Some of the ways I built up my home and feathered my next this week included...
I potted up some mint from Mum's garden so I can take mint to the farm.
I have a half wine barrel it will go into so it doesn't take over the whole place!
I made a new cake. It is amazing! I am trying to build my choices of cakes with no flour. This has no flour and no nuts. Yet it is gorgeous!
If you are gluten free, grain free or know someone who is this will be handy so here is the recipe..
Preheat oven to 150 C
Butter and line a 20cm tin. Then sprinkle it with cocoa powder.
Melt 120g dark chocolate and 120g butter. I did in microwave in 30 second intervals.
Stir in 150g castor sugar, 50 g cocoa powder, 3 eggs and a teaspoon vanilla extract.
Bake 30 mins. Cool 10 mins before remove from tin.
They said to use a springform tin but mine leaks every time!
I also used mostly milk chocolate as I just do not like dark chocolate so much.
I also doubled it as I can't see the point of a 20cm cake.
This almost doubled the cooking time. Now I know how it turns out I will remember as I slightly under cooked it in the middle and the edges are chewy and the best bit so next time I will cook more. But it is delicious and it keeps well. Winner!
I am sorry for those who need to convert it to USA measurements. If you use an online converter it will take a few minutes to convert but then you have it!
I also made Peanut Butter Cookies, no flour in these either...
I made Lamb Shanks in the slow cooker, I did a double batch and lots of veggies.
We also had sausages in gravy and veggies.
I did a batch of custards in the slow cooker.
This week I used up quite a few things from my use it up challenge. I had a bag of dried apricots and a bag of dates. I sat outside and cut them up with scissors and added them to other dried fruit I had. I bought cherries and tins of pineapple and made up five fruit cakes.
This is the first batch ready to go in...
My thinking is that these will keep and be useful for when moving, feeding helpers etc.
So I am really happy to be ahead with these and they are all double wrapped and stacked.
I added a couple of bargains to my present cupboard.
I made two batches of yoghurt.
At the craft store I saw stems of native flowers (fake) that looked so real. Then I saw they were down for $7 each to $1 each and I got a bunch!
I did some pruning in the garden. I have filled the green bin many times now and the pruning is done.
We have some rain and a fairly cold weekend I think! I might work on using some lemons as I have quite a lot.
I hope you had a good week! How did you save, get ahead or build up your home?