Some of the ways I built up my home and saved were:
I have roses drying everywhere. Some will be for my own crafts and cooking. i.e. they go on top of coconut ice at Christmas time, on bath bombs, soaps and so on and others will be packaged up for gifts and the next swap.
I have a shelf in the kitchen covered!
Some are for Jane and some for Tanya as they already have orders in!
I am still collecting more too. They dry quite quickly and hold such good colour.
Last week I forgot to report a good thing! We came home from our trip with two new chickens!
The are actually Bantams. I seem to be collecting different colours. I don't think I can help it!
Chloe had a big upset. After we left her place a fox got some of her hens. I felt upset too. We had just been there feeding them and she had such a variety of different colours. Hers ALL have names too.
She got revenge on the fox and also already got some new hens which are just beautiful! She found a local lady advertising some hens.
She said to me how she doesn't want to get low as chickens are good food security. And she asked for a dehydrator or a foodsaver system for Christmas. 😊
She had visitors with half an hour notice and she baked quick biscuits.
I loved this photo since you can also see the lovely view out of her window!
Much of my week was working on eggs. We came home from the farm with so many!
Apart from eggs for breakfast I made a giant quiche in my biggest baking dish.
This gave me lunches all week. So I managed to use 18 eggs. Today I am making another batch of fruit cakes since I basically have orders. This will take another 20 eggs. Tomorrow I am making a triple batch of banana cakes since I have bananas in the freezer. This will take another 9. Progress!
Mum gave me some beautiful crochet cotton! I had none left. So now I can get crocheting again!
Also last week I was asked if I would show a closer view of Mums knitted hand towels.
They are beautiful!
I got some bargains... two childrens books for the gift cupboard down from $12.99 to $2.
Two tins of baby formula at half price (very rare here)
A whole bagful of things Andy likes heavily marked down (i.e. salami) Many had been $8 and over and they were all under $2. He thought it was amazing! These all keep ages so he is stocked up.
At the chemist they had a vitamin sale. I got what I needed at half price (which is Magnesium and Vitamin B) and I got a bag of free goodies as part of a promotion they were having. It was valued at $200! I found it contained useful things from mens vitamins to childrens sunscreen. Some things went into the gift cupboard. There was something for everyone.
I made chicken stock and then soup. Andy wasn't well and he lived on this.
I also made flourless cookies, a crustless cheesecake and yoghurt.
My Vicky Challenge total is going to be pretty good! I have each item listed I just need to add it all up!
Today I am baking the fruit cakes. I soaked them overnight and they already smell beautiful. I am going to make baked egg custards and use another dozen eggs!
I hope you had a good week! How did you get ahead and feather your nest?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx