I have really felt that this week the work I started in January was really paying off. Christmas has not cost a fortune. I learned heaps of new skills that are really useful. We got ahead in quite a few ways. We are more prepared and have a more extensive pantry. And the whole house looks lovely and freshly painted! It has made a big difference!
On that note this week I threw some of my painting clothes in the bin! I poured left over paint into jars and labelled for touch ups. I have very little left and emptied every tin.
Some of the ways I saved this week include:
I used the sourdough a few times. The first time I made bacon and cheese scrolls. I just used my regular dough, rolled it out, sprinkled it with grated cheese and bacon and rolled them up.
I melted a bit of butter and drizzled this over, let them rise again and baked them.
So easy and they were so nice! This became and instant hit and I made these to go on the weekend fishing picnic.
That paid off as the boys returned with eight good sized crabs...
Another night I used dough to make pizzas and use up some left overs. Left over pizza always seems to work out so well and you never get the same thing twice!
I mended a jumper for Andy.
I made another lot of Gingerbread biscuits as they were requested.
I make the spices quite mild so I think I should call them Honey Biscuits. I made two sizes and some became a gift as well.
We had a BBQ dinner outside on Wednesday for Chloe and Allie. Again I used the sour dough to make a loaf of bread which came out of the oven just as everyone sat down. They loved it. I have to say this is a great way to slow everyone down at dinner time. Or any time!
It looks beautiful on a cutting board on the table, smells wonderful and we had a lot of meat left over which became work lunches. Win!
I also made a big potato salad and a rice salad. The girls both took home a tub each and we lived on left overs for a couple of days and had cold meat and salads. Bliss!
In the garden I have beautiful Lilies and lots more about to flower....
Today I have presents to deliver and we are planning a quiet evening to celebrate the end of the week.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy everything, soak in all you have to be grateful for and bless everyone around you.
How did you save or get ahead this week? I hope your nest was festive! xxx