We were very lucky, we didn't lose out power. Lucy did but only for a few hours. However our internet was out for some time and this is what stopped me getting my post finished.
Mum took this photo in her garden. It looks like snow I think but it is hail.
Today I am happy to report things are much better! We even joked this morning about what was that eerie sound outside? Oh yeh, that's what it sounds like when the wind isn't blowing and the rain isn't pelting down. Silence! We even have sun. So I will be washing.
And now I go to write for today I am finding it hard to concentrate as the events in Nice are so horrific and horrific seems a regular thing now. Plus the US has today, the 15th " a day of rage" rallies and ongoing crisis since Dallas events... it seems never ending. I have had so many conversations this week with ladies that are very worried.
It can be crippling. I am the first to admit.
If I can process all the information I have had shared with me this week I will write a post about it.
In the mean time we need to do what we can and make our homes and families feel safe. Be wise, prayerful and watchful.
So to feathering our nests...
Some of the ways I saved money this week:
I did some cooking. I made caramelised onion and brie quiches. They turned out really well. We had this for dinner with a salad and I made little ones for Andy's lunches and for the weekend.
It just has the caramelised onion or onion jam on the bottom and slices of brie on top. But the flavour is really good! I made a rocket salad to go with it.
I went to see Hilde and she gave me lemons! They are huge and juicy. I have two baskets ready to use.
I made a big batch of chicken soup. Most of it I portioned into individual sizes to freeze and give away.
Since there have been colds going around I added extra garlic and it is full of so much goodness and so many veggies. It tastes so good too.
The super soft hankies have been in demand. My original idea was that they were disposable and for times someone is really unwell. But no one will throw them out. So I decided I will make up a heap and hem them. At this time of the year my usual method of getting worn sheets from the op shop and washing them up isn't any good as there isn't a flannelette sheet to be found. So I looked at getting it new by the metre. Seeing the prices I looked around and it was far cheaper to buy a sheet set on special. This has given me enough to make dozens!
I washed it up and dried it in the breeze. It is super soft.
Gradually I am getting them hemmed!
Other savings were the Ikea pillow which has been a success and is well loved.
I altered some scarves. Often they are too long and too thick for me. I altered some and now I love them. And have been wearing them everyday.
At an op shop I found two gorgeous cardigans that I love for $5.
I mended a sheet.
I washed up the jars I was given and put them to good use.
And I found $10 in the street!
Some of the ways I got ahead were:
Quite a few freezer meals and meals made ahead.
A major Christmas present put away in the gift cupboard, something I got at Aldi!
To my pantry I added:
I did a trip to Aldi. I stocked up on basics like olive oil, coffee, tea etc.
With so many homes without power for several days I reviewed my supplies of candles, matches, torches, batteries, lanterns and so on. We have a lot. I noticed the store was almost sold out of these items when I went in yesterday.
So that was my week! I hope you had a good week with lots of good things and ways to build up your nest!
How did you save, get ahead or add to your pantry this week?
Have a wonderful weekend. xxx