It was a quietish week here as I just worked on finishing little areas of painting. I did a small hallway area and my linen cupboards and doors. This really brightened things up and is another bit finished!
Andy is working on the weekend so I will try and finish the new doors and frame and that will be another thing ticked off the list. I am getting there...
Some of the ways I feathered the nest and saved this week were:
Many usual things such as making all the lunches and dinners. So far we have not had takeaway food this year. Last year we have takeaway food one time!
I cut Andy's hair. It was a rug. He must be much cooler now!
I planted more basil and 6 capsicum plants, 2 red, 2 yellow and 2 green.
I have been adding herbs to the big pots we have with trees in them to utilise these spaces.
We have enjoyed flowers in the house as roses are still going and the Hydrangeas are just starting to come out.
I had an exciting parcel in the mail! Nanna Chel makes sourdough breads. Her blog is Going Grey and Slightly Green which is on my side bar. She really got me back on to soap making with her tutorials. I was thinking I would give Sourdough bread a try next. The thing that holds me back is the starter and feeling like it is a science experiment and what if it goes wrong? WELL yesterday a little parcel arrives and it is some of Nanna Chel's started Gertrude (yes it is alive and has a name!) and I have been given links to read and learn how to revive this starter then keep it growing and make my bread from this. Last night I read for hours learning about feeding your starter and making loaves from it etc.
Next week I will get started. I need some bread flour and to get myself organised. Stay tuned! Thank you Nanna Chel!
Providing I don't mess it up this will make great gifts. My Dad LOVES crusty loaves of bread. I could keep everyone in bread actually!
Today I am up to day 96 of my 100 day challenge! Most days I have painted, prepared an area and/or spring cleaned. It has been a ridiculously long challenge but it turned out to be about right to get all this finished up. My main goal was to be finished by December and it looks like I will be!
I used mince from the wholesale butcher to make a giant batch of spaghetti sauce. We had this for dinner last night. I simmered it for three hours, the key to the flavour I think.
The rest I divided up into meal sized portions. One lot for the weekend and the others for the freezer.
I chop oregano and parsley from the garden to go into it and a sprinkle on top. I find this very good in the freezer. It can be a meaty pizza base, over noodles or zoodles, with tacos, corn chips or even toast. It is useful and yum.
Some Christmas presents were wrapped and cards written.
Once a week or so Andy drives past an Aldi. Our local one is still a few months off. So I study the catalogue and he has a list so that if he has time to dash in her gets the best specials we can use. This little system has been a big help and saver! He is there today! Of all my savings this year Aldi would account for most of them.
How did you build up your nest this week? How did you get ahead or save?
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx