Food & Drinks, Simplify

Frozen Plums

My effort of clearing the freezer, fridge and pantry is not working out as I planned. I still have so much!

The main culprit is the frozen plums that I have stored away in the summer months. Now that the days are cold, and stirring a pot of hot concoction bearable, it is the ideal time to use up the frozen fruit and cook up some plum jam.

I need jam sugar…

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Pumpkin Soup

Today, I used up the last box of frozen pumpkin puree that has been sitting in the freezer since January. A small pot of pumpkin soup was made by simply cooking sauteed shallots, potatoes, garlic, ginger and parsley together with the puree. This was then spiced up with some curry and cumin seasonings. I then used a hand-mixer to turn the concoction into a beautiful and creamy soup. A bowl of warm pumpkin soup is just the perfect thing for the cold evenings.

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Quince Jam

Yesterday, I bought the missing ingredients which I needed in order to make quince jam. I am glad I finally get to use up all the quince that I have in storage. The result of this morning’s culinary challenge is six small jars of orangy-brown concoction. I have yet to consume it.

I am not much of a sweet tooth and definitely not a fan of jam. I have a feeling that these jars will last a while…

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Mindful Removal

Last week, D and I dismantled one of our guestroom beds. Amidst some huffing and puffing, we managed to moved all the parts downstairs.

This afternoon, D’s parents came by to pick up the self made bed frame. This will go to our niece who wanted a two-persons bed. D placed pictures and information of the old latex mattress online to be sold for almost nothing. If it does not get sold in a week, we will haul it to the charity shop or the recycling park.

At this moment, D is at the local charity store getting rid of our two worn out office chairs. Today turned out to be a day that we got rid of stuff we no longer need anymore. Unclutter the space, thus uncluttering the mind…

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Cold Storage

My objective this week is to clear up some space in the fridge and the freezer. In order for that to happen, I need to stop buying grocery for the next few days. It will be an interesting challenge for me to find ways to incorporate the refrigerated and frozen items into my home cooked meals.

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

A Productive Thursday

The rain took a break today. So in the afternoon when the ground has dried up a bit, D went on to mow the lawn while I tidied up the front and back yards.

We then proceed to bring the yard clippings to the recycling park. It boggles the mind that these yard waste will turn into compost in a few short months!

After the recycling park, we went to Colruyt to do our monthly bulk grocery shopping. Then it was off to the mall for a new pair of reading glasses. After I got what I needed, we decided to roam about to do some window shopping. Lo and behold, D spotted a pair of pants he had been looking for for months. Good fortune shining on the soon-to-be birthday boy, I guess.

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Mending

I mended a pair of pajama pants this morning. Later in the day, I mended one of D’s slippers. A needle, some thread, and a bit of time are the only requirements.

In most households, these would have landed easily in the garbage bins. That is not happening here… because I have the will and skills to repair things.

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Food & Drinks, Health, Simplify

Red Beet Goodness

This morning, I harvested a few bunches of red beets from the vegetable patch. The beets and their leaves were promptly washed and cut up. They went into a small pot along with a few cloves of home grown garlic, a couple of potatoes, water and some spices. These were then simmered for about an hour. After enjoying a lovely bowl of red beet broth for lunch, I used a hand-mixer to turn the leftover broth into a creamy red beet soup. Looking forward to some warm and yummy soup this evening.

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Garlic & Coriander

The temperature has dropped and it has been rainy. It is the right time to sow some garlic seeds. In the same spot, I also sowed some coriander seeds which were stored in the same container as the garlic. Now, I just sit back and let nature takes its course. If these germinate successfully, they will be growing slowly through the winter months into next spring. What’s not to love about cool weather plants…

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Wear It Once A Year

I find shopping, especially clothes shopping, rather tiresome. Despite my self-imposed boundary in this worldly activity, I still find myself possessing too many clothing items! My non-minimalist wardrobe is the result of free second-hand clothing pieces and necessary pieces I bought at sales.

To justify keeping all these items which are hanging or folded in my wardrobe, I try to wear everything at least once a year. Pieces that I have not worn for five years or more go to the mother-in-law’s rommelmarkt pile. Some of these items I collect in a luggage bag intended for the local charity store or to be taken along with me the next time I go back to Malaysia.

So once a year, I will be wearing some weird and colourful blouses, t-shirts that are either too big or too small, and goofy pieces I dug up from the back of my wardrobe.

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