Some of the ways I feathered the nest and saved included:
Mum gave me a dozen eggs and 2 sheets of pastry. Allie let me pick spinach from her garden.
You can guess what I made! Two large spinach quiches!
Lucy gave me eight large bananas. Using my yoghurt in place of sour cream I made three huge banana cakes. This one is packed ready for travel to the farm for Chloe...
I cut up and froze a whole cake and Lucy got bananas back in her cake. Harper calls this Nan Nan Bell's 'Nana Cake. 😊
I made two batches of yoghurt, one Greek and one vanilla. Half the greek yoghurt went into cake and the rest I decided to try making a soft cheese. This is Greek Yoghurt strained for a few days like this...
After a few days there is a lot of liquid strained off. Then I rolled it into balls and placed these into olive oil with chives and garlic...
It will either be good or terrible! I will report next week. But it looked and felt like cream cheese. The consistency was creamy. This lot is to go with crackers on Grand final day. So I am hoping I can use it as cream cheese and it can go into pasta dishes and make cream cheese frosting. If so this will be another huge savings!
(And something else I have learned!)
This week we achieved something I have really wanted and we got a rainwater tank! Mum's house a street away has one and this has been my emergency back up water. But now we also have our own! This was one of the things we planned with the insurance money.
It fits nicely down the side of the house and it was a bargain as well. We used to look at them and price them so we were expecting to pay much more but for $300 we have a tank plus the fittings and tap etc.
We also upgraded our generator. So all the waiting on a pay out from insurance paid off as we have a beautiful floor and have been able to invest in these things.
I made a large batch of chicken tikka masala plus used more yoghurt to make a mint raita with mint from the garden. I had Naan bread in the freezer from the last big lot I made. This made three meals.
We had a left overs night and I have got ahead with my menu planning and am learning more and more. I will have a menu planning update post soon as I have found all kinds of tricks to add just one more meal to the list. It is really working. I can now just shop for specials and my list only ever has one or two things on it.
In just over a week my Aunt is having a garden party with a trading table. I have been potting herbs, saving Bay Leaves and other items for the trading table.
A reader wrote me the most beautiful letter and offered to trade items. I love bartering! I also had suitable items to trade! So we did a deal and made friends! I am going to do a post on this soon. How often is it that we have a lot of one thing? It just works out that way. I have a lot of parsley seed, masses of Bay Leaves, another thing I have in ridiculous numbers are the old fashioned tortoise shell knitting needles. This is how it goes. So we are going to have a Bluebirds swap party!
I hope you had a good week! How did you build up your nest, save or get ahead?
September was a big and very busy month. We achieved a fair bit. Now on to October! xxx