Some of the ways I built up the home included:
My counter tops are pine. The new floors are much cooler being driftwood/grey so I stained the counter tops with a white wash effect. I did this all day yesterday. But it worked!
First I had to sand them all down. Andy did most of that for me.
I cleaned the windows out the back. And I washed all the cupboards, range hood and filter etc.
If I can do light fittings over the weekend then this whole area is spring cleaned.
Kitchen cupboards get so dirty! Actually kitchens do as we are cooking all the time. Cleaning is never ending...
My pantry cupboard is back together and I have stored far more in the cellar.
The baskets on top hold paper goods i.e. paper plates, cups, paper towels etc.
My spice cabinet is filled up ...
I keep the made up mixes in the lower cupboard. And I started writing up my favourite mix recipes onto recipe cards and posting them inside the door so I can quickly re make them. A lovely reader sent me these most gorgeous cards! I will get more written up over the next week I hope. I got this from Laine who keeps most used recipes inside her cupboard doors.
From the mess I was in I am seeing I have come a long way! (This is the beauty of looking over what we have done rather than just the list ahead!)
During the week I made three dozen sausage rolls.
And three trays of enchiladas using Vicky's recipe to make up the sauce sauce. These are a big hit with everyone and lots are in the freezer. This was all to build up the gaps that had formed when Lucy's family were sick and we had no kitchen.
Also some peanut butter cookies/biscuits as Harper loves these.
In the garden I faced up to pulling out two trees in giant pots. I hate ever doing this but these were truly beyond help. So I decided fine, I am going to make these pots into food growing pots!
I am really pleased with them!
I can see in the last few days this has all really started to grow. And today is really warm, the warmest day in a long time. I planted tomatoes (two types) eggplant, chilis, capsicums...
I found a bargain on deli meat that Andy likes saving over $10.
Yesterday I got the windows at the back all clean and everything seems brighter.
I made two batches of yoghurt, one Greek and one Vanilla. The Greek is very useful, this week that went into the enchiladas in place of sour cream, on top of baked potatoes and into smoothies which used almost all of it up.
My Vicky Challenge came to $408.
Spring cleaning and re arranging seem to go on forever as one thing leads to another! But I am so glad we had the chance to do this with the floors and of everything that has been completed in the last couple of weeks.
I am hoping in October I will get back to a lot more crafts and other things!
How did you build up your home, save or get ahead this week?
Sometimes it is hard to know what to do next so "just do the next thing" and eventually it gets you there! xxx