Anyway here we are so close to Christmas and the end of the year!
This week I made lots of progress with my posting parcels, gift wrapping and general organisation of all the things that need doing!
I saved quite a bit of time and petrol by thinking things through and combining trips and events.
I made refrigerator pickles. These are great to use up excess product and a way to preserve things that might get wasted. My husband loves these! They take about two minutes to make! Cucumbers were on a big special which is why I made them. I will share this method soon as summer harvests really start when it is most handy. I made a few jars. This one I layered so it's like a salad in a jar.
This week I made Melting Moments. I made a double batch. This is the recipe.
250g butter melted.
1/3 cup icing sugar,
1 1/2 cups plain flour,
Melt butter and stir in other ingredients. Roll into balls. Squish slightly with a fork and bake 20 mins in a lower oven about 150degrees.
Stick them together with pale pink icing if you want.
I used these as several gifts after packaging them in cellophane bags. They are quick and easy to make.
I saved money with a little trick. I have always loved biscuit moulds. You can get amazingly beautiful shortbread moulds. I loved one that was just under $50. Now you can use a biscuit forcer but not all recipes work with them. So sometimes I am still wishing to press an image into a biscuit. The good old fork to press cookies down works pretty well. Here's an idea to get a fancy imprint. If you look at the bottom of pretty glass or crystal vases, candle sticks and glassware often there is a pretty pattern in the glass. Old style vases like these...
I have heaps of them but you can get them at op shops so cheaply. Underneath see if they have a pretty pattern...
Well, there is your biscuit mould! I just rolled my dough into rounds. Once my baking tray is covered in them I just squish each one with my vase. If the dough is too sticky and is sticking to the glass keep dipping it into flour so it is dry and press. You get a pretty imprint that bakes in.
Once you discover this you start running around looking under all your vases and candle sticks! Some have amazing patterns! How useful! Well now I look to what I can use to press in patterns and haven't bought anything expensive. After I did this I thought a bit of glazed cherry would look lovely as the centre of the flower! Next time...
Thanks to my friend I discovered a new op shop. This will be handy next year. Also a fruit and vegie shop nearby with fantastic prices and specials.
I have to say being busy impacted the household this week. I need some days home to restore the balance! The atmosphere suffers. So over the weekend I hope to make things quite, have the pretty lights on and have lovely evenings. Starting tonight!
So it wasn't a perfect week by any means! And next week my daughter and son in law are moving house! It will be nice when they are in their new home for Christmas and that is all done!
Have a lovely weekend. It does get a little like this at this time of year. The shops are so busy, everyone is in a hurry... But we don't want to miss the moment because of it. I want to enjoy and celebrate Christmas and appreciate all the wonders of it. We had had a wonderful year really with so many things to be thankful for!
How was your week? What did you do to feather your nest and save money? I hope it was good and the weekend brings some rest and rewards! xxx