After posting last Friday I headed off to see my Aunt and on that trip I always incorporate a couple of op shops and a really good veggie shop on the way home.
My Aunt has a beautiful garden and it is now citrus season. Her orange and lime trees were covered.
Regular readers know about my Aunt and that she has no car and rides her bike to do her grocery shopping and has a fabulous productive garden. She and my Dad (sister and brother) and in their 80's Recently my Aunt was not well and when she recovered she rode to get groceries as usual. She thought that she had lost fitness as it was hard going. She has a big basket on her bike that she fills with her shopping. Eventually she realised there was a brake stuck on and it wan't her fitness after all it was just the brakes! So that was a relief.
Here we were admiring the autumn leaves...
I came home with a basket of Limes and three huge lush while bath towels. One is Ralph Lauren no less. Somewhere in my blog my Aunt read that Andy loves giant bath towels!
We had a lovely time chatting over cups of tea. There was a lot to catch up on!
On the way home I had great luck at the veggie market and loaded up with pumpkin for lots of soup.
Saturday was the royal wedding. I had soup on and made gluten free pumpkin scones. Chloe came over for dinner in front of the tv to watch the wedding. She walked in with an coat and scarf and underneath her pyjamas. lol this is a tradition with us! We settled in on the lounge. The neighbours decorated their whole house with British flags. The supermarket was full of red, white and blue balloons. The boy in the supermarket said his Mum spent the week decorating the whole house to be a cathedral.
We had so much fun! And the entrance with the trumpets and the heavenly soloist was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen or heard. And that Gospel Choir I think called The Kingdom Choir.... how they sang and how they dressed.... truly beautiful. It was so fabulous I felt I floated on air all of Sunday. You have to say that was frugal and fabulous fun! And 2 Billion people heard the Word of God no less.
I made some little cakes for Harper and used up some flowers from my cake supplies.
Yesterday I made a big batch of Butter Chicken in the slow cooker. Talking about getting extra meals set aside the other day... I am always amazed how little curry you need for a meal and how much I have. It is the sides that do it!
I set aside two containers so we will have curry again on Saturday night and I will freeze a batch. So one cook gets me three dinners. I picked mint at Mum's and made a double batch of Raita so that is ready for tomorrow night as well. It was delicious. I love the slow cooker!
Wednesday I headed south to see Hilde and shop the cheaper stores near her including a fruit and veggie market, op shops, discount grocery store... This once a month trip saves me so much money. I am so amazed that a half hour trip sees grocery prices drop so dramatically.
As usual we had a wonderful time! We picked lemons from Hilde's tree which is just covered.
I had luck at the op shops too. On the top of my list I had decanters. Luke's birthday is coming up and he fancies a Whiskey Decanter. I found two really beautiful ones...
I got both as I thought Andy will want one.
I also got crystal glasses from Aldi and packaged the decanter and glasses in a large ball box with tissue paper.
(And yes Andy loved the round one and was thrilled with that!)
From this trip I came home with lots of produce at a fraction of local prices. Tonight I am roasting a lot of veggies and over the weekend I will make soup.
I also found two tops and two cardis that I just love. They are hanging in the sunshine drying now as I washed them last night. So pleased! ($5 each)
Another thing I got was several meters of Muslin cloth. This is so beautiful and handy. I needed some the other day to strain the lemons from my vodka for my Limoncello. But it also makes the most beautiful face cloths or baby wash cloths.
I also got a pack of 20 glossy beautiful cards for $4.
While I say I do not buy cards it is another story if they are this gorgeous and 20c each! Considering most nice cards are $8 and up!
I had eggs, zucchini and bargain cream so I made a zucchini slice...
I went with Lucy and the girls to the Doctors as the girls had injections. I was armed with Princess bandaids, freddo frogs and my usual bag of ticks in my handbag. Neither of them even cried. And yesterday I baby sat for a while in the afternoon while Lucy has an appointment. We watched the Wiggles and danced :)
I think that is about it! Our evenings are dark and cold so hot meals are beautiful. But today is just lovely and bright. I have a meeting to go out to so I will enjoy the sunshine.
I hope you had a good week! Oh one more thing I have to show you Vicky got new chickens.
Aren't they beautiful! Her son is the animal namer. He named them Annabel, Patsy, Rachel and Jane. Apparently he hears these names constantly! haha! Can you guess who is who!?
That garden setting.... so lovely!
How did you build up your home, pantry, preparedness this week?
How did you save, get ahead, get stuff done?
Have a beautiful weekend and remember to make hay while the sun shines! xxx