Waste Not Want Not

Well I have had a busy few days both enjoying the Sun, and gathering in some of the harvest and  freezing  some of it. First was the Peas,Freezing Peas to date we have frozen around 16 pounds in weight. Our peas are frozen straight to the freezer into bags once you have made sure they are clean and no grubs.. But all good protein Winking smile 

Next was the Broccoli which have grown huge this year Broccoliand I had come across a recipe for making Broccoli soup out of the stalks. So I thought I would give it a go..

The Full recipe you can find Here on my Recipe pages. With full instructions and photos stages in the making. Its delicious!

I don’t know about you but we put our veggie raw scraps and fruit into the compost bin, along with egg shells and salad waste, This is making a lovely compost which we will use next year dug into our Runner Bean row.

Kidney BeansHere are just a few of the many beans yet to come from our Kidney Runner Beans, Last year we blanched them before freezing.. But this year after seeing many more good results from freezing straight to freezer after washing and slicing, we have started to freeze on an open tray in freezer, once frozen then bag up, as they then don’t stKombucha Teaick together.

A drink that my hubby and I have with our meals is homemade Kombucha Tea  Its  so refreshing chilled especially during our exceptional hot Summer, and its good for you too.  My daughter bought me a starter kit in March of this year as part of a Mother’s Day gift. This tea is not only deliciously sparkly when brewed but has so many good health benefits, it is brewed using a scoby culture which you can find out more about Here, These cultures regenerate and multiply so now I have got quite a production line going as from my one jar I now have 4 jars on the go. So there is always a bottle ready for drinking in the fridge.

And between all of the Cooking, I have read another wonderful book by Paulo Coelho called Aleph Aleph Book Cover Click the Book to find out about it…  This book literally fell at my feet in a Pound store where I was browsing on holiday at the books  section a few weeks back, as two books fell from the shelves… A sign! you bet!.. I bought them both.

 Smile I always try to see the Signs the Universe throws my way. Smile 

Ok right Back to making the most of this afternoons Sun.. And I am gradually working my way around you all…. So if I’ve not caught up with you yet I will See you soon! 

Love and Blessings

~Sue~ 

 

 

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  1. Crowing Crone Joss
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 14:47:33

    what abundance of harvest and of life you are enjoying!

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  2. shreejacob
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 14:49:43

    Oh those vegetable look so fresh and beautiful! The tea looks yummy too! Reminded me of yoghurt..how you can make batches of it from just the first one!
    I have Aleph sitting on my bookshelf. I’ve found that for me, I can only read his book when it’s the right time… 🙂

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  3. penpusherpen
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 15:01:24

    I love browsing the cheapo book stores and suchlike Sue, there always seems to be something that stands out, (or in your case falls at your feet!! 🙂 ) and I followed the link for Kombucha Tea so I shall be reading up on that too. You give me and many others so much to think about, which is nice, and uplifting too. (I seem to be saying ‘too’ far too much nowadays I wonder why? A bit like my >>…<< three dots syndrome, I think I'll try and cold turkey the habit!! Anywho, waste not want not is a fantastic saying and mantra to live by, along with 'do as you would be done by' it stays in my mind always. I seem to be tying my comment in knots here, but I hope you can unravel the strings as you read,and make some sense of my thought pattern. take care and enjoy the sunshine, love and light. xPenx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 21:26:37

      Who cares about grammar LOL Pen… you should here me in real life.. you know! … You Know!…. LOL… I hear myself saying that often.. ya know!!!! LOL>… but the three dots… syndrome I have,,, ooophs now I slipped up for three comas,,, LOL… hehe haha heee heeee…. So love it when you drop by Pen, you are so so good for my Soul!!! dot dot dot! xxxx

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  4. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 16:00:56

    Freundliche Grüße von uns, Wolfgang

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  5. prenin
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 16:52:25

    Looking good Sue! 🙂

    Your Like button is working, so hopefully this comment will post! 🙂

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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  6. Visionkeeper
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 18:17:32

    Oh how wonderful you are getting so much in this summer!!! I hope next season will be a better year here. I am just barely getting anything to eat right now, but its starting. The beans are just starting to come in as are the squashes…Picked some this morning along with cukes….Better than nothing. The chard is looking good as is the kale, I won’t hold my breath for the tomatoes…Ya win some and lose some! Paul Cohelo is a great author. Let me know how you like it…Have a great day and enjoy your sunshine my friend…Love and hugs…VK

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 21:11:44

      I hope your next season will be better Vk.. It was the same last year for us.. such a disappointment when you put all that effort in and then the weather seems against you.. Our tomatoes last year were green we had to take off and ripen on the window sill in kitchen… This year they are looking good… The Book VK I read almost in a day.. it was hard not to put down.. it made it even more interesting as its none fiction and was based upon his own experiences ..
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend xox DW xx

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  7. europasicewolf
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 20:06:37

    Ooh! Look at all those lovely Veg! Busy busy bee 🙂 Enjoy the sunshine, think its time i turned into a firewall! x

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  8. becca givens
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 02:16:22

    Yea — a bountiful harvest!! 😀

    I know of its numerous benefits .. I have tasted a couple of brands before, but did not relish the taste of Kombucha Tea … I wonder if I would like it better if I made it.

    😀 xoxo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 20:58:59

      I have only tasted home brew Becca.. first what my daughter made.. She was introduced to it in Hawaii.. I use green tea and then herbal infusions such as Raspberry, or Blackcurrent and Apple. Rose tea is especially good with green tea, .. Its almost like wine.. LOL 😉 but no alcohol content.. 🙂 If ever you should wish to know what quantities if ever you should wish to try.. just ask.. 🙂 Love to you xxx

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      • becca givens
        Jul 25, 2013 @ 22:12:33

        I read more of it after reading your post, and was not aware of the different variations resulting in light to strong taste. I’ve been exposed to only the bottled versions, and I must have picked up the strong variations. I would be honored and appreciate you sharing your variations … and will give it a try. Thank you for the offer. 😀 xoxox Many blessings ~~ becca

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  9. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 06:07:57

    it has been such a strange day
    and I wanted to end my day within your space where real veggies grow,
    the energy is calm and full of wisdom….
    though I am most envious of your harvest!, such beauty in what comes naturally from Earth…..my this summers crop did not do well..
    I worked on a mandala I dreamed about and worked in my gardens, turning over the soil, weeding and getting ready to plant for Fall…it is a luxury to have two growing seasons here…
    I haven’t read the book but I will find it and read..though Diana Gabaldon series has pulled me in again…so it may be a Winter read….
    Thank you Sue….always loving to walk with you in your gardens and in thoughts….
    Have a wonderful morning as I wander a bit in the moonlit gardens She is Beautiful tonight …!before heading into sleep
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    Blessed Be
    maryrose

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 20:55:21

      Arrgh thank you Maryrose… You matter more than you know.. And I hope that your Fall crop fare better than your summer ones have.. As for your Mandela have you painted it.. or I know you sew, I would be so interested in seeing it.. 🙂
      The Moon has been glorious hasn’t she… I hope you slept well and dreamt sweetly.. Take care of you.. Many blessings
      Sue xox

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  10. jussaraluna
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 07:36:57

    Hello my dear Dreamwalker,
    So beautiful nature!!
    I enjoyed so much this lovely post!
    I wish you a pleasant day with much peace
    and harmony :))
    many hugs and love from my heart ~~ Jussara

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  11. giselzitrone
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 09:35:30

    Hallo liebe Sue einen wunderschönen Tag für dich so schönes frisches Gemüsse,ja die Natur kann uns so viel geben.Es hat gestern was geregnet aber war nur eine kleine abgülung.Ich wünsche dir schön jetzt ein schönes Wochenende sind ja an der Ahr und wir fahren Freitag wieder nach Köln.Lieber Gruß und Freundschaft. Gislinde

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 20:50:08

      Danke Gislinde, wir hatten einige schreckliche Stürme hier, aber für die meisten Teil hatten wir einen guten Sommer .. Auch Sie genießen Sie Ihr Wochenende .. Viele liebe Grüße an dich mein Freund xox Sue

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  12. lavendermoongirlblog
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 09:42:16

    Hi Sue. Nothing goes to waste and you can enjoy your produce throughout the year. What a wonderful busy bee you are. Now I’ve got more space to grow more vegetables, I’ll try your amazing recipes.

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  13. cheryoncake
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 10:00:47

    What a harvest! Seriously impressive but clearly the result of hard work and love

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 25, 2013 @ 20:47:13

      Thankyou Chery, Yes lots of hard work especially on Hubbies part.. But together we keep the weeds down and harvest time is just the best.. we even got a few strawberries off too.. 🙂

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  14. ruchira
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 16:12:16

    Beautiful harvest! You must be so proud of your bounties, Sue 🙂

    I am a big fan of paul coelho. Gotta check out this book. Thank you 🙂

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  15. heartflow2013
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 18:42:36

    Delicious! Alia is harvesting so much for our table, too! What a gift from Mother Nature! Cheers! tomas ☼

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  16. livingsimplyfree
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 22:11:18

    I have always frozen my produce without blanching and have had great results. Saves time and energy too. Enjoy your sun and the next week and a half you have off.

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  17. Eddie Two Hawks
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 16:59:36

    Nothing like fresh produce picked right from the your own garden to add smiles and nutrition to the table. Your garden looks fantastic!!! Thank you for yet another taste tempting view of those delicious vegetables. yummy!!
    peace, Eddie

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  18. Valentine Logar
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:22:52

    I am coming to your house! Everything looks so wonderful. I have finally found a wonderful store full of fresh, local produce. I am going to freeze some this week. Wonderful.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:27:09

      Good for you Val!. Freezing is Freezing in the freshness.. I recommend that Broccoli Soup, 🙂 too .. Making more after I come home from work tomorrow after hubby has cut some more for me .. 🙂 xxx

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  19. Gray Dawster
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 22:35:29

    Your crops have really shone this time round Sue and now with the rain falling over the next few days or so it will freshen the earth ready for another harvest 🙂 I must say that you certainly know your way around a good looking vegetable patch Sue and these rewards from Mother Earth just shows how you have nurtured everything, I like all that you have added in your posts, mind you I am a veggie sort of person, and sprouts, broccoli and spinach are yummy, even though so many peeps hate them 🙂 lol

    Have fun over the weekend Sue and if you
    happen to be working then don’t be overdoing
    it, or else? 🙂

    Andro xxxx

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  20. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 01:47:32

    Wonderful – all of it, Sue 🙂

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  21. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 10:57:02

    Brilliant post Sue, just wonderful to see how things how things have been growing and what you are doing with everything. Isn’t it beautiful to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour and also to freeze some for another time!! Just excellent. Well done to you and to your lovely hubby for his hard work. Take care Sue, I hope that you have a lovely week ahead. Before I go, I must tell you: the six raspberry bare roots we planted have indeed got fruit on – we have had about six raspberries and there are more to come!! Amazing that those roots, newly planted last November, did anything in their first year. What a taste they have 🙂 Love to you my friend xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:25:38

      ooooh thats really good news on the Raspberry front Ruth.. as you know we dug up our canes and replanted, some have taken some have not, we will not be getting a crop this year off them, but hope so next year.. In the mean time though the Blackberry bushes around the back of the shed are teaming with berries that will soon ripen.. We had to cut it back alot too this year as it was burying the shed!.. I will pass on your good wishes to Hubby Ruth, He will be pleased to know his hard work is being appreciated 🙂
      Take care my friend Love Sue xox

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  22. jacksjottings
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 06:32:46

    Pauline and I are now minding two and a half acres. With twenty four fowls of mixed breed, fruit trees and a nice vegie garden. So your garden is of interest to us and I have read the Al chemist I will read the others as soon as time permits. I just finished reading Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads. $3 second hand and a book I would recommend is Buddhist Ethics By Hammmalawa Saddatissa It is one of the best books I have read on the subject and I have read many. I bought it in a second hand book shop in Hobart. The house we were minding only had books written in German but this place on the Queensland Tablelands is owned by retired school teachers and has a great selection of books. I am reading one now Guns, Germs, and steel. by Jared Diamond. Its subtitle is The Fates of Human Societies. It is an astonishing.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:14:14

      Wow Jack that sounds to be one super piece of small holding you have there. Lots to keep you busy. Hens are on our agenda for next year on the allotment plot… So many now have them and we just love our Free range eggs. So hoping to stock a few hens next year. ‘Fates of the Human Societies’ sounds fascinating Jack.. now that one I have written into my to do of reads list .. Thank you for the thumbs up on the garden… There may be a few recipes for Pauline 🙂 you can find. 🙂
      Glad you are both well 🙂

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      • jacksjottings
        Aug 04, 2013 @ 09:38:53

        I have a some really interesting books waiting to be read.
        Look in on Pauline’s blog she is keeping up with sharing our wonderful adventures. I just do what I can wanting to do too much I loose the joy of now.

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  23. orbphotog
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 20:32:37

    I love the blessings one finds when playing the hunting game in a bookstore. Sometimes a book seems to glow or be a color that catches one’s attention and may not actually be that color at all when looked at later. I’m still waiting for Paulo Coelho’s Aleph to fall at my feet… Lol!

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  24. Alex Jones
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 23:46:05

    I wish you an abundant harvest.

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