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When life hands you lemons, make lemon butter!

We still have lots of lemons on the tree even after I made a batch of preserved lemons and since we also have lots of eggs I thought I'd wip up a batch of lemon butter. Some places its called lemon curd and other lemon honey - but they all seem to be a very similar recipe; Eggs, butter, lemon juice and a bit of sugar.

Its really good on toast, can be used in a filling for lemon meringue tarts and is great over ice cream... or with a spoon straight out of the jar.... Yuuuuuuummmmmm!

I like the traditional New Zealand way of making Lemon butter so here is the recipe straight out of the book but doubled so I could make even more yummy lemon butter!

Here's what I did...


In a double boiler or a bowl over a simmering pot of water melt 120g of butter with 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 cups of lemon juice.

When the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted crack four eggs into a bowl... and whisk them before adding to the butter/sugar/juice mixture. Some people add the grated zest of the …

Preserved lemons - easy to make at home...!

We had quite a good crop of lemons on our tree at the moment despite the annual stink bug plague! I have been making a bit of lemon butter and the odd lemon drink but we still had plenty on the tree. I had heard of preserved lemon but had no idea how to make it and if I did, how I would use it. There was a recipe on the last bag of salt I bought and plenty of variations on line. I figured it was going to be more of an art than a science - and since I had plenty of lemons, I had enough to play with and see what results I got!

Here's what I did...

There is a few ways to cut your lemons for this recipe. I chose the straight quarters but you can just cut the lemon into quarters without cutting the lemon all the way through. I decided that I probably wouldn't use much at a time so I chose small quarters or sixths depending on the size of my lemons.
I tidied up my lemons so that my pieces only had flesh and skin. I cut all the pith and ends off. Then I covered each piece thoroughl…

Make your own natural deodorant at home...!

I have been experimenting with making some of my own skincare products and hair shampoo and conditioners for a while now. Recently I came across a post on the Wellness Mama blog about making deodorant at home and thought I'd give it a go and see what I thought.

Here's what I did...


This recipe, from Wellness Mama's Blog, is for a bar or stick type deodorant. I didn't have any Shea butter but it mentioned that I could add more coconut oil and arrowroot to thicken it up.

So I used what I had and melted it all together in a pan of water.
I let it cool slightly and then poured it into some used commercial twist up deodorant stick containers that I had cleaned out.

The big disappointment was that once reassembled with the new deodorant inside, it wouldn't wind up... Somehow I had jammed both of them, or more likely, they were never made to be reused, which is a shame on so many levels.
So then I decided to try making a more liquid deodorant that I could put on using m…

Another apron from a pillow case!

Here is another apron that I made from pillowcases. This time as the material was quite thick, I didn't need to line it with another pillow case. I wanted to make a full apron for this person rather than a half or waist apron, so I had to make this one differently from the other one.

Here's what I did...


I cut off a strip off the long side of the opened pillow case for the neck strap and apron ties. Then using an apron I already have as a template, I cut a segment from the end for the top. Check that it is bigger than the apron before you sew it together.
And then turned the pillow case to its longest edge and sewed the square bit to it, right sides together.  Then put the material for the apron underneath...
leave a seam allowance - and cut around the apron shape.

Using the left over part from where I cut the top out, I cut two strips to use as a ruffle along the bottom and the rest became the pocket.  Hem the bottom of the ruffle. Find the middle of both the bottom of the…
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