I will study my list and think about this! I know we have done a lot i.e. two rooms of polished floorboards, freshly painted woodwork and skirting boards, fresh yellow laundry etc.
A review is good. Some time thinking about these things helps me know what to attack next!
This week I got off to a running start and fizzed a bit at the end!
Firstly, on the weekend I did lots of cooking.
I had a bag of fresh oranges I found on a big special so I made my Orange Sunshine Cake. This time I made it in muffin trays so they were easy to freeze in portions, send on the fishing trip, lunch boxes and give some to the girls.
I made 36 small and 12 larger ones (in a Texas Muffin tin) so that was a lot of cake!
During the week I had a spaghetti cook up in my new Aldi stock pot. It holds so much more than my usual big pot. I did 6 kilos of mince (that's around 12.5 lbs) with 12 onions, tomato sauce, oregano etc and simmered it for a couple of hours.
From this I made a spaghetti dinner then set about portioning it into two portion containers to freeze. Also I left some in the fridge. This makes lasagne, tacos, pizza topping etc.
Then I made pizzas. This fed the boys on the fishing trip, lunches, a dinner and one given away.
Next I made sausage rolls. These freeze great too. I made 36 large sized ones.
They are yum! I gave some each to the girls and they are really handy to have put away. Andy took some in his lunch box each day.
I had some left over pastry. With this I made jam tarts.
This is a non recipe. I just put some homemade jam into each pastry and bake. When they are done it looks like you are clever and made pastries.
You can add some cream, pipe in some custard, ice-cream, fresh berries or anything you like. And voila! It looks nice and they taste lovely. Sprinkle over icing sugar at the end.
So basically the freezer is full again, everyone was fed, lots went out as gifts of help. I keep the lids of boxes as sort of disposable take away food trays.
Other ways I feathered my nest included:
I emptied out a part of my pantry where I keep storage tins. Somehow these just weren't working so I have set them out where I can see them and added labels. Now I know what's in them! And also I have more pantry space.
We made a major investment for our preparedness and bought a generator. If the power is down we have an alternative. We have wanted to do this for a long time and I am so happy about it.
I added to my pantry.
Almost finished my crochet blanket. Will be finished over the weekend!
I bought an icing set so I can do better icing on cakes! Now to practice.
How was your week? How did you build up your home, save money, get ahead, add to your pantry?
All of these things are wonderful. Make hay while the sun shines. Or in our case, while it rains!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx