Me and the Bestie have been discussing food dehydrators for ages. Neither of us likes the fact that most of the 'good' dried fruit (strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc) have sugar added to them. These fruits are naturally sweet enough without the added nasties, thank you! Preservatives are also a big thing for my Bestie, because her eldest is allergic to them, and just about all dried fruit have them too.
So we've been talking. And talking. And still neither of us had one. They are just too expensive given our current economic climate.
And then Facebook advertised Groupon. Groupon had food dehydrators drastically reduced. Unfortunately the promotion is no longer available, but if you're not sure what Groupon is or how it works, wander over and have a look around, here. You might just find a bargain on something else you've been looking for. It was a little bit of a risk for me, I have to admit. I'd never purchased from any of these kinds of sites before, but I knew this has been around for a while, and I actually signed up with them ages ago, but ignore the emails more often than not. But for a saving of around 75% I figured it was worth a shot. I did do a little research on the brand, and it seemed to be ok.
My foray into fruit drying.
I love Chrsitmas! Probably more than I love birthdays, actually. But I don't like Christmas before about the middle of November - mostly because in our family there are birthdays right up to mid December. It's a little hard to worry about Christmas when you're still on the birthday path!
The thing about Christmas crafts, though, is you really need to start in August if you want things in your Etsy store in time. You guessed it, I've been Chrsitmas-ing!
Crochet Advent Calendar
I came across this pattern by accident while searching Pinterest for a pattern for crochet bells - does anyone else get completely distracted wandering around Pinterest? I was really intrigued by the idea of a crochet advent calendar, so thought I would get some yarn and give it a go. The pattern is from Erica @ 5 Little Monsters, and you can find it here. As you can see, they are the cutest little things! This is actually the first time I've followed a pattern that wasn't for granny squares, so I'm pretty stoked with the outcome. The first few look rather, um, practice-like, but as I got the hang of the pattern, and changing colours, they began to look just like little socks.
The plan now is to mount some Christmas ribbon on a wooden board, and use some of those darling little wooden pegs to hang the stockings on. Some little tags with the numbers on to count down to Christmas Day, and gifts to hide inside. For something other than lollies or chocolates, there are heaps of suggestions on Pinterest. Of course!
It's Spring in Australia! Yay! Cheer! Get Excited!
We have had a really good winter in Melbourne this year, and I am well and truly done of it! The cherry blossoms have been out for a few weeks now, and the days have gradually been getting a little warmer. I am very much ready for more Vit D and sunshine!
Because it's the 1st of September, it is also the first day of #sugarfreeseptember. My bestie posted this on Facebook yesterday and there are quite a few of our peer group taking part. With the lifestyle I follow I'm not supposed to have refined sugar or artificial sweeteners at all, and I watch how much natural sugar I'm consuming. So you think this would be an easy thing for me to do, right? Nup. About four weeks ago I started a three week "I'm going to eat what ever I want" binge. Not a great idea, but hey I'm human too! So while I've been pretty good for the last week, I did eat 6 lollies in class yesterday because our Tutor likes to spoil those of us who actually attend. This challenge is a way for me to re-start my discipline when it comes to food.