Friday, April 25, 2008

Simple living

Rhonda Jean of has asked all her readers to write about living a simple life.

Steve, myself and our two cats Toby and Lil Pud, live on a 675 square metre suburban block.

We're trying to live a simple life and are taking this journey one baby step at a time.

To start this journey I have taken most of the convenience out of our lives. When I cook/bake, I do it from scratch. I always used bottles packets and sachets to cook with thinking this was saving time and it tasted good. Then I started to look at what was in these convenience foods and I was astounded by what I found in them that wasn't healthy. I now have complete control over what we eat and what things we put into our bodies. I bake bread daily, (in a machine), I use the slow cooker at least 3 times a week, this is so convenient when you work full time plus some. I come home in the afternoon and dinner is not only cooked but the house smells wonderful.

We have also taken dining out every other day out of our lives, this took a bit of getting use to but I now prefer to stay in and cook for friends. If is far more peaceful and cheaper than a noisy restaurant.

A couple of years ago I discovered the farmers markets at Warwick Farm. I haven't bought fruit and vegetables anywhere else since if I can help it. The vegetables are so fresh and taste like they should, not like they have been in cold storage for weeks before they make the shelves. The carrots still have green tops on them and the sweet corn is so sweet and fresh.

We have turned going to the markets on Saturday Morning into a special outing that we look forward too, not a weekly chore. We have a nice coffee and something nice for breakfast.

I recycle, we have started growing our own vegetables, we collect water when it rains in 3, 200 lt drums, I dry my washing outside on the line, and now I think before I buy something new. I look in the op shops to see if I can recycle something from there, (have found some treasures).

I would love to have my own chooks but still talkingSteve into it. I'm sure I will get there eventually.

We will just continue to take baby steps towards simple living.


Vickie LeBlanc said...

I could'nt wait for the weekend to read your blog, I did tonight. Don't you think farmers markets are the best. When I hit one, I can stay there for hours. And what is it about having breakfast at the market that makes me so happy :-) Everyone you see at the markets are such in happy good spirits.

Slow cookers - I am of the same opinion as you - dinner ready when you walk in the house and it smells delicious.

I bake bread. I started off using a bread machine but now I mostly do it from scratch. I often do the no-knead recipe.

Trifting - this is therapy for my soul. I love it. If you checked my blog you've seen how much I love going at my favorite thrift store ''Frenchy's''.

Happy living and those baby steps will surely take you to where you want to go.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracie,
Where are the markets at Warwick Farm? I know the area so I could check them out when I next come to Sydney.
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Belovedgoddess said...

I'm going to have to head over and visit the farmer's market as well, I'd love the address too.

I'm still very much a beginner on living simply, have made a few changes so far - making my washing liquid, baking more often and visiting thrift shops. I love thrift shops but never really dreamt of buying clothing from them. My last 2 tops have been thrift shop buys, got a wonderful compliment when I wore one the other day. My daughter loves the things I have bought for her too. I do have to find good recipes for pasta sauces, have to wean the hubby off Dolimio. He is so stubborn and won't try new things - never marry a fussy eater.