Weekend Reading- (Minimalism and Simple Living)

Hello all,

This past week my eldest became a junior zoo keeper at an animal sanctuary where she spent part of the day with a small group of other 5-7 year old’s. She told me that she got to hold a koala, pat a snake, feed some parrots and other wildlife and clean a pigs home for example. The children spent some time with a wombat, owl, platypus, kangaroo, dingo and a Tasmanian Devil learning all about them. It was a wonderful experience that I don’t think she will forget any time soon. I saw the absolute joy on her face when I picked her up. I think my daughter’s favourite animals are now the koala and platypus.

Windowsill plant love- moon cactus.jpg
Our current windowsill display- moon cactus. Lots of lovely colour in the kitchen instead of using flowers that don’t last long. The cactus plants are still in their original small plastic pot but I have just put them into some thrifted mugs which looks a little bit nicer. On a funny note- these plants attracted two bees into our kitchen yesterday…I am presuming it was the bright colour.
home-made dark chocolate with goji berries
Home made dark chocolates- raw cacao powder, almond butter, maple syrup and goji berries. I melted the chocolate on the stove and when cooled poured into silicone molds  and into the freezer. It worked out ok, quite a strong taste and they melt very quickly. A friend told me afterwards that I needed to add cacao butter. Might try that next time.
DIY childrens at home haircuts
Home haircut time. I misplaced our hairdressing scissors somewhere in the house . Luckily these children’s ones are sharp. My daughter is wearing sunglasses which stops the bits of hair from getting in her eyes. She is also holding a mirror. I only cut my children’s hair when they ask for a haircut. All the hair that is chopped goes straight into our compost bin. Did you know that you can compost hair and nail clippings?

Weekend Reading Links;

Next weeks posts

  • More on how we use our Home management journal/folder
  • A children’s Canvas Art project– something my children have been wanting to do for a while now so I said we could work on it sometime next week. I just need to get some white paint and borrow a paint roller.

It’s back to school for us next week. Luckily my children don’t wear uniforms at their school and we don’t have to organise any stationary as it is not needed. This school term in the Children’s House is the last one for my daughter. She starts her transition into Lower Primary (Cycle 2) towards the end of the term. She will start to slowly transition over about a three week period. She is very excited to do so at this point.


5 thoughts on “Weekend Reading- (Minimalism and Simple Living)

  1. Thank you for taking time to read my posts! And an even bigger thank you for recommending it, that’s very kind, I’m sincerely grateful!

  2. I would love to try out the recipe for the homemade dark chocolates. Are you able to share? And would you have any suggestion for a substitute for the almond butter, for those with allergies? (maybe soy butter?)

    1. Hi Ashley,
      I didn’t use a specific recipe- basically I threw some cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup and goji berries into a heat proof glass bowl, which was sitting on top off a stainless steel saucepan with a bit of water in it, to melt the ingredients and mix them together. When cooled a bit I poured the mixture into a silicone mold and into the freezer. I was missing the KEY ingredient though- cocoa butter! That is what helps set the chocolates. Mine would start to melt as soon as I took them out of the freezer. Still yum though. You don’t have to use any nuts or nut butter at all if you don’t want to. I added it to see what the texture would be like. Can you have cocoa butter?

      There are two recipes to make chocolates properly that I am keen to try-

      1. https://minimalistbaker.com/5-ingredient-vegan-dark-chocolate-bars/
      2. https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-vegan-chocolate/

      1. Hi Olivia, thanks for your quick and detailed response! Good to know about the butter. Cocoa butter is fine, so I will just opt to leave out the nut butter, or experiment with a substitute for texture. I like to experiment in the kitchen, so I am fine without a recipe. I look forward to checking out the links you shared. I’ll let you know how my chocolates turn out!

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