Our first Feather your Nest Friday for 2018! The purpose of these posts is to take a minute to look over what we did for the week, what our blessings were and to appreciate them. It is really easy to just look at the list ahead of us. That is tiring! We need to rest too and consider things. This also give us a change to see how our plans are going. We need to take a break and celebrate!
There are many times that it does us good to just be grateful. I used to keep a Gratitude Journal and each day write in all the things I had to be grateful for that day. It was a wonderful exercise. If you are battling or depressed this is very uplifting as it opens our eyes up to all the blessings around us. It really touches your heart.
Some of the things I did this week to save, build up our home, get ahead etc. included:
Lucy gave me bananas so I made them into little banana cakes. I use my homemade yoghurt in these as well as use up some farm eggs!
Most went into the freezer and this tray went to Lucy's and impressed Harper immensely!
At last I had success in the sales! Straight after Christmas I just had no luck. It was like this last year. Now we are into the new year finally things are marked down more. I got 8 cartons of cream at 30c each, 7 rolls of beautiful wrapping paper at 50c each, a huge 4.7 kilo ham for $19,
rolls of sticky tape for 50c, sparklers for 25c a packet, and later for more cartons of cream at 82c.
Ok I have a lot of cream but I froze most of them!
Also I went on New Years Eve to Coles as the next day would be a public holiday. I decided this year I would do this which is going to the shops at weird times I wouldn't normally go to see if it pays off.
It did! The meat department was a dead loss so at first I thought I had wasted my time. But then I checked the deli. Success! I came home with five bags of deli meat as they apparently have to sell all the sliced meats before the day is out if the store will be closed the next day. I had ham, turkey, chicken. pastrami.... each bag was 75c. And containers of ricotta cheese for 25c! I ended up with almost three kilos of ricotta cheese for $3. I was amazed!
So the fridge has been full. Having ricotta, cream, eggs.... I made a baked ricotta cheesecake, ricotta pancakes.... and I am planning baked ricotta for one dinner next week plus I will make quiches with the eggs and cream and a ricotta pie as well. I baked the ham and we had ham and salads for dinner last night and will again in a couple of nights time. We will freeze a lot of it. I will chop lots to go into my quiches and pie. Ham and eggs for breakfast is also on the menu.
Each day we are picking tomatoes. Luckily tomatoes go well with everything I just mentioned!
I found a really large pyrex glass jug in an op shop for $4. This is perfect for jam making. I had one years ago and broke it and have never found anything as good. This is identical!
I also found a perfect gift for the gift cupboard for $4.
Last night I went walking to check on a nectarine tree I knew had fruit. Last week they were too green. They are almost ripe and the birds had started on them so I picked a basketful. This is in a lane quite near us. Amazingly no one seems to pick the fruit. I got about three kilos (6 pounds) and tonight I will go back for more. We will eat some fresh. I make a salad with nectarine, rocket and balsamic vinegar so that will go with the baked ham.... and then I will make my use it up fruit cake and freeze some of those.
This year Andy is having his own page per week in the Vicky Challenge. I usually count things he did to save. This year he has started several new things along with me. I think this is all because he is highly impressed with the whole thing! 😊
He has started doing his own home brew and is having the time of his life with that. It is a big savings as it is something he can use as gifts and barter too. Also he has sold several things. Then this morning he rang the insurance company regarding his bill for the van. He negotiated it down by $295 a year. This took him about ten minutes. $295 for ten minutes is good money! So with sales, brew and discount he added an amazing $895 to this weeks Vicky Challenge and I haven't even added my part up yet!
I did 15 minutes towards my sewing everyday. Last night it was late at night and it was just cutting out but I still got my 15 minutes done!
Also I have read my Bible and worked on some study everyday. This has helped me a lot!
I got my walking done and now it is warm enough so we will be swimming again.
And I worked on a post each day this week to get the year off to a flying start. I am posting over the weekend as well as I still have another subject that I really want to work on this year.
So I am pretty happy with the week as a beginning! And today I am headed off to pick plums at my Aunts! She messaged me that her beautiful plums are ripe. This will be so much fun!
I hope you had a good week. How did you build up your home, save or get ahead? How did you get started on some of your goals for the year? I know many of you are facing freezing and difficult conditions! I hope you are all safe, sound and warm with good things to work on indoors!
Thank you for so many comments and so much support. I will get to many more replies over the weekend! xxxx
The little birds...
If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.
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