This week was a mixture of little ways to get things done, get ahead and save.
All week I have been working through lemons from Hilde's. As I use a lemon I then put what is left into the dishwasher to go through with the next load. The dishes come out so well and the whole dishwasher is sparkling.
Over the weekend I have big plans for them. I am making lemon cheesecake and making my first bach of Limoncello which I have been wanting to try for years. I figure this would make good gifts.
I made a big batch of Mimi's Sticky Balsamic Vinegar. This is something we use all the time. A simple drizzle of this over a salad, pizza, things like figs.... makes everything so beautiful. It is sold here in tiny bottles for about $5. I used Mimi's recipe and it's is wonderful and now for the life of me I cannot find the link. We will get it posted in comments. I used a big jar of my own Plum Jam in the mix to add flavour and make it thick. Well it is beautiful and I got so much!
I actually ordered tiny 100ml squeeze bottles for this so I can give some as gifts. So I have mine in decanters and a big jar of it waiting for my bottles to arrive.
Allie helped Andy to clean our gutters on the shed and the house. This is a big job and now done before any major rain. For her work I am making Allie a tray of Lasagna. This is one of the trades I do with her... sometimes it is Banana Cake. We are doing a lot more trades lately. She told me she would much prefer Lasagna than cash!
Last week I had my Flybuy points arrive and I turned them into a $50 Coles voucher. I always aim to at least double my money by buying great specials or make downs. This is a burst of extra things for my pantry. This time I did the best ever!
On facebook I saw that Coles was having a clearance of shampoo and conditioner. The thing is if you follow catalogues the clearance items are never in them.... nor the mark downs. Most times I look at catalogues thinking I would not pay that! The good stuff is never advertised. Thanks to Facebook groups I heard about this one.
I turned my $50 voucher into $141.95!
I bought brands I use and like.... this was an example this Dove Conditioner was normally $6.90 and out for $1.72.
I ended up with so much! It took ages to select!
I have supplies for just ages and this was all free thanks to saving my points. Now when at the check out I notice most people don't even bother dos ave their points! I cannot understand it!
I essential got paid $150 for half an hours work here.
I cut Andy's hair.
Yesterday I had a lovely time. I took Harper to the train station to watch trains. That kid loves trains. She nearly screams the house down when another train is coming through the tunnel lol
So we sat there eating cake, feeding birds and watching trains. There is so much free stuff to do with little kids. We go to the play ground. If there is a construction site we watch the tractors. Men digging holes is highly impressive. Kids love this kind of stuff!
How was your week? How did you save or get ahead? What did you do to build up your home?
Today is our wedding anniversary and we are going out to dinner! Tomorrow is Andy's birthday and I am making a chocolate cake and a special meal with his favourite... steak.
Mum is here in Adelaide and loving seeing the girls again!
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx