This week I made two batches of yoghurt.
Mum gave me a supply postage stamps which are so handy.
Mum is also coming to town today. Last night I made up a batch of Gluten Free scones to take over to her when she gets here.
Most of my life I have been the worst scone maker. Once my Nan stood next to me and we did them together. Because I had touched them they still turned out like rocks. She was amazed!
Eventually I decided to ignore all the tips on scones i.e. handle lightly etc and I mixed the dough in my bread maker. It turned out! Now I do them in the mix master and I add an egg and half a teaspoon of baking power. They work! These are just GF self raising Aldi flour, milk, one egg, a couple of spoons of melted butter and an extra bit of baking powder. I make a soft dough the gently press it out.
I put them fairly close together in the baking pan...
The oven needs to be good and hot! Anyway you barely notice they are Gluten Free so Andy eats them happily.
I also make GF pizza bases.... just GF flour, olive oil, sprinkle of salt, water... made a nice dough and rolled it out. Thee worked great and no yeast even!
Chloe came to dinner after the wedding dress fitting. For desert I made a cheese cake in the slow cooker. It was delicious!
I mended a jumper for Lucy.
I made a batch of facial scrub I use all the time. It is just fine dark (soft) brown sugar and pure honey.
Bend them together. It is messy so I do it in the bath. But despite trying many fancy and expensive scrubs this is the best of all. The girls who also have had fancy brands to try and worked in cosmetics ask me to please make it up for them. It gives you the smoothest skin.
I made banana cakes and used some yoghurt in these in place of sour cream.
I took these around to the girls.
I found another bargain book for my present cupboard for $2.
Lots of bits and pieces were used up in my use it up challenge. Many odds and ends in the baking and the pizzas used up bacon, bocconcini and half a jar of tomato sauce all from the freezer.
It was a very cold and wet week. But there is sunshine today so I have the washing machine going!
So when I said it was a big week... this is because Dad rang me Saturday night to tell me that our farmhouse will be ready to go and look through within the fortnight! For this to happen Dad had to go to a lot of trouble... he needed to move a man out of there and to do that he had to fix up another house.... so it has all been a lot of effort. And finally the end is in sight!
We have seen the house. We have seen the setting... the location is wonderful. It is five minutes from Chloe's house. Less than half an hour to Mum and Dad's house.
There is small town half an hour away and a large town an hour. This is the driveway...
I am showing this as it is the stuff of my dreams. I wanted somewhere that is not on a road, that is set back and private. And this is exactly what I am getting! 💗
But we have not seen inside! It has been occupied but Chloe is familiar with it so I have some information. And in the next couple of weeks we can go see for ourselves what we have to work with! I know it has wooden floorboards which I love. It has a walk in pantry! It has some kind of sunroom...
I will be so excited and nervous to go in and see! We are right on the edge of a whole new life.
Since I started the Pantries and Preparedness series I started to feel we would be better off back in the country. Then as time went on we both found ourselves feeling sad when we left the farm from Mum and Dad's or from Chloe's. The farm is home. I am going home.
There is a strong chance Lucy's family are also going too! We are waiting to see on that one. Wherever they are you know how I am about the girls I will be seeing them very often.
We are packing up, getting this house ready to sell, using up food from the freezer, doing everything we can so that once we have access to the house we can be working on that!
I will post during this time as often as I can then we will go over to Bluebird's Farmhouse.
How was your week? How did you feather your nest and save?
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx