Tuesday, February 28, 2012

pumpkin and feta muffins

my weekend was for cooking lots of yummy things and freezing them for lunched this week. these muffins are fabulous and full of good stuff :)

2 cups diced pumpkin
2 Tbsp oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 large handful baby spinach leaves, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3 Tbsp sunflower seeds
¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
100g feta cheese, cubed
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 eggs
¾ cup milk
2 cups plain flour*
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 200°C. Place pumpkin in roasting pan, sprinkle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and slightly mushy.
Transfer cooked pumpkin to a large mixing bowl, add spinach, parsley, sunflower seeds, parmesan, feta and mustard. Mix through. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and milk together and add to pumpkin mix. Sift flour and baking powder into the mixture, add salt and pepper and fold through, being careful not to over mix.
Spoon mixture into a greased 12 hole muffin tray and bake at 200°C for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

*i substituted wholemeal flour for white and added chia seeds before baking

Happy Baking :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

a sheet swap reminder

hello lovely people :)

I hope your weekend was full of morning walks, baby cuddles and other simple pleasures!
This is just a quick reminder to those of you who are participating in the vintage sheet FQ swap that your fat quarters need to be washed, cut up and in the post by WEDNESDAY at the latest! This is really important so that I can have them sorted, swapped and back to you as soon as possible! If you think that you might not be able to do this then please email me at greenteaandredmails (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks heaps - Kel x

Thursday, February 23, 2012

at last.

...we finally have chickens. hooray!! those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know how long i have been waiting for chickens... and my persistence has paid off (who said nagging didn't work??)!

two happy little isa browns came to live with us over the weekend and so far they have layed 11 eggs between them. they are about four months old and a little skittish but have enjoyed pecking around the vegie garden and are very good at eating kitchen scraps :) their names are Peggy and Harriet and they are fabulous.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

in this moment.

. : waiting impatiently for the weekend. it's been one of those weeks.

. : loving that our new chickens have given us 9 eggs in 4 days (more on this tomorrow)

. : learning that i will never please everyone

. : awaiting the arrival of a new nephew

. : reading a little about chickens and a lot about food

. : thinking about studying again.

. : blessed by teenagers who love Jesus

. : appreciating when it rains just enough so that i don't have to water the vegie garden

. : eating eggplant

. : planning parties and paris trips

. : adding roasted sweet potato to everything

. : planting kale, basil and spinach

. : loving the change of season

. : dehydrating garden tomatoes

. : appreciating the morning quiet

. : loving that hubby googled and made up a 'garlic spray' for some of the pests around our house instead of using mortein

. : looking for ways to simplify (still)

. : admiring all the vintage sheet squares sitting in my sewing room

what does your life look like right now?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


a few treasures collected over the last couple of weeks.

1. johnson love. my collection is slowly growing :)
2. vintage sheets for swapping and crafting.
3&4. the most fabulous leather passport wallet with an old italian rail pass (i think) hiding in the back pocket.
5. little girl love.
6. my new favourite.

p.s - if you have signed up to the vintage sheet swap you should have definitely received an email from me. I have had a few emails from people saying that they have not got this yet which makes me thnk that there is a problem from my end. If you have not received an email from me with further details about the sheet swap then just leave a comment on this post with your email address and i'll shoot you off another one. thanks. and also... there is ONE WEEK left to get those FQ's in the postbox!

Monday, February 20, 2012


it was one of those weekends that you wish would go on forever (well at least until your marking finished itself)! a hens weekend for my favourite girl with some of my other favourite girls...

1. beach walking and dolphin spotting
2. four lovely people and one crazy lady
3&4. lawn bowls. seriously awesome!
5. river floating

hope you had a fabulous weekend too and didn't have to pay for them with a crazy Monday like I did!

p.s - just over a week to go for the vintage sheet swap! don't forget to pop your sheets in the post ASAP :) head here to sign up or for more details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

for my valentine.

hubby and i don't really do valentines. we never have... i couldn't really even tell you why we originally decided to boycott this day... probably just lazy :)! but on sunday as i was sorting through three months of laundry (seriously) i realised that his sleeping shorts needed to be thrown out. and then i realised that instead of buying new ones i could make some. and then i realised that vintage floral is way cooler than sailboats anyway! haha!

i think vintage sheet sleeping shorts is our new valentines tradition. love.

p.s - in case you were wondering, he vacuumed my car and made machine coffee. totally awesome.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

this weekend...

. : picnic date nights were had
. : the new frankie was found in my mailbox and devoured
. : clothes were folded
. : a night out with my favourite girls was enjoyed
. : good music was listened to
. : puppies were walked
. : flowers were picked from neighbours gardens
. : seeds were planted
. : cupcakes were made
. : a baby shower was hosted
. : no photos were taken at said baby shower
. : many episodes of revenge were watched
. : washing was done
. : sheets were changed
. : a valentines present was started
. : eggplant recipes were appreciated (thanks heaps!!)

how was your weekend?

**vintage sheet FQ sign ups over here! only a couple of weeks to sign up and get your sheets washed, cut up and in the post!

Friday, February 10, 2012

why i am a dog person...


p.s - if anyone has any favourite recipes that use a lot of eggplant i would be eternally grateful - the garden is going crazy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

garden produce...

we have had an abundance of tomatoes this summer. after the many months it took for my winter crop to ripen i have come to understand the important role of sun in speeding up this process. i have also come to learn that many days of continuous rain will result in split and rotting tomatoes. however, we have managed to collect weekly basketfuls to turn into tomato passata. just another little baby step towards simple and sustainable living.

p.a - am currently looking for a good reference book for future canning and preserving - any reccommendations?

*** vintage sheet swap sign ups over here

Monday, February 6, 2012


1. a pile of lovely pillowcases and teatowels
2&3. what might be the most gorgeous toddler dresses i have ever thrifted
4. a new to me johnson pattern found at the rummage markets from my stall buddy
5. floral tins
6. finally... a vintage scrabble set. i have had this on my 'to thrift' list for years!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

scenes from my weekend...

1. almost home
2. friday night church
3. savoury scones
4. campos breakfast
5. suitcase rummage

hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Kel x

Thursday, February 2, 2012

a vintage sheet update...

hello lovely people...

Just some quick vintage sheet news

1. if you have signed up you should have received an email with some more information about the swap. If you haven't then please let me know and i'll make sure to try again.

2. this will be the biggest swap yet! there are over 50 people signed up and there is still about 4 weeks to go! Thanks to those people who have spread the word via blogs or instagram

3. fat quarters have already started coming in - so if you are ready to go you don't need to wait until the end of february to get them in the post!

4. if you have signed up and you realise that you are unable to participate that is fine but please let me know so i am not waiting for your FQs to arrive

thanks again - have a happy weekend! Kel

p.s - some vintage sheet pretty for you sent from the lovely Zara