I have been drying Olive Leaves. I crushed some up to send to Patsy and some to start a big batch of Olive Leaf Extract.
Mum had been here and she left to go back to the farm so I sent a tray of little cakes for Chloe and Luke.
We have had lovely Autumn weather. I took on the job of re potting my Fiddle Leaf Fig trees (indoor plants) as they had grown so much! Suddenly they seem huge!
It was a bit of a circus but it didn't cost a cent as I had really big pots I found on the side of the road and I took apart my herb pots as they need refreshing at the end of summer. I had spare soil from that. Now they look even bigger as the pots are larger.
I was given $30 in free postage stamps.
Andy had a big week and his Vicky Challenge Savings amounted to $560! He is proud and says "don't forget to tell the ladies" haha!
I was given 14 pairs of designer jeans. Not my size but I said yes as I googled the prices! I am going to sell them!
Harper hasn't been eating her carrots. So I made carrot cakes. Since carrots aren't popular I decided calling them Carrot Cakes might not be the smartest so I called then Bunny Rabbit Cakes. 😊
This worked! They weren't scoffed at the same rate as Banana Cakes but they have been eaten!
I also tried out a grain free carrot cake recipe as I was dying to have some cake. Jenny asked for the recipe so I thought since there are a few gluten free (plus also grain free) cooks here I will include it.
It is 350 g grated carrot. (3/4 lb)
1/2 chop chopped pecans.
5 large eggs.
1 teaspoon baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon bi carb soda.
250g almond meal (1/2 pound)
1 cup dark brown sugar.
1 teaspoon cinnamon.
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
1/2 teaspoon ginger.
Line a cake pan with non stick baking paper. I have found each time I have made an almond meal cake that it looks cooked and the middle isn't really cooked enough! So I made it more as a slice in a thinner layer in a square tin. Then it is easier to tell. Look for it to be risen, golden and a skewer come out clean then add a few minutes.
Sorry no directions just whip the eggs and sugar first then add the rest.... I was looking for butter or oil but it has none.
Anyway it turned out just like carrot cake!
I used cream cheese plus icing sugar plus golden syrup for icing... for Harpers cakes and mine. Do whatever cream cheese icing you like.
It was good!
Later in the week I had a big spaghetti sauce cook up. I made two big pots full. This gave me two dinners and I froze the rest into meal size portions.
When I have things to freeze most of it goes over to Mum's freezer.
I stacked in ten meals of meat sauce. I brought back frozen stewed cherries. I have so many things now in that freezer!
Also I made play doh for the girls. I made it pink with glitter...
Then I had a fun hour of making snakes and balls, the two top choices!
So this was my week! I don't have to make dinner tonight since we are having zoodles with my meat sauce.
Chloe sent me this last night...
Luke got a working dog puppy! To me he looks guilty like he just did something naughty. This is probably more something he is planning to do!
How did you build up your home, savings, pantry or any other area of your nest this week?
Have a good weekend. We have a state election here.
I am planning to see if I can get my sour dough starter going for gluten free bread. I wanted to have a wheat free pizza base and when I saw the prices in the shops I decided that is it I am converting my sour dough to GF. I want pizza at least now and then!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx