And a new year has arrived! We will be getting into savings right away. We need to build up our emergency fund and have quite a few resolutions and aims for the year!
Even though it was Christmas and New Year and so not your average week we still had savings and there were still ways we built up the home.
Last night we had a lovely night building up special time together and we splurged a bit on dinner out to celebrate the new year. It was just wonderful. We had the best time and the food was just amazing. It was worth it, really we celebrated, looked over the year we just had, and talked about our goals for this year. I loved it. Now to make up for it...
These are some of the ways we built up our nest last week...
We came home from the farm with figs! I love figs. They were from my brothers farm. I made jam with almonds. The almonds go in the last ten minutes. This is so good. When I was little my Dad and I loved this jam and we basically fought over the almonds. lol So when I grew up I resolved to put enough almonds in there that it's not a matter of life and death to get one! Andy loves this jam too. It goes well with cheese which might sound funny but its much like quince paste or fig paste in taste. I make all my jam in the microwave the tutorial is here Easy jam making. As I mentioned if you are adding almonds add them in the last 10 minutes which is after you have blended or mushed up the figs.
Figs have so many possibilities. I saved some in the fridge. Some to serve with soft cheese on a cheeseboard and some I roasted with roast chicken. I copied a meal I had once at somewhere fancy! ... it was roast chicken pieces with roast vegies, gravy and roast figs. I had never eaten figs this way and it was delicious. I added the figs in the last half hour of the roasting. It worked! It was beautiful.
Plus my jam has added to my pantry and I have a couple of small gifts.
I have been collecting storage containers for my cellar/pantry project. My beautiful friend Helen sent me these gorgeous jars as a surprise gift. Perfect and so pretty for storing all sorts of things. I just love jars!
I saved money on my new diary/planner. Last year I had an Erin Condren planner and it was great but it was expensive. I am using an ordinary planner this year and added highlighters, sticky notes and the things I found most lovely about last years planner. I love it and it has saved me heaps of money. Also my pencil case is an unused glasses holder which is just perfect!
I know using a planner overall saves me so much time and money. And stress! I can plan my week to involve less trips out, save petrol and not miss birthdays or appointments etc. Plus it is really motivating for me. At the end of the day I write down things I achieved. It is one thing to have a to do list but we need to consider all we DID achieve and feel good about the work we did. When I see my list I (mostly!) feel satisfied with my day and sleep well on it!
I want to share with you an idea that is very frugal and stylish. My friend Mimi sent me gifts and the wrapping!!! I didn't want to wreck the wrapping so I took photos! She uses good old fashioned butchers paper that you can buy by the roll. Then she writes artistically across it suitable words in french and uses tulle for ribbons. Tulle makes wonderful ribbons and bows very inexpensively.
So this is from Mimi and its so stylish and what an idea...
Mimi has a blog full of frugal and gorgeous ideas...A Tray of Bliss.
I hope you had a wonderful New Year. How did you build up your home and save money this week? And what new ideas can you use this year? Last year I saved in some major ways by trying new ideas. This makes me wonder what can I do differently this year to save and do better? It is really amazing when you find something that you know can work in your own household! Well I am hoping I learn lots of new things this year that will help us out.
Have a wonderful weekend.xxx