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Happenings.

I thought I would share with my blogging mates our house renovations. We originally were just getting a new front patio with extra veranda around the side and front of the house and a new upper deck balcony off our bedroom around the back with an attached service walk. We then decided we needed new windows around the front of the house as our old ones are no longer safe nor are they secure. The glass will be much thicker and the locks secure. They and the decking are made out of Jarrah so will also be termite and ant proof. We were then talking with our lovely builder about our dream of one day being able to afford to have the house rendered and he came back with a fantastic quote that we can more than afford and will also include sealing and painting. Hence the huge amount of scaffolding surrounding the house just for the renderer.  We are looking forward to sitting out on this patio all year around.

 

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This is off our kitchen/dining area where our old patio was about to blow away with the next strong breeze. I can’t really say I’m loving my new beige frosted glass windows though :D. You can see the jarrah frames that will be termite proof. Glazing will happen after the rendering.

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This is around the front of the house and corner where we are getting the veranda built.

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This is the lift and tonnes of scaffolding required to render the house which we hope will be starting this coming week.Oh, don’t be fooled by that palm tree. We live on the southern most point of Western Australia but it seems to be thriving down here. Global warming anyone?

I’ve also been making some yummy Beef stock and I’ve mostly followed a Stephanie Alexander recipe for veal stock just using meaty beef bones, leeks, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme and peppercorns.

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At the time of going to press the stock is still bubbling slowly away on the stove as it will be simmering all up for 8 hours! Smells divine. Jason is going to make Beef Pho for our tea tomorrow night using this stock. Cannot wait! Yum!

I’ll bring you more renovation photos soon. Stay tuned 😀

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.

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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 😀

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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

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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 😀

What to do on days off?

I face a funny quandary on my days off. Do I do housework? Do I couch surf with a good book? Do I garden? Days off, to me are for relaxing from the grind of going to your paid work. Revitalising your soul. Eating good food. Basically doing nothing constructive. However, I’m becoming increasingly ill at ease with myself while I do this “nothing”. My partner and I have decreed that we are going to attempt some deck building off the kitchen area of the house we live in. Neither of us are woodworking types even though I did three years of woodwork at school. I work in a laboratory, he works as a science teacher.  I mean, how hard can it be? First I’d best head to the local council and ask if there are any legalities involved in what we want to do. Next………ah…hmmm…. pull down pergola thingy attached to house by rusty bolts and not attached anywhere else by previous owner!  What wood is best for decking? A hard wood I’m sure that wont rot in a hurry and is termite proof. Screws or nails? Which is best for applying said decking? Whatever we choose to do. I’ll be taking photos. Any advice gratefully accepted.