Downsizing

In my previous post, Recipe Recommendation: June, i mentioned that we’ve moved house!

In reality, we’ve moved in with Kel’s parents. Haha. They have decided to sell the general store and post office that we manage.

We lived in the house behind the shop however just before the place was put on the market, we renovated parts of the house and gave it a coat of paint. Now it’s all shiny and new, which means the more you use it the less shiny and new it is. So we decided to move out. Plus we are SUPER interested in the tiny house movement so we thought what better way to help us start adjusting to living in a smaller space than to move into Kel’s parents’ large games room. So now we essentially live in a 50sqm room. There is no toilet, bathroom or kitchen so we have to use their facilities in the main house however we have a kettle, a toaster and a small fridge in our “space” so we are able to have light meals, snacks and hot drinks.

Although there are no walls, we arranged the room into sections so we have our bedroom, Ethan’s bedroom, a study, and a food prep/eating area. We didn’t use furniture to section off these “rooms” per se as we wanted to still keep the open plan living however we do have some furniture strategically placed so that we have some privacy 😉

So far I am LOVING our new living arrangements. Due to the way we’ve arranged the room, it feels so roomy and spacious yet keeping it clean and tidy is super easy. I’m also finding I have a lot more time for things that I didn’t before. Probably because I’m not trying to maintain a three bedroom house. I definitely feel I could live in an even smaller space however that means we’d probably have to “downsize” our possessions. We already sold and donated furniture, clothes and bits and bobs when we initially moved however now that we are actually living in a smaller space we know what we are and aren’t using and what we could potentially get rid of.

I do miss our wild garden however I’m definitely enjoying living on acreage with nothing much to look at but the cows and the hills and the trees. It’s a lot more peaceful than living behind the shop and a lot more private. Ethan LOVES that the “Moos” are right there and he’s enjoying helping Pop with his various building projects.

Gillies' Residence

Recipe Recommendation: June

Sadly i don’t have any recipes to recommend for the month of June. However there’s a pretty good reason why.

We’ve moved house!

I’ll write a separate blog post for that news however you can all understand why now. When you’re moving house you don’t have much time for cooking/baking – you’re mainly eating what you can find!

 

Recipe Recommendation: May

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of May. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta

I’ve followed Andrea’s blog Cooking with a Wallflower for quite some time now and i thought it was high time i tried one of her recipes. I already had all the ingredients on hand for this recipe so hence why i chose this one. It was super delicious! Tomatoes aren’t in season for us at the moment so they are a bit watery and mine didn’t stay together like they usually would but that doesn’t matter! And i cheated and used frozen spinach so even though it was tasty, it doesn’t look as presentable as Andrea’s 😉

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta

I don’t know if i can really recommend the original recipe for this one as i altered it a bit too much however i didn’t want to leave it out for this month either. I’m sure the original is delicious, i just didn’t have the seeds on hand (pepitas and sunflower) and instead of using evaporated milk and lemon juice, i thought I’d give the Greek yoghurt substitution a go that everyone is touting is a healthier alternative. It worked out wonderfully! Super tasty.

Recipe Recommendation: April

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of April. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Real Cream of Chicken Soup

Real Cream of Chicken Soup

We had a leftover chicken carcass from having had a roast chicken and i really felt like a creamy chicken and corn soup. I used this recipe as a base and added some corn plus pasta for extra carbohydrates. It was delicious and definitely the best way to get an extra meal out of a chicken carcass!

Recipe Recommendation: March

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of March. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Black Bean Vegetarian Burritos

Black Bean Vegetarian Burritos

I felt like burritos for dinner and we had a can of black beans in the cupboard so i found this recipe online and thought I’d give it a try. I didn’t have any capsicum on hand so that would have added a nice touch however it was still delicious and went well in a burrito. It was super rich though so you don’t need much in each burrito and this mix went further than the recipe said.

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies (gluten & grain free)

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies (gluten & grain free)

Kel saw a friend post this recipe on Facebook and asked if i could make them for Christmas. We already had a bunch of treats for Christmas so i said i would make them later. I finally did and he loved them!

Recipe Recommendation: February

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of February. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Date and Walnut Loaf

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I mentioned in our last post that Kel was heading to the Philippines on a mission trip with our church. While he was there, Ethan and i stayed my Mum, Step-Dad and brother in Sydney. My parents were on a refined sugar free fast for the time i was there so i decided to try making this date and walnut loaf that only uses the dates as the sweetener. It turned out really well and was a hit with everyone!

Again, i was hoping to be able to recommend more recipes however i have to admit I’ve been a bit slack in the cooking/baking department. Hopefully next month!

Recipe Recommendation: January

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of January. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

It’s a week late this month because we were busy preparing for Kel’s mission trip with church to the Philippines!

Spinach & Feta Quiche

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Obviously a spinach & feta quiche isn’t a hard thing to make however i wanted ratios more than anything. I didn’t have any mushrooms so i didn’t add them however apart from that i followed the recipe and it turned out so well! It was extremely delicious.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve been wanting to find some more treat recipes for Ethan and he loves sultanas so i was looking up sugar free, refined sugar free or low sugar sultana cookie recipes and i couldn’t find any! Anyway i thought well instead, why i don’t i just find a chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute the chocolate chips for sultanas? And so that is what i did. And they turned out really well! Ethan wasn’t a huge fan however Kel was, haha.

And I’m so glad that I’ve been able to recommend some recipes again this month! I’m disappointed that i couldn’t recommend more, especially as i tried more than the two above however it’s better than none.