I headed off to the farm on Monday. I had a good trip but for the first time ever I had no luck in the op shops and came away with nothing. I could hardly believe this!
Before I left I did some shopping and stuck gold with a leg of ham for $3.50 a kilo and some of Andy's favourite things i.e. salami and other deli meats. With me going away these were great and also they were mostly things that will keep ages. I saved $38 on these things alone. When I came home I baked the ham and we have ham and salads for dinner as well.
Also before I left I made two little gluten free cakes for Mum. I just used the Aldi packet mix so she could find out what it is like (as she uses another one) and while I was at it I made myself two little orange and almond cakes to try out a grain free recipe. These turned out really lovely and were nice to take away with me.
At the farm Chloe gave me eggs and picked me figs. These are the first figs this season!
Some of these will be dinner tonight.
Dad came home with apples. He said he had picked them on the side of the road. Since apples are not exactly common in the south east I said I bet I know what that tree is! I used to pick apples every year on the side of a main road at an intersection way out in between two towns. Sure enough he picked them from that same tree! So I made a tray of baked apples for dinner that night.
They had dates, sultanas, sago, golden syrup... they were yum. Dad loved them and later I caught him scraping off the sticky baked on bits with a spoon. 😊
I brought home about two dozen apples so I have those to cook with as well.
I found a little nest. It was finished with and just starting to get weather damaged. But it is so lovely.
I love that a bird will make something exquisite from what she has. In this case a lot of spider webs!
Mum gave me six bottles of shampoo and conditioner and 9 moisturisers! I will add these to my stock.
The biggest windfall of the week was Mum gave Andy a machine... I don't know what it is called.... but it measures blood thickness. Andy has to monitor this as he has a stainless steel heart valve. When traveling, or say if living in the country, this constant monitoring is difficult and can be expensive too. The cheapest we could by this device for is around $800 (that we have found so far) and Mum had one in the cupboard that is not used. So I came home with this and just now Andy is learning how to use it as it comes with a video to watch etc. So this will be a big boost on The Vicky Challenge this week!
My spare time (late at night!) has been spent researching essential oils. Boy have I found out some interesting things! I also have a lot of crafts to post. So I am just going to have to forget about my Wednesday post and regular routine and do extra posts as I can to get through it all! It has been so interesting and I have realised that learning about essential oils is a great part now of what I would consider my pantry and emergency preparedness.
I hope you all had a good week! How did you save, get ahead, stock your pantry or build up your nest?
I am unpacking, working on apples and figs and washing! xxx