The Start of our Journey for a Free Range Lifestyle
Hello and welcome!
We are a family of four, Angela, Scott, Emily (7yrs) and Ryan (4yrs) who are currently living in Wellington, New Zealand.
We have been wanting to have a more sustainable life for a while now, but not been sure how to go about it. This blog/website will offer insights on how we personally get there. I will include some tips and ideas on how things have worked for us. They may not work for others, and this is only my opionion. I will include recipes that have worked for me and also various other tips/hints.
We are also attempting to reduce our grocery shopping, sticking to a budget of $100 per week or less. We shall see how feasible this is considering we currently live in the city, don’t have chickens for a farm, or even much of a garden. Although our goal is to move back to Wanaka sometime this year and live on a bigger section so we may have a good, productive vegetable and fruit garden. We would also like to have chickens, so we can have fresh eggs.
I have been making our own bread for about the last 3 weeks, so far I have only slipped once, in buying bread last weekend to make fairy bread sandwiches for my daughter’s 7th birthday party.
I also needed something else for my kids lunches tomorrow, so went looking for a simple, quick loaf recipe. I found a recipe for a sultana loaf, thought great, will get that on cooking while the bread is proving. One look at all the ingredients and I realised I was missing one ingredient: eggs! Oh no, I thought that will rule out a lot of recipes. Well, I looked through one book of mine and found a recipe for sultana loaf that had no eggs. I will include the recipe under the recipe section. I have also discovered that if you are short an egg for a recipe you can use a tablespoon of white vinegar as long as you have another rising agent in the recipe such as self-raising flour, baking soda or baking powder. Brilliant!
I am really excited about our journey and hope you will enjoy following us to see where we end up with it. Talk soon.