This week Lucy and the girls were down at the farm. It was painful missing out on this I can tell you!
But the girls had the most wonderful time with Nan Nan Pat and lambs and the baby deer.
Mum had a big box. I think something must have been delivered to the farm in it. She put mats inside and pinned fabric to make a door curtain. Success! Happiness is a big box to sit in!
Harper helped Chloe collect kindling and she loved it! Good little worker!
This week I made Gluten Free scones. As I am bad at scones I always add a teaspoon of baking powder and an egg. This makes them rise much better. I made three dozen. Also no one notices they are gluten free.
Anything GF in the shops is a ridiculous price and when you can buy GF flour well this is the easy solution!
I made a big beef casserole as I found a massive markdown. This made dinner then meat pies. Really any casserole in your slow cooker can be used to make pies. No one even seems to realise they are seeing the casserole again! Also Chloe said to me that Luke doesn't like casseroles much. I asked does he like pies? Yes! So there you go, you slap your casserole in pastry and call it a pie! 😊
Also pies freeze wonderfully so you have spare and emergency meals.
One time a while ago I bought a fast meal from Woolworths. It was a Jamie Oliver meal of meatballs and you just baked it in the oven. Since then I copy it. I make or buy meatballs. Very often I will buy hamburgers and cut each one into four and re roll them to get meat balls. That is what I did this time. This way too you can re roll them to what size you want i.e. for little kids you can make them really small.
So my copy cat recipe is to put your meatballs in a baking dish with lots of cherry tomatoes. Bake this for about 15 minutes and roll them around at some point. Then I pour over a jar of tomato pasta sauce and top with grated cheese.
Bake until bubbly and golden. That's it! I made enough for a couple of nights. Serve over noodles, zoodles or with veggies.
On the second night I served it with a potato bake. While I was making that I also made enough for a couple of nights. I use Hilde' recipe which is thinly slice potatoes, sprinkle the layers with french onion soup, pour over cream milk, evaporated milk or whatever you have and top with grated cheese. For a big one I use about half a packet or a small scoop of homemade french onion soup mix.
Bake until bubbly and golden. I allow about an hour so it is beautiful and soft.
I made honey carrots so these appeared a couple of nights also.
I put a corned beef in the slow cooker as Andy likes this for lunches.
I made a big pot of sweet potato soup.
This was my lunches.
And I made individual baked custards. I love these!
In the op shops I found a beautiful cardi and a big thermo with two cups for $5.
I ordered some pantry jar labels from The Little Label Co. You can order the labels you actually want and need. I ordered thirty and I love them. I started putting them on my jars yesterday.
This afternoon this is my job... to wash all my jars up, put the labels on and re fill them!
I finish a cot sized crochet rug. It is going into the gift cupboard...
So that is my week! While we have this sunshine I will get some washing out on the line too.
How did you get ahead, save, build up your home or pantry this week?
I hope it was good and happily busy for you! All your efforts add up! Things do not have to be prefect to be good!
Have a lovely weekend! xxx