My Vicky Challenge was pretty good last week. I think as soon as you do any baking that adds to it. The same with making any gifts, mending, repairs or DIY... the savings soon add up!
I need to find out the current prices locally of sour dough loaves of bread. This has been a good part of the challenge... checking to see what things actually cost compared to what they cost to make. That has been such an eye opener!
This week my savings included making six pizzas using the sour dough as my bases. They were great so I will do this from now on!
Plus I made three Spinach Quiches, pastries and a tray Apricot and Walnut buns.
I altered two tops, did some painting, froze lemon juice, made all the lunches...
Plus my great op shop day got me a big set of large storage tins plus a giant storage jar all at great savings! That also helped my total!
I wrote $455 into my savings book.
All year I have had a special note book just for my savings and had one page per week. This has made it easy to keep track of and add up each month. And soon the whole year!
The last two weeks we have been talking about saving money with our choices of foods to make as gifts and take to shared lunches and parties etc. Ingredients cost money. This can vary enormously! With some thought there are ways around spending too much. Substitutions help too. I am just about to make some Pesto and the recipe calls for pine nuts which are very expensive. I will just be using almonds. They work fine for about a quarter the price! Other times it is sometimes best to just decide to use another recipe altogether!
Thank you for all the tried and tested recipes and ideas! Today we have some more to add.
Firstly from Jane... this is her faithful cake she makes very often.
From the Sydney Morning Herald c1963
125g melted butter
I tsp grated lemon rind
1 cup castor sugar
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
2 1/2 cups SR Flour
Combine all ingredients until smooth.
Place batter in two greased 20cm cake tins or one deep tin. It really needs to be deep.
Bake in a moderate oven for 40min or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
Today I made a dozen muffins and a small slab cake from this one mix.
The slab will be served with strawberries and cream for dessert.
You never waste a banana with a recipe like this. Plus I have found they freeze so well and you can stash cakes or muffins for when you are pushed for time. Thanks so much Jane!
Next a recipe from Teri. To me this looks like Meringue but the ingredients are not the same.... although similar. It is a sweet and I have not heard of it before. I love the name and the colour!
Over to Teri...
I wanted to share my favorite Divinity recipe. so, when you have time, you can post it:
2 egg whites, room temperature
3 cups sugar (this is granulated cane sugar)
3/4 cup corn syrup (the light colored kind)
3/4 cup water
1 small package flavored gelatin (3 Oz. or 85g) I use strawberry but I've used lime and orange, so any flavor you like
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chopped pecans and/or coconut may be added. These are optional.
Mix the sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan, Bring to a boil and cook to form a medium hard ball (this takes about 15 minutes depending on your elevation. could take longer). (For my elevation, this is 240 degrees F. on my candy thermometer).
Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until they fluff up, then sprinkle in dry gelatin, beating until this holds a definite peak. Pour syrup mixture into the egg white mixture in a fine stream, beating constantly until candy losses it's shine and holds its shape. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment paper. work fast! this makes about 40 pieces of candy depending on size.
How pretty are they! So I will be trying this out!! Thank you so much Teri!
How did your Vicky Challenge go or how did you save and get ahead last week?
Have a great new week! Most of us are busy as it is getting so close to Christmas! I am really reviewing what I do and what I don't want to be doing this week and next. I want to wrap up the year and my projects. I want to cook lots of treats for the family. I do not want to be running around very much and have cut out a lot of it.
The busiest time of year can also come when you are tired!
Already I am feeling very reflective about the year that is almost over and cooking up plans for the new one ahead!
Mainly I want to really celebrate Christmas and be grateful for all our blessings which have been many!
So enjoy the season. Make it wonderful. Soon it will have flown past. xxxx