This week I went to the farm to see my Dad for his Birthday. That is why I didn't post on Wednesday and also I have not replied individually to comments but I can see Kelsey did a very good job for me. Thank you so much Kelsey and everyone. I almost started replies then realised I would never get todays post up either!
It seems like it was a really long week as lots happened. Starting at the beginning...
I did a lot of cooking on the weekend. Bananas were on a big special and I bought some that were further marked down. So I made a huge slab of Banana Cake.
Then I made three dozen Banana Muffins/cakes? (same recipe just in muffin trays) plus three giant sized ones.
Excuse my wonky icing. I froze a heap, sent them on the fishing trip for the boys, gave the girls some each...
I finished my pink and cream rug, finally. Mum is making a knitted hat with the left over yarn to go with it. This is going into the present cupboard.
Then I stopped at a little tiny town that has a wonderful op shop. Oh my goodness I was so lucky! My favourite brand of shoes are Zierra as they are very comfortable and don't kill my feet! They had my size in a colour I love! Plus I picked up a necklace for $3 because it was layers of pearls.
When Chloe saw it she pointed out it is Mimco and was a $250 necklace!
I also stopped at another tiny town and got fabric, curtains for Chloe, another necklace and two gorgeous cardigans!
Happy day! I love what I got, spent a few dollars and feel spoiled. I think, apart from such treats for so little, op shopping has another effect. I basically never feel like going actual retail shopping. If I shop I imagine finding things in the op shop for a dollar or two and it basically removes all temptation. I have had my retail therapy, am thrilled, and I'm done. The shoes plus the necklace alone would be $500 plus in the regular shops. It seems silly!
When I got to the farm everything looked green and lush and the fire was on.
Mum was cooking, as usual, and I had to take a photo of cakes she just took out of the oven.
There are almost always ducklings at the farm and I always visit them.
On Dad's birthday Mum made a Black Forest cake. Here it is before she put it together...
Also Mum had a lot of crochet out as she was sending it to go off to two charities. She does this very regularly and even gets to hear some of the nice stories that come back about who received various things. The hats and headbands are going to cancer patients.
In the afternoon Dad took some rare time off and asked if we would like to go mushrooming?
YES! So off we went and a couple of hours later we returned with these...
I brought some home and we had steak and mushrooms for dinner last night. (Plus I have loads more still)
While away I finished three tops for Harper. I gave the fox a bow so she is now a girl! Plus two bunnies with tails.
When I got home the first thing I saw was that neighbours had put out on the kerb two half round wrought iron tables. I love fancy wrought iron. They need new tops and painting etc.... but I will get to that!
Finally I got a huge bag of apples for $3. I am planning apple pies and apple muffins. I will also do a pork roast and apples.
This week I mixed up my money saving, nest building and getting ahead into one report. But it was some of each. It was a good week.
I hope you had a great week. How did you feather your nest, save and get ahead?
Have a lovely weekend. I am off to babysit for a little while this afternoon and the sun has made an appearance!