Just at the time I have lots of free citrus I also have yellow climbing roses. It is just a happy accident that they always come at the same time. So one of my money saving things this week was to make my Winter Sunshine Cake and top it with roses from the back fence...
I have non spectacular cake decorating skills so I always use fresh flowers and the color is just right!
(This recipe when cut looks equally yellow... the recipe is in the cooking section here.).
Other ways I saved money and built up the nest this week were:
Trying some shops outside my normal ones and comparing, buying some great specials and mark downs.
Finishing another Christmas present bringing my total to three!
Making roses. In part for the tutorial I am working on and in part for a gift and for a vaseful for the house. While I do it I am surrounded by roses which is so lovely! Even the mess of this going on is a pretty mess!
I made up moth repellant bags to out in the wardrobes as Andy has had a couple of tiny holes in jumpers... so I have my suspicions. These are cloves, bay leaves and cinnamon.
Every month IKEA send me a voucher. As Chloe had things she wanted to purchase I was able to get $15 of free stuff which I put to really good use! Dividers for my crock pot! (will post soon in a side dish crock pot post).
I found cheaper ways of sending gifts in the mail and mail generally. I need to change my ways with post parcels basically.
I was able to add to my pantry and cellar. I would say now my pantry is the best ever and is looking good. This feels like progress!
A cookbook I don't like but that has beautiful photography is being turned into cards. The photos are glorious so that's what I decided to do as the recipes all have thirty ingredients like eye of a gnat that I am never going to buy.
Around the house I have been having a re arrange. This has had a domino effect and seen a few messes but using things I already had in new ways things look fresher and I love it! Of course then as you move things you clean and so it goes. But overall effect is great and no cost improvements.
Chloe printed me some more jar labels onto sticker paper. The Internet is full of free stuff that can be used or made into gifts. Jess on Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth has gorgeous printables. She has pantry lables, canning labels and the most gorgeous seed packets.
I discovered some great new things. I seem to be on a steep learning curve as far as cooking, pantry skills etc go and much of it is thanks to the beautiful letters and comments I get. Teri is preparing a lesson just now on saving money using powdered milk ie in cooking.... and Glenda is working on lessons as well! These ladies, like Vicky, have years of experience in canning, drying and "putting up" food in all kinds of ways. I am soaking up the information.
Heidi asked what are good websites for learning more... I suggested A Working Pantry, Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, the blogs on my side bar... and also companies like Ball Canning have great information web sites. You tube tutorials can be fantastic teachers if you search what you are looking for. Free lessons on anything!
I still have lemons, limes and oranges. Lemon Butter is next as I do not want to waste any of these. I have found that if I mainly use lemons I can add limes or an orange and use these up too and it still works out just fine with a slight variation! All going well I will get this done today.
I hope you had a wonderful week. How did you save money and build up your home? It is so nice to look over what we achieved. I do have a couple of things still on my list but if I get moving I will hopefully get them done!
Several times this week the same thing has been highlighted... Vicky said it and Mimi wrote a beautiful post about it... if we treat saving money and our homes and families as our job we achieve so much. I am not a lay on the lounge watching daytime tv person and never have been as I think I have work to do and it is my job! There is so much to do and never enough time!
Saving that I have learned I achieve much more if I pace myself through the day. I stop and have cups of tea and a lunch break. Kind of as you would at work. And then off I go again in a burst of "getting stuff done". If we worked out all our savings it would be mind boggling!
Have a great weekend. I think I will have my rose tutorial up on Monday. xxx