Some of the ways I saved money and got ahead this week were:
I made a double batch of Miracle Cleaner. It turned out so well! The best batch ever! It smells beautiful.
The recipe is here on Clean and Fresh.
This batch was better than ever due to making my own lemon vinegar first.
Since I have had so many lemons I have saved all the peel and added these to big jars. White vinegar goes in and you just let that steep.
The vinegar becomes lemon scented. Lemons have great cleaning properties. And the vinegar takes on a lovely yellow colour!
When I made up the Miracle Cleaner I strained some of this off for my recipe. The detergent component I used was dish detergent which was also lemon in colour.
There is something about yellow and lemons in the middle of winter that is just beautiful!
People are spending big on "all natural" cleaners and wanting less chemicals in the home. Making your own cleaners is so easy, cheap and beautiful. And this works so well and your whole house smells so good!
During the week I cooked up the beef I found on special and made a casserole in the crockpot. This was dinner the first night. Then this became pies. I made one large and eight individual beef pies which I topped with mashed potato. (Shepherds Pie style) This gave us another dinner and four meals to freeze.
Every day I did some sewing towards my sewing challenge.
It was raining so I sat all my house plants out in the rain for half a day. This does them so much good and does the dusting as well!
I finally made my own sweet pie crusts. They turned out to be easy.
My dough turned out nicely and it goes into the fridge for a while. Then rolling it out was no problem.
To fill these I made more lemon butter! And I still have so many lemons!
Next I am trying a Sour Dough piecrust. After that I will post the recipe I think is the best.
Andy made some rainwater barrels and set them up like mini rainwater tanks with stands and taps.
I packaged up more Bay Leaves for gift giving.
Mum gave me some venison. I cooked it her way which is with a thick layer of whole grain mustard over the top then roasted. Andy thought it was amazing!
Mum has been in town for a while. She has had Harper over for days with her. They walk over to my place with Harper pushing her babies in a pram!
The babies are tucked up in a rug I made years ago.. because it is really cold!
I made a huge pot of sweet potato and pumpkin soup. When I was cooking a roast I added the whole sweet potato plus the huge wedges of pumpkin to the stove. The next day they sliced up like butter.
This was beautiful. I got a dinner and ten containers of soup... some for the week and some were frozen.
I cleaned the oven. It was over due and a big job. You all know what a barrel of laughs cleaning the oven is. 😊
Last night I made pizzas. I took out my sour dough starter Wednesday and got it going. Being cold I warmed up a hot pack and put it around my dough yesterday. That worked a treat!
I got two large and four small pizzas.
The four small ones make up the bulk of the fishing day lunch I send the boys. That is another big savings, sending their days food and drinks. (which they seem to love as well!)
I still need to add up my Vicky Challenge but now I have ANOTHER floor man coming.
The last three weeks I have really felt like we got ahead in lots of little ways. This has been helped a lot by my shopping experiment and shopping completely differently. More on that on Monday!
How did you build up your home, save money and get ahead, this week?
Have a good weekend! xxx