With this in mind I bought a steam cleaner. I had a fantastic one years ago and have always missed it. So I did my research, chose one and headed off to get one. I did great on price too and still haggled and paid cash. This is the best thing ever. For anyone interested I got the Euroflex Monster Compact Steam Cleaner. It is fantastic. Every day I have been steam cleaning. I started with the laundry grout and tiles. Then the washing machine. Then all my appliances... everything looks brand new. It has a domino effect as I keep thinking of something else to steam clean!
Some of the ways I saved, got ahead and built up the home this week were:
I made chocolate mud cakes. These were GF so I had a couple too. Some were for Andy, some for Harper some for freezer.
I made roast pumpkin soup and to go with it I made Corn Bread. I made extra loaves to freeze. Also in one of them I used GF flour and it turned out just fine.
Later in the week I also made Mum's Veggie soup. She gets a bag of the finely chopped up soup mix, adds zucchini and I added sweet potato. Simmer and blend adding a Massel Brand Chicken stock cube. Has to be this kind Mum says! Anyway that is it and it is delicious!
You could really throw anything in if you have things to use up.
A wholesale butcher here had specials that suited us. (For SA readers this is Specialty Foods, Thebarton) We get the catalogue emailed each week. So I got 12 lamb shanks for $1.90 each. This was a saving of about $30 on lamb shanks. Being winter this is a slow cooker hearty meal. A delicious lamb meal for under $2 a serve is pretty good.
Also we got pure beef burgers and I sat and cut each into four and re rolled them into meatballs. I got 64 meatballs for $24. I portioned them into meal sized portions. We got seven meals worth which is only $3.40 a meal for two for meat.
So my freezer is full again and I am only buying really good deals and nothing else! Otherwise we are having a use it up challenge!
I made Creme Caramel. I always do this in the slow cooker.
If you would like the recipe and how to do it in the slow cooker it is here.
I had bargains in Coles. Recently they cleared a huge amount of hair products. I stocked up for ages. Now it is dishwashing liquid and dishwasher products. Again it is due to new packaging I think. I got packets of Finish Powerball dishwasher tablets for $3 a pack!
And Dishwashing Liquid for $1.
I saved $77 on my bargains.
I had a sore knee. It could be to do with steam cleaning around the bottoms of kitchen cupboards, skirting boards, kitchen cupboards, fridge... and so on. I decided to try a castor oil pack as Patsy has talked about and I had the things on hand. This is something I have been meaning to try. So now I know and I think it helped as it is better!
I traded essential oil roller balls for more medical supplies with Bella. The supplies are going to the farm to improve Chloe and Luke's medical kits. This is so good! Thank you Bella!
Last night it rained and rained. It is wonderful. This morning the sun is out and it looks like a nice day.
Today I am heading off to a wedding dress fitting with Chloe. This is always fun and exciting! She is only here 24 hours then back to the farm. I have cornbread, orange cakes, soup and casserole to send home with her.
Before she picks me up I am putting beef and veggies in one slow cooker and filling the other one with potatoes and sweet potatoes. Later all I will need to do is mash the potatoes. I want a lot as after tonight the casserole will be made into meat pies and "shepherds pies" with the potato over the top with a sprinkle of cheese. One meaty casserole usually gets me dinner then a few pies.
So that is my week!
How did you build up your nest, save or get ahead?
I am working on some blog posts here and there but otherwise I will always try and do my Friday post. And I am working on creating Bluebird Farmhouse. For a while things will just not be normal I just have less time to be on the computer. But then we will settle back to a routine again! xxx