Ooh if only the camera wasn't in for a service! Michael and Brooke made Custard Cream Biscuits the other day - I had been meaning to and hadn't during the day so Michael decided after dinner that right then was a good time. It's the recipe off the side of the Foster Clark's custard powder box, is easy, makes quite a few and tastes yum!
I don't know what they did the first time but the biscuits turned out HUGE lol - massive bigger than an orange - but still very yummy. I've just put through several batches in our oven and they've all come out standard biscuit size... one thing is these biscuits turn out best not browned, just cooked 10-15mins.
To other news... it looks like we may qualify for the 1500 for 1500 Grid Solar initiative! I am as you can imagine, very excited for so many reasons - reducing our carbon emissions, (we are already on 100% Natural Power) putting eco-friendly power back into the grid, reducing our power bill (esp when power costs go up soon) etc. I have also been trying to calculate our carbon emissions in tonnes per year and having varying degrees of luck. I tried through Carbon Neutral website (calc is top right of page) which rates our yearly emissions as 'well below average' however via the Carbon Cops site I've concluded that ours isn't a good result at all... I am keen however on the carbon offset purchasing via Carbon Neutral... just trying to find out more information.
I'm thinking that to truly make a difference to our carbon emissions, instead of just reducing we will need to reassess from scratch. So really think outside the square, especially for those things we 'can't change. For example, where our school is located means 15mins car travel either way, or 30mins via Christiania (which we don't have yet lol and would be at most several times a week)... so the answer, or part answer to that (haven't had much luck with regular carpooling but am still trying) is to continue to be a part of our Sustainability group at school, where we are looking at reducing the carbon footprint of the school, rainwater tanks, solar power, more composting/worm farms, edible gardens, native plants etc... so our 'share' of the benefits that school undertakes might help 'offset' what it costs in travel to get there? I dunno how that works and especially not on the maths side of it but worth a thought? esp since the children spend a significant part of the day there...
anyway, so if anyone can shed better light on carbon emission calculators please do post a comment and direct me! I've also (through the fellow who came and did our grid solar assessment) found energy friendly replacements for halogens! yay! Since we had already changed over our incandescents to the energy saver ones, the halogens (der to us when we renovated) were the only ones left to change over... so will be acquiring some of those as we can.