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April 1, 2017

The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

Every choice we make on our journey through life grants us some sort of positive quality. Be it a lesson to learn and grow from, or something that will positively influence us into the future. There is no wrong decision to be made….click on the link below to read more on my facebook…xox

August 10, 2015



Do you love handmade soaps?

Food for the Skin; The Power of Herbs

Rose is a soap maker with a lot of creativity and a love of knowledge that pertains to the healing properties of natural ingredients used in the traditional methods for soap making. Rose’s beautiful brand Verity produces a skin care range that is all about feeding your skin from the power of healing herbs.

Verity are creators of moisturising bars using no harmful products, to body scrubs made with freshly ground coffee, coconut oil, essential oils and vitamin E, great for the winter months but also wonderful in summer.

Verity put a lot of love into the creation of their product’s, delivering nurturing and healing balms with their traditional methods for making soaps, body butters, scrubs, balms and even pet soaps!

Verity means TRUTH. Truth and quality in every bar. There are NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS, NO DYES, NO PERFUMES AND NO FILLERS.  Back to the simple use of oils and herbs as well as essential oils, Verity soaps are designed for you to have relief from skin irritations and ailments.

Packed with moisture boosting oils and selected herbs and botanicals, Verity is sure to change your attitude towards soap as traditional and old fashioned methods are used to create each bar.

Rose says, “Australia has no regulations in the cosmetic industry…….including soaps so anyone can say theirs is natural and it isn’t. People need to read the ingredients. And if you can’t understand the long name that’s listed…that’s usually an indication your body can’t either”. 




Soap Making Workshops.

Verity also hold soap making workshops to learn the art of making your own nurturing soaps!

Learn soap making from kitchen and garden ingredients in your own home with friends and neighbours.

This is not a melt and pour class, it is real soap making from scratch!!

Basic and easy to remember skills to use for a lifetime!


Benefits of using all natural Verity soaps

Many people are unaware of the amazing properties that oils have to offer. There are always new discoveries about what different oils can offer. Verity offers simplicity and quality.

Cheaper oils can carry a lot of rubbish and often additives.
Verity takes pride in sourcing the best available vegetable oils, so the vitamins and minerals can be passed onto your skin.

Verity offers soaps that are scented or unscented. A bad combination of fragrances can cause headaches and even confusion to some people. The right balance of essential oils can create the desired mood.

Essential oils also have many invaluable properties that can be passed onto your skin.


This beautiful boutique brand strives in making a quality lasting soap that will suit you personally. If you have any concerns or specific needs, don’t hesitate to contact Verity as they do the very best they can to help you choose what is best for you or the occasion.

They even specialise in GIFT BASKETS.

Verity’s website offers online shopping and it’s a good idea to like their Facebook page for special offers as Rose is always running promotions.

“Your soaps will never cease to amaze me! I was getting a really bad skin dermatitis from my lupus so I pulled out the good old hemp soap and it’s all cleared up in a week! So brilliant…..!!!”

“Love love, your soaps, my skin feels soft and not at all dry after using them, with my psoriasis I have to be so careful what I use but my skin feels soft and hydrated after using them.”

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July 16, 2015

Pots of Herbs and Punnets of Seedlings

Pots of Herbs and Punnets of Seedlings

Pots of Herbs and Punnets of Seedlings started out of my love of growing food and
teaching people how to grow vegetables and herbs.
I have always been interested in the healing properties of herbs as well.

Chemical Free plants

All my seedlings are grown by me.  There is no middleman or reseller.  They are raised from seed in part worm castings.  All happy and healthy.  Some herbs are propogated by root division or cutting, example, rosemary, thyme, some mints.  Please feel free to ask questions and come and have a look at my selections.  I grow whatever is in season and will grow in our conditions.  I do not grow tropicals.

Clifton & Surrounds Produce swap

I have a little group called Clifton & Surrounds Produce swap. We have been going since Dec 2013.

We are very small 50 to 60 members at any one time. There are some who don’t live in Clifton but that is fine. They are there because they are “like minded”.. They like to grow fresh home vegetables & fruit. They are also helping the others with advice and experience. We meet very often. Once a month in a cafe. The Clifton Jam Factory. We also meet at each other’s houses. “Hey I am cooking stir fry for dinner who has a pak choi”? “I have all this fruit given to me who would like to share”.. Its like the old days. How things used to be.

We swap. Vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants. Chooks and ducks and garden manures also labour are exchanged.
I hope to go on doing this for a very long time.

So if you find you have excess produce or just want to get to know some local growers give it a try in your area.

It will enrich your life.

I am Kathy from Pots of Herbs and Punnets of Seedlings
Here is one of my favourite recipes.

Beetroot Chutney
By Kathy McDonald


2 tsps garlic chopped

2 tsps root ginger grated

500ml white wine vinegar

500ml caster sugar

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ground cardamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 kg beetroot

4 green apples

2 onions

juice of one lemon




Cook beetroot until tender, cool then peel and dice. Dice the onions and apples and place in a saucepan with the vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, spices and lemon juice. Bring to the boil

Add the diced beetroot, bring back to the boil then simmer for around 30 minutes or until the mixture starts to gel & thicken. Yummy!!!!!

Contact Pots of Herbs and Punnets of Seedlings



April 6, 2015

Simone Mimosa | Mix & Match Cookies

Simone Mimosa | Mix & Match Cookies

I have an obsession with food! And I dont know where it came from!
My dream is to open a cafe with homestyle cooking, relaxed atmosphere and great coffee.
The recipes you will see here may someday be on the menu board at my cafe.

For the moment it’s blogging for rant magazine! We will explore recipes for quick mid week delicacies, yummy desserts and scrumptious “old school” cakes, biscuits and slices….Yum!

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Mix and Match cookies.

1 cup loosely packed soft brown sugar
90g unsalted butter, softened
1 egg at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 cup of your favourite confectionery or fruit. I love using dried fig with chopped pecans or walnuts. Or 1/2 small packet of chocolate coated fruit and nuts. For the kids you could use mini M&Ms, chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless!

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line 2 large baking trays with baking paper
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until well combined
3. Sift in the flour and fold gently
4. Gently fold in confectionery or fruit and nuts
5. Roll the mixture into golfball sized balls, place on prepared trays, allowing room to spread between each, and flatten slightly with a fork
6. Bake for 12- 15 minutes until golden
7. Remove from oven to cool slightly, then remove to fully cool on wire racks