The words are there for those who cannot read the pictures; Unsung Hero

A touching Thai ad which asks, “…and in your life? What is it you desire most?”

Enjoy the video and let me know how it makes you feel.

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Under Pressure Now …

Tefal Minut Cook 6 Litre

Tefal Minut Cook 6 Litre


Proud owner of a pressure cooker, thanks to award points. Have never used one before in my life so any tips, ideas, recipes, etc will be much appreciated.

Especially interested in heart healthy and cholesterol lowering recipes as needs must.

Looking around, I found this tip on adapting normal recipes for the pressure cooker.

Step 4: adjust the cooking time

Pressure cooking is all about speed! Determine the original cooking time in your source recipe, then reduce it by two-thirds. You may find it needs a little more time, depending on the recipe, but when you’re trying out a new recipe this is the best way to ensure it’s not overcooked.

Interested in hearing your thoughts on this. My pressure cooker is electric and has two pressure settings: Low 40kPa and High 70kPa. One day I will be able to simply turn it on and get cooking, I’m sure. Anyway, I’ll have fun working it out.

How To Make Your Own DIY Solar Panels And Save Hundreds Of Dollars

Everything you need to know about making energy for camping and 4WDing cheaper, from saving a bit by putting your solar cells together from a kit, through to fully making up your own (even goes to using cheap, functional broken cells for fully frugal DIY energy). Also ideas on regrigeration and air-conditioning for off the road and off the grid.

DIY Camping Hacks To Get Off The Grid

Have you been wanting to add solar panels, but are concerned about the high price?

That’s totally understandable! Buying PV solar panels and having them installed can be really expensive.

A quick Google price search for solar panels shows that for a small “starter” installation (around 50-100W), you can expect to be paying between $2-4/watt for the panels (so around $100-400), plus more for mounts and installation. In addition, you’ll be paying for cables, electronics, and batteries to store all the electricity you’ve harnessed from the sun. All this will typically add up to $1000 to $2000 if you were to get a “basic” RV setup from a solar energy dealer.

But the great news is… If you’re handy, you can save a ton! The more skill you have with basic installation and electronics assembly, the more you can save. In fact, if you’re able and willing to go…

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Pallet Power

Some amazing designer creations from the humble pallet. I’d be happy to have some of these at my place. With all the things people are doing with pallets, can you even get your hands on them anymore?

Old School Garden

palletWhen you see this what do you think – firewood?

Having recently converted some wooden pallets into a boardwalk to divide my veggie patch, and yesterday acquiring some more from a builder who didn’t want them, it got me thinking about different ideas for recycling these ‘unwanted’ items. Here are a few images of projects I’ve trawled from the internet and a few links to sites with ideas on how to convert your pallets into useful objects around the garden (and further afield)- furniture, planters, walkways, fencing,buildings  – the ideas seem limitless and the process fun. A sort of ‘grown up Lego’!

Do you have some ideas of your own not shown here? I’d love to hear from you and see your photos!

Useful links:

Raised beds on the cheap

20 creative ways to upcycle pallets in your garden

Create your own pallet garden

Vertical pallet garden

Pallet Garden competition-…

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