Some of the ways I built up my home this week included:
I followed Laine's advice and started following The Fundamental Home and I started menu planning. Now I have always menu planned to some extent. I can always say what we are having for dinner tonight, tomorrow night and the next night. I often write down a weeks plan. But this is different! Now I "get it" and it's amazing. Laine is also new to menu planning and there are going to be some posts on it. Even Laine who would be the best saver I ever knew is now almost halving her grocery spend this way. That is her goal anyway! It is really exciting!
I worked on using up lemons. I froze lemon juice. I made two lemon cakes and sliced them up then froze the portions. Then I made Lemon Butter to freeze.
I also worked on my pie crusts. This time I tried a sour dough pie crust recipe I had been wanting to try. It looked good but this rule of dough having to be cold before rolling out means you need to be super strong to even roll it out! Still the crusts looked good...
I filled two pies. One is frozen.
So I learned more about sweet pie crusts but I still am not happy with the crust! No wonder I was intimidated by pie crusts. It was for a reason! Now I am going to follow what my Mum does. She makes a warm pie crust, not trying to cut cold butter into flour and you don't need to be Hulk Hogan to roll it out. It ignores all "the rules" and is a good pie crust. This happened to me with scones. I could never make scones. They were like hockey pucks. This plight lasted something like 30 years. Then I decided that if the rules don't work I will try making them another way and I ignored all the "mix very lightly" rules.... and now I make sky high scones. So maybe pie crusts will go the same way. Maybe the rules are a secret chefs way of sabotaging normal people!?
Andy is happy eating the experiments anyway.
I made two focaccia breads.
6 sausage rolls.
Sweet Potato soup.
I cooked some venison Mum gave us.
I cooked a lamb shank in the crock pot all day with sweet potato to make baby food for Scarlett. This is full of bone broth and goodness. Most of it went into ice cube trays for the freezer.
This is so cheap to make and so nutritious. Also I had the satisfaction of seeing her eating some and she opens her mouth like a little bird and in it goes! 😊
At the op shop I bought two lovely little purses. One is pale pink on the outside and real leather. Inside it has many compartments and they are all floral pink fabric! It is gorgeous. ($2)
These are to better organise my grocery money. One will be just my weekly grocery money. The other will be my saved fund for when I find too good to be true deals!
Speaking of good deals.... last week with Hilde I got a nice brie for $2. I thought I can make a meal of this! This is for Jen in NZ....
Sit it on a piece of puff pastry. Top it with some cranberry sauce and some nuts...
Pecans or walnuts are good for this. Then wrap it up and bake it until the pastry is golden.
Let it sit for a little while before you cut it or the cheese will be too runny. Cut it when just still warm.
I serve it with rocket, pear and sticky balsamic glaze.
It was so yum and a nice meal... and the protein was $1 per serve.
This week I started making up a heap of dry mixes. This one is Cream of Chicken soup. I use this mix a lot when making pumpkin or sweet potato soup as a scoop of this gives the most beautiful flavour.
Over the weekend I am making Butter Chicken mix, Enchilada mix, French Onion soup mix... I will put up all the recipes in a post. The biggest savings is going to be the enchilada mix. Enchilada sauce in a jar is really expensive... and I always need three jars as I make several trays at once.
Also these mixes leave out all the weird artificial flavours and colouring and preservatives! I am thinking some mixes would be very nice additions to kitchen gift themed baskets. I am making some for the girls as they both like things with all natural ingredients.
So that was my week. I feel happy because I have been learning a lot.
How did you build up your home this week? I hope there were lots of little chances to get ahead in some way.
Have a lovely weekend! xxx