Some of the ways I got ahead, saved, built up our home were:
I had huge lemons from the op shop and plenty of eggs so I made Lemon Butter. This is so easy to make and so delicious with many uses. The fast easy recipe is here Jars of Sunshine.
I got two giant sized jars.
One of the things I used it for was to fill little cakes. I took a tray of cakes down to the girls and they loved them.
I made half gluten free and half regular.
This week I made Butter Chicken in the slow cooker and it was delicious. I shared this with Lucy's family so they had it for dinner one night also.
Dad called in and gave me a huge jar of honey. I think it would weigh two kilos. (4+ pounds) I love honey, so useful.
Finally I finished my Sweetpea blanket. This took me a ridiculous amount of time. I don't get to sit down like I used to, even in winer! I really enjoyed this. I love Attic 24 for patterns as I cannot read them and she shows you step by step in pictures. This pattern is called Trellis. I loved it. I made this in wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills. It is so warm and soft.
I already started my next blanket. I want one for the living room on the lounge. This one will be soft neutrals and I aim to be faster. I worked out how little time slots really help so I will keep the crochet next to the computer. So many times a day I will be looking up a recipe or instructions and the internet is slow here. While I am waiting I will crochet. While I am learning something on You tube I will crochet.
When our new water tanks replaced the old rusty ones we saved a small tank that was up on a stand as it was in ok condition. This week we turned it into an animal shelter. Andy took to and cut out a door.
I thought that the lambs and Laffy would be wary of a large new object and may not want to go in it for shelter for some time.
Well that wasn't the case...
Later evening I snuck down to have a nosey and Laffie and the little lamb Blossom were fast asleep snuggled up in there. They love it! In bad weather this will be an additional shelter to the little shed they have and have kind of outgrown.
After getting eleven new chickens we needed more nesting boxes. I had to figure out what to use. This old metal shelf was in the big shed full of junk. So full of stuff and cobwebs that I never realised it was actually a pretty good set of shelves. Andy emptied it and cleaned it up and we moved it into the hen house. This thing was so heavy! I wired a series of baskets to it and filled them with hay...
Each day I pick excess from the veggie garden. Laffie loves any broccoli that has gone to shoot. The chickens get silverbeet, household scraps and each day I weed the garden until I have a full bucket. This gives them extra greens. (And kills two birds with one stone) I just noticed the fluffy bottom in this photo lol!
One of my goals this week was to make soap. The Wool Wash making got me thinking about it. I made two batches on Wednesday and a double batch yesterday.
This one is Wendy's recipe from My Abundant Life. It is looking so good! Later today I will slice it up. I used two types of Rose Essential oil and it smells beautiful. I added to the rose theme with little rose buds. Whenever I have roses or get a chance to pick some I dry them. So I have a trusty box of dried roses to go to. I can't tell you how often these are handy!
I have used them to decorate food, little parcels, bath and beauty products and more. The little buds I had were just right.
The creamy yellow soap is being unmoulded today. I made this so I have some for me. It will be thick slices and the recipe used olive oil and beeswax. It has Manuka honey and Manuka essential oil. I am so pleased with it.
The heart shaped soaps I think would be great to save for Valentines Day. Overall these will boost my gift cupboard quite a bit. Handmade soaps are over $10 each here in the stores. They are expensive! I also have crochet wash cloths to pair them with.
When we moved here there was a safe in the shed. A locked safe! Well a locked safe is full of mystery and intrigue! This week Andy found some old keys up in the workmans cottage. Suddenly it hit him what if they are the safe keys!? Well they were! Sadly the safe was full of nothing haha but now we have a safe!
I made some spaghetti sauce and it gave us several meals and a meal to add to my frozen emergency meals.
I picked Broccoli from the garden and also bunches of parsley.
Lastly, we had three big bonfires and cleared up another three areas. Because of storms we have many fallen branches to add to the already big piles! If it does not rain today we will have a couple more.
So that was my week! Now I see I got a fair bit done. It is just amazing how much we can do and then forget. If someones says "so what have you been doing?" it is easy to go mind numbingly blank and feel ridiculous when you know you have been busy! It is so good to review your week. We should feel good about our work and rather just have a giant "To Do" list ahead of us also realise how much we already have achieved! I feel so happy with my week!
How did you save, get ahead, add to your pantry or garden, preparedness...? I hope many opportunities came your way.
Have a lovely weekend! xxx