Some of the ways I feathered the nest this week were:
I bought an organic chicken and made a big pot of chicken stock. This is in readiness for cold and flu season. I had that going in the slow cooker the whole day. Thank you Sonia for reminding me to make some chicken soup ahead.
Next I took some of the stock and made chicken soup with plenty of bay leaves, garlic, onion, celery etc which we had for dinner on two nights.
I froze batches of the stock ready to make more. I have everything on hand to make chicken soup at any time.
This week I planted out some garlic that was shooting so hopefully I will have a whole row of garlic.
Then I planted Brussel Sprouts. Andy doesn't like them but Dad does so I added those to a little space I had.
Tuesday morning Luke came to the door holding a tiny newborn lamb. I had told him this year I will take a couple of orphan lambs and calves. It was on my shopping list for Wednesday to get ready for this and buy milk powder, teats etc. But this was Tuesday! I had nothing!
I took the lamb from him and off he went! It was so small and I don't think it ever had a drink. Luke said the Mum was dead. Andy was on his way home from an appointment... so I messaged him and he was able to stop in town and get teats and milk powder. Then I Googled how to make a colostrum replacer and followed that. I did 600 mis milk, one beaten egg and a spoon of castor oil. You feed this until it is all gone then go on to lamb formula. The first day I thought the lamb would die as it was very weak.
However lo and behold after the first couple of drinks he brightened up and now he follows me everywhere! He is still extremely tiny so he is on six feeds a day.
In the shed there was a giant box and I made this into a lamb play pen. It is also warm and safe at night. Now I need a little enclosure on the grass for day time.
When I did shop I also got calf milk and so now I am ready for anything! I hope to take him and his bottles with me to see the girls! Then they can feed and nurse him.
I had frozen pasty mix left over when I made bulk pasties. I got that out and make some more as I now had fresh pastry supplies.
Andy went to the city and brought back a fridge and chest freezer. These were in the shed at Mums house and we used to share them. Now no one is in the city anymore we brought them back here. So I have an additional freezer! The fridge will be for when shearers are here, they need milk and drinks etc. So these are a huge helpful addition.
I am Easter cooking. Yesterday I made chocolate cakes for Chloe and Luke. I did not buy Easter eggs, instead I cook for everyone.
Then I made Quiches in King sized muffin trays and these are going over today as there is a working bee to pull down and old shed.
Today I am making more Quiches to take to Lucy and Easter biscuits (cookies) which will be bunnies with marshmallow tails. (hopefully!)
I now have beautiful stove kettle. It is mainly for when the fire is going we can have free hot water everyday. I love it!
During the week I made over some jugs and vases I got for $3 each at the op shop. I almost forgot to take a before photo and had started painting but you can see the bright colours and designs still kind of...
I have finished two of them. The third will be different.
I love them now! The nests are just a paper serviette.
From having Harper here I am inspired to make a fairy garden so I have started on that... maybe some pictures next week.
So that was my week! I hope it was a good week for you too. How did you get ahead, save, build up your pantry and feather your nest this week?
Have a very Blessed Easter! xxx