When we were getting ready to butcher our pigs a week or so ago I wanted to have a cake prepared for snacks and maybe dessert, and this is what I came up with.



  • 4 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 10 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cold water

Mix dry ingredients, add coconut cream, olive oil and water. Mix until all combined.

Spread in a lined tin and bake for 30 minutes in a moderate oven.

Check to see if it is cooked and then when cold ice with chocolate icing with coconut sprinkled on top.

This cake was delicious and moist, a little crumbly but great with cream.


PS. This is a big recipe so you could definitely halve it if you wanted a smaller cake.


Welcome everyone to another Good Morning Mondays. We have now been going for 39 weeks and I look forward to this link up each week.

I enjoy all your posts and I know I have said it before, I am learning so much.

It has been a quiet week here and I have been home for most of it. Our younger 2 children had been unwell earlier in the week but are much better now.

My husband and I were invited to a friends house to have a look at some natural cleaning products. I was asked to bring some home made cheese so my husband and I decided to smoke some of our home made pork sausages to see how they would taste.

They were brilliant and very delicious, just like bought kabana.  Here is a photo below of how they looked when they came out of the smoker. They went great with the home made cheese.

We have done a couple batches now and they really don’t last long at all. They are great for a lunch time snack too.

We had a new arrival on the farm a week ago and it has taken me this long to get a photo. This is a picture of our new alpaca, he looks very regal doesn’t he! Unfortunately he isn’t too friendly yet, but we will see how we all go together.


Here is a picture of our No 1 son’s fox terrier puppies. They are so cute.DSC_1714[1]It has been a good week to catch up and hopefully get motivated to do some serious schooling and music work this coming week.

Now onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…


10 Parenting Mistakes You Should Never Make a guest post by Natalie Abrahams at Purposeful and Meaningfulthmb55999ec3c443dThe changing fashions of children and teens by Jo at Stop…have a chat

thmb5599b0f839920Sundays Down Under by Natasha in Oz

and my personal favourite…thmb559a6d2235ad9Love that Wins by Rebekah at Ready to be Offered

Thank you to everyone who linked up, the posts are excellent and I enjoy the mix from devotional to farming to cooking.

Like I said before, this week I need to get into some school and music practice. The children have exams in three weeks and we really need to work on scales and technical work, which we all love.

I think I am home all week again, and I need to prune some roses and make some curtains (still).

How have you all been?? I am looking forward to hearing from you again this week and I pray that you are going good.

I hope you all have a great week and that you are blessed as you enjoy your summer holidays or as we are the winter weather.

May God bless you all my friends. xxxx

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you;  The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”


Hey there everyone and welcome to another Good Morning Mondays.

It has been a quiet week in the blog world and that was probably a bit good (although I missed you all) as we butchered 9 pigs and cut up 1 cow for our freezers.

I started schooling in the afternoons earlier in the week and I was really pleased with the results. The children were more settled and we actually got heaps done.

I have written up a schedule for them and set up specific times for maths, english and music. We actually are able to fit in more subjects. So thank you to the Farmer’s Wife for her great post which gave me the idea.

On Thursday our son-in-law and daughter and girls came down in the afternoon.  Our No 1 son and son-in-law went wood cutting and brought home a couple of loads of wood, to help keep us warm.

My husbands parents came over in the afternoon as well and my father-in-law helped my husband butcher 3 pigs whilst my mother-in-law chatted to us and talked to the children.

It was a lovely afternoon and we all shared tea together in the evening. Below is a picture of them all at the table.

DSC_1667There were 4 generations sitting around the table together sharing a meal, what a blessing.

In total we butchered 9 pigs over 2 days and we spent Friday cutting and mincing up the pork and then Saturday dealing with the beef.

We made 100 kgs of sausages and then ran out of skins so we have some lovely flavoured mince in the freezer. We smoked all the hocks and soup bones from the pigs and they will be lovely in soups and stews.

We had aged the beef for 3 weeks and the steaks were incredibly tender, and the remainder we minced.  We still have another 2 pigs to butcher but these will be used for bacon and roasts and another younger cow to do for roasts and more steaks. This should see us out then for the rest of the year, it is lovely to not have to buy meat.

Our son-in-law and daughter were able to take home quite a few meals as well, which is wonderful.

Here is our No 1 son and son-in-law working on cutting up the beef.
DSC_1684Here is our back verandah (and our No 1 daughter) where we cut everything up. It was cold but manageable. DSC_1686And now because you only got puppy photos last week I need to share some grandchildren ones this week.

Here is granddad having a cuddle from our sweet oldest granddaughter.
DSC_1697and uncle and niece having a cuddle too.DSC_1694

Okay enough about all of us and onto our link up.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to link up. I am still having some trouble with our internet and I am not sure whether all my comments went through, so I apologize.

Our top three posts this week…

thmb558ff52e51969Someone You Know has Lupus by Glenys at Sacrificial home Keeper

Driving Traffic Like Mad to Your Blog – With Color by Rebecca at Best Blogging Businessthmb558fff3abd036

How Toxic Are Your Thoughts by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful

If you didn’t get a chance to read these during this past week pop over and have a look, they were great.

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and I pray that you are blessed.

I have a quiet week coming up and I am looking forward to continuing our afternoon school routine. Of course I haven’t gotten to the curtains yet and I need to get them done.

I have heaps of inspirations for meals now that I have meat, so I might do a bit of cooking this week and make some pasties and sausage rolls for the freezer.

I hope you all have a great week and that you are blessed as you enjoy your summer holidays or as we are the winter weather.

May God bless you all my friends. xxxx

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you;  The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”


Recently our No 2 daughter and I were discussing Jesus’ early life before He started His ministry.

She wanted to know if his 33 years took as long as our years now and if He had ever sinned during that time.

I told her that I thought the years were the same and also that Jesus never sinned.

Her reply was that “wow His parents wouldn’t have needed a wooden spoon for Him”.


The concept of a perfect Jesus is definitely believable and true, but definitely hard to fathom, considering our own sinful ways.

1 John 3:5  You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin and no deceit was found in His mouth” 


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7229704918_1a96ff5db6_qI was sitting in church this morning and I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t really want to be there.

I was extremely tired as I can image all our family members were. It wasn’t because we had been partying or anything like that, we had spent the last two days processing 9 pigs and 1 cow for our freezers.

So I was sitting there thinking that I would rather be at home in bed and I was also a bit miffed at some things that have been happening in our church.

As I was sitting there stewing over my not wanting to be there and my attitude and all of a sudden I thought, what am I thinking.

Church and worship isn’t about me, or how tired I am or how peeved I am at people. Church and worship is about Jesus and giving our hearts to Him.

It is all about JESUS. Full stop, no commas, just plain about JESUS.

Boy did I need to get over myself and my attitudes.

Jesus is what it is all about, not the petty little things or the big things that annoy us.


Revelation 4:8-11  The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”  Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,  the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:  “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

(and yes I did get over my attitude)


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I wanted something different for tea the other night, and I thought that because I had heaps of potatoes that I would give potato cakes a go.
DSC_1654[1]These were delicious, a bit labour intensive, but  very worth it.


  • 10 large potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 5 rashes  of bacon
  • cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Wash and drain potato and squeeze out excess moisture, place into a bowl.  Chop up bacon and cheese add with rest of ingredients to the grated potato.

Mix together until combined.

Heat a non stick frypan and fry in spoonfuls until brown.


PS. If you don’t have a non stick pan use a normal one and fry in olive oil.


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