The best of two batteries in one device!

By themodernfarmerswife 1 Comment May 17, 2019

What is more convenient than having the best of two worlds combined in one product? A CCA on your battery will be the answer. These type of batteries are mostly used for smaller vehicles and devices; think about a small boat which needs to run right away and cover long distances. A CCA combined with a dual battery can be very convenient. Let’s first talk about the battery. Because these are quite different products than the batteries you are used to; when loading these types water and gas will disappear and most water will evaporate when charging. This is because of the dual function; you only have to charge these batteries around 2 times in their lifetime. They have starters function which will fire your refrigerator or small boat up right away and start running.

The acid levels als have to be checked 2 times in their lifespan and should be corrected. This is mostly done by adding distillate water. Every fluid can be desolated and never use normal water. Normal water can be very harmful for the battery since there may be some chloride rests still in drinking water. Most of the guarantee terms of these batteries also clearly state you should never use anything other than distillates water when checking this. If you make sure you will do this check every 5 years; the CCA battery is the most convenient and most maintenance free battery out there.

Another thing you should take care of when buying this battery is the charging; you can load and unload the battery at the same time! This is because there is a starters functions and a long electricity function in this battery. Because of the CCA, you can leave the battery on for 6 months in a row without even switching the engine off! This is the same as for a vehicle or boat you use. Another great article about the CCA function can be found here.

Cottage Pie

Veggie Loaded Cottage Pie

By themodernfarmerswife 0 Comment March 27, 2019

Cottage pie is one of those family recipes that kids usually love. I love cottage pie because I can load up the veggie content for dinner and the kids inhale them without evening questioning it. Extra veggies for dinner is always a winner in my books! After spending a lot of time away from home this past fortnight I was really craving a hearty, homemade, nourishing dinner and this just fit the bill.

This recipe was born out of my desire to have minimal dishes to deal with for the after dinner clean up. By using the pan the mince mixture is cooked in to bake the finished pie I’m saving dishes and time because I can cook the mince while the sweet potato cooks away in the Thermomix, meaning I can have this in the oven in 20 minutes and have it on the table for dinner after 10 minutes in the oven – great seeing as my children are like clockwork and need dinner at 5.30pm or they get a little hangry! I have used a cast iron pan to cook the mince, you can do the mince in the Thermomix if you so desire, I just prefer the texture of mince cooked in the pan.

Cottage Pie

Veggie Loaded Cottage Pie

Ingredients – Mince

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 brown onion, finely sliced

2 TBS Ghee

500g beef mince

1 carrot, grated

1 zucchini, grated

100g button mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup tomato passata

2 TBS tomato paste

1 TBS stock concentrate

1 tsp dijon mustard

2 TBS worcestershire sauce

Ingreidents – Topping

900g sweet potato, roughly chopped (you can do half potatoes, half sweet potatoes too)

200ml water

1/2 cup grated cheese

Method – Topping

Thermomix – Add sweet potato/ potato and water to bowl and cook for 18 minutes/ 100 degrees/ speed 1. Once cooked, insert butterfly and mash for 30 seconds/ speed 4.


Stovetop – add sweet potato and water to saucepan and boil until sweet potato is soft. Use a hand held masher to mash until desried consistency is reached.

Method – Mince

* If you have a Thermomix you can cut down on prep time by – chopping onion and garlic (3 sec/ sp5), grating zucchini and carrot (roughly chop then add to TMX bowl for 3 sec/ sp5) and grating cheese by cubing into approximately 1 cm pieces then adding to TMX bowl (10 sec/ sp 9).

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees

2. In a pan (it needs to be able to be transferred to the oven – I use a cast iron casserole dish) heat ghee and add onion and garlic. Fry until translucent.

3. Add beef and cook until browned (using a wooden spoon to break up any bigger pieces)

4. Add carrot, zucchini and mushrooms to pan and cook while stirring for 5 minutes of until the vegetables appear to have softened.

5. Add remaining mince ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Once the mince mixture has thickened up remove from heat.

6. Using a wooden spoon, press the mince mixture into the pan to flatten out the top. Spead the potato mixture over the top then add the grated cheese.

7. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese has melted and browned slightly.


Then watch the children devour all those veggies!


By themodernfarmerswife 0 Comment March 20, 2019

Cannabis has been ended up being incredibly safe and presents next to no hazard to the individuals who take it. Studies have demonstrated that cannabis sustains anti-anxiety impacts and may work in comparative approaches to some prescribed medications. Then again, benzodiazepines have an extensive rundown of negative reactions that make them a less advantageous choice for the body.

Cannabis is presently accessible as a prescription in certain districts and can be acquired with a medical card. Endorsed for a large number of ailments including chronic pain, anxiety is likewise a zone where cannabis indicates significant ameliorative potential. Now the inquiry is “Does cannabis truly contrast with physician endorsed drugs as a treatment for anxiety disorders? How about we compare how cannabis fares in contrast with regularly recommended classes of anti-anxiety drugs, benzodiazepines.


Cannabis is an incredibly safe substance, one that does not represent any overdose-related deaths when utilized on its own Cannabis’ Schedule 1 section as decided by the American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) records it among the world’s most unsafe medications, referring to a high potential for abuse and no proven medicinal value.

Putting cannabis into this group depends on corporate manipulation, scientific illiteracy and ignorance. A scientific paper titled “Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin exposure approach” showed exactly how safe cannabis truly is.

The research examined the harmfulness of medications, for example, liquor, cannabis, heroin, bliss, cocaine, nicotine and amphetamines. Among these substances, cannabis was considered the only low-risk substance. What’s more, the research demonstrated that cannabis is an amazing multiple times less deadly than alcohol.


One reason cannabis is endorsed in the US is to treat states of anxiety, for example, t Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is relatively easy to see how cannabis can lessen the side effects of anxiety as a result of its potential for inducing relaxation.

Specialists set out with the aim of investigating possible cooperation among benzodiazepine and cannabis receptors in mice. They found that cannabis had a noteworthy anti-anxiety impact and bind it to the same receptor sites. The writers of the paper presumed that “It is in this manner our anti-anxiety effect of cannabis is applied through focal benzodiazepine receptors.”


The Cannabis sativa species delivers a tremendous phytocomplex of synthetics, including one exceptional class known as cannabinoids. These substances are found in resin that is created by little glands on the outside of cannabis flowers and leaves known as trichomes. One of the most pervasive cannabinoids is CBD, which has turned out to be progressively notable for its numerous potential medical applications. One such application is centered on anxiety.

On the other hand, you can use a CBD Anxiety on Amazon


CBD may assume a job in treating explicit types of anxiety. A paper published inside the diary of Neuropsychopharmacology tested to check whether CBD affected social anxiety. Subjects with social anxiety disorder who had never gotten treatment were given either 600mg of CBD or a placebo before participating in a recreated public speaking test. Results demonstrated that CBD essentially decreased uneasiness, intellectual hindrance, and inconvenience in speech performance. CBD additionally decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.

20 Minute Creamy Chicken and Zucchini

By themodernfarmerswife 0 Comment March 19, 2019

Well, it is safe to say that we have started the year with a bang! Lots of gardening, some serious decluttering, getting organised for school (my son starts school this year – eek!), breeding chickens and further immersing ourselves in becoming more self sufficient. This year I have left my much loved job to focus on settling my son into primary school life and hopefully further my vision for a sustainable and self sufficient life as well as do some voluntary work within the community. The one thing I will miss most about my job is the interaction between other country women. The networking that is constantly happening and the respite we all unknowingly provide each other is so powerful and very important. It’s a good thing I’m not the only one who thinks networking is vital because Michelle from The Lost Acre Farm was feeling the same way. Together we decided to create the Facebook network, The Lady’s Paddock Life,  to connect with other ladies who farm, in some form or another. Since it began it has been so inspiring to see the stories of the strong women who are living on the land. It has inspired me so much, that it’s given me a push to get back into the kitchen and begin creating recipes again. I will need a best kitchen tool so my dish will be cooked faster.

This recipe took only a mere 20 minutes to cook and was made up of local  and home grown produce. The taste was out of the world and my husband declared it a winner. My two year old told me it was yucky… yet he still polished the bowl! That’s toddlers for you!



20 Minute Creamy Chicken and Zucchini

500g Chicken Breasts, cut into pieces around 1cm in size

1 large zucchini (approx. 350g) diced

2 Spring onions, sliced

2 TBS of Butter/ Ghee

2 tsp crushed garlic

1 TBS stock paste 200mL of water (or 200mL of ready made stock)

200g Pure cream

5 sage leaves, chopped

3 sprigs of parsley, chopped

2 tsp cornflour (or arrowroot flour) mixed with 2 TBS water


  1. Place a frypan over medium-high heat. Add butter and garlic and cook until garlic starts to brown. Add chicken and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add Zucchini and spring onions and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low-medium and add herbs, stock, and cream and simmer.
  4. Add cornflour mixture and simmer and stir until liquid has thickened.

This makes 4 serves and is best served with brown rice or mashed potato. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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