The things we do with our time.

Since we’ve been married, our house has become the centre of destruction so it seems 😀 We initially had plans drawn up and approved by the powers that be our council, and since then, our lovely sensible, perfectionist builder has been making suggestions that Jason and I have pounced on with gusto! They are all within our budget and will combine to make our forever home, forever liveable both in and out.


We are now having 2 single external doors replaced and made out of Jarrah and glass,  2 ancient decrepit aluminium sliding doors replaced with jarrah and glass tri-fold doors and 4 external old aluminium windows replaced with lovely jarrah and glass windows. After they are put in, then we get a really good renderer in who will turn our mission brown brick outsides into one nice smooth creamy coating of a house 😀

After that is done, then the decking and the verandas both front and back and the upper story decking can be finished. I’ll keep you all posted on how mad it gets! Our builder Gibson Towns, is a wonderful careful man who has won awards for his building but we chose him through word of mouth. Our friend is coached in Karate by him and we also researched him on line before we approached him. It’s so nice to have a builder who is always talking to you about what he is doing or about to do, what any holdups there are and what we are able to do ourselves. Unlike our last experience with a builder just trying to get him to reply to a phone call was an ordeal. Gibson gives us precise estimates for building works and they are more than workable.

Today, I made a couple of jars of blueberry and raspberry jam with the last of my blueberries. There are still a few berries growing and ripening on the bushes but I think that’s about it. I threw in a nectarine I had lying about as well. Can’t let fruit go to waste 😀




It tastes yummy!

I made some lovely Gluten free chocolate friands the other day for my hubby (Squeee!) and they are my new most favourite thing to make next to jam 😀 .  Here’s the recipe and a couple of photos. It is a slightly changed Donna Hay recipe for those wanting to see the original.

Chocolate Friands

1 cup (110g) Almond meal (or hazelnut)

1 and 2/3 cups (250g) of gluten free icing (confectioners) sugar, sifted

1/2 cup (75g)of gluten free plain flour sifted

1/4 cup (30g) of good cocoa powder, sifted

1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

5 egg whites, just very slightly broken up, NOT whisked ( a bit like scrambled egg)

200g of butter (or non dairy substitute if your also lactose/dairy intolerant), melted

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (320 F) . Place the almond meal, icing sugar, flour , cocoa and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the egg whites and stir to combine. Add the butter and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into paper patty pan lined muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes or until springy to the touch.

Makes  10-12


Very, very scrummy to have with a cuppa!

I also uplifted and slightly thinned out the lemon tree this morning as well so we don’t poke an eye out of a builder. That would be unfortunate.

Will be back soon with more delicious recipes and pictures from the destruction zone 😀

10 thoughts on “The things we do with our time.

  1. Imagine how amazing it is going to look! I am going to have to start saving up to come and visit just so’s I can see it 🙂 I adore friand after I ate that one when I was over in 2012 at Lavender cottage. Gorgeous dense little things but NO way to make them vegan. I might just have to stick with dense sticky vegan brownies for a similar but not the same fix. The building work should go smoothly now. Good builders are amazing things and you need to hold onto him now you have found him. I am SO glad you dumped the last one. He was taking the mick. I reckon I am going to have to try to veganise friand now. I have a truly outrageous hankering for a fist full of friand and a big mug of tea (good builders morning tea 😉 ). What the heck am I going to use instead of egg whites? I did find a vegan post on how to make marshmallows using flax “goop” and agar agar…might work? Might also just turn out to be almond goop baked into a stiff little brick in the middle of my muffin pan (note to self “just in case, use the silicon muffin pans” 😉 ). HUGS Pinky. Off to feed these begging mutts that are now giving me goo-goo eyes 😉

  2. Wow Cathy you sure are having some lovely things done to your house! Can’t wait to see some photos along the way. When you look back and it is all done you won’t believe how you did it lol. Has the weather been kind to you? I know Albany can be a wet place. The jam looks delish, as do the friands, you clever ducky. Are you going to the reunion? Well done on getting a terrific builder. I am trying to get hold of the guy who is supposed to be doing my garden in Perth and can’t get a reply for love or money! Meanwhile my garden is going to the dogs… sigh. Why is it called a friand instead of a patty cake or muffin, btw?

    1. Hi Kym. What reunion is that do tell? No rain here unfortunately. Could do with a drop to stop the dust bowl blowing under the doors 🙂 . Not sure why they’re called friends but maybe it’s to do with the amount of almond meal to flour ratio . They fit perfectly into a patty cake sized pan. Will be posting more work soon as bits and bobs keep appearing over the fence and get deposited on the ground around us 🙂

      1. The school reunion, not sure if it encompasses your year, um says 1976 – 80. 1976 yr8, 77 year9, 79 yr11 and 1980 yr 12. So I guess just our,(Fran and I). year… confused by all the dates, Sorry. Can’t believe Albany has been dry! I’m coming there on the 15th, so it will probably pour lol

  3. Sounds like fun, Cathy! More vicarious life to look forward to . . . Those friands look delicious, but I won’t be making them . . . 😦 am working on reducing sugar intake. But once on a time . . .

  4. I missed this post, I am having troubles keeping up with my reading this past month. Love friands but have never made them. That jam looks really yummy! Good luck with the house renos (which is probably finished by now!)

    1. Oh the renovations won’t be over for some time as the renderer keeps putting back his start date which pushes back all the other works that can’t proceed without him finishing first! Ah well, gives us more time to save money to pay for works as required 😉 . The friends were lovely too.

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