Some of the ways I feathered the nest and saved money:
I found ham on the bone at a good price and baked it in the crockpot. It is so good this way. This gives me lots of lunch meat as well. After Christmas sometimes I get hams on special but I watch all the time. My tip is if a ham is too large and you think you can't use so much in time before it goes stale I use it fresh for the first days and then bake what is left and this starts the clock again and you have more days from it. Plus is is different! Yes you can also freeze it but many hams here have already been frozen before you buy them I think. So I do this. Plus you can use ham in so many ways. My Dad always cuts some off and treats it like bacon with eggs. I chop up heaps for fried rice, in quiches etc. as well.
We still have lots of roses and the hydrangeas are close to flowering which will be lovely.
Since I had ham I made a giant rice salad. This keeps several days and gets better and better. I gave a big container of it to Chloe to take home as she loves it.
Later in the week I took inspiration from Teri's garden salsa salad and used up some almost too ripe tomatoes, half a red onion in the fridge, two left over red capsicums, half a left over cucumber, parsley from the garden and added a tin of corn.
This also keeps a couple of days and gets better and better! So handy to have salads ready in the fridge.
I was given a bucket of honey from the farm! Bee keepers have hives on the farm and once a year they give honey in return. I love honey. Some of this will go into my Gingerbread in a couple of weeks.
Chloe cut my hair. I need help with the bits I can't see/reach. She is a great cutter.
I did my nails as well.
I cleaned the inside of my car and set up an esky (cold pack) for grocery shopping since we are coming in to hotter weather.
Despite the hail a week ago our apple tree has lots of tiny baby apples on it and the Quince tree has about 20 Quinces. The apple tree is only in its second season here since we planted it.
I tried to take a photo of the supermoon since it was the biggest moon of my lifetime!
It was bright light all night! We actually had bats fly over which would have been a great photo however they weren't very good at posing for the camera!
I got ahead a little by wrapping some presents and seeing aside some others for January birthdays.
This weekend I hope to finish some other things on my to do list. Andy has to work over the weekend so I will paint and finish off some odd jobs.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
How did you build up your nest this week? I hope it was really good and you feel you accomplished lots! xxx