Some of the ways I built up our home and got ahead were:
This is a big one! Laffie is weaned and so are two more lambs. They are all eating grass and hay, spinach, parsley and other leaves from the garden.
This lamb is Jellybean. Do notice Laffin's eyelashes!
Before the rain we went on with cleaning up and burning another area. This was bonfire number 23!
Once the fire is going well we work away and throw on branches for an hour or two until that spot is pretty well cleaned up. I save boxes, household paper and dryer lint for my fire lighters.
I baked Dad's favourite cake and he turned up just in time to see it fresh in the tin and cut his own piece. The rest I sliced and froze for when he visits.
I stewed some apples (still from the big apple tree) to go with some pork.
On Tuesday I made a big pot of spaghetti meat sauce then made up pasta bakes. The recipe is essentially lasagne except with spiral pasta instead of sheets. I find this so much easier. A huge tray of this went down to Lucy and the girls. I froze some and we had this for two nights this week.
I made gluten free little cakes.
For the girls I made little cakes and dusted them with icing sugar. This is because a certain someone just eats the icing if I ice them.
I made a stack of cleaning cloths from a soft flannelette sheet I found in the op shop.
Mum gave us some turkey. It was four pieces for two meals. So this made two dinners including tonights. She also gave us some meaty bones for Scout. And little Scout is doing so well and tries so hard to please.
We love her!
I had a few strawberries sitting in the fridge about to go to waste. Then I remembered some in the freezer. I made them into jam and made up a batch of gluten free scones.
I had left over roast venison and made several Shepherd's pies. They were beautiful and some went into the freezer.
And I made Gluten Free Melting Moments. These were delicious!
Luke came by yesterday. He calls me Mother lol. He says "Hello Mother I have a present for you!" Luke has me figured out. The present is something he found... a calf feeding set up that will feed three calves at once! I have the same thing that feeds one calf. So I know this would be worth over $100 and it will be wonderful to have in my animal pantry. I was so pleased!
One of the things I set to good use this week was feed bags I had saved up. These come with grain for chickens and various animal feeds. There is one with a Kangaroo I have seen too which I would love to get. Anyway they are an item that people throw away.
I made heavy duty shopping bags. They are also water proof so can be wiped down.
I love them! A lady in The Tuesday Afternoon Club gave me another idea for them too so I will save more.
Also I tried something new and felted some soaps. This was fun and easy. It is like soap in a wash cloth or bag. I seem to be accumulation a whole heap of gifts that are very practical/reusable/ money saving etc. So on my list next is soap making.
So it was a week of getting lots done, a day visiting the girls with Mum, rain and cooking.
We have decided to get more chickens. We get five eggs a day and now this is not enough. I give eggs to anyone I know of that needs help, I take two dozen a week to Lucy and like to give Mum a dozen. I like to use them for bartering and I use a heap myself. Now Scout loves a cooked egg better than anything! So we are getting more chickens! I can't wait! We know someone who breeds all kinds so I hope to get some pretty and interesting chooks to add to the flock.
I hope you had a wonderful week. Lets face it some weeks it is an achievement to still be alive at the end. Others are big weeks for getting things done. This is a case of make hay while the sun shines!
How did you build up your home, pantry, savings or gift cupboard this week? We all learn such a lot from each other. A little bit of encouragement and someone to work along with is good too. Thinking over my week makes me happy. I can see I was very blessed this week.xxx