Some of the ways I saved this week include:
I made bubble bath. I have been loving my bath so much! So I made luxury bubble bath from ordinary ingredients. It is lovely! The recipe is here Hollywood Bubble Bath.
As well, I have a rustic "caddy" across the bath for all my bits and pieces. I needed this! Its a road side find that Andy cut to fit. He cut grooves into it so it can't fall or slide...
We could have a post on creating luxury for pennies!
I made lemon cakes with some of my lemons. This cake contains yoghurt so ideal for using up yoghurt as well.
These ended up with lemon icing and I cut one up and froze the slices. It was really fresh and lemony!
I made a lamb roast from Lamb Mum gave me. The left overs will be tomorrow nights dinner, lamb and tatziki wraps. Mum also gave me frozen peas and beans.
To use up more lemons I filled several ice cube trays with lemon juice and froze them.
I made a curry and a mint raita to go with it. To make the raita you just add heaps of fresh mint to a nice creamy yoghurt plus a sprinkle of Cumin.
Then just blitz it and you have a lovely mint dip/dressing which is gorgeous with anything spicy.
I also made Naan Bread. For this I use my usual bread recipe plus three huge spoons of yoghurt.
Here is it rising (I took the cover off to show it) with a hot pack around it! It was a cold day!
Two chickens photo bombed this photo too I notice!
One batch of dough gets me 16 Naan breads. You cut roll them out thin and fry in olive oil.
As I used to buy this I know they roll it out in random shapes so I do this too... and fry them until they are deep golden. Also I know they are $1.75 each in the shops, meaning one batch saves almost thirty dollars. Plus they are so much better, stretch a meat meal, freeze well...
I made Scarlet several batches of baby food. Pureed sweet potato, pureed pumpkin and pureed carrot. I froze it in ice cube trays.
Mum went home to the farm. She had two weeks here helping Lucy, feeding Scarlett, taking Harper for walks and adventures to the park. She knitted the girls a ton of hats and warm things. This is one of the hats she made Harper... they come down around her eyes and over her ears and keep her warm.
They are constant buddies! Whatever Harper is wearing she has a tutu over the top, including pyjamas. haha!
I mended a jumper for Andy.
In the mail I received a $70 voucher for shopping at Coles! This is the most I have ever had. We don't have coupons here but we have a kind of loyalty points system in some shops. This one had sent out vouchers where if you handed in a particular voucher on a certain product purchase or in the right week you would get 1000 points (and other offers) I did this for the last few months until the offers ran out. Well, I got $70! Now I will turn that into at least $140 worth of goods for my pantry by only spending it on big specials or markdowns. I also got a whole new series of vouchers for the next few months. You have to be organised with them so I cut them up and stick them in my diary week by week as they all have specific dates... but look how it paid off!
I did some pruning in the garden and now it is all done!
I wrote $343 in my savings book for my Vicky Challenge.
How was your week? What did you do to save, get ahead or build up your pantry?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx