A productive homemade weekend


homemade butter jam and bread


Our dreams of self-sufficiency and living off our own land are still far off but it isn’t stopping us from finding out how self-sufficient we can become from where we currently are.

This weekend has seen our kitchen step up into full productivity mode.

We have begun making our own bread daily – or should I say our ‘daily bread’?  (You didn’t see that one coming, did you?).

Paddy and Daddy made a batch together…


Paddy making bread
Paddy makes his own bread


Paddy, using his very own cooking bowl and utensils…


Paddy and Daddy bread bowls
Paddy and Daddy bread bowls


… to make his very own loaf of bread…


Paddy's very own loaf of bread
Paddy’s very own loaf of bread


We have worked out that by buying the flour and making our own bread we will reduce our shopping by approximately £20 a week.  For example, we make four loaves a day which costs us approximately £1.40 for the flour and yeast, instead of buying three shop loaves a day at £1.35 each.  This is a huge saving for the sake of a few minutes work each day!  If you want to bake your own homemade bread you can find a selection of bread recipes here and we are adding new ones constantly.

We’ve also been busy making homemade butter, berry curd, hummus and a selection of jams…



homemade mixed berry jam
Homemade Mixed Berry Jam



… and you can click here for the Mixed Berry Jam recipe shown in the photo above.  Recipes for the rest, including a tutorial on making homemade butter, will be coming up soon.

As for Mike’s 40th birthday on Sunday – well, he had a lovely day, I think!  For those of you who aren’t following Larger Family Life on Facebook yet, despite us thinking that filming was over it turned out it wasn’t.  The crew came along on Sunday morning to film Mike’s special birthday surprise.  I am not allowed to divulge too much information because of filming restrictions but what I can tell you is that it involves one of these…




…and one of these…


little goat isolated


You will have to watch the new series of ’16 Kids and Counting’, airing later this spring, to find out more!






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