little garden.  I only wish I had more space for vegetables!

 Peas are going great guns.  We have been picking loads every night.  There is one poor little bean plant that I should have planted separately as it isn't doing well at all.  but the peas, oh the peas.

                               

In the front garden I ripped out flowers and weeds and planted lettuce, silverbeat, two types of kale, broccoli and cauliflower.  They are all doing well and I have used heaps of kale already.  I love that I can cut leaves off and it keeps growing.  I had mini cos lettuce in and used most of it so now have an empty spot.   Some iceberg is growing on the grass side of the patch.  Also have sun flowers dotted throughout.


Down the side of the driveway there are three tomato plants, corn, zucchini, sunflowers and basil that we have already had a meal of pesto from.  I am hoping they will keep growing though.  I think I will plant some more in this space as we love fresh pesto.  There are also a few beetroot plants almost ready to harvest in here as well.

Out the back in styrofoam boxes there are tomatos, beetroot and herbs.  Tomatoes aren't really big but are already fairly full of fruit so I hope we get enough warm days to help them along.  My strawberries are keeping the birds healthy too!

I love having a garden and the kids love picking food to eat too.  Such a beautiful time in the evenings when we are all outside, seeing what is ready to pick, watering, weeding and chatting.



06 December 2013

This week at home ed

This week has been a little less frantic and we are winding back a bit.

We didn't go to home ed group this week as the day changed and we had other commitments.  The weather this week has been spectacularly weird so our activities have been dependent on what is happening.

we have done a spot of swimming at Riverside Pool


Harvested some peas from the garden


went geocaching and had a play in the park at Perth, on the same day we went to Utsi cafe for a cuppa with my parents and then continued on to the Simmons Plains farm to catch up with another home ed family.  The kids had a great time exploring the large farm and shooting footage for a short film with their friend Isaac.


Plus, plenty of free time in the sun to just hang out together and play.

We also had our monitor visit from the gorgeous Sandra.  I do like this visit as it reminds we that we are on the right track, that we do plenty and the kids learn so much just from having the freedom to learn what, how and when.  We are truly blessed to live the life we have.

01 December 2013

Frittata Frenzy

We love us a frittata occasionally.  I always forget how good they are and wonder why we don't have them more often every time we have one.


I have no strict rule for making mine.  In fact they are a great way to use up veg that are on their last legs.  This one included:
1 grated carrot
1 grated zucchini
1 onion finely diced
1 grated clove of garlic
1/2 tsp oregano
12 kale leaves finely chopped
1/2 c corn
1/2c peas
1 tomato halved and thinly sliced
4 florets of broccoli quartered
8 eggs lightly whisked
salt and pepper
handful of grated cheese for top

I steam broccoli, corn, peas and kale to partly cook them.  
Then saute onion, carrot, zucchini, garlic and oregano in some coconut oil.  
Add the rest  of the steamed veg and tomato.  
I give a liberal sprinkling of salt and pepper and stir through.
Pour egg mix over and make sure all veg covered.  
Turn heat to low and allow to cook at least 3/4 way through then place under grill to cook the top 1/4.
Add cheese and grill until golden and melted.

We had ours with a green salad and a dollop of sour cream on top!

ENJOY!!


29 November 2013

This week at home

This week our home ed group were lucky enough to visit Hagley Farm School and Enviro Centre. This is our second visit and it was a huge hit once again!

This visit we got to feed many of the farm animals



The kids then did a tractor ride around the rest of the property



They got to experience what school would have been like in 1892.  I think they all realise how lucky they are!




There are two great little museums there now. One displays agricultural tools and the other has household tools and furniture etc



Beren also did some baking this week.  He wants to be a chef and is doing very well following a recipe without too much instruction.



and there was the obligatory goofing around at the park today.