Some of the ways I saved money were:
Last weekend I made the last of my cheap bananas into more cakes and shared those around plus added to freezer and the weeks lunch box meals.
This weeks soup was pumpkin as I got a lot on a good special. Pumpkin is hard to cut up that is the only downside! Usually this takes me ages and my arm is sore so this put me off.
So I listened to Jamie Oliver and did it his way. We had a roast Monday night and before I turned the oven on to pre heat I put all the chunks of pumpkin in the bottom of the oven. It was already cut into big chunks... (I chose those as easier than whole pumpkins!)
I cooked a big leg of lamb which we got several meals and lots of cold meat from for lunches. I left the pumpkin in the whole time and also after I took the lamb out in the residual heat.
Next morning I got it out. It sliced like butter! And the soup turned out darker and richer. It was wonderful. I added two sweet potatoes and onion to the soup. I do all soups in the crockpot.
Before I blended it at the end of the day I fished out a couple of cups of the pumpkin and set it aside.
Soup was my lunches plus I got ten containers to freeze and I gave Chloe three of them.
The next day I used the pumpkin I set aside and made three dozen large scones (biscuits) to go with soup meals and snacks. They turned out so nice! You can add a cup of mashed pumpkin to your usual recipe. I did two large cups over the recipe x four. (eight cups SR Flour)
I am truly hopeless at scones. For years I tried and could not make them. My Nan stood over me and watched and said "these cannot fail" and they still did.
So to my scones I add egg plus extra baking powder and now they rise! This was the cure.
Most of these were frozen. Andy took one a day to work. The girls got some. I ate them for breakfast...
The next day I had two crockpots going. Butter Chicken in one which made two meals. And baby food in the other. I used lamb bones, sweet potato, potato, pumpkin, carrots and broccoli. At the end I added a cup of pasta and let it cook in the juices then removed it and set that aside as a little addition to meals for Harper. Last I removed the bones and left a little bit of meat on them as she will also sit and chew a bone for about an hour! Then I blended the veggies and meat. I got 45 portions!
So healthy, with bone marrow and broth.... not a drop is poured away or wasted. In the shops this is $110 worth of baby food approx but I think this is much healthier than bought stuff.
I freeze in muffin trays, then trip them out into large bags...
I love to be able to do this and I love that it is so appreciated too.
We had a left overs night.
I cut Andy's hair.
With a voucher I scanned I accumulated a heap of Coles points towards a gift card.
Otherwise the usual stuff... made all lunches, used up left overs, made gifts etc.
Some of the ways I got ahead:
Lots added to the freezer.
A birthday gift made ahead of time.
A few things added to the present cupboard.
I built up my pantry with:
10 cans of evaporated milk. A large packet of teabags. 12 rolls of garbage bags.
Today I am feathering my nest by just cleaning and tidying. Lots of cooking and activity seem to leave me with cleaning and organising to do. (ok, mess.)
The next two weeks I am having a freezer challenge. It is full to the point if I find great specials I can't fit them in there! There are so many odds and ends... half a cup of cooked rice, a huge bone from the roast lamb and 101 random things! My challenge is to make most meals from all of this and to use my grocery money just for fresh veggies, milk etc and the rest of the money I would normally spend to go on adding to my pantry. So getting ahead!
I will write down the meals as I go. I am planning baked rice custard from that rice to begin with.
How was your week? How did you build up your home, get ahead, save money...?
Have a great Friday and weekend. I am working on a new blanket I started and embroidering a deer onto a little top. Also making a chocolate birthday cake for a gift. Staying in and staying warm basically! xxx